Last week when I reached into my drawer of palettes I pulled out the ELF Need it nude palette. It has a slim case design and a nice long mirror. It takes up very little of the space on my dressing table.
The Need it Nude Palette (incidentally while this palette normally retails for $10, on the site when I linked it the palette was offered for sale for $4, just in case you were looking.) was an interesting palette to work with this week. Given the shade range, there is very little variation in the looks. My crease was a varying shade of brown that could be lightened or darkened and my inner eye accents ranged from golden to a barely there shimmer. Every shadow worked with every other shadow and this is an ideal palette for a quick morning look as you run out the door. It is super easy to work with.
I will say the shades are not very pigmented. This tends to help a little with the darker shades as there is almost no fall out and they blend easily. You just may have to apply more than once to darken the look up to the color you want. With the lighter shades, always use a wet brush or a wet finger. Otherwise they will not show up.
If you are looking for something simple that is suitable for office wear, this is a great palette to have around. I keep it for more conservative looks, but it is not one I reach for every day. It is a lottle on the boring side to be honest. Different looks are more a variation of tone rather than of color. Like I said it is very good for office wear, especially in a more conservative office environment. I have worked in places where this would have been an everyday palette for me. However I have to say I was glad when my Boxy Charm box arrived and I had a single shadow in a reddish tone to add to the mix.
I know it is a Nude Palette and I don’t want to change that, but as two of the browns are almost identical when applied and only slightly different in the pan, perhaps having a deeper bronze wouldn’t go amiss. It would still be in the nude territory, but it would give the palette a little more pop.
Even if this palette lacks a little bit of flare, it is a good palette and sold at a very reasonable price. I am very glad to keep it in my collection for now as I think it is good to have this sort of palette around as a base if nothing else. I think next time I use it though, unless I’m going for a conservative look, I may pair it with my single shadows. Not only will it add that little zing, but it will remind me to use the single shadows.
While I normally just reach in and grab the palette for the next week, going with the element of surprise, this coming week I will be using the Too Faced Palm Springs Palette that came in my Boxy Charm this month. The colors are irresistible and I think after two very neutral palettes, it is time for something a little more vibrant.
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