Lorac Pro 2 Eyeshadow Palette

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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!

Packaging

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.

Lorac Pro 2 Eyeshadow Palette and mini Behind The Scenes Eye Primer

Lorac Pro 2 Eyeshadow Palette and mini Behind The Scenes Eye Primer

Lorac Pro 2 Eyeshadow Palette

Lorac Pro 2 Eyeshadow Palette

Lorac Pro 2 Eyeshadow Palette

Lorac Pro 2 Eyeshadow Palette

mini Behind The Scenes Eye Primer

Mini Behind The Scenes Eye Primer

Mini Behind The Scenes Eye Primer unblended (L) and blened (R)

Mini Behind The Scenes Eye Primer unblended (L) and blened (R)

Texture

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!).

Lorac Pro 2 Eyeshadow Palette

Lorac Pro 2 Eyeshadow Palette

Lorac Pro 2 Eyeshadow Palette

Lorac Pro 2 Eyeshadow Palette

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.

Lorac Pro 2 Eyeshadow Palette

Lorac Pro 2 Eyeshadow Palette

Lorac Pro 2 Eyeshadow Palette

Lorac Pro 2 Eyeshadow Palette

Whole palette swatches

Lorac Pro 2 Eyeshadow Palette

Lorac Pro 2 Eyeshadow Palette (see full size)

Lorac Pro 2 Eyeshadow Palette

Lorac Pro 2 Eyeshadow Palette

Top row; first half

Lorac Pro 2 Eyeshadow Palette

Lorac Pro 2 Eyeshadow Palette

L-R: Buff, Lt. Brown, Cool Gray, and Nectar

L-R: Buff, Lt. Brown, Cool Gray, and Nectar

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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

Lorac Pro 2 Eyeshadow Palette

Lorac Pro 2 Eyeshadow Palette

L-R: Plum, Navy, Charcoal, and Black

L-R: Plum, Navy, Charcoal, and Black

  1. 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).
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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

Laroc Pro 2 Eyeshadow Palette

Laroc Pro 2 Eyeshadow Palette

L-R: Snow, Beige, Rosé, and Mocha

L-R: Snow, Beige, Rosé, and Mocha

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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

Lorac Pro 2 Eyeshadow Palette

Lorac Pro 2 Eyeshadow Palette

L-R: Chrome, Silver, Jade, and Cocoa

L-R: Chrome, Silver, Jade, and Cocoa

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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! ♥
  4. 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.

The look

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.

Wearing Lorac Pro 2 Eyeshadow Palette

Wearing Lorac Pro 2 Eyeshadow Palette

Wearing Lorac Pro 2 Eyeshadow Palette

Wearing Lorac Pro 2 Eyeshadow Palette

Wearing Lorac Pro 2 Eyeshadow Palette

Wearing Lorac Pro 2 Eyeshadow Palette

Wearing Lorac Pro 2 Eyeshadow Palette

Wearing Lorac Pro 2 Eyeshadow Palette

Wearing Lorac Pro 2 Eyeshadow Palette

Wearing Lorac Pro 2 Eyeshadow Palette

Conclusion

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.

Lorac Pro (top) and Lorac Pro 2 (bottom) Eyeshadow Palettes

Lorac Pro (top) and Lorac Pro 2 (bottom) Eyeshadow Palettes

Lorac Pro (top) and Lorac Pro 2 (bottom) Eyeshadow Palettes

Lorac Pro (top) and Lorac Pro 2 (bottom) Eyeshadow Palettes

Lorac Pro Eyeshadow Palette

Lorac Pro Eyeshadow Palette

Lorac Pro 2 Eyeshadow Palette

Lorac Pro 2 Eyeshadow Palette

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!

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34 Comments

  • Reply July 17, 2014

    Carolyn

    Jaa, this post is such a great example of why I adore your blog!! You write such helpful, detailed reviews that explain the products so well. Thank you for taking the time to share such helpful info with all your readers :).

    You look so gorgeous!! This palette is stunning, with so many beautiful shadows to choose from (Rose and Jade may be my favorites!). The eye look you did with the shadows is beautiful; I wish I was as good at applying eyeshadow as you are! (I usually use a max of 4 eyeshadows when doing an eye look. I’m still not the best at blending.)

    While I don’t think I’ll buy a Lorac Pro Palette anytime soon, given that I just recently bought two Chanel quads, it’s definitely on my list to try down the line (maybe a future Sephora sale?).

