Review, Swatches, Looks: LORAC PRO 3 Palette

Friday, July 29, 2016


It's been far too long. I'll tell you what I was up to some other time, today I want to show you the LORAC PRO 3 Palette. You see, a couple months ago I dropped a self made MAC 15 shadow palette filled with some of my favorite matte highlight, neutrals and transitional shades (this is not the first time, why do I keep bringing makeup into rooms with hard flooring?!) and shattered many of the shades. When I heard soon after that LORAC was coming out with a new palette, I thought that the 3 would go a long way towards replacing some of those destroyed shades. 

I have longed for the original LORAC Pro Palette for pretty much ages.  The newest version, like previous renditions,  features eight matte shades and eight shades with various degrees of pearl/shimmer/glitter/metallic. Housed in a matte beige cardboard packaging (I'll just go ahead and admit it, mine is already a little dirty).

You also get a tube of LORAC Behind The Scenes Eye Primer, which is one of my favorite primers when my skin was more oily and I didn't live in such a dry area.
 Left to right: Blanc, Canvas, Cool Taupe, Pink Nude, Clay, Terracotta, Dk Brown, Jet Black

 Left to right: Lt Gold, Almond Pearl, Medallion, Lt Pewter, Amethyst, Rose Bronze, Dk Mocka, Truffle

The matte shades were finely milled and were easy to work with. The finer sparkly shades like Almond Pearl and Rose Bronze were buttery and smooth, but Medallion would not stick to my primed eyelid.  I had to use a wet product (think Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy, Anastasia Beauty Genius Gel) to utilize that shade. Amethyst also did not look the best on my skin, it was kind of muddy and muted, more dirty than a clean wine color.

Here I used Blanc, Pink Nude, Almond Pearl and Rose Bronze for a dusty rose - mauve eye. 

 Here I used just matte shades for a neutral sculpted eye. Blanc, Canvas, Terracotta, Dk Brown, Jet Black

For a more striking, dimensional eye I used Blanc, Lt Pewter, Cool Taupe, Dk Mocha and Jet Black. Lt Pewter makes for a really brightening mid lid shade. 

Overall this palette is quite nice, though I wish Medallion did stick better to the skin as it was one of the most eye catching shades in the palette. I do like how a whole range of looks are possible with this palette, from barely there muted looks to full matte heavy black smudged eye (if you were so inclined). Now that I have this palette, I find that in no way has my longing for LORAC PRO 1 in anyway diminished. If anything, it's increased! I'm really liking the looks of shades like Garnet, Pewter and Gold, from the original palette. 

For $44, you get 16 shades or 8.8 grams worth of shadow. 

I picked mine up at Ulta

What are your thoughts on the latest LORAC palette?

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