A while back I was eyeing off a friend’s eyes, they were looking particularly rich in colour and prominent but it didn’t look like she was wearing much makeup at all. Her secret? A good, neutral shadow. With this information I set out to find my own secret eye weapon and promptly purchased the Lily Lolo Laid Bare Eye Palette. How I had not gotten onto the eyeshadow-for-everyday bandwagon earlier, I will never understand. It’s life changing guys.
I’ve mentioned this product a lot in the past but haven’t really provided a proper review. So here goes:
Lily Lolo Laid Bare Eye Palette is a beautiful mineral makeup palette containing wearable, neutral shades for every skin tone, perfect for creating a natural daytime look with darker shades for added drama. Its all sleekly tucked inside a slimline compact with a mirror and double ended applicator. There are eight gorgeous shades in total.
What I love
With 8 shades to choose from you can select the perfect ones to suit. I use the matte ones during the day (or even use a little in my brows), and opt for the more shimmery ones for evening wear. Unlike many other eyeshadow palatte’s, all 8 shades are attractive and wearable.
You can easily create a soft neutral day time look and then take it to a bronze smokey eye with the one palatte. I love adding a touch of gold to my evening eyes as the contrast with my blue eyes is insane.
Neutrals work brilliantly on all skin tones and with all eye colours. They’re amazingly versatile and will compliment everyone, without leaving you looking made-up. Think of it like bronzer for your eyes. It enhances, sculpts and elevates.
All the shades work well with each other. Perfect for day and night. The texture is so silky and smooth.
Very small and sleek compact – easy to carry on the go. Comes with a pretty useful applicator too – one end is wide and the other, narrow.
The ingredients used are all natural and won’t irritate even the most sensitive of eyes. The shadows within the palette are made with jojoba seed oil, argan oil, pomegranate seed oil and manuka oil so they’re very kind to the skin.
What’s not so good
So you get I seriously love this eyeshadow palatte? This what makes this part so much harder. It’s like you’ve just started to go steady with an amazing guy after many, many duds and you have to admit to yourself he has flaws. You just don’t want to ruin the magic; not just yet anyway.
Ok, I’ll come out with it.
Longevity kind of sucks. Ok, not kind of, it really does suck. I’ll give you a solid 4 hours of wear but after that, the shadow you so carefully applied has creased and almost disappeared.
I’m not willing to let go just yet though. If you are heading out for a night on the town and maxed out your eyes with shadowy goodness, you really only need 4 hours before the dark lights and drinks take over and give you a boost in the looks department anyway. Right? Sure. I’m believing this.
It won’t last you your entire workday (even if you only do 8 hours like me), unless you want to do a sneaky touch-up.
Interestingly though, I use the 3rd shade from the end on my brows and that does seem to last the whole day. Perhaps it clings to the brow hairs?
I’ve tried increasing the wear-ability by applying foundation primer first and experimenting if foundation/no foundation on the eyelids makes a difference. Nope it doesn’t. I’m really hoping that perhaps a specialty eye primer might do the job. I don’t have one so can’t tell you for sure. I’ve heard great things about Tarte Eyelid Primer – but as it’s not readily available in Australia and I haven’t researched into how clean it actually is (from what I’ve heard, it sounds clean-ish).
I use this product almost every day/night. I love the shades and find they work so well with my skin tone and creates amazing depth to my eyes. I am a little sad about the longevity of the product though. I’m just not prepared to call it a deal breaker though. Surely we can work through this?
I would still buy it again.
It’s a UK brand, but readily available online.
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