Pro Palette 4
LORAC Pro Palette 4 16-Pan Eyeshadow Palette ($44.00 for 0.32 oz.) is the newest in the Pro series featuring a rosy, neutral theme with an assortment of matte and shimmer shades. It’s permanent and will eventually make its way to Ulta, but it is currently available at Kohl’s and is on sale for $35.20. I was pleasantly surprised with how well this applied and wore (without primer), as I’ve struggled with some of the brand’s recent Mega Pro Palettes. The eyeshadows–particularly the matte shades–were very soft and a little powdery but more substantial so there wasn’t tons of fallout and shades remained pigmented in practice. Most of the eyeshadows were pigmented, blendable, and easy to work with; a few weren’t opaque but had buildable coverage but no total misses in the palette.
LORAC PRO Palette 4
Go PRO with LORAC PRO Palette 4! The fourth edition to our original, best-selling PRO Palette, this PRO artistry palette is packed with 8 shimmer and 8 matte eyeshadows. LORAC’s velvety-smooth shadows are ultra-pigmented to perform wet or dry so you can shade, shadow, line and define your eyes, just like a PRO. PRO Palette 4 comes with a mini Behind the Scenes Eye Primer for stay-true color that lasts; a PRO must-have!
PRO Palette 4, $44.00
- Rose Bud
- Warm Ginger
- Black Currant
- Soft Pearl
- Iced Rose
- Silver Mauve
Mega Pro 4
LORAC Mega Pro 4 Mega Pro Palette ($59.00 for 0.45 oz.) contains a whopping 32 eyeshadows housed in a slim, cardobard palette. There were some nicer shades in the palette but plenty of so-so ones and a few total misses. I tend to find that with the exception of the original Pro palettes (so mostly the Mega Pros), the formula runs more powdery/dusty and thin that it just rarely performs impressively on bare skin (which is how I test other powder eyeshadows). I did try working with the palette and some of the weaker shades over LORAC’s own primer, and they were somewhat better–maybe 10-15% improvement–but nothing I’d want to reach for again willingly myself, even with the help of primer. The eyeshadows just didn’t come together as well as they could have, and even the richer shades had a tendency to look more muted on the lid than in the pan over primer. It’s not the worst palette I’ve ever used, but LORAC has and could do better.
P.S. — LORAC has a habit of reusing names for colors that are not remotely similar, which I do find bizarre (particularly reusing shades from one Mega Pro to another without continuity), which is why some shade names include “Mega Pro 4” to specify that they are from this particular edition.
LORAC Mega Pro 4 Palette ($59.00 for 0.45 oz.) is a new, limited edition palette for the holiay season, though the color scheme is certainly not typical for the holidays! To my eye, it gave a more springtime vibe to me due to the more muted quality of a lot of the colors.
While I have always appreciated the blendability of LORAC’s Pro formula, I have often struggled to wear it well on bare skin due to how powdery/soft they are, as the colors often sheer out or go on unevenly (as they seem more prone to absorbing the natural oils on my skin). This palette had some shades that were dusty and thin, and those sheered out very easily and were hard to keep intense/opaque. There were others that were quite pigmented and seemed to go on well (or that they would). The more powdery formula often wears shorter on me than the average powder eyeshadow, and the eyeshadows in the palette felt similar to past releases so nothing says that the wear would be improved but we’ll see.
LORAC seems to like to reuse names, as there were several shades in the palette with the same names as past releases but the colors were completely different (not just in a way that might occur from a different batch). I have no idea why a warm beige is called “Cool Taupe” at all given the shade existed previously (and was more taupe-like!).