Still finding it a bit hard committing back to the blog, but I just have to share with you some of my awesome buys from last month. October has been a great month in terms of beauty buys. I managed to get my hands on the awesome, super versatile Urban Decay Vice 2 palette. I had been lusting after the Too Faced Pretty Rebel palette and thankfully this one was available in Sephora here. Will post my reviews on these two palettes soon but they are limited edition, so ladies grab them while they are still available. Another gorgeous eyeshadow palette that I had been on the fence for quite some time, was the LORAC Pro palette which my dad finally gifted me last month as a belated birthday gift (more like he gave me the money and told me to get what I want and I got LORAC Pro along with the Vice 2 palette).
A little something about LORAC since this is the first time I am featuring a product from this brand. LORAC is basically Carol spelled backwards, Carol being the founder of this brand, Carol Shaw. Carol has been into all things beauty her whole life, working as a makeup artist in Hollywood and making her name among celebrities. She went on to make her own brand of beauty and skin care products using mild ingredients from plant extracts and what not, creating a unique niche for LORAC’s treatment based makeup.
I heard about this palette first from one of my favorite YouTube channels, emilynoel83, and ever since I have been researching this palette and checking out the various looks people have created with this palette. Basically trying to justify my attraction towards it. LOL
So without further ado let me share this gorgeous product with you.
The LORAC pro palette comes in cardboard packaging along with their mini travel size Behind the Scenes eyeshadow primer. The primer is 0.19 Oz. / 5.5g in weight and is a squeeze tube. The primer is in skin color and blends to a transparent finish on the eye. The palette itself is black in color and quite sleek. Its in sturdy cardboard packaging and has LORAC Pro printed in silver white on the front. The palette opens up to a medium size mirror (don’t know why they didn’t make it any bigger) on one side and sixteen eyeshadows in square pans on the other. Total net wgt of the eyeshadows is : .32 OZ. / 8.8g. The one thing that makes this palette unique and great is that it has eight matte and eight shimmery eyeshadows, so one can achieve versatile looks and of different finishes with this palette. Although this palette is promoted as a neutral one it has a few colors too.
I suffered an accident with this palette and the Slate shade got squished somewhat. Also please excuse the dirty palette. One of the cons of super soft eyeshadows, they spill out of the pan a lot.
The first row has all matte eyeshadows and the names of the shades are self explanatory but I will still write down a small description of each shade.
White is a bright white matte shade.
Cream is a pale warm toned beige.
Taupe is a warm toned medium brown. Great choice for a transition shade.
Light Pink is a pale light pink.
Mauve is a soft pink-plum shade.
Sable is a medium to dark warm toned brown. Darker than Taupe.
Espresso is a bit duo toned, a dark gray over a brown base.
Black is a dark black shade. Great for outer corners and crease definition.
The second row is all shimmer shades.
Nude is a warm champagne shimmery beige.
Champagne is darker than Nude, more pink than beige.
Gold is a dark bronze-y shade. One of my favorite shades in the palette.
Light Bronze is a warm toned shimmery peach shade, with some gold in it.
Pewter is a medium brown with some gold shimmer in it.
Garnet is a dark red copper with a metallic sheen. Also the BEST shade in the palette for me. Has an amazing color and pigmentation.
Deep Purple is a dark purple with a black base. Also one of my favorite shades.
Slate is a cool toned charcoal grey.
TALC, ZINC STEARATE, DIMETHICONE, MINERAL OIL, ETHYLHEXYL PALMITATE, BORON NITRIDE, SILICA, METHICONE, KAOLIN, SYNTHETIC FLUORPHLOGOPITE, METHYLPARABEN, WATER(AQUA), LAUROYL LYSINE, PROPYLPARABEN, PROPYLENE GLYCOL, CUCUMIS SATIVUS (CUCUMBER) FRUIT EXTRACT, CARUM PETROSELINUM (PARSLEY) EXTRACT, ECHINACEA PURPUREA EXTRACT, CITRUS MEDICA LIMONUM (LEMON) PEEL EXTRACT, CALENDULA OFFICINALIS FLOWER EXTRACT, ALTHAEA OFFICINALIS ROOT EXTRACT MAY CONTAIN / PEUT CONTENIR: MICA, IRON OXIDES (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891), FERRIC FERROCYANIDE (CI 77510), CARMINE (CI 75470)
BEHIND THE SCENES EYE PRIMER/ BASE À OMBRES À PAUPIÈRES EN COULISSES: ISODODECANE, TALC, TRIHYDROXYSTEARIN, POLYETHYLENE, DISTEARDIMONIUM HECTORITE, VP/EICOSENE COPOLYMER, TRIETHYLHEXANOIN, CYCLOPENTASILOXANE, ISOPROPYL LANOLATE, SORBITAN SESQUIOLEATE, PEG-40 STEARATE, PROPYLENE CARBONATE, BEESWAX (CERA ALBA), DIMETHICONE, TRIMETHYLSILOXYSILICATE, TRIETHOXYCAPRYLYLSILANE, PHENOXYETHANOL, MICA, TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891), IRON OXIDES (CI 77499, 77491, 77492)
All the shades have amazing color payoff and pigmentation and though some of the matte shades are a bit chalky, it’s not something major to talk about. A little bit of chalkiness is expected from matte shades. All the shades are super soft, almost creamy and they all blend Like. A. Dream. Infact I maybe committing blasphemy by saying that LORAC eyeshadows have better texture than Urban Decay’s eyeshadows. But who says you have to have only one favorite. I am a lover of eyeshadows and appreciate good ones whenever I come across them.
Here are the swatches for all the eyeshadows. They have been applied over LORAC’s Behind the Scenes eye primer.
The only sad thing about this palette is that it is not available in UAE. One can purchase through eBay or online websites like Estilo and Laylam. They cost $42 in America but ofcourse if you buy from anywhere else, you will find that the prices vary.
Is it a Hit? Yes, its a versatile palette with light and dark colors. Eyeshadows have good color payoff and pigmentation, they are soft and blend easily. Packaging is sleek and ideal for travel.
Is it a Miss? Non availability in this part of the world. Some may find the eyeshadows too soft and it can lead to a muddy eye look. Price wise, its a bit expensive but not more than Urban Decay’s Naked palettes, plus one gets more eyeshadows than the Naked palette.
What did you guys think of this eyeshadow palette? Worth trying out?
Stay tuned to the blog as I will be posting an eye look using this palette in a couple of days.
Till Next Time, Enjoy and Take Care