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Here it is everyone! The sequel to the original LORAC Pro, the LORAC Pro 2 eyeshadow palette! Words cannot describe how excited I was to learn that LORAC was coming out with another Pro palette! Despite a massive amount of eyeshadow palettes currently on the market, the original Pro still remains one of my favorites of all time. This will be another long review with lots of photos and swatches so be prepared! There will also be a swatch comparison between the original Pro and Pro 2 palettes at the end of post as well. So without further ado, let's get started!
The eyeshadow orientation and packaging of the LORAC Pro 2 are practically identical to the original Pro, save for the heather gray color of the palette instead of black. The palette is lightweight, compact, and therefore great for traveling. Though you will still need to be gentle with it while handling since it is made of rubberized cardboard material instead of metal/tin. A long mirror is provided inside and the palette comes with a mini Behind the Scene Eye Primer (if you haven't tried this eye primer, you are missing out on one of the best! It seriously holds up to heat and humidity like no other; we're talking an all-day, crease-free, fade-free wear here). And another nifty thing about the Pro palettes is if you look at the back of the palette, there is a small QR code in the lower left corner that you can scan with your smartphone (must have a QR code scanner app) and it will direct you to the official LORAC website where you can search for makeup inspiration.
There are 16 eyeshadows total; 8 mattes (top row) and 8 shimmers (bottom row). The mattes are smooth and dreamy creamy. The shimmers are soft, buttery, and subtly sparkly in the most beautiful way. All of the shadows, true to LORAC formula, are exceptionally pigmented and true-to-pan. However, being that they are quite soft in formula, you will probably experience a little bit of fallout during application (tap that brush or hold a piece of tissue under your eye!).
Color selection and versatility
The color selection is beautifully curated by the famous celebrity makeup artist Carol Shaw to include a wide range of colors. The left side of the palette features mostly neutrals — something wearable to anyone and suitable to any occasion. The right side is more daring, incorporating some of the darker and bolder shades such as Plum, Navy, and Jade — perfect for dark and dramatic smokey eyes. At first glance, the theme of the shadows looks to be cool-toned due to the neutral gray background, but if you imagine the color of the palette a different color than gray, say bronze or black, for example, you will see that the shadows are actually mostly warm-toned (with exception of a few true cool shades). The shadows can be used wet or dry, depending on one's preference and desired intensity.
Whole palette swatches
Top row; first half
- Buff – a light beige; matte
A basic but necessary shade for every eyeshadow palette. Apply this all over the lid to facilitate blending. It is decently pigmented but sheers out quite a bit, which in a way is good for what it's intended for. Soft texture, slightly chalky but not powdery.
- Light Brown – a light warm brown; matte
This simple shade would make a nice, subtle crease or all-over lid color for a minimal makeup look. Buttery soft, fairly pigmented, and applies smoothly.
- Cool Gray – a purple gray taupe; matte
Such a beautiful and interesting matte taupe. I really like this type of taupe where it has a strong hint of purple. Good color payoff, silky soft and blends like a dream.
- Nectar – a medium pinky peach; matte
I absolutely love using this shade as a crease color! It brightens up the eye area really well. Quite pigmented for a light color. Soft, blendable, and non-chalky/powdery at all. ♥
Top row; second half
- Plum – a medium dark plum; matte
At first I wasn't too crazy about this color but upon using it a few times, I think it's actually a really pretty plummy shade. It has nice pigmentation and can easily be built up or sheered down. The texture is slightly dry but is still very soft. A pop color of the palette (along with Navy, Silver, and Jade).
- Navy – a bright navy blue; matte
In the pan, this reminds me a lot of the blue in the Tom Ford Unabashed palette. It is the only matte that is not a true matte as it has some really, really fine shimmer in it. Such a nice beautiful blue but the texture is unfortunately sub par. It has fairly good color payoff but it's not soft like the others. The application is also dry and patchy. I recommend using a primer underneath since the blue does stain the skin a little bit.
- Charcoal – a medium gray; matte
A nice charcoal gray that would come in handy for a smokey eye. It has smooth texture and decent pigmentation though it sheers out quite a bit as you blend.
