July 20, 2012

Lorac Pro Palette Review & Swatches

This was provided to me by a brand for review but all opinions expressed are my own

Oh well hello Lorac Pro Palette wanna be my new best friend forever? The new Lorac Pro Palette ($42) is newly launched for Fall 2012 and includes sixteen fabulous shades of eyeshadow as well as a Mini Behind the Scenes Eye Shadow Primer.

I feel like it’s Christmas! What a surprise for Fall to get such a wide range of eyeshadows in a single compact.

Of course, I instantly had a makeup boner (am I allowed to say that on here?) when I saw it pop up on Sephora. Lorac has a fairly great track record and releases high quality palettes again and again and again. I also feel like they offer enough variety in these palettes that they are worth picking up without worrying about dupes in past palettes you own or have tried from the brand in the past.

Let’s take a look!

At a glance this was smaller than I thought it would be. The palette is about 7.5 inches across and and not quite 3 inches high. It’s quite slim and made of a sturdy cardboard with a magnetic flip top closure. Inside is a full length mirror and the sixteen eye shadows that are smaller than a penny.

Don’t let the size of the shadow wells fool you, each shade is 0.02 oz each (a MAC Eyeshadow is 0.05).

The palette is a mix of matte and shimmer finishes. I like that Lorac organized them in a way that the mattes are on a single line and the shimmers on the other.

Lorac has a range of different eyeshadows in their palettes. Some are light and silky with subtle pigmentation where as others pack more of a punch. In this case, the Pro Palette packs the heat. Unlike Lorac’s more traditional silky formula these are heavily pigmented shades. The mattes are soft, silky, and apply easily without being dry or patchy during application. Even I can get on board with this matte finish. The shimmer shades are more metallic-like without heavy glitter or sparkle. They have a thicker velvety texture that applies like melted butter. I’m happy to report every single shade has a brilliant formula. I think one of the worst things about palettes is sometimes getting a selection of shades that have a hit or miss formula. You get sixteen shades and proceed to love the formula on say six but the others are a bust. Not the case with the Lorac Pro Palette, all the shades have a brilliant formula across the board.

I think maybe $42 might have folks second guessing if they’d like to try this palette. It’s typically not what you’d expect in a Fall Collection and feels more Holiday-ish in price and selection. However, justify the cost because you’re getting a TON of product here with good quality across the board. You won’t be disappointed.

A big yay from me.

Muse Approved for purchase.

A super value, plenty of shades to choose from, and a great formula should secure a spot in your stash for the Lorac Pro Palette.

Tried it?

Want to?

Do share!

The Lorac Pro Palette is available now at Sephora, Sephora.com, Ulta, and Ulta.com

Is it on your Fall wish list?

This was provided to me by a brand for review but all opinions expressed are my own

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 or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Louise

    Wow! I originally passed on this because of the apparent small size of the shadows. 0.08 is a really nice size! The pigmentation is amazing; thanks for the great swatches! Wishlisted.

    • the Muse

      they are small. I think if I went to sephora and saw the display I’d write it off immediately. I checked the back and was surprised they were each that big!!!!!!! my pleasure ;D

    • the Muse

      I am absolutely blind this morning please count me corrected it’s actually 0.02 oz in size 🙂 but still generous!

  • Joyce

    Oh wow look at the pigmentation! I certainly was not expecting that. To be honest, I had the opposite reaction as you when I saw the palette on Sephora. It looked so-so, cheap, and a bit unnecessary. Now that I see real-life photos, I can see why it’s called a Pro palette. It has just about every neutral shade you would need for a professional kit.

    I’ll probably be picking this one up and putting my UD Naked palette back on the shelf 😛

    • the Muse

      mmm I think it does look uneventful joyce but play with it, I think you’ll be impressed ;-D!

  • Cj

    Oh god ‘makeup boner’ you are too much muse!

    I’m thinking of getting the cream eyeliner you posted about a little while ago, I usurally stick with pencil or liquid but that one looks really good!

    • the Muse

      lol! it happens…*looks at the floor and blushes* lol! ;-D oh get it. seriously best gel liner I’ve tried in a while!

