Wednesday, November 14, 2012

LORAC PRO Palette: Review + Swatches!

It took me a few weeks to hunt down in store, but I finally got my hands on the LORAC PRO Palette.  After playing around with it for a couple of weeks, I wanted to share my thoughts with all of you!  I'm a sucker for a good eyeshadow palette, especially one that is neutral-heavy, so this one seemed right up my alley.

This palette is housed in rubberized slim black casing with a long rectangular mirror under the lid.  I like the look and feel of it, but be warned: it attracts all dirt/dust/fingerprints (similar to NARS packaging).  For size reference, it is about 1/4" from being the exact length and width of the Urban Decay Naked palette.  However, the PRO Palette is about half as thick as the Naked palette.

This palette contains 16 eyeshadow colors: 8 matte and 8 frost finishes.  The matte colors are the main reason I wanted to try this product; one of my biggest complaints with the Naked palettes is they don't contain many matte shades.  The color selection is mostly neutral, with a few subtle non-neutrals as well.  At a glance, it may seem that this palette contains a lot of Naked dupes, but surprisingly, it doesn't.  However, I'll make note of similarities below!

White, Cream, Taupe, Lt. Pink, Mauve, Sable, Espresso, Black
Nude, Champagne, Gold, Lt. Bronze, Pewter, Garnet, Deep Purple, Slate 

The left side of the palette contains lighter colors.  I like that there are both matte and frosty highlighting shades, as well as a matte tan, peachy bronze, and gold.

White, Cream, Taupe, Lt. Pink
Nude, Champagne, Gold, Lt. Bronze

The right side of the palette features darker colors.  I love the dark browns, as well as Garnet and Deep Purple... nice to have a few colors that are more "fun".

Mauve, Sable, Espresso, Black
Pewter, Garnet, Deep Purple, Slate  

Now for swatches of the top row (all mattes)!  In general I would say the formulation of these was good.  None of them gave me any problems.  They aren't the most buttery, amazing mattes I've used, but no problems here.

White, Cream, Taupe, Lt. Pink, Mauve, Sable, Espresso, Black

For the frosty shades, the formulation was especially good.  Very smooth, pigmented, and easy to work with.  I've had a great experience with these.

Nude, Champagne, Gold, Lt. Bronze, Pewter, Garnet, Deep Purple, Slate 

Dupes? LORAC PRO Palette vs. Urban Decay Naked/Naked 2 palettes: 
Note that not all of these are exact dupes, but are similar enough to be substituted for one another.

-LORAC Nude: UD Sin
-LORAC Taupe: UD Buck
-LORAC Pewter: UD Toasted
-LORAC Mauve: UD Tease
-LORAC Slate: UD Gunmetal
-LORAC Black: UD Blackout

I would also like to note that LORAC Gold is NOT a dupe for Urban Decay Half Baked. Gold is much more peachy (think MAC Rubenesque Paint Pot), while Half Baked is a true, bright yellow gold.  Side by side there is a very noticeable difference.

Last, but not least, the palette comes with a little tube of primer.  The consistency of this feels identical to Too Faced Shadow Insurance.  I found it prevents creasing and help colors stay on, but I won't be choosing it over my MAC Paint Pots anytime soon. ;)

PRO Palette vs. Naked Palette: Which do I prefer?
Between this palette and the Urban Decay Naked palettes, I still rank Naked as the best neutral palette out there.  This palette has great quality, but the formulation of Urban Decay eyeshadow is better in my opinion.  However, if you are someone who relies heavily on matte shades, the PRO Palette may be the better choice.

The LORAC PRO Palette retails for $42 and can be purchased wherever LORAC products are sold.  Overall, I recommend this palette!  I will definitely be getting a lot of use out of it.  It's something that would be perfect to take on a trip for a nice range of wearable colors.

What is your favorite eyeshadow palette?
xx, Allison


  1. Thanks for the Review! I totally love the Sleek Oh So Special! -Palette. It had a great color selection and I love the formulation of the shadows. :)
    Whereas I hated the consistency of the Shadows in the Naked-Palette. I had soo much fall-out! But I fell in love with Half Baked so I bought it as a Mono-Eyeshadow. :D xxx

  2. I love my Naked palette but hate that so many have awful fallout..I've only had the Lorac pro for 24 hours but so far I love it

  3. Have you tried the Lorac Unzipped palette? I was debating between these two, and the Unzipped ultimately won me over. It has similar shades to the Naked palette, but have more pink/red undertones and are beautiful on blue eyes! I'm really loving it!

  4. I hate when I see a palette I think I'll love, only to realize that I probably have these colors from other companies already.