The Smudged-Out Smokey


You know the deal by now. When it comes to eye makeup I’m all over the whole one shade, smudged all over the lid thang. Done. Easy enough for my inept grip to master and simple enough for my no-fuss makeup tastes. There’s plenty of colours in my collection that fit this blended lid bill, but a new one has been welcomed into the eye arsenal and it’s gooood. Maybelline’s The Nudes Palette, a warm neutral palette. And it was love at first smudge. There’s a rusty, copper-flecked wash that blends out with the help of a MAC 224 Brush to a cooler, almost burgundy tone around the edges making it look like you’ve gone to much more hassle than you actually have – win. Plus the formula’s on point too; malleable but not too creamy and best of all it does not budge even on oily peepers like mine.

Smokey stares aside the rest of my makeup roster read a little like this: Colorbar’s Full Cover Makeup Stick in Au Natural patted into place with fingertips – no change there. My bushy brows were coaxed with Maybelline’s Fashion Brow in Brown and a slick of Colorbar’s Zoom & Whoosh Mascara sorted my lashes (with this stuff getting even harder to find I’ve started to stock-up and currently have three tubes waiting in the wings). I rounded everything off with a dab of the The Body Shop Lip & Cheeck Tint in Poppy Coral on the lips – the best thing I’ve picked up from The Body Shop in a long while – slippy enough to add a pinch of colour to the cheeks or pout and in a flattering suits-all shade; expect this to headline an affordable acquisition post bonanza soon.

Here’s the problem, being a bit late on the Nudes Palette bandwagon it’s long gone unless you find one that’s managed to slip through the net on counter. In which case – what you waiting for? But in a more helpful conclusion, the Palette is pretty awesome and well worth sticking your finger into next time you stumble across a Maybelline offering. Smudged-out smokey perfection.