I finally got my hands on this palette! Since L’Oreal owns Urban Decay, it’s no surprise that the shape of the pans, as well as the overall size of the palette, is similar to the Urban Decay Naked palettes. When I first seen this palette I automatically thought of Urban Decay 3 Palette, as theres very similar shades and tones, from both.
The L’OREAL La Palette 2 contains 10 cool toned neutral shades in a variety of finishes, from matte to satin to a subtle shimmery sheen. At first glance there does appear to be a nice variety of light and dark shades, as well as some fun pops of colour. However, as you’ll see once we get to swatching, I found that most of these colours actually appeared quite dark on my light to medium complexion. Inside the palette you also get a decent, elongated mirror, as well as a double sided brush and sponge tip applicator.This brush has soft bristles, but the overall feel is pretty floppy. I would probably only use this brush in a pinch, and only for blending. since it’s not stiff enough for colour application.
The packaging and design on this palette is decent, although perhaps a little bulky. The plastic casing does sort of scream “drugstore” to me, but I can see that they were trying to give the palette a little bit of an upscale feel with the sleek gold on black minimalistic design. The shadow pans themselves are quite large, so you definitely are getting quite a bit of product. Also, rather than being ordered from light to dark, it appears that the pans are grouped by shade family to make it a bit easier to see what shades you should pair together.
In terms of formula and blend ability, above you’ll see a primer-less swatch of all of the colours. I found the pigmentation to be about mid range, with the darker and sheenier formulas being the strongest, and the light matte colours being the weakest. The texture of these shadows is decent, although not necessarily as creamy or finely milled as a high end shadow palette. The deepest matte shades were a little bit chalky and streaky, and do take a little bit of work to blend. Ultimately these shadows left me feeling a little disappointed. I think I was hoping that L’Oreal would really up the drugstore eyeshadow game with this palette, and I sort of feel like it didn’t perform much better than anything else I’ve tried.
I cant wait to do some Makeup Looks with this palette! Hope you lovelies enjoyed what do you think about this palette?! ❤