Thursday, January 1st, 2015

LORAC Unzipped Gold Eyeshadow Palette
LORAC Unzipped Gold Eyeshadow Palette

LORAC Unzipped Gold Eyeshadow Palette ($42.00 for 0.58 oz.) is new palette for spring that includes ten eyeshadows and a mini Behind The Scenes Eye Primer. Here are some sneak peek swatches with full review to come :)

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Saturday, October 11th, 2014

LORAC Mega Pro Palette
LORAC Mega Pro Palette

LORAC Mega Pro Palette ($59.00 for 0.62 oz.) includes 32 eyeshadows–16 matte, 16 shimmer from white to black to plum to teal. The palette is very warm-toned–only a handful of shades are neutral to cool–and it is a more light to mid-tone palette, but a lot of the shades run together. I don’t think the color composition is as good as it could be. Overall, the formula used in these eyeshadows had a very soft, silky feel, but it was soft enough that it is powdery and lots of excess product gets kicked up in the palette but also drops below the lid if you aren’t careful.

I found the eyeshadows in this palette didn’t apply as well to bare skin as the ones in Pro 1 and Pro 2; many eyeshadows had a tendency to blend away to a very sheer layer of color, so I would recommend using a primer with this. Even the more shimmery shades seemed to have this problem. There were a couple of shades that had a drier consistency that showed on the skin. I was able to use the eyeshadows both wet and dry (including the mattes), but blending some of the matte shades out when damp was more difficult than dry. I would just use a good eyeshadow primer underneath rather than use them with a dampened brush. Though they often looked faded from the get-go, it didn’t fade much from there, so wear time clocked in around eight hours on most shades.

The palette is the size of two Pro palettes, and it is very slim. Interestingly enough, but as a reader had asked about where it was made, I couldn’t locate the information. The palette only indicates that it was assembled in the U.S., but it uses U.S. and non-U.S. materials. It has a large mirror underneath the lid, but it doesn’t stand up, so it may not be that useful.

It’s a limited edition, holiday palette that will only be available on Amazon–LORAC confirmed that there is a shipment “in transit” that is Amazon’s, so there will be more available, but it seems like it goes in and out of stock, so it may be difficult to get. It’s been disappointing to see how the launch has been handled (confusion with launch dates, limited availability, slow to ship/communicate, broken palettes galore), and I really wish LORAC would simply do another run of the palette and earn some goodwill with customers.

On comparison to Pro 1/Pro 2: There are some shades that are more similar than not (from Pro 1: Lt. Brown, Black, Beige, Rose, Cocoa; from Pro 2: White, Cream, Taupe, Espresso, Black, Gold, Lt. Bronze). If you like the formula of Pro 1 and Pro 2, you’ll probably find the formula of Mega Pro to be comparable–at most a little more powdery/soft.

Cream is a pale, brightened beige with a matte finish and soft, warm undertones. It was mostly opaque but was stiffer–it had a thinner, less silky texture compared to most other shades in the palette. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Fawn is a light, peach-beige with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff but was somewhat powdery, though it was very silky. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Camel is a muted, meidum-dark orange with hints of tan/brown and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage and was powdery. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Sepia is a muted, medium-dark brown with warm, terracotta undertones and a matte finish. It had good pigmentation, and it was nicely balanced between soft and blendable without being powdery. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Dusty Plum is a muted, medium-dark plum with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had fairly good pigmentation, though it was somewhat powdery. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Orchid is a lavender-pink with cool undertones and a matte finish. It was somewhat powdery, and it had decent to good color payoff. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Mulberry is a medium-dark, berry red with cool undertones and a matte finish. This shade was very powdery and sheer applied to the skin–it just refused to adhere well, so it really needs something to help it stay on the skin. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Espresso is a dark brown with subtle, cool undertones and a mostly matte finish–there is a tiny, tiny amount of shimmer that’s not really noticeable applied. It had good color payoff, but it was somewhat powdery and didn’t adhere well to bare skin (it sheered out a lot). The version in my Mega Pro is lighter and more shimmery (in the pan) than in my Pro palette. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

