Whilst Neal and I were on holiday in Cape Town a couple of weeks ago, we popped in to Canal Walk for a fun day of shopping. Well, fun for me…and boring for Neal. He indulges me every now and again by joining me for a day of shopping, but I know he’d much rather go for a long ride on his mountain bike. Yep, whenever we head down to Cape Town for a short vacation, he always travels down with his bike. Me? I’d much rather shop or stay in bed with a good book (and some yummy snacks).
Anyway, the Dis-Chem store in Canal Walk is one of the largest in South Africa, so I always make a point of moseying up and down the aisles – checking out the shelves for new / unique products. As luck would have it, they had JUST unpacked the new L.A. Girl Inspiring Eyeshadow Palettes (I’ve been hoping these would make their way to South Africa after seeing them on the L.A. Girl Instagram page a couple of months ago). There are 6 palettes in the collection, ranging from neutrals, purples, blues, and even a dark smokey grey palette.
Obviously I opted for the neutral palettes, ya’ll know I’m the queen of nudes (ew, not those type of nudes…) and so I popped 3 palettes into my basket. It was during the time Dis-Chem had their Beauty Fair, so in the end I gave 3 palettes a loving home, but only paid for 2.
If you’re a regular around these parts of town, then you’ll know I am a huge fan of the L.A. Girl Nudes Palette (you can take a look at my ‘Face Of The Day’ blog post, as well as my comparison blog post where I compare it to the Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette). I also adore the L.A. Girl PRO Conceal HD Concealer, and their Glide Gel Liner is a winner too!
I had high hopes for these compact eyeshadow palettes, because I thought they would make for great little travel companions. Did the L.A. Girl Inspiring Eyeshadow Palettes impress me? Let’s find out:
I love the packaging of these little eyeshadow palettes – they are packaged in an adorable metal tin with a hard sponge insert, and a small mirror underside of the lid. The look and feel of these palettes remind me of the 9-pan Too Faced eyeshadow palettes, except the L.A. Girl palettes come with a dual-ended sponge tip eyeshadow applicator.
Each palette contains 6 complementary matte and shimmer shades, all of which are great for creating a variety of looks. You have your mattes to deepen up the crease, your light shimmers to highlight the brow bone & inner corner, pops of metallic shades to apply to the lid, plus a dark matte eyeshadow to use as an eyeliner. The dark matte shade in each palette is a wonderful addition, in my opinion, and shows some thought was put into each palette. Not all the dark matte shades are black, one is a dark cool-toned brown, and the other one is a dark brown with a burgundy undertone.
I’ve also included swatches of all the eyeshadows in each palette, I think the swatches speak for themselves, so I won’t describe each shade individually. The swatches run from left to right i.e. top left, bottom left, middle, top right, middle right, and far right.
DAY DREAM BELIEVER – This is the lightest palette of the 3 in my collection, all the shades have a subtle mauve (yet neutral) undertone with subtle gold and bronze accent shades. The white shimmery shade in the middle is absolutely stunning, and I’ve even used it as a highlighter for my face. This palette contains 2 matte shades and 4 shimmery shades.
Above are swatches of the eyeshadows in the ‘Day Dream Believer’ palette.
NATURALLY BEAUTIFUL – This palette is the most ‘neutral’ in terms of overall look, with cool-toned browns and a pop of taupe-y silver. There is also a matte purple shade to give the palette an interesting twist. The matte off-white shade in the middle is a bit difficult to work with (one needs to apply a couple of layers for it to show up on the skin), but nonetheless it because it makes for a nice subtle brow bone and inner corner highlight – especially if you’re not into shimmery shades. This palette contains 5 matte shades and 1 shimmery shade.
Above are swatches of the eyeshadows in the ‘Naturally Beautiful’ palette.
BE BOLD & BEAUTIFUL – Anyone else think of Ridge and Brooke when they read the name of this palette? Just me…? Ok… I initially thought this would be my favourite palette, just look at all those warm tones! I love the shades in this palette, but the pigmentation of the shades is a huge failure (just like Brooke & Ridge’s 154 marriages). The swatches you see below required some serious patience on my part. Applying some of the shades with an eyeshadow brush, can be a nightmare – so it’s best to use your finger to apply the shimmery shades. I thought the shimmery copper shade (bottom right) was going to be a major hit, but pigmentation and shimmer-factor left me feeling disappointed. Same with the gold shade in the middle – it’s gorgeous, but it’s just too sheer. This palette contains 3 matte shades and 3 shimmery shades.
Below are swatches of the eyeshadows in the ‘Be Bold & Beautiful’ palette:
Most of the eyeshadows in most of the palettes are impressive in terms of pigmentation and formula, but there are a couple of shadows that can definitely be improved upon. Overall, I’d say 90% of the shadows in each palette is smooth in texture, and blend like an absolute dream. BUT. There are a couple of matte shades that are a bit crumbly (not powdery, because these shadows aren’t very dry), so you do get a bit of fall-out every now and again. This definitely isn’t a deal-breaker for me, as I have other high-end shadows in my makeup collection that have far worse fall-out.
As with any eyeshadow, it’s always best to apply these on top of an eyeshadow primer. A primer will help the subtle shades to pop a bit more, and will also give each shadow more staying power.
The L.A. Girl Inspiring Eyeshadow Palettes retail for R119,95 each at Dis-Chem stores nationwide (if your local Dis-Chem doesn’t have this in stock yet, hang tight, I’m sure these will be on the shelf very soon).
I think my personal favourite palette out of the 3 I own, is the lightest one called ‘Day Dream Believer’. I think all the colours complement each other so well, and I love the mauve vibe of the palette. I didn’t have problems with any of the shades, all are creamy and super pigmented (with no fall-out).
For the price point, these are absolutely superb and wonderfully designed palettes (well 2 of them are). I suggest you head over to your nearest Dis-Chem store to pick up one of these babies – if you like subtle eye makeup looks, then add ‘Day Dream Believer’ to your basket. Random side note: I keep wanting to say ‘Belieber’.
Did you know? L.A. Girl is a cruelty-free brand.
L.A. Girl also released 3 brow kits as part of their ‘Inspiring’ palette collection, I hope to see them in-store soon! If you do come across them when you’re at Dis-Chem, please send me a tweet, smoke signal or let me know via Instagram / Facebook comment.
QUESTION OF THE DAY: Will you be adding one of these eyeshadow palettes to your makeup collection?