A drugstore eye shadow palette (well a Target eye shadow palette)! There have been quite a few surfacing lately, and I have to admit I have been eyeing them all and trying to choose which one I would purchase. I have been doing the typical – reading reviews, watching videos, etc. – especially because you cannot test these palettes out as you can with ones at Ulta and Sephora. The winner for my purchase was the L”Oreal La Palette 2 Nude ($15.99 – although I got it for less at Target with my Cartwheel app). It won me over because of its array of colors and not overly shimmery-ness of the shadows. (I really cannot wear shimmers.) The packaging of the palette also was very pretty just not maybe at the quality of higher priced ones; although I was never a fan of the velvety Urban Decay Naked palette. Were any of you?
Here it is:
Are the colors not wonderful? I love the neutral browns and then the plums – oh I loved the sight of the plums!
So here is my review. First test is the finger swatch and, of course, I went for the dark end with the plums 😀 Nice transfer and minimal powder making clouds in the palette. All good so far! Yea!!
Next test, a very critical one, is putting them on my eyes. I decided to do the “one eye primed and the other eye not primed” trick just to see how they performed. I took one of my favorite Morphe brushes – one with great movement and limited density – and made the first “dot.” I can explain about my “dot method” for applying eye shadow at some point if you are interested. Just let me know. Good – eye shadow applied and no dispersion beyond my lids. Thumbs up!
And now – the most difficult test – how does it blend? Oh no! This was a miserable fail on each eye (primed and unprimed). The shadow just sat there and when it did start to stray it was blotchy and as some of might say “was a hot mess!” That is right, it just became a patchy mess and did not blend well at all. I did not want to give up though and sampled another color (but it was the plum that I was so excited about). I next strayed 2 colors to the left and went through the same motions. Again, nothing fun and exciting. It did not splotch as much as the other but there was not “buttery” feel or gentle application with effortless blending. No, my eyes instead looked a blotchy and well ugly! This was so unacceptable that I had to wash my makeup off!
Just to be sure because I did not want to give up on this deceivingly pretty eye palette, I tried again later that day. I just love testing makeup out before I was my face at night. Is that weird or do others do that too? I mean even if it look awful, you are not going anywhere and already have your cleansing products in close proximity!! Again, I was left disappointed by the last test. It seems that some of the shadows perform okay but not at a level that I would ever reach for this palette. Perhaps it is my mature eye characteristic that makes these shadow so underwhelming but even on the back of my hand I could see evidence of patchy blending.
Here are my ratings. My guess is that you are probably not surprised!
Has this product performed well for others? I was so sad that it did not work out and am back on the search for another eye palette with which to play!
Here is a link to my video review. I hope that you all have wonderful and positive days and no “hot mess eye shadow experiences”! Until my next post!