This year nude palettes have made a big comeback and on the other side of the spectrum bold, smokey shadows are also very popular. When you find a palette that combines the best of both worlds- (deep + neutral) like L’Oreal’s Nude 2 it is a match made in makeup heaven and gives you the versatility to create many stunning effects! It seems that almost every brand has launched a collection of soft everyday hues but as far as drugstore products go L’Oreal is at the top of my list when it comes to quality pigments.
The brand has released two nude palettes that have been a hit among beauty gurus and makeup junkies and the second palette has a beautiful selection of trendy, wearable shades from mauve, rich brown, bronze, sandy silver, gold and champagne. If you haven’t added a palette like this to your collection you definitely should! These warm, rich shades are essential for sculpting the crease, defining, enhancing the lids and highlighting plus they compliment any outfit.
For $29.99 (Canadian) the price range sits somewhere in the middle but the quality holds up against some higher-end formulas and each shadow is quite large. The packaging isn’t fancy but it is simple and sturdy with a long mirror and a double ended brush - sponge applicator.
The texture of the shimmer pigments is silky, soft and very fine for super smooth, buildable application. The matte hues have more of a rich, creamy texture and I like that they can be buffed out to create a beautiful fade that appears expertly blended. The velvety finishes pair well with the satin hues for great dimension and depth and there is a fabulous balance of matte and metallic. I find that the shadows look best paired with a good primer and although a couple of the buttery matte shades apply inconsistently and a tad patchy blending them out helps corrects this.
This palette may be called nude because of the range of soft hues and basic browns but you can also use it to create deep smokey looks which make it great for travel and on-trend for fall. It also makes a nice gift because anyone can pull-off these colors no matter what skin tone.
This palette is available in drugstores nationwide.
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