    • Reply July 18, 2014

      Jaa

      Thanks so much, Carolyn for your kind and super sweet comment!! ^_^

      Trust me, I’m not very good at doing eye makeup, like at all. It’s even harder when you are doing it for photoshoots. I’m still struggling with how much I have to “overly” apply so that the photos don’t look washed out (studio lighting tends to “dilute” the intensity of makeup).

      Two Chanel quads! Yay for you! Hopefully the review is on its way? ;D

      Unfortunately, Sephora doesn’t carry Lorac makeup anymore. They can only be found at Ulta now.

      • Reply July 18, 2014

        Carolyn

        Hi Jaa! Well, the eye look you did is gorgeous, so even if you say that you struggled with it, trust me in that it looks amazing :)!

        Yes, I hope to review them soon! In short, I LOVE them!

        Ah, thank you so much for the info on Lorac not being carried in Sephora anymore. I wish I had an Ulta store near me!

        • Reply July 24, 2014

          Jaa

          Have you been to an Ulta? Sometimes I like to shop there, too. It’s much much more peaceful than Sephora lol. Their reward system is also pretty cool, with every $100 spent, you get $3 back that you can use towards your next purchase. :D

  • Reply July 17, 2014

    Sunny

    Hey Jaa, I’m really really loving the look you did here! Excellent liner work, too!

    I TRY to resist big palettes because I don’t give the ones I own enough love, but that GREEN! I might have to revisit the idea now :)

    • Reply July 18, 2014

      Jaa

      Thanks, Sunny! I love how the liner turns out! I remember you trying to stay away from palettes but I actually do like palettes! For some reason I feel like I’m getting my money’s worth. LOL. I don’t like big big palettes, though, as they can be overwhelming (and intimidating) with too many choices. A palette with 10-20 colors I can do!

  • Reply July 17, 2014

    Fiona

    Hello Jaa, you are looking totally gorgeous. I think you did the eye makeup so beautifully. The Lorac Pro Palette is so darn pretty, liking most of the shades. The picture, the review, the swatches all are excellent. Thank you for sharing this. xx

    • Reply July 18, 2014

      Jaa

      Thank you so much, Fiona! Glad you enjoyed the post! <3

  • Reply July 17, 2014

    Kiss & Make-up

    *wipes the drool off her chin* What a beauty! Both the palette and you! :-)

    • Reply July 18, 2014

      Jaa

      LOL, that’s what I do allllllllll the time when I see your eye makeup posts!!! You have excellent skills!!

  • Reply July 17, 2014

    Smita Roy

    this palette is like everywhr ths days…its amazing with its collection of mattes as well as shimmers in 1 palette…bt looks like I wont pick up another palette anytime soon..will probably go for smaller quad this time…eyeing a chanel 1 this time…lets c wen :) amazing review Jaa..

    • Reply July 18, 2014

      Jaa

      Thanks, Smita! I think it’s everywhere because the first Pro is such a fan favorite! So, naturally people (me included) are excited for the sequel! :D

  • Reply July 17, 2014

    Divya

    Oh Miaaaann! you look stunning Jaa! I love the look, the liner, the lips! I have heard so much ramble over the Lorac Pro palette makes me wonder if its all hype induced! This one seems to be taking the same path.. anyways neither of these are around here so probably I can just sit and stare and marvel! :P

    • Reply July 18, 2014

      Jaa

      Hehehe thanks, Divya! I don’t know about others but I really do love both of my Pro palettes! For me, I think they are worthy of all praise! ;D

  • Reply July 17, 2014

    Rikki Poynter

    I am one of the few not interested in this palette. I even looked at it in person yesterday at Ulta and the shades did not wow me.

    • Reply July 18, 2014

      Jaa

      Sorry to hear that, Rikki! What kind of shades would have wowed you?

  • Reply July 17, 2014

    Krithi

    wow Jaa ,U r really rock start …first of all my goodness on that detailed blog post and secondly wow at your EOTD and most importantly how pretty u look gal …loving the look and this palette …my goodness i want it badly :P

    • Reply July 18, 2014

      Jaa

      Thank you so much, Krithi, you are SO SWEET!!!! ;D ;D ;D

  • Reply July 17, 2014

    Izzie

    I think I may love this palette more than Lorac Pro 1, or at least, I feel that I could get more use out of Lorac Pro 2.

    Also, your eye look is awesome!

    • Reply July 18, 2014

      Jaa

      Thanks, Izzie! I really love the addition of some colors in the Pro 2! :)

  • Reply July 18, 2014

    Sara@colormeloud

    Wow, that blue liner along your lower lashline, lowing the look you created with that. It is a liner right, not one of the shades in the palette?
    We don’t have Lorac here and I am a little shy with textures who are in a way like UD eye shadows, creamy but somehow that metallic shimmery thing doesn’t work on me all that well. How would you compare UD and Lorac e/s textures?

