Review: Maybelline The Rock Nudes Palette

Hello beauties,

The latest edition to the Maybelline Nudes range is The Rock Nudes* palette. About a year ago or longer, Maybelline introduced their Nudes eyeshadow palette. It was the drugstore’s answers to a go to neutral eyeshadow palette. Since it was first introduced, they’ve launched The Blushed Nude palette and more recently The Rock Nudes.

The Rock Nudes

About The Rock Nudes Palette:

  • Retails for $25.95 AUD or $11.99 USD
  • Contains 12 eyeshadows
  • The eyeshadows range from mauve tones, purples, one blue and a few grey tone eyeshadows
  • There’s a mixture of shimmers and mattes

The Rock Nudes 2

Here’s a few swatches using my finger, no eyeshadow brush.

Maybelline Swatches

Overall Thoughts:

  • The palette is affordable for the Australian drugstore, but personally I think it’s still a bit pricey
  • I was really excited by the blue shade but was extremely disappointed by the pigmentation. It wasn’t as vibrant as it was in the pan and was a bit patchy once applied on the lid- please see below
  • The mattes were surprisingly pigmented but not the best quality
  • Overall the eyeshadows were a bit patchy and lacked pigmentation
  • The best way to apply the eyeshadows are with your finger. Using a flat shader brush didn’t pack a punch…
  • In terms of the shade selection, you have to like these tones to want to buy it. Personally I would have preferred the original Nudes palette


As you can see I wasn’t to impressed with the palette. I’ve tried to like it but I’m sorry I just didn’t get along well with it. I have applied the shades with a flat brush and blending brush but no luck.

If you have any tips for this palette please let me know. I really want the blue to work but it was just so disappointing.

*This product has been provided for reviewing purposes, all views and opinions are 100% honest.

**Disclaimer: All opinions are based on personal experiences, and are not sponsored. rachelbeautystyle is not a make up artist, beauty or skincare specialist and will not be held liable for any recommendations. Therefore try at your own risk.

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23 thoughts on “Review: Maybelline The Rock Nudes Palette

  1. See I love the shade range! It’s definitely something I’d go for. Unfortunately the shimmer/glitter shades aren’t good quality. I also think it’s pricey for a drugstore eyeshadow palette too.


  2. Boo it is always sad when a palette doesn’t work as you hope! I had high hopes for that blue shade too – perhaps if you put down a cream base and packed it on top with a flat brush?


  3. These Maybelline palettes have never impressed me either. I haven’t really ever found a good eyeshadow palettes. Some of the singles are good but it’s worth paying extra for a high end palette I think. Great review 🙂

    Emma | Rosy Disposition


  4. Using some setting spray on your brush always helps a little to bring out colours if you really wanna try with that blue colour, studio fix by mac can do miracles. Even just wetting your brush may help but there’s not too much you can do when the pigmentation is not there. Thankyou for this lovely and honest review I can always trust your opinions! btw i actually love the way youve smoked it out in the pic Xx


  5. I have to say I’ve found the same issues with a few of the Maybelline references shadow palettes. They aren’t super pigmented….

    However, when I was in Italy I swatched one and was amazed, it was sooo much better than Australia, I still regret not buying it…

    Laura || xx


  6. Darn it – what a pity the pigmentation is so poor, I really like the colours, and I agree that blue is gorgeous in the pan. Maybelline is my numero uno supermarket brand for lip products, and I’ve been using their mascara and eyeliner for years. Such a shame they haven’t extended their usual quality to the eyeshadows – really appreciate your honesty Rachel ♥♥♥


  7. I had the blushed nudes palette, it was so pretty that I had to get it. I tried everything to like it but the colours just got muddy together. I ended up returning it. Too bad. I think they have to look at reformulating their shadows.


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