June 2, 2016

Lorac Pro Palette 3 Review & Swatches

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Lorac Pro Palette 32

Lorac Pro Palette 3 is a new Lorac Pro Eyeshadow Palette featuring 8 shimmer and 8 matte shades of Lorac Eyeshadow for a total of 16 gorgeous shades packed into one slick palette.

The Lorac Pro Palette 3 is the third edition from Lorac’s bestselling Pro Palette Collection and focuses on more lighter nude and neutral shades. At a glance it reminds me most of the cooler toned Lorac Nude Necessities Eyeshadow Palette. So, if you felt like Pro 1 and Pro 2 were a little too dark for you, you might find more friendly shades in this palette for fairer skin.

Lorac Pro Palette 3

Let’s take a look!

Lorac Pro Palette 3 Eyeshadow

The Lorac Pro Palette 3 launches at Ulta.com on June 12 and Ulta stores June 26th. Apparently everywhere else will be getting it in July so I imagine that includes kohls.com as well as Nordstrom.com. I notice Ulta has early access to quite a few products lately and exclusives from brands like Lorac, Too Faced, and Tarte. I purchase mine during the one day sale on Ulta that was open to Platnium Members.

For some reason, this palette feels a little lighter and looks a little smaller to me but it still includes the same 0.32 oz of product that the originals did and still costs the same amount as well ($44). It comes in a slim line, sturdy, creamy beige cardboard compact with a mirror. The eyeshadows all have their names printed directly under them on the palette itself. The palette comes with a 0.19 oz Mini Behind the Scenes Eye Primer but I sometimes wish they would axe the primer and just include a well made double-ended eyeshadow brush with these palettes. Unfortunately, I cannot confirm where this is exactly made as on the box it simply states “Assembled in the US of US and Non-US Materials”. It’s a little vague if the packaging is made in the US and the contents outside the US or vice versa.

I tend to hold a special place in my heart for Lorac as they truly have some of the softest most buttery eyeshadows around and the Pro Palette 3 does not disappointment in this aspect. These all have a beautifully formulated formula and you’re either going to love or hate. Personally, it’s a love for me as I love how smooth and silky these are but I can see some people disliking them since they are a powdery formula that kicks up a good deal of powder when you stroke a brush through them. Although that powdery consistency never translated to chalkiness or dryness in my opinion. I did experience fall out during application on a majority of the shades due to the loosely packed, silkier consistency. But I only had major issues with two shades where as the other shades all had a beautifully soft, buttery texture. Blanc I felt was very, very sheer and disappointing and I thought Truffle applied patchy and uneven and I also felt the formula was dry. Aside from these two shades I was not only impressed with the formula on the rest of the colors but also the pigmentation which was quite good across the board. I do think many of the palettes lighter shades won’t be terribly appealing to darker skin tones though since these colors are a bit sheerer. More than half of the palette contains lighter colors that would look best on fairer skin tones. If you’re expecting bold, rich looks from Pro Palette 3 it’s not to be had here. This is more about softer, nude looks in my opinion. I think the palette can be potentially disappointing for those who expect the boldness of Pro 1 and Pro 2. This palette contains warmer, lighter, neutral shades. Personally, I think it’s exactly what I hoped for from the Nude Necessities Eyeshadow Palette.

Lorac Pro

Lorac Pro Palette 3 release

Lorac Pro Eyeshadow Palette 3

Lorac Pro 3

Lorac Pro Palette 3 Swatches (Blanc, Canvas, Cool Taupe, Pink Nude)

Lorac Pro Palette 3 Swatches (Blanc, Canvas, Cool Taupe, Pink Nude)

Lorac Pro Palette 3 Swatches (Clay, Terracotta, Dark Brown, Jet Black)

Lorac Pro Palette 3 Swatches (Clay, Terracotta, Dark Brown, Jet Black)

Lorac Pro Palette 3 Swatches (Amethyst, Rose Bronze, Dark Mocha, Truffle)

Lorac Pro Palette 3 Swatches (Amethyst, Rose Bronze, Dark Mocha, Truffle)

Lorac Pro Palette 3 Swatches (Light Gold, Almond Pearl, Medallion, Light Pewter)

Lorac Pro Palette 3 Swatches (Light Gold, Almond Pearl, Medallion, Light Pewter)

As for dupes I don’t think there any exact dupes here but shades that are similar to both Pro 1, Pro 2, and of course, both Mega Pro Palettes. For example Canvas is very similar to Buff which appeared in Pro 2 but a bit darker where as Clay is a lot like Sable that appeared in Pro 1 and of course, Jet Black is identical to the black shadow that has appeared in a majority of the Pro and Mega Pro Palettes. Sure, there’s similarities but I wouldn’t say any of the shades are exact dupes.

I would say the Lorac Pro Palette 3 is worth a pick up if you’re a fan and user of the original. I’m doubtful fans of the originals will be any less than pleased with the Pro Palette 3 as it is a consistently formulated palette with the texture we all know and love from the originals. However, if you’re not a fond fan of the originals or have had issues with the past palettes I don’t see this being something you’ll need to pick up since Lorac has not changed anything or did anything differently formula wise that you haven’t already experienced in both Pro 1 and Pro 2.

