September 29, 2016

Lorac Mega Pro Palette 3 Review & Swatches

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Lorac Mega Pro Palette 3 is a new, limited edition Holiday 2016 eyeshadow palette that contains 32 shimmer and matte eyeshadow shades. The Lorac Mega Pro Palette 3 was available last week as an Ulta Platinum Perk for one day only but the palette will launch at Ulta.com for everyone else on October 2nd! Now seemed a good a time as any to share my review and swatches of this palette which will hopefully help you decide if you need it.

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The Lorac Mega Pro Palette 3 comes housed in a white palette with Lorac’s emblem in rose gold. It happens to be my favorite palette presentation from the three Mega Pro Palettes but it gets dirty so, so, so fast. The Mega Pro Palette has always paid home to very soft, powdery eyeshadow shades and that creates quite a big mess against a background of white. No bueno! Love the packaging but sadly it was a bad idea to house these shades in a white palette. None the less the presensation is awesome as the palette is slim with a massive mirror tucked inside and will travel quite easily without taking up a ton of space and allowing you to have 32 shades of eyeshadow on hand. It’ll also store easily enough since it is very thin. Each eyeshadow name is printed below their well in the palette and the palette is apparently assembled in the US but with non-US materials. The total size of the palette is 0.45 oz and will set you back $59. The price remains the same but the original Mega Pro contained 0.62 oz of product where as Mega Pro Palette 2 and 3 got a little smaller over the years.

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The palette contains two rows of shimmer shades and two of mattes but I don’t always feel like I can fit the shades into two single finishes as some shades feel metallic, where as others are satins or even frosts. I don’t feel like Lorac Mega Pro Palette 3 revisits or rehashes shades although you’ll find some similar shades but not exact dupes of colors that appeared in both 1 and 2. This palette follows along the cooler nude theme of Lorac Pro 3 but also contains many, many warmer nudes as well. It’s a mix of both warmer, richer nudes as well as cooler nudes. Thankfully the warm outweigh the cooler because certain shades like Toffee, Pink Cream, and Snow are shades that I can’t really use all over my lid since they appear chalky on my skin tone. I reserve these shades as high brow highlighters. It’s an interesting line up to say the least as you can easily do a variety of looks from brown smoky to a traditional smoky look, a burgundy or mauve look, and even a rose gold one too! There’s a wide variety of shades here to create many different looks.

Lorac’s formula is one I’ve loved and appreciated for a long time as a girl with drier eyes and finer lines. These shades all very smooth and almost creamy in texture. But they are very, very soft and powdery but not chalky nor dry. The colors tend to crumble when a brush is swiped across them and release a ton of powder everywhere which is why this white packaging is a nightmare. I always feel like this is a bit wasteful as I have to dust it away after and none of it is ending up on my eyes.

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None the less, I love the formula and I got a lot of use out of last year’s palette so, I’m happy to have purchased this one. The mattes in particular stand out as beautiful, easy to work with shades. They are soft, powdery, and quite easy to blend. You do need a good base with these too to minimize fall out and also this allows shades to adhere better to lids. MAC Paint Pots are a great prep for this formula as the formula is thick and a little bit tacky which helps the shadow to stick to your lid well plus it minimizes fall out in a major way. No doubt though, these can prove messy to work with. The shimmers are beautiful here and some look almost metallic in finish. Rust, Cide, Brown Sugar, and Olive are all shades that stand out for me! These are soft, velvety, and pigmented. Some of lighter shades apply sheer but all the others are richly pigmented with excellent color pay off.

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Lorac Mega Pro Palette 3 Swatches (Crepe, Toffee, Mist, Vintage)

Lorac Mega Pro Palette 3 Swatches (Crepe, Toffee, Mist, Vintage)

Lorac Mega Pro Palette 3 Swatches (Tulle, Pink Bronze, Rust, Rose Quartz)

Lorac Mega Pro Palette 3 Swatches (Tulle, Pink Bronze, Rust, Rose Quartz)

Lorac Mega Pro Palette 3 Swatches (Snow, Cava, Cider, Bellini)

Lorac Mega Pro Palette 3 Swatches (Snow, Cava, Cider, Bellini)