    • Reply July 18, 2014

      Jaa

      Thank you so much, Sara! :D Yes, it’s a liner (MAC Pearlglide Intense Eye Liner in Petrol Blue: http://www.hellojaa.com/reviews/mac-pearlglide-intense-eye-liner/).

      I’m the total opposite; I can’t get enough of metallic/shimmery shadows. ^_^

      Lorac and UD shadows are generally very similar in my opinion. They are vibrant, super pigmented and long-lasting!

      But if I were to be picky, I think Lorac’s texture may be slightly softer and they tend to “crumble” more easily. The shimmers of UD are much more shimmery and more often than not you can see chunks of glitter in them — something I’m not too crazy about, especially when I see glitter fallout everywhere on my face after I do my eye makeup. They seem to have improved the formula recently, though, as I don’t see too much of fallout anymore in their recent palettes. So I think, you won’t be disappointed with either brand. :)

  • Reply July 18, 2014

    Erin

    Chrome is amazing!

    • Reply July 18, 2014

      Jaa

      It is a nice color! :)

  • Reply July 19, 2014

    Sylirael

    Argh, there are so many shades in this palette that I would love to have…but not enough of them to justify actually getting the palette, LOL! The plum is really gorgeous, as is the rose gold, and the green is lovely too!

    Your look is absolutely fabulous – I was reading your reply to Carolyn’s comment, and I have to say I know *exactly* what you mean about ‘over application’ to get things to show up. I have the same thing, and I’m only using whatever natural light somes through the window! It’s kind of crazy actually, but the look you did is stunning. What’s the really bright blue on the lower lash line? Did I miss it? Or is it Navy concentrated?

    • Reply July 19, 2014

      Jaa

      Thank you, Syl! I’m glad you are sharing my pain of not knowing how much to put on! Natural light may even be trickier (with the cloud going in and out and everything) so props to you!

      The lower lash line is MAC Pearlglide Intense Eye Liner in Petrol Blue! :)

  • Reply July 20, 2014

    Laarni

    Jaaaa, i have this crazy idea, which is to purchase the first one! The way you write your reviews just move me every time I read them. lol. The 2 is already OSS the last time I checked it, I was actually able to save it on my Amazon wishlist but after few minutes, it’s already gone. (I’ve read this review few days ago and I just had to come back here again to comment!)

    Stunning photos! How many lights did you use here?

    Btw, i sent you an email. I hope you got it!!! xx

    • Reply July 23, 2014

      Jaa

      Can you buy it from Ulta? I know they still have them! But I don’t think they ship outside the US…

      But don’t lose hope! Keep stalking amazon! ;D

      I use a lightbox for product photos and a ring light and softboxes for portraits. :)

      I received the email. I’ll get back to you ASAP!

  • Oh my Jaa! You look GORGEOUS! The look you put together is simply beautiful and very creative. Jade is such a stunner! And I love the coral shade. I learned to use corals for a crease blending color from Jenny Sue Makeup and I love it! Wonderful review, boo! I too consider the original Pro Palette a total staple and one every makeup lover should have in their arsenal.

    • Reply July 23, 2014

      Jaa

      Thank you, Kristen! Did you pick up the Pro 2 yet? You must soon!!! ;D

      Something about coral on the crease. I like it so much better than traditional brown. ^_^ I think it’s more fun and it really brightens up the eye area. I learned this trick a while ago from a YT guru whose name I wish I remembered. She literally changed the way I do my crease (I feel weird saying “my crease” since I don’t exactly have a visible eye crease whatsoever haha!).

  • Wow that navy is gorgeous! I am so sad that Lorac isn’t sold at Sephora anymore. Makes it tricky to get the stuff in Canada unless I feel like ordering online somewhere. I definitely want to snag this palette sometime soon though, these colours look amazing!

    • Reply July 24, 2014

      Jaa

      I love Navy, too, but the texture could use some improvement! I recommend ordering it from Amazon if you decide to purchase online! I have had nothing but good experience with them. :)

  • Reply July 26, 2014

    jenn f

    the colors here are quite nice but i dont prefer cooler tones so probably woudlnt’ get as much use from this as i do the lorac 1. not that i even use that one too often either! love the look you created!
    Jenn
    A Beautiful Zen

    • Reply July 27, 2014

      Jaa

      Thanks, Jenn! :) I don’t normally wear cool-toned shadows a lot because most of the time they don’t look right on my skin. But I do love these, though! And I can’t live (peacefully) without my original Lorac Pro! ^_^

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