November 11, 2010

Lorac Box Office Sensation Train Case Review, Swatches, Photos

Doesn’t it feel like palettes are really front and center this year for the Holidays? Traditionally palettes are commonly associated with the Holiday Makeup Season but this year is super saturated with all sorts of incredible offerings from brands.

Perfect example, the Lorac Box Office Sensation Train Case aka OMG I can’t believe they fit that much makeup in there!

Jeepers this is a crazy amount of product and at such a great price and an even better price if you happened to haul it during Sephora Friends and Family.

Check it!

A traincase with swing out drawers that includes 36 Eyeshadows, 9 Lip Glosses, 3 Blushes, and a Duo Bronzer.

If you take just the eyeshadows in this case and tally up a total cost per shadow you’re looking at $324 worth of Lorac Eyeshadow considering normal shadows cost $18 and are 0.06 oz where as these shadows are 0.03. So 36 divided by 2 is 18 and 18 multiplied by $18 is $324. Do the math, you’re getting a deal here to say the least and mind you that’s not counting the blush, bronze, and glosses you also get.

The palette comes in the traditional faux croc design that Lorac favors for most of its products. It’s surprisingly compact for the amount of product that comes housed inside. I placed it up against a Bobbi Brown and Stila Travel Palette so you can see the size. I love how portable and tiny it is. It opens with a button snap and flips up to reveal two top trays of eyeshadows, swing these out and you’ll reveal two more trays, and finally swing these out and you’ll come to the base which houses the lipglosses and four blushes/bronzer.

The shadows pretty much cover a range of various colors so you won’t be at a loss for any shade here. You have golds, browns, blues, purples, greens, etc….the only shades lacking were some nice variations of aqua or teal. I find with bigger palettes like this you sometimes forsake quality but Lorac remains consistent with its formula here and the shadows all sport that super silky, finely milled powder formula that has very nice pigmentation. If you’re more for a subtle formula these will appeal however MAC users may find them lacking as the formula isn’t quite as up to par in that texture realm however for those who like an easier to use eyeshadow these are ideal. They have a buttery soft feel and blend easily and flawlessly however prepping is key as they do tend to migrate some if you’re not careful enough to prime your lid correctly.

The blushes are quite good as well, again, sporting the same Lorac formula as always and not lacking quality or pigmentation. The lipglosses aren’t glosses in my opinion but more along the lines of lip creams with nice pigmentation.

I did not like the lip glosses in this palette nor will I probably make proper use of them however I do appreciate they are pretty much isolated from the powder products in the palette so you aren’t in for a mess. These are hard textured and feel more like a lipstick but I just wasn’t loving them in all honesty.

Although tiny this does prove a little difficult to use in say a washroom for application since the tiers of shadows refuse to remain open. The top layer is fine but if you’d using shades from the middle layer the top tiers tend to close shut which I find irritating during application.

Lorac includes four eye looks on the box however no instructions for doing the looks. Normally they have step by step instructions in some of their palettes. I’d have loved a handy little guide for creating a few looks using the shades.

You have to blend delicately with these otherwise they can run a bit muddy at times depending on shades used however the formula remains consistent through the entire palette and is of quality.

  • Anyone wanting a heck of alot more for a heck of alot less (49 products in on place for $56 is a hell of a deal).
  • Anyone just starting out in makeup (these shadows are some of the easiest to apply and you can create beautiful, simple looks using them).
  • Anyone who loves soft, velvet shadows of color with a tiny bit of sparkle.

  • MAC fans or fans of heavier makeup (Lorac has a unique and different shadow formula and it can’t be measured up in terms of MAC).
  • Anyone who isn’t keen having lip and powder products in one place (I personally felt this wasn’t a big deal as you can shut the tier to cover the lip products as you work with the powder. Therefore, preventing a mess).
  • Anyone who isn’t a fan of hard textured lipglosses (these were all a sore disappointment).

Although I felt like I’d never make proper use of the lip products in this palette, I still felt it was a heck of a deal and very much feel it deserves a Muse Approval. The palette just offers so MUCH in one place and doesn’t forgo quality to give it to us. Lorac shadows are always a pleasure to work with and have such a unique formula and I love having so many to choose from in one place. It has a few quirks here and there but for the most part Lorac Box Office Sensation is just that, a sensation!

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About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment.

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  • Kristen

    Thanks for the review! The lip products are what were stopping me from buying this, I hate lip products in palettes, because they’re never good lol. Still a good deal, can’t beat that price.

    • the Muse

      kristen totally!!! really was disappointed in the lip products sigh but I think all the shadow totally makes up for it ;-D!

  • Nikki

    OH girl! You are getting gorgeous posts after posts! This looks really cute but you’re right, this may not be “at par” with MAC for people who are used to MAC e/s quality! The packaging is unique though!

    • the Muse

      wow nikki how are you? long time no speak ;-D I’m so happy you’re loving the posts ;-D!

  • Brooke

    That is a crazy cheap price for all of the product you get! However, I always have trouble talking myself into buying palettes like this because I get more satisfaction buying more individual products than buying just one with a lot of products with it. I think I get bored with the same thing no matter how many different pieces are in it. Probably won’t add it to my wish list, but it’s definitely a steal for the price!

