Thursday, June 19th, 2014

LORAC Pro Palette 2 Eyeshadow Palette
LORAC Pro Palette 2 Eyeshadow Palette

Here’s a quick sneak peek of the new LORAC Pro Palette 2 Eyeshadow Palette ($42.00). I’m still in the process of testing (that’s a lot of eyeshadows!), so stay tuned for my full review featuring more photos, swatches, dupes, etc. Thanks for your patience!

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Monday, June 16th, 2014

LORAC Unzipped Eyeshadow Palette
LORAC Unzipped Eyeshadow Palette

LORAC Unzipped Eyeshadow Palette ($40.00 for 0.58 oz.) is described as a “universally flattering nude eyeshadow palette.” It includes ten eyeshadows (0.39 oz. in total, or 0.039 oz. each) and a miniature-sized Behind the Scenes Eye Primer (0.19 oz.). Overall, it’s a good palette with ten shades and no major issues. Most of the eyeshadows had good color payoff, soft, blendable textures, and the formula wears quite consistency–almost every shade lasted for eight hours on me (no primer). With LORAC’s primer, results are closer to ten to eleven hours. The palette is very warm-toned, so I wouldn’t describe it was “universally flattering” (which, in general, is a difficult task for any shade, let alone multiple shades!), but otherwise, it’s a nice neutral palette to consider if you haven’t yet had your fill.

When Urban Decay Naked3 came out, a lot of readers asked how this compared. There is definitely overlap, but I don’t think the palettes are that similar. The shades that are “most similar” (but they vary in degree) would be Undercover vs. Strange, Unbelievable vs. Trick, Unconditional vs. Limit/Nooner. Shades like Dust, Buzz, Liar, Factory, Mugshot, Darkside, and Blackheart don’t seem to have anything that’s really similar that’s in the Unzipped palette.

Undercover is a light, pink-tinged beige with a satin finish. It had good color payoff and a soft, silky texture that applied well. This shade lasted for eight hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Unbelievable is a medium-dark, coppered brown with a frosted, metallic finish. It had good pigmentation, and the texture felt soft and almost buttery, though it was just slightly powdery. The color stayed on well for just over eight hours when I tested it. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Unattainable is a medium-dark, gold-shimmered bronze brown with a frosted, metallic sheen. The texture was a little powdery, but it had decent pigmentation and blended well. When worn, this shade wore well for seven and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Unconditional is a muted, dusty pink-mauve with a matte finish. It had fairly good color payoff, but the texture was soft and silky, just a bit powdery. I noticed the color had faded slightly after eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Unbridled is a warm-toned, burgundy-brown with a satin-matte finish. It had good pigmentation, though the texture was a bit thinner and drier compared to other shades in the palette, so it didn’t apply as smoothly or as intensely. Applied to the eye, the color stayed on well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Undiscovered is a brightened, orange-toned gold with a frosted, metallic finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was pretty smooth without being powdery. This shade wore well for eight hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Unreal is a golden peach with a frosted sheen and warm undertones. The texture was incredibly soft and smooth, while the pigmentation was mostly opaque. When I tested it, the color didn’t fade for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Uncensored is a medium-dark, golden bronze with warm, yellow and red undertones and a smooth, pearly sheen. It had excellent color payoff with a soft, buttery texture that applied beautifully. I didn’t see any fading until after eight hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Unspoken is a muted, medium-dark brown with warm, yellow-y undertones and a matte finish. It had good pigmentation, and the texture was soft and silky without being powdery. The wear topped in at eight hours before there was noticeable fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Untamed is a dark, red-toned brown with burgundy shimmer and a satin finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was fairly soft and smooth. It stayed on well for eight hours before starting to fade. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Saturday, June 14th, 2014

LORAC Pro Palette 2
LORAC Pro Palette 2

Pro Palette 2 ($42.00)

Go PRO with LORAC PRO Palette 2! The sequel to our original, best-selling PRO Palette and created by celebrity makeup artist Carol Shaw, this PRO artistry palette is packed with 8 Shimmer and 8 Matte Eye Shadows in all the cool shades you need to create the hottest looks straight from the Red Carpet. L O R A C ’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 dene your eyes, just like a PRO. PRO Palette 2 Contains 16 Eye Shadows and a Mini Behind the Scenes Eye Primer for stay-true color that lasts, a PRO must-have!

