Wednesday 4 November 2015

L'Oreal Color Riche La Palette eyeshadow palette in Rose - review and swatches

Hey lovelies! I hope you are all having a wonderful week so far. Today, I am really excited to talk to you about the Color Riche La Palette eyeshadow palette by L’Oreal (£14.99, Boots). This is a budget-friendly, drugstore alternative to the high-end nude palettes; such as Naked by Urban Decay. It comes in a few versions, including ‘Nude Beige’, ‘Smoky Black’ and ‘Nude Rose’. I will be reviewing the ‘Nude Rose’ edition, which contains some interesting shades similar to those in the Naked 3 palette by Urban Decay. L’Oreal describes La Palette as a ‘unique selection of light, dusky pinks and smoky purples’, but there are some soft greys and browns in here, also. Basically, this palette promises to provide everything you’d need to create a perfect, nude makeup look. 

I have to say that I absolutely adore the packaging. It’s sleek, elegant and sturdy; easy to carry around and therefore perfect for travel. It definitely looks a lot more expensive and high-end than it is! The palette also contains a sizable mirror, and a decent brush to help you apply and blend the eyeshadows. 

La Palette includes a total of ten eyeshadows – four matte, and six shimmery ones. The shades range from light pinks with peachy undertones, to darker mauves and greys. I was expecting there to be more of a ‘pink’ theme to this palette (since it's named ‘Rose’); but the colours look gorgeous nonetheless.

Here are the eyeshadows in a little more detail. The shimmery shades caught my eye from the start - they look incredibly attractive and high-quality, at least in the packaging. The mattes seem a little more soft and neutral, mostly with mauve undertones. Overall, it is a lovely, versatile selection of nude shades. 

Unfortunately, the shades turned out to be slightly less pigmented than I’d hoped. The mattes especially appear a little bland and underwhelming when swatched - I had to apply about four layers just to make them visible enough for the photos. This may not be a bad thing if you want your makeup to be quite minimal and neutral, but I was definitely hoping for something more intense. On the other hand, the six shimmery shades are very impressive – although not as pigmented as the Naked eyeshadows; they are still creamy, soft, and have a lovely finish. My two favourite shades are the deep aubergine (far right, second photo), and the nude peach (second one on the left, first photo).

Verdict: Overall, I'd say that La Palette Nude Rose is worth the purchase, especially if you're looking for a nice set of shimmery eyeshadows. They are creamy, blendable, and easy to work with. Unfortunately, the four matte shades leave a lot to be desired in terms of pigmentation, and are very difficult to apply evenly. The staying power of these eyeshadows is decent for a drugstore brand - they don't crease or smudge, and last for about five to six hours. All things considered, I'd give this palette 6/10. Admittedly, it is not as good as high end palettes such as Naked by Urban Decay, or Big Beautiful Eyes by Benefit. However, as far as drugstore alternatives go, I think that La Palette is still worth checking out.

Have you tried the Color Riche La Palette? What is your favourite drugstore eyeshadow palette? x 


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