[FIRST IMPRESSION] Maybelline – The BRIGHTS

Okay, so you may be wondering, “what’s up with all the first impressions?” Well, I’ve got some stuff that I had just recently picked up, if you watched my haul video you would’ve seen glimpses of these products. Anyhow, here’s another Maybelline palette review, and this one might have been available only at Target. I’m really not too sure because I haven’t seen it anywhere else. With the Blushed palette that they came out with, I believe that one was only available at Walmart. I’m not too sure how they distribute these things, but it is what it is. 

For this first impression, I only swatched the colors on my hand. In this first impression, I’m sure you’ll see why I didn’t wait until I actually used the eyeshadows to post this.

Price: I bought this about 2 months ago from Target, and I believe I paid $9.99 (plus tax). That’s honestly not bad considering you get 12 colors in this palette.

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Pigmentation: Here’s where the big disappointment comes in. Like the other two Maybelline palettes I’ve tried, the pigmentation is nothing special, in fact, it’s very disappointing. I wish that these colors would just show up pigmented. In the pan/palette they look amazing and oh so beautiful, but they barely show up. Even when I swatched the colors over a white base (NYX jumbo e/s pencil in Milk), they barely show up. I can only imagine how bad it’d be if I were to actually apply it on my lids.

Finish: In this palette there are no true matte colors, even the black has some slight shimmer in it, but it’s nothing too noticeable. The rest either have small chunks of shimmer or a pearlescent finish to it.

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Application/Swatch: Just by swatching it, I can already tell it’s going to be a patchy application, and if I want it to pop, I’m going to have to put an actual colored base. The lime green and shimmery pink just fade into my skin-tone. The taupe color barely shows up. The berry/pomegranate color and the deep purple are very sad colors. They apply patchy, and to be honest, the purple color is a really sad excuse for a purple. The deeper blue color shows up just as light and patchy as the purple and the lighter turquoise blue is not noticeable (even on the white base). I couldn’t get the black to show up without a white base underneath, which is pretty sad, since black is usually a color that most companies can nail. The only color that showed up fine with or without a base is the dark brown with gold shimmer. So out of the 12 colors, I basically only have 3 that can be used in some way.

First Impression: I’m definitely not impressed with these colors. I wish they looked as beautiful as they do in the palette. I honestly shouldn’t be that surprised since the other two palettes, were nothing but sub-par. Maybelline has some amazing eye products out there, why can’t they get their palettes on to the same level?! It’s really frustrating and I wish I could’ve raved about this because I think it’d be fun to incorporate into any collection.

Have you picked this up? What did you think about it? Do you have any fun drug store colorful palettes that you tried out and ended up loving? Let me and everybody else know in the comments below!

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