Review, Swatches, & Comparison: L'Oréal La Palette Nude 1 & 2

L'Oréal La Palette Nude 1 & 2
L'Oréal's new La Palette Nudes 1 and 2 are the latest to join the ranks of new neutral palettes hitting drugstore shelves. While they are priced quite a bit higher than the typical drugstore shadow palette at $15, they come with 10 shadows, and nearly double the product by weight compared to Maybelline's The Nudes Palette.

L'Oréal La Palette Nude 1 contains brown-based neutrals that cover the spectrum between light and medium-deep nudes. There's a nice mix of matte, satin, and shimmery textures, but doesn't contain any glittery or metallic shades. The one thing this palette lacks is a stark contrast with a deeper black or gray shade. L'Oréal La Palette Nude 2 is a purple-toned palette that contains a mix of cooler taupe-mauves, and a similar texture profile as the La Palette Nude 1. Why it's called a "Nude" palette is beyond me - I would think you have to be somewhat of a color-lover to embrace all of the purples.

Palette names aside, I'm happy to say that these shadows are buttery smooth! All of the shadows in each of these palettes have great color payoff. The only thing I noticed was a slight chalkiness with some of the matte shades - not the kind of chalkiness that makes for patchy application, but more-so a dry texture that makes it easy for the shadows to appear caky. Still, they are some of the best matte shadows from the drugstore, so it's hard to complain!

Now, let's talk dupes! La Palette Nude 2 was the hardest to duplicate. There really aren't any similarities between it and Urban Decay's Naked3, or Maybelline's The Blushed Nudes - it's far more purple-leaning, and the shadows are overall more subdued. On the other hand, the La Palette Nude 1 bears a striking similarity to Urban Decay's Naked Palette. While there are about 2 shades that are near perfect dupes (check out the pictures for Smog and Virgin below), it's actually pretty different. Just like the La Palette Nude 2, La Palette Nude 1 is like a more subdued version of UD's Naked Palette.

Which L'Oréal La Palette Nude do you have your eye on?

Korean Makeup HAUL, Reviews, & Tutorial!

It's time for a HAUL! I'm branching out and trying some Korean makeup products from brands like Holika Holika, Innisfree, MISSHA, and more. Check out my finds, and hear my thoughts, in the video above!

Products Mentioned:

  • Aritaum Mono Eyes - this line contains powder and cream shadows, and I'm impressed with all of them!
  • Innisfree 2014 Fall Collection Mineral Eyeshadow - these neutral matte shadows apply so smoothly, and have great pigmentation to boot!
  • Holika Holika Jewel Light Shimmer Eyes - probably my favorite shadows of the bunch, these shadows come in sleek packaging, and perform beautifully. 
  • Holika Holika Magic Pole Mascara - of all of the products I purchase, this was my least favorite. It didn't do much in the way of curling or volumizing my lashes, and was impossible to remove.
  • MISSHA The Style Two In One Fit-In Gel Eyeliner - these are easily my favorite products of the bunch. Each pot contains two shades - one liner, and one shimmery highlight. Both are very creamy, and last all day!
  • Innisfree Creamy Tint Lip Mousse - while I definitely wasn't expecting the kind of pigmentation these "tints" provide, they look and perform beautifully nonetheless!
  • Aritaum Wannabe Cushion Tints - once again, "tint" doesn't begin to describe the amount of color these bring to the lips, but they are fun regardless. They also include a sponge tip to easily create the increasingly popular gradient effect on the lips (check out the demo in the haul video above for an example)! 

Review & Swatches: Maskcara IIID Foundation

In the midst of the craze for highlight and contour palettes, Maskcara's IIID Foundation Palette is flying under the radar as a palette that goes above and beyond - not just highlighting and contouring, but also acting as a foundation, concealer, blush, and illuminator! For $42, you get 4 pans of cream color that work magic to create a full face of makeup, reducing what could be a 10 product operation into one that requires 1 palette. 

