April 19, 2017

Lorac Pirates Of The Caribbean Cheek Palette Review & Swatches

This was provided to me by a brand for review and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post but all opinions are my own.

Lorac Pirates Of The Caribbean Cheek Palette ($30) arrives just in time for the Summer with a selection of Color Source Buildable Blush shades and Light Source Illuminating Highlighters.

This palette is part of the limited edition Lorac’s Pirates of the Caribbean Collection inspired by the new movie that’s launching in May. When I originally saw the palette’s promo images I wasn’t sure if I needed or not and even after getting in my hands I still wasn’t sure if it was something I needed. Because as much as I love the Color Source Buildable Blush formula, this also included a good deal of highlighters which I felt I wouldn’t make much use of.

Let’s see how I feel now!

Lorac Pirates Of The Caribbean Cheek Palette comes housed in a matte black box with a brassy gold crossbones emblem on the front. I mentioned in my Lorac Pirates of the Caribbean Eyeshadow Palette that I wish this design extended to the palette itself. Unfortunately, it does not. They went with a constellation theme on the palette with Latin inscription that reads, “But they direct all the stars at the same time….” Not a lot is known about the plot of the new movie but we do know there’s a beautiful astronomer that helps Jack on his latest quest. So, stars and constellations are somehow involved!

This palette holds six shades of blush and highlighter for a total of 0.54 oz of product. This gives you 0.09 oz in each powder compared to the full-size individual pans which are 0.2 oz in size. It’s actually a great deal as each of the pans is nearly half a full-size one which is $23 where as this set includes six shades which is equivalent to nearly $69 worth of product or three full-size powders and you’re only paying $30 bucks for the palette.

The shades in the palette are apparently brand new and aren’t available in the permanent range but I’m sure one or two shades are comparable to what is already available. For example, Star Reader looks a little like the permanent shade called Daylight.

Shades include:

  • Star Reader (gold opal shimmer)
  • Destined (light peach shimmer)
  • Fortune (soft pearl shimmer)
  • Bold Spirit (cool pink shimmer)
  • Caribbean (dusty rose)
  • Lost Soul (light beige)

Lorac Pirates Of The Caribbean Cheek Palette Swatches (Lost Soul, Caribbean, Bold Spirit)

Lorac Pirates Of The Caribbean Cheek Palette Swatches (Fortune, Destined, Star Reader)

Personally I felt the palette contained more highlighters versus blush shades. Fortune, Destined, Star Reader, and even Bold Spirit are all highlighting shades with Loss Soul working best as a bronzer or contouring shade and Carribean being the sole blush. You might say that Bold Spirit can double as a blush but to me it felt more like a highlighter. I felt a little disappointed with the shade selection. I really like the Color Source Buildable Blush formula and the idea of having a few more shades tucked into one palette was appealing. Sadly, I felt like the only shade that semi-worked for me was Caribbean where as Lost Soul was more of a bronzer/contouring shade. I was a little worried Caribbean would come across muddy on my cheeks as it’s a warmer, duskier rose but it ended up looking quite nice although, a bit sheerer. It kind of gave me cheeks a lifted, chiseled look.

This is my first time trying the Light Source Illuminating Highlighter Formula and I was quite pleased with the soft, smooth formula that had a lovely luminosity and a formula that didn’t cling to my drier areas. I wore Caribbean on my cheeks and Bold Spirit blended onto my cheek bones with Star Reader on top and I thought it added a nice glow. Sadly, I don’t think my skills as a photographer actually captured how nice the finish is.

The blush formula is one I really love. I reviewed it extensively in the past but to recap here, the finish is matte and the formula is very, very, soft and silky. It kicks up a good deal of powder and has a duskier consistency but this doesn’t translate as dry or chalky. It blends beautifully on cheeks and wears for about six hours before showing signs of fading. As I said above, I just wish they had a few more wearable shades in this palette for me to use. I felt I was limited to Caribbean as a blush shade only as Lost Soul felt more like a bronzer versus a blush.

Lorac Pirates Of The Caribbean Cheek Palette brings a selection of excellently formulated highlighters to table as well as a few blush ones. This is a great palette for those that embrace the current highlight and contour trend. I left the table feeling like I wanted more blush in the palette but for those seeking to contour, highlight, and add color to cheeks there are quite a few options to do so with this palette.

Did you haul the palette?

What did you think of it?

Do share!

The Lorac Pirates Of The Caribbean Cheek Palette is available now at Ulta.com.


This was provided to me by a brand for review and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post but all opinions are my own.

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  • tali

    As a fan of natural, nude blushes, love this one. Glad there’s no muddiness. Pairings look good together. Pans look large (hard to finish highlighter shades) and wish they were smaller and more portable.

  • Susan

    If there were more blushes and fewer highlighters, I might’ve gotten it. Oh well, money saved.

    • Isabella Muse

      I felt like that! I don’t use highlighters much and I felt like there weren’t enough blush shades!

  • Sara

    I love highlighters, but I also wish it were at least 3/3, but 4 blushes, and 2 highlighters would have won me. I still want it though : /

  • Isa

    Very pretty on you!

    I’m not feeling the shade selection on this too. Only Caribbean would work as a blush on me I think. Bold spirit looks way too cool and frosty to be flattering as a blush on my medium skin (I’m about NC30) and I suspect Lost Soul would just disappear.

    • Isabella Muse

      yeah 🙁 I wish it had more blush shades versus the highlighters and Lost Soul :-/

  • kjh

    Looks like one blush, one blush topper, one pseudo-contour, and 3 highlighters. I don’t get the ratio either. They swatch well, though. Think I’ll wait to see dupes for Caribbean, seems a tad unusual. Maybe a mauve nude. Did somebody say mauve? Please don’t tempt me to buy a palette that is so highlighter heavy.

  • Berrz

    I love the packaging but the shades in the palette however, seem to be all over the place. Fortune is more like a highlight for the brow bone or inner corners of the eyes rather than the face and wouldn’t be ideal for me to wear when I am more tanned. Thanks for the great review!

    • Isabella Muse

      My pleasure! I agree the shades are a little bit mismatched and all over the place!

  • Ali

    Muse I just got mine today and I agree. Needed more blush. I don’t own many highlights though so I feel like I will get use of it. The palette is sturdy. I think it will hold up good. Thank you for your thoughts