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.

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LORAC Dream Girl Eyeshadow Palette
LORAC Summer 2015 Eyeshadow Palette Dream Girl
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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.

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LORAC Pro Contour Kit for June 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

LORAC The Resort Eye & Cheek Palette for Spring 2015

LORAC The Resort Eye & Cheek Palette
LORAC The Resort Eye & Cheek Palette

The Resort Eye & Cheek Palette ($20.00) (Limited Edition)

Look flawless as you head to your favorite hot spot or embark on your next getaway with this limited-edition Resort Eye/Cheek Palette, which contains everything you need to create an effortless, natural finish or glamorous evening look. The portable palette is packed with six velvety-smooth eyeshadows, two blushes and a bronzer, as well as an eye and cheek highlighter to take you from sunrise to sunset and beyond. Whether you’re lounging by the pool, bronzing by the beach or dancing under the stars, the LORAC Resort Palette has got you covered.

Availability: Now, exclusively at Nordstrom

LORAC Unzipped (Original) vs. LORAC Unzipped Gold Comparisons

LORAC Unzipped Gold Eyeshadow Palette
LORAC Unzipped vs. Unzipped Gold Eyeshadow Palette (click to enlarge)

Hopefully these comparison images (make sure to click to see them in full-size resolution!) help anyone who was trying to figure out which palette was more up their alley or if having both makes sense. You can read the review for Unzipped Gold if you missed it! :) Official release date for LORAC’s spring collection is January 15th!

When you have the two palettes side-by-side, the original is distinctly pink-toned, while Gold is just that, gold–warmer, more coppery/brown. Here are the shades I thought were most similar to each other, but they weren’t really dupes:

  • Unreal (Original) | Unpredictable (Gold) — the latter is more metallic and has a stronger peachiness to it, and it looks more like a duochrome (that peachy-pink that we often see) whereas Unreal has less nuance to it and is more beige. (See side-by-side comparison.)
  • Unreal (Original) | Uninhibited (Gold) — the two appear more similar when you look at the pans, with Uninhibited clearly lighter and warmer (less rosy beige), but Uninhibited swatches significantly lighter than it appears, which makes it even more dissimilar to Unreal in practice. (See side-by-side comparison.)
  • Undiscovered (Original) | Unleashed (Gold) — the latter is brighter, richer, deeper and more metallic, while Undiscovered is softer, more faded/muted. (See side-by-side comparison.)

LORAC Unzipped Gold Eyeshadow Palette
LORAC Unzipped vs. Unzipped Gold Eyeshadow Palette (click to enlarge)