For over a year now when asked “What is your favorite palette?” or “What palette should I buy?” my first thought is the Lorac Pro Palette. Sure, I ask what people need- color, texture, neutrals, mattes- but usually this is the end recommendation! This is my most used palette of the year & I absolutely love every shade! As much as I love more colorful looks this has all of the basics. Add a colorful Urban Decay palette or some Sugarpill singles & you’re absolutely set! Keep reading to see why this is my top pick of the palettes!
From ULTA- Go PRO with the LORAC PRO Palette! Created by celebrity makeup artist Carol Shaw, this PRO artistry palette is packed with 8 Shimmer and 8 Matte Eye Shadows in all the shades you need to create the hottest looks straight from the Red Carpet. LORAC’s velvety-smooth shadows are infused with soothing botanicals and are ultra-pigmented to perform wet or dry so you can shade, shadow, line and define your eyes, just like a PRO. PRO Palette Contains 16 Eye Shadows and a Mini Behind The Scenes Eye Primer for stay-true color that lasts, a PRO must-have!
So this comes in a basic box, cute but still professional looking. The actual palette packaging is something not everyone will love. The outside is slightly similar to NARS packaging meaning it can get dirty looking & have some fingerprints. I honestly don’t mind it because it is incredibly thin but not the cardboard isn’t flimsy at all. I mean crazy thin! Perfect for daily use, storage, & travel. A very smart design that doesn’t feel bulky or cheap.
Inside you have a decent sized mirror, 16 shades in varying tones, & color names below each shade for convenience. The top row is matte & the bottom is shimmer.
Top Row (Matte) – White, Cream, Taupe, Light Pink, Mauve, Sable, Espresso and Black Bottom Row (Shimmer) – Nude, Champagne, Gold, Light Bronze, Pewter, Garnet, Deep Purple and Slate.
All of these shades are quite soft & buttery, you need to tap off before use. I find these very easy to blend out effortlessly. Even the shades that might seem a bit chalky blend on the eye to perfection without much work. You can also use these shades wet or dry for a variety of looks.Swatches below are over the Lorac primer included with the palette.
Top Row of the Lorac Pro Palette (Matte) –
White- Matte white with cool tones. A bit powdery but blends out beautifully.
Cream- Matte slightly warm light beige. A bit stiff but buildable.
Taupe- Matte warm medium brown. Great texture.
Light Pink- Matte very pale cool pink. A bit powdery but easy to work with.
Mauve- Matte muted plum toned pink. Nice texture & blendability.
Sable- Matte warm/red toned medium to dark brown. Great shade.
Espresso- Matte cool dark brown. Slight satin but appears matte on the eye.
Black- Matte medium to dark black. Very buildable for intensity.
Bottom Row of the Lorac Pro Palette (Shimmer) –
Nude- Nearly metallic warm beige-toned champagne. Smooth.
Champagne- Champagne that it very close to Nude. A bit more stiff.
Gold- Metallic bronze toned gold. Very pigmented & easy to use!
Light Bronze- Frosted yellow-toned light peach.
Pewter- Frosted slightly metallic medium taupe. More dimension out of the pan.
Garnet- Metallic red toned copper brown. Amazing on blue eyes!
Deep Purple- Deep blackened plum with micro-shimmer. Kind of a satin.
Slate- Shimmer with a deep cool toned grayed blue. The shimmer is kind of a purple/teal.
A nice mix of colors, both cool & warm. Likely the most versatile of all of my neutral palettes. I also have the Lorac Pro to Go palette which I reviewed here & also absolutely love. Both palettes have excellent pigmentation & blendability. They are just an excellent formula & the varying shades make everything from easy day or work looks possible along with sultry night time smoky eyes. Awesome overall. I also compared the Lorac Pro Palette to two of my other favorite neutral palettes here: Lorac Pro vs. Urban Decay Naked vs. The Balm Nude ‘Tude Palette (Detailed!)
I thought I’d close out this post with one of my all-time favorite eyeshadow looks using the Lorac Pro Palette. I simply love it! Check out the full post with instructions here!: Fake a Taupe Eyeshadow Look with Lorac Pro + Rimmel Show Off in Nova Tutorial
So as you might have been able to glean from my post- I LOVE this palette! Do you own the Lorac Pro Palette? Want to see any specific looks using it? What are your favorite palettes?