Annabelle Smokey Nudes Eyeshadow Palette Review, Swatches, Photos

Friday, December 11, 2015

2015 has been the year of drugstore palettes! The neutrals craze hasn't died out yet, and while I have approximately 35785 nude palettes, I still can't get enough. One of my fave drugstore brands, Annabelle, recently released their own called Smokey Nudes* ($12.95 CAD). Keep reading to see how it performs!

Smokey Nudes contains 10 eyeshadows in two rows. The packaging is basic plastic without a mirror, and has a double-ended sponge and brush which isn't the best, but can work in a pinch. The top row contains cooler shades while the bottom has warmer tones. There's a good mix of light, medium, and dark shades and the yellow-gold is nice for a pop of colour. Most of the shades are shimmery but there are a few mattes. Most of the shades are soft and buttery with a few being slightly stiffer. Each shade performs well over primer, with a few requiring a few layers for building (noted below.) Swatches time:

Top row, left to right, swatched over Hard Candy eye primer:

1. Light pink: Matte. Incredibly hard to photograph as it basically blends into my skin. A great base or highlight shade.
2. Nude: Shimmer. A great lid shade.
3. Taupe: Shimmer. One of the best shades, in my opinion. Great for lid or crease.
4. Grey: Matte. A bit patchy and requires building; but a good "smoking" shade. Slightly stiff.
5. Black: Matte. Also a bit patchy and requires building. Not the best-performing black I've used; but again, good for smokey looks. Slightly stiff.

Bottom row, left to right, swatched over Hard Candy eye primer:

6. White: Shimmer. Excellent for highlighting! I've actually used this as a general face highlighter too. Sooo good.
7. Gold: Shimmer. Great lid shade or could even work as an accent or highlighter on some skintones.
8. Bronze: Shimmer. My favourite shade in the palette! So, so pretty and performs very well.
9. Copper: Shimmer with sparkles. Patchy and needs building, but worth the effort. Slightly stiff.
10. Brown: Matte. Slightly patchy but a good crease/smokey shade. Slightly stiff.

As is the case with many palettes, the shimmers performed better than the mattes. The mattes are still pretty good though, and I find the entire palette usable. There are definitely a lot of looks to be created with it; from day to night, casual to smokey. I'm in love with the white, taupe, and bronze shades and would honestly pay $12.95 just for them! While the packaging isn't as pretty as some of the recent drugstore nude palettes, at least it isn't bulky and you also get a nice guide on the back:

I wouldn't say you need Smokey Nudes if you already own a neutral palette or two (or twenty...), but it's a nice addition to the Annabelle line and drugstore palettes in general. I can't compare it to the other recent drugstore neutral palette releases, but I can say it's good quality and worth the price (even better if you can get it on sale!) I even may or may not be gifting it to someone this Christmas. :)

You can find Annabelle products online, or in-store at Shoppers Drug Mart, and most drugstores or mass merchandise stores like Walmart.

Have you tried Annabelle's Smokey Nudes palette

*Product provided for review. All opinions are my own.

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