LORAC California Dreaming Cheek Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

01/08

LORAC California Dreaming Cheek Palette
LORAC California Dreaming Cheek Palette
LORAC California Dreaming Cheek Palette
LORAC California Dreaming Cheek Palette
LORAC California Dreaming Cheek Palette
LORAC California Dreaming Cheek Palette
LORAC California Dreaming Cheek Palette
LORAC California Dreaming Cheek Palette
LORAC California Dreaming Cheek Palette
LORAC California Dreaming Cheek Palette
LORAC California Dreaming Cheek Palette
LORAC California Dreaming Cheek Palette
LORAC California Dreaming Cheek Palette
LORAC California Dreaming Cheek Palette
LORAC California Dreaming Cheek Palette
LORAC California Dreaming Cheek Palette
LORAC California Dreaming Cheek Palette
LORAC California Dreaming Cheek Palette
LORAC California Dreaming Cheek Palette
LORAC California Dreaming Cheek Palette
LORAC California Dreaming Cheek Palette
LORAC California Dreaming Cheek Palette
LORAC California Dreaming Cheek Palette
LORAC California Dreaming Cheek Palette

California Dreaming

LORAC California Dreaming Cheek Palette ($30.00 for 0.48 oz.) contains four cheek colors to add “highlight, color, and glow” to your skin. The texture of the four shades was very similar to their permanent Colour Source Buildable Blush and Light Source Highlighter formulas. They felt smooth, soft without being too dusty or dry on the skin, and had pigmentation that ranged from medium to opaque (the “downside” to both formulas has always been they’re often more pigmented than buildable, which you may prefer or may be a deal breaker). This is a rather warm-toned palette, so it will work best for someone who likes warmer, brown and peach shades along with a fair amount of shimmer.

9
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
88%
Total

01/03

LORAC Sunlight Light Source Illuminating Highlighter
LORAC Sunlight Light Source Illuminating Highlighter
LORAC Sunlight Light Source Illuminating Highlighter
LORAC Sunlight Light Source Illuminating Highlighter
LORAC Sunlight Light Source Illuminating Highlighter
LORAC Sunlight Light Source Illuminating Highlighter
LORAC Sunlight Light Source Illuminating Highlighter
LORAC Sunlight Light Source Illuminating Highlighter
LORAC Sunlight Light Source Illuminating Highlighter

Sunlight

Sunlight is a peachy copper with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It was very pigmented with a smooth, almost cream-like feel in the pan that applied easily to the skin. The powder blended out nicely, and it produced a noticeable glow to the skin, which very slightly emphasized pores when applied at medium or higher coverage. This shade wore well for eight hours on me.

Ingredients

Mica, Talc, Zinc Stearate, Boron Nitride, Silica, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Dimethicone, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Mineral Oil (Paraffinum Liquidum), Polylactic Acid, Glyceryl Caprylate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Althaea Officinalis Root Extract, Carum Petroselinum (Parsley) Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Punica Granatum Extract, Centaurea Cyanus Flower Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Extract, Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Extract, Kaolin, Retinyl Palmitate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Lauroyl Lysine, Propylene Glycol, Methicone, Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Carmine (CI 75470).

Sunlight
9
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total

01/03

LORAC Wavelength Colour Source Buildable Blush
LORAC Wavelength Colour Source Buildable Blush
LORAC Wavelength Colour Source Buildable Blush
LORAC Wavelength Colour Source Buildable Blush
LORAC Wavelength Colour Source Buildable Blush
LORAC Wavelength Colour Source Buildable Blush
LORAC Wavelength Colour Source Buildable Blush
LORAC Wavelength Colour Source Buildable Blush
LORAC Wavelength Colour Source Buildable Blush

Wavelength

Wavelength is a soft, medium pink with warm undertones and a satin sheen. It had medium, buildable color payoff that applied evenly and smoothly the skin. The texture was more powdery compared to the first shade in the palette, but it did not appear dry or chalky when I applied it on my cheeks and blended it out. On me, it wore for just over eight hours.

Ingredients

Mica, Talc, Zinc Stearate, Boron Nitride, Silica, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Dimethicone, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Mineral Oil (Paraffinum Liquidum), Polylactic Acid, Glyceryl Caprylate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Althaea Officinalis Root Extract, Carum Petroselinum (Parsley) Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Punica Granatum Extract, Centaurea Cyanus Flower Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Extract, Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Extract, Kaolin, Retinyl Palmitate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Lauroyl Lysine, Propylene Glycol, Methicone, Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Carmine (CI 75470).

