Product Review | L'Oreal La Palette Nude 1&2

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Alright! The drugstore has really been stepping up it's game in the eyeshadow department and is really getting with the program of giving us palettes with lots of shadows! Not just trios or quads. And the hype is REAL with these palettes. Everyone and their mamas been talking about it! The thing that's painful about "Hyped up" drugstore items, is that there's no official release date; you gotta wait till you spot it near you. It's the hunt. I can't explain the feeling of finally finding the L'Oreal La Palette Nude 1 & 2 (clearly my life isn't very fulfilling? haha). But then I remembered : Shit. Last time hunting got me going that crazy I ended up with the Maybelline The Nudes palette (review HERE), and my dreams crushed. But I swatched these when I got home, and things were looking up.
a picture of L'Oreal La Palette Nude 1, La Palette Nude 2
a picture of L'Oreal La Palette Nude 1
a picture of L'Oreal La Palette Nude 2

First off, they look AMAZING! The color selection, the packaging. Very chic, very expensive looking. Speaking of which, they're not exactly "cheap" as far as drugstore makeup is concerned. Because I was an eager beaver, I shelled out the money as soon as I found them. That's $20 a pop. Now, I could have waited for a sale, a BOGO50%off type deal, SOMETHING! (I also hear they're $15 at Walmart), but you know, I'm like a child and just HAD to have them now.

Now we can talk about the Maybelline Nudes or the Urban Decay Naked palettes or any other hyped "nude" type arrays of shadows. I mean it's all the rage. The truth is that they're not dupes for any of those and the truth is that it's A OKAY! It's okay, because if you're like me and you collect things, it's nice to have somewhat of a variation between them, and if you'd like to stick with just one, you can just pick your preference of shade/price point. So I don't really want to go into an in depth comparison with any other "similar", in this review, product beyond the overall value which I will address at the end. I will mention quickly though, that I have mistaken La Palette Nude 1 on Instagram for the YSL 'Nu' Couture palette (at a quick first glance). The Yves Saint-Laurent is $95. So there's that. You see that?
a picture of L'Oreal La Palette Nude 1 & YSL 'Nu' Couture Palette
Bottom picture credit : Color Me Loud
Ok now that that's out of the way, let me hit you with some swatches and some thoughts on these bad boys.

La Palette Nude 1
a picture of L'Oreal La Palette Nude 1 (swatch)
Natural Light
a picture of L'Oreal La Palette Nude 1 (swatch)
With Flash
La Palette Nude 2
a picture of L'Oreal La Palette Nude 2 (swatch)
Natural Light
a picture of L'Oreal La Palette Nude 2 (swatch)
With Flash
Each palette offers 10 shades. The first one being your warm neutrals and the second one, I mean is purple a neutral? This is pretty much a purple palette, not nude. But it's oh so gorgeous. Maybe it qualifies as neutral cause they're muted? It's not a "colorful & bright" palette as you can see. 

When I saw them in store, I was super drawn to the La Palette Nude 2, and not super into the first one because some warm shades are not the most flattering on me, and I also felt like I owned more similar products to that one (go figure). That being said, I knew I would somehow regret not getting both. And I'm damn glad I did.

Other quick thing, depending on your preference of "finish", La Palette Nude 1 offers only 3 matte shades as opposed to La Palette Nude 2 that offers 6...

Bottom line; I am super impressed with these palettes. Pigmentation BOMB! Color selection Bomb! Packaging BOMB! (I now realize no one will get this reference, but I'm making fun of this Yelp review...I never said I was normal/cool). 

The shadow quality did surpass my expectations. They are pretty creamy/buttery and easy to blend for the most part. Now I'm not going to pretend it's as good as a high end palette (there are a bit powdery, so there's fall out and stuff) but they are super manageable. The fact that they're a bit messier and a bit inferior than a $40+ palette doesn't mean they aren't worth more than $20. So let me tell you, even having paid full price like this for both, I by no means feel ripped off. I think it's honestly a great deal!

I definitely recommend you pick up at least one of these if you come across them, a great addition to any collection!

Let me know if you'd like specific comparisons with other palettes! Or if you'd like to see looks created with these palettes? Hope this was helpful, and hope you can find them near you shortly!

Talk to you soon,

-Val
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