Makeup Shayla X Maybelline City Mini Palette Review + Half Cut Crease Gold & Purple Tutorial

Source: The City Mini Palette by Makeup Shayla X Maybelline 

I’ve been a fan of Makeup Shayla’s for a while and her collab with Maybelline has been on my never ending makeup wishlist since it came out.

The City Mini Palette by Shayla X Maybelline. 9.99 Ulta, CVS, & elsewhere

I have to be honest though, I’m not a fan of Maybelline eyeshadows even though I’m obsessed with their Fit Me line. In the past I’ve been disappointed by their chalkiness, lack of pigment, and lack of blendability. In the some eyeshadows look amazing but just don’t perform on the eyes. Forget all that because I’m not sure what wizardry Shayla came up with but she totally transformed whatever formula they had been using.

Source: pinterest. How sick is Shayla’s makeup?

Source: These shadows are so gorgeous and all so useful. 

My local drugstores stocked these products eventually, but at a snail’s pace. When I saw them I freaked out.

My heart did a somersault for Shayla and just because I could finally use them and create all the looks that started bubbling around in the makeup compartment of my brain. (an ever-growing one, much like my makeup wishlist.) 

The shadows couldn’t be creamier, which I love. The pigment and the color payoff are totally there. The blend ability is on point. The shadows are each very purposeful and you can totally tell Shayla put a lot of work and thought into it. 

As she mentioned in her introduction of the palette and tutorial on her channel, you can create anything from a simple daytime look or a sexy smoky glamorous look. That couldn’t be more true. I love palettes like these because they’re compact and complete. They’re perfect for people like me who hoard everything in their purse like a glam pack mule and who don’t have time to sort through ten palettes to get the ideal transition shade.


I created a half cut crease look somewhat like the one Katy/Lustrelux did on her channel:

I like how she concentrated the darkest shades only on the outer corner of the eye. I extended the purple way into the second half of my eye. 

I might have to give Kathy’s techniques a go as I’m always into making my eyes look bigger. I think this look would create that effect. 

I primed my eyes with a hit of Bye Bye Under Eye by It Cosmetics. I’ve started warming up to it as an eyeshadow primer because I found it works well if you apply a small amount. (literally a dot or two) and buff it out with a wet beauty blender as it’s very concentrated and thick. I also dig that it’s anti aging. 

Bye Bye Under Eye by It Cosmetics. $24 on and elsewhere.

I was tempted to dip into a tamer transition color than the terracotta reddish brown in the palettes but I really wanted to do a look with only this palette so I applied the shade lightly into the crease. I was really impressed at how well it worked and I fell in love with the shade. I want a sweater in this color. 

I then went into the gorgeous purple shade, and used it to intensify the outer crease. Purple is Shayla’s favorite, and she sure did it justice with this pretty plummy royal shade. 

I then cut a half cut crease with Bye Bye Under Eye and went over the entire lid with the shimmery light gold shade. I went back and forth between the gold and purple where they meet to create a gradient. I initially applied both with a brush but then packed more on with my finger. Lastly, I added more with a wet brush sprayed with Urban Decay’s All Nighter Setting Spray. 

Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray. $15 at Sephora, Ulta, etc.

You certainly don’t have to do this, as the shadows are shimmery on their own, but I wanted a super reflective sheen. I went over the crease again with the brown and intensified the outer V of the eye with the black shade. 

I think this look would be bomb with the Colossal Big Shot purple mascara Shayla also created with Maybelline, which she is wearing below:


I’m so happy with how the look turned out and will continue working on my cut crease skills. I’m so excited for Shayla and hope she continues to collaborate with brands or come out with her own products and makes more sick makeup. 

I can’t wait to play around more with this palette. By the way, this is kind of off topic but overall I think my looks have been looking more blended and diffused because of the Luxie 249  Blending and Shading brush I received in my Ipsy bag a last month. 

Source: I think this may have been an Ipsy Bag exclusive, but I found some on for $10. Similar brushes, which do the same job are available on Luxie website too. 

As Slayla would say, Strut and Slay.

Love and light to you all. I hope you had a relaxing and lovely weekend. πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’₯πŸ’₯


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