I shared on Snapchat a few weeks back when I purchased the Revlon ColorStay ‘Not Just Nudes’ Romantic Nudes palette and I’m finally able to share my complete thoughts with you today! It’s always exciting when the drugstore brings out a big eyeshadow palette — I reviewed the L’Oreal Color Riche La Palette Nude2 palette right when it was released! — and the hope is that it’ll be just as good as a high-end eyeshadow palette. Did this Not Just Nudes palette meet my expectations? 🙂
Revlon ColorStay Not Just Nudes Palette in Romantic Nudes
The packaging is fairly nice. Not as thick and sturdy as the Maybelline palette and the inside plastic is actually a lot flimsier than the outside packaging. Which was totally unexpected — it feels like the clear plastic that the It Cosmetics QVC set came in….like the kind you throw away. Kinda odd, but since it’s inside the palette, it shouldn’t be a problem.
I chose the palette Romantic Nudes because of the soft pink and purple shadows. So pretty! There were only three matte shades in the palette, but since they work as my browbone highlight, transition, and crease shades, it works. 🙂 Now let’s get to swatchin’!
For these swatches I went into the pan twice to get the pigmentation you see, no primer was used 🙂
Okay, so for the top row we have a lot of the lighter shades…and as you can see they didn’t show up very much. That shimmer brown the second from the left is pretty, though, and felt nice when I swatched it. The others…left something to be desired. Especially the pink shimmer on the far right, so disappointing!
The second row is better — that cream the second from the right is really buttery and works perfectly as a browbone highlight. The purple is also gorgeous and I use it in the eye look (shown farther down the post) and it was my favorite shadow from the palette. The browns were nice…but the middle brown wasn’t as dark as I typically like for my outer corner, so. I don’t know, its nice.
I wish they had included a darker matte shade, either brown or black. Just something to really deepen up the outer corner with for a nice smokey eye. Two of the shimmer/glitter shadows were very difficult to apply — After packing them on the lid they would almost disappear immediately when I started blending the edges. Very frustrating!
Here’s the look I created using that purple shadow and the other matte shadows in this Not Just Nudes palette. As you can see, I was able to get a decent eye look here, but it took a lot of patience and building up the color to get what you see here. So, yes, it’s totally possible to create pretty eye looks with, just takes more time/effort.
Comparing it with the Maybelline The Rock Nudes palette, I honestly prefer that one. The packaging is nicer, you get more shadows, and there are darker shades for the outer edges. The shimmer shades are also a bit easier to work with. And, best of all, it’s cheaper than the Revlon palette. 🙂 Now, the shadows in the Maybelline aren’t super pigmented — they don’t compare to a LORAC Pro palette, for example — but they are pretty nice and I was easily able to get this look HERE without needing any base to the shadows.
So, there you have it. It’s a pretty good palette…but for the price I feel like you could do better. For example, I would prefer to spend $5 and purchase the L’Oreal Color Riche La Palette Nudes 2. You get the same number of shadows and they’re more pigmented and easy to work with. If you’re on a budget, though, and the new Revlon palette was on sale with coupons, it might be worth the purchase for you.
I always feel bad giving a less-than positive review on a product, but I don’t want to spend your money on a bad item! Have you, or do you, plan to purchase this new Not Just Nudes palette?
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