The New Nudes: Embracing This Season’s Nude Eyeshadow Launches

Nude eyeshadow has long been the staple of every makeup collection, offering both a base for stronger colours and an understated look that works with a statement lip. I’ve a lot of love for nude tones and subtle colours on my lids, helping to create an effortless chic result that makes me look like ‘I just woke up like this.’ Although the Urban Decay palettes have taken over the nude market almost completely, it’s about time we started to embrace different brands, textures and formats for a new season. This spring there are loads of new nudes hitting stores, but here are some of my favourites that I know I’ll be turning to for some time.

Clarins Cream-to-Powder Iridescent Eyeshadow (£19.00)
These handy singular pots hold the most beautiful shimmering creamy formula that turns instantly to a lightweight powder upon contact with the skin. Once it dries (in nano seconds) the result is an understated glow which doesn’t budge; the texture ensures it’s perfect for wearing as a base, using to highlight or simply contouring around the eye when worn in conjunction with other colours. I adore the fact there’s no flaking from the pan when you work in your finger or a brush, meaning there’s no mess and absolutely no wastage. This ‘Aquatic Rose’ shade is simply stunning and will be a long-term friend throughout the summer months; part of their summer collection, the only downside is that you have to wait until May to get your hands on it.

Topshop Long-Lasting ‘Nude Eyes’ Cream Eyeshadow (£8.00)
Available in five new shades, these little pots contain beautiful creamy tones that work incredibly well on the lid. If you just want to enhance your natural skintone and even out imperfections, then ‘Naked’ or ‘Stripped’ provide a lightweight cream formula that dries to leave a crease-free finish. You can buff this into the lid and use it as a base, or in conjunction with just a flash of mascara; however, if you’re after a little more of a statement nude look then ‘Bare’ is an absolute dream. This slightly irridescent taupe shade can be built-up and used to contour around the eye, working equally well as an eyeliner than as a full on alternative to black or grey eyeshadow. The collection provides a new texture and a new take on nude, which is so much easier for spring than heavy powders.

Rimmel Glam’Eyes HD 5-Colour Eyeshadow (£6.99)
If you want to keep things classic, then this bargain buy (Brixton Brown) could be right up your street. Containing five complementary tones and a couple of great nudes, these pigmented eyeshadows can be layered or used delicately to provide just a wash of colour. The golden tone is more intimidating in the pack than on the lid, providing just a subtle shimmer and tint of something uplifting, while the taupe shade provides a great base colour. I do like the fact that this little palette is affordable and encourages us to play around with colour, rather than sticking to one stock shade – it’s a great introduction into nude tones if you’re not too sure where to turn or how to create a look. The Scandaleyes eyeshadow crayons are well worth a look to – particularly this delicate bronze shade in ‘Bluffing’, which works perfectly with a nude base.

Will you be embracing the new nudes this spring, or sticking to old favourites?

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  1. Philippa
    April 10, 2015 / 5:58 pm

    I wear neutrals everyday, not brave enough for colour! (:ABlogByPhilippa

  2. Rebecca Brennan
    April 10, 2015 / 6:34 pm

    Great review! Really like the Topshop ones! :)Becca

  3. Ami Elizabeth
    April 11, 2015 / 8:20 am

    I am really loving Nudes at the moment. They're so easy to wear and match with outfits for an understated look. I like the sound of the TopShop cream Eyeshadows 🙂 x

  4. Tara Eavan
    April 11, 2015 / 2:45 pm

    I have the Rimmel Brixton Brown palette and I love it. Such nice neutral colours with a hint of light burgundy. I didn't know Topshop were doing cream eyeshadows. I'll have to check them out!Tara Eavan x

    • London Beauty Queen
      April 13, 2015 / 6:45 pm

      I think they've been around for a while, but this nude trio is definitely new.

  5. Jasmine Stewart
    April 11, 2015 / 5:54 pm

    I'm loving Rimmel Brixton Brown at the moment and was so close to picking up some of the Topshop shades today. Cream eyeshadows really are an amazing time-saver, I already have so many but I'm sure I'll cave and add these to my collection…xx Magpie Jasmine | Zoeva Brush Set Giveaway

  6. Saloca
    April 11, 2015 / 8:35 pm

    I've always been a bit of a naturist when it comes to make-up, I'm a nudes all over kinda girl, always opting for the no-make-up-make-up look (say that 3 times fast!). It's a comfort zone I'm quite happy to stay in so I can't wait to head out and see what other shiny simple naturals I can add to my collection! A friend once asked why bother buying a variety of 'nude' shades when they're all the same colour, I was aghast! They're not the same at all, from textures to consistency, formula, shade, longevity, they're all as individual as our fingerprints..I think she thought I'd finally lost my last marble!Sarah :)Saloca in Wonderland

    • London Beauty Queen
      April 13, 2015 / 6:46 pm

      I'm with you on that – there are so many different shades of nudes, all of which create a different effect on the eye. Some warm, some neutralise, some work with darker tones and others need to be left alone. It's something only a makeup addict gets ; )

  7. Catherine Sayer
    April 11, 2015 / 9:39 pm

    I've heard good things about the Rimmel palette – it looks great! The Topshop cream eyeshadows looks gorgeous too x

  8. Sarah
    April 16, 2015 / 11:24 am

    That Clarins eyeshadow looks beautiful! Really like the look of those Topshop ones too; I always forget about Topshop makeup but they seem to have loads of nice stuff. Must pop in next time I'm shopping! Sarah 🙂

  9. Honeypot Blogs
    April 19, 2015 / 11:24 am

    I love nude eyeshadows, they just always look so nice. Love the look of the Clarins cream to powder eyeshadow! I never think to look in Topshop for make up, though I know I probably should!xxHoneypot Blogs

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