I was craving more of the LORAC shadows, so I grabbed my LORAC PRO 2 palette for the third week of my One Week, One Palette project.
This palette is…full of surprises! As all LORAC PRO palettes do – it has some great matte and shimmer staples that can ground a look, but PRO 2 stands out as the most interesting of the three 16-shade PRO palettes because of the colorful additions that I find to be unique and carefully crafted to apply the way they look in the pan.
Navy in this palette is the best navy shade I own out of my whole collection; it has just enough brightness to it to really show up as blue on the eye, but it is deep enough to blend right into an everyday look. I feel similarly about Plum, but it can be sheered out to show up very brightly on the lid or lower lashline if desired. I love pairing Plum with Nectar in the crease and using Chrome on the lid, which really pulls out the unique tones in that shimmer.
The only shade in this palette that is a little disappointing is Jade. Green shadows seem to be difficult to formulate, particularly the deeper, olive-toned shades. While this contains some nice shimmer particles, the base pigment is a little darker than I’d like it to be, so it’s very difficult to use this as an all-over lid shade without ending up with a very smoky look.
A lot of times I hear other reviewers say that this palette is the “cool toned” LORAC palette, but I think it’s a great mix of both cool and warm tones. The left half of the palette lends itself to some beautiful warm bronze looks, while the right half encourages you to add in some cooler shades to your typical looks. This combination helps to ensure that the cooler tones don’t make you look washed out.
That’s all for today’s palette review. Do you love LORAC shadows? Which PRO palette is your favorite?
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