IMG_7332By the time this is finally reviewed by me, everyone and their mother’s have already reviewed it.  However, I still want to review this because I know not everyone out there can afford buying high end eyeshadow palettes from Sephora.  My breath was taken away when I saw these being reviewed by my favourite Youtubers.  I thought in my head “wow the drugstore brands are finally coming out with palettes, but are they any good?”  Well here I am, going to give you a honest review since I’m not getting paid nor was I sent this, so my head is clear and I’ll be brutally honest.  These babies cost $20-23 each which definitely is not cheap for drugstore, but you do get 10 eyeshadows and the palette is a nice size.  Let’s see if they are pigmented enough for you guys to drop the cash for it…let’s go!

When I first saw this palette, it reminded me of the YSL eyeshadow palette that came out a few months back.  The release of L’oreal’s version did not surprise me since they are a sister company, but I was wondering if it could be a dupe.  I don’t think the L’oreal palette is an exact dupe, but it sure is a good alternative from the $89 YSL palette.

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Full  name of product:
L’oreal La palette nude by color riche

Description:
“Unleash your creativity and discover 1,001 ways to wear nudes. You are the artist!

Inspired by makeup designers’ must-have palettes, La Palette Nude from L’Oréal Paris offers everything you need to master the art of nude eye shadow. 10 elegant nude tones range from light to dark in 3 sleek shadow finishes: shimmery satin, buttery matte & lustrous sheen.

Professional dual-ended brush & mirror included.”

Price:
$20-23
Depending on which drugstore you go to and if they have a sale or not

Amount of product:
0.62 oz/ 17.5 g

Where to buy:
Any drugstores (Wal Mart, Shoppers drug mart (Canada), CVS, Walgreen, etc)

Shades available:
2 palettes available (Le palette nude 1, La palette nude 2)

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

INGREDIENTS: TALC, ISONONYL ISONONANOATE, SILICA, PHENYL TRIMETHICONE, ZINC STEARATE, DIMETHICONE, CETEARYL ETHYLHEXANOATE, HYDROGENATED STYRENE/METHYL STYRENE/INDENE COPOLYMER, ZEOLITE, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, PHENOXYETHANOL, SORBIC ACID, HEXYLENE GLYCOL, CITRIC ACID, TIN OXIDE. [+/- MAY CONTAIN / PEUT CONTENIR: MICA, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499/IRON OXIDES, CI 77891/TITANIUM DIOXIDE, CI 75470/CARMINE, CI 77007/ULTRAMAR INES, CI 77742/MANGANESE VIOLET] F.I.L. #D171828/1′

Product Packaging:

IMG_7336The packaging of this palette is simple, straight forward and not too bulky where I would hate to travel with.  These 10 shadows are encased in a sturdy, black plastic case with duo ended sponge and brush applicator.  The sponge is whatever, but the brush is actually not half bad. I would use it for my crease or emergency touch ups if I don’t have any other brush with me.  Inside is a half mirror which is nice, however I wish it was a little bit wider so I could have a full view of my eye when doing make up.

Color/ pigmentation/ texture:
La palette nude 1 comes with an array of brown tones, mostly warm undertones, one peachy shimmery shade and one beige shimmery shade. Nude 1 comes with 3 matte shades, which is the third one from the left, fifth one and sixth one (all three are in the picture below).  The rest are shimmery, but not as frosty shimmer as the Urban Decay Naked palettes for sure.  La palette nude 2 is a palette with a mix of a few cold undertone shades but mostly warm toned shadows.  The pigmentation of these shadows without a primer is not the best, not powdery or anything, but I found the pigmentation of these without a primer is definitely lacking.  If you guys are on the tan or a chocolate sista, I couldn’t see these working for you to be honest.  I personally prefer the Nude 1 since there are a lot more shades in the brown toned palette that I would use on a daily basis, and the shades in the palette has more of a variety, while le Nude 2 has a color of similar shades so when I try to create a decent look with it, it muddles together and it looks like one big blob on my eye socket.  I used to really like the heavy eyeshadow look, however growing up and getting more into the asian beauty style, I now like a more subtle, natural beauty look.IMG_7338

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IMG_7341Smell:
No scent detected

Lasting power:
Without a primer with these eyeshadows, they just wipe off which is not good since they aren’t that pigmented to begin with.  You have to use some type of sticky base or eyeshadow primer before you go into your eye look or else it would be a waste of time.  After application with primer, the shadow stayed on my lid for about 5 hours before it started to fade.  I’m not sure if it actually faded or it was just really light and not much pigmentation to start with, lasting power is not really there, at least for me.
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IMG_7354I tried to make a decent look with this palette, but because the colours in the nude 2 palette are quite close together and not make shades that are dramatically different, it just looks like a plumy blob on my eye sadly.

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Pros:
-affordable price for a full palette
-easily accessible
-decent range of nude and plum shades
-has matte shades!

Cons:
-not super pigmented
-lasting power not there
-will not stick to the skin without primer
-colours are not dramatically different enough to create a decent eye look

Repurchase?
No

Stars given out of 5:
🌟 🌟 🌟

Overall:
Although I do not hate this palette, I don’t think it is a product I would repurchase even if I dropped it on the floor and the shadows smashed.  I do sort of like the nude 1 for a couple of shades, but they are not memorable enough for me to go nuts over.  I also have the Sonia Kashuk Eye couture (matte and shimmer one) which has the same concept of being a nude palette with 12 shades, however Sonia Kashuk’s verison is a lot more buttery in texture, super pigmented and still at the $19.99 price point. I would go with that option instead of L’oreal’s.  When I review an eyeshadow palette, I review it in the point of view “can I travel with just this palette and be statisfied.”  The answer with this palette in that mindset is no, I would need to bring a few of my favorite single shadow shades with me if I were to travel, so I would say this palette is pretty much useless. I would grab it from my vanity for one or two shades if I were to do my make up.  Bottom line, this is not a horrible palette, but for the price, just go for the Sonia Kashuk one.

What did you guys think of this palette?  Do you own it, are you going to buy it?  Tell me what you think down below!

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    4 Comments

  1. Mette Madsen July 10, 2015 at 1:23 am Reply

    Both MUA, Freedom and Makeup Revolution also has dupes for the Naked palette and they are very affordable around £ 4 – 6 depending on which one you get 🙂 Not saying they are perfect but they are great for the price at least. I am not going to buy these as they are way more expensive compared to and the swatches doesn’t really impress at all… But thank you very much for doing this and for a wonderful blog! 🙂

    • Christina July 10, 2015 at 10:06 pm Reply

      I sadly do not have access to the UR drugstore brands, but I have seen them around and they do look amazing :). I already have fell in love with the Sonia Kashuk eye couture palettes which are “nude” palettes, but they are so much better then the L’oreal ones. And thank you for the compliment, hope you find my posts useful <3.

  2. Belle January 6, 2016 at 2:19 pm Reply

    I just bought both of these for $12 each but haven’t used them yet because the reviews I’ve read have been so mixed. I like a subtle shadow look, so I don’t mind less pigmentation, but muddy colors and no longevity is meh. Maybe I’ll return them . . .

    Thanks for reminding me about the Sonia Kashuk palettes! I have both of them but it’s been a while since I’ve used them. I guess it’s time to bring them back out 🙂

    • Christina January 6, 2016 at 6:36 pm Reply

      Yea just return them. If you want a more sheet look, you can always just use a light hand with higher pigmented products rather then buying a palette that already is slightly sheer and you’d have no control.

      And if you have the Sonia Kashak palette then your already set. 😛

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