April 14, 2017

Lorac Pirates of the Caribbean Pro Eyeshadow 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 Pro Eyeshadow Palette ($52) arrives just in time to celebrate the release of the Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Men Tell No Tales film launching this May! This lovely little eyeshadow palettes brings together 18 Lorac Pro Eyeshadows as well as a Front of the Line Pro Eye Pencil that Lorac collaborated with Disney to create.

Pirates are so my jam so, I was pretty excited about this launch. I mean who doesn’t love Johnny Depp’s legendary portrayal of Captain Jack right?

Let’s take a look at this new eyeshadow palette!

The palette arrives in a black and gold box with a gold skull gracing the cover. The actual palette design is a black galaxy backdrop with a gold compass decorating the front. I kind of wish they had extended the skull design to the palette itself! I think the real beauty is inside the palette though. You’ll find a full-size mirror and a gorgeous night sky background with swirls of black, teal, and dark blue upon opening this up. When I originally posted about the collection someone pointed out that the palette had a little ribbon pull at the side and certain promo images showed that the side portion of the palette pulled down to reveal a drawer of some sort. When I was asked about this I replied that perhaps it held a brush. Turns out the palette has a hollow bottom which, get this, you can slide the Lorac Pirates of the Caribbean Cheek Palette into. OMG! As someone who’s always running out of places to store my rather large makeup collection I totally fell in love with this idea. The cheek palette slides right into the bottom of the eyeshadow palette which allows you to safely store both items together, travel with them easily, or makes it a little easier to store the palettes. So freaking cool! And hey, if you don’t buy the cheek palette you can probably store a few brushes in there or eyeliners. It’ll hold some small makeup items quite easily or even some blushes from the Balm since their blush packaging is a flat square box. Although, it isn’t as thin as the original Pro Palette and does have the more chunkier design we’ve seen from palettes like the Urban Decay Alice in Wonderland Book of Shadows.

Anyway, package gushing aside….!

This holds 18 shades for a total of 0.36 oz (0.02 oz per a shade) with a price tag of $52. Keep in mind this is considerably smaller than past palettes like the Lorac Mega Pro Palette 3 for example. That palette was 0.45 oz in size, $59, and 32 shades. It’s not a big price jump but this lacks the variety of the original palettes. The back of the box states it was assembled in the US but with non-US materials.

I don’t know if the palette screams pirates to me. The shades seem a little mismatched with very little rhythm or reason. I thought about the shades I would have included and realized how unimaginative I am because I just kept thinking sandy, beachy nudes combined with aquatic blues and teals. What you actually get is a mix of a different of shades. Freshwater blue, cranberry, a variety of greens, combined with smokier blacks, and light taupes. I have to admit I felt a little intimidated by the shades as many didn’t really seem to work together. Sea Haze and Menace are a nice combo as well as Treasure and Tell No Tales, or as I used in my look below Starry Night and Compass. But certain shades like Yo Ho, Silent Mary, and Bones I felt a little clueless about using in a look. If I look at the palette a little differently and get the ocean, beach, and mermaids out of my head, I can probably see a few of these shades creating a smokier look that might be inspired by Jack. I do wish they worked better together though. As for the finish there’s a variety here that include mattes, satins, shimmers, metallics, frosts, and even a duochrome (Black Pearl).

I find myself struggling whether or not to label this a cool or warmer palette. To me, it feels like both as there are warmer shades as well as cooler ones here. Certain shades didn’t completely work out for me and looked a tad chalky on my skin tone like Ghostly a pure white matte and Lost at Sea a light gray. I wouldn’t say this is completely free of dupes as there are a few shades here that might be similiar to past palettes like Treasure, a dark cranberry, was a color that’s popped up before as well as Compass, a sandy gold and of course, many of the highlighting shades like Matte-y, an off white, look like something we’ve seen in a past Mega Pro Palette.

