19 January 2015

Lily Lolo Laid Bare Palette + Mascara (& a 20% Off Code!)

I've heard a lot about Lily Lolo over the years - mainly from UK bloggers -  so I was very excited when the North American branch of the company reached out to me about trying some of their new releases.  Made in London, Lily Lolo is a 100% natural mineral cosmetics line, free of the regular nasties, as well as dyes, bismuth oxychloride, and nano-particles.  The company rebranded their entire line in 2014 and I can't get enough of the new, clean black and white design.  They've also had some great product launches recently and I'm super excited to bring you my thoughts on two of their newest products today.  




Laid Bare Palette*
I've been using exclusively natural products for a good several years now, so unlike a lot of people making the switch, I never had an Urban Decay Naked Palette to miss.  Still, with all the hype and the multitude of YouTube tutorials revolving around it, I've definitely found myself longing for a comparable natural product.  The first promo images of the Laid Bare Palette had me thinking this was it, and after trying it, I do think it nicely fills this gap in the non-toxic makeup market.

Measuring in at less than 5 inches long, the Laid Bare Palette is ultra-portable and contains eight neutral eye shadows, along with a double ended sponge tip applicator and a good sized mirror.  The eye shadows are free of both talc and silicones and have a soft, buttery feel.  They aren't the absolute most saturated colors, but the pigmentation is nothing to scoff at, particularly if you use a stickier primer or base underneath.  Most of the colors are pretty soft - very work/day appropriate - but the darker shades can be built up for smokier looks too.  Really, my only complaint is that I feel like the palette is missing a good, bright highlight shade for the inner corner, but that's something you can easily add in with another product.    

Natural pressed shadows often come with a higher price tag, but for a cohesive palette of eight shadows, I think the Laid Bare Palette is reasonably priced at $34.  This is a limited edition item, so if you're interested in picking one up, I don't recommend waiting too long to do so.





Mascara*
It's no secret that when it comes to mascara, I've been pretty devoted to my Zuzu Luxe, but Lily Lolo's newly reformulated mascara has definitely given Zuzu a run for its money.  The Black color is a true, dark black and the mascara gives a good amount of both volume and length.  It has a good sized, standard bristle mascara brush that does well to separate and define the lashes and the mascara formula doesn't irritate my eyes, even when wearing it for long days or several consecutive days in a row. 

I wouldn't say the mascara is entirely budge proof, but I consistently get a minimum of 10-12 hours wear before starting to see minor flaking.  The exception to this is if you find yourself tearing up or caught in a snowstorm, both of which resulted in smudging a good bit sooner.  It's also not a difficult mascara to remove.  Water alone won't do the trick, but a little oil or makeup remover gets it done no problem.  

I wanted to include an eyelash photo to show the mascara, but I haven't been very successful getting a good one, so for fear of holding this post up indefinitely, I've decided to go ahead and post without one.  If I manage to get a good shot later, I'll add it in here.




The Bottom Line
Whether you're looking for a natural alternative to the Naked palettes, or just for talc- and silicone-free pressed eye shadows, the Laid Bare Palette is a great choice.  There's also the Enchanted Palette, if smokier eyes are more your thing.  The mascara was a big hit with me too - easily one of my top two natural mascaras - and is something I will be repurchasing in the future.  

Lily Lolo has also given me a coupon code to share with you guys! Save 20% with the code naturallabeauty.  The discount is good on the North American site only.

Lastly, I've also heard whispers that the mascara will be making an appearance in either the January or February Petit Vour box, so that's another way to maybe get your hands on it.


*Press Sample

16 comments:

  1. These are gorgeous! I'd love to try Lily Lolo. I've actually been looking for a neutral green eyeshadow palette as well, I find them to be so versatile and convenient.

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    1. Definitely! I don't mind loose shadows when I'm at home, but for travel or on-the-go touch ups, you really can't beat a palette like this!

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  2. This looks like a beautiful palette!

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  3. I feel like I need this! How long is the coupon good for?

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    1. I believe it's good until March 15, but I will double check with Lily Lolo and let you know for sure :)

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  4. What a great post, the other palette (enchanted eye) was temporarily half price the other day so I snapped that up quick as a flash! I can't wait to dive in and try it :-)
    Rach xx
    AllNaturalAspirations

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    1. What a deal! I hope you love it :)

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  5. Both sound great, I definitely want to try the mascara now especially, really sounds worth it from your review :) x

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    1. I think you'd like it! Definitely one of the best natural mascaras I've used :)

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  6. i have a lily lolo lip gloss (old packaging) and i love it. not a colour i would have chosen for myself (it was in a saffron rouge inner circle subscription), but it surprised me. definitely going to pick up another one!

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    1. I haven't tried the lip glosses, but I've heard they're great! Definitely something I want to check out once I use up a few other lip products :)

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  7. The palette looks amazing! I love the packaging too, made me think of sophistication hehe.
    I wonder where can I get them since I am from the land of down under :)

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    1. I love the packaging too! I don't know if Lily Lolo has any stockists there, but they do ship internationally if you wanted to go that route :)

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  8. Hi Caitie!
    I am a brazilian green beauty lover

    Here the makeup itens is almost nonexistent, we have only two brands and not all products work so well

    So we have to import quite a lot
    And your blog helped me a lot !


    And I really missed pressed shadows, I just loved when you posted the laid bare

    Thank you so much!you have no idea how much made ​​me happy

    I love your blog! I have great confidence in their reviews

    (sorry, my english is not perfect...)

    here my post of my daily makeup
    http://www.projetobelezasaudavel.com/2015/06/minha-maquiagem-dia-dia-mineral-organico.html

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    1. Thanks so much! I'm happy I could help. The Laid Bare palette is great, isn't it? :) We have some natural makeup here, but nothing like the selection in the US, so I end up ordering a lot of things from there too :)

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