Disclaimer: I purchased the Maybelline Lemonade Craze palette myself. However, later I also did receive a complimentary Lemonade Crazy palette from Influenster and Maybelline to test it out.
The Maybelline Lemonade Crazy eyeshadow palette is a palette that I knew I ‘had’ to have: bright colors, beautiful shimmers and a shade for everything. I also think that the concept/theme of the palette is really cute, so I was very happy to see that the palette just launched at Walmart when my parents were staying in the USA (so they could grab one for me 🙂 ).
The palette screams summer, is playful and full of bright and gorgeous colors. If prefer a palette that has it all: a base color, a transition shade, a crease shade, a deeper outer corner (or liner) shade, a brow bone/inner corner highlight shade, a shimmery lid shade and a pop of color to play around with.
This palette has it all in the most adorable Lemonade theme!
I did read online some not great reviews about this palette but because there were still a few people that did like the palette, I decided on getting it anyway. Because of the shades and theme, it is basically my dream palette.
Left to right: Sherbet, Berry Ice, Sunnies, Main Squeeze, Strawberry Lemonade, Lemonade Craze, Citrus, Ice Pop, Coral Punch, Sweet Tea, Old Fashioned, Sugar Coated.
The swatches tell it all: the colors are unfortunately not the best in pigment. The shades that are quite nice actually are the shimmery shades Citrus and Sugar Coated and the pink Ice Pop. Those three shades are pretty creamy, making the shade better in quality.
The other two shimmery shades, Strawberry Lemonade and Main Squeeze have chunky glitters and are less pigmented than the other two shimmery shades. All the mattes except for Ice Pop (and Lemonade Craze is also not the worst as a swatch) are chalky and not pigmented that well.
Since swatching doesn’t say everything about the shades though, I was still very hopeful while making some eye looks with the palette.
The first look I made is my fav: natural brown eye with a pop of pink in the outer corner and a shimmery gold on the lid.
The second look is made with Coral Punch in the crease and Citrus on the lid.
Making an eye look with this palette does take lots of patient. The colors need to be build up well before they show up a bit. The coral and yellow shade don’t really show up at all when applied with a brush, so I made it work to really press some product on my eye with my finger.
All of the shimmery shades also only work when applied with a finger.
Since the colors aren’t that pigmented, not a lot of blending is needed (fortunately). When I did blend the shades together, a bit of color payoff disappeared.
I do have to add though: with a good primer, the shades stay on well during the day.
So yeah, the internet was right. This is unfortunately not a really good palette. It looks fun and beautiful and I think the concept is cute, but the shades are not good in quality. It’s too bad that Maybelline didn’t take more time for on the quality of the shades, since some of their City Mini palettes are actually really good!
Even though this palette is not expensive at all ($10,99), there are better options.
Earlier I wrote about the Huda Beauty Coral Obsessions palette and that’s a pretty good alternative. Even though it comes with less shades, the shades are pretty similar (as you can see on the comparison swatches above). The pigmentation and intensity is better and it comes with a mirror. It is a bit more expensive though.
Colourpop also has a palette that gives me the same color vibes: the Yes, Please! Pressed Powder Eyeshadow Palette and it’s not that much more expensive. Also, Dominique Cosmetics is coming out with a Lemonade palette as well, sometime this summer.