Kitty Blackadder

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Sunday, 16 November 2014

#ShadowSunday: L'Oreal la Palette Nude Rose

L'Oreal La Palette Nude Rose Eye Shadow Review Drugstore
L'Oreal La Palette Nude Rose Eye Shadow Review Drugstore
L'Oreal La Palette Nude Rose Eye Shadow Review Drugstore

I was a happy girl when I saw this launch – eyeshadow palettes are my favourite but for a long, long time, the drugstore has been tragically empty of substantial offerings – outside of Sleek and Makeup Revolution, there wasn’t a whole lot of options for a shadow gal like me, until now. Finally one of the major drugstore brands has jumped on the shadow bandwagon and delivered to us a 10 pan, budget friendly, nude palette. *Drumroll* ladies and gentlemen, I present to you, the L’Oreal Paris laPalette Nude Rose (£14.99).

As happy as I was (which was seriously, freaking, very) to see this palette, the name instantly panicked me. A rose palette? I cannot do pink shadows – not now Halloween has passed! But actually, if you’re like me, there’s no need to panic; I’d say, while yes, some pink tones are present for sure, there’s also a more noticeable violet trend running throughout and that, I can very much get on board with.

L'Oreal La Palette Nude Rose Eye Shadow Review Drugstore
L'Oreal La Palette Nude Rose Eye Shadow Review Drugstore

The palette is quite a dinky little thing, good for travel – something made even easier by the pretty sturdy plastic packaging that clips shut securely. Inside there’s a mirror that occupies the entire upper ‘lid’ portion, the ten pans of eyeshadow (not the biggest in the world, but still not too narrow that it’s a problem to get a brush in there) and a double ended applicator – one end is the obligatory foam applicator and the other is an actual brush which is nothing special, but perfectly usable if you’re trying to pack super light/forget your brushes.

Now, let’s talk about the shadows (finally, I hear you cry…). The shade range is good, for me at least. You have a very wearable highlight, a whole array of midtones and a couple of deep shades. The palette contains 6 shimmery shades and 4 matte shades – which in theory sounds like a nice mix, but in practice, the matte shadows aren’t of the same quality as the shimmery shades , which isn’t uncommon – but it does somewhat take them out the running as ‘all over the lid shades’ as they’re pretty dry and hard to work with, and, try as I might, I don’t get a very even finish.

The shadows aren’t named, so we’ll refer to them as 1-10, left to right.

1. A pretty, pink toned highlight. Very wearable, though it is quite shimmery.
2. A shimmery, ballerina pink.
3. A matte, cool toned, muted pink – pigmentation isn’t great on this; I’m very, very pale so it shows up well enough on me, but deeper skin tones may struggle to wear this one.
4. Another matte, this one is a kind of terracotta colour, with pink undertones – sounds weird, but it’s actually very flattering on, I like this one in the crease.

5. Shimmery peach pink.
6. Shimmery muted lilac.
7. Matte, warmer toned muted purple.
8. Shimmery purple toned taupe – probably my favourite shade from the palette, quite unique and very flattering on my eye colour.

9. Matte, deep, purple toned grey. This is where the poor pigmentation in the mattes bothers me; this should be a great, deep shade for making a smokey eye or using as a liner, but really, it’s just impossible to get that oomph from it.
10. Shimmery, deep red-wine purple. This is the darkest shade in the palette, which makes a nice change from black, but don’t be put off by it being purple; it’s very easy to wear and it really doesn’t shout ‘purple’ when it’s on the eye.

L'Oreal La Palette Nude Rose Eye Shadow Review Drugstore

Overall I like the palette for being a bit different – initially I thought it would be a Naked 3 dupe, but it really isn’t, and it isn’t trying to be either. Matte shades being problematic is nothing new – even in terms of higher end products, and really, it’s only the lack of a grey/black/brown matte shade with some punch that bothers me; the rest I use in the crease or underneath the shimmery shades. For £14.99 I’m glad I have it, and I would say it’s good value if, like me, you have quite a collection of palettes, however, if you’re making your first foray into the world of eyeshadow palettes, or you’re on a budget – I’d still advise checking out Sleek and Makeup Revolution first; higher quality, for cheaper prices. Hopefully though, this palette is a sign of things to come, and we soon see more drugstore palette offerings *crosses fingers*.

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