Review + swatches – L’Oreal Paris La Palette Nude 2, an inexpensive drugstore mauve-pink nude palette

L'Oreal Paris La Palette Nude 2 review

Nude palettes continue to be all the rage in 2015. It all started 5 years ago with the release of the Urban Decay Naked Palette, and now drugstore brands are also coming out with their version of the neutral palette. The L’Oreal Paris La Palette and La Palette 2 (C$29.99 each) are incredible eyeshadow palettes featuring a wide range of colours with beautiful textures and good colour payoff. I have La Palette 2 to share with you today, which is a neutral palette featuring a mauve-pink theme. This alone is enough reason to go take a peek at it, even if you already have a plethora of neutral palettes to choose from at home.

I love the versatility of this palette. The brown-based neutral shades mixed with the pink and mauve-based neutral shades make this a very feminine and girly palette to use. This is very date night-appropriate. In addition, for a drugstore palette, the quality of La Palette 2 blew me out of the water because all of the shades felt very smooth and creamy. While not all of them were intensely pigmented, the level of pigmentation suited each shades’ purpose. In addition, the palette features three different eyeshadow finishes – satin, matte, and shimmery – to create a multidimensional look that’s appropriate for all occasions.

The best performing shades are the medium dark brown fourth from the left, and the two right most mauve shades. These shades were super smooth, pigmented with just one swipe, and blended out like a dream. The worst performing shades were the left most peach highlight, and the light beige third from the right. These were very sheer, while still smooth and still blended easily, they were just way too sheer and required several swipes to show up on the skin.

L'Oreal Paris La Palette Nude 2 review

It comes with a double ended applicator as well for quick touch-ups, which contains a sponge applicator on one side, and a brush on the other. The sponge tip applicator is actually quite nice, being quite a dense sponge. The brush applicator is really flimsy and doesn’t do a good job at blending, but it’d work if you were on the go and didn’t want to bring extra brushes. The packaging itself fells pretty hefty and well-built.

Overall this palette is a great deal for what you get. They are regularly priced at C$29.99 but you can often find them on sale at your local drugstore (I found them for $12.49 at my local Rexall, and a friend saw them at Shoppers for $8.99!). If you can find them and the colours are what you’re looking for, I say grab one while you can because they’re limited edition!

If you’re into more conventional nude palettes and have more of a budget, please also check out my review of the Shu Uemura Shu:Palette, which features 16 neutral-toned nude shades, as well as of the Lise Watier Palette Rivages, which contains 10 nude shades.

The swatches

First 5 shades

L'Oreal Paris La Palette Nude 2 swatches

Next 5 shades

L'Oreal Paris La Palette Nude 2 swatches


2 thoughts on “Review + swatches – L’Oreal Paris La Palette Nude 2, an inexpensive drugstore mauve-pink nude palette

  1. Soon every single makeup brand will have their own version of the Naked palette! And this makes me happy because I like neutral eyes! ;D I haven’t tried any of the drugstore version, though. I need to look more into it!

    • I didn’t look into the drugstore versions until this one, and I was definitely pleasantly surprised. The technology and quality of drugstore products are slowly catching up to the higher end brands!

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