Lorac PRO Matte Palette
If I don’t at least to admitting having a Lorac addiction, at least I will willingly admit I have an eyeshadow palette addiction. During my recent beauty hauls I’ve been trying to stay as far away as possible from adding on more palettes because I simply may have one too many as it is right now. Even though there’s really no such thing. And my main goal starting at the beginning of this new year was to get through the ones I currently own as much as possible before purchasing a new one. Well, that lasted a whole whopping 4 months because on my latest trip to Ulta I slipped the Lorac PRO Matte Eyeshadow Palette ($28) into my shopping bag totally on accident. It just magically hopped itself in there and I wasn’t aware until I reached the register *cough cough*. Normally, I’m a hardcore devotee of shimmer and metallic eyeshadows simply because I love a good strong pop to my eyeshadow looks – so purchasing an all-matte palette is something quite out of the ordinary.
The driving reason why I got this palette to begin with was because I needed a full matte range for transition color purposes. While I own a lot of palettes that come with neutral crease and transition shades, I wanted more options, plus, most of the palettes are slowly becoming depleted of said shades. To date, my favorite eyeshadow palettes are the Lorac PRO 1 + 2 – reviews here & here -, and of course the Urban Decay Naked Palette because they offer great color and pigment, not to mention are super convenient especially when you’re a hardcore natural/neutral- lover, and I feel they are reasonably priced for what you get. So when it came down to choosing whether I wanted the UD Naked Basics 1 or 2, or the Lorac PRO Matte, I decided to opt for the Lorac because the overall tone is more warm and smokey. If you need more cooler tones or a palette that consists of more mid-range shades, either one of the Naked Basics are highly advisable.
PRO Matte consists of 8 colors all ranging in the neutral spectrum with colors from white to black, with various brown shades in between. Most of these colors are dupes close to what you can find inside the PRO 1 and 2 palettes, but if you’re a Lorac lover you can never have one too many of their palettes. This is quite a good palette and the colors are beautiful albeit basic. I have been using every color (except the Burgundy – too bold for my natural taste) for the crease, brow, or as a transition color. Chocolate and Corduroy are amazing shades for the outer corner as well as substitutes for liquid eyeliner if you’re looking for a more neutral and soft look. Black is a great shade if you want a full-on smokey eye without the crispness of a sharp liner, I highly recommend using the color wet and once it’s almost dry slightly diffuse the edges for a gorgeous sexy look. Nonetheless, these colors can have much more use than my personal ventures with them as they are very versatile. For instance, I did try a full look using solely the 8 colors given and still then, the outcome was nothing short of fabulous.
The colors overall are amazing in texture and blendability. The texture of each shade is soft and they apply smoothly, making the blending process easy with a flawless outcome in particular when layered over each other. The pigment of each is excellent, maybe Linen not so much as it’s a little on the chalky/powdery side and in return required a little finagling since it did initially apply on the sheer side. Other than that they deposit beautifully. Longevity is exactly what I’ve grown accustomed to from the Lorac eyeshadows and their quality, they lasted well beyond 8 hours before muted fading started taking place. I find that their shimmer shades last a lot longer, especially when used wet which you can easily gain about 10 hours out of them. Despite that I am not a fan of matte shades other than practical purposes, I was impressed with this palette as they performed way beyond my expectations.
Color descriptions and swatches:
Bare – a warm light beige
Linen – cool-toned stark white
Latte – a light-to-medium brown with subtle gray undertones
Pink Mauve – a warm medium mauve
Corduroy – a warm medium brown with yellow undertones
Burgundy – a warm burgundy with reddish undertones
Chocolate – a dark brown with red undertones
Jet Black – an almost true black
Just like my PRO 1 and 2, the Unzipped Gold – review here -, I give this palette 2 thumbs up. As I said, despite I’m not a fan of matte shades this exceeded my expectations well beyond where I had it marked. It’s an excellent everyday palette that offers a steady mix of colors that can be either used for day or night. Albeit that the palette is mainly warm-toned in nature, I still think anyone can get pretty good use out of it as it is pretty versatile and be worn with a number of different makeup combinations as well as outfits. If there was any palette more suitable for soft Spring looks, this would definitely be the number 1 contender.