- Black – a medium black; matte
I wouldn't call this a true black. It is more of a darker and deeper version of Charcoal. It has medium pigmentation. The texture is soft but the application can be slightly powdery, and fallout-prone.
Bottom row; first half
- Snow – a frosty white; shimmer (bordering on metallic almost)
I absolutely adore this shade. Such a pretty sparkly snowy vibrant white! The pigmentation is excellent, actually it applies almost opaque. Beautiful highlight color. Soft, smooth, and blends nicely.
- Beige – a light champagne beige; shimmer
A beautiful shade for inner corners or all-over color. It is buttery soft and smooth with incredible color payoff and blendability. A light touch of the brush is all you need with this shade.
- Rosé – a rose gold; shimmer
Another shade I am completely in love with. Such a beautiful and feminine rose gold that applies and blends like a dream. Super soft, incredibly pigmented, and so easy to use.
- Mocha – a medium bronzed brown; shimmer
Another pretty bronze-y brown shade that I'm sure will come in handy for many makeup looks. Similar to Rosé, the formula is soft, highly pigmented, and blends beautifully.
Bottom row; second half
- Chrome – a silver purple taupe; shimmer
This is such a unique shade; beautiful, and actually slightly duochromatic. The pigmentation is decent (though I wish it was a tad bit stronger like Pewter in the original Pro palette). The formula is soft and blends superbly.
- Silver – a metallic silver; metallic-shimmer
The first time I swatched this shade, I was like WOAH! So bright! And it has a really nice and soft texture considering that it's a metallic silver shade. Blends nicely, too. I like to pair it with Navy (see the look) or Jade. Definitely a fun color to add sparkles to your eyes.
- Jade – a golden olive green; shimmer
Can we just pause for a moment to appreciate the beauty of this color? It's one of the most striking dark olive greens I've ever seen! The rich pigmentation is amazing and you barely have to touch it to get a good color payoff. Soft, smooth, and super blendable, too! ♥
- Cocoa – a deep reddish brown; shimmer
Another amazing shade with its ultra rich texture and color payoff. I really love this type of brown. The consistency is similar to Jade — silky soft, smooth, and blends beautifully.
In the eye look below I applied a mix of Silver and Chrome all over the lid, followed by Navy and Jade at the outer corner. I used Nectar as a transition color to the highlight shade Snow under the brow bone. I highlighted the inner corner with Beige. I also used Mocha under the lower lash line.
This is yet another incredibly versatile palette from LORAC ! I don't know if it's my imagination but I really do feel like they have improved the formula from the original Pro palette. It was already so good to begin with, but the overall texture of Pro 2 eyeshadows is just even better! I really like LORAC's idea of combining mattes and shimmers together because creating dimension is how I like to do my eye looks. The inclusion of both neutrals and colors increases versatility and simply makes this palette that much more fun to use. I am, once again, absolutely happy with my purchase and cannot wait for the Pro 3, 4, and 5! I will keep buying until they stop making them. ;D
Comparison to the original Pro palette
Quality-wise, you can't go wrong with either one. They are both soft, smooth, and highly pigmented with excellent blendability. Color-wise, the original Pro palette is composed of mostly neutrals whereas the Pro 2 has some fun colors added into the mix. If you are deciding which one to get, you will have to ask yourself if you will ever wear plum, blue, or green. If not, the original Pro may be of more value to you. For me, I find both palettes worthy of owning (I'm a beauty blogger after all!). My favorite shades are in both palettes — Pewter, Garnet, and Mauve in the Pro, and Jade, Cocoa, and Nectar in the Pro 2 — so there is no possible way I can choose one palette over another! ^_^
Additionally, there is not a single repeat in the Pro 2, though most reviews suggested that the Black is the same in both palettes. Upon swatching them side by side, I find the Black in the Pro 2 “blacker”, making the Black in the original Pro look kind of brown in comparison.
Well, that's it! I hope you find my lengthy review helpful! Do you think you'll be picking up the Pro 2 (I strongly suggest you do!)? Please leave your comments or questions below if you have any!