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June 28, 2016

Lorac Cosmetics Greatest Hits And Buys

Readers often ask me if I had to pick one makeup brand to use for the rest of my life, which would it be? And hands down it would be Lorac Cosmetics. I’ve been such a huge fan of Lorac for years and out of the countless makeup I have owned and currently own, Lorac is my absolute favorite. Ever since I started this blog I’ve posted quite a few reviews on a lot of their products and today I decided to round them all up in one post to share some of my top favorites along with quick recaps and plenty of swatches.

Let’s start with their PRO Palettes. The PRO 3 has recently launched and I’m dying to get my hands on it but of course it was sold out very quickly once it hit both the internet as well as in-store. Boo, unfortunately I have to wait but in the meanwhile I will discuss the PRO 1 and PRO 2. Both palettes have a gorgeous mix of neutrals with each offering a diverse range of colors both in matte and shimmer finishes. The pigment of each shade is excellent and not one falters on delivering full, high-impact color payoff. Texture is rich and super smooth making them very easy to blend. As-is, the shimmer versions in both palettes perform great on their own, but if you want to pack on the punch in terms of finish I highly suggest applying the shimmers with a slightly dampened wet brush. The colors last well over 12 hours on me, I love to create an eye look using one of the palettes in combination with their Behind The Scenes Eye Primerreviewed here -. In my opinion the original PRO Palette is the most neutral out of the two with colors that split a mix of both warm and cool tones, but is mostly warm in overall tone. My favorite colors are Taupe, Champagne, Lt. Bronze, Pewter, Sable and Espresso. PRO 2 is mostly cool-toned but still offers a balance of warm and cool. This is also the palette that features more vibrant colored mattes. My favorite colors from PRO 2 are Lt. Brown, Rose, Mocha and Cocoa. I find that both palettes are perfectly wearable for the everyday and are so worth the splurge if you’re looking to invest in an eyeshadow palette. Or two.

PRO 1 Palette review + swatches | | PRO 2 Palette review + swatches

Up until recently I had never owned a straight matte eyeshadow palette simply because of the fact that I have an undying love for shimmers. I pushed off on the PRO Matte Palette for the longest time because of that but finally caved in since I thought it’d be a nice addition to my already existing Lorac palettes. Turns out that this palette was a great attribute to my overall makeup collection and it plays very well on its as well as with others. It’s an overall warm-toned palette that is extremely pigmented but nothing too intense. Textures are really soft and blends effortlessly into the eyelid. So good. Full review + swatches available here.

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The Front of The Line PRO Liquid Eyeliner I always have in my stash. Currently I own the shade Dark Brown instead of Black because in the Spring and Summer seasons I tend to opt for a the effect of a black eyeliner without the dramatics of it being such a naturally deep color. And of course brown is a great substitute for that. Dark Brown is a straight-up brown, no sheen to its finish. I love that it comes in this sleek metallic pen. What I love even more is that the flexible tip is super sharp so it gives me full control to draw the perfect cat-eye. Full review + swatches available here.

One of Lorac’s latest ventures was that into the world of highlighters with their Light Source Illuminating Highlighter line, which I own the shade Twilight of. Twilight is a beautiful warm light bronze color that is very pigmented and stays on my cheeks for well over 10 hours. It blends and buffs out very nicely on the skin and gives the face an instant glow. After having tried and tested this I am looking forward to purchasing the other 3 shades available. Full review + swatches available here.

The Baked Matte Satin Blush in the shade Exposed is a soft, luminous peachy pink and besides having impressive pigment, has the most beautiful luminous glow that I have yet to find in any other blush. During the Summer I solely wear blushes that have a dose of sheen to them for that dewy, lit-from-within glow and Exposed falls under that rotation. It’s a powder-based blush that has an incredibly smooth satin finish with a super blendable texture. In the compact the color looks rather intimidating and I do advise to go in with a lighter hand because you can layer color accordingly – for me one swipe will do just fine since I love the sheer to medium-full coverage properties it has and it’s just enough to bring life to the face without overdoing it. Plus, did I mention the gorgeous luminous finish? I believe I did, but it’s definitely worth mentioning again. Full review + swatches available here.

A favorite nude lip trio I recently discovered combines the Alter Ego Lip Liner in Socialite – reviewed here -, the PRO Matte Lip Color in Nude – reviewed here – and the Alter Ego Lip Gloss in Socialite – reviewed here -. The lip liner is a pigmented modern nude that has a matte finish. I love contouring and shaping my lips prior to swiping on the PRO Matte Lip Color in Nude. The shade Nude is a true nude with slight hints of a soft dusty pink undertone. This is by far one of the most hydrating matte lippies I’ve used in a while. I will completely fill in my lips before topping the look off with the Alter Ego Lip Gloss in Socialite. It’s a nice shiny gloss that is a true nude as well which means it seamlessly blends in with the base lip color. This look has been my go-to lip each time we go out. It’s pretty, it’s modern, and goes perfectly with the overall tone of my Summer wardrobe which consists of wearing a lot of white and nude hues.

Similar posts you might like: Alter Ego Lipstick

Last but certainly not least is the TANtalizer Baked Bronzer. This bronzer is a true warm bronze with golden highlights that runs a little on the orange/red side as far as undertone is concerned. I love using this when I’m full-on tan because of the lustrous twist it gives my already sunkissed skin. This bronzer paired up with Lorac’s Baked Matte Satin Blush in Exposed and the Light Source Illuminating Highlighter in Twilight makes for one killer trio, hash tag, just saying. Full review + swatches available here.

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And that rounds up all of my current favorite Lorac items. On my list of definite musts I still want to add to my collection are the Take Me to TANtego TANtalizer Bronzer Makeup as well as the PRO 3 Palette and the original Unzipped Palette

Do you have any Lorac favorites? If you have any thoughts about products from their permanent collection that you have used please let me know in the notes – I’m very interested to hear what you guys think!

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