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Lorac Pro Eyeshadow Palette Review

I’d been eyeing the Lorac Pro Eyeshadow Palette for months. The first time I saw it, I was in Ulta, and I was instantly drawn to the sixteen well-curated shades it contained, which ranged from light neutrals to deep, smokey, pigments. At $42, it is not a cheap palette, so I didn’t buy it on the spot. But I did think about it often, and if eyeshadow could read, I would have written it some Civil War style love letters filled with pining declarations and grand visions of our future together. Last week, at 4am one insomniatic morning, just after cooing over some beauty forum photos of various looks someone created with the palette, I decided it was time for Lorac Pro to come home.

Lorac Pro Eyeshadow Palette

Lorac Pro Palette in the box

 

When the palette arrived, I was ecstatic. The colors were more beautiful than I remembered. There are an equal number of shimmer and matte shadows in this palette, and every single one of them, including the lighter matte shadows, had a lovely, buttery texture.

 

Lorac Pro Eyeshadow Palette

This is the actual palette. It’s made out of very sturdy cardboard. It feels well made, and it will be easy to recycle, but part of me wishes it was made of something a little more resilient.

Lorac Pro Eyeshadow Palette

The top row is all matte colors, and the bottom row is all shimmer.

 

The palette comes with a small tube of Lorac Behind the Scenes Eye Primer. It’s a nice little primer – it’s very similar to Urban Decay’s Primer Potion, but the consistency is a little thinner. It spreads easily and you really only need the tiniest bit to cover your eyelids. Be careful not to use too much – if you get too crazy with it, it can crease, which I’ve found to be true with the Urban Decay primer as well.

 

Lorac Pro Behind the Scenes Eye Primer

The primer is similar to Urban Decay Primer Potion, but is slightly thinner in consistency.

 

In terms of versatility, this palette is fantastic. There are no brights in the Lorac Pro color line-up, but I seldom wear bright shadows anyway. The reason I was willing to spend so much on this palette is that all the colors are neutral enough that I can easily wear them daily. But make no mistake – the colors aren’t boring, and the deeper shades are perfect for creating more glamorous, smokey looks.

 

Lorac Pro Palette Closeup

The first half of the palette contains your lighter neutrals, golds, and highlight colors.

Lorac Pro Palette Closeup

The second half of the palette contains deeper, more sultry pigments that are perfect for creating smokey eye looks.

Lorac Pro Palette Swatches

This palette was so easy to swatch! One light swipe of each shadow was all I needed to get the color depth you see here.

 

I think this palette is perfect, although there are a handful of people that complain that the shadows are too soft. I am not one of those people, and actually, I think the softness of the shadows is one of this palette’s advantages. I love that I barely have to touch my brushes to the shadow to pick up enough color to work with, and because a little goes such a long way, I think that this palette will last me a very long time. The other nice thing about the velvety texture is that there really isn’t any fallout – the powder is so creamy that it easily sticks to my lids without showering my face in makeup soot.

 

Lorac Pro Palette Look 1

Look 1: Nude on the inner corner, Mauve in the center, Sable on the outer lid, Champagne for the crease, Pewter for the outer crease, and Cream for the highlight.

Lorac Pro Palette Look 2

Look 2: For this one, I used Champagne on the inner corner, Lt.Bronze in the center, Pewter on the crease, Gold for the outer lid, Espresso for the outer crease, and Nude as a highlight.

Lorac Pro Palette Look 3

Look 3: For this one, I used Nude for the inner corner, Slate for the center, Deep Purple for the outer lid, Pewter for the crease, Black for the outer crease, Cream and Nude for the highlight.

 

In less than a week, I’ve used every single shadow color at least once, some multiple times. Because of its versatility and amazing texture, the Lorac Pro Palette is easily the best eyeshadow palette I’ve ever owned. The only other palette I have that comes close in favor is the Lorac Unzipped palette, but that’s another review for another day.

 

Where to Buy
Both Sephora and Ulta carry this palette in store and online. I bought mine from Beauty.com after finding a $5 off $25 coupon with free shipping for first time customers, so I was able to get it for $37. For the $5 off $25 coupon, enter 3EBA903C at checkout. Beauty.com also has an ongoing $10 off $50 coupon code. To use that one, enter 30D476A2 at checkout. It’s worth noting that I ordered this palette at 4:30 in the morning, and by a little after 5, it had already shipped. That was my first time ordering from Beauty.com, but it won’t be my last. My palette came with a $10 off $40 coupon that I’ll be using the moment my no-buy ends!

 

Skin & Tonics Rating:
Performance: 5/5 – Great color payoff, no creasing, almost zero fallout, easy to blend
Quality: 4/5 – Amazing texture, and very long-wearing. Packaging is okay but I kind of wish it was made of something sturdier than cardboard.
Value: 4/5 – $42 is expensive, but still a good price considering the palette contains 16 shadows that will last a while.

Overall: 4.3/5

 

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3 comments onLorac Pro Eyeshadow Palette Review

  1. Neat Palette! I don’t need any new eyeshadow, but I want it lol

  2. Oh that says a lot about how good it is! I played with it at Ulta, I like the feeling of the eye shadows a lot.