Monday, September 15, 2014

Lorac Pro and Lorac Pro 2 Palettes: Review and Swatches

Lorac Pro and Lorac Pro 2 palettes

I'm finally ready to write a review of these 2 awesome babies. I won't keep you guessing and tell you straight away that these palettes are fantastic and have already become one of my most frequently used and favorite ones.

Each of the palette comes with a mini Lorac Behind the Scenes Eye Primer. The packaging of both of the palettes is super sleek and functional. It is slim and very compact yet sturdy enough for traveling. It has a magnetic closure and a big mirror inside. The only difference between Lorac Pro and Lorac Pro 2 palette is that the 1st one is black and the 2nd one is grey.

If you hold both of these palettes together they will be the thickness of any of the Naked palettes, which is awesome, because it means that you can take both of them when traveling without sacrificing the space in your luggage.

Now on to the colors. Here's the comparison of the two palettes one next to the other.

Lorac Pro and Lorac Pro 2 palettes: comparison

As you can see the 2 palettes have similarities but are different enough to justify buying both of them :).

They both have 16 gorgeous shadows with the top row of mattes and the bottom row of shimmers. The colors of the original Lorac Pro palette are more basic nude-type ones, although not boring at all raging from white to black, so you've got the whole spectrum of different shades from light to dark. Same goes for the Lorac Pro 2 palette, although it definitely feels more cool-toned with some fun pops of color. However, it does have its share of basic neutral and warmer shades too. It also features this super star bright intense navy color. With both palettes you can achieve a multitude of looks from daytime to super smokey and dramatic ones. By the way, the colors in these are all different except for the black one which is present in both palettes.

The finishes of these shadows are beautiful: the mattes are super intense and creamy as well as shimmers. However, the shimmers aren't so frosty and metallic that it turns you away. I'd say it's a more refined shimmer with gorgeous pearly-metallic grown-up finish. There is no chunky glitter in any of those shades. What amazes me most is that ALL the shades are consistently and equally soft, creamy, smooth, pigmented and blendable. Consistent quality is a rare thing in a palette with so many colors and different finishes.

Here are the swatches for comparison.

Swatches: Lorac Pro palette - top row, Lorac Pro 2 palette - bottom row

The pigmentation, the blendability and the staying power of these shadows is just top notch without any primer. With a primer it's unbeatable. Seriously.

One note though, since these shadows are so fully packed with pigment, they may seem powdery if you're not careful and squish your brush into them and won't tap off the excess. BUT they're NOT. What you may consider powdery residue or fallout is the super fully packed and pressed together pigment. All you need to do is just touch the shadow in the pan with your brush gently ONE time, then tap off the excess and that would be enough to pack enough color on your eyelid. If you do that you'll see that a little goes a long way indeed with these shadows, and there is no powderiness, or fallout or chalkiness at all.

Now let's take a closer look at each palette and it's swatches.

Lorac Pro palette

Lorac Pro palette (closer look)

Lorac Pro palette: swatches

A here is a look I created with Lorac Pro palette WITHOUT any primer just so that you'll get a rough idea of what kind of look you might get with it.

The look using Lorac Pro palette

Now here is the Lorac Pro 2 palette.

Lorac Pro 2 palette

Lorac Pro 2 palette (closer look)

Lorac Pro 2 palette: swatches

...And the look using Lorac Pro 2 palette...

The look using Lorac Pro 2 palette

If you asked me what palette to get if you had to choose only one, I'd tell you to get both. They're equally beautiful and are different enough to serve you separately and together. If you really-really have to choose just one then go for the one that appeals more to you in the color selection. I personally am in love with both.

Oh, I forgot to mention that I bought these myself. You can get a hold of them here (Lorac Pro palette) and here (Lorac Pro 2 palette). Each of them costs $42.

In conclusion I'll say if you don't own any palette and not many shadows at all, I'd strongly suggest you invest in one of those or even both. I honestly think they're better than the Naked palettes. They'll give you the variety and the quality you can only dream of.

Rating by category (out of 10, 10 being the highest score):
  • versatility - 10
  • product quality (pigmentation, blendability, staying power etc.) - 10
  • packaging - 10
  • travel-friendliness - 10
Phew. I hope you enjoyed reading this review and it will help you with your future purchases. If you have any of those palettes, please, let me know what you think of them in the comments below. Thank you for reading.

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