Though I’d like to be able to just go into a Sephora and drop some serious paper, I can’t do it in good conscience at the moment as other adult related life obligations must come before makeup, important as it is to me, and I mean that. Instead I opted for LA Girl’s Beauty Brick Eyeshadow Palette in Nudes.
For $8, I thought, even if I hate it, what can I really lose? There must be a few too shades right? Yes girl, more than one. Keep reading. 😉
This is the type of smoky eye I was going for & that you can do with this palette. Beautiful example by Stephanie Nicole. (Youtuber)
Pic by Belanjamino.com.
LA Girl has been beauty blogger approved time and time again, which to me is usually enough. I had already tested a few of their lippies as one of my favorite beauty gurus, Kathleen Lights is a huge fan of LA Girl’s Liquid Lip in Fleur. She put it in her “Underrated Makeup Products” video and I seriously bought it a soon as I spotted it in a store as we have pretty much the same taste in makeup.
Unfortunately what we don’t share is Kathleen’s ability to wear liquid lipsticks with drier formulas. My lips are so dry, that to me this formula is only workable with about five coats of lip balm. (Seriously)
I love the color, so I wear it, but I like their creamier lipsticks better. I have not been dissapointed with them. I’m in love with their Matte Flat Velvet Lipsticks.
My favorite is a nude in the color “Snuggle”. Obsessed. I assumed that if it was that good, that the palette probably wouldn’t fall too far behind.
I was not dissapointed by their eyeshadow palette at all and created a mauve-y fall makeup look, shown above and below. The lippie I have on is by Elf in Tea Rose and I feel like it ties in well with the look. I am pleased and feel like I needed a rosy hued nude palette in my arsenal. I used Wet n Wild’s Photo Focus concealer for primer, the bone shade as a base, the second and fourth shades (from left to right in the pic above) in the crease, the fifth shade on the the lid, and the last shade on the outer corner and under the water line.
I loved the texture of the eyeshadows. Though they’re not as creamy as the Naked Palettes’, for the price, you still get a lot of bang for your buck. They’re very pigmented and the blendability is awesome. You can easily create tons of looks with this palette. It definitely reminds me a lot of the first six shades in Wet n Wild’s Au Naturel Palette in Nude Awakening. My review for that can be found here.
Also, I’ve noticed that since my eyelids and skin are oily, I do well with a drier shadow. With a primer underneath, this look lasted pretty much all day.
LA Girl VS. Naked 3. Pic by Belanjamino.com
I have seriously done like 5 totally different looks with the palette. You can go from day/work appropriate looks to night out looks easily. Even though the Naked 2 & 3 Palettes offer a little more pigment and blendability, the colors are very comparable. In fact, they’re practically the same palette other than the huge gap between the price tags, a slight difference in tones and undertones, and the packaging and overall luxury feel of the Naked palettes. At $8 though, the LA Girl palette is definitely a drugstore dupe, which I live for.
I don’t have much to complain about with this palette except that I wish there were warmer tones in it as most of them have a cool or neutral undertone. Additionally, for a ‘nudes’ palette, it really has no neutrals like tan, beige, camel, rust, chocolate brown, etc. The colors are generally in the pink/purple/mauve family.
The almost inimitable Naked Palette. Pic from Ulta.
Since my skin definitely has a warm undertone, warm shades typically look best on me, but I can definitely work with this palette for the price tag. Adding some matte bronzer to the crease is an easy fix. If your skin is fair or cool to neutral I feel that this palette would look best on you. To my medium to dark skin girls, I’d say test a friend’s palette out first or if you already know you don’t like pinks, mauves, and purples, take that into consideration.
Love it overall and I highly recommend it to any makeup lover if you’ve been considering it.
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