To start, there are three contour, highlight, and blush shades to choose from - mine are Linen, Walnut, Dahlia, and Pearl. Maskcara's website has a color finder to help anyone with a fair to deep skin tone find the color combination that best suits them. Despite offering full coverage, none of the creams feel heavy on the skin. My acne-prone skin hasn't protested once! Both the contour and highlight shades dry to a matte finish, while the illuminator and blush maintain a dewy finish (although they don't feel tacky). 

Onto how to HAC (Highlight and Contour). I prefer to start with the contour shade, placing it in the hollows of my cheeks, around the perimeter of my forehead, and below my jaw. I find that starting with the darker shade allows for a little more wiggle room if I go overboard and need to temper it with the lighter highlight shade. Next, I apply the highlight shade in the areas that were left bare after the first step. I follow up with the blush shade, applying it to the tops of my cheeks, but avoiding the center of my face because the dewy finish can emphasize my combination complexion. Last, I go into the highlight shade and apply it to the very tops of my cheek bones - once again avoiding the center of my face for the same reason as before. Check out the video above more a complete demo!

I'm happy to say that this palette not only provides a near full face of makeup, but it lasts all day! After nearly 12 hours, you can see there was some minor breakdown in the trickier spots around my face. But it stayed in tact for the most part, and could be improved upon with a dusting of setting powder right after application. 

Overall: two thumbs up! I really recommend this to anyone who wants to simplify their daily routine without completely forgoing the appearance of a full face of makeup. 

Shop My Stash Tutorial: Wet n Wild Comfort Zone Palette

It's time to reach deep into your makeup collection for another Shop My Stash tutorial! This week, I'm using a palette that goes WAY back in the beauty community. Wet n Wild's Comfort Zone Palette has been a go-to drugstore palette for years - and it's much-loved for a reason! On the left side, you have a column of neutrals that are perfect for an easy, everyday eye. But the shadows on the right allow you to play with a little bit of color, and even offer a MAC Club dupe! Check out the tutorial above for a smoky look that's perfect for a night out. 

Products Used:

  • ELF Smudge Pot in Gotta Glow
  • Wet n Wild Comfort Zone Palette
  • Butter London Wink Eye Liner in Union Jack Black
  • YSL Mascara Volume Effect Faux Cils in Black
  • Sephora Perfection Mist Airbrush Foundation
  • BECCA Ultimate Coverage Creme Concealer
  • Anastasia Contour Kit (I just used the shade Java to contour)
  • Hourglass Ambient Blush Palette
  • L.A. Splash Smitten Lip Tint in Charmed
What are your favorite shades from the Comfort Zone Palette?

Review & Swatches: Maybelline The Blushed Nudes Palette

Maybelline The Blushed Nudes Palette
Looking to lighten up your look for Spring? Maybelline has just launched a palette that might be for you! The Blushed Nudes Palette combines rosy pinks, and mauve-toned taupes, and is an apparent Naked3 Palette Dupe. Although the shadow quality doesn't quite live up to Urban Decay's, I think they are some of the best Maybelline has release among all of their newly released 12-pan palettes.

While there's only one matte shadow, there's a diverse mix of shimmery shades. Nearly all of the shadows apply smoothly, evenly, and can be layered to achieve nice color payoff. The only real dud in the bunch is the deepest shimmery plum - it's a tad chalky, and the shimmer isn't nearly as apparent when worn as it is in the pan. Still, for $10 it's hard to beat! To get the most out of these shadows, I recommend working with a flat shading brush to build pigment on the lid, and grabbing a small, dense, domes brush to work deeper pigments into the outer corner and crease.

Overall, I think this is a really unique palette that offers a diverse mix of shades not often seen from the drugstore. I really recommend it to anyone that wants to add a little bit of variety to their everyday makeup look.

Need some inspiration? Check out The Blushed Nudes tutorial I posted a few days ago!

Maybelline The Blushed Nudes Palette

Maybelline The Blushed Nudes Palette

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