Behold the wondrous beauty that is the LORAC summerGLO Eyeshadow Palette! When I first saw photographs of this, I knew it had to be mine. When LORAC sent me this palette, I was in heaven because the shades are absolutely velvety soft and pigmented. There’s a perfect mix of shimmer and matte in the palette as well. And while this palette was a press sample, I have to say that the low price tag ($24!) for this palette makes it an extremely attractive option for makeup lovers. I’ve got full swatches, my thoughts, and a makeup look using the palette inside!
The LORAC summerGLO Eyeshadow Palette contains ten eyeshadow shades total. The bottom two shades are matte neutrals that are perfect for blending out crease colors and using on the brow-bone. The other eight shades are a mix of shimmers and mattes, with some neutral shades and a few brights mixed in.
This palette is just one of those makeup items that is aesthetically pleasing to look at. I love mixing neutral shades with brights, so this was right up my alley.
First 4 shades: You’ve got yourself a light to medium brown shade that I wouldn’t say is a shimmer, but it’s not completely matte either. The coral pink shade is a shimmer and super smooth and pigmented. The purple shade is a duo-chrome with a flash of blue in it, but the pigmentation and texture was a bit disappointing. This purple shade was the only shade in the palette that I considered a bit troublesome. It is, however, still workable and definitely shows up better when used with a wet brush and layered. The last shade in this set is a shimmering sky blue that was very rich in color and soft to the touch.
Last 4 shades: You’ve got yourself a shimmering gold-champagne, a shimmering bronze-gold, and a shimmering turquoise shade that are all super pigmented and soft. The last shade is a dark brown that has a true matte finish.
Bottom 2 shades: These make the perfect transitional shades, especially for blending out colors in your crease and along your brow-bone. They are both matte and put down good color.
MAKEUP TUTORIAL USING THIS PALETTE:
- Apply Shade #1 to the crease of your eye, and extend it upward, almost onto your brow-bone. You may need to go back and do this several times to build up a bit of intensity.
- Apply Shade #2 to the inner half of your eyelid and Shade #3 to the outer half of your eyelid. Use the same brush and go back and forth a few times so the transition on your eyelid between the two shades looks like a seamless gradient.
- Apply Shade #4 into the socket of your eye with a fine blending brush. You want this shade to be in the socket of your eye only. If you’re unsure of where that is, simply look straight ahead in a mirror and see where your eyelid creases. Build up the intensity to be moderate.
- Go back with Shade #1 and blend out Shade #4 in the socket. You want the socket of the eye to be a dark matte brown, but above that shade, you want to see the coral pink peek through.
- Use Shade #5 along the lower lash-line with a wet makeup brush.
- Use Shade #6 along your brow-bone to help blend out Shade #1.
I applied flesh colored liner to my lower water-line and used black eyeliner along my upper lash-line for a cat eye effect. I also added lashes for dramatic effect against all the soft shimmers I used.
The result is that your eyelid shades look like a sunset gradient. It’s incredibly flattering and brings warmth to the skin. The pop of purple along the lower lashes adds a bit of playfulness to the look.
I had no issues with these eyeshadows while actually using them on my eyes and for a makeup look. They were soft, blendable, and pigmented. I love the end result!
The LORAC summerGLO Eyeshadow Palette is limited edition for Summer 2014 and is available at Ulta, Kohl’s, and Sephora stores nationwide. Each palette retails for $24.00 USD. To browse and purchase this palette online (with free shipping, no minimum!), click the image below:
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