    • the Muse

      understand brooke ;-D I love owning alot of different smaller makeup too ;-D but come the holidays I really embrace palettes ;-D

  • Sonia

    Omg you got that palette?! LUCKY! All the colors look so pretty. Actually all of it does. I was wondering how the quality was, so this was an exciting review! The shadows look so beautiful on you!

    • the Muse

      aw thanks sonia you’re way too kind ;-D this weekend is a good time to haul Sephora VIB FF! πŸ˜€

  • Courtney

    OMG I have so been wanting this but wanted to see it swatched first. I’m swooning. I have decided that this must be mine.

  • Claire

    Okay I was thinking of getting this since I am a huge LORAC fan but for some reason it didn’t really excite me all that much until now. I know what’s wrong with me for not wanting so much LORAC for such a low price! I think it reminds me of the crappy makeup sets that your grandma buys you for Christmas when you’re 8. Now seeing your review I am definatly thinking about getting this.

    • the Muse

      hey claire I think it’s understandable you felt that way. It is alot of makeup and I also automatically think OMG so cheap b/c of all the makeup included but the quality is VERY much there. The shadows are really great, Lorac has a unique, finely milled powder shadow that’s a real pleasure to use imho πŸ™‚ I think you’ll be happy with it. I felt a little disappointed that the lip creams are useless but I honestly think the sheer amount of shadows to choose from here more than makes up for it ;-D

  • β˜†Lola A♏ β˜…

    I hauled this during Sephora’s F&F! I’ve only used it once and it didn’t turn out that well,lol. I’ll try it again another day. This is my first time using LORAC’s products. I don’t like the packaging/traincase either.

  • 1955nurse

    Oooh- I soo want this Lorac Train case! Love the case itself, and would really like to try all the shades. I agree about the lip paletttes, but I know my Daughter or Daughter-in-law would GLADLY adopt it πŸ˜‰

    Can’t afford it right now, have 3 Birthday gifts to buy in the next 4 weeks and then there’s Christmas……sigh….maybe it will still be around after the 1st of the year?!?!?!

    • the Muse

      awww nurse you sadly can’t give parts of it away since they are all snapped together πŸ™ but that would be nice to do considering I do not get on well with the lippies πŸ˜€ DAMN! you’ll be way busy!!!!!!!!!

      I bet they will still be around!

  • Stephanie L.

    Lovely looks and palette. I can’t get enough of the holiday palettes, bring ’em on!

  • Eileen

    Pan lip glosses always look so beautiful when they’re in new pristine condition especially the pretty pinks! I agree … they’re nicer to look at than to use. Am going to Sephora today & am wondering if I’ll see this case, love the look of it, especially the hardware.

    • the Muse

      eileen don’t forget your vib discount ;-D hope you got it?! it’ll save you over $10 on this!!!!!!!! ;D! agreed, pretty to look at not so fab on lips πŸ˜›

  • Andrea

    I was worried this palette would be too big, so I’m glad it’s so small. I don’t have room for another large palette! LORAC shadows definitely have a unique consistency…I still haven’t made up my mind because the lip colors are turning me off, but I might give in if I receive a gift card this year.

    • the Muse

      it’s quite tiny andrea I thought it was going to be massive ;-D vib discount at Sephora this weekend 20% off if that helps tempt ya!

  • cinthya

    I have used this like 3 or 4 times and i’m a litte dissapointed because the e/s don’t show very good on my skin, i’m latina so i need more pigment in my e/s,lol. I love the lipglosses because they look very pretty and are very pigmented as the blushes too, but for the value i’m going to keep it.

  • kharanya

    So, I’m curious, when you gals buy palettes like this one, how do you use the glosses? I mean, you can’t exactly tote around the whole palette for touch ups.

    I loved the glosses in the Tarte Jewelry box and was quite sad about the lack of portability. Those metal tins are buggers to get out,t hey didn’t budge at all, so I ended p buying a few Japonesque lipstick palette kits during the F&F just to be able to use them.

    What do you all do?

    • the Muse

      hi kharanya I just grab a different liggloss for touch ups def don’t carry the entire kit around with me.

  • brici

    i hust purchased this on hautelook for 27.99 and hadn’t read this review. im so glad it was muse approve! next time when im wanting to buy something out of compulsion im going to quicly come over here and see if you reviewed it because this time i got lucky! =) la la love you muse!

    • the Muse

      aw love you back brici! that was a super deal ;-D def enjoy that ;D!

  • Sephorajunkie

    I disagree, I like the lip gloss, it does feel more like lipstick but I like that. I like being able to try out new colors. For portability you could always transfer them to a small lip balm tin. It opened me up to lip colors I wouldnt have thought would look good on me before. Before this palette I owned variations of one type of lip shade, I had given up trying new ones bc they never worked out until I experimented more with this palette. I love the eyeshadows, they are maybe not as creamy as the trios, but still outstanding shadows, especially for work. Quality and pigment without too much shimmer but still worthy of notice from my boss, and the price was too good to pass up for what you get. Loved this as much as my urban decay BOS (on non work days). This and my naked palette from ud are my all stars for work. Love em.