March 31, 2015

L’Oreal La Palette Nude 1 Review & Swatches

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L'Oreal La Palette Nude Eyeshadow Palette

The L’Oreal La Palette Nude 1 Eyeshadow Palette ($19.99) is one of two, new permanent 10 pan eyeshadow palettes that’s launching now at drugstores. L’Oreal La Palette Nude 1 is a nod to Urban Decay’s Naked Eyeshadow Palettes, Maybelline’s the Nudes Eyeshadow Palette, etc….

Natural, nude matte shades of shadow have been hitting the mark for Spring looks but as we head into Summer I think you’re going to see a lot more of the trend! Granted we had a huge wave of eyeshadow palettes that went nude soon after Urban Decay released its original Naked Eyeshadow Palette but it’s interesting to see drugstore brands finally catching up to this trend.

The L’Oreal La Palette Nude 1 Palette actually had a release late last year in the UK so some of you may have already gotten your hands on it and tried it out. I’m happy to report it is now starting to pop up in permanent L’Oreal displays around the US.

Let’s take a look at the palette below!

L'Oreal La Palette Nude

The thing that surprised me most about the L’Oreal La Palette Nude 1 Palette was the size. For some reason I expected the compact to be smaller but actually it’s a little bit bigger than Urban Decay’s Naked Eyeshadow Palette size. The palette plays home to ten eyeshadows with a total weight of 0.62 oz. Although it holds less shadows (10 versus 12) it still holds a little more product at 0.62 versus 0.60 that the Urban Decay Naked Palette weights in at. And obviously it’s $34 cheaper!

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I’ve seen this palette range in price from full on $19.99 to $15.99 to $15.84 to $16.94 so the price range does vary. With drugstore BOGO offers plus coupons I imagine you might be able to get it for around $14-$15 at best if you’re shopping it at stores like CVS and Walgreens. I am very, very curious to see if the price goes above the suggested retailer of $19.99 since both CVS and Walgreens jack the prices up on drugstore makeup terribly.

As I mentioned above, this is a large compact. It’s made from plastic but it does have a certain simplistic elegance about it. Inside you’ll find a fairly nice half size mirror as well as a double sided applicator with a small brush on one side and a sponge on the other. The sponge applicator is a bit small as is the brush so these were a little useless to me. If they made the brush a LITTLE bigger as well as the sponge it would actually serve well for application as the bristles on the brush are very soft and have no shedding issues. It’s just too bad they are kinda small for application of these shadows.

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I think you’re going to read a lot of reviews that tell you how this is a dupe for Urban Decay. I think the color scheme is a lot like Urban Decay. I think you’ll find the color scheme is inspired by a lot of shades from a lot of popular mid-range palettes from Too Faced, Lorac, and Urban Decay. However, due to the pigment and quality of those mid-range brands I wouldn’t call this palette an exact dupe. The shades are somewhat a like but not spot on dupes in my opinion and no way does this have the consistency, texture, and performance you’d get from palettes like Urban Decay’s Naked range. L’Oreal La Palette Nude 1 is most like the shades and scheme of Urban Decay Naked 1 however, as I said, not a spot on dupe.

The back of the palette features four different looks entitled Nude Ombre, Feline Fancy, Sultry Angel, and Lady Butterfly. Each look has a diagram and features brief instructions for placements of the shades in the palette to get the look. I always find little guides like this helpful so I appreciate this being included.

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I honestly had very low expectations for this palette. I expected a dry formula some density and perhaps chalkiness or worst. Maybelline’s the Nudes Eyeshadow Palette was exciting in theory but poorly executed in formula and I expected the same from L’Oreal. Drugstore brands continue to produce better more high quality makeup especially glosses, lipsticks, and even improvements in base products such as concealer have be made but I feel like eyeshadow has a very long way to go. Imagine my surprise that I actually liked this formula.

All the shades in the palette have a very smooth, soft, silky consistency. The palette is actually dominated by matte finish shades and all were soft, silky, and very easy to apply without being dry, dense, or patchy during application. These swatch very poorly and sheerly on my wrist but they build surprisingly well for very elegant, simple, work friendly eye looks. They are a bit powdery and kick up a good deal of powder when you swirl a brush in them but never did this translate as chalkiness! The colors were so smooth and easy to apply onto my lids.

