Let’s face it. Dark skin is typically an afterthought when it comes to beauty products. We’re often left wondering, “Will this work for me though?”
It’s a legitimate question.
Especially when it comes to makeup. Because everything isn’t made for us. Or even with us in mind, sadly. Cue my latest disappointment with Maybelline.
Curve the Craze
Maybelline is usually one of the more inclusive drugstore brands. Boasting a wide variety of complexion products suitable for dark skin that’s not crazy expensive. I’m a huge fan of their foundations and powder. And the eyeshadow palette they created with Makeup Shayla.
Needless to say, I was very underwhelmed with the new Lemonade Craze Palette. Not because it’s bad quality. But because it wasn’t made with women of color in mind. And that kinda sucks.
The colors are absolutely beautiful! I can’t deny that the Lemonade Craze Palette is one piece of delectable eye candy. The Lemonade Craze Palette includes:
- Sherbet pale peachy tan matte
- Citrus warm orange gold shimmer
- Berry Ice soft cool mauve matte
- Strawberry Lemonade soft rose gold shimmer
- Ice Pop bright coral poppy pink matte
- Old Fashioned warm medium brown matte
- Sunnies cool pale yellow matte
- Lemonade Craze bright lemon yellow matte
- Coral Punch coral pink shimmer
- Sugar Coated warm bronze shimmer
- Sweet Tea warm tan matte
However, the colors are also Maybelline’s downfall here. They’re just too light and chalky for deep skin. I realized that most of the colors started to look the same on my skin. Pale and chalky. There’s very little depth and dimension in Lemonade Craze. There’s not even a shade dark enough for me to use in my crease. Rendering the Lemonade Craze virtually useless for me.
I’m going to sound like a bit of a hater here. But I’m okay with that. The Lemonade Craze Palette performs quite well. And I’m salty as hell about it. LOL! Sorry not sorry. I simply can’t enjoy the Lemonade Craze Palette. And I’m very jealous of the folks who can because it is one gorgeous palette that isn’t too shabby for $10.
All of the shadows are very finely milled with a soft silky texture that’s quite creamy. The shimmers are more pigmented than the mattes. But the mattes aren’t slouches either! They pull their weight, too. The mattes apply and blend surprisingly well. The shimmers were nice and buttery and easy to work with too.
Of course, there’s a bit of fallout and some kickback with the formula being so soft. But the Lemonade Craze Palette is pretty nice. It won’t hold up through a crazy work day without a good primer. But it won’t leave you hanging if you prime first.
Is the Maybelline Lemonade Craze Palette Worth It?
Nope! I hate to bring up those times. But the Maybelline Lemonade Craze Palette is a waste if you’re darker than a brown paper bag. This is a palette better suited for my ladies with a little less melanin. Maybe Maybelline will give us chocolate cuties a blackberry or raspberry inspired Lemonade Craze Palette that’s a little more inclusive.