Ever since Urban Decay brought out the Naked palettes, drug stores have tried to capitalise on the popularity of eye-shadows in palette form rather than singles etc. I like a palette. It gives you the opportunity to create a multitude of different looks without having to search through a number of different eye-shadows. As a result of this I have quite a number of different palette. I took the plunge on these L’Oreal La Palettes as I want to compare these to the higher end shadows that I own.
So I purchased the L’Oreal La Palette Nude Beige, Nude Rose and Summer Glam palettes. Packaging wise these are sleek and travel friendly. The enclosed make-up brush is certainly a little better than some I have seen contained within a palette. However I would still prefer to use my own! I suppose you could use the brush at a push.
The Nude Beige and Nude Rose palettes are very similar. Both containing shadows that range from light to dark within their particular colour family. When swatched, some of the colours are patchy and not the pigmentation level across the palettes can vary from shade to shade. Texture wise, some of the more metallic shades tend to be a little chunky.
When applied to the eye these tend to perform better. Some of the shade blend better than others, however many of the shades all appear similar on the eye. There is a tendency for some of the shades to become muddy. One of the frustrating things is that although there are 10 shades in each palette there wasn’t a decent matte brow-bone highlight. If a more shiny highlight is your think then you will be ok. You will need to use an eye-shadow primer to get a decent colour payoff with these shadows.
I’m not overly taken with the L’Oreal La Palette Nude Beige and Nude Rose palettes. I found these palettes to not be very inspiring, and was often disappointed with the eye looks that I created. The L’Oreal La Palettes are priced at £14.99 per palette for 10 eye-shadows. Compare this with an Urban Decay Naked palette with 12 shadows at £38.50, there is a significant difference in price. I would, however recommend that you save your money and treat yourself to a Urban Decay Naked palette.
The L’Oreal Summer Glam Palette performed much more satisfactorily. I enjoyed the colour range in this palette. The bright colours were far more inspiring than the Nude Beige and Nude Rose counterparts. The quality of the shadows in the Glam summer palette were also much higher. far more pigmented and actually stood out on the eyes. If you like a pop of colour, and are on a budget I would certainly buy this palette.