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L’Oreal La Palette Nude 1

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L'Oreal La Palette Nude swatches

L’Oreal La Palette Nude 1 Swatches

L'Oreal La Palette Nude Eyeshadow swatches

L’Oreal La Palette Nude 1 Swatches

I think La Palette Nude 1 actually fits into a category all its own and offers something that you can’t get from Urban Decay Naked and that would be softer, easier to use shades that don’t have a ton of fall out, glitter, and too much intensity. These are softer, sheerer shades that will look fantastic on anyone. I would highly recommend eyeshadow primer as I find the colors fade quickly without it. I didn’t experience creasing but I did feel the colors faded easily if I wasn’t wearing primer.

If you’re looking for an easy to use selection of flattering nude, natural shades that aren’t SUPER pigmented, aren’t loaded with sparkle and shimmer, yet are easy to apply and use I think you’ll like the L’Oreal La Palette Nude 1! This is a palette that older eyes will greatly appreciate as well as those looking to create elegant, work friendly eye looks!

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L’Oreal La Palette Nude 1 with a bolder lip

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L’Oreal La Palette Nude 1 with a more nude lip

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I liked this one.

It surprised and delighted me.

The L’Oreal La Palette Nude 1 is launching now at drugstores or grab it now at on sale (Buy 1, Get 1 50% Off).

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Do share your thoughts!


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About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Lisa

    Lately I find I’m just not willing to deal with these shadows that have meh pigmentation. I used to be more willing to work with them, but now that I have so much in my collection, I can’t deal. I have no time for under pigmented shades. Why pile of 5 layers of shadow to get to the color payoff Urban Decay can give me immediately?

    • Isabella Muse

      I actually like the softer shades Lisa. I think it’s nice to go sheerer and softer sometimes πŸ™‚

  • Jay

    I have the Nude 2 and I freaking love it!! I’ve been wanting some more purple and blush toned shades but I can not get into my Lorac Unzipped palette, so this was a great option. Its not as messy as the WnW 6 pan palettes either. It has the tiniest learning curve, which goes for most eyeshadows (what brushes work best for application, etc) but the color payoff is awesome. Lasted all day over a base too! I’m seriously considering this version as well.

    • Isabella Muse

      fantastic πŸ™‚ I really like 1! It’s just so simple to use! and quite elegant!

  • Lacy

    So I already have la palette nude 2 and love it! and because rite aid is 40% off this week and i was armed with coupons that expire soon.. I ran out and bought an extra nude 2 and one of the nude 1’s since didn’t have it yet and your review sold me… I hit the jack pot!!!.

    I got both for 16.86 with tax!!!!

    hollaaaa!!!! 19.99 with 40% off came down to 11.99 a piece plus I had 3 coupons.. $4 off two l’oreal products and two $2 off one l’oreal product.. which I combined and basically got them for the price of 1 from target or walmart πŸ˜€

  • McRachel

    I actually really like this palette. I think the pigmentation is better on the eye than in swatches. I am not exactly a spring chicken so some of the UD shadows are too intensely frosty on me, so I enjoy that these are more subdued. I used them over UD anti aging primer and they lasted all day for me. I feel like it was worth the $20 I paid for it. I’ll get that much use out of it for sure.

    • Isabella Muse

      agree mcrachel! My eyes are aging as well and I like how much softer, sheerer these shades are. UD is lovely, don’t get me wrong! I adore their shadows with a passion but when you have drier, finely lined eyes it can be too much πŸ™‚

  • Lace

    I think most forget that UD is under the Loreal umbrella so when I saw these palettes coming out I said we’ll there’s your answer to getting the Naked palettes for a lower price. I’m actually curious about these but I think I’ll wait to go through my Naked 2 and 3 before picking one of these up πŸ™‚

  • Kat

    Great review! I was thinking if getting a bude palette, but after buying the Urban Decay ones didn’t want to spend too much. This was the exact reason…I wanted softer every day shades (and more highlight colors!)

