Drugstore makeup has come a long way now in the past 5 years that you can find just about every single category of product right in the beauty aisle down the block. While breadth has certainly expanded, there’s always been one thing lacking for my everyday routine and that is eyeshadow. This spring, L’Oreal is hoping to change my mind (and yours perhaps) with their newly released nude collection eyeshadow palettes.
: La Palette Nude 2 *Variation
: Nude 1 for light skin tones, Nude 2 for darker skin tones (shown)Size
: 17.5g totalPrice (suggested retail)
: $29.99 CAD Availability
: Drugstores nationwideWould I (re)purchase
Another nude palette you ask? Well, that was also my first reaction until I stopped and thought that there really wasn’t very many options in a large cohesive format from the drugstore. Sure you can pick and stack your favourite singles, trios or maybe even quads but there’s certainly still a need for a one piece does it all palette. To step up the game, this La Palette Nude has two variations in #01 for fair/light skin and #02 for medium/deep skin which is what you’re seeing right now.
Set in a large black plastic casing, the Nude 2 is a selection of 10 eye shadows in finishes of shimmery satin, buttery matte and lustrous sheen according to the press details. This variant is also called Nude Intense for it’s richer, deeper shades of taupes, mauves and plums. Now from my eyes and swatches, it was difficult to easily differentiate between the lustrous and satin shades so as far as I’m concerned this palette has 6 visible matte finish colours along with 4 visible shine finish colours.
La Nude #01 is focused on ivory, beige and caramel shades.
L’Oreal has also included a dual ended applicator with a sponge tip on one end and a small medium density rounded brush on the other. Before you cast this away in the name of useless cheap makeup tools, I actually found this to be well designed for this particular formulation.
The matte shades were all very smooth to the touch and not at all crumbly though quite powdery leading to some fallout but they do have good pigmentation. The shine shades were drier than what I expected (I’m used to wet/soft textures in my shine colours) and pigmentation is good as well, though perhaps slightly less than the mattes.
One thing to note is that the colours in the pan do not completely coordinate to the infograph on the back of the palette. All the shades however, translate very true from than to the skin but the formula layer badly and I wasn’t able to build up the intensity of any of the shades beyond 2 layers. What you get in a single swipe is pretty much all it will ever be. The beautiful intense eye combinations in the promo photos are most definitely achieved by lighting and post production enhancements as I can’t see this palette offering that type of depth on it’s own.
Wear time is an average of 4-5 hours and I didn’t notice any major creasing though as always, a primer is suggested if you have very oily eyelids.
La Nude #02 | Clockwise from top left: Shades 2, 3, 4, 1
La Nude #02 | Clockwise from top: Shades 6, 7, 8
La Nude #02 | Clockwise from top: Shades 8, 9, 10
The look I created (below) uses colours from the darker mauve/plum end of the spectrum with a pop of highlight in the center of of the lid. The palette inspired me to try a smokey hazy variation on a softly contoured eye with lots of heavy shadowing on the lower lash line. This was one of those looks that looked like it was going to be a crazy fail until the last minute when you put on some lashes, lower mascara and suddenly the whole thing pulls itself together!
With all that being said, there are 2 major downfalls to this palette that keeps it from being a top hit in my collection and they both have to do with the texture and formulation of the powders. For one, they seem to lack adhesion on my lids and often find myself reaching for an eyeshadow primer or a cream base to help it along. As well, the soft very talc heavy texture blends away almost a little too easily and what started out as an intense gradation can accidentally be blended away into a muddy singular colour if you’re not careful.
The best way I’ve found to compensate for the latter is actually to use the sponge tip applicator to lay down and pat-blend the colour gently first before taking a brush to smooth out just the edges of the shadow. Resist the urge to over blend!
THE FINAL VERDICT
The L’Oreal La Palette Nude is a very welcoming addition to the drugstore beauty lineup which is currently terribly lacking in the big palette selection. The fact that this release comes with two options of a light and dark variant makes it double the creative fun and well suited for a wide range of skin tones. However just as there are things to love about this palette (smoothness and pigmentation) there are equally as many downfalls (lack of adhesion and too much blend out). Also, priced at almost $30 I’d be more inclined to go up to an introductory high end option even if it meant getting a smaller palette. On the other hand if I drugstore was my budget then this would easily be my pick of the bunch. To buy or not to buy? Well, it’s your call.
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INGREDIENTS: TALC, ZEA MAYS STARCH/CORN STARCH, ZINC STEARATE, DIMETHICONE, ISOPROPYL ISOSTEARATE, ISONONYLISONONANOATE, PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRAISOSTEARATE, OCTYLDODECYL STEAROYL STEARATE, PHENYL TRIMETHICONE, ZEOLITE, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, SILICA, PHENOXYETHANOL, SORBIC ACID, CETEARYL ETHYLHEXANOATE, HYDROGENATED STYRENE/METHYL STYRENE/INDENE COPOLYMER, HEXYLENE GLYCOL, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, TIN OXIDE, PANTHENOL, PARAFFINUM LIQUIDUM / MINERAL OIL/HUILE MINERALE, ETHYLENE/PROPYLENE/STYRENE COPOLYMER, BUTYLENE/ETHYLENE/STYRENE COPOLYMER. [+/- MAY CONTAIN / PEUT CONTENIR: CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499/IRON OXIDES, MICA, CI 77891/TITANIUM DIOXIDE, CI 75470/CARMINE, CI 77742/MANGANESE VIOLET, CI 77007/ULTRAMARINES] F.I.L. #D171821/1