Why happy? On Sunday, July 15, the Lorac PRO 2 came available for sale. Because I own (and dearly love) the Lorac Pro, I had to get a look as soon as I could. I placed an order and anxiously awaited their arrival. Because Ulta and UPS must have shipping wizards in their ranks, I received it on Wednesday. I was so excited to check out these shades and anxious to confirm that they are the same awesome formula as the Lorac Pro. You’re anxious too, so let’s tear ‘er open!
The outer retail packaging is very similar to that of the Lorac Pro Palette (Original). Like the original, it comes with a small tube of their Behind the Scenes Primer, which you can see in the window on the right.
I flipped it over!
And because this is an unboxing…we’ll unbox it. Pretty red interior – the attention they pay to the little things is nice.
Lorac Pro 2 out of the box. Here’s the back! Like the original, it has a nifty QR code that will take you to some tutorials and look ideas. Have I ever told you how much I love when technology and beauty come together? I don’t actually think I have, so – here’s me, telling you that. It’s kind of my thing.
And here is the front. I really enjoy the fact that they kept the same look to the packaging – same material, just in a grey color instead of black. The surface material does mean it is going to hold onto stuff, so you’ll need to wipe it down – but here’s hoping to not having to do it as often as you would for the black Lorac Pro Palette.
Here’s a comparison shot between the original and the new Lorac Pro 2. My Lorac Pro is a little disheveled, but I have had it for a year (literally a year! I ordered it a year ago today – how’s that for a coincidence). and it is well-loved.
So now, because I’m like that…
Wait for it… Wait for it…
Are you sitting down, though? Hope so. Deep breath:
Sit there for a moment and bask in how beautiful this palette is. The fact that it is pristine, untouched. These. Damn. Shadows. Even though I knew I could count on the quality of these shadows, I wasn’t sure if I could count on the colors to be flattering (for me). I was wrong – I need dis, you need dis, etc.
Anyway, onto swatches of the this gorgeous thing. All swatches were done with the Behind The Scenes Primer that comes with the Lorac Pro 2.
Really quick – the matte shadows in this palette are not all 100% matte. Some of them do have a bit of a sheen or tiny tiny shimmer to them – they kept it subtle though, you need not worry about appearing Ke$ha-esque with them, but I thought it was worth noting.
Buff is your, “nude,” shade that I would personally use as an all-over shadow base to facilitate blending, for a basic neutral daytime eye, or as a transition shade between a crease color and a brow-bone. Everyone will get use out of this, regardless of their actual skin tone.
Lt. Brown is a mid-tone brown that I personally would find nice for crease work.
Cool Gray almost has a plummy cast in the pan, but was pretty solid grey shade. It is going to be awesome for smokey eyes.
Nectar kills me. I’m not usually into pink shadow, but this peachy pink is so pretty – a nice way to change up a neutral eye with subtle color. It is so feminine.
Snow is a shimmery white. Unfortunately it was slightly out-of-focus here, but it is pigmented as heck. This is going to make an awesome inner-corner highlight and if you’re brave enough to slap it all over your lid, it will be shimmery and awesome there. I could see using this in some holiday looks quite.a.lot.
Beige reminds me of a cross between the original Lorac Pro Palette’s Nude and Champagne shimmer shades. This will look nice on the lid, as a brow highlight, or if you are of a darker complexion, this could be your inner-corner highlight, too.
Rosé – stop. Take all my money. Okay, not really – but I am really happy with this shade I think Rosé is this palette’s Lt. Bronze (my absolute favorite from the first Lorac Pro Palette).
Mocha seems to just be a darker shade of Rosé – not exactly what I picture when I envision, “Mocha,” but still very pretty nonetheless.
These shades can be packed on as dark as you wish, or blended out b e a u t i f u l l y, just like their dark counterparts in their predecessor.
Plum is pretty straightforward. A nice plum shade, will be nice for smokey eyes, crease work, etc. You can figure out how to use it – I’m a n0ob with purples, yet. I swatched it lightly here, but you can definitely build it up and make it deeper if you like.
Navy is also pretty straightforward. You can see that it is not a true matte, though – the camera’s flash picked up some of the subtle flecks of shimmer. Not a dealbreaker by any stretch of the imagination – I would wear the heck out of this as a liner (their formula is nice for lining with shadow, and works well when moistened if you’re into that.)
Charcoal will also be a nice lining shade, will see a lot of use in smokey eyes. I would definitely line with this.
Black – I was almost disappointed to see Black back in this palette until it occurred to me that this, like its predecessor, is just going to be one of those perfect palettes to start with. Have no eyeshadow whatsoever? Here’s literally everything you need to create dozens of looks. I use it to line ALL the time.
Chrome reminds me a lot of Pewter from the first Lorac Pro Palette, and it was easily my second favorite there. This is definitely different, but it is still an awesome, warm shimmery grey-brown.
Silver surprised me. I thought I would find it weird, but it looks quite nice both in-pan and swatched – in terms of a flattering look on me it might not be the best, but makeup isn’t always done to flatter your own features – sometimes it is just fun for you. I see this being used like crazy for party looks and holiday stuff.
Jade is the shadow I thought would disappoint me in this palette. Looking at it, if I had to pick a color I felt, “meh,” about before swatching, I would have picked Jade. And I was wrong, I had no reason to expect disappointment from this deep green with a bronze/gold shimmer. I can’t think of the best way to use this yet, but I’m only starting to think outside the box with shades outside of my, “safe zone.”
Cocoa, finally, is the deep, rich, shimmery awesome brown. It is darker than Urban Decay’s Darkhorse (Naked), and the shimmer is far more noticeable.
The Bottom Line
I am pleased to say that the shadows in the Lorac Pro Palette 2 are just as pigmented, buttery, and extremely blendable as its older sister. I really don’t think you can go wrong with this one (whereas, say, a Naked 3 might have limited use depending on your complexion, eyes, etc). Like its predecessor it is a robust standalone palette which makes it excellent for those just starting off with shadow (or prestige shadow), but is definitely going to hold its own in a collector’s stash.
Have you picked up a Lorac Pro 2? Were you considering it before? Have I maybe changed your mind? Leave a comment below!