When I saw this new L'Oreal La Palette Nude in Boots I was immediately intrigued and for the affordable price of £14.99 I knew I had to pick it up. I wanted to swatch it in store and get a proper feel of the shades, but there was no tester in sight and the one hidden away by the counter lady was only for looking (not touching as she pointed out). This made me want to buy it even more so I did, without testing or reading up reviews which is so unlike me but I loved the shade selection. That next day before even looking at the palette, you know yourself as a blogger you can't do anything until photographs are taken, I had read a disappointing review on one of my favourite blogs Speckled Beauty and my heart sank a little. But with my receipt in the bin somewhere I knew I had to give it a go and see if I can find some positives.
To be honest I was pleasantly surprised, the shades I used applied really well with very little fallout and good pigment coming through. Now I did use a matte Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Vintage Plum as a base and patted on the shadows with my MAC 239 brush instead of swirling or blending (so maybe that helped). Not having used my trusted Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer I was expecting creasing within a few hours or at least fading of the shades by the end of the day. Again I was in for a surprise, as that never happened for me since the eyeshadows lasted amazingly well for the 8 hour period that I had them on. So personally this eyeshadow palette worked wonderfully for me and I don't regret buying it.
Are there better palettes out there… yes of course but they are probably twice as expensive or even more. Are there cheaper similar palettes out there… again it's a yes, since Makeup Revolution are pretty much on par with the quality of these shades and at a cheaper price. So it's not the most amazing, must have palette out there, but it's not the worst either. For me the shades are right up my street and I love how sleek and compact it is for travelling, I will most likely be bringing it away with me.
Let me talk to you a little bit about the shades which aren't named by the way, this honestly doesn't bother me, but you have a good variation of mattes (4) and shimmers (6). They are on the rose/purple tone side of things so it might not be to everyone's taste but personally I love these kind of shades and I find that they suit my eye colour and skin tone really well.
I have created a smokey evening eye look to show you the great pigment and how well these shades apply. To achieve this look I used:
- Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Vintage Plum as a base (I will have a short post on this tomorrow to show you just how amazing this matte shade is).
- The last shade in the palette, a dark plum in the crease and blended inwards (I first patted it on and then blended to make sure I had minimal fallout).
- I then used the 3rd last shade in the palette on the middle of the eye lid and blended that towards the inner corner.
- Next I used the 2nd last matte grey shade under the lower lash line and even brought it up slightly in the outer corners of the eye.
- Lastly I used the 1st shade in the palette which is a shimmery white in the very inner corners of my eye to bring the whole look together and brighten the eye area slightly.
So that's it from me on this palette and the smokey eye created with it. What do you think? Will it be a palette for you to try or would you rather save your money for something else? let me know your thoughts in the comments below as I always love to hear feedback from you all…