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Lorac Pro Eyeshadow Palette Review & Swatches

I probably have enough neutral eyeshadows to last a lifetime, but I’ve heard so many fantastic things about the Lorac Pro Eyeshadow palette that I decided to just go for it & buy it during one of Sephora’s fantastic end-of-the-year sales, and, after using it several times, I am so happy that I did!

The Pro Palette sells for $42 contains 16 eyeshadows and a mini tube of Behind The Scenes eyshadow primer (which I will be reviewing separately).  The eyeshadows are quite small – .55g each (a MAC eyeshadow, for reference, is about three times bigger at 1.5g).  For me Pro Palette is a great value, since you get so many colors, and I rarely finish an eyeshadow.

Here are the sixteen eyeshadows (note the repeat in the 2nd and 3rd photo):

As you can see, the top eight eyeshadows are all matte.  The lower eight appear to be shimmers in the pan, but Champagne has small flecks of glitter, and Deep Purple swatches more like a satin – the others are true shimmers.

The texture of every single eyeshadow in this palette is fantastic; the mattes are buttery and smooth, and the shimmers are just amazing.  If I am being super picky, the mattes do kick up some dust (and thus have some fallout when applied), but it really doesn’t bother me.  It’s sort of similar to the texture of Illamasqua’s blushes, only more pigmented.  The texture of the shimmers reminds me of the best of Urban Decay.   I’ve worn several of the shades, and they last normally on me (I’ve tried them over both my everyday eyeshadow primer, NYX HD, and Lorac’s own primer).

Below, the swatches with flash show the color and texture more accurately, but I’ve also included natural light swatches.

Lorac Pro eyeshadow swatches

Lorac Pro top row / matte swatches: with flash

Lorac Pro eyeshadow swatches

Lorac Pro top row / matte swatches: natural light

Lorac Pro Eyeshadow Swatches

Lorac Pro lower row / shimmer swatches: with flash

Lorac Pro Eyeshadow Swatches

Lorac Pro lower row / shimmer swatches: natural light

I also compared the Lorac Pro palette to the Naked I palette, and found two sets of dupes and one set of similar shades.

Lorac Nude and Urban Decay Virgin are identical to my eye:

Lorac Nude UD Virgin swatches comparison

Lorac, UD

Lorac Taupe and Urban Decay Buck are close enough that I’d call them dupes, though they aren’t exactly identical – the undertones are slightly different:

Lorac Taupe UD Buck swatches comparison

Lorac, UD

Lorac Slate and Urban Decay Gunmetal are similar, but not dupes. The Lorac is more pigmented and a shimmer; the UD is sheer in comparison, and has flecks of glitter.

Lorac Slate UD Gunmetal swatches comparison

Lorac, UD

Overall, I would absolutely, definitely recommend the Lorac Pro palette to anyone who wear neutral eyeshadows – it has a fantastic mix of colors and finishes, and is a good value.

If you already own this palette, do you love it as much as I do? If you don’t, is it something that appeals to you?


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Illamasqua Neutral Palette Review, Swatches, Photos

Illamasqua Neutral Palette

When the Illamasqua Human Fundamentalism collection was released, there was one piece that especially caught my eye – the Neutral Palette.  As soon as I swatched it in Sephora, I knew it was an absolute must for me – the colors are exactly my style, and the quality is amazing.

The Neutral Palette is packaged very similarly to most of Illamasqua’s products, in their signature-shaped black compacts.  Unlike their blush (which has a clear lid), it has a solid lid with a mirror.  I prefer the clear lid so I can see what’s inside, but this way is fine too.  It is very sturdy and lovely. Here is a photo next to a blush (Hussy, which I will review soon), so you can see the relative size.

The Neutral Palette contains four eyeshadows – three mattes and one metallic.  The mattes are ivory Stealth, cool brown Wolf and matte black Obsidian, and the fourth shade is a metallic / shimmery gold Vintage.  Vintage is exclusive to the palette, but the other three shades are available as singles on the Illamasqua site.  I see Wolf on the Sephora site, but Sephora doesn’t carry the full Illamasqua line, and they don’t seem to have Stealth or Obsidian at this time.

The quality of all four eyeshadows is fantastic. They are incredibly smooth and pigmented. The mattes remind me of Inglot’s mattes, only perhaps even better, and Vintage reminds me of the best of Urban Decay eyeshadows. They apply and blend beautifully.  I haven’t tested out wear extensively, but I always wear a primer and I never have a problem with anything creasing on me – I’ll update this review if I do have a problem, but I can’t imagine that I will.

Although it only has four shades, this palette seems quite versatile as well.  You could use Stealth all over the lid and to highlight, then use Wolf in the crease to define the eye socket for a very subtle look.  You could use Wolf on the lid, and add Obsidian to the crease for a smokey eye.  You could add Vintage to any look, either lightly just to add some shimmer, or heavily (or wet) to add an intense metallic look.

The Neutral Palette is $42.50 at Sephora, or £30/approximately $47 at Illamasqua.com, and I think it is worth every penny.

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TheBalm Nude ‘Tude Palette Review, Swatches, Photos

This is a scheduled post as I’m visiting family this weekend. I may be slower than usual at approving comments and responding to questions. 

A while ago, I bought a couple TheBalm products off Hautelook. I reviewed the Mary-Lou Manizer highlighter a while ago, and today I (finally!) have a review of the Nude ‘Tude palette for you!

The Nude ‘Tude palette comes in either “nice” or “naughty” packaging – both have identical product.   I have the “nice” packaging,  which you can see above.  The “naughty” features naked ladies with the eyeshadows strategically placed; you can see it on TheBalm’s website, here.  Like all of TheBalm’s products, the Nude ‘Tude palette is in sturdy cardboard packaging.  I’m considering depotting mine, because the eyeshadows are small, and it would take up a lot less room in my makeup drawer if I did!

The eyeshadows are a really nice mix of finishes – there are four mattes (Sultry, Sexy, Serious, Sleek); one is a matte with sparkle (Silly), and the rest are frosts or shimmers.  They are a mix of warm and cool shades.  I found that all of them except Serious were easy to work with and had good payoff.  Serious was patchy and difficult to swatch, but it’s actually not a problem to work with on the eye.

left six
right six

 My favorite shade is Selfish, which is a cool, shimmering taupe that reminds me of Nars Lhasa.  I also really like Sleek – an very dark, matte brown – and I think it would be a great eyebrow shade for dark brunettes or those with black hair.

top row: sassy, stubborn, selfish, sophisticated, sexy, serious

bottom row: snobby, stand-offish, sultry, schitzo, silly, sleek

Overall, I really like this palette. I own the Urban Decay Naked palette as well – the first one – and I think that Nude ‘Tude compliments it well, without much shade overlap.  What neutral palettes do you own?

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