Lorac Pirates of the Caribbean Eyeshadow Palette Swatches (Matte-y, Lost at Sea, Pirates Chest, Sea Haze)

Lorac Pirates of the Caribbean Eyeshadow Palette Swatches (Black Pearl, Yo Ho, Bones, Silvermist)

Lorac Pirates of the Caribbean Eyeshadow Palette Swatches (Ghostly, Starry Night, Compass, Arrgh!)

Lorac Pirates of the Caribbean Eyeshadow Palette Swatches (Treasure, Tell No Tales, Shiver Me, Cursed)

Lorac Pirates of the Caribbean Eyeshadow Palette Swatches (Menace, Silent Mary, Pro Eyeliner)

You’re either going to love Lorac’s formula or hate it in my experience. I happen to be on Team Love as the formula works great for my drier eyes. They colors are very, very soft with a powdery texture that isn’t dry or dense. They kick up a lot of loose powder when you swipe a brush through them so, they can be a bit messy but I’ve never experience major fall out when applying them thankfully. The texture is very silky but some shades slip off the eye easily so, I recommend a good cream base or primer to allow them to adhere well to your lid. Pigmentation was great on a lot of the shades but there were some sheerer color as well which did build easily enough.

For me, the Lorac Pirates of the Caribbean Pro Eyeshadow Palette is more of a collectible piece of makeup versus one that will work easily in everyday looks. I think if you’re an average makeup user you might struggle a little with the shade line up here. This doesn’t quite live up to Lorac’s original Mega Pro Palette range as those palette had considerably more variety. But for fans of Jack, the film franchise, or pirates in general, I’m sure it’ll be a win.

Lorac Pirates of the Caribbean Pro Eyeshadow Palette is available now at loraccosmetics.com and at Ulta.com soon!

Will you be indulging?

I’m looking forward to hearing your thoughts on this palette!

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.

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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  • Kimmwc03

    I love the eye look you created here but this is a pass for me, sadly.

    I do love that Sea Haze shade a lot and hope to find a dupe for it!

    • Isabella Muse

      Aw thanks girl! Sea Haze is nice, check your other Pro Palettes I feel like there’s a sage green in one of the past pro palettes!

  • Caroline

    I am a HUGE fan of both the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise and of LORAC Pro shadows, so I was super excited for this to come out! Great review; these are the first swatches I’ve seen. Do you think the formula is comparable to previously released Pro palettes? I hope they release it at Ulta before my 20% off coupon expires! 🙂

    • Isabella Muse

      🙂 Me too! I’d say yes, the formula as buttery and silky as prior ones, although powdery but that’s across the board with pro palettes!

      • Caroline

        That’s great to hear! I don’t mind the powderiness since they blend so well and have such beautiful pigmentation. Will definitely be picking this one up (and, since I am powerless to resist these themed collections, probably will get the face palette, too!!!)! 🙂

  • Sarah

    I would be buying this for the Black Pearl color. Just not worth it for me. I know I have a KVD shade shifter single that is close to this color. I just need to find it. For some reason, I have become obsessed with shade shifting shadows and nail polishes. But, really cool packaging on the Palette.

  • Jes

    Looks fun, and great on you! I don’t think I see myself working with those colors very often. Too bad, I LOVE Lorac’s eye shadows. The best formula ever. I even decided to pick up their PRO To Go Eye/Cheek palette for my upcoming travels, because it was perfect for my last long trip to Asia. I didn’t find any other ones that I liked better, even though it has been over 3 years since I last bought it!Hopefully they never stop making it.

    • Isabella Muse

      thanks Jes 😀 sorry delayed reply! I really do love their shadows too! It’s a shame because this is such a mesh of weird colors but all in all not really bad formula wise 😀 The Pro to Go Palette is perfect for your travels 😀

  • Christina D.

    I love Lorac Pro eye shadows…I love eye shadow palettes…I even really like Capt. Jack Sparrow! But I think I will safely pass on this. I wasn’t very tempted by it when I first saw photos, and although your swatches and good review do make it more appealing, there is no justification for adding this to my way-too-large collection. Besides, I hate the bulky packaging and it kinda sorta irritates me that they put a drawer for the blush palette without adding the blush palette to the package!

