Oh wow, it’s been a while since I last did a proper product review. I bet my blogging skills have gotten rusty during my hiatus. But I missed doing this so let’s go ahead and see if I still got it. *wink!
With wild success of the Urban Decay Naked palette series, I wouldn’t be surprised why a bunch of drugstore brands have been releasing their own version it. L’Oreal came out with the “La Palette Nude”, Covergirl with “TruNaked Nudes”, Maybelline has “The Nudes” which I will be reviewing soon as well and, of course, these “Not Just Nudes” by Revlon.
Like I always say, you can never go wrong with nude shades. They complement any skin tone, appropriate for any event and they’re very easy to use. I rarely reach out for shades other than taupes and browns for both work and blog events, but it’s nice to see that Revlon came up with 2 nude palettes to give me slightly more choices.
Each palette contains 10 pans that are about an inch big. The shades are a combination of matte, metallic and shimmer. The matte ones are more pigmented than the others, the metallic shades are generally opaque and they’re buttery/velvety when applied. However, the shimmery ones are a bit more powdery and a lot less pigmented.
The 01 Passionate Nudes palette is right up my comfort zone with its collection of flesh, copper, tan and taupe shades. This is more of a “work palette” for me. The colors are easy to build and blend, and they don’t need much background in makeup to make it work for you.
On a normal day, I use 1 to 2 shades and I’m good to go; one to highlight my browbone and another one, usually bottom middle shade, as an overall wash just to give it a bit of color. But when I’m feeling a bit more fab that day, I use the bottom left most shade on the crease to give more depth to the eyes, then a touch of shimmer on the middle to really make it pop. 🙂
The 02 Romantic Nudes has more plum and rosy shades which fits the name perfectly. This is more like a first-date kind of palette – very sweet and girly! The shades are unique for a nude palette but it’s a welcome change. I like that I have choices although I find some shades to be slightly chalky.
The shimmer shades are insanely gorgeous but it takes a bit of work to build up and blending is not exactly an easy task, too. I suggest applying them wet and in a patting motion to really get them to latch on the lids. Make sure to have your HG eyelid primer when using this palette! But other than those minor flaws, this is a beautiful palette.
A dual-ended brush is included in each palette. They bristles are soft and fluffy – better than what you would expect from free applicators that come with the makeup. One end is meant for applying the eyeshadow with a patting motion whereas the other end is for blending.
If you’re looking for a decent nude palette without breaking the bank, you might want to consider the Revlon “Not Just Nudes”. You get a good range of neutral shades that you can totally play with to come up with a handful of looks! Just don’t forget to prime your eyelids especially when dealing with the shimmer shades to get better color payoff and to prevent fallouts. 🙂