It’s really hard to miss Maybelline’s Lemonade Craze palette when you see it on the shelves: it looks fresh, summery, colourful and you can easily picture yourself strutting your stuff sporting the cutest eye looks.
The layouts are different, but the shades are exactly the same, so let’s get into this review straight away!
The price of the Lemonade Craze palette vastly differs whether you buy it in the US or in Europe. These are the prices that I found online:
Personally, I bought it at the local drugstore and paid €17.99 (that’s $21.05 and it makes me want to die).
Packaging and quantity of product
The packaging of the Lemonade Craze palette is pretty straightforward: it’s black plastic, doesn’t have a mirror and feels quite inexpensive. Nothing to write home about.
The palette is said to have a citrus scent and that claim is true.
There are 12 shadows for a total of 13.6g.
Review of the Lemonade Craze palette
The back of the palette gives instructions on how to create three signature looks, so those are the looks that I tried. This is what I used to test out the shadows:
Eyeshadow base: MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot (in Ochre)
Brushes: Real Techniques Deluxe Crease Brush, Real Techniques Base Shadow Brush, my fingers, MAC 217S, Nanshi Blending Eyeshadow, Nanshi Smudge Brush, Makeup Revolution Pro 101 Eyeshadow Brush
Most of the matte eyeshadows were problematic: they are chalky, powdery, patchy and most of the time will blend out into nothing. The shades are really cute and interesting, but their pigmentation is poor. The only shade that sort of stands out in my opinion of Old-Fashioned. It’s a really sultry chocolate kind of colour but, unfortunately, it takes a lot of building up and blending to get it to show properly.
The two most appealing shades of the palette, Icepop and Lemonade Craze, are huge disappointments when applied with a brush. Even a spritz of Mac Fix + doesn’t help them pop.
The shimmers are probably the only decent shades. Strawberry Lemonade looks absolutely beautiful on its own and can easily be applied with the fingers. Sugar Coated is by far my favourite and could compete with similar copper shades from high end palettes.
The shadows kick up a lot of powder and there is definitely quite a bit of fallout going on. Don’t bother doing your face makeup first.
I think the colour story of the Lemonade Craze palette is really interesting and it’s the kind of colours you’d be dying to put on in the summer. However, the execution is definitely not up to par. There’s a lot of room for improvement as far as the matte shades are concerned. A couple of shimmers are really good, but that’s not enough to make a palette worth buying.
I regret spending 20 bucks on that palette because I know I won’t reach for it. I have other yellows and pinks that I use almost on a daily basis and which never disappoint.
If you are into colourful makeup, I recommend checking out the Zulu Eyeshadow Palette by Juvia’s Place. It has a super bright yellow and a great pink and it’s roughly the same price range as the Lemonade Craze.
Colourpop also has some fun yellow and pink shades and they are extremely affordable.
That’s all for today. I hope you found this review useful 😉