I have a very exciting review for you today. I recently picked up both the Lorac Pro Palettes when I was in the US and I’m going to be reviewing the Pro Palette 2 today. I decided to review them out of order because I feel like I’ve played with this one more so I can give a well-rounded review. I’m also going to include some looks I’ve created with this, so you can get an idea of the range this palette has.
About the Palette
This palette contains 16 eyeshadows, 8 matte (top row) and 8 shimmer (bottom row) finishes. It also came with Lorac’s behind the Scenes eye primer in a pretty decent size tube. This palette retails for $42US.
The packaging of this palette isn’t anything too fancy, but it’s perfectly functional. It’s a very slim heavy cardboard case with a large mirror. This palette has grey packaging while the 1st was black, making them easy to distinguish. No complaints about the packaging, it doesn’t take up too much room which is perfect because I am running out of room at my makeup table at this point.
Lorac is pretty well known in makeup for their shadow quality, which I why I’ve wanted these palettes for so long. I can honestly say that I don’t have any shadows softer than the ones in this palette and the first one. These are so creamy and insanely pigmented. They are a bit powdery so there is fallout that is noticeable with the darker shades. I just give my brush a really good tap off and it’s not an issue. If it really bothers you, you can always do your eyes first and then do your face makeup so that it’s easier to clean up. I just can’t make myself do that, it feels backwards to me. I’ll take a little fallout to get this level of pigmentation. In general I’m pretty gentle dipping my brush into any shadow so they don’t kick up a lot of powder when I dip my brush in. You really don’t need to be rough with these anyway, you get the great colour payoff with just a tiny tap in. No issues with quality that’s for sure!
I’m actually really surprised that I’m gravitating towards this palette over the first one. The first one is much warmer, where this one includes a variety of cooler shades. I think with fall coming, I’m attracted to jewel tones and this palette gives me lots of options. This palette is a do it all palette in my opinion. When I use this, I don’t find myself reaching for a type of shade that’s not in here, everything I need is in here. Additionally, not only does it have all the types of shades I need (transition, crease, highlight etc.) it has such a variety of shades that I can create so many different looks. This is where Lorac wins over the Naked palettes because as much as I love those, I find that I get a similar look when I use them, especially with the Naked 3. Every I use this, I come up with something different. I think that’s because there are multiple options for each type of shade. There’s more than 1 possible highlight, more than one crease shade etc. I’m really impressed with the shade range in this palette. Even those it’s being marketed as the 1st Pro Palette’s cooler-toned sister, I can find many shades in this palette that are warm or have some warm undertones. I think that helps make it more wearable for a good variety of people.
Now I’ll get into the swatches and describe each shade. In any of the matte shades, if it looks like there’s shimmer, it’s just transfer from the shimmer shades. The flash really accentuates it in the photos, but the matte shades are fully matte in person.
The first shade in the palette is Buff and it’s a yellow toned creamy beige shade. I didn’t swatch this because it’s the exact same shade as my skin, so you can’t see it in a swatch. Since this is the same colour as my skin, it doesn’t work as a highlight for me, but it works as a lid shade. For someone with darker skin than me (basically everyone) this will be a great matte highlight to compliment shimmery eye looks.
The 2nd shade in the palette is a neutral brown that leans a bit warm. This has been a go-to transition colour for me in this palette. It’s the perfect shade for buffing out darker colours and making everything look seamless. I always reach for a shade like this in almost all my looks, so I’m really glad this was included.
Cool Gray- Matte
The third shade in the palette is a grey with notes of taupe and some purple undertones. This would work well in a grey type smoky eye on the lid since it’s not too too dark.
The next shade is pretty unique my opinion. It’s a warm peach colour with some orange and pink undertones. I don’t have anything like this and this is one of the shades I was most excited for before even owning the palette. This is also very multipurpose. I LOVE this as a transition shade to really warm up my eyes, but it’s also beautiful on the lid, particularly with a couple of the shimmer shades in this palette.
