Early in January, Elaine of My Socal Shoppe sent me my very first taste of LORAC Cosmetics. Best-known for its Pro Palette, LORAC is one of the (many) amazing cosmetics brands that isn’t locally available. Elaine works with her partner Aiza (based in the US) to bring in goodies that everyone totally wants but just can’t get without hopping on a plane all the way to the US. They carry the most interesting stuff (which you can see on Facebook and on their Instagram page) but of course I’m most interested in the makeup! Hehe :)
Elaine was sweet enough to ask about what brands I’d be interested in seeing and I gave my input gladly! What she sent was a total surprise though and it was a great one. I have always wanted to test stuff from LORAC and this set that contains an eyeshadow (Pewter, apparently the most popular shade from the Pro Palette) and an eyeliner is the perfect way to start. So thank you times a million, Elaine!:) I’m enjoying these thoroughly. I may just want that oh-so-popular palette after this experience. Have a look-see!
This “fan favorite duo” contains, as mentioned, a sigle eyeshadow and an eyeliner. Pewter was chosen by fans as the most popular shade from the Pro Palette and LORAC added in a 3-in-1 waterproof black eyeliner pencil to make a complete look. I personally add a matte grey shade in the crease when I work with these two items.
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Look at that sexy design! The kind that totally makes you want to rip open the packaging and just use the product right away… which I did restrain from doing, if only to take these photos first. Hehe
The 3-in-1 eyeliner features a twist-up mechanism with a smudger and sharpener on the other end. Twist-up liners are very convenient but they tend to stay dull after a few uses because there’s no way to sharpen them. Not with this product! On the other end of the pencil you will find a sponge tip for smudging the liner once on your eyes, but it also pops out to reveal a small plastic sharpener. So convenient! :)
And now for the eyeshadow. Pewter is not a shade I would ever really pick as my personal favourite on sight, but it is surprisingly more neutral than cool-toned. Temptalia’s review of the Pro Palette describes it as a “medium-dark brown with mostly neutral undertones” and Christine noes that “the top layer seems almost cool-toned, but the undertone seems slightly golden.”Buttery. That’s how I would describe this eyeshadow. I know it’s used very often in other reviews, but I don’t think I’ve said it very much (although I have an item due for review that is full of butter!).
Swatched: The eyeliner doesn’t look great on my arm but on the eyes it works nicely because the goal is precisely to get a smoked out look. The eyeshadow on the other hand both swatches and wears great. I find that using it wet helps the colour show more vibrantly on the eyelids. Also, there’s no need for a primer. :)
Again, thanks so much, Elaine! :) You can find My Socal Shoppe through the following links: