I love the Models Prefer range at Priceline – they have some really awesome hidden gems and their brushes are amazing so when I saw that they were releasing a new Rose Nude Eyeshadow Palette to accompany their Nude Eyeshadow Palette I knew I wanted to pick it up quick smart and throw up a little first impressions review and swatch post for you. There are even a few shades in here that are veeery reminiscent of the UD Naked Palettes…
Both palettes have the same shiny black compact packaging, slightly rounded on top. It’s actually really nice considering the cheap price point.
The original Models Prefer Nude Eyeshadow Palette has been out for a while but hasn’t gotten a lot of attention. It has 10 shades, four mattes and six shimmers, ranging from light nudes to deep chocolate-y browns. The lineup has just about everything I would want for a classic neutral eye look. The lighter shades in the palette, particularly the mattes Bare and Natural, are a little chunky and hard to work with. The shimmer formula is much easier. The powders are creamy when swatched with fingers but can kick up a bit in the pans when you try to pick up powder with a brush. This leads to a tiny bit of fallout when applying it to the eyes. They work better when the brush is slightly damp, I’ve found. As you can see from the swatches, some of the shades are really beautiful but a few of them have a tendency to lose their intensity or apply a little patchily when blended onto the lid, which is a shame. Nevertheless, only a few shades in the palette are really problematic, most of them are pretty easy to work with.
The newbie Rose Nude Eyeshadow Palette is a similar 10 shade set-up, three mattes and seven shimmers this time (two of them are called Inspiration… whoops). All of the shades have a UD Naked 3 vibe to them, with warm pinky undertones. This time, the first four lighter shades are essentially unusable. The two light shimmers, Fantasy and Interstellar, have no pigment and a lot of chunky, undesirable glitter. The mattes, Spirit and Grace, are chalky and powdery and give off no pigment. The six deeper shades are easier to work with but still produce a lot of fallout when applied to the eyes. I’ve never really had much of a problem with fallout but these managed to get themselves everywhere. Some of the more glittery shades, particularly the second Inspiration shade, contain some fairly chunky glitter which makes it a little gritty. Again, like with the original Nude palette, some of the shades are gorgeous but lose their intensity when applied to the eyes when compared to how they’ve swatched on my arm. Although applying them took a bit of work and things got very messy, I actually quite liked the finished product. With a bit of blending work, the colours could be built up and they all complemented each other quite well.
I had a bit of a look at my UD palettes to see if there were any direct dupes and I found a few…
– Bare from the original MP Nude palette is similar to Sin in the UD Naked Palette. Similar, but Sin is still noticeably golden in some lights. Bare is almost a little duo-chrome, changing from a champagne to pink depending on the light.
– The second shade named Inspiration from the MP Rose Nude palette is really, really similar to Trick from the UD Naked 3 Palette. The only real difference is that Inspiration #2 has fairly chunky glitter to it.
– The deepest shade, Pinnacle, from the MP Rose Nude palette is clearly reminiscent of Blackheart in the Naked 3, you can really see it in the pan but when swatched, the pigment of Blackheart is much better.
– Bliss in the original Nude palette is close to Verve from UD’s Naked 2 palette but Verve is slightly more golden.
Overall, neither palette really managed to blow me away. The formula is fairly lacklustre but then again, I’m spoilt for choice and fairly hard to please when it comes to eyeshadow. Considering the fact that these are both just $13, they’re not a bad place to start if you’re just getting into eyeshadow but if you don’t have the patience to deal with fallout then I’d probably give them a miss. I’d definitely recommend the original Nude palette over the Rose Nude palette – it’s much easier to work with and there’s nowhere near as much fallout. When it comes to drugstore neutral eyeshadow palettes, there are better ones out there for only a few dollars more.
Have you tried these? What did you think? What’s your favourite neutral eyeshadow palette?
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