[UPDATE: In November 2015, Paula’s Choice announced it would be discontinuing its Nude Mattes Eye Shadow Palette.]
If you want the short version about my opinion on these two eye shadow palettes, it’s this: they’re great. Buy them now!
And if you’ve got time to stick around for a while longer …
You can read my general thoughts on eye shadow here. Since I wrote that post my opinion has changed a little.
From my obsessive YouTube watching, I’ve learned that women over 40 can apply powder eye shadow without looking like they forgot to iron their eyelids that morning. And for that reason, I love these two eye shadow palettes.
It’s all about the amount you apply (for me, anyway). Once I had that under control, I was so excited to try these two palettes.
L’Oréal La Palette
I’d seen Lisa Eldridge use the L’Oréal La Palette in one of her videos (and she’s about the same age as me). Lisa has this incredible ability to make me want everything she uses because she’s so skilled at her work. But I’m usually able to control my purchasing desires. No idea why this time was different but I totally HAD to have the palette.
I picked up the L’Oréal La Palette in Nude 2 from Shoppers Drug Mart where I paid $29.99 CA plus tax for it (about $22 US and about £15). I later saw it in Canadian Superstore for around $24. It’s also cheaper at Walmart.
In the past, I’ve always bought eye shadow singles but there’s something about having a range of shadows in front of me that I really like. And the L’Oréal palette doesn’t have any duds. I’m likely to use them all. They wear well and last a long time.
The palette includes mattes and shimmers. It’s all good. ‘Nuff said.
Nude Mattes Eye Shadow Palette from Paula’s Choice
Literally one week after getting the L’Oréal palette, I received an offer from Paula’s Choice: free palette with all orders over $50 or something like that. It was a one-day only offer and coincided with an order I was making anyway.
So I placed my order and along came my free palette.
It sells for $40 US which is around $52 CA (or about £25).
The palette includes one highlight shade. It’s okay.
What I really like about the Paula’s Choice shadows are their versatility. These highly pigmented matte shades can be used for anything. With a damp brush you’ve got eyeliner and eyebrow shapers. Heck, you could probably even contour with some of them.
However, MAC eye shadows will always be my favourite. I really don’t think that either palette here contains colours, textures or wearability to rival MAC. And maybe I’m just being stubborn. But there you go.
But just to be contrary: would I recommend them? YES. I honestly don’t think you’ll be disappointed with either of these as long as you apply and blend properly.
I have a special code which gives you $10 off your Paula’s Choice order. If you’re ready to buy this eye shadow palette, use this link.