Holla For the Brights! Maybelline The Brights Palette Review Photos and Swatches

In Eye Makeup, Maybelline, Palettes by Angie Canning

Going for colorful makeup this summer doesn’t have to break the bank!
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Like many girls, the colors of my eye shadows tend to lean more toward the neutral/natural spectrum as evidenced here, here, and here but this summer I’ve been enjoying experimenting with more color (like here and here) and I’m finding it both freeing and fun to let my creative side out!  Maybelline The Brights Palette is perfect to experiment with a variety of colors without a huge financial investment, and I’ve got to say I’m quite impressed with this little beauty.  Let’s give her a closer look!



Maybelline The Brights Eyeshadow Palette contains 12 eye shadows – 10 which have shimmery or satin finishes and two which are matte.

Swatches+ Review


The Brights Eyeshadow Palette performs well overall.  I found the shadows to work best on top of a base such as MAC Soft Ochre Paint Pot, but using the shadows on top of a white base would also work well to intensify the color. A couple of the shadows have a firm formulation so using a synthetic blending brush seemed to work best to pick up the product and then I could go in and build up the color as bold as I wanted it.

The shades easiest to work with and yield the best pigmentation are the entire top row as well as the champagne and chocolate brown in the bottom row.  The dark purple shade is one of the mattes in the palette but it was the hardest to work with because the shadow itself is very firm and hard to pick up.  I did find when I worked with it enough I could build it up slightly, but it does take some work. The royal blue shade is light when applied on the lid, and the turquoise blue has a surprising satin iridescent finish which gives it a more soft color payoff, but it is still gorgeous!  The other matte shade in the palette is black. Although it is not particularly boldly pigmented it works nice when used wet as a soft eyeliner or to deepen other shades in the palette.

In working with the shadows I did not experience any fallout, which is most likely due to the more firm shadow formulation.  I did wear the shadows on top of a base and did not experience any fading by the end of the day.

Overall, if you are used to working with intensely pigmented eye shadows you might be frustrated with building these up, however if you are just getting started with blending or learning how to work with and place more color on the lids this is an excellent option. Most of the shadows are excellent quality which to me makes it worth it for sure!

Makeup Looks

Here are two makeup looks I created with The Brights palette.  For more photos and how-to, please see the post here

What do you think of Maybelline The Brights Eyeshadow Palette?  Will you be giving it a try this summer?
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