  • Littlecreek

    Makeup boner….would that be a moner?

    Palette looks fantastic. I love it when I can look at a palette and see myself using every shade.

    • the Muse

      lol something like that ;-D agreed…even the matte shades are gorgeous here!

  • Stacie

    Yay! I’m so glad I finally got to read this. This looks amazing! *grabs car keys and sprints for the door*

  • Caitlin

    Oh. Like that palette a lot. Love the mix of shimmer and matte shades, especially if the mattes really have a great formula. Is it just me, or is the color they are calling taupe really not taupe at all? Looks like just a straight up milk-chocolate brown.

  • K.B.

    Oh. My. God. I just stopped by this post to look at the shadows without any intention of actually buying the palette, but your swatches alone convinced me that I have to have this palette. Looks like I’ll be practicing applying shadow to my crease and then moving on to smokey eyes. I’m usually pretty skittish around eye shadows, but I’ll add this to the palettes I own and rarely use. lol And what’s up with taupe being the flattest, most boring shade (first impression-wise) in the whole shebang?! I L-O-V-E taupes, but this one makes me kinda sad.

  • Larie

    Wow, I’m stunned by the pigmentation of the shadows! I also love the mix of shimmers and mattes, and the fact that they are each on their own line. Putting this on the wishlist!

  • Becca @ The Beauty Sample

    Whoa…those shadows look so rich and pigmented and soft that they quite LITERALLY look like cream shadows in the swatch photos–especially those dark shimmers in the first set…am I the only one?!?

  • kharanya

    Nice palette, pity I pretty much have every colour in here already. It looks much better than the UD Naked Palette tbh, I love that it contains so many mattes! I’ve never tried anything from LORAC before, but man, I wish I could justify buying this. Unfortunately, I pretty much only wear makeup on weekends (when I leave the house) and I have enough stuff as it is.

  • Musebeliever

    the eyeshadows look amazing and you look gorgeous Muse !

  • Nesita

    OMG, the shadows on this palette look amazing! If I didn’t already own Naked I’d probably go for this one, I love the selection of mattes they choose.

  • GREG’S girl!!!

    I luv it!!! I love your whole look in this!! Eyes, cheeks, and Lips!! I just got on board but I luv both you…AND CJ!! Ain’t nothing like REAL FOLKS!!


    OMG – lol my tongues out of my mouth. ME WANT!!
    I love how it has so many mattes, and they have such good quality.

  • Charlotte

    Thanks for mentioning the size, I have only seen it online and it would have been a huge shock to order it and see it is much smaller than it appeared. The shadows themselves do look really nice.

  • Tiffany Martin

    The pigmentation looks amazing. I’m thrilled, this deceptively boring set is actually really special.

  • Quinctia

    Lorac’s got great shadows! I wish they’d release a (pressed) palette with some more brights/duochromes, because I’d like to buy more of their stuff…but I need more neutrals like I need another hole in the head. I have more neutrals than I know what to do with. I don’t even wear them that much! I wore UD Fishnet as my main lid color today, for crying out loud.

    Please, Lorac, let me give you money, lol!

  • Christine

    Ahaha, Muse you crack me up, “makeup boner.”

    I was just giving myself a little pep talk about how I do *not* need anymore palettes w/ neutrals & then I saw the swatches & forgot what I was talking to myself about… Oops :P.

  • Kiss & Make-up

    Do I want it? Sure! A girl can never own too much make-up 🙂 Do I need it? Nope. These are all colors I already have plenty of. I like how this palette is a mix of matte and shimmery, though.

  • Cas

    I’ve never purchased anything from Lorac, but after reading this post I’m in lust with this palette! I need it bad! Thank you so much Muse! As always you make my decisions with makeup purchases easy!

  • Phyrra

    You’re right, the colors do seem more winter than fall, but the quality looks nice.

  • Cat G

    This is so much better than my first impression of it! Looks great!

  • Lacey J.

