Tuesday 23 August 2016

L'Oreal La Palette Glam eyeshadow palette - review + swatches!

Hey, gummy bears! I hope that you're all having a beautiful week so far. Today, I am really excited to talk to you about the La Palette Glam eyeshadow palette by L'Oreal (£12.99, Boots). This is a summer limited edition of the original La Palette, featuring ten vibrant, unusual colours. L'Oreal describes this palette as a 'unique selection of ten pop summer shades, which will help you unleash your creativity'. I have actually tried both the original La Palette and the Nude Rose edition, and wasn't impressed with either of them because of the poor pigmentation and longevity (full review here). I probably wouldn't have bothered with this new edition, but I was quite intrigued by the unusual selection of colourful shades, and decided to give it a try. Hope you enjoy!

The packaging is similar to the original La Palette, but with a colourful sticker on the top. I actually think that it looks a little cheap, and not as sleek and high-end as the previous editions of this palette. It is still a sturdy, compact design; easy to carry around and therefore perfect for travel. The palette comes with a sizable mirror, and a decent brush to help you apply and blend the eyeshadows. 

This palette includes a total of ten eyeshadows, with both matte and shimmery finishes. The shades range from bright pinks to deep, shimmery reds and purples. Honestly, there doesn't seem to be much of a theme to this palette. Some of the colours look lovely in the packaging, but I'm not sure how wearable they are, or how well they'd work when combined together. They are not the sort of shades you'd likely use on a daily basis, but they're very unique and great for creating more colorful, bold looks.

Swatches without an eyeshadow primer. I had to apply five to six layers just to make these show up!

Similarly to the original La Palette, the Glam edition leaves a lot to be desired in terms of quality. The eyeshadows are a lot less pigmented than I'd hoped - they look lovely and vibrant in the packaging, but come out a little bland and streaky when applied. The shimmery shades aren't as creamy and wearable as the ones in the original La Palette, which was also a disappointment. They work nicely when applied wet as a colourful eyeliner, but I probably wouldn't wear them on their own. I particularly like the bright azure and the hot pink shades, as well as the shimmery bronze for a more casual look. These eyeshadows don't have much lasting power on their own (about two to three hours before they begin to crease), but they look more vibrant and last longer when combined with a good eyeshadow primer.

Overall, I'm not hugely impressed with this palette and I'm not sure how much use I will actually get out of it. Whilst I do quite like the colourful shade selection, the quality of these eyeshadows just isn't up to par. The matte shades especially leave a lot to be desired in terms of pigmentation, and are very difficult to apply evenly. I wasn't impressed with the previous editions of La Palette, and unfortunately, this one didn't live up to my expectations, either. All things considered, I'd give this palette an honest 4/10.

Have you tried any of the La Palette eyeshadow palettes by L'Oreal? What is your favourite summer palette? 


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