LORAC Pro and Pro To Go Palettes Review – Part 1
|Current on-the-go staples, including the LORAC Pro Palettes|
It’s about time I give my two cents on these two awesome palettes, since both of these have been my recent go-to items that I reach for a lot (A LOT!) lately. Once in a while I find myself in these periods where I’m super busy and scattered brain, and just don’t have the energy to think twice about what I’m putting on my face or what makeup look I’m going to create. When that happens, that’s when these gems from LORAC come in handy to save my life..at least they have been for the past few months. I recently traveled to New York with both the LORAC Pro and the Pro To Go Palettes, and my makeup routine was definitely simplified with these staple palettes without sacrificing the amperage of my look. Find out more reasons why I made the choice to fly them across the country with me…
I first purchased the LORAC Pro To Go palette at LA IMATS, and I immediately fell in love with the eye shadow texture the moment I swatched it. Noticed I didn’t say color? Because it’s a wearable neutral palette that contains the common vanilla, tans, and brown shades that’s not hard to find in other brands of makeup. I’m not saying that I don’t love the colors, I just haven’t gotten there yet. The texture, as I was saying, is so so sooo buttery, and the color pay off is incredible. The eye shadows are super soft and fine that only a small dab with a finger or a brush can pickup plenty of product. The draw back of that is if you’re not careful and happen to start with a heavy hand, product can get everywhere.
What’s unique about this palette is really the packaging, and its To Go concept. The small booklet style palette consists of 6 eye shadows (3 satin and 3 matte shades), 3 cheek colors (2 blushes and 1 bronzer), and 2 small brushes (1 eye shadow and 1 angle brush). That’s a whole lotta stuff for to-go, right? Oh, and a handy dandy mirror. The products are all housed in a matte black cardboard packaging, which is not fancy, but very sleek and simple. The cool thing about the packaging is that it unfolds like transformer; one side of the ‘booklet’ opens to the mirror and the eye shadows, the other side opens to the cheek products. The two sides are able to unfold to lay flat on a surface so you can easily reach for both the eye and cheek colors interchangeably. When you’re done, the two sides fold back up and are held together by magnets. Love the compact design and versatility of this palette – that’s why I bought it.
The colors also add a few more brownie points for this palette; let’s check out the swatches.
Top Row (satin):
- Pearl – ivory with mini micro silver glitter particles. Perfect for all over the lid, or use as highlight on the face with a light hand.
- Chai – warm bronze. Beautiful mid range shade for the outer lid during day time.
- Mink – dark brown with mini micro warm tone shimmers. Great for intensifying the crease and add more depth to the outer corner.
Bottom Row (matte):
- Shell – vanilla. Good for the lid, or highlighting the brow bone.
- Cafe – warm cappuccino brown. Love this as a transition shade above the crease.
- Black – it’s black… (what else can I say?) A matte black is always good to have in a palette; I sometimes use the angle brush included to line my eyes on a simple day.
- Coral – a shimmery peachy pink, great for the spring. I use this on high points of the cheeks to add blush and highlight at the same time.
- Pink – matte dusty pink. Adds a natural flush to my light skin tone.
- Bronze – matte bronzers are the best. A bit warmer than the eye shadow Cafe, but I like that it’s not too red, so contouring appears really natural.
I didn’t mention that the cheek colors are less buttery than the eye shadows, but overall the quality is not shabby at all.
On late days I often find myself throwing this palette in my purse and rushing out the door. If I have my foundation done, I can do everything else out of this To Go Palette. I definitely recommend this to those of you who are always on the go and looking for simplicity. Since it’s a natural palette, the colors are fool proof; you can’t go wrong with any of the eye and cheek combinations. It’s designed to simplify your life.
*Review of the LORAC Pro Palette to be continued in Part 2.