Sunday, April 21, 2013

Review: LORAC Pro Palette and LORAC Behind the Scenes Eye Primer

For reasons that I don't totally understand, a huge number of makeup brands have decided that their names must be in all caps. I feel like I am shouting about my makeup. NYX! NARS! BECCA!

LORAC is another brand guilty of unnecessary capitalization. Thankfully, their Pro Palette is gorgeous enough that I would be willing to forgive even the most egregious syntactical sins.


The packaging is simple and uncontroversial. The soft black is easy to muddy up with awkward fingerprints, though.

The palette contains sixteen 0.08oz shadows and 0.17oz sample of the LORAC Behind the Scenes Eye Shadow Primer.


How's the eyeshadow?

The palette is cleanly organized into two rows of eight. The top eight shadows are mattes, and the bottom are shimmers.


The shadows are stunningly buttery and easy to work with. Most are incredibly pigmented, although I think that "Cream" is less pigmented that the others.

The ones you can't see well are just too similar to my skin color...
I love that there is a focus on lighter colors, since I find that most of my looks heavily rely on light colors and most of my palettes are predominantly darker colors. In my opinion, this makes this palette substantially easier to work with on a daily basis. I've been having a lot of fun with it since I picked it up.

A shimmery look using the LORAC Pro.
A matte look using the LORAC Pro.
How's the LORAC Behind the Scenes Primer?

I have already done an in-depth comparison of eight eyeshadow primers, which you can read about by clicking here. To test LORAC's prowess, I employed similar methodology. Rather than testing all my primers over again, I chose one primer from each category. To represent low-performing primers, I chose ELF. To represent medium-performing primers, I chose Urban Decay. To represent high-performing primers, I chose NARS, my previous champion. And, of course, I had a swatch on bare skin for a control. I used "Black" from the LORAC Pro Palette as my eyeshadow.

From left to right: control, ELF, Urban Decay, NARS, LORAC
There was, of course, an effect of primer on the opacity of swatches. Just as before, ELF outperformed the control, Urban Decay outperformed ELF, and NARS outperformed Urban Decay. LORAC was comparable to NARS.

Then, I waited four hours.

From left to right: control, ELF, Urban Decay, NARS, LORAC
It is clear that my original findings were upheld by this test. ELF sucked, but not as much as the control. Urban Decay did fine and NARS, my previous champion, did great.

LORAC, though, kicks NARS' ass. In terms of staying power, they were approximately identical. However, in terms of value, LORAC is unbeatable. At $24 for 0.26oz, NARS Pro Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base comes in at a relatively steep $92.31 per ounce. LORAC, on the other hand, is $21 for 0.47oz, or $44.68 per ounce. That's less than half the price. If I had included LORAC in my original eyeshadow primer comparison, it would have been the cheapest brand I included save for ELF. The LORAC primer also does not include doe-foot applicator, which I find awkward and inconvenient. 

How does the whole set measure up?

The LORAC Pro costs $42 for 0.32oz of eyeshadow and 0.17oz of primer. That makes it a bit pricey in comparison to the competition. For comparison, the Urban Decay Naked Palette costs $50 for 0.6oz of eyeshadow and 0.13oz of primer... and it also comes with a brush.

If we assume retail value for the two primer samples (so an estimated $7.60 for the LORAC primer and $7.02 for the Urban Decay Primer) and we ignore the whole brush situation, that means that the LORAC cost is $34.40 for 0.32 oz, or $107.50 per ounce. Urban Decay is $42.98 for 0.6oz, or $71.63 per ounce. (Given the sub-par performance of Urban Decay Primer Potion, this is very generous to Urban Decay.)

That being said, I much prefer this palette. The huge variety of light colors, the large quantity of matte colors, and the additional number of shades (16 as opposed to Urban Decay's 12) makes this a badass investment that's extremely versatile. There's almost no fallout, and the colors are rich and attractive.

What's more, you don't have to buy the palette at $42. Blush.com currently has a promo where you can get 25% off any $25 purchase with the code VIPCSBL25. Instead of $42, the palette will cost a mere $31.50. For that price, the eyeshadow costs $74.69 per ounce, a price almost identical to Urban Decay's Naked.

5 comments:

  1. Love this palette. Could not be more happy that I bought it because every color works AMAZINGLY with my blue eyes. Only problem I see with the darker colors is more fallout happens, so I have to wait to do my face makeup after I do my eye makeup. No big deal, but I still much prefer pigmented, beautiful shadows to cheap ones. This is the only palette I own, so I have a bias opinion! Love it!

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  2. This is one of the 7ish eye palettes I own. Out of all of them (TheBalm Meet Matt(e) Nude, TheBalm Nude Tude, Sephora + Pantone Metals, UD Naked 2, and two BHCosmetics palettes that I never use), I think this is definitely the most versatile & it's the one I bring with me when traveling (okay, maybe I'll bring my UD N2 as well). Definitely worth the price!! Glad you did a test with the primer, I may have to pick up a full size of that since I never can tell if I like small primer samples or not.

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  3. I've been eyeing this up for a while and this post might be just what I need to nudge me over to the dark side... I've never used matte shadows before but I love the idea of having similar shades in different finishes.

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  4. Hey lovely comparison! Have you ever tried onyx eye shadow from motives?

    Check it out here
    http://www.motivescosmetics.com/supreet/product/motives-pressed-eye-shadow?id=112MES&skuName=motives-pressed-eye-shadow-onyx&idType=sku

    ... I'd love to see it added to your test because I don't have any of the other ones you tested :(

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