I’ve been meaning to post about these newbies from Max Factor, since they arrived completely under the radar, and they definitely deserve some viewing! I’m reaching that point in life when I’m starting to repeat myself, the ol’ memory is going, but I know I’m repeating myself here when I say that Max Factor is one of the most underrated high street brands – they do great colours, fantastic formulations, and whilst they’re certainly at the higher price point of high street make-up – I’d actually call them mid-range – they easily rival a lot of luxury brands and yet for some reason they don’t really get the shout-outs they deserve, which is a real shame!
I thought I’d give you a closer look at the recently launched Masterpiece Nude Palettes, of which there are three, lovely shade variants, so definitely something for everyone. All three palettes have a great mix of dark and light shades in a variety of finishes. The Cappuccino Nudes lean mostly cool, the Golden Nudes mostly warm and the Rose Nudes are a great mix of pink-leaning nudes. You can definitely see where the inspiration has come from (ahem, Urban Decay Naked…) but the presentation and shade range is just different enough to offer variety and plenty of room to play.
Credit needs to be given to the double-ended, sponge-tipped brush, which is not the usual rubbish you get in palettes and actually works really well! I genuinely don’t know which is my favourite as they’ve all got great elements to offer. I love a cool nude as found in Cappuccino Nudes, although I’ll probably say that out of the three, it’s my least favourite. Golden Nudes is a wonderfully warm and has those slightly khaki golden tones in a few of the shades, which is something I love – I can’t get enough of that antique gold vibe. Rose Nudes is an interesting one, as they are very pink in shade, which might mean you need to avoid them if you’re tired or prone to red-eye, since pink eyeshadow can make that look a lot worse. However, there are definitely enough deeper, darker shades included to allow for a lovely, plummy, smoky eye.
Whenever I write-up multiple products, I always like to suggest which one to go for if you just buy one, but I honestly don’t know which one to recommend above the others here, especially as I think it all boils down to personal preference. I think the Rose Nudes is the most unusual and especially well suited to anyone who likes a berry eye, the cooler Cappuccino Nudes is probably the most versatile, containing some great contouring shades, but the Golden Nudes contains the khaki colours, so I just don’t know! You definitely don’t need all three but I’ll leave it up to you to decide which you think is essential. The Max Factor Masterpiece Nude Palettes are £14.99 each here – link.