9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total

01/03

LORAC Ray Colour Source Buildable Blush
LORAC Ray Colour Source Buildable Blush
LORAC Ray Colour Source Buildable Blush
LORAC Ray Colour Source Buildable Blush
LORAC Ray Colour Source Buildable Blush
LORAC Ray Colour Source Buildable Blush
LORAC Ray Colour Source Buildable Blush
LORAC Ray Colour Source Buildable Blush
LORAC Ray Colour Source Buildable Blush

Ray

Ray is a muted, medium-dark rosy brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. The consistency was firmer in the pan, which made it a little more challenging to blend compared to the other shades in the palette. It had medium, buildable pigmentation that lasted for eight hours on me.

Ingredients

Mica, Talc, Zinc Stearate, Boron Nitride, Silica, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Dimethicone, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Mineral Oil (Paraffinum Liquidum), Polylactic Acid, Glyceryl Caprylate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Althaea Officinalis Root Extract, Carum Petroselinum (Parsley) Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Punica Granatum Extract, Centaurea Cyanus Flower Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Extract, Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Extract, Kaolin, Retinyl Palmitate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Lauroyl Lysine, Propylene Glycol, Methicone, Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Carmine (CI 75470).

Ray
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total

01/03

LORAC Golden Hour Colour Source Buildable Blush
LORAC Golden Hour Colour Source Buildable Blush
LORAC Golden Hour Colour Source Buildable Blush
LORAC Golden Hour Colour Source Buildable Blush
LORAC Golden Hour Colour Source Buildable Blush
LORAC Golden Hour Colour Source Buildable Blush
LORAC Golden Hour Colour Source Buildable Blush
LORAC Golden Hour Colour Source Buildable Blush
LORAC Golden Hour Colour Source Buildable Blush

Golden Hour

Golden Hour is a medium-dark copper with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had less shimmer than the first shade in the palette, and I did not feel it emphasized my skin’s natural texture. It had rich color payoff, though, and you’d need a light hand and feathery brush to get sheerer coverage out of it. The powder was soft, smooth, and blendable. This shade stayed on nicely for eight hours before fading.

Ingredients

Mica, Talc, Zinc Stearate, Boron Nitride, Silica, Dimethicone, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Mineral Oil (Paraffinum Liquidum), Polylactic Acid, Glyceryl Captrylate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Althaea Officinalis Root Extract, Carum Petroselinum (Parsley) Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Punica Granatum Extract, Centaurea Cyanus Flower Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Extract, Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Extract, Kaolin, Retinyl Palmitate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Lauroyl Lysine, Propylene Glycol, Methicone, Tin Oxide, Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Sodium Dehydroactetate, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Carmine (CI 75470).

9
Product
8
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
88%
Total
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LORAC Cheek Palette $28.00/0.36 OZ.
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Makeup Look

On face:
  • Guerlain Lingerie de Peau Foundation
  • Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder
On eyes:
  • ColourPop Bouquet Toss Eyeshadow
  • ColourPop Double Date Eyeshadow
  • ColourPop Pinky Promise Eyeshadow
  • ColourPop 143 Eyeshadow
  • ColourPop Going Steady Eyeshadow
  • ColourPop Say I Do Eyeshadow
  • Urban Decay Tornado Eyeliner
On lips:
  • ColourPop I'm Yours Lippie Stix

About the Reviewer

Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). (For more information, please check the FAQ.)

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I like this one a lot! It has all the right shades for me to fake a tan summer glow, as I always have spf 40 on, I don’t get beyond NC40 anymore. I know that seems dark, but not compared to when I did use to tan!

And then MAC makes it even more confusing because there are serious differences in depth between formulas! In Studio Sculpt I am currently NC37, which isn’t as dark as NC37 in Studio Fix.

These look terrific on you, love the colors and sheen but I am concerned about blendability. I am not that good at blending blush to look as natural as I like and hate clown cheeks, if they are too pigmented I would struggle with these.

Hi Christine, love the website! Any chance we can get a highlighter price per oz comparison across brands and pallets? It’s feels like there are sooo many of these coming out and it’d be great to have another way to compare! Thanks!

Sorry, I don’t have time to compile something like that – we have the price per ounce for every single formula on the formula’s page.

I saw this in store and fell in love with it! Each shade looks beautiful on you which is great for me because we have similar skin tones 🙂 Thanks for the review! Definitely getting it.

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