Monday, September 11, 2017

Product Review -- Maybelline The City Mini Palettes

These days, it seems like Maybelline is putting out new products all the time.

Not that I'm complaining, mind you.

While Maybelline has hits and misses like any brand, I'm always willing to at least give their stuff a try because I feel like there's a good chance I'll enjoy it.

I was excited to see that they'd come out with the new City Mini Palettes a couple of months back because eye shadow is one area where I feel like the brand falters quite a bit. 

I haven't had much luck with their single shadows, their quads have been very hit or miss, and the larger Nudes palettes have all been something of a disappointment.

The only shadow product I've consistently enjoyed from them are the Eye Studio Color Plush Quads, which have decent pigmentation and a nice smooth, creamy texture. 

In a lot of ways, the City Mini Palettes remind me of the Color Plush Quads.
Well, at least in terms of formula.

Maybelline City Mini Palette in Chill Brunch Neutrals

Maybelline City Mini Palette in Chill Brunch Neutrals

The City Mini Palettes comes in simple plastic compacts that offer six shades.

I purchased the palette in Chill Brunch Neutrals, which includes a matte beige; a shimmery mid-tone brown; a glittery light taupe; a shimmery light bronze; a matte purple-y mauve; and a satin plum.

Like the Color Plush quads, the shadows are decently pigmented. Some definitely provide more color payoff than others, but you don't have to work too hard to get them to show up on your lids. 

They have a nice soft, smooth texture, and are fairly easy to apply.

Maybelline City Mini Palette in Chill Brunch Neutrals
I did have some issue with blending the shadows, though I wonder if it's an issue with the particular colors in the palette I selected that are the problem. 

Because it's almost as if the shadows blend too well, so they all sort of run into one another and wind up looking kind of muddy.

I wonder if that's because three of the shades in the palette are somewhat similar in terms of depth, so there's not much contrast when you blend them into one another. 

I like the shadow formula in the palettes enough that if I see Maybelline on sale at some point, I'll probably pick up another one to try it out. 

I think that these are worth checking out if there's a shade selection that speaks to you -- but I'd be careful of any that have a somewhat monochromatic look to them due to the blending issue.

The palette retails for about $9.99. You can find them anywhere that Maybelline products are sold.

Have you tried the Maybelline City Mini Palettes? Which one is your favorite?

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