  • Buff
  • Lt. Brown
  • Cool Gray
  • Nectar
  • Plum
  • Navy
  • Charcoal
  • Black
  • Snow
  • Beige
  • Rose
  • Mocha
  • Chrome
  • Silver
  • Jade
  • Cocoa

Availability: Now at ULTA

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

LORAC Fall 2014 Launches
LORAC Fall 2014 Launches

Pro Matte Lip Color ($16.00)

Go PRO with LORAC PRO Matte Lip Color! This velvety-smooth, matte lip color is infused with anti-aging antioxidants of Acai Berry, Pomegranate, Grape Seed Extract and Vitamins C and E to help nourish and protect your lips. The PRO tip hugs the curves of your lips with precision and control while the weightless, PRO formula easily glides on with a long-lasting, matte finish. PRO Matte Lip Color comes in an array of highly-pigmented, buildable, rich colors from natural nudes to vibrant hues for a modern, matte lip in any shade you desire. Color, line and define your lips, just like a PRO!

  • Rose Brown
  • Pink Taupe
  • Nude
  • Fuchsia
  • Pink
  • Ruby
  • Merlot
  • Violet
  • Mauve
  • Coral
  • Peach
  • Magenta

Pro Brow Pencil ($19.00)

PRO with LORAC PRO Brow Pencil! Create the perfect frame for your face with this long-wearing, ultra-thin pencil that colors, defines, and
shapes your brows with naturallooking color. The fine tip allows for tiny, precise hair-like strokes and the attached brow brush combs through brow hairs to shape and groom. Whether you’re filling in your sparse brows or perfecting a full, dramatic brow, LORAC ’s PRO Brow Pencil provides PRO color that lasts. This specially formulated PRO Brow Pencil glides on without skipping or tugging for a super smooth application every time. Color, define and shape your brows, just like a PRO!

  • Blonde
  • Auburn
  • Lt. Brown
  • Dk. Brown
  • Brunette
  • Slate

Front of the Line Pro Liquid Eyeliner ($23.00)

This long-wearing, no-smudge, no-budge, water-resistant liquid eye liner boasts a unique automatic delivery system that provides a clean, precise application. The flexible tip provides ultimate control, accuracy and smooth strokes, so you’ll never miss your lines. From very fine to dramatically bold, this versatile PRO will take you to the front of the line every time!

  • Charcoal
  • Navy

Dazzle & Shine ($28.00) (Ulta Exclusive)

Dazzle & Shine with LORAC! This brilliant collection contains everything you need to create lustrous, eye-catching looks: Three exclusive shimmering Eye Shadows in 3D-Luxe, 3D-Mension and 3D-Votion make your eyes sparkle and shine and two Lip Lustre Glosses in Rose Lustre and 3D Lustre instantly make your lips look luscious and full. Refuse to be 1-Dimensional and go 3D with LORAC!

Pro Matte Lip Color Trio ($24.00) (HSN Exclusive)

  • Pink Trio: Merlot, Mauve, Pink Taupe
  • Nude Trio: Nude, Pink, ROse Brown

The Skinny Palettes ($15.00)

Get The Skinny with LORAC ! This super sexy palette contains seven gorgeous eye shadow shades in a highly-pigmented, silky-smooth formula. The Skinny Palette is packed with the perfect combination of matte and shimmer shades to easily create eye-catching looks from soft and natural to sexy and sultry Red Carpet glamour!

