When I first heard news about the LORAC Pro Palette 2, I was ecstatic. The original LORAC Pro Palette is hands down my favorite eyeshadow palette of all time. I use it the most, and I’ve hit pan on many of the shades inside of it. In other words, the sequel to the original palette had very high standards to live up to in my eyes. This palette is shaped and packaged the exact same way as the original, with sixteen eye shades total. The packaging on the first palette is black, whereas this one is a dark grey shade. The most notable difference is that this palette contains much cooler toned hues than the original. It made me nervous since I’m not typically a cool-toned eyeshadow wearer, but please trust me when I say that I was emphatically and happily shocked when I swatched this palette. It’s 100% L-O-V-E again.
The packaging on the LORAC Pro Palette 2 is exactly the same as the first except this one has dark grey packaging instead of black.
The LORAC Pro Palette 2 contains sixteen eyeshadow shades, with the top eight being all matte and the bottom eight being all shimmers.
My first thought was that I love the mix of matte and shimmer. You don’t see too many palettes anymore with straight up matte shades. I like that they’re separated into rows and I like that there are a few different shades in the mix that aren’t just browns or neutrals. The fact that there is a plum, a navy, and even a shimmering green in there just makes the palette more fun to work with. This is a very cool-toned palette but I think that almost all of the shades will work on anyone and everyone. One of the reasons I love this palette so much is that despite it being very cool-toned, I found the shades to be very flattering against both warm and cool toned skin.
Buff, Lt. Brown, Cool Gray, Nectar: All very pigmented shades that are matte and great as transitional and blending shades. Nectar is especially gorgeous as a crease shade for all skin tones, and I think this is one of the most useful shades in the palette. Cool Gray and Lt. Brown also make great crease/socket shades without being overly dark or harsh. Buff is a fantastic matte beige shade that works well for blending out colors and using on the brow-bone.
Plum, Navy, Charcoal, Black: These are INSANELY pigmented in just one swipe. I dipped my finger into them thinking I would need a few swipes like most matte shades do. WRONG! These are incredibly rich in color and opaque with just a very small amount. If you’re a matte eyeshadow lover, you are going to fall in love with these. They’re crazy velvety-soft and go on like a dream.
Snow, Beige, Rosé, Mocha: These are actually the closest you’re going to get to warmth in the palette. These four shades are so lovely because of their reflective shimmer and ethereal finish. These make great eyelid colors, especially if you like a bit of shimmer to catch the light.
Chrome, Silver, Jade, Cocoa: This is another set of shimmering shades that wonderfully reflects light. I love the addition of Jade in the palette for some color because while it’s green, it’s sort of a greyed-out, olive-toned green so it’s subtle. All of these shades were super soft and full of pigmentation.
THE MAKEUP LOOK:
For this look, I applied Nectar into my crease and blended it upward toward my socket. This is an incredible transitional shade that peeks out in this look and really emphasizes blue-green eyes. I applied Plum to the crease of my eye only, making sure not to blend it upward so that it doesn’t become muddy with Nectar. I applied Cocoa to the entire eyelid and Mocha into the inner corners of my eyes. I went back with Plum on my lower lash-line and blended it out with Nectar. To finish it up, I applied Buff to my brow-bone.
The shadows applied and blended so smoothly. I was really impressed with the pigmentation and the shades in this palette. I have to say that the LORAC Pro Palette 2 is another winner in my book!
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