Obviously most people need another nude eyeshadow palette like they need a poke in the eye but, just in case, this little dude, the Masterpiece Nude Palette in Cappuccino Nudes from Max Factor is rather nice. I actually bought this because I forgot to take my Urban Decay Naked Basics 2 with me for my wedding and needed a couple of matte shades to go with the Chanel Tissé Rivoli – this was on offer in Boots and I was in a hurry*, so I grabbed it and it worked really well.
Of the eight shades, four are mattes and four shimmers – they’re alternated in the palette so you get an approximation of the same depth of tone in each finish. I think that the range of shades is lovely and all eight have really good pigment and texture – the swatches below are one swipe with a finger. The darker colours need a little more work to get them to full opacity but the darkest shimmer in particular is a really gorgeous colour if you pack it on.
My most-used shades are the middle four – these would make a great quad, I reckon – but it’s always good to have a super pale highlight colour and a couple that you can use as liner. The formula is slightly powdery in the pan but it doesn’t translate onto the lid, thankfully. They do crease on me without a primer, but almost everything does. Mica is the first ingredient, followed by talc, with mineral oil about halfway down the list, which explains both the powdery feel and the soft smoothness; they’re not the best quality shadows I’ve used but they’re by no means the worst, and the two mid-brown matte shades were a perfectly good stand-in for my UD Basics.
My main gripes about the palette are the packaging and the price. Compared to brands like Sleek or Gosh, whose palette contain more colours, a mirror, and a solid-feeling case, these Max Factor offerings feel flimsy and cheap, but they’re actually £14.99 – Sleek’s palettes, for comparison, are £8.99. I think that Max Factor have somewhat priced themselves out of the highstreet palette market with these, ignoring the rise of ‘budget’ brands, which is a shame because they’re really rather pretty.
What do you think of these little palettes? Are they too expensive compared to what else is available now?
*NB: if you ever get married, I really don’t recommend realising that you’ve forgotten a crucial part of your makeup kit three hours before the ceremony and having to leg it up and down Prince’s Street in Edinburgh in the middle of Storm Desmond, looking for eyeshadow. Just don’t do it. Make someone else go..!