Is another eyeshadow palette really necessary?
… is a question that I never ask myself. It’s pretty obvious to everyone at this point that I need therapy and I’ve chosen makeup to heal my palpitating heart. So I was at the clini– er… drugstore the other day when I locked eyes with the La Petite Mini Eyeshadow Palette by L’Oreal. Admittedly, the name is a mouthful, but the palette is so cute and tiny that I couldn’t resist. Also, I wanted to give drugstore eyeshadow another try after last week’s Lemonade Craze fiasco.
Some information about the collection
L’Oreal released a range of five La Petite Mini Eyeshadow Palettes, each one with a different colour story (of five shadows). I picked up the Maximalist one because it had warm colours and I thought it would be perfect for the summer.
The other Petite Mini Eyeshadow Palettes are: Feminist (go figure), Fetishist, Nudist, Optimist.
The point of these palettes is to provide you with four essential shades and one statement colour (in this case, the orange one).
I couldn’t get my hands on a proper list of ingredients, so we’ll never know.
There are five shadows for a total of 4g.
Retail price and where to buy it
Review and swatches
I tested this palette over several days, tried out different looks and used my usual go-to brushes: MAC 217 and 224, Real Techniques eyeshadow brushes, and my Nanshi and Makeup Revolution brushes. I tried the shadows both with and without an eye primer (it was MAC paint pot when I did use one).
Texture of the shadows: most of them are creamy, with the exception of the brown one, which was almost hard to pick up with a brush.
Application: everything blends beautifully, especially the star of the palette: the orange shade. I noticed a bit of fallout when applying all of the shades. Again, don’t do your face makeup first.
Staying power: the shadows wear really well and have the same staying power as high-end brands. There seemed to be slightly more colour payoff and even more staying power when I used my eyeshadow base (which is the point, right).
As a matter of fact, I would say that they perform like high-end shadows across the board.
Final thoughts on the La Petite Mini Eyeshadow Palette
Overall, I really like this palette and I have nothing bad to say about it.
The strong point is the simplicity of the eye looks you can create. You don’t have to sit and stare at it for hours to know what you’re going to go for. The orange shade is meant to be a vibrant crease colour, the brown one will deepen and smoke out, and the three shimmers can placed on the lid or inner corner.
I would definitely recommend it to anyone, but more specifically if you are an eyeshadow beginner or you are the type of person who gets overwhelmed by huge palettes with intricate colour stories.
To be perfectly honest with you, I think (I know) I’m going to get my hands on at least one other La Petite Mini Eyeshadow Palette. I’m thinking of getting Optimist because the statement shade is blue and blue makeup is one of the three things I can’t resist in life along with British accents and chocolate.
Leave a comment if you think I should buy more eyeshadow palettes.