173 of 175 people found the following review helpful
on November 20, 2012
Surprisingly few pressed makeup palettes contain wearable matte shadows--although I love brands like Urban Decay, all their palettes tend to contain shimmery or glittery eyeshadows. Mattes seem to be a little harder to pull off that shimmery shadows--cheaply made mattes tend to be chalky or poorly pigmented. These shadows, on the other hand, are richly pigmented, long-lasting, easy to blend, and very much wearable.
This palette contains a versatile array of 16 shadows--7 matte, 9 shimmery; they are as follows:
White: a pure white eyeshadow with subtle glitter (shimmery)
Cream: a more natural, skin-toned highlighter (matte)
Taupe: a light brown (matte)
Lt. Pink: a pale, rose-toned pink (matte)
Mauve: a mauve taupe; looks brown in the palette, but has purple undertones (matte)
Sable: a richly saturated earth-toned brown (matte)
Espresso: a veeryy dark brown, almost indistinguishable from black except that it has brown undertones (matte)
Black: a nicely pigmented black, with grey undertones (matte)
Nude: a lovely white-gold shimmer (shimmery)
Champagne: a slightly darker, pinker shimmer (shimmery)
Gold: a rich copper shimmer (shimmery)
Lt. Bronze: similar to champagne, but slightly darker with less glitter (shimmery)
Pewter: a deep greyish-brown (shimmery)
Garnet: a rosey, dark brown (shimmery)
Deep Purple: an almost black shimmer with deep purple undertones (shimmery)
Slate: a deep bluish grey (shimmery)
This makes for the PERFECT everyday/nude palette, with enough gorgeous shimmery shadows to pull off more than a few dramatic looks. The shadows are long-lasting enough on their own, but the included primer really makes these shadows stand out. Overall, it's a must-have makeup set!
(the palette itself is very slim and compact, measuring at 7.5" by 3" by 3/8". Each shadow measures about 3/4 square inch. The included primer is .19 oz.)
59 of 61 people found the following review helpful
I held off buying this palette for a while because I already love my UD Naked palette and have several other neutral palettes (e.g., Tarte Call of the Wild Too, Faced Natural at Night, The Balm Nude Tude and several Urban Decay palettes with neutral shades). However, Ulta had a gift set with this palette so I grabbed it with a 20% off coupon that worked on Prestige Cosmetics a few months ago. I think this palette is great! I love it almost as much as UD Naked 1. I will say that it is in my top 3 palettes (my favorites are UD Naked 1, Smashbox Wondervision Mega Palette and Lorac Pro). In this review, I will point out some comaprisons between this palette and my favorite neutral palette, UD Naked 1.
- This palette has more colors but the shadows themselves are smaller. With the UD palette, overall you get more product.
- This palette is $10 cheaper than the UD Naked palettes. Note however that all 3 Naked palettes come with brushes whereas Lorac PRO does not include a brush. Since I am comparing Naked 1 only, the brush in UD Naked 1 is a flat shader brush. There is no fluffy crease brush and you still need a blending brush and pencil brush. Anyway, while the included shader brush is a good brush, but it isn't my favorite (I prefer my MAC 239 or my Sigma E55 and only use the UD brush when my other flat shader brushes are dirty). And I'm sure you own brushes if you are into high end eyeshadow. So, to me, the lack of a brush isn't a deal breaker.
- The colors are more diverse. You get a beautiful Garnet color in this palette, for example.
- The textures in this palette are more diverse. You get a lot of mattes (this palette is half mattes, whereas UD Naked 1 only has 2 mattes).
- There are no glittery shades in this palette, while UD Naked 1 has Sidecar (which I love - it's one of my favorite shades).
- This palette offers you shimmery highlights as well as matte highlights. The only highlight in UD Naked 1 is Virgin, which is very shimmery.
- Both palettes have a good range of shades, from light to midtone to deep. However, since this palette is half mattes, you get matte and shimmer in all shade ranges. With Naked 1, you get a moderately light matte (Naked) and a midtown matte (Buck) and that's it.
- Both palettes lean warm, although the UD Naked 1 palette leans even warmer compared to Lorac PRO.
- The Lorac PRO packaging is wider, but slimmer than UD Naked 1. Both have magnetic closures. Both are travel friendly.
- Shadow quality is comparable. Both palettes have great color payoff and the colors blend beautifully. Neither palette has a bad shade. Sidecar can be tricky in UD Naked 1 but it isn't a bad shade (unlike, say, Dust in Naked 3).
Overall, both palettes are great and the palettes are different enough that you can easily own both. I have favorite shades in both palettes. In this palette, I absolutely love Sable, Garnet, Gold, Mauve, Light Bronze, and Pewter. I also love the cream shade as a highlight. White is nice in the inner corners. In Naked 1, I love Smog, Sidecar, Toasted, Hustle, Half Baked and Sin.