Lorac Mega Pro Palette 3 Swatches (Pink Cream, Tan, Pecan, Walnut)

Lorac Mega Pro Palette 3 Swatches (Pink Cream, Tan, Pecan, Walnut)

Lorac Mega Pro Palette Swatches (Dusty Mauve, Violet Gray, Eggplant, Dark Navy)

Lorac Mega Pro Palette Swatches (Dusty Mauve, Violet Gray, Eggplant, Dark Navy)

Lorac Mega Pro Palette 3 Swatches (Hickory, Maple, Bark, Jet Black)

Lorac Mega Pro Palette 3 Swatches (Hickory, Maple, Bark, Jet Black)

Lorac Mega Pro Palette 3 Swatches (Brown Sugar, Sequoia, Glacier, Deep Fog)

Lorac Mega Pro Palette 3 Swatches (Brown Sugar, Sequoia, Glacier, Deep Fog)

Lorac Mega Pro Palette 3 Swatches (Olive, Dark Roast, Pomegranate, Licorice)

Lorac Mega Pro Palette 3 Swatches (Olive, Dark Roast, Pomegranate, Licorice)

Like past releases, the Lorac Mega Pro 3 Palette is messy to work with but the assortment of shades, pigmented formula, and gorgeous looks you can create using this palette make it a buy for me. This is an excellent selection of colors that will offer endless work friendly and evening looks. I liked it and think it is worth a pick up without fearing that the shades in it are duplications from 1 and 2.

The Lorac Mega Pro 3 Palette will be available at Ulta.com.
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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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  • Agona

    Wow, that is very crumbly and dusty! I’ve heard about that with Lorac before I don’t own any. I’ve never seen a picture of it. I actually returned my SheaMoisture palette for dustiness because I felt like I was blowing colored dust over my white bathroom counters (and subsequently having to clean them) every time!

  • Sarah

    I’m worried about the fallout. But, the colors are beautiful and definitely on trend for the season. But, how much will go down my bathroom sink? Will wait and see it at Ulta.

  • Christina D.

    I was happily surprised by the Ulta email for Platinum members — I had no idea about the Mega Pro 3 — and I purchased this tout de suite; it is being delivered today. The entire LORAC Pro Series is one of my favorites, in fact only second to the UD Naked Series. So glad you liked!

  • Joyce

    Considering I really want the Coastal Scents Revealed, Revealed 2, & Revealed Smoky palettes, I don’t think I need another natural-tone palette! The swatches look beautiful, and they’re all definitely colors I would wear, but I just don’t see myself grabbing for it often enough to warrant the price tag!

    I’m more excited for Too Faced’s Merry Macarons & Anastasia’s Master palettes!

  • Dee

    I love Lorac shadows. They are the best as far as blending etc and worth the dustup that you get with them. I have sooo many palettes that I shouldn’t…..but I’m really tempted as the colors look wonderful.

  • Adrienne

    The swatches look fantastic. I missed the email but basedan on your review I will be purchasing. In regards to the package and staining. I put the clear wide packing tape under the bottom of a cheaper palette I bought years ago and it helped keep my foundation finger prints etc off the bottom. Not the prettiest but easier to wipe off with makeup wipes.

  • Jean

    I bought this but wasn’t sure if I want to keep it. Not so impressed by the colors. I only like a couple. It’s my first Mega Pro palette. I’ll try it out and see if I like it. If not, there may be some people who’d buy a used palette (I don’t like waste).

      • Jean

        Am I the only one who doesn’t think most of the colors are anything special? I think tarte neutrals are prettier. Maybe I’ll change my mind when I get it. If not, I save money 🙂

        • Isabella Muse

          Mmmm they aren’t really! Especially if you have a lot of nudes/neutrals! I know my collection is dominated with shades like this so yeah, not anything unique here. Tarte’s were nice but also not special or unique for me to be honest plus formula wasn’t good for me 🙁 Let me know what you think when it arrives curious minds if you like it!