  • Joyce

    My husband and I just went to see The Fate of the Furious and saw a Pirates poster. He was like, “Oh, they’re coming about with another Pirates?” And I said, “Yes, and Lorac just came out with a collection in collaboration with the film.” Lol… this is how I stay up-to-date on movie news.

  • Ebz

    You’re very pretty…this is out of the norm from what I see you do…i like it it’s very nice. I’m gonna pass on this one…but VERY interested in the blush palette. At 35, just purchased the benefit cheek parade. I love it! I have never used blush…the colors are nice, I thought I’d look like a clown but I don’t. The lorac one looks really nice with the highlights included.

    • Isabella Muse

      Thanks Ebz!!!!!!! 🙂 I’m glad you’re enjoying the benefit palette, that’s a good one! Especially Galifornia such a beautiful shade of blush!

  • Alisha

    I really wish they had picked better colors to go along with their amazing theme and gorgeous packaging. Nothing about this says Pirates. Not that many grungy colors, not many jewel tones, no gold?! It doesn’t seem very cohesive and the color story is lacking. I am going to have to pass as much as I really want to spend money on it. They did a very poor job.

    • Isabella Muse

      I agree, formula is good but colors are a mesh of weirdness! They don’t really evoke pirates in me either!

  • Lulle

    To be honest, I find the shade selection very bland and uneventful for a Pirates of the Caribbean inspired palette. I wish the shadows would be as colorful and full of life as the characters in the movie!

  • Lbm

    It’s a pretty palette, but I have to agree with you that the color choices seem a bit disjointed. Anyway, your eye makeup looks great!

    • Isabella Muse

      aw thanks dear! Yeah def a weird mesh of shades!

  • Lorraine. E.R

    It always kinda baffles me when I see more than one white shade in a palette. If one is matte and one is shimmer I kinda understand but idk it seems like a waste of a pan that could have been a color, to me. Lol! I know not everyone’s preferences are the same though. The colors are pretty, packaging is awesome and I like the look you did!

  • Yolanda

    Love Lorac everything! I have been waiting for this palette! Not sure yet about the shade selection though. Will have to swatch/see it in person first. The packaging is beautiful though!

  • Sharon Starr

    This looks amazing on you. I’m sold and making the purchase! Thanks once again for the review. I never buy anything without hearing your opinion. Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

    • Isabella Muse

      aw thanks Sharon you’re too kind 😀 My pleasure! and thank you very very flattered!

  • Silvia

    Love the name anything Caribbean and island related I was born in a beautiful one but I’ll pass don’t find the. Ikirs toi exciting I have too many dupes.

  • Sarah

    Dear Muse,
    I have commented on several posts that you have made and you have not posted my comments. I know how well you get back to your readers and you have totally disregarded by comments. Yeah, feelings are kinda hurt. I take the time to look at your blog and post my comments of products and you never publish them. I never use obscene language or use inappropriate content in my comments. So, this will be my last comment. Too bad, I really liked your posts on everything beauty, as I’m as obsessed as you are.

    • Isabella Muse

      Hi Sarah! I see two comments pending from you at the moment but everything else was approved that I see anyway. I have about 475 comments to get through, some of which are backed up a few weeks because I haven’t had a chance to reply to them all. It’s only me around here 🙂 so, I try to reply as fast as possible but sometimes I let things get backed up and I have trouble keeping up. Please don’t be hurt! It’s just me being busy! If you point to which comment was missing I’ll look for it and reply right away. Apologies for the delay, just now I am super busy sometimes as I work full time plus life, etc…so, I’m not always right on top of these things, I do the best I can with the time I have 🙂 Hope you’ll understand and I’ll do my best to reply faster!

  • Isa

    Lovely look on your eyes!

    If I do get this palette, it would probably be for the packaging and franchise tie-in. Not that I wouldn’t use the shadows, but for whatever reason, I’m not immediately drawn to them.

