L'Oreal La Palette Nude 2 ($29.99 at London Drugs) is one of those eyeshadow palettes that even girls who rarely wear eyeshadow will covet. It's spendier than the average drugstore eyeshadow palette, but worth every penny considering every aspect of the palette is comparable to that of a higher-end brand. Shall we take a closer look? More photos and details after the jump!
The black plastic case features a see-through window and feels sturdy to the touch. Inside, there's a long, narrow mirror and a double-ended applicator (sponge swab on one side, small soft brush on the other) for easy applications and touch-ups on the go.
If, like me, you rarely wear eyeshadow and are stumped for looks, you can flip over the palette and check out the tutorials on the back as a starting point. But really, the shades mix and match so well you'll be able to come up with a plethora of nude eye looks. Personally, I like blending a darker shade along the lashline and in the outer corner and crease, a medium shade in the middle of the eyelid, and a light shade to highlight under the brow bone.
The ten different shades range from light neutrals to pinks, taupes, browns, and plums in satin, matte, and lustrous sheen finishes. During my week of product testing, I managed to do different looks each day even following my usual light/medium/dark shade formula. L'Oreal La Palette Nude 2 is a veritable playground of eyeshadow possibilities.
There are lots of things I like about the eyeshadows. For one, the long rectangular pans make it easy to swipe your own makeup brushes across the pigments. I also like the colour range: the pinks aren't too pink, the darks aren't too dark, and the plummy shades suit brown eyes. I hardly ever wear coloured eyeshadow and when I do it's usually purple; with L'Oreal La Palette Nude 2, every shade is one I'd use.
Here's each eyeshadow swatched for your viewing pleasure. Formula-wise, the ultra-fine pigments offer buildable colour and blend out very easily, so even when you're in a rush during the morning you can achieve a perfectly blended look, sans hard edges. A primer is a must to prevent creasing and bring out the shadows' depth and vividness of colour though.
What do you think of L'Oreal La Palette Nude 2?