Finally, drugstore brands are rolling out the nude eyeshadow palettes. I say finally, because high end brands have been churning them out left to right, while budget brands have been bringing out dupes to serve the masses. So to see affordable drugstore brands releasing their own, more original take on a neutral eye is not only refreshing but also a good addition to the make up offerings in stores. When I was in England last month, I found the L’Oreal La Palette Nude release in stores everywhere. Since I have more warmtoned neutral eyeshadow than I can count, I thought it refreshing that L’Oreal also released a more cooltoned palette. I took it home and tried it out.
L’Oreal La Palette Nude Rosé
The L’Oreal La Palette Nude palettes are everywhere now. Everywhere except Holland it seems. The beige version will finally be released in August over here, but no word on whether this rose edition will also be part of the release. I do hope so because I think this is a tad more special than the beige version. I bought this in Boots for 14.99 pounds and the palettes will cost around 20 euros once they are released in The Netherlands. 20 euros for 10 eyeshadows: that’s 2 euros each!
The palette comes in a sleek looking plastic case. It is lightweight, has a mirror that covers the length of the palette and a brush that I personally never use. It is a slimline case that looks more luxurious than it feels. When you find these in stores, there is a little sticker with the name of the palette that ensures it is sealed and no one uses it before you get it home. I already opened my palette before taking these pictures to check whether it has survived the flight home.
Rosé is 01 and the 10 shades are displayed on the back of the palette. They do not have any names, but I will label them below by numbering them 1-10. Of the 10 shades, this palette includes 4 matte shades and 6 shimmery ones. There is a clear cool undertone to these shadows. There are rose shades, but also a shimmery peach, a deeper plum shade and a couple of taupes and greys. Let’s have a closer look at these shades.
01 – 02
01: a shimmery cream shade with a pink undertones
02: a shimmery rose shade
03 – 04
03: a matte dusty rose, a tad deeper than it’s shimmery sister on the left
04: a matte light brown, one of the very few warm tones in this palette
05 – 06
05: a peach shade with golden shimmer
06: a shimmery medium taupe
07 – 08
07: a matte mauve shade
08: a shimmery rose toned taupe
09 – 10
09: a matte light grey
10: a shimmery plum shade with a reddish undertone
The first 5 shades are fairly light, yet different enough for creating versatile eye looks mainly because of the differences in finish. The latter 5 shades are a little bit darker and deeper, but again, the main difference is in the textures rather than the colors.
What really sold me on this palette rather than the beige version of this are the two taupe shades and the shimmery peach. I swatched these in stores and was immediately sold. I love taupe eyeshadow and overall cool toned shades best on me, so this palette was a no brainer to me.
This picture shows you nicely how the colors run from lightest to darkest. But no matter how pretty a palette looks in the pan, it is all about performance of course. So let’s move on to the texture, swatches and eye looks of these shades.
These eye shadows aren’t overly powdery, which is a plus. They are soft and creamy smooth and seem to be well pigmented at first sight. The shimmery shades seem to have better pigmentation than the mattes, but that is an issue even high end brands struggle with. When applied to the eye they don’t just blend away into oblivion and that is a good thing. In fact, these shades are quite builable and can easily be increased in intensity.
01 – 02 – 03 – 04 – 05 – 06 – 07 – 08 – 09 – 10
The swatches show that difference between matte and shimmery quite nicely. The mattes are very light and some nearly disappear against my light skin. The only truly deeper shades in this palette are the taupes and plum shade. The peach shimmer is a bit of a let down as it is really really sheer. The second shade, a shimmery rose shade is also nicely pigmented, but the other shades seem not be anything special. But it’s all about the eye looks of course.
I created two different eye looks with this palette and I’ve been using it on and off since I got it. The result is always a soft focus look that puts emphasis on the eyes without making things too dark or noticeable. This makes the L’Oreal La Palette Nude Rosé palette a great every day eyeshadow palette that is easy to use and gives you some versatility while keeping this nice and neutral. I love pairing this palette with a brighter lip and a pop of color on the cheeks.
01 shimmery cream (brow bone)
02 shimmery pink (inner corner)
05 peach shimmer (all over)
06 taupe (crease, outer v & lower lash line)
As you can see this first look is very soft and blended looking. I personally love looks like this. I created this look in less than 5 minutes so this is a quick and easy look that is perfect for every day. The result is a soft and fresh look that is perfect for school or work.
01 shimmery cream (brow bone)
02 shimmery pink (inner corner)
06 shimmery taupe (all over lid)
07 matte mauve (crease)
05 peach shimmer (dabbed all over lid)
10 shimmery plum (as liner)
This second look is a lot softer and that is created by putting the matte mauve shade in the crease. I decided to use the peach shimmery shade as a type of top coat and this is now my favorite way to use this shade. I dabbed it over the taupe shade to give a bit more dimension and sheen. The plum shade is deep enough to create a smokey liner and I think this will also be a pretty shade to use in the crease or outer V.
I think it is safe to conclude that the L’Oreal La Palette Nude Rosé has its pros and its cons. What is good about this palette is the shade selection, texture and blendability. What is not so good about this palette is the pigmentation of mainly the matte shades. It is a pretty palette to look at and works just fine. But its soft texture combined with the pigmentation does limit the versatility of this palette. I am not one for very dark shades, so this is a great palette for me, but if you like more defined and outspoken looks, then I don’t think you will be able to achieve that with this palette. However, if you are in the market for a neutral palette that allows you to quickly create softly blended looks which are perfect for work or school: then this is just right for you.
What do you think of La Palette Nude? What is your favorite nude eyeshadow palettes?