  • Plum Palette (Nordstrom Rack/HauteLook Exclusive)
  • Nude Palette (Nordstrom Exclusive)
  • Navy Palette (Nordstrom Exclusive)

Availability: July 13th at ULTA, July 15th at boutiques/other online retailers

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Sunday, April 6th, 2014

LORAC Summer 2014 Launches
LORAC Summer 2014 Launches

SummerGLO Eyeshadow Palette ($24.00)

Turn up the heat with LORAC’s summerGLO Eye Shadow Palette. This sleek and sexy palette contains 8 vibrant matte and shimmer shadows plus 2 over-sized neutral shadows, perfect for creating sizzling summer looks. Whether you’re headed to a pool party or a hot night on the town, LORAC’s summerGLO Eye Shadow Palette will give you endless color combinations to complement your summertime, sun-kissed glow!

Alter Ego Lipstick ($16.00)

Instantly transform your look with LORAC Alter Ego Lipstick. These sexy, playful and highly-pigmented cream lipsticks coat your lips in luscious color with a satin finish that lasts. This ultra-rich, velvety-smooth formula is loaded with anti-aging antioxidants such as Acai Berry, Pomegranate, Grape Seed Extract, and Vitamins C and E to help hydrate, nourish and condition your lips. Whether you wish to be a Free Spirit, a Supermodel or a Sex Kitten (even if just for a night), Alter Ego Lipstick comes in a gorgeous range of colors from soft nudes to vivid hues to create any look you covet. Embrace your every identity and dress up your lips with LORAC.

  • Girl Next Door Light coral
  • Flower Child Coral
  • Seductress Rose
  • Pin Up Classic red
  • Dominatrix Deep burgundy
  • Southern Belle Light peach
  • Sex Kitten Pink
  • Show Girl Watermelon
  • Vixen Fuchsia
  • Jet Setter Deep fuchsia
  • Nymph Cool pink
  • Goddess Mauve
  • Secret Agent Plum brown
  • Free Spirit Plum
  • CEO Dusty rose
  • Centerfold Beige
  • Duchess Rosy nude
  • Socialite Nude
  • Supermodel Peach
  • Heiress Light pink

3D Lustre/Liner ($19.00)

Line and shine with LORAC’s 3D Lustre/Liner, inspired by our top-selling 3D Liquid Lustre Eye Shimmer. One end contains a gorgeous, smudge-proof, shimmering lustre liner while the other end contains a perfectly paired, color-infused black liquid liner for luminous, prismatic, 3-dimensional sparkle and shine. This double-ended duo easily creates long-lasting, eye-catching looks that are perfect for flirty, playful days and dramatic, party nights.

  • Bronze/Black Ivy
  • Copper/Black Cherry
  • Amethyst/Black Berry
  • Diamond/Black Ink
  • Pewter/Black Slate

Back to Bronze Collection (Limited Edition)

Welcome back warmth with LORAC’s Back To Bronze Collection. This perfect Beach-Ready Bag contains everything you need to look bronze and beautiful this season: A double-ended 3D Lustre/Liner in Copper/Black Cherry makes your eyes sparkle and shine; Cobra Mascara, formulated with Keratin, Vitamin E and Panthenol, instantly creates super long, faux-looking lashes; TANtalizer® Baked Bronzer (travel-size) gives you a beautiful bronze glow; Alter Ego Cream Lipstick in Girl Next Door, infused with Acai Berry, Pomegranate, Grape Seed and Vitamin C & E, coats your lips in luscious, rich color and Lip Lustre Gloss in Peach Lustre completes your sun-kissed look with luminous, high-shine. Get Back to Bronze with LORAC!

Availability: Now @ Ulta

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Sunday, December 29th, 2013

Choosing my top ten favorite palettes from the ones I tested and reviewed in 2013 was a lot more difficult than I anticipated! To give you an idea on how stiff the competition was, there were 128 reviews filed under “makeup palettes,” so you can see there were plenty to choose from! (And if you were curious, I have 1,261 posts filed under “reviews,” and the majority of those posts feature more than one shade, for the past year.) I considered which ones gave me warm, fuzzy feelings, that were high quality, and that I could really reach for over and over again. With those things in mind, here are my favorites…

What were your favorite palettes that you tried this past year?