White is a bright white with cool undertones and a matte finish. It is quite powdery, as it is almost like a loose powder in the pan–it just gets everywhere. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Khaki is a softened, light-medium brown with a hint of gray and a satin finish. It had good pigmentation, and it applied without too much trouble. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Brown is a medium, yellow-toned brown with a matte finish. It had semi-sheer pigmentation, and the texture was on the powdery side, so it didn’t stick well to skin and just blended away on the skin. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Stone is a muted, grayed purple with cool undertones and a matte finish. It had fairly good color payoff, and the texture was only a little powdery. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Lilac is a light-medium, cool-toned lavender with a matte finish. It had decent pigmentation but was powdery. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Wisteria is a muted, medium plum with a hint of gray and a matte finish. It was sheer and very powdery–it is not a shade that can be workable on bare skin whatsoever. It is still challenging to use even with a primer, but a primer is the only way to save this (NYX Milk, in particular–LORAC’s was pitiful paired with this shade). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Gray is a muted, msoked bluish-teal with a matte finish. It is not what one would think of as traditionally “gray.” Like Wisteria, it was quite sheer and quite powdery, so little color stayed on the skin, and what did, went on unevenly. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Black is a medium-dark black with a matte finish and subtle warm undertones. It was semi-sheer, a little dry and stiff (similar to Cream), and it was difficult to blend and apply. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Opal is a warm-toned, white gold with a frosted finish. It had good pigmentation, though it was still on the powdery side like the matte shades–it had a softer, almost crumbly texture. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Sand is a light-medium, yellow gold with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had fairly good color payoff, and it wasn’t too powdery to work with. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Copper is a medium-dark, golden copper with warm undertones and a metallic finish. It had good pigmentation, and it was a little dry but blendable. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Sienna is a medium brown with warm undertones and a soft, frosted sheen. It had nice color payoff, and the texture was soft without being powdery. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Apricot is a brightened pop of tangerine orange with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It seemed to have good color payoff, but the texture was rather powdery, which made it hard to apply on bare skin. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Blush is a light pink with warm, yellow undertones and a frosted finish. It had decent pigmentation, but the texture was somewhat powdery to work with. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Merlot is a medium-dark, warm-toned plum with a metallic sheen. It had good color payoff, and the texture wasn’t powdery, so it went on smoothly and evenly. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Indigo is a blackened navy blue with blue sparkle over a matte finish. The sparkle sits on top, so it doesn’t bind with the eyeshadow, and as a result, it’s mostly just a matte black eyeshadow on the lid. It had good color coverage, and the texture wasn’t powdery. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Vanilla is a warm, white with yellow-y undertones and a frosted finish. It had nice pigmentation, and the wasn’t powdery, so it was easy to use on the skin. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Cashmere is a muted, yellow gold with a metallic finish. It had a slightly dry, crumbly consistency, so it didn’t go on smoothly as one would like. It seemed to emphasize texture on the eyelid. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Smokey Topaz is a medium-dark, golden bronze with warm undertones and a metallic finish. It had nice color payoff, though it was a little dry and dusty. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Dusty Rose is a muted, rosy brown with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had semi-sheer pigmentation and was powdery. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Granite is a rich, dark bronze brown with a frosted finish. It had excellent pigmentation, and the texture was soft, smooth, and buttery–best eyeshadow in the palette, easily. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Maroon is a medium-dark, reddish brown with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft without being powdery. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Deep Teal is a blackened green-leaning teal with cool undertones and a frosted sheen. It had nice color payoff, but it had a drier texture–it takes a lot of buffing to work away those dry edges on the skin. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Caviar is a medium-dark black with a very subtle sheen. It had good pigmentation, and the texture was only a little powdery. It was easier to use than Black. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

LORAC Mega Pro Palette
LORAC Mega Pro Palette

LORAC Mega Pro Palette ($59.00 for 0.62 oz.) includes 32 eyeshadows–16 matte, 16 shimmer from white to black to plum to teal. It is a limited edition palette. My order just arrived this afternoon, so I’ll start testing it, but there weren’t too many obvious “that’s going to be a problem” eyeshadows and most felt like the eyeshadows from the previous Pro palettes–soft, silky (but sometimes powdery) mattes, more consistent shimmery shades (less likely to be powdery). It launches tomorrow, exclusively at Amazon and LORAC, so I figured that swatches might be helpful as it’ll take awhile to test 32 shades!

