On the drive to the NKOTB/TLC/Nelly concert in San Jose last week, my friend and fellow makeup lover Marisol asked if I would mind us making a pit stop at a Walmart down there to see if they had Maybelline’s new $10 The Blushed Nudes Palette.
She said that she’d looked all over for it up in the North Bay where we live to no avail, and that the closest place she could track it down was the Walmart right next to the concert venue.
A $10 dupe for Urban Decay Naked 3?
“Do you mind if we swing by?” she asked.
Uh…do I mind stopping by a store with a huge beauty section to look at makeup?
I said I didn’t.
Marisol said that she heard the palette was a $10 drugstore dupe for the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette.
“Of all the people I know,” she told me, “I thought you would understand.”
With a $10 dupe for Naked 3 on the line, shirtless Jordan Knight would just have to wait, LOL!
When we got to the Walmart, we made a beeline for the beauty department, where we found two Blushed Nude palettes in stock. I took it as a sign from the makeup gods that I needed to bring one of them home, and Marisol did too. She snagged the other one.
Forget about buying an overpriced New Kids t-shirt at the concert. This would be my souvenir instead.
The Blushed Nudes Palette by Maybelline: 12 eyeshadows in rose gold shades
With the rose gold packaging and 12 eyeshadows in rose gold shades, The Blushed Nudes looks a lot like UD’s $54 Naked 3 palette… Right? The resemblance is uncanny! For this one, it’s pretty easy to see where Maybelline got their inspiration.
Eyeshadow Trickery 101
But while very similar, there are some pretty big differences between the two.
Like first, the price. One is $10 and the other is $54.
Second and third, the levels of pigment and shimmer. The Urban Decay Naked 3 shadows contain much more pigment and pearl. With them I think you definitely get more intense color and shine on your lids, but you can get there with the Maybelline Blushed Nudes eyeshadows. You just need to resort to a little makeup trickery.
Like you could…
- Basically, use more. You can build up the Blushed Nudes shadows in layers, but you’re probably looking at using two or three times as many as you’d need with the Naked3s. Maybe five or six total layers with the lighter shades.
- Intensify the colors by applying them with a wet brush.
- Use your fingers instead of a brush, so you can really apply some pressure directly on your lids.
Of course, none of this is necessary if you actually want a softer, hazier eye look. Most of The Blushed Nudes shades are fairly sheer, so if that’s your agenda, your regular brushes would do you just fine.
Where are my mattes!?
And then there’s the whole matte situation… You get three matte shades — matte beige Strange, light matte pinkish taupe Limit and matte purplish taupe Nooner — in Urban Decay Naked 3, which are very handy as transition shades.
The Maybelline Blushed Nudes palette, on the other hand, has only one matte, a sheer pinkish taupe that looks like UD’s limit (only sheerer). I tried using it as a crease color…but I wasn’t too crazy about it. I had to use hella layers (I’m talking five or six) to have it really register on my medium skin tone, and even then I still couldn’t see it very well.
It may not be an issue for paler princesses, or if mattes just aren’t your thing, but if you’re around my shade (I’m a MAC NC42) or darker, or if you’re just all about that matte crease life, it’s something to consider.