FINISH: MATTE, SHIMMER
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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 Coated, Ice 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,
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