I used to worry the most about the ingredients of my skincare and foundation, but wasn't concerned about my eye makeup. The lightbulb moment came when I reminded the skin on our eyelids is the thinnest on our bodies. It's a mere .05 mm thick. That's two thousandth of an inch. This makes the windows to our souls extremely susceptible to chemical absorption and irritation.
Lily Lolo is a London based mineral makeup brand that promises vegan, cruelty-free, fragrance free, organic, preservative free products. The Laid Bare Palette looked like the answer to all of my eyeshadow needs. A range of flattering nudes perfect for every day looks and buildable for a smoky evening eye.
The site details the palette as a mix of shimmers and mattes. But really…each color has a varying degree of shimmer. As you can see, none of the shades could be described as matte.
From left to right the Laid Bare Collection includes:
- Stark Naked – This is a great base color. A satin finish peachy-pink nude. I do wish it was a touch lighter, but the medium hue makes it more wearable for medium skintones. This has the least shimmer in the palette.
- Au Naturel – This is your highlight shade. It has a high shimmer in a cool ivory that almost has a silver cast. Perfect for inner corners, brow bone, or a brighter lid.
- Skinny Dip – This is my favorite shade. A soft golden taupe with a satin shimmer finish. This is great alone on the lid, or in the crease to create definition.
- Shy Away – A slightly deeper rose taupe. This is another gorgeous lid color with slightly more depth. Also in a satin shimmer finish.
- Lady Godiva – A true gold in a satin shimmer finish. Can be used to highlight for warmer looks or as a lid color alone or layered in a smoky eye.
- Birthday Suit – A medium brown with a plum undertone in a satin shimmer finish.
- Exhibitionist – A medium golden khaki brown in a satin shimmer finish.
- Exposed – A soft charcoal. I wish this color was a true matte or had a little more depth, but alas, it's a soft shimmer. I have used a damp brush a few times to intensify the pigment. You can use this for a beautiful diffused smoky eye without adding water.
Overall, I really love it. The color payoff is medium to buildable, which I like for creating washes of color. I do think a little more variation in the texture would be lovely. Sometimes layering so many shimmers can muddy the tones. I would love to see this palette done in a true matte. For now I mix it up by adding my Alima Pure Sombra Contour Powder or eye pencils for contrast. See looks I created with the Laid Bare Palette here, here, and here.
The mascara was a lovely surprise in my Petit Vour beauty box. If you’re a girl who loves lots of lashes, this is your clean mascara. It’s super buildable with a dense creamy texture that let’s you really build up coats. Of course you can wear it lightly for a clean look, but where’s the fun in that? More more more!
The Lily Lolo palette is now a staple in my everyday makeup. Their Eyelid Primer and palette in Enchanted are next on my list!