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Take Me With You, Maybelline City Mini Palettes!

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The travel-friendly Maybelline City Mini Palettes, $9.99 each

I think I may have discovered a potentially life-changing beauty packing hack this morning.

And here it is: instead of bringing the biggest makeup bag I own (which is what I usually do, BIG surprise!), I’ll bring a small one and only allow myself whatever will fit into it on the trip.


Yes, I know this is Captain Obvious, but hear me out.

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Six of seven Maybelline City Mini Palettes

Clearly, someone out there has figured this out before, but it never occurred to me. Seriously, OMG! SHRINK THE BAG, KAREN!

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Graffiti Pop in the palm of my hand

That’s where these new Maybelline City Mini Palettes enter the picture?

Aren’t they cute? You get six powder eyeshadows in one mini palette that fits in the palm of your hand.

There are seven versions available, and here are six. They’re only $9.99 each, which is a pretty great deal.

maybelline city mini swatches
From the top: Chill Brunch Neutrals, Concrete Runway, Downtown Sunrise, Graffiti Pop, Rooftop Bronzes and Urban Jungle
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Wearing the Downtown Sunrise palette on my eyes… (Please excuse the pajamas and cat ears. This was just a 10-minute look I did to go on a Starbucks run.)

Each palette has a combo of shimmery finishes (sorry, matte lovers!), so we’re talking frosts, glitters and satins. The textures are so soft that they’re almost creamy, and they’re all quite pigmented.

When you’re working with glitters and frosts, you have to be prepared to deal with some fallout, but overall, these are high quality shadows and a bargain, and the fallout isn’t bad.

And hopefully this never happens to you on a trip (or to me!), but if your makeup bag ever gets lost in transit, it won’t cost much to replace a City Mini.

I’m just sayin’…

Maybelline City Mini palette ingredients
Caprylic / Capric Triglyceride, Nylon-12, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Dimethicone, Talc, Diisostearyl Malate, Boron Nitride, Silica, Magnesium Stearate, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Dimethicone / Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Isostearyl Alcohol, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Alumina, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sorbic Acid, Paraffinum Liquidum / Mineral Oil / Huile Minerale, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Cera Microcristallina / Microcrystalline Wax / Cire Microcristalline, Paraffin, Sorbitan Isostearate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tin Oxide, Serica Powder / Silk Powder / Poudre De Soie, Tocopherol. May Contain: Mica, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 / Iron Oxides, CI 77891 / Titanium Dioxide, CI 77007 / Ultramarines, CI 77742 / Manganese Violet, CI 19140 / Yellow 5 Lake, CI 42090 / Blue 1 Lake, CI 77510 / Ferric Ferrocyanide, CI 75470 / Carmine

Warm-toned Downtown Sunrise is my favorite one. It has three satins (a bone, beige and a dark brown) and three frosts (a pale pink, champagne and a coral). The satins are the closest things in these palettes to mattes, and the brown and beige are fantastically useful for transitioning the shimmers into the crease.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


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    Which Eyeshadow Palettes Do You Regularly Reach For?


    It seems like every season all of the brands come out with new eyeshadow palettes, right?

    It’s like the thing to do now.

    But how often do people actually use those palettes? Speaking for myself, a lot of the time I’ll fall in 💖 love with a palette, use it vigorously for a month, and then stick it in the drawer where I keep my nude/natural palettes (the ones with every shade of brown imaginable are the ones I love the most).

    Then I’ll kinda forget about it for a few months…

    Even though I’m a bonafide eyeshadow palette #hoarder, there’s still really only one I use all the time.

    I know, right?! It’s the MAC Nordstrom Naturals Palette, which has 15 fantastic shades from the permanent line ALL IN ONE PLACE.

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    The MAC Nordstrom Naturals Eyeshadow Palette

    Granted, it’s not a super flashy palette or revolutionary or anything, but the shades happen to be the ones I use the most, like, Wedge, Carbon, Brun, Satin Taupe, Woodwinked, Mulched… The only thing missing is Soft Brown, but I usually have a single pan of that in my makeup bag anyway.

    Unfortunately, Nordstrom Naturals was LE, but you can recreate it with an empty $8 MAC Pro Pan palette and the Pro Palette Refill Pans (which are only $6 each!).

    How about you? Which eyeshadow palettes do you reach for on the regular? There are so many purr-worthy palettes out there to collect and love (and hoard, haha!), but which ones do you actually use on a daily basis?

    Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


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