          • Jean

            So I got mine soon after my last post and they look prettier in peraon but still nothing special (I don’t know, I don’t care for packaging but maybe subconsciously that’s why I like taste so much?) Anyway, I couldn’t wait to try it out and I did last Sunday. I put on Rose Quartz and a few others. Still didn’t change my mind. It looked nice and lasted all day even after I fell asleep for a bit, so more than 12 hours and it didn’t budge (probably thanks to my primer). I learned to use a light hand with makeup but it did crumble a bit and a lot of fall out got into my eyes and cheeks. I’m still torn over this lol. Im a dork for neutrals and this ones pretty but not spectacular. Even if you get a lot its a high price. Can’t makeup my mind. Sorry for rambling.

          • Isabella Muse

            Aw sorry to hear you’re disappointed! I didn’t love the packaging either as it got messy FAST! But I did like the shadows! They are indeed very soft.

          • Jean

            I wouldn’t say disappointed. I like it. Just don’t know if I like it enough to keep it

  • Jackie

    I got this a couple days ago & used it yesterday. I didn’t experience anything like the excess dust you’re showing here, but maybe our techniques are different or something. Or I just haven’t had it happen yet due to the colors I used yesterday. 🙂 I love this one, it has a great selection of the warm nudes that I always go to, plus a great variety of any other shade you might want or need.

    • Isabella Muse

      Wow that’s great! Mine was very powdery, pretty typical in my experience with the pro palettes but maybe I’m unlucky!!! I’m glad it worked out for you! I liked it a lot too! great selection of shades 😀

  • *Estrella

    Mine was delivered yesterday and I’m impatiently waiting for the time to play! The only palette I do not own from Lorac is the Pro 3, simply because being an olive toned medium skin tone I dosnt see all the light/pale shades working for me in the summer months when I tan easily. I am very happy with the Mega 3 as I get the “nude” vibe but with exciting options I can definitely see myself using all get a round. I find if I am super gentle with my brushes I do not get excessive fall out but I will deal with it for pigmentation and buttery goodness.

    • Isabella Muse

      They don’t work for me either don’t feel bad, I could completely do without many of those shades, some are good for color washes and highbrow highlighters but overall, too pasty, chalky looking but all the rest I’m happy with 😀 I have to use a lighter hand see if that helps 😀

  • Leza Byrd

    Got mine yesterday and played with it for the first time today. Gorgeous colors right up my alley. Like them better already than last years Mega Pro2. Definitely dusty and powdery like all other Lorac shadows but I’m thinking this will be one of my favorite palettes!

    • Isabella Muse

      yay! glad to hear it Leza! Def a love for me too and yeah, mine was super powdery too but still creates beautiful looks!

  • Catheyoi

    Oh Muse, I’m so on the fence about keeping this baby!! I got it only today and wasn’t jumping for joy after opening. I haven’t swatched the colors as I may return it to ULTA. I lined it up next to my pro 1&2 & Unzipped & Unzipped Gold & I honestly can see a lot of similar colors. I don’t have any of the Mega Pros. There’s so many other gorgeous holiday sets to choose from! What to do?!

  • danadoo

    Meh, I have the Pro 1 and 2 and I feel like between the two palettes I already have similar shades. I do love the Lorac formula, messy as it is! I treated myself to the lip collection in the shade “dominatrix” which is kind of a blackened wine color, I got it at Kohl’s for $25 and it comes with the lipstick, matching lip liner and gloss and I’m loving it big time!

  • Staci

    This is the first mega pro that I’ve considered. I like the colors in this one. The mega pro 2 had so many light shades I felt that they would all look the same on the eye. This doesn’t have the same issue. My one issue is the size. I’ve found that I don’t usually reach for really big palettes.

  • Kathleen Smith-Woodcock

    Does anyone know where this might be available in Canada or to Canada?

  • Krista

    Thank you for posting this – As always, your swatches are perfection!

  • Michelle Lyman

    I have many Lorac palettes I adore and I’m really happy with this one too. I found out in the past that they are soft and one must be gentle with them more so than is typical. I don’t swipe across the pan or dip my brush in them – the technique I use is to just lightly touch the side of my brush…basically just gently “press” the brush on the shadow. I don’t get any kickup/dustup and don’t need to tap off my brush either. I use my painterly and that works well for me as a base. I gently press a light color on first and blend it to set the base then I start working with other colors. I don’t experience either grabbing or fall out with my method and my palette stays very clean and neat and the shadows don’t get wasted.