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Hope you guys had a great weekend and also a great Father’s Day. Today’s review is going to be one where I’m really struggling with mainly because I had to keep reminding myself that I need to think about this product in the mindset of a “typical makeup user.” What I mean by that is that an average person will have a collection with just the essentials.
If you’re interested in seeing my thoughts and a closeup look at this palette, keep reading!
What Is It?: “The City Mini Palette features six dramatic shades that are perfect for creating custom eye makeup looks.”
How Much?: $10
When I saw this particular palette, it reminded me a lot of Chai Latte and their original The Nudes palette. The original Chai Latte was one of my favorite quads because it really had everything you needed – I’ve traveled many times with just that quad. The pigmentation was superb and I never had any issues with it. Maybelline then came out with The Nudes palette and I was pretty excited to get my hands on it because it looked like an extended version of the Chai Latte quad. However, I was extremely disappointed with the pigmentation and longevity of a lot of the shadows.
Taking a glance at it, it looks like an abbreviated version of The Nudes palette because it incorporates very similar colors. One of the biggest things you may notice is that it doesn’t have any matte colors, but we’ll get to that in a little bit. The layout of this palette is pretty interesting – it comes with one base, two lid colors, two crease colors, and one liner color. Just like The Nudes palette it shows you on the back where each color is supposed to go. This aspect is great for someone who is new to makeup or just wants to have a blueprint of where to place each color.
The pigmentation is pretty impressive it reminds me a lot of the older Maybelline shadows, like the ones in the Chai Latte quad, however, these are colors that I think are Maybelline “old-faithfuls.” In other words, in my opinion, these are colors that Maybelline knows and can rely on. In The Nudes palette, the shimmery golds and shimmery browns were the most pigmented and didn’t really have any issues (except for minor longevity issues) and these are the types of colors that I feel are easiest for most/all makeup companies. Basically, these colors weren’t anything special.
Here’s where my largest gripe with this palette comes in, it’s not an extremely versatile palette. The biggest thing that’s missing is a matte transition color, and I know that I say this a lot, but a palette needs a matte transition color to be versatile and travel friendly. I hate to keep going back to the Chai Latte quad, but the quad is just such an amazing palette. There were two matte shades in the original Chai Latte quad and when I first started really doing my brows, I found it more comfortable for me to use powders and an angled brush because it was easy. I would mix the two matte colors (one being a matte taupe) as a way to fill in my brows and it was pretty easy to mix the colors to get the perfect shade. So when I traveled, I really would only need this palette because of how versatile it is.
Since there are no matte transition colors in this palette, it’s tough to be able to just rely on this palette as an all-in-one.
My other gripe is the fact that there are some colors that look so similar to each other. Colors 1 and 2 (see below picture) and colors 5 and 6 are so similar to each other, that there really was no need to have all of them in the set. There was a lot of potential in this palette and I really wanted to love this because it’s so many colors in a compact case, but it’s just missing the most basic elements.
I would say that this is great for someone who tends to use a lot of mattes and are looking for something to add just a little hint of something fun. These colors are easy to use and easy to blend and the liner color (6) is extremely pigmented and is great to use as a liner.
I really wanted to love this palette because there was just so much potential. However, I feel like it’s lacking the most basic feature that a great palette has. It is so compact that if they had just put in a matte taupe in there, this would be a palette that I would recommend. The pigmentation is pretty good, but I have yet to meet a palette that doesn’t have decent pigmentation with these neutral colors.
Have you guys tried this palette from Maybelline? What are your thoughts? I’d love to know what you guys are trying out and what you have been loving lately – leave them down in the comments! If you’re interested in keeping up with the products that I’m testing out or what I’m interested in getting, you can follow me on Instagram and Twitter @ciaociao808. You can also visit my YouTube channel where I try to post Express Reviews, vlogs, and other videos.
Until my next post…