Sunday, 24 September 2017

FIRST LOOK | EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT LAURA LEE'S CAT'S PAJAMAS NEW EYESHADOW PALETTE PHOTOS SWATCHES AND INITIAL IMPRESSION


If you're a makeup lover and YouTube addict chances are you have heard that Laura Lee is releasing her very own eyeshadow palette this October. This is part of her own brand Laura Lee Los Angeles and she recently uploaded a video explaining all about her first makeup release. Previously she has collaborated with Violet Voss to create an eyeshadow palette so she felt this was the right decision to release an eyeshadow palette as her first makeup product. 

Details: The eyeshadow palette is called The Cat's Pajamas Palette and contains 10 eyeshadow pans and will retail for $40 which works out as $4 per eyeshadow which is actually pretty high compared to other palettes, for instance the Huda Beauty Palettes work out as $3.6 per pan, but you do get more product per eyeshadow as her pans look a lot bigger. Jefree Star did a video reviewing the palette and he revealed that each pan is 0.23g. That is pathetic. In comparison, Jeffree Star's palettes have 2.52g per pan. It will be sold only on the Laura Lee Los Angeles website. The launch date is Friday 13th October at 10am PST. In the UK, that will be 6pm.



Background: The Cat's Pajamas Palette is very much a reflection of herself and Laura's YouTube journey. She used comments from her videos as an inspiration for shade names which I think is a really cool, original way to incorporate her fans and followers in this launch. 

Packaging:  She didn't go into too much detail on why she chose what she did but she worked hard to get the exterior to be glittery. You can see it is a silver glittery palette that if you pop a flash on will sparkle manically, it also has an outside sleeve and flowers incorporated in the design both on the sleeve and on the inside of the palette. The packaging doesn't seem to make much sense or be that cohesive. The name, the glittery exterior and the flowers inside don't tie together at all. There is also nothing to do with cats on there either which with the name being what it is would have been cute and maybe added some uniqueness to the palette. I know The Cat's Pajamas is a common term but it would have made a better theme, in my opinion. The pans are quite big which is great when using large brushes. 



Shadows: There are 10 eyeshadows in this palette. 4 of them are shimmers, 5 are matte and there is one shade that is considered a semi-matte shade. 

Formula: It was important to Laura to create a palette that was super easy to blend and use, therefore ideal for beginners and the every day person. She wanted a blendable formula but didn't want to scrimp on pigmentation either. She promises this palette delivers both. There is some fallout but not a heck of a lot. You can see in the tutorial that she does swirl her brush in Okie Dokie and there is nowhere near the same amount of mess that ensued in the Subculture Palette. 


Top Row Swatches: Okie Dokie is a matte cream bone shade, ideal for setting primers and blending out; Scatter Brain is a soft golden shimmer, gorgeous for brides and prom looks; Bomb Diggity is a matte mustard yellow brown, the perfect transition for all skin tones; Cray Cray is a warm caramel matte toasty autumn brown and Ridonkulous is a bronze brown shimmer. 


Bottom Row Swatches: Quirky is a purple shimmer that is flattering on all eye colours; Kooky is a matte reddish brown but mostly brown; In One Ear is a cranberry shimmer which is very pigmented and when layered becomes a deeper red; Out The Other is similar to Quirky which is why they are swatched next to each other in the photo, this is a semi-matte with a little shimmer or glimmer, it is a purple with a very strong brown base; Oddball is a matte black and Laura uses this shade in her hair to cover her roots as well. 


Opinion: Genuinely, I really do like Laura Lee but this palette is not something that appeals to me personally. The shades are colours I already own and for $40 especially with shipping to the UK on top of that it is just not worth it for me. I do think it is a nice palette and I believe a lot of thought went into it and she worked hard on it. I like the colour scheme and that she incorporated so much of herself and subscribers in the palette. A lot of the shades don't look pigmented enough for me, especially the mattes, i.e. Kooky, Bomb Diggity and Oddball, but they might translate better on the eyes with a brush. 



Thank you for reading, you wouldn't leave how hard it was to get this post up for you guys. I worked really hard on editing and trying to find an aesthetically pleasing way to show you all the swatches Sorry I have been MIA, I have just moved and am starting to settle into my new place and regain some of my blogging mojo. There is so much I want to do and share on this platform. Thank you for all your support, kindness and comments. They never go unnoticed. Please let me know your thoughts on this palette, will you get it? Do you like the colours? Do you already own palettes that are similar? Are you completely done with products from YouTubers? Share your opinion in the comments. I hope you all are having a great weekend, come back soon. Take care. 

Love 
Kiran

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52 comments

  1. I must admit it does look nice, but I have a feeling it is gonna be an absolute nightmare to get from the UK!

    Erin || MakeErinOver

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    1. I don't doubt it, it will probably cost £70 by the time it gets to your door xxx

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  2. Lovely post!xx
    Have a wonderful day!

