Thursday, June 25th, 2015

LORAC PRO Matte Eyeshadow Palette
LORAC PRO Matte Eyeshadow Palette

LORAC PRO Matte Eyeshadow Palette ($28.00 for 0.144 oz.) contains eight matte eyeshadows in neutral shades ranging from white to brown to black. I think if you have all of the PRO palettes released, you probably have neutrals close enough to these. It’s a good palette, and it applied fairly well over bare skin, which isn’t always the case for LORAC’s eyeshadows, but it is very dupable. I would have liked to see one or two more mid-tone shades, as the overall look of the palette is quite dark and smoky.

Bare is a light beige with neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. The texture is very smooth and silky, though it kicked up excess product in the pan. It had good pigmentation and lasted for eight hours on me. Laura Mercier Vanilla Nuts (P, $23.00) is darker. theBalm #24 (P, $6.50) is warmer. LORAC Nude #1 (LE, ) is lighter. Make Up For Ever M500 Ivory (P, $21.00) is lighter. Make Up For Ever M532 Sugar Coated Candy (P, $21.00) is cooler. Anastasia Vanilla (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Night Owl #4 (P, ) is lighter. Hourglass Graphite #1 (P, ) is cooler. Too Faced Coconut Crème (P, $16.00) is lighter. Too Faced Coconut Crème (P, $16.00) is lighter. Hourglass Color Field #1 (P, ) is lighter. Kat Von D Laetus (P, ) is warmer. Givenchy Delicate #4 (P, ) is lighter. Colour Pop Glow (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery, cooler. Makeup Geek Baby Face (P, $5.99) is cooler. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Latte is a light-medium brown with a hint of gray and a matte finish. It had mostly opaque color payoff with a soft, silky texture that was a smidgen powdery in the pan. Applied, it lasted for eight hours before fading. NARS Yamal (LE, $24.00) is darker. Kat Von D Vanish (P, ) is darker, warmer. Make Up For Ever M536 Milk Tea (P, $21.00) is warmer. theBalm Score (LE, $16.00) is warmer, lower quality. Too Faced Fawned of You (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Hello Kitty Hot Cocoa (LE, ) is cooler. LORAC Brown (LE, ) is darker. Tarte Merci You Later (LE, ) is darker, cooler. Urban Decay Fix (LE, $18.00) is darker. Tarte Wanderer (LE, ) is darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Lover #7 (LE, ) is darker. Becca Ombre Nudes #2 (P, ) is warmer. Too Faced Nudie (P, $16.00) is warmer. Too Faced Cashmere Bunny (P, $16.00) is darker, warmer. Buxom Gimme Gorgeous (P, $12.00) is less pigmented. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Corduroy is a muted, medium-dark brown with subtle, warm yellow undertones and a matte finish. It had fairly good pigmentation, but it was one of those shades that seems really pigmented but seems to fade almost immediately upon hitting the eye–it appears softer applied than in the pan. The texture was very, very finely-milled but powdery (perhaps why it is prone to fading/sheering out). It wore for almost eight hours before fading. Inglot #342 (P, $6.00) is lighter. MAC Swiss Chocolate (P, $16.00) is darker. Urban Decay Faint (P, $18.00) is lighter. Make Up For Ever M630 Sweet Chestnut (P, $21.00) is lighter. Chanel Charming #4 (LE, ) is darker. Kat Von D Leather (LE, ) is warmer. MAC Clove (LE, $16.00) is lighter. LORAC Unedited (P, ) is more shimmery. MAC Choco Cake (LE, $16.00) is more muted. Tarte Picnic Basket (LE, ) is warmer. Tarte Powerful (LE, ) is darker, more muted. Kat Von D Sytry (P, ) is darker. Urban Decay Whiskey (P, $18.00) is darker, more muted. Viseart Taupe (P, ) is lighter, warmer. LORAC Chocolate (P, ) is more muted, cooler. