Thursday, January 2, 2014

Lorac Pro Palette Review and Swatches

OK, I know I'm about a year or so late to the party when it comes to the Lorac Pro Palette. It was released Fall 2012, and it's officially 2014. But I promise I have a good reason! At the time, I had just received the Naked 2 palette, and I felt like no other palette would come between me and my Naked and Naked 2. It just didn't matter to me! Even so, I am an avid fan of quite a few youtubers, and when I started noticing the Lorac Pro popping up over and over in some of my favorite beauty guru's videos, I knew it was time to add it to my collection.

The Lorac Pro Palette ($42) has 16 shades: 8 matte and 8 shimmers. It also comes packaged with a deluxe sample of a Behind the Scene shadow primer. The matte shades are a dream come true for matte fans, because they are usually not the focal point in a typical palette. There is a gorgeous variety of neutrals in this palette, with a few stunning jewel tones also thrown in the mix to make one of the most genuinely versatile palettes on the market today.

The palette is about 7.5 inches long and very slim at about 3 inches thick. The palette is a sturdy cardboard and has that soft finish that reminds me a bit of NARS packaging. It closes magnetically, and has a large mirror inside. Each eye shadow shade is 0.02 oz each.

(So thin and travel-friendly!)
I just recently (within the past year) started to play a bit more with matte shades. When I was a kid and first getting into makeup, I avoided matte shades because they just looked like chalk on my eyes and they weren't *~sparkly~*. Now that I'm older, I'm always looking for a quick shadow look that is also appropriate for job interviews, family gatherings etc. Sometimes I just want a quick, yet polished look so I can run to the store! I love that the Lorac Pro has half matte and half shimmer because I'm able to really mix it up and use this palette for a variety of things. 
 (Isn't she lovely?)
So let's get into the swatches, shall we? As always, a disclaimer: I apologize for my craptastic photos as I live in the stone age and have a non smartphone (gasp) and the camera is almost as good as the world's first camera. Even so, I always make sure that the photos show an accurate portrayal of the shades and will note if it does not!
All of the swatches were done with a medium dome fluff (#805) brush from Starlooks, and I used Urban Decay Primer Potion as well. Let's start with the matte row! Don't forget you can click any of the photos to make them larger!

The first 4 shades in the matte row are White, Cream, Taupe and Light Pink. Lorac Pro doesn't mince words when it comes to the shade names. This may be a good or a bad thing for some of you, as sometimes it's exciting when the company has a little fun with the shade names, however I think that the simple names go with the ease and versatility of this palette. As you can see from my swatches, the first 4 matte shades are very light and natural. Understand that these are very buttery, soft, pigmented shades. However the Cream is almost matches my skin tone perfectly, and the white and light pink aren't that far off. I'm totally fine with being pale as a ghost, but it definitely makes it hard to get a good swatch of light colors, especially when they're matte.

The next 4 shades in the matte row are Mauve, Sable, Espresso and Black. These give you a MUCH better idea of how soft and pigmented these matte shades are. The mauve is a beautiful smokey pink shade, and there is no going wrong with a matte black and some matte browns to play with. I think that this entire row overall can take the place of your basic matte palette like Naked Basics, because it has a nice variety of lid, crease, and blending/highlight shades!

Now for the Metallic, shimmery heaven!

The first 4 shades in this row are Nude, Champagne, Gold and Lt. Bronze. These shimmery shades are so incredibly soft, and it's possible that they're a bit TOO soft! You have to be very careful when picking these shades up with your brush. Just a gentle pat of your brush once or twice will pick up a lot of product, so be careful! Nude is a beautiful pearl shade and Gold packs a huge punch. It's hands down the most vibrant and pigmented gold tone I've ever owned. Champagne seems to be the only shade in the palette with apparent micro-glitter, but it is understated. Lt. Bronze is actually a really unique color. In the light, it looks like (as the name suggests) a muted bronze shade. But in darker lighting (like in the photos) it comes off a bit mauve/brown toned. It's quite lovely!

The last 4 shades in this row are Pewter, Garnet, Deep Purple and Slate. In my opinion, these are the knockouts of the bunch. The pigmentation is so intense it's almost unreal! I cannot tell you enough how little I needed to get on my brush to get this kind of color payoff. Pewter is the most gorgeous color I have ever seen because I'm a sucker for shimmery taupe shades. This is a grey/brown/mauve shimmery color and it would make for the most stunning smokey eye of all time! The Garnet and the Deep Purple are uniquely lovely jewel tones. The Garnet is red, but not scary enough where it's not wearable. It has a bronze/pink undertone that makes it just right. The Deep Purple is definitely the most pigmented, power-shade in the pack. It looks black in the photos but has such an intense eggplant tone and pearl finish. Just stunning. Finally Slate comes off as a grey/blue, but when applied to the eye, it definitely looks like the perfect deep grey. 

The Lorac Pro Palette is a must have in your collection. I think that if you are looking for a palette that has the most versatility, is in a good price range, ($42 and comes with a shadow primer!) has a great mix of finishes and colors that aren't too out of the box, this is a dream palette. The shadows are super pigmented, soft, and easy to work with. It's slim, light and has a large mirror so it travels well. It's an asset to my makeup collection and I hope that you'll give it a second look if you haven't already!

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