If there is one thing every girl needs in her makeup kit, it’s a good neutral eyeshadow palette. No look is complete without a little bit of colour and depth to the eye and for the longest time it was almost impossible to find a decent palette at an affordable price. Drugstore options were not always the best quality and most only offered chunky shimmer shades. Higher end brands like Urban Decay offer palettes with a mix of matte and shimmer shadows but with a price tag of around $60, they are not all that accessible.
In the last year or so affordable brands like NYX and Maybelline have tried to bring the nude palette to the drugstore but none have quite gotten it right until now. L’oreal has blown every other attempt out of the water with their new La Palette Nude collection.
L’oreal’s La Palette Nude collection features 2 neutral eyeshadow palettes. Palette 1 has a range of warm browns, golds and bronzes while Palette 2 has more cool tones with taupes, pinks and mauves. Both palettes have 10 shadows that come in lovely sleek packaging. The palettes are quite large – about the same size as the Naked palettes – and have a really simplistic elegance. They are sturdy black plastic with a snap closure and a window to see the product inside. There is a large strip mirror on the inside of the lid and they come with a double ended applicator that has a small brush on one side and a sponge on the other.
The back of the palette has a numbered guide for all of the shades – yay!- and features 4 looks with diagrams and instructions. The looks are simple but beautiful and the instructions make them easy for anyone to achieve. You can find even more looks on their new Makeup Genius App, which is so much fun to play with.
La Palette Nude 1* has a really nice mix of matte, satin and shimmery shades – no chunky glitter or frost to be seen. From left to right there is a matte cream, a shimmery rose gold, a matte taupe brown, a satin bronzed gold, a matte tan brown, a reddish brown, a shimmery bronze, a chocolate brown, a satin silvery taupe and a shimmery pinkish white.
The matte shades make for the perfect transition colours to enhance the gorgeous golds and bronzes. The shimmer shades are quite subtle in comparison to shades from something like the naked palette, which I actually think I prefer. They offer a gorgeous glow instead of a chunky metallic sheen and are much more appropriate for the day to day. If you want a more intense sheen all you need to do is wet your brush. Overall, there are a million different looks you can create with just the 10 shades in this palette, the only thing missing is a matte black.
The shadows themselves are really fantastic, they are buttery smooth, soft and silky. They have really great pigmentation and while some shades a bit more sheer than others, they all build up beautifully to create a deep rich colour. They are quite powdery but that never translates to being dry, chalky or too dense. They are simply very soft, creamy shadows. If you take care to build in sheer layers and tap off any excess before applying, you will have very little fallout. They all blend really nicely and buff out well no matter how much you apply. With a primer underneath they have no problems with creasing and they last a full 7-8 hours before fading evenly.
I genuinely think that L’oreal has created an amazing everyday palette that has a great range of shades and a pretty fantastic formula. I know there are some differences in opinion but I think that you are getting a really awesome product for the price. You can’t really compare this to something like the naked palette fairly because there was a completely different market and budget in mind when they created it. No other palette in this market has been able to achieve what this one has and I think it is truly impressive.
L’oreal has created the perfect palette for the every woman, the girls who might not want to spend $60 on eyeshadow, the beginners and even the beauty lovers like me. At $29.99 CAD it is a bit pricey but it is absolutely worth every penny.
Stay tuned for a tutorial with this palette on Friday and a review of La Palette Nude 2 next week!
*press sample – all opinions are honest and my own*