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SIGH. So I’m going to through this review pretty quickly because much like Maybelline The Blushed Nudes, I’m also not feeling Maybelline The Smokes.
Here’s the quick scoop: Maybelline The Smokes has 12 eyeshadow shades (6 mattes and 6 shimmery shades) to get you any number of smoky eye makeup looks for all skin tones. I love that they realize you don’t only need a black shadow to get a smoky eye and there’s some colors in there that you can do a daytime smoky eye with. The color choices were nice although I would have loved to see a dark matte plum and a matte black (the black in the palette has silver sparkles in it).
The darker matte colors aren’t very smooth and may require a little more “pressure” to apply. Of course you aren’t expecting them to be buttery smooth like brands you’d find at Sephora but sheesh, I know drugstore-level mattes that aren’t this difficult (hey, Sleek MakeUP).
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And then other than that the eyeshadows just weren’t good quality at all. I test all eyeshadows without a primer first and these vanished within a little over an hour. When I tested them with a primer they lasted longer but still faded A LOT. Only good thing I can say about this palette is that at least it lasts longer than Maybelline The Blushed Nudes. But the shadows are still shinier than what I prefer (even if you like shiny shadows, the performance on these is still subpar).
Again, I’m so shocked that the same brand that can do such an awesome job on lip colors (I mean, I’m still loving the Color Elixirs and Color Sensational Lipstick I reviewed the other day) and make amazing foundations can do such a terrible job on their eyeshadows. I really don’t understand. Why is this happening? Is quality control boycotting eye colors? :(
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Bottom line: I mean, really if you don’t have an idea yet of whether or not you should get this after reading what I wrote then maybe you deserve to buy Maybelline The Smokes…lol. Sorry, that was harsh. But yeah, it’s not in your best interest to own this. Not when brands like Sleek MakeUP, NYX Cosmetics, Black Radiance, Milani, L.A. Girl, or Black Opal will give you far more bang and likely for less buck.
Price and where to buy: about $11.99 at drugstores and mass market retailers nationwide. See stores near you at maybelline.com.