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?

Saturday, October 26th, 2013

Too Faced Be Merry, Be Bright Kat Von D Spellbinding theBalm Balm Voyage Urban Decay Vice 2 Eyeshadow Palette Sugarpill Cold Chemistry LORAC Pro Palette Too Faced Pretty Rebel Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder Sleek MakeUP Vintage Romance

As promised, here are my top picks for palettes to snag during the holidays! :)  Also… as I review other palettes from the holidays (I don’t think I have too many more!) and find other great choices, I’ll be sure to add them here.

  1. Too Faced Be Merry, Be Bright Set ($45.00 for 1.28 oz.) consists of two “books” of makeup–each has six eyeshadows and two blush/cheek colors. The quality was good across the board, and there was a nice variety of colors and textures. You can read part one and part two of my reviews on it.
  2. Kat Von D Spellbinding Eyeshadow Palette ($55.00 for 1.20 oz.) contains twenty-four (24!!!) eyeshadows, and they’re even designed to be layered and used together, so you can have an endless amount of combinations and textures! You can read part one and part two.
  3. theBalm Balm Voyage ($42.50 for 1.21 oz.) has sixteen eyeshadows and three lip/cheek colors, but the eyeshadows are the stars. This is a great choice for someone who prefers more matte/satin finishes. Check out part one and part two for reviews on this palette.
  4. Urban Decay Vice 2 ($59.00 for 0.60 oz.) has twenty eyeshadows to choose from with a variety in texture and color to choose from. If you love pigmented, buttery, soft eyeshadows–this one’s for you. You can read part one and part two of my reviews.
  5. Sugarpill Cold Chemistry ($34.00 for 0.48 oz.) is a wintry mix of cool-toned gray, white, purple, and teal for someone who loves bold, rich colors and a lot of them. Not limited edition but a perfectly-timed release for the holiday season. Read my review here.
  6. LORAC Pro Palette ($42.00 for 0.55 oz.) is a cult-favorite palette for a reason–it combines mattes with high frosts. There are eight matte shades and then eight more frosted shades, and you can mix and match them for satin and pearl finishes, too! Permanent and available year-round, there’s no hurry to snag one, but with holiday deals and sales, now’s a great time to try it. Read my review here.
  7. Too Faced Pretty Rebel ($46.00 for 0.50 oz.) contains ten eyeshadows, which might not be as sexy as a mega palette, but these are ten fantastic eyeshadows. If you love jewel-tones, bold and bright shades, and your frost finishes, this is a palette worth considering. Read my review here.
  8. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette ($58.00 for 0.35 oz.) is for those who love a beautiful, glowing complexion and flawless canvas. Ambient Lighting Powders are amazing on their own but getting three for a little more than the price of one? Great opportunity to try more shades or add them to your routine. Read my review here.
  9. Sleek MakeUP Vintage Romance Eyeshadow Palette ($9.99 for 0.36 oz.) is my more budget-friendly pick for a fall/winter palette with great quality–nicely pigmented shades in hues of gold, berry, and purple. Read my review here.

What palettes would you recommend to others for the holidays?

Monday, July 29th, 2013

LORAC Pro Palette
LORAC Pro Palette

LORAC Pro Palette ($42.00 for 16 x 0.02 oz.; 1 x 0.19 oz.) consists of sixteen eyeshadows (half are shimmery, half are matte), plus a travel-sized Behind the Scenes Eye Primer, which comes in a squeeze-tube. The eyeshadows are supposed to be “ultra-pigmented” and can be applied wet or dry. What I like is that they’ve included the primer so you can get “stay-true color that lasts,” rather than tout the eyeshadows as forever-wearing on their own. Overall, the palette has good pigmentation, soft and smooth textures, and has a good mix of finishes (mattes and shimmers) in a neutral spectrum of colors–though there are a few bolder/richer shades included so it’s not merely a mix of beige and brown. When I wore the eyeshadows over LORAC’s primer, they lasted for ten hours without creasing or fading. When I wore them alone (and this is for reference and did not impact the rating, since it wasn’t a claim LORAC does make the claim that their eyeshadow formula, generally, is “long-lasting”), they lasted eight hours well and showed some light fading after nine hours of wear.

White is a crisp, slightly cool-toned white with a matte finish. The texture is soft, a bit powdery, and does look a little chalky against my skin tone (but blended out, with other shades–I used it mixed with Cream–or on paler skin tones, it should be fine). Sugarpill Tako is similar. bareMinerals Cumulus is cooler-toned. Make Up For Ever #00 is similar. Inglot #373 is also similar. Inglot #318 is a touch cooler. Bobbi Brown White is similar as well. See comparison swatches.

Cream is a pale beige with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It was the least pigmented shadow of the sixteen; the texture was a little stiff and dry, so it was a bit hard to get good color payoff. theBalm Adagio is very similar. Urban Decay Kinky is cooler-toned, lighter. Urban Decay Anonymous is comparable. Urban Decay Walk of Shame is slightly cooler-toned. NARS Biarritz is warmer. MAC Sahara Dust is more shimmery. Bobbi Brown Ivory is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

Taupe is a warm-toned, medium-dark brown with a hint of gray and a matte finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft, smooth, and blendable. Urban Decay Beware is warmer. theBalm Allegro is lighter. NARS Flowers 3 #3 is more shimmery. MAC Caramel Sundae is more shimmery. MAC Aurora is more shimmery. Estee Lauder Bronze Dunes #4 is darker. Inglot #360 is slightly darker. Inglot #337 is a touch lighter and warmer. See comparison swatches.

