I will admit, I am kind of a snob when it comes to my eyeshadows. When I see a small palette, it’s not something I normally want to buy or am even drawn to. There’s something about a large palette that I can create more than one or two looks from, it’s what pulls me in! This is especially true for drugstore eyeshadows. I NEVER buy the small quads or palettes, but this week I decided to be different.
I caved and bought the Maybelline City Mini Palette. I saw these colors and thought, yes! Let’s do this! I’ve also heard great things about this mascara, mostly that it’s comparable to Benefit’s, Bang mascara, so I had to pick that up as well.
The City Mini Palette x Shayla- $7.50
Total Temptation Mascara- $7.99
I got these at Target and there was a 20% off coupon for them! Yay!!
Here is a closer look..
I love this arrangement of colors. I only wish there was another matte color. There’s only one real color I will use in my crease (the dark brown).
I swatched these all the same as I do with every other shadow. The light shade is non existent and the black is patchy. The shimmers look gorgeous though. All were soft but were powdery. There was A LOT of fallout with these. Nothing like Subculture (🤭) but it’s there.
I still went with it, here’s my final look.
I liked the way my look turned out. I didn’t love it, but I liked it. I wish the black was more black, I couldn’t deepen my outer corner the way I wanted. (Side note: that inner corner and brow bone highlight is not from this palette.)
Let’s talk mascara. I actually really liked this stuff. I was expecting it to be like Benefit’s new mascara, and it wasn’t. I actually liked this one better. It didn’t lengthen my lashes like I would like, but they were fuller and voluminous as you can see from the photos above.
I wore these for about 6 hours and here’s what it looked like before I washed my face.
I set my face and used eye primer as usual, still. Most of the shadow is gone. So sad. The mascara on the other hand, was still on and looking great!
My final thoughts on the palette is a NO. 2/10. I could’ve gotten a better palette for cheaper from Wet n Wild or spent a few bucks more to get a Milani palette. As for the mascara, YES! 7/10. I will to reach for this!!
Other products used
-Ulta Beauty Primer
-Estée Lauder Double Wear Foundation
-Maybelline Fit Me setting powder
-Urban Decay Shape Shifter palette
-NYX Micro Brow pencil
-Ulta Beauty Lipliner and Lipstick
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