    I’m going to get myself this one ☺️

  • Yen

    I went to Bed Bath & Beyond and I found this palette yesterday. I seriously don’t need more nude/brown shadows, but I thought if you like it then it must be great! So far I’m loving these softer shades. For a drugstore palette it is lovely πŸ˜€

    • Isabella Muse

      that’s great yen so happy you like! I think it is indeed very lovely for drugstore makeup! quite a nice soft palette for daily looks!

  • Dee

    I wasn’t going to cave but after reading this I will. I need something a little softer and I do like these kinds of shades.

  • crystalina

    I actually got this in my…Easter basket,Miss Muse.
    Yes,I said Easter basket.I’m 30,and my aunt has a shopping issue any excuse is a good excuse for her,and she heard me mention this last week…and there it was.
    I’m actually really pleased with it.Note,though,I have NOT played with it yet,just swatched it a little and studied the colors.I mean,for a drugstore palette,it definitely LOOKS good-I love a palette with a nice,tough case.I can already say I don’t like the brush-but,you know,whatever.
    As a girl who recently had ALL HER MAKEUP stolen in NY…I’m grateful for ANY makeup at this point.(I actually ordered Stilas “The Natural” palette too,mostly because I had an Urban Outfitters credit-addicted to Urban,always-and the colors were Spring-like and I didn’t own it pre-makeup theft,and you had given it a decent review).ANYWAY,I was so very glad to see you reviewed this.I think I will like it.I’m a makeup minimalist,lots of sheer pale cream eyeshadow and grey,not black,eyeliner,mostly…but I’m trying to branch out and YOU,Miss Muse,are helping me with all your reviews.
    It is very,VERY hard starting my collection over too..I had been using a lot of my stuff longer then I probably should have,but it worked for me.Thank Thanou for your fabulous,honest reviews.I need them so bad atm.
    P.S.- you look SO pretty in the pictures! I love the last one! : )

  • Noe

    Is this one better than the revealed from coastal?… Which one do you prefer? i want to buy one but i can’t decide hahaha

  • Teresa

    Hi Isabelle, I look for your reviews a lot when choosing a palette. I didn’t see this review before I purchased the Loreal Nude 2 palette first. I was debating between 1 & 2 but went with 2. I really love it. I’m in the middle of a spring and fall, so i like both neutrals warm & cool. I was looking for a dupe for tarte tartlette palette or rainforest palette (eyeshadows only). I am very impressed with the palette, buttery soft to me, purr-fect shades of plum, taupe, cool browns. Not disputing what you said but for me they are not patchy at all. They are beautiful to me. I have light/med skin, green eyes, brown/blond hair. These are awesome for me. I have too many brown neutral palettes I don’t use. To each their own I guess. Such saying!

    • Isabella Muse

      I’m glad you liked this Teresa! I enjoyed 1 a bit more than I did 2 but I’m happy to hear 2 is working out so well for you! Enjoy! Wear in health πŸ™‚

  • Garrett

    Muse my dear, I need some help! I just bought this last night and this morning when I went to use it I was horribly depressed. They swatches lovely but when I went to apply them then shadows blended unevenly and patchy… Even with a base! Do you have any tips or ideas?

    • Isabella Muse

      sponge eyeshadow applicators Garrett! That’s the key to everything hehe! πŸ˜€ I apply a mac paint pot first and apply the shadows using a sponge applicator as they build best this way and looks smooth and even. After that I blend out with a brush! Try that and see if it helps πŸ˜€

  • Garrett

    Oh my gosh! Durr how did i not think of that?! I’ll try it out and get back to you! Thanks again

    • Isabella Muse

      haha! πŸ™‚ I think everyone always reaches to brushes first and end up having a crappy experience with this or even other shadow palettes. I always reach for sponges first, they pack color on very nicely and I can always blend out later with my brushes! good luck! Let me know how you do!

  • Garrett

    I must say I’m still unimpressed with the palette but using the applicators is a bit better but I found using my fingers works well too! But my other issue is I just wish the colors were better and more of a broader range I guess. They’re too samey and similar to each other

    • Isabella Muse

      aw sorry dear! πŸ™ I understand though, they def blend out a bit muddy if you aren’t careful! You can’t really get any definition from the shades when using them together if you blend too quickly :-/