I have a review of one of my favorite neutral eyeshadow palettes to share with you today! I'm not sure why it took me so long to get this review up considering it's the one palette I use most often… I guess sometimes you just overlook the best thing closest to you. :)
LORAC Pro Eye Shadow Palette comes in a thick, sturdy cardboard material that is slightly matte and rubberized (it does attract quite a bit of dust). The palette is long, sleek, and really thin, making it travel-friendly and perfect for storage. Upon opening of the palette reveals a pretty decent-sized mirror but the lid doesn't stay upright so if you are going to use the mirror you will have to prop the lid up against something. The palette is securely closed through a magnetic closure but it's not super strong so you still have to be careful tossing it in your travel bag. There is no applicator included but it does come with a mini tube of LORAC's Behind The Scenes Eye Primer.
Now, let's get right to the eyeshadows! They are beautifully and cleverly arranged into two rows of 8 shadows. The top eight are matte while the bottom eight a mix of frost, shimmer, and satin and if you divide the palette left and right, the left side are mostly lighter shades while the right side are darker shades. All colors are true to pan and I just love how LORAC named each color for what it actually is – simple, easy, and pretty straight-forward. For example, the white eyeshadow is named White, the black eyeshadow is named Black, and so on. I mean, sometimes I don't quite understand why all these companies feel the need to have to come up with some sophisticated names for their products when the basic names usually would suffice. Ah.. miss Minimalist in me talking again. :)
Namesake aside, these shadows are one of the softest, most buttery formula I've ever used. They are incredibly finely-milled and insanely pigmented. They have excellent color payoff even for the lightest shades. Since the powders are so soft, they tend to feel a little powdery and I find that you have to use the gentlest hand when picking up the color, especially for the darker shades, otherwise the powder will fly out and spill into the adjacent pans. They are also prone to fallout but a quick tap of the brush to rid of the excess powder should easily resolve the issue.
I love the way these shadows feel on the lids – they are so soft and smooth to the touch and they apply evenly. The mattes shades are a little more difficult to work with and will require more blending so that the colors won't end up muddy-looking. All shades work and blend together very well and I don't have any difficulty in mixing the colors at all. And together with the Behind The Scenes Eye Primer, these shadows last and last well into the night on my lids without any sign of fading or creasing!
What's more special about this palette is it's not just another “neutral” palette. Besides the usual wearable “browns”, there are some rich gold, purple, and slate gray colors joined into the mix as well. Together with a variety of finishes, the looks you can create with this palette is endless so don't limit yourself to just the usual neutral eyes!
My favorites are the last four on the bottom row – Pewter, Garnet, Deep Purple, and Slate. I like to apply Pewter all over, define the outer corner with Deep Purple and line the lower lash line with either Garnet or Slate. This color combo makes my brown eyes really pop and it's so easy to achieve! Nude is a great color for inner corners while Taupe/Mauve is great for a transition color. Cream and Light Pink are perfect for highlighting brow bones and I find Champagne and Light Bronze to be a pretty accent color. Sable and Espresso are a bit harder to blend and can get patchy at times so they definitely require a good blending brush and patience!
White, Cream, Taupe, and Light Pink
Mauve, Sable, Espresso, and Black
Nude, Champagne, Gold, and Light Bronze
Pewter, Garnet, Deep Purple, and Slate
I've heard that this palette is constantly out of stock online and it would go out of stock again as soon as they re-strock so if you are hesitating, don't be! It is a good investment since you can complete any looks with just this one palette, be it daytime look, nighttime look, minimal makeup look, all the way to dramatic/sultry smokey eyes, this palette full of quality eyeshadows will have you covered. It's definitely one of the more versatile neutral palettes I own and I strongly recommend it to anyone who prefers a variety and is a fan of neutral-eyes! :)