Lorac PRO Palettes, Compared

The Lorac PRO was my first palette. I still have it, and it is a workhorse. I loved it so much that I purchased, without question, Lorac PRO 2 and Lorac PRO 3, which later had posts.

I don’t own any of the Mega PRO palettes; I am more than a bit jaded on mega palettes and holiday palettes at this point. Now, I’ve owned all (regular) PRO palettes for a while and have had time to put them through their paces.

The Original, $44Lorac PRO Palettes, Compared

My first and for several months only palette once I got into makeup, the first Lorac PRO palette served me extraordinarily well. As a neutral, light-to-medium-at-most skintone, it had everything I needed to handle work, evening, weddings, etc. Garnet looks incredible applied with a wet brush.

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Lorac PRO Palette 3 Review, Swatches, & GIVEAWAY

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Hello PRO Palette my old friend,
I’ve come to purchase you again.

I say, “again,” but that’s misleading. Until I got exceptionally lucky on May 28 (who said being an Ultamate Rewards Platinum member was without perks?!), I had never purchased the Lorac PRO Palette 3 before. I do own both of its predecessors, and shared similarly when Lorac PRO Palette 2 came out a couple years ago.

 

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I’m tickled. I saw Tati’s swatches on May 12 and was like, “YEP, my body is definitely ready for this.” It seemed, for a while, that Lorac was focusing on other things – the Alter Ego Lipsticks, the blushes. In my view, the Lorac PRO Palette 3 is long overdue. It launches:

  • Online at Ulta.com: June 12, 2016
  • Ulta Stores: June 26, 2016
  • Everywhere Else: July 3, 2016

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Prices have gone up since the last time I purchased a PRO palette; up to $44 from $42, falling in line with Urban Decay’s similar $2 increase but still a whole $10 less than a Naked palette. All the PROs, including the Lorac PRO Palette 3, cost this much. Like its siblings, Lorac PRO Palette 3 comes with the sixteen-shade palette and a deluxe sample tube of their Behind the Scenes eye primer.

Some are salty because they feel that this feels too similar to Lorac Unzipped – although it definitely is similar, the shadow formulation DOES differ between the palettes…and you get more shades out of this one. If you already own Unzipped I probably wouldn’t bother, but if you’re debating? Get this one for sure.

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Let’s jump right into it (swatches and giveaway details after the jump!)

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2015 Holiday Gift Guide – Under 50

If you’re looking to spend up to $50 on beauty gifts, I’m keeping the gift guides going – here are some gift ideas in the Under $50 range.
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Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray Duo, $39

Normally $30 for one, this is a pair of full-sized UD All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray. I picked up one of these and split it with a friend during Sephora’s VIB sale, but still $39 for two is a great price. Anyone who needs their makeup to last a little longer (who doesn’t?) can benefit from this.

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Burberry Kisses Lipstick, $33

Want to give a little luxe? Britain’s iconic, classic luxury brand has an outstanding makeup line. The chic packaging of the product is pretty enough, but this particular lipstick comes in 28 shades. All you need to do is decide to get a color your recipient will wear and enjoy all the time, or something more preferable for special occasions.

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LORAC PRO and PRO 2, $42 each

The LORAC PRO was my first palette, and then I purchased, swatched, and reviewed the LORAC PRO Palette 2 when it came out. From the standpoint of owning both, they would both make great gifts for someone starting out or who has an established collection.

More of the 2015 Holiday Gift Guide – Under $50 after the jump

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2015 Holiday Gift Guide – Under 25

Those of you in the United States, I hope you had a delightful Thanksgiving. I’m still working on my tryptophan coma. No, I did not go shopping yesterday (I vehemently disagree with shopping on Thanksgiving). No, I did not line up or go shopping today (as someone who, in a past life, worked Black Friday at a big-box store… never).

ANYWAY. The $25 and under price point is where value really starts to kick in. Admittedly, I was wanting to add most of these to my own cart (especially the candles & Black Honey set!) – but I’m on a bit of a no-buy for myself for the time being.

2015 Holiday Gift Guide – Under $25

LORAC Pocket PRO and Pocket PRO2, $18 ea

I’ve hosted giveaways for each of these, because, frankly, they’re a great sampling from their big sister palettes, LORAC PRO and LORAC PRO 2 (which I also reviewed & gave away). They’re a great value, and a nice way to expose someone to prestige-quality products without busting your own budget. Quite stuffable, as far as stockings are concerned, too.

2015 Holiday Gift Guide – Under 25

Primal Elements Santa’s Cookies, $20

This one is the scent of warm cookies (side note, who’s ready to put those holiday baking skills to the test?!) and it is divine. Really, practically anything from Primal Elements. I found Primal Elements years and years ago – Ulta.com actually carried some of their smaller candles on their site back then. I picked up a small pair of their Tahitian Vanilla candles – the’re so unique, a blend of wax and that weird, fun-colored jelly-goo… and they smell amazing. Most of the candles in my house are Yankee due to the sheer accessibility and price-point, but I’d say Primal Elements candles are my true candle love.

More of my 2015 Holiday Gift Guide – Under 25 after the jump…

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LORAC Pocket PRO 2 Palette Giveaway

I’m slightly in denial that summer is ending soon, especially since I have completely failed to do basically any summer activities. That seems to be the consensus in my friend group, too. What about you? Some of you may even be going back to school here very shortly and … well, blargh.

So I decided it was time for a giveaway to cheer us all up!

LORAC Pocket PRO 2 Palette Giveaway
LORAC Pocket PRO 2 Palette Giveaway

LORAC has released a wee Pocket PRO 2! Much like the original Pocket PRO, this tiny, $15 palette features three shades from its larger counterpart. In this case, it has Buff (a light, warm beige-ish shade, it actually does look pretty close to #F0DC82 – which is the hexadecimal for Buff), Rosé (a shimmery rose-gold), and Black (matte black).

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