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Chocolate is a muted, dark brown with subtle, reddish undertones and a matte finish. It had decent to good color payoff that was buildable on the skin, but like Corduroy, it had a tendency to sheer down and look a bit faded applied. On me, it started to show signs of wear after eight hours. Inglot #363 (P, $6.00) is darker. MAC Cross-Cultural (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer. NARS Coconut Grove (P, $24.00) is darker. MAC Embark (LE, $16.00) is cooler. MAC Ground Brown (P, $16.00) is warmer. bareMinerals Get Ahead (LE, ) is lighter, warmer. Laura Mercier Coffee Ground (P, $23.00) is lighter. Kat Von D Shadow Box (P, ) is darker. Tarte Don’t Turn A-Brown (LE, ) is darker. Tarte Eiffel for You (LE, ) is lighter, warmer. LORAC Espresso (Mega Pro) (LE, ) is darker, cooler. Anastasia Chocolate (P, $12.00) is warmer. Too Faced Chocolate Cake (LE, $16.00) is brighter. Tarte Multi-Tasker (LE, ) is darker. MAC Choco Cake (LE, $16.00) is lighter. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Linen is a bright white with a matte finish. It had a very smooth consistency, but it was a little powdery to work with and turns chalky on my skin tone, so it will be more appropriate for fairer skin tones or layered over a good base for darker skin tones, I think. It had semi-sheer color payoff and lasted fors even and a half hours on me. Bobbi Brown White (LE, $22.00) is brighter. NYX Milk (P, $4.50) is brighter. Inglot #318 (P, $6.00) is brighter. LORAC White (P, ) is cooler. Make Up For Ever M126 Chalk (P, $21.00) is cooler. Too Faced Coconut Cream (LE, $16.00) is warmer, better quality. Viseart Cool Matte #1 (P, ) is warmer. Kat Von D Banshee (LE, ) is cooler. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Pink Mauve is a dusty, muted, medium mauve with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good pigmentation with a soft, blendable texture that wasn’t too powdery. The color stayed on well for eight hours before starting to fade. Bobbi Brown Dusty Lilac (LE, $22.00) is darker. MAC Quarry (P, $16.00) is darker. MAC Quarry (P, $16.00) is darker. Inglot #344 (P, $6.00) is darker. MAC Haux (P, $16.00) is darker. MAC Haux (P, $16.00) is darker. Urban Decay Laced (P, $18.00) is lighter, cooler. Urban Decay Nooner (P, $18.00) is darker, cooler. Chanel Hasard (99) (P, $29.50) is darker, cooler. LORAC Mauve (P, ) is cooler. bareMinerals Velvet Mauve (P, $14.00) is brighter, warmer. Laura Mercier Cashmere (P, $23.00) is lighter, cooler. Tarte Rose to the Occasion (LE, ) is brighter, warmer. Givenchy Rose Dentelle (3) (P, $23.00) is brighter, cooler. LORAC Unconditional (P, ) is lighter. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Burgundy is a muted, dark burgundy with warm, red-brown undertones and a matte finish. It had nice pigmentation with a soft, silky consistency that kept most of its color when applied, but it could have been easier to blend. On me, it started to fade after eight hours of wear. Too Faced Cherry Cordial (P, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer. NARS New York (P, $24.00) is lighter. MAC Deep Damson (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker, brighter, cooler. theBalm #13 (P, $6.50) is lighter. LORAC Dusty Plum (LE, ) is lighter, cooler. Make Up For Ever M608 Red Brown (P, $21.00) is lighter, warmer. Make Up For Ever M822 Plum (P, $21.00) is lighter, warmer. Anastasia Deep Plum (P, $12.00) is darker. Tarte You Look Mauveless (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

jet Black is a medium-dark black with neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff with a soft, smooth texture that wasn’t too powdery and blended without trouble. It started to fade after eight hours of wear for me. MAC Carbon (P, $16.00) is darker. Urban Decay Blackout (P, $18.00) is less shimmery. Sugarpill Bulletproof (P, $12.00) is darker. Bobbi Brown Caviar (LE, $22.00) is darker. Buxom LBD (P, $12.00) is lighter. Kat Von D Shax (P, ) is . LORAC Black (P, ) is lighter. Tarte Fashionista (LE, ) is darker. Kat Von D Killing Moon (LE, ) is darker. Urban Decay Perversion (LE, $18.00) is more shimmery. theBalm Righteous (LE, $16.00) is darker. Anastasia Noir (P, $12.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever M100 Black (P, $21.00) is darker. Divergent Dauntless Ink (LE, ) is darker. Laura Mercier Noir (P, $23.00) is warmer. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Friday, June 19th, 2015