For my look below I started with Pink Nude all over my lid and highbrow and placed Dark Brown all over my lid and blended into my crease with Dark Mocha smudged from my outer v into my crease.

Lorac Pro eyeshadow palette 3 fotd

Lorac Pro Palette 3 fotd

Personally, I loved the palette. As I get older I appreciate eyeshadows that have a soft, buttery texture that blend easy on my drier eyes and this palette is packed with a selection of wearable shades for my medium fair skin tone. I do think if you’re expecting the boldness and richness of the originals you might find Pro Palette 3 disappointing as these shades are a little lighter and nuder in comparison.

You’ll be able to get your hands on the Lorac Pro Palette 3 soon at Ulta.com.

Did you indulge during the one day sale?

Do you plan on indulging when it officially launches?

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  • Dee

    I will get it, and sure wish I had gotten it the other day on the Ulta website. The Nude Necessities was a disappointment so this will make up for that! I don’t mind the “dust up” issue with lorac shadows as they blend so nicely.

    • Isabella Muse

      major disappointment! I hated it. 🙁 This makes up for it a lot! I agree! They dust up but blend beautifully!

  • Nikki

    When was there a sale at Ulta? I’m a platinum member, I don’t remember any sales! I love the colors in this palette, now I’m torn between this one and the swamp queen one! Do I *really* need both, how do I choose?!

    • Isabella Muse

      Ahhh don’t quote me believe it was Saturday. I was away and got the email and order via my phone. It was a one day sale. haha That’s going to be a hard choice 😀

  • Christina D.

    Hey Muse! I ordered this post haste when I received the email from Ulta for early access for Platinum Members. I love love love LORAC’s Pro palettes (Pros, Mega Pros and Unzippeds) although I’ve learned to avoid their pre-packaged sets and lower price palettes since they are usually made in China and, IMO, not up to the usual LORAC standard. But I digress and this looks awesome. It always psyches me up even more when you give it a glowing review since we do like many of the same things. With a little luck, it should be waiting at my doorstep when I get home! Is it 5 yet?

    • Isabella Muse

      Hey sis! I hope you like this one! I think if you loved the past pros you’ll be great with this as they are consistently formulated across the board. Soft, buttery formula! Bit of fall out but I was fine with using a cream base 😀

  • Kelli Rae

    I didn’t order it during the pre-sale. I’ve been buying too much lately. LOL! But I have it in my calendar to be at Ulta at opening on the 26th to get one for myself and each of my daughters. We cannot wait. It’s beautiful and perfect. Thanks for the lovely review ❤❤❤

    • Isabella Muse

      I hope you and your daughters love it 😀 My pleasure!!!!

      • Kelli Rae

        We are loving it. You are the best Muse. Love all of the reviews and news you provide us with on new products. My it’s such an obsession. I guess it could be worse !? LOL!

  • Maria A

    I skipped out when Ulta had it for Platinum members. I have the lorac pro 1 and 2 and the mega pro 1 and 2 and I was almost positive there are dupes. Hope I was not wrong.

    • Isabella Muse

      Similarities yes but not completely dupes imho! But across the board the shades aren’t so flattering that you probably don’t have a million already from other palettes, not only lorac, but I still loved it 😀

  • amy

    This palette is STUNNING! I was planning to not buy any more palettes until the Holidays, but I will make an exception for this (I have several palettes I haven’t even touched yet…). I can see this easily being an easy everyday, “go-to” palette, and I do really like the formulas on these. I have the original, and am still waffling on 2, but this is a no-brainer.

  • Caroline

    Last weekend I told my husband I might ask for this palette in September for my birthday…and then I got the email about the one-day release on Ulta and I bought it!! Haha I have zero self control, but I’m really excited about this one and couldn’t wait! I think it looks great and I really love my other Pro palettes, so I figured this would be a great addition to my collection. It’s supposed to come in the mail today!!!! 🙂 🙂

    • Isabella Muse

      yay! Let me know what you think Caroline! Excited to hear your thoughts!

  • Robin

    This is lovely and it will be mine!!! I think I like it better than the Swamp People one; less glitter. I’m very fair and I like the Pro 1 and Unzipped.
    I’m trying to be patient as I ordered two Stila palettes- the Perfect Hue ?? in fair and medium. UPS says tomorrow it will be at my doorstep. Will have to see how close those shades resemble Pro 3, but this one is so pretty I might buy it anyway!

    I need a makeup intervention. 🙂

    • Isabella Muse

      oh let me know how the perfect hue palettes are! I got two but haven’t tried them yet 😀 Ha..welcome to the club. AA meetings for all!

  • Diana

    I’ve triple checked my email & I never got any emails about a Platinum members sale. Grrrrr do you remember how much it was for?

