Is two Maybelline posts in one week too much?? What can I say, Maybelline is one of my favorite drugstore brands I just can’t help myself. I was so excited to finally get my hands on the Lemonade Craze palette!
This is one of the most ambitious palettes I’ve seen come out of the drugstore in a while. The warmish tones with a pop of yellow is very popular right now and you see it from other high end brands (think of the Natasha Denona Sunset palette) Most drugstore palettes are on the neutral, everyday, tones.
The Lemonade Craze palette is a diversion from the neutral tones. I am all here for it. I wish more drugstore brands came out with colorful palettes like this. Maybelline is coming out with another colorful palette in the fall called Grape Soda with purples, burgundy’s, and a pop of orange.
This palette has a few neutral browns, shades of pinks and corals and of course that great pop of yellow! There are 8 matte shades and 4 shimmer shades. All around I love the color story of this palette. There are great pops of color but enough neutral tones to create an entire look.
Swatched from top to bottom: Sherbet (cant see it because it is the same color as my skin), Berry Ice, Strawberry Lemonade, Sunnies, Lemonade Craze, Main Squeeze, Citrus, Ice Pop, Old Fashioned, Coral Punch, Sugar Coated, Sweet Tea.
Swatches in natural light.
Now I have to say, I was a little underwhelmed with the palette once I started swatching it. The shades Sherbet, Sunnies, Citrus, and Main Squeeze are not that pigmented. Sherbet is basically the same color as my skin, which makes it ideal to set the lid before a look, but that’s it. Citrus and Main Squeeze don’t have a lot of pigment but if you work with them they can show up.
I created two quick looks and tried to use almost every shade in the palette.
First up I really wanted to dip into this yellow. The yellow shade is not nearly as bright as I expected it to be, but its workable. I started with Sherbet all over the eye area. I then used Sweet Tea all in the crease and deepened it using Old Fashioned. I applied a white base to my lid and packed Lemonade Craze all over using my finger. I blended Old Fashioned under my lower lash line. I then used Main Squeeze to highlight my inner corner and brow bone. I added some white eyeliner to make it interesting and mascara to finish it off!
The next look I wanted to use all the pinky/coral shades. I started with Berry Ice and blended that all in my crease and then intensified it with Coral Punch. I then used a small brush and Mac Fix+ and packed Strawberry Lemonade on the inner portion of my lid. I blended Ice Pop on the outer portion of my lid and smudged it on the outer corner of my lower lash line as well. I then used Citrus to highlight my inner corner. Applied mascara to finish it off.
While this palette was a little underwhelming at first, the shades are buildable. A lot of the shades are very pretty, the bottom half of the palette had no pigment issues. For only $14 I think this palette is still worth checking out if you don’t have any colors like this in your collection.
I can’t wait for the Grape Soda palette to come out this fall.