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Annabelle Cosmetics Smokey Nudes Eyeshadow Palette Swatches + Review

Annabelle Cosmetics Smokey Nudes Eyeshadow Palette Swatches 3Recently I shared Annabelle Cosmetics Fall 2015 Brow launches, and today I’m back with the first of two posts sharing their new eye products. It has been really exciting to see the number of brands at the drugstore starting to offer palettes with more than four or five shades, and I was lucky enough to try out the new Annabelle Cosmetics Smokey Nudes Eyeshadow Palette*.

Annabelle Cosmetics Smokey Nudes Eyeshadow Palette Swatches 2Annabelle Cosmetics Smokey Nudes Eyeshadow Palette includes, as the name implies, a range of neutral shades  with a few smokier options for darker looks. There are 10 different shadows, with cooler-tones on the top row and warmer ones on the bottom row. The shadows have a mix of finishes, and are contained in a plastic compact case with a transparent lid. It also comes with a very basic, dual-ended brush with a pointed foam applicator on one end and a brush on the other. On the back of the palette, there is a graphic giving you a mini tutorial for 3 different looks you can create.

Annabelle Cosmetics Smokey Nudes Eyeshadow Palette SwatchesThe top row of the Annabelle Cosmetics Smokey Nudes Eyeshadow Palette includes a pale mate pink, a shimmery pink nude, a shimmery taupe, a dark matte grey and a matte black. Overall, I did find the shadows in this palette to be quite firmly packed, but they still swatched and applied fairly well. The black is rough, but blacks are notoriously difficult, however I was disappointed that pale shimmery nude wasn’t more pigmented because it looks gorgeous in the pan.

Annabelle Cosmetics Smokey Nudes Eyeshadow Palette Swatches 2The bottom row includes a frosty white, a yellow gold, a metallic bronze, a dark brown with glitter and a dark matte brown. I prefer this side of the palette since I tend to reach for warmer looks, and it includes two favourites from the Annabelle Cosmetics Smokey Nudes Eyeshadow Palette, which is the white and bronze. Both shades are creamy and pigmented and apply gorgeously to the lid. They were the main shades I used for my look below.

Annabelle Cosmetics Smokey Nudes Eyeshadow Palette Swatches 4 Annabelle Cosmetics Smokey Nudes Eyeshadow Palette Swatches 5In the above look, I used the white shade from the Annabelle Cosmetics Smokey Nudes Eyeshadow Palette on my inner corner, then applied the bronze all over the lid, dabbing a touch of gold to the centre to brighten it up. I used the pale pink on my brow bone, and depended up the crease with the dark brown. Although there are a few flawed shades in the mix, all the ones I used looked great. I did test them without a primer, but they start to fade after a few hours and then crease into nothing by the end of the day, so I definitely recommend using a primer underneath.

Annabelle Cosmetics Smokey Nudes Eyeshadow Palette SwatchesBrands are just beginning to release affordable palettes at the drugstore, and the Annabelle Cosmetics Smokey Nudes Eyeshadow Palette is actually the first one I’ve tried! While it hasn’t replaced my higher end palettes yet, I think this is a great option for people who are new to makeup and don’t want to splash out on a $50 palette they’ll hardly use, or if you want one that you feel safe traveling with. If this is where drugstore palettes start, I can’t wait to see where they go next!

Have you tried a palette from the drugstore yet?

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