    Wow. I saw this on sephora.com and almost ordered it, but I thought about it and I already have like all of these colors! LOL. It’s so sad when you realize you can’t justify buying something. In my head I am like WOW THIS WOULD BE SO GREAT FOR TRAVEL or on the go when I don’t have enough time to put on makeup in the morning and I have to put it on at work. LOL. yes at work. I work at a shelter that needs to be staffed 24/7 and I work really weird hours (is that justification enough?) I already own 2 naked palettes and a few too faced palettes that I pack with me on my rush to work but boy can I imagine grabbing this on my way out the door.

    It just has a wider variety of color. All the basics are their plus their are alot more matte options. I almost want to buy my sis this palette too. I just recently bought her the Naked 2 Palette and she is really enjoying it. I just am such a huge fan of grab and go palettes. I rarely buy singles anymore. Palettes are the way to go.

    That garnet and purple are calling my name. Too bad they don’t have an olive green. My sis loves wearable greens.

  • Jason

    I got to play around with it at work recently… but .02 worth of eyeshadow is kind of a downer for something that could even put the naked pallets to shame. Will I still be purchasing… DUH!

  • Aquahartz

    Initialy i thought there are a few redundancies here, but thecolour payoff n pigmentation.. I take that back. I want this pallette!

  • Aida

    I bought this today (well, I guess I should say yesterday, it’s a little after 1am here) and I’m completely smitten with it. I was thinking about getting it, but I wanted to wait a while, because I had purchased the Unzipped palette less than a week ago. Well, as soon as I saw the swatches on your blog, that was it. I got the push I needed and the rest is history. This palette is really lovely. As much as I love Unzipped, I am glad to have a palette from LORAC with deeper, richer colors and more mattes than I would ever need or use :). So thanks for the great post, you helped me make up my mind :). Everything is exactly how you described it, buttery soft shadows across the board. It’s a steal :).

    • the Muse

      yay aida so glad you love it! they really are such a great shadow formula ;-D! enjoy!

  • liz

    Looks really pretty. How does this compare with Urban Decay/s Nakeds?

  • care (@CareJustCares)

    I’ve currently got 2 quads and the CD2 palette from LORAC .. all of which I love – having never tried anything from the line previously, I have been well impressed. I have been holding back from purchasing this because I hadn’t seen enough to convince me … knew I might want it! … I am also wanting the new Stila palette ( in the light ) … I may just have to get both … The Pro Palette is ….definitely fodder for a makeup boner!! and it’s your blog ..lol … say it like it is sister! lol … Thank you so much for another great review … There are only a couple of blogs that I read on a day to day basis … yours is one of them! oxox Care

  • KatyZ

    Thank you Muse for this wonderful review, I picked this up yesterday and I love it! The formula is so creamy and soft for these eyeshadows, cant wait to experiment some more with it!

  • Sarah

    Hello Muse I’m sorry for commenting on your old posts, but I really want to ask this because I need a bit of advice. Which one should you think I get, UD’s Naked Palette 1, or 2, or this? Considering the fact that I only use makeup occasionally and, well, I’m still a beginner in using makeup 😀
    And anyway, thank you for this beautiful and through review of Lorac Pro Makeup Palette x

    • the Muse

      I really like UD Naked 1, that’s my fav naked palette of all time sarah ;-D you’re most welcome <3!

  • amy

    I don’t *need* this, but I really want it! I have way too many neutrals (matte & shimmer), but that deep purple shade… Plus, all the mattes would be perfect companions to all my shimmery LORAC palettes; my OCD prevents me from “mixing” brands.

  • ara

    Beautiful swatches! I love both matte and shimmer. I’m thinking of getting either this, the naked 1 or the naked 2 palette. Which would you recommend??

    • the Muse

      hi ara depends on what shades you are looking for as the lorac pro palette doesn’t have as many nude as naked 1 and 2

  • Renee

    Hi Muse, I recently received this palette BNIB and mine has 9 shimmers and 7 mattes. The “WHITE” shadow on the top row is a shimmer and not a matte. It’s subtle but still very obvious. This goes against all the reviews I’ve seen online for this palette, which all claim the top row is entirely matte. Is your “WHITE” definitely a matte? Perhaps Lorac decided to make a small change?