Lorac Pro Palette, Totally Worth It

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Lorac Pro Palette

Lorac Pro Palette

Today I wanted to show you the Lorac Pro Palette.  When I first got the palette a few month ago, I took pictures before using the palette like any dutiful beauty blogger would, but I honestly didn’t expect to use them. This blog is focused on budget beauty items, and Lorac isn’t the most budget friendly brand out there.  I’ve got to say, though, that the Lorac Pro Palette is totally worth getting.

Lorac Pro Palette

Lorac Pro Palette

I got my Lorac Pro Palette from Ulta when they were having a 20% off your entire order offer for Platinum Reward members.  I’m not sure if all Pro palettes come with a bonus Behind the Scenes Eye Primer mini, but mine did.  The palette itself is sleek, with a similar feel to NARS packaging.  Unfortunately that means it is a magnet for dust and fingerprints, and is almost impossible to keep clean.  The inside is heavy-duty cardboard and feels pretty sturdy.  The palette has a full-sized mirror.

Lorac Pro Palette

Lorac Pro Palette

Matte shadows are very popular right now and the Lorac Pro Palette delivers in that department.  The main selling point for me was that, of the 16 shadows in the Pro Palette, half of them are matte.  I was asked around the holidays if I was  going to get the Urban Decay Naked Basics palette of matte shadows when it came out, but I felt that the shades in that palette were too similar to each other.  There wasn’t enough variety.  The Lorac Pro Palette, on the other hand, contains similar shades as the UD Naked Basics palette, but offers so much more.  The entire top row are matte shadows in a range of light to dark.  The bottom eight shadows are a variety of shimmer and metallic shades.  Not only can you achieve lovely neutral eye looks, but there are copper and purple shades to add some variety.  This is a complete palette, where I thought that UD Naked Basics was lacking.

Lorac Pro Palette

Lorac Pro Palette lighter shades

The left side of the Pro palette contains all of the lighter shades.  There are several flesh-toned options in both matte and shimmer for lighter lid shades or highlights.  Taupe and Cream are essential, and I love how Nude and Champagne brighten my eyes.  And, of course, that molten Gold shade is just beautiful.  The swatch below is on bare skin, no primer.  I took shots in the sun so that you could see the lighter shades a little better.

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Lorac Pro Palette lighter shades

The Lorac shadows aren’t quite as creamy as Urban Decay shadows.  The matte shades, especially, can be a little powdery, but that only means that you have to tap off your brush to avoid fall-out.  The shadows apply smoothly and evenly, so don’t take me to mean that I think they are chalky or patchy, because they aren’t.  As long as you tap off, you should be fine.

Lorac Pro Palette

Lorac Pro Palette darker shades

The right side of the palette holds all of the darker shades and they are really lovely.  I have gotten some really good  use out of Mauve and Garnet, both very versatile shades.  Pewter is absolutely gorgeous for a pop of color.  Deep purple creates a gorgeous smoky eye, and Espresso and Black are great liners.

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Lorac Pro Palette darker shades

I am definitely glad that I got the Lorac Pro Palette.  It is so versatile and has everything you need for countless looks.  At $42.00 full price, it is a little steep.  Like I said, I got mine at Ulta with a discount and cashed in some rewards points.  But if you think about it, $42 for 16 shadows is only $2.63 per shadow, so it’s not that expensive when you look at it that way.  Only you know what your beauty budget is, but I fully recommend the Lorac Pro Palette.  It’s totally worth it, in my opinion.

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I am a self proclaimed eyeshadow junkie whose main hobbies include shopping, reading, singing, and mainlining caffeine while hanging out with my friends. I love interesting socks and have amassed quite a collection. The place that I want to visit before I die would be Greece. I like to read all seven Harry Potter books once a year the way some people read the Lord of the Rings Trilogy. (Sorry JRRT, but JKR kicks butt in my book.) I love art, and use my creativity in many different ways through painting, crafts, and makeup. I love to cook and try new things, and I especially love to eat. My favorite "date" is to go wine tasting, and do so with my husband once or twice a year. I love musical theater and think the world would be much better off if we all just watched more musicals. I am 100% a cat person and, although I think dogs can be really cute and sweet, they make me sneeze so cats will always rule. I love faeries and magic, mythology, theology, philosophy, and psychology. I regularly do logic puzzles and sometimes crosswords. I adore Bette Midler, Betty White, and Carol Burnett. I am not ashamed to admit that I watch Glee. I would like to start making some of my own clothes because I can't stop myself from buying fabric. I'm sure that there is much more, but I'm suddenly distracted by something shiny.

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  1. A couple of months ago I was on the fence about whether I wanted the Naked palette or the Lorac palette. I ended up picking up Urban Decay but the Lorac palette looked so similar it was crazy. I just couldn’t find any good reviews on it :(. I will probably end up picking it up anyway haha. Did it come with a Lorac Primer?

  2. Thanks for the review; I’ve been thinking about buying the Lorac Pro palette for a while! It looks really great and the shades are stunning. I think I might ask for it for my birthday (which is still four months away, ha!). 🙂

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