If you read my wishlist post here, you’ll know I’ve wanted the Lorac Pro Palette 3 before it was even released. I’ve had the original Lorac Pro 1 for more than a year and it’s still one of my favourite eyeshadow formulas to date. So I was super excited to get my hands on this one. I immediately contacted Muse.SA, since I got my original Lorac Pro 1 from her, to keep me one from the stock she had coming in. When it arrived I honestly expected it to be a couple more hundred rands than it was so I was relieved at the price. And since any order I place with Muse.SA has to be taken full advantage of, I added a couple more products to my order.
When it arrived I was giddy with excitement. Since I prefer to take blog photo’s of products before I dip in, I set it aside for the weekend. The next day I don’t know what overcame me but I just had to try it. So apologies beforehand of the untidy pans. Don’t judge. Now let me share my thoughts with you.
The Lorac Pro Palette 3 comes packaged in a box containing the palette and a mini eyeshadow primer. I do not like the texture of the primer so I never use it. The palette itself is slim, yet sturdy, and very travel friendly. It has a magnetic closure and a full sized mirror on the inside. It is made of the same rubber like material as the previous pro palettes but this one doesn’t show up unsightly fingerprint marks left behind. The palette holds 16 shades, half of which are matte and the other half shimmer. The OCD in me appreciates that the mattes are laid out in the top row and the shimmer in the bottom row whilst ranging from light to dark. The shade names are written beneath each pan for reference which I prefer.
The thing I love most about the original Lorac Pro 1 is the formula of the eyeshadows, especially the shimmer ones. The Lorac Pro Palette 3 does continue to uphold that perception except for a few select shades. The matte shades are all very pigmented and blend easily. As with it’s predecessor, there is quite a bit of fallout but something I am willing to look past because of the great quality. It is not dry nor chalky and has many hours of wear without creasing. I did have difficulty with Jet Black which I thought could have been easier to blend out. The shimmer shades for the most part are buttery and very pigmented. I found Medallion to be very chunky and glittery with not a lot of pigment and struggled to pick it up with a brush. I tried using Fix+ with no luck and couldn’t get it to show up properly on my lid using my fingers either. The shades Amethyst, which is one I was most excited about, and Truffle offered only shimmer and no pigment. The rest of the shades were the usual, buttery, soft, blendable formula I was after which was opaque and long lasting with no creasing.
The Lorac Pro Palette 3 has a selection of lighter, warm and cool-toned neutrals. As much as I think the palette is overall suited to fairer complexions, a lot of the shades can work well on tanned skin like mine. The mattes Cool Taupe, Clay and Terracotta have fast become everyday transition shades. The shimmer shades offer up great lid toppers with a selection of darker matte and shimmer colours to deepen the crease or smoke out the eye. At the end of the day, it is a nude/natural palette so it is perfect for every day wear.
As I said I expected to pay a lot more than I actually did for the palette considering the flactuations in the exchange rate over the last few months. I paid R1000 for a $44 palette, which works out to about R612 according to the current exchange rate. I usually double the rand rate to factor in shipping and customs so that is why I expected it to be around R1200-R1300.
Overall Thoughts of the Lorac Pro Palette 3
Taking many factors into consideration, I think this palette is worth the skip. As far as shade selection goes, you get many other neutral palettes that perform just as well such as the Urban Decay Naked palettes or the Maybelline Blushed Nudes. Also the amount of kick up of the shades might seem like wastage to someone who would use this palette daily. As far as pricing goes, I’d rather say invest in the original Lorac Pro 1 palette which is an all-round outstanding palette for any look.
All Lorac palettes are available from Muse.SA