    Vildana from Living Like V & Stalia Is BAE

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  3. I agree with you, I have a lot of shades similar to this so it's not a necessity for me. I also don't watch Laura, but some of her fans who are beginners might love this palette! :)

    www.beautyfromkatie.blogspot.com

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    1. Yeah I think that is the main USP that it is user-friendly xxx

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  4. The shades do look very much alike but they're very pretty! I'm not a follower of Laura but will probably be quite expensive to ship to the UK!

    Anika xo | anikamay.co.uk

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  5. These aren't really my kinda colours but I can see why some may like this palette x

    franklyflawless.com

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    1. Yeah, I mean I love purples and warm tones and golds but this palette doesn't really speak to me. I just think the shades are too similar and all the looks I have seen looked a bit boring to me, I definitely own all these shades already xxx

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  6. This palette is new to me but so pretty! I really like the mix of colors. It would force me to step out of my comfort zone with the purples. http://www.mrsqbeauty.com

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    1. I love purples! Have you seen the Kylie Purple Palette? That might interest you, if it doesn't cost a fortune in Canada xxx

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  7. I really like that she drew inspiration from her youtube comments! So original!

    Sinéad xo Fabuleuse Du Jour

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    1. I do think that was one of her best stamps on this product, it is such a cute concept xxx

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  8. It looks so stunning and I'm super proud of her for all that she's accomplished! I can't wait to see all the looks xx Nikita

    BLOG//Jasmine Loves

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    1. Definitely, and despite my criticism, I do think it will be a success for her. I do like her a lot as a person xx

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  9. I had no idea that Laura Lee actually has her own makeup brand but this palette really calls out to me. Hope you're settling in well, Kiran. xx

    Shireen⎜Reflection of SanityBurberry Beauty Giveaway

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  10. Another palette with colors that everyone already has. I don't like Laura so this is an easy pass xx

    Carolina's Makeup Life

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  11. Ahh, hope you're well with the move, and I love this palette, I don't think I'll get it purely because I don't wear a lot of eye shadow, but my, the shades are beautiful xx

    tipscapsule.blogspot.com

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    1. Fair enough, thank you for reading! Xx

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  12. I hope you manage to settle into your new place and get back into blogging soon! This is a really beautiful palette, and all of the shades look stunning xx

    Hannah | luxuryblush

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  13. Such an eye catchy palatte.... and the colors and swatches are wonderful.. thx for sharing dear.. :-)
    Beauty and fashion

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  14. I hope you settle in to your new place okay. The shadows look lovely, such autumnal shades especially that emerald green!

    Hannah | thediaryofhan.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thank you so much! There isn't an emerald green?? Haha xxx

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  15. Where have I been and I didn't know that Laura Lee has her own palette? Looks nice but I would prefer a greater variation of shades! x

    Yiota
    pinkdaisyloves.blogspot.com

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  16. I feel like this palette is all over the place, lol. usually palettes have at least some kind of theme to it, you know? maybe it's because I don't watch her videos that the shade names are almost cringey for me and i dunno, the shades aren't anything unique.

    becky @ star violet

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    1. I agree with all of these points to me, it could definitely be better xxx

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  17. Great review.
    xx
    https://theonethattravels.wordpress.com/
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_zn7IqrAY1I44bRuN6dH-Q

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  18. Hope you have settled into your new place. This palette looks quite pretty! Gemma x
    www.jacquardflower.uk

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  19. I actually haven't heard of her but I love how quirky this palette is, especially the names of the shades. The colours and quality look lovely too. x

    Kate Louise Blogs

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    1. Wow, I love that you don't know who she is because that is really rare and your perception or opinion of her doesn't colour your view on the palette. Awesome, thank you for commenting! Xxx

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  20. Oooh, what absolutely beautiful shades!!
    Have a lovely day :)
    Rosanna x
    Rose's Rooftop

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  22. Jeffrey Star reviewed this on YouTube and
    said there is only 0.23 grams per pan. The pans may appear big, but must be super thin because .23 g is very little product.

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    1. I KNOW! Colour me shocked, I added that to the review once I watched his video. I think that has to be impossible and am hoping he misspoke because that is a pitiful amount of product! Thank you for sharing sweet xxx

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  23. I think the shades look really pretty but the swatches are kind of putting me off. Especially the 'matte black' shade. Thanks for sharing this though, Kiran!

    Nicole | The Glam Surge

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    1. Yeah I feel the same, Oddball looks like a bit of a letdown, thanks for reading lovely xxx

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  24. uh oh! your feeding my make up habit! i'd love for you to do a guest post on my blog at some point!let me know if your interested x

    Missy
    TheFashionFusion

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    1. That is really sweet, I would love to xxx

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  25. great and honest review, you can definitely find another palette with the same shades of colors, I really like the Cray Cray one :)
    Sonia
    www.soniaaicha.com

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    1. Cray Cray does look really nice, thank you for reading lovely! Xx

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  26. Thanks for the honest review! I'll probably pass on it as well!

    Jennifer
    Effortlessly Sophisticated

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  27. Zoeva cocoa blend palette and the rosé gold palette together are even cheaper than 1 Laura Lee palette!
    And then u have 20 eyeshadows. Zoeva’s quality is very good.

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