La Petite Mini Eyeshadow Palette (maximalist) Review

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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.


l'oreal la petite mini eyeshadow palette closeup


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

€9,95 or £7,99. It’s available in Boots, Superdrug, Sainsbury’s, Feelunique


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.

l'oreal la petite mini eyeshadow palette swatches

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.


l'oreal la petite mini eyeshadow palette review


  1. August 17, 2018 / 11:28 am

    I don’t know if rhey sell this in the US, but I want it. It looks gorgeous. Also, I love your heart-shaped swatches!

    • Kate
      August 17, 2018 / 1:38 pm

      By the way, I tried to leave you a comment on your blog, but got an error message: ERROR: please fill the required fields (GDPR checkbox).

      • August 17, 2018 / 1:41 pm

        Oh no. I just changed my theme. I wonder if that’s why. Thank you for letting me know!

        • Kate
          August 17, 2018 / 1:41 pm


  2. August 13, 2018 / 9:33 am

    Probably wouldn’t use this palette because of my skin tone but it is very nice to know they are good quality!

    • Kate
      August 13, 2018 / 12:12 pm

      Thanks for commenting 🙂

  3. July 19, 2018 / 5:19 am

    Such a great review, answered every question. 😉 I’m loving those colours, and so glad to hear it lasts and actually works and blends properly. Am I weird if I really like the look of the green one. 😍

    • Kate
      July 19, 2018 / 8:56 am

      Yes, you are weird, but we all know that by now 😀 (do you ever sleep?!)

      • July 19, 2018 / 6:35 pm

        Pahaha, I sleep but I get up in the middle of the night and roam around looking for snacks, then go on WordPress, and forget to go back to sleep. 😂 we’re all weird. 😉

        • Kate
          July 19, 2018 / 7:44 pm

          Insomnia huh

          • July 19, 2018 / 10:48 pm

            Not even, just hungry 😂

  4. July 17, 2018 / 2:17 pm

    You found it at an amazing price, I saw it last week for 18 euro here in The Netherlands and I was like nooo way ! Ilove the color selection, specially that purple but I promised myself to not buy anything from Loreal because everything I had from them simply broke plus they continue to test on animals.

    • Kate
      July 17, 2018 / 3:05 pm

      Yep, they’re definitely not the best when it comes to ethics huh. 18 EUR is pretty pricey, actually, but maybe that’s because your country is slightly more expensive than mine 🙂
      Tot ziens!

  5. July 15, 2018 / 5:50 pm

    I’ve never seen this palette before but it’s so pretty! I love the heart shaped swatches so clever!!

    Will keep my eye out for it

    Kate xx

    • Kate
      July 15, 2018 / 7:47 pm

      Thanks, Kate!

  6. July 13, 2018 / 1:37 pm

    love the review! I’ve never heard of this before. I’d definitely have to try out for those days I’m kind of in a rush but want to wear eyeshadow and don’t have time to go through my many bigger palettes to figure out a look lol

    • Kate
      July 13, 2018 / 2:46 pm

      Exactly! I’m the same. When it’s 5.30 in the morning and I have to get ready to go to work, I don’t want to go all beauty guru. I need something quick so I’m out the door.
      Thanks for commenting 🙂

  7. July 13, 2018 / 12:55 pm

    These look so cute, and I love the colours of the palette you picked up! I’m probably due to add another eyeshadow palette to my collection 😜 however I think the new sophdoesnails palette is next on my list – but I might pick this one up, too!

    Beka |

    • Kate
      July 13, 2018 / 1:13 pm

      I only saw raving reviews on that palette, good choice!

  8. July 13, 2018 / 8:23 am

    This palette is so cute, and has such a good selection of gorgeous shades! It looks like a good travelling size too, with enough of a shade range to be fairly versatile.

    Cordelia ||

    • Kate
      July 13, 2018 / 11:24 am

      That’s definitely the sort of palette you’d want to throw into your beauty bag. Thanks for your comment 🙂

  9. July 12, 2018 / 9:30 pm

    Life is yes, get more eyeshadow palettes! I just ordered the KKW/Mario palette which I do not need but desire–sometimes I just can’t help myself…

    • Kate
      July 12, 2018 / 9:57 pm

      Not a big fan of KKW, but if Mario is involved, it has to be good.
      I ordered UD’s Beached palette. I’m dying to get it!!

  10. July 12, 2018 / 8:57 pm

    Love this review ❤️ I love palletes of eyeshadow so much. Those colours are beautiful 😍

    • Kate
      July 12, 2018 / 9:00 pm

      Thanks, they are and they are really good affordable products.

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