High street/ drugstore versions of Urban Decay’s Naked palettes have started to be released, and I had to snap up the L’oreal versions – La Palette Nude – when I saw them in my local Boots.
The palettes come in two versions, Beige and Rose; at £14.99 they are reasonably priced (especially when you consider that the Urban Decay Naked palettes are £37) and contain ten eyeshadows ranging from a pale colour suitable to highlighting to a dark shadow that can be used to deepen the outer V or as an eyeliner. The palettes contain a good mix of matte and shimmery shades, and the palettes themselves are very slim and compact, so they are quite handy to pop into your handbag or travel makeup bag.
At the first glance these palettes seem to be a steal, but when I’ve gone to use them I have been really disappointed. The eyeshadows don’t swatch very well, taking numerous passes to make them easily visible; the shimmery shadows swatched a lot better than the matte shades, but it was still hard work. I wouldn’t try to use them without a primer.
In the picture of the swatches you can see that despite appearing to range from light to dark, the shadows are very similar across the palettes. There also isn’t much difference between the two palettes themselves – the Rose palette has a very subtle pinky-purple tint. It was quite frustrating when trying to blend the eyeshadows, because they weren’t very pigmented – it felt like I was wiping off the shadow rather than blending, so it took a lot of passes to build up the colour. On the Rose palette, the only colours that were suitable for shading were the two shadows at the far right, a charcoal grey and deep purple. I used the grey as an eyeliner, but again, I had to go over it several times to make any impact. The shimmery pinks are very pretty, and were easier to use than the matte colours, but again, when used together it was difficult to discern the difference between the shades.
I found the Beige palette a lot easier to work with than the Rose palette, and have worn that a couple of times – it has a very nice gold shadow- but I haven’t taken any pictures, so I will do an update when I have used that again.
If you like the idea of the Naked palettes, but can’t really afford to buy them, then you might quite like these palettes. I suppose I am quite spoilt, in that I have been using high end makeup products for a few years now. When I was at university and short of funds, I propbably would have liked these a lot more, but when comparing them to brands like Too Faced and Urban Decay they don’t really measure up. Yes, it is possible to get both L’oreal palettes for less than the prices of one Urban decay or Too Faced palette, but the higher end brands are much better quality, they are easier to use and are just nice to use. The L’oreal eyeshadows feel quite dry – especially the matte shades, and it wasn’t pleasant working with them.
Overall, the word I would use to describe these palettes is disappointing.
If you have tried these palettes, let me know what you think in the comments.