The LORAC PRO Palette — Thoughts & Swatches

P1160069One of the things I asked my mom to pick up for me on her recent trip to the U.S. was the LORAC PRO Palette (42.00 USD). This has been around for a long while now, but I wanted it because… uhm, because I like makeup. Lol. Even though it’s been around for so long, I had never actually seen the palette in real life. When I first held it, I was surprised at how light and thin the palette itself was. That said, it is very pretty (although I don’t know how it would handle any falls). It would be awesome to travel with though, that’s for sure. P1160073The LORAC Pro palette contains 16 eyeshadows and a decently-sized long mirror on the backside of the cover. At $42, it’s a pretty sweet deal for anyone who is looking get a good variety of eyeshadows in one place, at one time. The whole top row is dedicated to matte finishes, while the bottom row features the shimmery shades. 
P1160074There are already tons of reviews of this palette out there, so for here and now I don’t think a full discussion of the quality is necessary–this is a good, solid palette that is worth the money if you need these kinds of colours. However, I obviously have quite a bit of makeup already and although this is a welcome addition, I’ve seen most of these eyeshadows before in other palettes or as singles that I have already. Only one shade — Garnet — is on the unique side. Even then, I recently got a much cheaper palette that has a wide array of shades in Garnet’s colour family. There’s nothing in the LORAC Pro palette that will excite people who are pretty well-acquainted with makeup already. In hindsight, I should have asked for the LORAC Pro Palette 2, which features a ton of interesting shades in a combination that is also unique.

I’m still going to get use out of this palette though, as it has a lot of basics. I find that the packaging, though slightly flimsy, is pleasing to hold and also pretty enough to warrant keeping in sight. To an extent, the saying “out of sight, out of mind” is true for us all, so as long as this sits within range of my eyes, I will pick it up often enough. So anyway, here are swatches of the eye shadows:

P1160229Row 1: The Mattes. Before picking up my Sonia Kashuk Eye On Neutral Matte Palette, these would have blown my mind. After the Sonia Kashuk palette, these are just alright. Sable is the most notable shade of these mattes, as it’s buttery soft and very “medium” in tone, shade, colour… all ways, really! The White, Lt. Pink, and Mauve are unremarkable. Everything else is alright. Note that the black is not a solid black, but a smokey one.  P1160233Row 2: Shimmer. These are great across the board and when worn over the LORAC Behind the Scenes eyeshadow primer (which comes with the set), they really show vibrantly and wear for an exceptionally long time. No complaints about the formula, but I do wish the shades were more… universal, so to speak. My faves from this row are the first three: Nude, Champagne, and Gold. Again, very standard colours, but these are the most buttery versions of these shades I have ever had the pleasure to apply onto my eyelids.

So yes, I like the LORAC Pro Palette, but it didn’t blow my mind as a palette. I think in a world where brands are throwing out all kinds of “nude”palettes and/or “basic” palettes, this one seems a little confused and lacking in pre-production planning. Again, the eye shadows’ formulas are great. It’s the bland, uninspired feeling I get when I see all of the shades together that I don’t like. I want to be inspired by a palette, not left with an “alight, cool–now what” kind of feeling.

How did you guys like the LORAC Pro Palette? Does it get your heart pumping or leave you wanting?

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6 responses to The LORAC PRO Palette — Thoughts & Swatches

  1. Pat

    This is one of the more unique reviews of the Lorac Pro Palette I’ve read. I like the viewpoint, from the perspective of someone with probably a lot of other palettes already. Thanks for sharing!

  2. I read really enthusiastic comments on this palette, but the bloggers where really pale and with green eyes, so maybe it was because of their natural colors. I mean, it’s very difficult to be loving something very basic and mat with lots of brown and greyish tones, unless you’re pale, blonde and with super fair colors…I haven’t been impressed by the Naked palettes too, for instance, but this is a personal feeling…

  3. Rae

    I seem to be gravitating more towards the “2’s”. Lorac Pro 2, Naked Basics 2… I liked the idea of this palette when it first came out because I don’t like Naked’s all-shimmer palette(s).

  4. Ack, this is why I’ve been gravitating more towards the Lorac Pro 2. I was picking between this one and a Laura Mercier palette 2 years ago, when I had just 1 big palette, but I went with the one that was readily available here. I can see why this would be redundant for someone who already has a lot of the basic shades!

    Ha, I know what you mean about uninspired palettes, though.

  5. I have all the naked palettes by urban decay, yet I still bought this and had it shipped from the US to the UK. I absolutely love it, I use it daily at the moment, perhaps it may be down to novelty and lusting over it for two years. Great post. I did a post on it too. Have a read if you like.

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