Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Product Review -- LORAC Nude Necessities Eye Shadow Palette

I don't know about you, but it feels like the whole nude/natural eye shadow palette trend has been going on forever.

Not that I'm complaining, really -- those types of palettes tend to get the most use in my collection because they work well for pretty much any situation and I can always come up with a look that flatters my fair skin.

But at the rate we're going, I'm going to have a ton of nude/natural palettes before long -- and I bet other makeup junkies feel the same way.

Of course, I could just stop buying them, but like a true makeup fiend, I have a compulsion to try all the new stuff that there is and since makeup brands keep coming up with nude palettes, I keep trying them.

I'll be honest -- I wasn't going to purchase the palette upon first glance because it looked pretty boring and like plenty of other palettes I already have in my collection.

But I do usually love LORAC shadows, so when I saw that the palette only cost $30, I gave in. 

Unlike the LORAC Pro Palettes which feature cardboard packaging, the Nude Necessities Palette comes in a plastic compact with a dark gray metallic finish (which shows fingerprints like nobody's business -- see photo below). There is a decent sized mirror on the inside that stays open by itself so it can work well for doing your makeup while traveling.

LORAC Nude Necessities Eye Shadow Palette
Inside, there are 12 shadows in a mix of matte and shimmer finishes.  They include a matte white, a shimmery pale gold, a shimmery gold, a matte taupe, a matte beige, a shimmery cool brown; a matte cool taupe; a shimmery light brown; a shimmery nude; a shimmery pale copper; a matte tan, and a matte cool brown.

LORAC Nude Necessities Eye Shadow Palette

LORAC Nude Necessities Eye Shadow Palette top row

LORAC Nude Necessities Eye Shadow Palette middle row

LORAC Nude Necessities Eye Shadow Palette bottom row
The formula for the shadows in the palette seems slightly different than the one used for the Pro Palettes -- they're not quite as pigmented and they don't feel as creamy either. They're nice enough shadows and pretty easy to work with, but they're a bit of a letdown if you're expecting the same type of formula from other LORAC shadows. 

The other issue with the palette is that there isn't a great deal of variation among the shades. There are a couple of shadows that work well as highlight shades, but the majority of the palette seem to be more lid or transition shades. There are only one or two shadows that are dark enough to work as a crease shade or to deepen up the outer corner.

Keep in mind that my skin is very fair, so if you have darker skin, I think you might even have more difficulty with the shades in this palette. 

That's not to say that I couldn't come up with nice looks using the palette -- it's just that I have other palettes in my collection that offer similar looks and I like better, and I bet most makeup junkies do too.

Even if you're new to makeup or don't have very many nude palettes in your collection yet, I think you can find better options. The original LORAC Pro Palette has many similar shades, and while it costs more ($44 vs. $30), you get more shadows (16 vs. 12) and a better formula so I would recommend that instead.

You can purchase the palette at Ulta.

Have you tried the LORAC Nude Necessities Eye Shadow Palette? Are you a fan?

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