And perhaps, if you’re trying to figure out whether you already have dupes or not, you might try browsing the swatches in the Swatch Gallery, as I have added them there :)

Now up on Amazon!! :)

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Friday, July 25th, 2014

LORAC Navy Skinny Palette
LORAC Navy Skinny Palette

LORAC Navy Skinny Palette This has now sold out online (it was still up yesterday, boo!!), so your only opportunity will be to see if you can find it in stores. While I liked the Nude palette, I found the Navy one to be rather powdery, particularly when I actually tried to use it and apply the colors to my lid. They just didn’t adhere well, and instead, had a tendency to look both powdery and uneven, plus they didn’t wear as long as the other palette did.

Navy #1 is a light, peachy-beige with warm, yellowish undertones and a soft, pearly sheen. It had good color payoff but was fairly powdery, so it was prone to sheering out when blended on the skin. This shade lasted for seven and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Navy #2 is a medium-dark, cool-toned gray with a satin finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff, but the texture was on the drier side, so it wasn’t as blendable as I’d like. The color wore well for seven hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Navy #3 is a muted, medium-dark brown with subtle cool undertones and a matte finish. It had fairly good pigmentation, and the texture was soft and not powdery. The color didn’t start to fade until after eight hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Navy #4 is a golden, olive-brown with a frosted finish. It had decent color payoff, while the powder felt soft and was easily blended on the skin. It wore well for eight hours before showing signs of fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Navy #5 is a light-medium taupe with a gray tint and a pearly sheen. It had so-so pigmentation, which was likely due to the soft, powdery nature of the texture, so the color sheered out considerably no matter how it was applied. On the lid, it lasted for seven and a half hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Navy #6 is a dark, navy blue with a pearly sheen. It had good color payoff, though the texture was a little drier and stiffer to work with on the skin. I didn’t see any fading until after eight hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Navy #7 is a medium black with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. The texture was on the powdery side, which resulted in semi-opaque color coverage that was uneven. I had slight creasing after seven and a half hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Thursday, July 24th, 2014

LORAC Nude Skinny Palette
LORAC Nude Skinny Palette

LORAC Nude Skinny Palette ($15.00 for 0.45 oz.) is a set of seven shades of warm-toned neutrals ranging from pale beige to reddish-brown. This has now sold out online (it was still up yesterday, boo!!), so your only opportunity will be to see if you can find it in stores. I quite liked this one, so if you can find it, I think it’s well-worth considering for the wallet-friendly $15 price tag. I’ll be posting about the Navy palette tomorrow (which is also sold out online, sigh!), but a note in advance: not as impressive.

Zappos has it in stock! Thank you reader Jane for the heads up!!

Nude #1 is a light, warm-toned beige with a matte finish. It was slightly powdery, had good color payoff, wore well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Nude #2 is a brightened, medium orange-copper with warm undertones and a frosted, metallic finish. The texture is incredibly soft but almost a bit crumbly, though it is intensely pigmented. It lasted for eight hours on me with very slight fall out. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Nude #3 is a light-medium, muted orange brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff, a soft, blendable texture, and lasted for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Nude #4 is a medium-dark, yellow-toned brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, while the texture was soft, it was quite powdery, which made it a harder shade to work with. This shade was slightly faded after seven and a half hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Nude #5 is a medium-dark copper with warm, orange undertones and a softened frost finish. It had excellent color payoff with a soft, smooth texture that was easy to work with. The color wore well for eight and a half hours before slightly creasing. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Nude #6 is a medium-dark, golden brown with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had nice pigmentation, and the texture was blendable and buttery, though a smidgen powdery. The color showed signs of fading after eight hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Nude #7 is a dark, burgundy brown with a mostly matte finish-. It had so-so color payoff, and the texture was soft but slightly powdery. This shade wore well for almost eight hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Saturday, June 28th, 2014

With so many neutral palettes available these days, it can be hard to keep them all straight! These are my current favorites that are permanent…

  1. Urban Decay Naked — the original is still a go-to for travel for me, though I love Naked2 and Naked3 as well
  2. LORAC Pro Palette — 16 shades of neutrals from matte to shimmer
  3. Chanel Raffinement — smokier, cooler neutrals
  4. bareMinerals The Truth — cooler-toned, darker neutrals
  5. LORAC Unzipped — warm, shimmery pinks, browns, and bronzes