LORAC Pro and Pro To Go Palettes Review – Part 2
Oh LORAC Pro, the palette that every makeup junkie must have and every blogger raves, and that’s me in both categories… ^_^’ Soon after owning the To Go Palette, I loved it so much that I went hunting for the Pro Palette! Literally ‘hunting’, because I went to several Sephoras and Ultas out of my way with the hopes of getting my hands on this baby; that was no luck. During my search I realized that this palette was ‘most wanted’ (at the time) among all makeup artists, and everyone told me it’s like finding needle in a hay stack. You know that feeling when you can’t have something so it makes you want it even more?? Ha..I sure felt ridiculous during my hunt. My sister finally pitied my ridiculosity and ordered it off of Kohl’s for me while it was still available. That was the story of a makeup addict episode, THE END…
The Pro Palette itself comes in a similar matte black cardboard packaging that is slim and lightweight. The palette opens to a good size mirror, and holds close through a magnetic closer, similar to the To Go Palette. I really don’t have to say much about the formula of the eye shadows because I already know how smooth and velvety they are just like the other palette. The main reason that I needed to own this palette was definitely for its beautiful colors. There are a total of 16 eye shadows, 8 of which are matte finish, and 8 are shimmer. A variety of matte and shimmer finishes are always a good combo to have in a palette because it allows you to be able to create complete looks using the same palette. The eye is a three dimensional area on the face; playing with highlights vs. shades and matte vs. shimmer will accentuate the eyes, making it appear more dimensional.
According to LORAC, the palette contains all the shades you’ll need to create Red Carpet glamour looks, just like a Pro! Like I mentioned, I craved this palette for the colors; the shades are versatile for day to night, from natural to smokey, all possible with just this palette. The shadows are highly pigmented, even the lighter shades appear true with just a swipe. Unlike most other brands of makeup, the names of each color are very straight forward, no funky color naming business. Here are swatches of all the colors as they are displayed on the palette:
|Swatches without primer. Can you imagine the color payoff with primer?!|
Top Row (matte):
I almost think matte shades are a must in any makeup collection. They help you define the area without catching any extra light where you don’t want the light to hit. I use Taupe and Mauve the most to contour my crease area, sable and black to add intensity, and any of the lighter colors can be used as highlights, or on the lid. Since the colors are what they are, I will skip describing the colors.
- Lt. Pink
Bottom Row (shimmer/satin):
Shimmer or satin eye shadows will make your eyes pop, since the sheen in them brings more light to your eyes.
- Nude – light peach vanilla, great for highlighting the inner corners.
- Champagne – the only shadow that is a bit flaky because of small glitter particles; other than that, it’s a beautiful light pink for the lids.
- Gold – I would say Gold is an orange-y bronze and the shade Lt. Bronze is just more creamy than Gold..
- Lt. Bronze – a creamy version of Gold, and I love this color for a simple day look.
- Pewter – shimmer grayish mauve brown. I use this color to darken the outer V.
- Garnet – brick red. Adds a lot of warmth to the look and especially flattering during the fall.
- Deep Purple – eggplant purple, but much deeper to almost a purplish black.
- Slate – gun metal grey.
Looks created using the LORAC Pro Palette.
So why did I choose to travel with both the Pro and the Pro To Go palettes to New York (or at least this is what I would choose if I was going anywhere else)? I have three main reasons:
- Lightweight – thin, sleek, cardboard packaging adds no weight to my luggage, unlike some of the other palettes that are in plastic or metal casing.
- Versatile – blush and bronzer included in the Pro To Go palette, which saved me room from bringing individual cheek products. Yup, the colors are wearable for any occasion that I didn’t bring anything else.
- Options – even though I only had 2 palettes, I had 22 eye shadow colors to choose from! I can have a simple neutral day look, or a purple smokey eye for the evening, no problem.