I remember when the first photo of this palette surfaced in social media – people went nuts! I honestly couldn’t fathom the excitement over this product. It’s basically two LORAC Pro palettes in one – containing 16 matte shades (top rows) and 16 shimmer shades (bottom rows) but the range of colors seemed meh in pictures. However, the more swatches I saw online, the more intrigued I was to give this palette a try.
After all, LORAC Pro Palettes 1 and 2 were such a hit for me, so this couldn’t be that bad, right?
Read on to see swatches and what my thoughts are! Love it, or leave it?
Height-wise, it’s equal to two LORAC Pro palettes as seen above. The width is exactly the same as the Pro palettes.
However, because of how thin it is, I’m not quite sure how shatter-proof this is.
Cream, White and Fawn are all matte shades but they are very, very similar to a point where they’re interchangeable. It’s even comparable with Lilac, a very pale lilac purple shade.
Khaki is a few tones lighter than Stone. Camel, Brown and Sepia are also similar nude browns with different tones.
As for the darker shades, Black and Caviar, and even Indigo which is a black shade with purple shimmery glitters, they are also somewhat interchangeable.
I honestly can’t understand why there has to be so many interchangeable nudes. Rather than packing a palette with too many nude shades, why not add a bit more color to it?
This palette, although it has 32 shades, lacks greens and blues. Instead of packing in too many nudes and transition colors, why not add just one blue and one green shade?
I understand that maybe the creators wanted a palette with plenty of transitional shades, and maybe they actually intended the palette to be used alongside other colorful palettes, but I personally don’t need that many. Even as a makeup artist working with a variety of skintones and undertones, I never needed that many transitional shades.
I do adore the purple-red-mauvey shades like Wisteria, Mulberry and Merlot. The darker nude browns like Smokey Topaz, Copper and Sienna are also beautiful although it’s weird that this palette also doesn’t have a gold shade. Having something like Urban Decay’s Half Baked would actually be nice!
However, I must say, compared to the LORAC Pro Palette and Pro Palette 2 combined, the color range is very limited. There’s much more variety when the Pro Palette and Pro Palette 2 is combined!
Some shades are sheerer than others, though. For example, Granite is surprisingly quite sheer, but fortunately buildable.
It’s also worth noting that these shades can be used wet or dry. They’re much more vibrant when applied wet!
Let me know what your thoughts are on this palette! I’d love to know what you think!