There are many makeup products I love, but a good nude eye palette has got to be near the top of my list. Give me a little shimmer, throw in some creamy blend-able mattes and I have an eye palette I can throw on rain or shine and it makes me feel oh so fine!
Hey now, did I just rhyme?
The LORAC PRO Palette 3 was released quite awhile ago but I had yet to make it mine until recently. Owning both the original LORAC PRO Palette and the PRO Palette 2, naturally I was a curious monkey and just had to try out the third addition. First of all she’s pretty! Here, I’ll let you be the judge:
As with the other LORAC PRO palette releases the top row includes 8 matte shadows, and the bottom row includes 8 shimmer/glitter shadows. The color range in the palette has a good mix of pale and deep shadows to keep things balanced. Even though it has a few shades that lean cool, it’s definitely giving me all the warm nude vibes when I look at the palette as a whole. Next let’s dig into the details. Here are the shades in the palette and their shade descriptions courtesy of LORAC Cosmetics:
- Blanc (matte cream)
- Canvas (matte beige)
- Cool Taupe (matte taupe)
- Pink Nude (matte pinky beige)
- Clay (matte reddish brown)
- Terracotta (matte orangey brown)
- Dk. Brown (matte dark brown)
- Jet Black (matte jet black)
- Lt. Gold (soft yellow shimmer)
- Almond Pearl (champagne shimmer)
- Medallion (bronzey gold shimmer)
- Lt. Pewter (silver pewter shimmer)
- Amethyst (plum shimmer)
- Rose Bronze (peachy bronze shimmer)
- Dk. Mocha (bronze shimmer)
- Truffle (dark brown black shimmer)
LORAC PRO Palette 3 looks like she’s ready for her closeup:
In the pan these are absolutely gorgeous! I was most excited for Amethyst, Rose Bronze and Medallion. I love a good shimmer! Here’s a look at the swatches – first up the top row of all mattes:
Swatched L to R: Blanc, Canvas , Cool Taupe, Pink Nude, Clay, Terracotta, Dk. Brown, Jet Black
Next, the second row of shimmers:
Swatched L to R: Lt. Gold, Almond Pearl, Medallion, Lt. Pewter, Amethyst, Rose Bronze, Dk. Mocha, Truffle
Even the swatches are pretty!
A Note About LORAC Eyeshadows
If you are new to LORAC palettes there are two things we will need to get out of the way right off the bat. You will be working with some buttery shadows that blend with ease! This is great for those who don’t want to spend 10 minutes smoking out a smokey eye. Just pack it on, blend the edges for about 5 seconds and you’re good to go. The flip side is that because they easily blend together they can also muddle together, so when using a multiple shades I have to take care that it doesn’t end up looking like one mixed – up shade. Also, because the texture of the shadows are soft they have fallout – lots of powdery fallout. Dipping your brush in the palette will result in quite a bit of kick-up in the pan which will get all over the inside of your palette. Because of this I would advise not doing your foundation ahead of time (or at least protecting your cheeks/under eyes during the shadow application process). I have come to terms with the formula, and I’m prepared.
So my thoughts on the LORAC PRO Palette 3? I love the shadows in the pan and swatched they are even more gorgeous – but somehow this isn’t translating too well to my lids. The nude matte shades are nice – I like Terracotta the best, but many of them just appear a little dull on my light warm-ish skintone. As for the shimmery shades I was totally stoked to try out Amethyst but I was a bit disappointed that the color on my lids doesn’t translate to the reddy-plum I was expecting – it just looks dark on the lids and it loses that bit of sparkle that I was expecting. A couple of the shimmers also have chunky glitter ( you can see from the swatches above) and I don’t mind that, but just know that when I’m using them I’m either patting it on my lid with my finger or using the shadow wet so I don’t have a lot of glitter fallout on the cheeks. As far as the shimmery shades I prefer using the shimmery shadows wet by spritzing my shadow brush with some MAC Fix+ before dipping into it or using a dampened finger to dip directly into the palette before patting it on the lids. I love the metallic effect it gives and find it adds that metallic “punch” that I was expecting so it works well. In general I feel this palette definitely performs best when used on top of an eye base (eye primer, paintpot, etc.) to get the most color bang for your buck. In application using primer as well as being careful with precise placement and minimal blending this palette works well.
Next let’s take a look at all three palettes together.
LORAC PRO Palette 1, 2, 3 Comparison
The three PRO Palettes are all the same size and made of the same packaging – soft-touch hardboard with a small mirror on the inside. I like the color variation they chose for the packaging between the three palettes.
From the Top: LORAC PRO Palette 1, LORAC PRO Palette 2, LORAC PRO Palette 3
From the above photos you can see the “dust” that can kick up in these palettes, although I wiped it off a bit before photographing. The similarities in the palettes would be that they each have a version of a matte black and they both have a good mix of cool and warm toned shades in each. The LORAC PRO Palette 3 seems like it is most similar to the cool and warm toned mattes in the original PRO Palette 1 and most similar to the warm and cool shimmery shadows in the PRO Palette 2. I won’t pick apart each shade, but that’s just the overall tones I’m getting from it. What do you think?
So which palette is my favorite? I’m an originals kinda gal so I’m going to say I still love my PRO Palette 1 the best. When I’m in the mood for a good matte navy blue and shimmery olive I reach for the PRO Palette 2, but generally speaking the original is one I could wear day or night. I wish the PRO Palette 3 had a little more “ooph” in it and I can’t quite put my finger on it, but either more color or more shimmer would have done well for me.
What are your thoughts on the LORAC PRO Palette 3? Have you purchased this palette yet? Are you a fan of LORAC shadows? Please share below or chat with me on social media using the links below.
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