LORAC PRO Metal Palette
LORAC PRO Metal Palette

LORAC PRO Metal Palette ($28.00 for 0.144 oz.) includes eight eyeshadows with all but one being very shimmery (Onyx is more of a satin). If you’re a big fan of shimmer, frost, or metallic finishes, you may enjoy this. The quality is there, and none of the shades were difficult to use, even on bare skin. They’re soft, pigmented, blendable, and long-wearing; they are less powdery compared to some of LORAC’s eyeshadows but seem in line with their more shimmery/metallic shades (like Unzipped and Unzipped Gold). The only downside is that all of the shades are dupable, so you may have several similar shades already in your stash.

For pricing, the LORAC PRO palette retails for $42 and contains 0.32 oz. worth of eyeshadow (but also comes with a travel-sized eye primer, so it’s not as easily compared). Ignoring the primer, the eyeshadows cost $131.25/oz. in the full PRO palette, and this palette is $194.44/oz. The eyeshadows appear to be the same physical size as the ones in the full 16-shade PRO Palettes, even though these are 0.018 oz. each and the PRO palette lists each shade as 0.02 oz.

Quartz is a brightened, white gold with warm, buttery yellow undertones and a metallic sheen. The texture was soft, dense, and buttery, but it’s a shade that could easily thicken on the lid so use less than you think you need, as it is very pigmented and stretches quite a bit. The color wore well for eight and a half hours on me before creasing. Too Faced Snowflakes (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC Nylon (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker. LORAC Opal (LE, ) is less shimmery. Chanel Rêve d’Orient #2 (LE, ) is darker. LORAC Cashmere (LE, ) is darker. Sephora + Pantone Universe Shifting Sand (LE, ) is darker. LORAC Unlocked (P, ) is darker. Guerlain Les Precieux #3 (LE, ) is darker. MAC Fresh Blade (LE, $16.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Rose Gold is a medium, muted copper with hints of rose and brown and a metallic sheen. It had great color payoff with a really soft, smooth consistency that was easily blended on the skin. The eyeshadow lasted for almost nine hours before fading. MAC Tan (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, cooler. bareMinerals Tan Lines (LE, ) is darker. LORAC Unbelievable (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. LORAC Unattainable (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. Sleek MakeUP Scheherazade’s Tale (LE, $9.99) is more shimmery, lighter. Make Up For Ever I538 Pearly Gray Beige (P, $21.00) is less shimmery. Colour Pop La-La (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker. Laura Mercier Rosegold (P, $24.00) is lighter. Make Up For Ever ME612 Silver Brown (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker. Laura Mercier Rosegold (P, $24.00) is lighter. Colour Pop Amaze (P, $5.00) is warmer. Hourglass Exposure #3 (P, ) is lighter. Buxom Bold Bling (P, $12.00) is darker, warmer. Viseart Camille (P, ) is less shimmery, darker, warmer. Rouge Bunny Rouge Angelic Cockatiels (P, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Graphite is a dark, taupe brown with warm, yellow undertones and a frosted finish. It had intense pigmentation that applied beautifully to the skin with really smooth, even coverage that wore well for eight and a half hours before creasing slightly. Sleek MakeUP Lust in LA (LE, $9.99) is more shimmery. Urban Decay Deeper (LE, $18.00) is darker, warmer. MAC Silver Dawn (P, $20.00) is cooler. bareMinerals Embellish (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Pretty It Up (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Tarina Tarantino Delightful #2 (P, ) is less shimmery. Buxom Haute Couture (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker. Sephora + Pantone Universe Bracken (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. Guerlain Les Precieux #4 (LE, ) is lighter. Urban Decay Reign (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery, cooler. MAC Collective Chic #2 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. Makeup Geek Moondust (P, $5.99) is lighter. Giorgio Armani #09 (P, $32.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Onyx is a medium-dark black with neutral undertones and a matte finish paired with subtle, silver sparkle. The sparkle doesn’t bind well with the underlying color, so it looks and functions primarily as a matte black eyeshadow. It had good pigmentation with a soft, silky texture that was a little powdery but blended well on the skin. It wore well for eight hours on me. Kat Von D Oddfellow (LE, ) is less shimmery. LORAC Indigo (LE, ) is less shimmery. LORAC Caviar (LE, ) is less shimmery. Kat Von D Black Star (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. Colour Pop Raven (LE, $5.00) is darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Night Owl #2 (P, ) is darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Night Owl #2 (P, ) is darker. Milani Bella Black (12) (P, $4.49) is less shimmery. Viseart Charbon (P, ) is less shimmery. bareMinerals