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I’m pretty sure the last thing I could possibly need in my makeup collection right now is another eyeshadow palette, but seeing as they’re also one of my favorite things to play with and review, I find myself in possession of yet another. These new palettes from L’Oreal have had a huge launch over here in the US, after having a similar launch about a year ago over in the UK, and I wanted to know what the fuss was all about.
Unlike our cousins overseas, two different versions of the La Palette Nude were released here in the states, the first being your classic gold and brown toned neutrals, and the second being filled with more taupes and pinky nudes. It seems like everyone and their mom has been reviewing the first palette, which is understandable given how versatile the shades are (and the fact that it’s another Urban Decay Naked Palette dupe). I, however, decided to spice things up a bit and skip right on over to the La Palette Nude 2.
The L’Oreal La Palette Nude 2 contains 10 cool toned neutral shades in a variety of finishes, from matte to satin to a subtle shimmery sheen. At first glance there does appear to be a nice variety of light and dark shades, as well as some fun pops of color. However, as you’ll see once we get to swatching, I found that most of these colors actually appeared quite dark on my light to medium complexion. Inside the palette you also get a decent, elongated mirror, as well as a double sided brush and sponge tip applicator.
Packaging & Design
The packaging and design on this palette is decent, although perhaps a little bulky. The plastic casing does sort of scream “drugstore” to me, but I can see that they were trying to give the palette a little bit of an upscale feel with the sleek gold on black minimalistic design. The shadow pans themselves are quite large, so you definitely are getting quite a bit of product. Also, rather than being ordered from light to dark, it appears that the pans are grouped by shade family to make it a bit easier to see what shades you should pair together.
Formula & Performance
In terms of formula and blendability, above you’ll see a primerless swatch of all of the colors. I found the pigmentation to be about mid range, with the darker and sheenier formulas being the strongest, and the light matte colors being the weakest. The texture of these shadows is decent, although not necessarily as creamy or finely milled as a high end shadow palette.
The deepest matte shades were a little bit chalky and streaky, and do take a little bit of work to blend. Ultimately these shadows left me feeling a little disappointed. I think I was hoping that L’Oreal would really up the drugstore eyeshadow game with this palette, and I sort of feel like it didn’t perform much better than anything else I’ve tried.
I found that even with primer, these shades really need to be built up to get a good color payoff. Using your brushes to apply these shadows in a sweeping motion only will give you a wash of color, which ultimately will just make your eyes look sort of muddy. I found that using my fingers to sort of press the color into specific areas helped to make them stand out.
I also found these shadows to be quite dark on the lid. I have a light to medium skintone with golden undertones, and would probably only reach for this palette to create more dramatic, smokey looks. That being said, I do still appreciate the subtle variety of colors in this palette, and think that it does offer you a way to incorporate purples, peaches, and taupes into a look that’s still relatively neutral.
The L’Oreal La Palette Nude 2 retails for $19.99, which is quite a hefty price tag for a drugstore product. I think if you’re able to take advantage of sales and coupons and get this for half price it’s not a bad palette to have. However, I think your $20 would be way better spent on one of the Coastal Scents Revealed Palettes, which for the same amount of money offer you twice as many shadows and a killer formula. Or, if you’re truly after the most gorgeous combination of purples and neturals and have a little extra cash to spend, invest in the Laura Mercier Eye Art Artist’s Palette. It’s pricey, but the quality of the shadows are a whole league beyond anything you’ll find at the drugstore.