    • Isabella Muse

      Thanks Isa 😀 xoxo! That’s about what drew me in! The franchise not so much the colors 😀

  • genevieve

    This palette does look like it has a random collection of shades so that as wide a group as possible will find something they like. The trouble is you don’t usually buy a whole palette for a couple of shades. Secondly, the palette does, as you have mentioned Isabella, have trouble deciding whether it is warm or cool toned.
    There are a few shades I like here: the blue and sea haze but I am sure I have good dupes for them: the Lorac Pro Metals and in bareMinerals Soft and Smoky.
    Stila in the Garden, an absolute legend of a palette, has a beautiful sage green shade too.

  • Ruth

    How much did the pirate pay for his peg and hook?
    An arm and a leg!!

    How much did the pirate pay for his piercings?
    A buck-an-ear!

    I totally want this pallet plus the blushes- I have zero control over myself. *smh at self*

    • Isabella Muse

      LOL! Reading these now and chuckling to myself 😀 Be strong girl be strong 😀

  • kjh

    Yeah, kind of incohesive. But single shades really grab ya! Not nuts about the Ulta description, but that’s often inaccurate. Idk, will wait and swatch. Already used the Ulta coupon, and did very little damage.

  • Sam

    I was amazed with the packaging but I am more impressed with the colors inside. The palette looks really fun and playful. I already have my favorite which is the Starry Night and of course The Black Pearl. Just wondering how much does it cost in the market? Thanks for sharing this by the way love!

  • Susan

    I’ve been waffling about this palette for days and was mired in analysis paralysis. When it was first announced I wasn’t wowed at all. Then Blogger A loved it and had amazing swatches. Blogger B said “meh” and her swatches looked patchy. Muse, I think your swatches look good and I LOVE the look you created, a beautiful switch from your usual nudes & browns (and I in no way mean that critically because I do the same thing).

    But then yesterday I got to actually see and touch the tester palette in Ulta and was blown away by how soft and pigmented the shades were. Even the ones I thought might be blah like the grays were great. My final decision is that while I wouldn’t pay $52 for it, I have my 20% off coupon and that brings it down to a price that I am OK with. Does that all make sense?

    • Isabella Muse

      I totally get it 🙂 I do this myself. I’ll read one review that says OMG so good and I’ll read another that says NO! Don’t buy it! 😀 I understand haha! Hey 20% off makes it nicer though 😀

  • Susan

    I swatched this yesterday. On my arm the light colors all looked very similar and the darker colors did too. Was kind of disappointed 🙁 Can’t decide if I’ll pick it up or skip it.

  • M

    I was waffling about this for awhile, but finally ended up pulling the trigger today. I think it helps that I recently went through all my makeup so it’s fresh in my mind what I’m working with… For someone like me who owns like 5 shadow palettes, this shade selection can end up being a good filler. I see a lot of stuff that will fill in gaps for me. Like Sea Haze + the greens from MAC Tinashe, etc.. But for someone with a wider range of palettes I can see this as being very underwhelming as nothing seems particularly groundbreaking.

    The lip colors on the other hand… I want them all, especially the two you swatched. They look gorgeous!

  • Wanda

    Love this palette! To me, this is actually my go-to everyday palette, can you believe that? I am very pale and my skins has cool undertones, so when I saw cool toned palet,lots of dark shades as well, with pirate theme i had to own it! 😀 so glad it came out , especially because a majority of palettes nowadays
    are warm-toned and it looks orange on me, even if it claims to be neutral only the shades pirate chest, tell no tales look SUPER orange on me and the shade Bones looks neutral. i like to use silent mary as my transition shade! 😀
    But I am not an average makeup user, i wear smokey eyes on daily basis, so i would recommend this palette for those who like to wear edgier looks and struggle to find great cool toned palette ☠️

    • Isabella Muse

      I’m glad it works so well for you wanda ;-D that’s awesome to hear! I liked the beauty and the beast one a bit more than this guy!