Penthouse (LE, ) is darker. MAC Dark Soul (P, $21.00) is more shimmery. MAC Dark Dare (P, $20.00) is less shimmery. Chanel Tisse Riviera #4 (P, ) is less shimmery. Make Up For Ever D104 Black Diamond (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Gilded is a light-medium, yellow gold with a metallic sheen. It had good color coverage with a soft, blendable consistency that was a smidgen powdery. The eyeshadow was easy to work with and blended nicely on the skin, and the color started to show signs of creasing after eight and a half hours of wear. Inglot #403 (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, brighter. Chanel Blazing Gold (LE, $29.50) is less shimmery, darker. bareMinerals Remix (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. L’Oreal Eternal Sunshine (P, $7.99) is darker. Lancome Eternal Gold (P, $24.50) is darker. L’Oreal Gold Imperial (LE, $7.99) is darker, cooler. MAC Dreammaker (LE, $16.00) is darker, more muted. theBalm D1 (LE, $16.00) is brighter, cooler. MAC Captivating #1 (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery. MAC Golden Hours #3 (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery. MAC Until Dawn #2 (LE, $21.00) is darker, warmer. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #4 (LE, ) is more shimmery, brighter. Divergent Golden Honesty (LE, ) is darker. Kat Von D Brass Knuckles (LE, ) is less shimmery, cooler. Make Up For Ever ME512 Golden Beige (P, $21.00) is lighter. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Amber is a medium, copper with warm, orange undertones and a metallic sheen. It was intensely pigmented with a soft, creamy texture that adhered well to the skin and blended out with ease. On me, the color started to crease after eight and a half hours of wear. This is one of the most dupable shades, so there are plenty to choose from. bareMinerals Louder (LE, ) is darker. Urban Decay Half Baked (P, $18.00) is more shimmery. theBalm Manic Maribel (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #10 (P, $9.99) is less shimmery, darker. Too Faced Honey Honey (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Too Faced Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #7 (LE, $16.00) is darker, more muted. MAC A Glimmer of Gold #3 (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker. LORAC Nude #2 (LE, ) is warmer. Make Up For Ever ME700 Amber (P, $21.00) is lighter. Tarte Candlelit Dinner (LE, ) is darker. Ardency Inn Copper (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker. Too Faced Caramel (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker. Too Faced Bon Bon #2 (P, $16.00) is darker, more muted, warmer. Sephora + Pantone Universe Butterum (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. LORAC Unleashed (P, ) is more shimmery, brighter, warmer. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Clover is a muted, medium-dark olive green with warm, golden undertones and a frosted sheen. It had great color payoff with a soft, buttery, dense texture that applied evenly and smoothly to the skin. On me, it wore well for nine hours before creasing. theBalm Kawabunga (LE, $16.00) is darker. bareMinerals Flicker (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer. Urban Decay Mildew (P, $18.00) is darker. Guerlain Coup de Foudre #1 (LE, ) is darker. Inglot #419 (P, $6.00) is darker, more muted. Sephora + Pantone Universe Kelp (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter. Hourglass Color Field #4 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. Giorgio Armani Green Iron (06) (P, $38.00) is less shimmery, darker. Colour Pop Mirage (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Gucci Beauty Mosaic (P, $37.00) is lighter, brighter. Milani Bella Khaki (17) (P, $4.49) is less shimmery, darker. Gucci Beauty Fumé (Left) (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. Makeup Geek Jester (P, $9.99) is lighter, brighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Cobalt is a brightened, medium-dark navy blue with a pearly sheen. It had good color payoff with a slightly thinner, drier texture compared to the other shades, though I didn’t notice issues working with it in practice. The color lasted for eight hours on me before fading. Buxom Backstage Pass (P, $12.00) is lighter. Colour Pop Etiquette (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker. Makeup Geek Center Stage (P, $9.99) is darker, cooler. Kat Von D Estrella (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. Urban Decay Moonshadow (P, $18.00) is more muted. Make Up For Ever D222 Night Blue (P, $21.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever I218 Indigo Blue (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter. Kat Von D Entombed (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Tonight’s Temptation #1 (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Urban Decay Evidence (P, $18.00) is darker, more muted. MAC Love Cycle #2 (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker, brighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Sunday, June 14th, 2015

