I finally got the Lorac Pro Palette and let me tell you, it is an eyedshadow lover’s paradise!
While beauty lovers swoon and indulge in the newly released Lorac Pro 3 palette this summer, little ole me is finally getting around to the original. Yep. I know, totally late to the party. Bad beauty blogger, bad!
I know what you’re thinking…but, no. I actually wasn’t living in captivity under a rock for the past few years. I’m also well aware of the long line of respected beauty experts that rave about this palette. It’s just, after lasting so long without it, I reached a point of nirvana where I felt immune to its powers. Except, immune I was not when I spontaneously succumbed to its call at Ulta a few weeks back. In an instant, with one swift impulse grab, the Lorac Pro eyeshadow palette became mine and we’ve been Siamese twins ever since. (Seriously, I have not used a single other shadow on my eyes since. It’s serious, guys.)
Whether you’ve been in love with the Lorac Pro palette all along – or it’s a new discover to you – I’m going to walk through the pros and cons of beauty’s MOST beloved eyeshadow palette! As always, I aim to answer all the questions I would have to help give you a well-rounded review…but if there’s something I miss, let me know in the comments and I’ll get back to ya!
My Lorac Pro Eyeshadow Palette Q&A!
I love a good eyeshadow palette, but how versatile are the shades?
With 16 shadows, the Lorac Pro Palette features 8 mattes and 8 sparkling beauties. The color selection ranges from the perfect crisp white for highlighting, to a matte carbon black, a selection of browns, golds and even a deep purple and slate.
Ready for a closer look at each shade?
How is the pigmentation of each eyeshadow shade?
The Lorac Pro palette truly does offer some of the most strongly pigmented eyeshadows I’ve encountered. In fact, I have to be pretty light-handed when applying to my lids. They’re strong shadows that go a long way with just a slight amount needed.
Are the eyeshadows consistent in quality?
All of the shadows in the Lorac Pro palette are of great quality, but I do find Cream and Champagne to be slightly less pigmented. So no, they’re not all equally consistent…but across the board, it’s still a strong palette and each shade applies beautifully and does last.
How long do the Lorac Pro palette shadows last?
The longevity of the eyeshadows might honestly be their strongest selling point to me. So often, I build a beautiful eyeshadow look only to blink it away as the day goes on. But, with the Lorac Pro palette, I’m finding each look I come up lasting through the day. I don’t know how Lorac does it exactly, but there’s no fading or weird patchiness to them in time. Strong eyeshadows, indeed.
I’ve heard so much GOOD about the Lorac Pro palette. Are there any cons I should know about?
As mentioned above, the shadows are very strong, very pigmented and require a light hand. If not careful, you will get random bits of fallout down your face. Once you get more familiar with the shadows it isn’t such a problem, but to start…I’d definitely recommend tapping off your brush or try doing your eye makeup first, then foundation – just in case you have any issues. If you’re used to say MAC eyeshadows, these are MUCH stronger and will require more care when applying.
What are your thoughts on the color selection?
Generally, I really do love all of the eyeshadows included in the palette. There are 16 shades that can create infinite looks! If I got to make one change though, I’d take out the Lt. Pink shade (since I don’t think it’s necessary) and replace it with a more medium purple. That would make the palette absolutely PERFECT in my book.
How much does the Lorac Pro palette cost and where can I purchase it?
The Lorac Pro palette is $44, which is a pretty good price for a higher-end eyeshadow palette these days. No, Lorac isn’t sold at Sephora. However, you can readily find it at Ulta and Nordstrom…which is personally my favorite place to purchase beauty products online because of the free shipping (and returns). P.S. The palette also includes a deluxe sample of Lorac’s fantastic eyeshadow primer.
Is the Lorac Pro Palette Cruelty-Free?
Yes, thank goodness. Lorac does not conduct any animal testing or sell products in China – where they’d be required by law to submit to third-party animal testing.
Can I see some swatches?
But, of course! I swatched all of the shades for you below so you can see how they were in daylight – with no flash. You should also be able to see what I mean about the Cream and Champagne shades. They just don’t appear as strongly as the others.
White: It wouldn’t be a good eyeshadow palette without a crisp matte white for highlighting and the Pro palette certainly delivers. The white is bright and really draws attention nicely. Dare I say, this is the best matte white I’ve ever tried?
Cream: Perfect for blending out edges or neutralizing any veins or uneven skintone. While it is slightly less pigmented than the other shades, for me it works well and is an unsung hero of the palette.
Taupe: I love Taupe. I always start my eye look with this to define my crease and often finish up with it as a blending shade. It’s replaced MAC’s Cork as my favorite taupe!
Lt. Pink: Light Pink is like Cream, but with more salmon tones. I haven’t found a real use for this shade yet, so if you have tips and tricks for it…send them my way. I do think this would neutralize any dark/blueness though. (And perhaps work better than Cream for you, depending on skin tones.)
Mauve: Definitely in my top favs, Mauve is beautiful paired with others or standing strong on its own. It’s a very smooth consistency that blends effortless across the lid.
Sable: Sable is a matte brown, with red midtones. I love using this shade to create a more dramatic crease that has a pop to it.
Expresso: Meet my new favorite dark brown. Expresso can create more ‘smoky’ looks, double as an eyeliner, fill in my eyebrows, or smudge nicely on the lower lash line. It’s a multi-functional shade and a true winner!
Black: It just wouldn’t be a neutral eyeshadow palette without a matte black and ‘Black’ definitely delivers. The formula is smoothly consistent and blends like a pro. No need to worry of dragging or patchiness! And, it’s easily the longest lasting ‘black shadow liner’ I’ve ever tried.
Nude: In the world of highlight, Nude is beautiful. I like to think of the shade as a glitzier eyeshadow version of MAC’s ‘Soft & Gentle’. I use this both across the lid or as an inner corner ‘pop’ of highlight.
Champagne: Champagne is beautiful in color but is slightly less pigmented than the other shades in the palette so will require more building. Since it is less pigmented, it’s also hard to hold much purpose that Nude can’t handle. (I know it sounds like I dislike this shade. I don’t. I just think it could be improved…)
Gold: Feast your eyes on gold! It’s a dramatic, supremely pigmented shadow that has a bold application. Colorwise, I see it more as a gold with hints of copper to it.
Lt. Bronze: Light Bronze is that perfect shimmery gold that every neutral palette should have in it. After a few weeks, I dub thee my most used of the palette. It’s perfect for summer!
Pewter: Pewter is the perfect everyday brown that has slight shimmer running through it. If I’m in a rush, Pewter is the shade I turn to quickly brush across my lid for a fool-proof eye look in seconds.
Garnet: When I gaze upon the Lorac Pro palette, my eyes are immediately drawn to Garnet. It’s such a rich copper that has me dreaming of autumn in the middle of summer.
Deep Purple: I’ve worn Deep Purple a few times to create an everyday smoky eye look for work. One thing that really strikes me about it is how flawlessly it lasts through a long day. Usually, a smoky look will become a bit more ‘subtle’ as the day goes on…but not Deep Purple. No, this shadow fights to the end!
Slate: Slate is a beautiful metallic gray that I haven’t played too much with but really look forward to using in the party season to come. It’s richly pigmented and very striking!
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