Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Palette of the Week: Lorac PRO Palette 2 ~ Review and Swatches

Part 1 - Review and Swatches

Several months ago, Lorac released the second edition of the Lorac PRO Palette.  I absolutely loved the first edition so I was excited to get my hands on this baby.  As with the first palette, it contains 8 matte shadows and 8 shimmer shadows.  And, with the exception of the matte black shade, there are no other shadow colors repeated from the first Lorac Pro Palette.

The palette has a matte gray rubberized cardboard cover....

 Inside is a nice sized mirror and 16 shadows....


Where to Buy:  Ulta, Beauty.com, Lorac Cosmetics

Cost:  $42 (includes a mini Lorac Behind the Scenes Eye Primer)

Favorite Colors:  Buff, Lt. Brown, Cool Gray, Rosè, Cocoa

What's To Love:
*Buttery soft texture
*Highly pigmented colors
*Great color variety
*Super slim packaging, which makes it super travel friendly

What's Not To Love:
 *Because the shadows are so soft, there can be some fallout when applying - just be sure to tap off the excess before applying to your eyes.

Summary:  Exceptional quality at a great price!  At first glance, I thought it might be hard for me to pull off some of the jewel tones and cooler toned shadows.  However, because of the great taupe blending shade and the large variety of matte colors, I found I was able to make very wearable looks with all of the shadows, making this a very versatile palette!

Swatches
*Note:  These were photographed in natural daylight and swatched over primer
Matte buttery yellow-based cream
Favorite Use:  Perfect brow-bone highlight for those with yellow undertones in your skin
Matte warm taupe
Favorite Use:  Perfect crease blending shade
Matte medium gray with slight purple undertones
Favorite Use:  Blended in the crease and outer "V"
Matte peachy pink
Matte vibrant grape
Matte vibrant navy blue
Matte dark gray with slightly bluish undertones
Matte off-black (not super "jet-black")
Shimmery white
Shimmery champagne with slight pink undertones
Shimmery rose gold
Favorite Use:  All over the lid and paired with Cool Gray or Cocoa in the outer "V"
Shimmery medium warm brown...when light reflects on it you can see hints of pink shimmer
Shimmery gray with slight purple undertones
True shimmery silver
Shimmery deep forest green with slight olive undertones
 
Shimmery dark reddish brown
Favorite Uses:  Blended in the outer "V" or smudged along the lower lashline

Now it's time for the fun part....three makeup looks I created using this palette!  Check back tomorrow for Part 2 in this series!

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