Sunday, 20 January 2013

Lorac Pro Palette review

There's been so much hype about Lorac Pro Palette that I simply couldn't resist it. For those of you who haven't heard of it I'll just say that it's a nude palette which differs from the plethora of nude palettes available on the market in one substantial respect: half of the shades are shimmer and entire top row of them are matte. The palette is sold with a minature of Lorac eye primer.  

Colourwise, this palette offers a wide variety of most popular shades of nudes and neutrals, everything from white to black or light beige to dark brown. There are a couple of shades rarely seen in neutral palettes eg. I.T. Pink, which is a whitish pink; Mauve, which is named very appropriately; Garnet (reddish copper) and Deep Purple (blackened purple).
Texturewise, both matte and shimmery shadows are extremely soft and pigmented (Mauve seems less pigmented than others), however, they are very powdery, especially the matte ones. A touch of a fluffier brush may send clouds of dust in all directions, so beware of fall out cause it may be immense if you aren't careful. I always do my eyes first so I'm not bothered. The matte shadows remind me very much of Inglot mattes. They're all highly pigmented, you get a great colour pay-off, they don't vanish during blending, but they're powdery and produce dust during the application. All the shimmers, on the other hand, are lovely, they are soooo creamy, pigmented and blendable. I absolutely adore Pewter and Slate.

I feel it's pointless to describe the shades one by one, the photos are fairly reliable. Cream makes a very nice highlight colour, though very fair. I.T. Pink is pinker in real life than in the picture. It's a kind of pink with strong white base. Taupe is my favourite out of these 8 shadows. Nicely pigmented, blends well, makes a nice base shade. Gold is too copper for my liking. Champagne and Nude are too similar.

Mauve is probably the most unique shade in the palette, unfortunately it's not as pigmented as other shades and it doesn't look flattering on me. I absolutely adore Sable, which is just a tone or two darker than Taupe, but still within the same colour range. Espresso is also very pretty!
Pewter is a gorgeous shimmery taupe, the name is totally misleading. Check out what pewter looks like and you'll see it's nowhere near to the shade in the palette.
Garnet is a lovely reddish copper and Slate is a blue-toned dark silver.
I'm quite disappointed with Deep Purple, it looks prettier in the pan than when swatched. In reality it's a kind of muddy black with shimmer and faint purple undertones. Looks good in the crease but I doubt anyone would guess it's purple.

And here's what they look like in practice:

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk
Slate all over the lid, blended out, Deep Purple in the outer corner. I didn't want to use Black cause it seemed so cliche.

NYX  Jumbo eye Pencil in French Fries
Taupe all over the lid, Sable along the lashline.
This looked a bit washed out so I added Pewter in the centre of the lid and Espresso along the lashline and I liked the outcome much better (bottom right picture above)

Disclaimer: I bought the product myself for my personal use and I am not affiliated with any company. I am not paid to do this review and everything I said here is my genuine opinion.


  1. lovely palette, if the Deep Purple was a real deep purple I'd definitely think of purchasing it. hehe.

    1. Oh yeah, it's such a beautiful shade in the pan. Unfortunately, this doesn't transfer onto the lid.