    • Isabella Muse

      I listed the price right in my review! Sorry, you didn’t get the email :-/

  • Alison

    I have mega pro 1 and I want this! I am so happy you gave this a good review. I love that this will be great for not only fair skin but mature skin as well. Wonderful natural shadows

  • Jennifer

    Snagged this as soon as I got my presale email. I woke up extra early this morning to play with it. The palette does not disappoint. This is my first Lorac shadow product. I though the other palettes were too similar to ones I already owned. I love the softer shades. The shades I used blended beautifully. I did have a bit of a fallout panic attack with the black when I may have gone in too heavy to line my lashes. I used Canvas, Clay, Rose Bronze, Pewter, Medallion, Amethyst and Black. It’s a great formula. I just have to remember that it is very dusty.

    • Isabella Muse

      Yay happy to hear it worked out so well for you Jennifer!

  • Kimberly

    Any idea how the shades compare to the Unzipped palette? Already have that one…wondering if it’s different enough. Thanks for the review!

    • Isabella Muse

      Unspoken from Unzipped and Dark Brown are similar, Pink Nude and Undercover are similar as well, aside from that I wouldn’t say Pro 3 is like Unzipped. Unzipped is considerably more deeper and richer compared to the lighter neutrals in pro 3.

  • Shawna

    I think I’m the only one on the planet that liked the Nude Necessities palette! Lol!! Weird cuz I have medium/tan skin and I didn’t think the shades would show up, but I tend to adore “my lids but better” shades. Lol And I can’t pass up anything LORAC puts out. Lol I need this one too. Can’t wait to try it! It looks like I would use absolutely every shade, which is rare!

  • Janessa

    I just went through my stash last week and confirmed what I’ve been fearing for a while now, that I’ve lost my beloved Unzipped palette 🙁 I’m on the fence about replacing it (because I KNOW the second I buy that new one, my original will magically pop up). I’m itching for this one. I love the original Pro, and I think this one might hold me over a little longer without Unzipped. Maybe I’ll be good and just buy both when Ulta has the next 20% off 😉

    • Isabella Muse

      oh no! Sorry 🙁 I did this last week with a game I had. I couldn’t find the disc, really wanted to play it badly, looked everywhere and ordered it via Amazon. Later on I signed into my Origin account and proceeded to realize it was already in there and ready for download! This, mind you, is after I opened the package on the game so I couldn’t return it. Unreal. So, my recommendation wait, it must be around somewhere!!!!!!

  • Renu

    Will buy! Thanks for the swatches! I was a tad worried the shades would all look meh but they’re great in the swatches – the kind of shades I use everyday. I’ll buy this and pretend there was never a Too Faced Peach palette (kept missing it on sale all the time).

    • Isabella Muse

      My pleasure! Some of the mattes run sheerer, particularly the one I discussed, but aside from two shades I loved everything else! These are nice, lighter neutrals and I think you don’t get that from 1 and 2 so, it’s a refreshing change 🙂

  • Mariann

    I too had the opportunity to purchase this online last weekend and should have, now I have to wait. This palette reminds me of UD Naked 3; did you find that to be true Ms Muse? I will be picking it up and using my Ulta points. Thanks for the review!

    • Isabella Muse

      mmm not that many rose shades in this one Mariann so not quite! You’re very welcome xoxo!

  • Tigerlaf

    I gotta say I’m a but disappointed with this palette. The swatches all look like a variation of a shade of brown. On ulta website the palette looks more pinkish rosy. This is more like a combo of tartelette in bloom mixed with Unzipped and toned down. Ugh… I was hoping for less muted pale brown colors in this one. (Same as with UD Gwen Stefani palette – a bunch of cream shimmery shadows that translate the same on the lids) . I’ll pass.

  • Justine

    I’m so excited for this palette, especially since i have very fair skin! I skipped the Nude Necessities as well, since the swatches appeared very muddy and the formula felt different than the Pro Palettes. I ended up ordered the Pro 3, Nyx Pro Foundation Mixers in White and Opalescent, and 3 free deluxe samples (Butter London gloss, Lorac Bronzer, Wella Root Mousse) all for less than $6 including tax with Ulta points and $3.50 off coupon. It’s so dorky, but I felt like such a discount boss! Lol!

    • Isabella Muse

      You dodged a bullet! The formula was indeed different and the shades blended rather muddy! ha NICEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! awesome deal 😀

  • Jenny

    I need this palette!!! I can’t wait for it to release already!

  • Denise

    I was all set to purchase this on the platinum one day release, but decided to hold off. I’m assuming it’s going to be permanent, so I’ll wait for the next unrestricted 20% off sale.

  • Ella

    I’m really loving this palette I have all the pro palettes and will be adding this to my collection. Lorac never disappoints me!

    • Isabella Muse

      I’m liking 3 at the moment but I’d recommend unzipped as the best lorac palette!

      • Jean

        I have unzipped but I will get 3 for now! ulta gave me a $10 off coupon for Lorac and 10 points per dollar! Man i love Ulta. I love them more than Sephora now. Thanks Muse!