Light Pink is a pale, light pink with cool undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff, but it was slightly powdery. theBalm Matt Chung is lighter. NARS Bouthan #1 is warmer. MAC Young Venus is more shimmery. Chanel Variation #1 is more shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Mauve is a muted, pink-plum with a matte finish. It had really nice color payoff, and the texture was very soft but a touch powdery. NARS Charade #1 is warmer, more shimmery. Illamasqua Forgiveness is darker. Inglot #344 is warmer. Bobbi Brown Dusty Lilac is similar. Le Metier de Beaute Icon is similar. See comparison swatches.

Sable is a medium-dark, warm-toned brown with a matte finish. It had very nice pigmentation and applied evenly and smoothly. NARS Surabaya #2 is more shimmery, warmer. NARS Flowers 3 #4 is more shimmery. MAC Take Root is more shimmery, cream product. Guerlain Turandot #4 is more shimmery. Estee Lauder Violet Underground #2 is more shimmery. Inglot #327 is warmer. See comparison swatches.

Espresso is a deep, dark taupe–a cool-toned, gray cast overwhelms the very dark brown base. It has a mostly matte finish. It had good color payoff, but the texture was slightly stiff. MAC Diamond Dove is warmer. bareMinerals Foreshadow is slightly lighter. See comparison swatches.

Black is medium-dark black with a matte finish. It had decent to good color payoff, and it is best applied by patting on, then blending, to maximize the intensity. theBalm Serious,  MAC Carbon, and Estee Lauder Violet Underground #4 are all similar.  See comparison swatches.

Nude is a warm, champagne beige with a frosted finish. It had nice color payoff and applied smoothly. MAC Smokeluxe #1 is warmer. theBalm Promiscuous Pearl is similar. Urban Decay Skimp is less shimmery. MAC Shroom is more beige. Illamasqua Slink is similar. Dior Fairy Golds #1 is similar. Chanel Raffinement is also similar. See comparison swatches.

Champagne is slightly rose-tinted and champagne-colored. Between this and Nude, there isn’t much of a noticeable difference–at least on my skin tone. It had fairly good color payoff, and the texture was soft and smooth. Urban Decay Skimp is less shimmery. MAC Call Me Bubbles is less shimmery. Illamasqua Slink is similar. Chanel Raffinement is similar. See comparison swatches.

Gold is a rich, medium-dark copper with a frosted, slightly metallic, finish. The color payoff was excellent, and the texture was soft and buttery. Marc Jacobs The Starlet #4 is more orange. Guerlain Cuivre Ora is darker. Urban Decay Penny Lane is lighter. NARS Isolde #1 is similar. MAC Campfire is more metallic, lighter. Guerlain Calligraphy #2 is less frosted, lighter. See comparison swatches.

Light Bronze is a warm-toned peach with yellow undertones and a frosted finish. It had nice pigmentation, and the texture was very soft but a smidgen powdery. Disney Splendid is lighter. MAC Summer Haze is darker. MAC All That Glitters is slightly darker. See comparison swatches.

Pewter is a medium-dark brown with mostly neutral undertones–the top layer seems almost cool-toned, but the undertone seems slightly golden. It had good color payoff, and the texture felt soft and buttery, though a tiny bit powdery. Marc Jacobs The Starlet #3 is very similar. Dior Fairy Golds #5 is less shimmery. MAC Havana is warmer. Urban Decay Snakebite is darker, yellower. MAC Friendly is warmer, redder. Le Metier de Beaute Autumn Rust is more golden. Urban Decay Bewitch is less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Garnet is a medium-dark, muted copper with reddish-brown undertones and a metallic sheen. It had fantastic pigmentation and applied evenly and smoothly. theBalm Racy Kacy is similar. NARS California is also similar–slightly redder. MAC In the Sun is redder. MAC Rusty is a cream product. MAC Deep Fixation is less shimmery, warmer. MAC Ever Elegant is darker. Burberry Dark Spice #3 is browner. See comparison swatches.

Deep Purple is a blackened purple with subtle, warm brown undertones and a dusting of plum micro-shimmer. It had a very pearly sheen–not quite a frost but more than a satin. It had nice color payoff, and it applied smoothly. Disney Wonder by Wonder is lighter. Illamasqua Queen of the Night is lighter. MAC Spellcaster is more matte. Giorgio Armani #3 is more metallic. See comparison swatches.

Slate is a deepened, cool-toned charcoal gray with flecks of teal micro-shimmer. It had good color payoff and had a smooth, buttery texture. Disney Flotsam is lighter. Urban Decay Ace isn’t as cool-toned. Make Up For Ever #1 is a cream product. Bobbi Brown Gunmetal is less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

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