LORAC Fall 2015 Collection
LORAC PRO Metal Eyeshadow Palette

PRO Metal Eyeshadow Palette ($28.00) (Limited Edition, Ulta Exclusive)

Created by celebrity makeup artist Carol Shaw, this limited edition PRO artistry palette is packed with 8 Eye Shadows in all the metallic shades you need to create the hottest looks straight from the Red Carpet. LORAC’s velvety smooth shadows are infused with soothing botanicals and are ultra-pigmented to perform wet or dry so you can shade, shadow, line and define your eyes, just like a PRO.

  • Quartz
  • Rose Gold
  • Graphite
  • Onyx
  • Gilded
  • Amber
  • Clover
  • Cobalt

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Wednesday, June 10th, 2015

LORAC Dream Girl Eyeshadow Palette
LORAC Dream Girl Eyeshadow Palette

LORAC Dream Girl Eyeshadow Palette ($24.00 for 0.70 oz.) includes ten eyeshadows, with two of those being oversized (the “highlighters”) in a range of neutrals and pops of color with the palette leaning warm in undertone. Some of the shades were easy to use, while others were prone to sheering out when applied to bare skin and really needed an eyeshadow primer or slightly tacky white base to pop/look their best.

Dream Girl #1 is a buttery, yellow gold with warm undertones and a frosted, slightly metallic, finish. It had a soft, denser texture that was smooth and blendable on the skin while adhering well. It wore well for eight hours. bareMinerals Standing O (P, ) is less shimmery. Hourglass Color Field #2 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker, cooler. MAC Canter (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Kat Von D Brass Knuckles (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. Gucci Beauty Antique Gold (P, $37.00) is darker, cooler. Anastasia Legend (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Make Up For Ever ME512 Golden Beige (P, $21.00) is darker. MAC Golden Hours #3 (LE, $21.00) is warmer. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #4 (LE, ) is darker, warmer. MAC Captivating #1 (LE, $21.00) is darker, warmer. bareMinerals Rising Star (LE, ) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Dream Girl #2 is a medium-dark brown with warm, orange undertones and a satin finish. The texture was somewhat powdery, so it had sheerer color coverage on the skin. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me. Viseart Marais (P, ) is more shimmery. Urban Decay Riff (P, $18.00) is less shimmery. Viseart Brique (P, ) is darker, brighter. Colour Pop Desert (P, $5.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Make Up For Ever S706 Milk Toffee (P, $21.00) is darker, warmer. MAC Sable Riche (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, darker. Dior Atlantique #5 (LE, ) is darker. Disney by Sephora Bazaar (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker. MAC One to Watch (P, $21.00) is more muted. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Dream Girl #3 is a light-medium coral-orange with a pearly, golden sheen. It had so-so pigmentation with a dusty consistency that made it prone to sheering out when applied. It started to fade after seven hours of wear. MAC Paradisco (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler. MAC Paradisco (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Dreamer #6 (P, ) is darker, cooler. Gucci Beauty Autumn Fire #2 (P, ) is darker, cooler. Urban Decay Freelove (P, $18.00) is cooler. Makeup Geek Cosmopolitan (P, $5.99) is darker, brighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Dream Girl #4 is a muted, medium-dark bluish-teal with a mostly matte finish. The texture was powdery and thin, which made this apply poorly on bare skin. It was better patted over another shade or else applied over an eyeshadow primer or white base. It showed signs of fading after six and a half hours on me. Makeup Geek Shark Bait (P, $5.99) is darker. theBalm C2 (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer. Inglot #338 (P, $6.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Dream Girl #5 is a light-medium, golden copper with warm undertones and a metallic finish. It had a really soft consistency that made it prone to thickening on the skin if you over-applied, so I highly recommend using less than you think you need, as it is quite pigmented with little product. On me, it wore well for eight and a half hours. Makeup Geek Untamed (P, $9.99) is darker, brighter. Colour Pop KathleenLights (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker. LORAC Unleashed (P, ) is darker, warmer. Tarte Candlelit Dinner (LE, ) is darker. Sephora + Pantone Universe Butterum (LE, ) is warmer. Make Up For Ever ME700 Amber (P, $21.00) is lighter. LORAC Nude #2 (LE, ) is darker. MAC A Glimmer of Gold #3 (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Exquisite Ego #2 (LE, $21.00) is darker. MAC Brownluxe #3 (P, ) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Dream Girl #6 is a brightened, medium lavender purple with warm, pink undertones and a sparkling, metallic finish. There was micro-glitter in this shade, so there was some fall out over time, though the underlying color lasted for eight hours.
