maybelline: lemonade craze palette (swatches)

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I’m pretty late to the party with this palette, I know. But, has there ever been such a thing as too many swatches? There has been so much hype surrounding Maybelline’s Lemonade Craze Palette, that it has been completely sold out everywhere. Finally, I was able to get my hands on one. So, let’s dive right on in and see what all the hype is about, shall we?

Starting off, I think that this is a perfect summer release from Maybelline and I’m loving the overall Lemonade theme and concept. Yellow is such a fun color that just screams summer vibes, and each shade has super fun names! The packaging isn’t my favorite, and is certainly nothing to rave about. It’s black plastic that get’s dirty as soon as you touch one of the shades. Which isn’t a huge deal, but it made my new palette look super messy very quickly. Every promo (and social media) picture that I saw for this palette they were either rocking a gorgeous yellow, vibrant pink (or both) shade that made me even more excited for this palette! However, I began to notice that those were the only two shades out of a twelve shade palette that everyone seemed to be using. Which now makes sense seeing as how the only eye catching shades in the palette are Ice Pop and Lemonade Craze. The rest of the shades in this palette are nice, but seem better suited for a nude palette. Given this palettes overall theme, I definitely feel that Maybelline could have implemented more than just two really bold and summery shades. Unfortunately, ‘lack of’ is a common theme throughout the palette. All of the shades I found to be either a big hit or miss.  The shades all look better sitting in the pan untouched, than they actually do on the lid or even in a swatch. But, who buys a palette just to look at it?

The formula of the matte shades is so soft, almost powdery like. Which makes the shades themselves super chalky and honestly pretty dull and lackluster. There is little to no pigmentation with the matte shades (with the exception of Ice Pop), and they all require a lot of building up to get anywhere near the true shade. However, blending them on the lid is a nightmare because the more you blend – the shade just disappears. Even Lemonade Craze the shade that shares it’s name with the palette had so much potential, but sadly missed the mark. Seven out of twelve of the shades in this palette are mattes, which makes more than half of the palette pretty hard to work with. The shimmer shades are a little better, but even a couple of those blend a little chunky and look like straight glitter on the lid. The best overall shade in this palette would have to be Sugar Coated. It’s by far the most pigmented and usable shade in this twelve shade palette. Maybelline also states that the palette is citrus scented, but I personally don’t smell it. If anything, there is a weird sort of chemical like smell and you have to really sniff in order to pick it up.

Overall, I’m definitely not feeling the craze with this palette. I do feel as if this palette was a little over-hyped, and that Maybelline could have improved the formulas a lot more before releasing. I wanted to like this palette so much more than I actually did, and unfortunately I don’t see myself reaching for this palette very often (if at all). I will continue to try and make some of the shades work, and see how the perform with a good base. This palette is a budget friendly option, but it’s definitely not a must buy in my opinion. There are so many palettes out there that are affordable, and have much smoother applications with better formulas. Unfortunately, the Maybelline Lemonade Craze Palette is not one of them.

Take a look at the swatches below, and let me know your favorite shades! My favorite shades in this palette are: Sugar CoatedIce Pop, and Old Fashioned.


Have any of ya’ll picked up the Lemonade Craze Palette or considering adding it to your collection?


Until next time,

Anjhanee ♡






  1. July 15, 2018 / 10:47 pm

    Such a bummer 😏 I’ve heard this isn’t working out for a lot of people

    • simplyanjhanee
      July 15, 2018 / 9:38 pm

      The formula wasn’t the best for the majority of the shades, but Sugar Coated is my fave as well. So pretty!

  2. July 14, 2018 / 7:47 pm

    Wrote a review about it last week and totally share your opinion!

    • simplyanjhanee
      July 15, 2018 / 9:36 pm

      The formula is such a disappointment! Thank you for stopping by. (:

  3. July 13, 2018 / 6:08 pm

    I’m so happy you did this review because I was always curious about this particular palette. I must admit I don’t know much about makeup but the swatches look pretty on your skin.

    Natonya |

  4. July 13, 2018 / 2:35 am

    Okay so the formula sounds a lil disappointing but THE SHADES ARE SO BEAUTIFUL OMG xx

    • simplyanjhanee
      July 13, 2018 / 2:56 pm

      It really is, which is a complete bummer. Right?! And if they were actually pigmented, this would be an amazing palette! (:

    • simplyanjhanee
      July 14, 2018 / 3:57 pm

      They really are which makes the bad formula so much more disappointing! 😩 Thank you for stopping by! 💛

  5. July 12, 2018 / 5:25 pm

    I love the colours! I’ll have to try find my own CF & vegan dupe 🙂

    • simplyanjhanee
      July 12, 2018 / 10:57 pm

      The shades are super pretty, just wish the quality was better. Ooh, let me know if you find anything! 🤗

  6. July 12, 2018 / 3:40 pm

    Not a huge fan of matte shadows. The shimmers in this are really nice! Hmmmmm I will wait til it goes on clearence 😉

    • simplyanjhanee
      July 12, 2018 / 10:53 pm

      Great thinking! Considering the reviews I’ve been seeing, it won’t be long until it’s in the clearance bins, lol. 😊

  7. July 12, 2018 / 1:11 pm

    Aw man that makes me sad.. I’m such an eyeshadow junkie and that was next on my list.. lol

    • simplyanjhanee
      July 12, 2018 / 10:48 pm

      Same, I was really hoping that this would be a great palette. Sadly, it’s a let down. 😩

  8. July 12, 2018 / 1:03 pm

    Gorgeous!! I like the look of ‘ice pop’ & ‘main squeeze’ 😍😍 Not sure if this is in UK drug stores yet, will have to check xx

    • simplyanjhanee
      July 12, 2018 / 10:47 pm

      The matte shades are not the best formula, but the shimmers are super pretty! Just takes a little patience to really get the look you’re wanting! 😘

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