Since I first started wearing makeup, way back in late middle school/early high school, I knew that the most flattering eyeshadows were variations on nudes. I tend to like a more natural makeup look anyway, so my quest has always been to find the perfect nude pallet.
Now I know, I know, that Urban Decay’s Naked Pallets are by far the best, you keep saying. Well, let’s be honest, I’m just not at the stage were I’m willing to fork over $55+ on eyeshadow. Not gonna happen. (Though if I happen to receive one of the pallets as a gift, I wouldn’t turn it down.)
Well it seems to me that every drugstore brand has come up with their own nude eyeshadow pallets lately (1,2,3,4) and it’s really hard to know where to start. Well I can tell you right now, start here, and you won’t have to look anywhere else.
I’m talking about the Loreal LA Nude Pallet 1 and 2. I bought them both because they have the most stunning colors I’ve seen in awhile. I find that they resemble the Naked Pallets, but at a fraction of the cost.
Now let’s start with the LA Pallet 1. This pallet has lots of warm colors perfect for blue and brown eyes. I find some of them can be a bit too warm for my liking, as the color builds very quickly, but with the right combination, and a subtle touch, this pallet offers all the bronze and gold you could ever need.
This pallet also has the two lightest shade that either of them offer, and I find myself using those quite a bit as an all over shade to prep my eyelids. But I do love the beautiful deep browns that come along with this pallet.
Now Pallet 2 tends to be more maroon and purple based. I for one love love love maroon eyeshadow. I think if it is subtle enough it can look so natural on almost every skin tone.
I probably use Pallet 2 more than Pallet 1 because I really like the grey and cool undertones and think they look better on my pale skin.
Both pallets come with a brush and wand duo that actually work surprising well for their small size.
They have beautiful pigmentation and apply so smoothly and evenly. I find that a little goes a long way and I can achieve delicate “barely there” makeup as well as bold smoky eyes with just the amount of pressure that I apply.
So far I’ve worn colors from both pallets everyday for several weeks and the pallets still look like they’ve hardly been touched. Needless to say, I believe these will be my new go to but will last me quite some time.
Have you tried the Loreal LA Nude Pallets? How do you think they compare to similar products?