The 5th shade in this palette is a beautiful deep plum shade, that is a bit warm in tone. These kind of purples are insanely flattering on brown and hazel eyes and also go super well with all of grey tones in the palette. I’ve used this shade in my outer v to add dimension, without just adding darkness like a black would do. This would look amazing used wet as a liner for a grey smoky eye.
This shade is a main reason why I bought this palette. I think navy is an underused makeup colour. This shade is very dark, yet bright navy. This shade is intense. Even when I removed the swatch, it stained where I placed it. I would love to create a navy smoky eye with this, but something so dark is outside my comfort zone. I think I just need to play with this shade more at home to figure out how I like to wear it before I venture outside the house with it on. I think this would make a great liner, so maybe I’ll start there.
This shade is a pretty classic charcoal. It’s a medium grey with significantly less taupe than the cool gray shade I showed earlier. This makes a great shade to deepen up a look without going right to black. Plus this is a staple shade for a classic smoky eye.
(sorry for the crookedness, I could not get a straight photo at all!)
This shade isn’t really black to me, but more of a deep grey. I don’t usually gravitate towards black so it doesn’t really bother me, but for those who frequently use black in their looks, they may be disappointed by this shade. The texture is fine, but it’s not black to me.
This shade is intense. By far the brightest white shade I have ever seen. It’s a stark white shade with a metallic type finish. I find this to be very opaque and best used with a very light hand. It does a great job brightening up the inner corner or on the brow bone, but because it’s sooo light, it does need some blending to get it to look smooth. I think this shade is best used as a highlight for lightly coloured looks, so it doesn’t look so bright in comparison to the other shades you’re wearing. Insanely pigmented for sure.
The second shimmer shade is Beige, which is a champagne-beige shade with slight peach undertones. This shade really reminds me of a toned down version of Kitten by Stila. This is the shade I really enjoy as a highlight. It’s much softer than Snow, so it looks more blended.
The next shade of the shimmers is Rosé, which is a very warm metallic coppery shade. Even though the name makes you think rose gold, it doesn’t quite have enough pink to be rose gold, so I would consider this copper. It is a soft copper for those who are afraid of orange toned shades.
Mocha is a warm frosted brown with lots of red in it. I think this colour would look amazing on blue and green eyes. The brown would enhance blue eyes and the red tones would contrast with green to make them really pop.
Chrome looks super cool toned in the pan, but swatches much more warm. It’s a shimmery taupe shade, basically cool gray’s shimmery counterpart with a little more brown in it. It’s interesting because in some lights it’s more grey and others more brown.
The third last shade in this palette is a true (very metallic) silver shade. This is very intense and I haven’t quite figured out how to use this shade yet!
The next shade Jade is a medium-dark green shade with strong olive undertones. The shimmer in it is very soft and not too obvious on your lid. I featured this shade in a smoky eye recently and it turned out really nice. It’s the perfect shade for a fall smoky eye.
The last shade is the palette is Cocoa. It’s a very rich shimmery chocolatey brown with strong red undertones. This shade is very intense. This is a shade that I swear you could wave your brush over without touching it and still end up with colour. I do find I need to be careful with this shade. If you get too much on, it can be difficult to blend because it is so dark. I think this shade would be beautiful in the outer v of a brown smoky eye, it would really add dimension and warmth.
Matte eyes with peach lips
Jade Smoky Eye
Soft Peach Eyes with bright lips
Overall I’m really impressed with this palette. There are so many options, I find myself reaching for it just to see what else I can do. I think you can easily create a variety of daytime looks, but it has all the right shades to create dramatic night looks. This has everything I need and I don’t find myself reaching for other palettes to fill in shade gaps. I think for people who like warm toned eyeshadows, they will still like this because there are shades that have warm undertones that can be more warm when paired with warmer shades. On the same note, you can easily make the shades pull cool by pairing it with cooler toned shades. I think with this palette, the sky is the limit!
I hope you enjoyed this review and stay tuned for my review of the original Pro palette!
Bye for now!