If I were to choose one, I have to say, it's a tough call. If you have "younger eyes" you really can go for either palette. If you have "mature eyes," I'd choose the Lorac PRO since you get more mattes. Mature eyes look better with mattes. At 35, I don't have any wrinkles, but I find myself reaching for Lorac PRO a bit more, mainly because I really like using a matte crease color (Sable). There is no comparable option in Naked 1. Smog, though gorgeous, is really shimmery. Darkhorse is more matte (it has gold glitter) but it is too deep for work (although great for a smokey eye). Naked 1 will always be my favorite because it was my first true eyeshadow love. But I have to admit, Lorac PRO is just as good and perhaps even more versatile.
43 of 49 people found the following review helpful
on December 8, 2013
I have been using this palette for about 9 months. I agree with all the positvie comments.There was a learning curve for this shadow. Because the colors are so saturated with pigment, you must DAB your brush lightly onto the shadow then apply in a dabbing and very light,short-stroking motion onto the eye.I start using a somewhat fluffy angle brush,like Bdellium Tools full ,sharp-angled eye contour 766 from Amazon, for the over-all base color (I like the mauve), then layer, using the same technique, with other desired colors. If I think I've gotten too much on my brush, I will dab the brush onto the back of my hand ever so lightly to remove some of the powder. I will then dip the brush into the powder left on my hand if more is needed. Try mixing colors. Once you are used to this technique, application is quick and easy.The result is a long-lasting professional finish for smokey eye or daytime eye.I follow up with a fixing spray like Urban Decay All-Nighter.The palette itself is very slim and light, making it perfect for travel. My dream is for Lorac to design another palette with colors added for spring like bright blue, green and purple.
35 of 44 people found the following review helpful
on March 29, 2013
Throughout the Christmas season and a few months after this palette was sold out everywhere. Finally Amazon got it (through Dermstore) and I quickly ordered it. And bonus, I even had an Amazon gift card to use. The Dermstore shipped fast and even included a free sample of an wonderful exfoliating face scrub.
The Pro Palette is now something I use nearly every day I go with a neutral look. I love color, but some day I like to keep it soft. The color payoff is top notch as is the feel and blendability. And to have 8 matte shades in colors that are useable is incredible.
Yes, they are very powdery, but most mattes are. And as a makeup artist I have learned the trick with matte shades is to pat the brush into the product and avoid rubbing. Both in picking up product and when applying. This decreases wasted product as well as fallout.
And I highly advise trying the shimmer wet. I use MAC Fix + and spray it directly onto my brush then dip the brush into the shadow and pat it onto my lid. The look is a stunning metallic, bold look!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on September 2, 2014
I live in Australia and recently received this product way before it's estimated due date , and I have to say ... I love it !!! The colors are soo pigmented and to my suprise a little goes a long way once placed on the eye lids , I love the different selections of matte and shimmer colours to crest so many different looks , honestly ive spent so much money on different well known brands and spent hundreds of dollars on different eye shadow with a promise of lots of pigmentation and , yes they were great too , but I feel like this was so much cheaper and well worth the money ! I recommend to makeup artists and everyday makeup lovers to try this out :) you won't be disappointed .
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on October 22, 2014
This is ABSOLUTELY AMAZING~! Highly recommend! MUST-HAVE ITEM~
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on August 7, 2014
Will this work on deeper skin tones?The colors can become muddy very easily, i don't know if it's because these eyeshadows are so very soft that they all blend together in a big mess if u aren't careful. They hav so much fallout too! Dip into the eyeshadow and tap off your brush really well. The little eyeshadows seem to be wearing down really fast too, I've used some of the shades only about three times or so and there is a noticeable dip in the eyeshadow. They are just too soft. The lighter matte shades of course barely show up on my skin tone and I reach for this palette less and less at times forcing myself to use it because it was $42. I own a too faced matte palette and the matte shades all show up very well, even the lighter shades and they are much less powdery than this palette. What is all the raving about? I am so underwhelmed, i couldn't even be bothered with the pro 2. I think fair to medium skin tones would enjoy this more but anyone deeper better skip this one...
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on April 28, 2014
This is a great palette with nice neutral colors that blend well and a good amount of matte colors. I like the matte colors because my eyes are hooded and they look better in the lid.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I like the LORAC non shimmery eyeshadow. I am over 50 and when the skin around your eyes gets older shimmering eye shadow is simply not becoming. On the other hand non shimmering eyeshadow can do wonders for an aging face. The LORAC eyeshadow is a perfect combination of dense pigment and staying power. It will last all day. My only complaint about LORAC is that you can't buy the eye shadows individually so you have to buy a pallet with colors that you don't use. I don't use dark colors at all, it makes my eyes look even more sunken and wrinkled since my skin tone is ivory. Otherwise I'm willing to dish out some money for LORAC pallet because I find it to be a superior product.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 14, 2014
Tks amazon for the fast delivery! I didn't expect to recieve it to my doorstep ^^
This is really a great palette, in my opinion for ladies that didn't like to spend a bomb for cosmetics. This will be your best buy palette! The colour range is good enough from daily to evening look! It's easy to blend for the eyeshadows, the colours itself are very pigmented. The pricing range is rly worth it compared to some high end palettes.. Another big plus points as lots mentioned, there are a balance mix of matte and shimmer!
Thumbs up for the great job done Lorac team! Im so so so interested to buy the palette 2 as well T.T...