Maybelline has some very exciting launches making their way to Aussie shores over the next couple of months but the one that really had me intrigued was this super on-trend Maybelline Burgundy Bar Eyeshadow Palette*. Chock full of gorgeous burgundies, super wearable golds and a couple of bronzes. It was pretty much love at first sight. I’ve tried Maybelline’s other eyeshadow palette in the past, which sort of missed the mark, so was interested to see how this one compared.
This palette is available at Chemist Warehouse right now but will be launching in all stores in January.
There are 12 shades in this beauty, the packaging feels nice and sturdy, too. I love the combination of light champagnes, golds, bronzes and burgundies included. There are only two matte shades in the bunch but even so, they’re both versatile shades that cover plenty of bases. So I’m not actually too disappointed about that. It is missing a light, matte vanilla shade, though. I’m normally not a huge fan of palettes that are arranged sort of messily but I find this one quite easy to navigate, especially as the back of the packaging explains how you can pair colours in duos, trios, quads or just mix and match, like I have been.
I was super excited to take photos and swatch this one. So I got into it pretty much the day after I received it and I was blown away by the swatches. Every shade looked absolutely beautiful. The shimmers didn’t seem to be chunky or patchy and each shade delivered on the pigmentation front. Needless to say, I was excited to try it out on the eyes and see if it performed as well.
But unfortunately, it wasn’t meant to be. I first tested on the eyes without primer on and when applied with a brush, a lot of their shades lost their intensity and sort of blend out into nothingness. They lose a lot of the pigmentation from the base colour and the metallic quality you see when swatched. They also had a little bit of fallout. The mattes performed really well, though. And when patted onto the eye with a finger, the shimmers looked beautiful, too, but still faded a little throughout the day. Applied over a tacky primer, I could instantly see an improvement. But they still took a bit of effort to build to the intensity that you can see in the swatches.
The top row has most of the lighter, more neutral shades. The third shade along was a tiny bit drier than the other shimmers and generally didn’t perform as well. The bottom row is a little more intense – with the rich burgundies and deeper golds. The second shade along is by far the most intense, even leaving a bit of a stain behind after swatching. I was very impressed with the two mattes in the palette, though, applying smoothly and with no dragging on the eyes.
If you’re familiar with working with your fingers, it’s well worth having a look at this one. See how it works for you. If you’re an eyeshadow newbie who still feels more comfortable working with brushes, this might get a bit of getting used to. The shades are stunning, don’t get me wrong. But considering so many of them are shimmers that require a little extra effort to apply, I’m not sure how much I’ll be reaching for this one. Especially when I have other warm-toned shadows that I love which are a breeze to apply.
Although I wasn’t blown away, I think Maybelline’s formulas are definitely improving. They’re worth keeping an eye on for future releases. Give this one a swatch in store and see what you think.
What’s your favourite warm-toned eyeshadow palette?
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