Make Up For Ever D926 Blueberry (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker. NARS Parallel Universe (Right) (LE, $24.00) is lighter. Colour Pop Dasher (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker. Too Faced Live It Up (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker. L’Oreal With a Twist (LE, $7.99) is darker. MAC Tropica (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler. MAC Cheers My Dear (LE, $21.00) is lighter, brighter. MAC Light Violet (LE, $32.50) is lighter. MAC Butterfly Party (LE, $32.50) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Dream Girl #7 is a softened, light-medium olive green with warm, golden pearl. It had decent color payoff, though it had a drier, thinner consistency that made it easily sheered out on the skin without a base. Makeup Geek Jester (P, $9.99) is more shimmery, darker. Sephora + Pantone Universe Kelp (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker. Makeup Geek Poison Ivy (P, $5.99) is less shimmery, darker. MAC 2 Dozen and One Greyhounds (LE, $16.00) is lighter, cooler. Cle de Peau Stardust #2 (P, ) is darker. theBalm #16 (P, $6.50) is darker. Make Up For Ever I324 Bronze Khaki (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker. Tarina Tarantino Dandy Lion (LE, ) is darker. Gucci Beauty Mosaic (P, $37.00) is darker. Colour Pop Mirage (LE, $5.00) is lighter. Hourglass Color Field #4 (P, ) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Dream Girl #8 is a dark bronzy brown with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had nice pigmentation with a soft, slightly dense texture that really needs to be pressed into the skin and must be laid down prior to any other shades. When I tried to blend it over a more satiny shade (from the palette), it applied as a crumbly brown and was harder to blend. The color wore well for eight hours. Zoeva Subtle Blend (P, ) is lighter. Sleek MakeUP Aladdin’s Lamp (LE, $9.99) is more shimmery, darker. Urban Decay Reign (LE, $18.00) is darker. Too Faced Cinnamon Sugar (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Urban Decay Snakebite (LE, $18.00) is warmer. Urban Decay Radar (P, $18.00) is cooler. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #3 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. Le Metier de Beaute Autumn Rust (LE, $30.00) is darker. Edward Bess Cosmic Bliss #4 (P, $30.00) is warmer. MAC Woodwinked (P, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter. MAC Bronze (P, $16.00) is darker, warmer. Too Faced Brown Sugar (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker. Too Faced Haute Chocolate (LE, $16.00) is darker. bareMinerals Embellish (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. Charlotte Tilbury The Dolce Vita #4 (P, ) is less shimmery, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Dream Girl #9 is a brightened, subtly warm-toned white with a frosted sheen. It was very pigmented with a dense, buttery consistency that adhered well to bare skin and lasted for eight hours. Buxom Diamond Darling (P, $12.00) is less shimmery. MAC Smoky Black Friday #1 (LE, ) is less shimmery. Tarina Tarantino Dreamy #1 (P, ) is less shimmery. Too Faced Famous in a Small Town (P, $16.00) is warmer. Kat Von D Lunar Lights (P, ) is less shimmery, warmer. Too Faced La Croisette (P, $16.00) is darker, warmer. Viseart Yves (P, ) is more shimmery, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Dream Girl #10 is a light peach with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had a softer, blendable texture that was a little dusty on the skin and faded after seven and a half hours of wear. theBalm D2 (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery. MAC Summer Honey (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #2 (P, ) is darker, warmer. theBalm #18 (P, $6.50) is warmer. theBalm #14 (P, $6.50) is less shimmery, darker. Kat Von D Precious (LE, ) is darker. Chanel Tisse Venitien #2 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. Make Up For Ever I524 Pinky Beige (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker. LORAC Beige (P, ) is less shimmery, warmer. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Lover #2 (LE, ) is darker. Guerlain Les Precieux #2 (LE, ) is lighter. MAC Bouffant (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker. Cle de Peau Silver Eclipse #1 (P, ) is lighter, brighter. NARS Valhalla (P, $24.00) is darker, warmer. Tarte Champagne Bubble Bath (LE, ) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Monday, June 8th, 2015

