December 22, 2012

Lorac Pro Palette

Let me start this review by saying that I love Lorac palettes. I mean, LOVE THEM. When I worked at Sephora, I was notorious for trying to convert my co-workers to the wonder that is the Lorac palette - buttery-dense textures, great pigmentation, gorgeous neutrals. I've come to expect a lot from Lorac.

So how does the Pro Palette fare in comparison to the top-notch Snake Charmer and Croc palettes?

lorac pro palette
Comes with Behind the Scenes eye primer.

lorac pro palette


lorac pro palette


For the most part, the Pro Palette comes close to my expectations. I do think it has more in common with the holiday-release palettes rather than the the regular versions, though.

The palette has eight matte shades and eight shimmer shades, with a fair balance of highlight, medium and crease/liner appropriate colours. I think the tones are slightly more warm than cool, though very few that skew heavily in either direction. I think this is generally a very wearable palette that should suit a large number of complexions, and is actually more versatile than the Urban Decay Naked palettes - at least in theory. In practice, a couple of the shades are troublesome enough that they detract a bit from the versatility.

lorac pro palette
With flash.

lorac pro palette
Left side of palette.

lorac pro palette
Right side of palette.


The matte shades are a bit on the thin side, though still soft and pigmented. They actually apply very nicely and easily to the eyelid, but can sweep away a little easily so a light blending hand is advised. The lighter shades (White, Cream, Light Pink) are the ones that are potentially problematic for me, as they come across powdery and need to be blended in order to lose that dry quality. Unfortunately, because of that thin texture, blending tends to sheer them out, making them best for use as a highlight.

The shimmer shades have a smoother, denser feel and generally great pigmentation. They have a similar tendency to overblend, so the same care is required. The only remotely problematic shade for me was Champagne, which has glitter that can fall down. Gold, Pewter, Garnet and Deep Purple are my favourite shades, with intense payoff.

The wear time was really good. I had no problem with fading or creasing when I wore them over a primer, going through a full 10 hours before removing my makeup. Without primer, I got 7-8 hours before I noticed fading.


lorac pro palette swatches
Top row, matte shades: White, Cream, Taupe, Lt. Pink, Mauve, Sable, Espresso, Black.
Mix of indirect natural and artificial light.

lorac pro palette swatches
Top row, matte shades: White, Cream, Taupe, Lt. Pink, Mauve, Sable, Espresso, Black.
Mix of sunlight and artificial light.

lorac pro palette swatches
Bottom row, shimmer shades: Nude, Champagne, Gold, Lt. Bronze, Pewter, Garnet, Deep Purple, Slate.
Mix of indirect natural and artificial light.

lorac pro palette swatches
Bottom row, shimmer shades: Nude, Champagne, Gold, Lt. Bronze, Pewter, Garnet, Deep Purple, Slate.
Mix of sunlight and artificial light.

Availability: Online from Sephora, for 55$ CAD, and from Beauty.com for 42$ USD.

Pros: Really great range of colours, overall solid pigmentation, long-wearing, super-blendable. Works as either a starter set or as a base neutral palette.

Cons: Thinner texture  one some shades can tend toward over-blending, which can both sheer the colour out and create an indistinct look - best to pat the pigment on and gently blend the edges.

(I purchased this from Beauty.com.)

6 comments:

  1. Nice review! I'm finding most of these palettes with mattes in them have that thin texture you're talking about. Almost like they're meant for people who don't have blending skills which is weird since it's a called a pro palette haha. I like the look of this one though! The shades are pretty versatile!

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    1. Thank you, Tracy!

      It is weird, isn't it? A friend of mine was saying that she felt like some of the shades went really ashy on her after an hour as well. I didn't have the same experience, but I wonder if that relates to the texture as well. I know some people have that experience with some Tarte palettes too, where the colours turn muddy or ashy on them.

      I think it's definitely worth checking out and playing around with, because if it doesn't cause those particular issues for you, it's a nice, well-rounded palette.

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  2. i keep debating between this and the laura mercier artist palette, but now i'm not allowed to buy more eyeshadow. ARGH. maybe by 2014 i'll have decided which one i want to get, cause I definitely can't justify both, lol!

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    1. I would probably go with the Laura Mercier, if you can find it. The quality feels a little more high-end on the LM, and it has that unique lilac-gold shade.

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  3. I'd love to find a nice, small, matte-based palette with some shades like the ones in here...something about these large palettes (aside from aesthetics, which I already mentioned) overwhelms me - I have a UD BoS palette and I use maybe two or three shades semi-regularly and the rest just sit there for the most part. That really annoys me! I'm generally a single or duo shadow person. But I can appreciate a palette like this with a nice shade range as well as different finishes!

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    1. Have you looked at the new Naked palette, the little one? It seems it might fulfil the more edited range you're looking for. And I know you don't like theBalm packaging, but the new Meet Matte Nude seems like it may meet your needs. For the price, it might be worth getting and depotting into a Z-palette if you hate the naked retro dude on the exterior. ;)

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