LORAC Pro Contour Palette
LORAC Pro Contour Palette

LORAC Pro Contour Palette ($45.00 for 0.74 oz.) includes three highlighters and three contouring powders. Five of the powders are matte, while one of the highlighters is frosted. The shimmery highlighter and medium contour powder are larger than the other four shades. It comes in a slim, cardboard packaging like the rest of the Pro palette range, plus a contouring brush, which is a nice, synthetic brush that doesn’t feel scratchy and blends fairly well. It seems to pick up a lot of product, even with a light hand, so those who prefer a subtler contour may want to choose another brush, while it doesn’t work as well for highlight placement. The powders are supposed to be “ultra-pigmented” and “blendable.” The texture of all of the powders is comparable to LORAC’s spring blush palette as well as their eyeshadows: very silky, finely-milled, and smooth but kicks up excess powder easily, so it can seem powdery.

It’s extremely similar to Kat Von D’s Shade + Light Contour PalettE, though these were even more matte (in general) and LORAC’s palette contains an overtly shimmery highlighter. Kat Von D’s palette doesn’t include a brush (though she has one designed for the palette) and is $45/0.72 oz., so they’re similarly sized, but you’ll find the six shades in Shade + Light are the same size.

Beige Highlight is a light beige with neutral-to-cool undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff with a soft, silky texture that was smooth but prone to kicking up excess powder, though it never looked powdery on the skin. From what I could tell (it doesn’t show up well on my skin tone), it lasted for eight hours. Too Faced Light Cocoa (P, ) is more shimmery, brighter. Kat Von D Lucid (P, ) is lighter, brighter. Dolce and Gabbana Eva (P, $51.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Light Contour is a light-medium brown with rosy, subtly warm undertones and a matte finish. It had excellent pigmentation with a really soft, smooth texture that was blendable on the skin and lasted for nine hours. Too Faced Medium Cocoa (P, ) is lighter, cooler. Kat Von D Sombre (P, ) is lighter, cooler. Inglot #504 (P, $15.00) is darker, cooler. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Yellow Highlight is a muted, light yellow with a matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a soft, silky consistency that was blendable on the skin, but it did kick up a lot of excess powder in the pan, so use a very light touch to minimize waste. It wore well for eight hours on me. Dolce and Gabbana Eva (P, $51.00) is lighter, more muted. Kat Von D Levitation (P, ) is darker, warmer. Marc Jacobs Beauty Highlight (P, ) is darker, more pigmented, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Deep Contour is a subdued, dark brown with slight warm, reddish undertones and a mostly matte finish. The texture was soft to the touch with a silky, finely-milled feel that was slightly powdery if you weren’t careful, but it didn’t look powdery on the skin. I had a little trouble blending out this shade, which may have been the result of this one not adhering as well to bare skin as the other powders. I tried three different times, and I had to use a different brush (something more feathery) than the included brush in order to get a more blended out look. It wore well for nine hours on me. Kat Von D Subconscious (P, ) is warmer. Kevyn Aucoin Medium (P, $44.00) is less shimmery, lighter. MAC Coffee Walnut (LE, $20.00) is darker, glossier. Marc Jacobs Beauty Contour (P, ) is lighter, warmer. Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Medium (P, ) is lighter, glossier. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Shimmer Highlight is a pale, pink-tinged white with a frosted sheen. It had good color payoff with a soft, silky texture that wasn’t too powdery to work with. It didn’t emphasize pores, though this one doesn’t smooth them out either. It’s more than just luminous, as you can see the shimmer particles. You can also mute the shimmer by dusting one of the more matte highlight powders on top. This shade lasted for eight hours on me. Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight (P, $44.00) is darker, warmer. Chanel Lumiere Sculptee de Chanel Highlighting Powder (LE, $72.00) is less shimmery. MAC Too Chic (LE, $26.00) is less shimmery, warmer. Becca Pearl (P, $38.00) is more shimmery. Urban Decay Luminous (P, $29.00) is more shimmery. Chanel Camelia de Plumes (LE, $76.00) is more shimmery, cooler. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Medium Contour is a medium-dark brown with warm, yellow undertones and a matte finish. It had nice pigmentation that went on smoothly and evenly, while the texture was silky and blendable. Like the other shades, the consistency is so soft that it is easy to kick up powder in the pan, but it didn’t look powdery or cakey applied to the skin. This shade wore well for eight and a half hours on me. MAC Sculpt (P, $16.50) is cooler. Too Faced Medium Cocoa (P, ) is lighter. Kat Von D Shadowplay (P, ) is lighter, warmer. Kevyn Aucoin Medium (P, $44.00) is darker, cooler. Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Medium (P, ) is more shimmery. Marc Jacobs Beauty Contour (P, ) is darker, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Saturday, May 30th, 2015

LORAC Pro Contour Kit
LORAC Pro Contour Kit

PRO Contour Palette ($45.00)

Go PRO with LORAC PRO Contour Palette! Created by celebrity makeup artist Carol Shaw, this PRO artistry palette contains 2 matte highlighters, 1 shimmer highlighter and 3 matte contour shades to easily create perfectly sculpted features. LORAC’s velvety-smooth, blendable highlighting and contouring powders are oil and fragrance free and are ultra-pigmented so you can highlight and contour, just like a PRO. PRO Contour Palette comes complete with an exclusive, custom PRO Contour Brush. The unique dome shape allows for effortless precision and control, a PRO must-have! Made from synthetic material, the PRO brush hair is hygienic and easy to clean between applications. Includes:

  • Beige Highlight
  • Yellow Highlight
  • Shimmer Highlight
  • Light Contour
  • Deep Contour
  • Medium Contour

Availability: Early access for Platinum members at ULTA now; online June 14th for everyone else; in-stores on June 28th