The Perfect Palette

Ahhh, the joys of make up palettes. The luxury packaging, the satisfying click of the lid, and the wide array of colours, shimmers and mattes.

A considerable newb to palettes, I have the Naked 1, and also recently added to my stash the ultimate palette of them all (eek!). Kindly linked by a fellow blogger (who is brilliant, may I add, LittleBitSoph), I quickly ordered the Lorac Pro Palette.

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I was seriously pumped, particularly because I had my sisters’ engagement coming up. Unfortunately I was brought back to reality by the shipping time! I think it stated a minimum of 13 days and actually it wasn’t too bad as it took…13 days to arrive! That was from order confirmation to actually receiving the palette. The customs charge was unwelcome, but hey ho in for a penny in for 1 MILLION POUNDS.

I heard about the Lorac Pro palette through a number of blogs, namely from LittleBitSoph and Vivianna Does Makeup. What really drew me to it in the first place was the simple fact that it contained a row of matte shades (brilliant for your crease) and a row of shimmer shades. Too often in palettes from what I’ve seen, you get the odd lumpy glittery shade that ruins the look of it, doesn’t apply nicely and gets all over the rest of the palette.

The packaging of the Lorac Pro is very different to anything I’ve really used before, but it does have a feel reminiscent of the Nars packaging: black, soft to the touch and sturdy. With a magnetic ‘shut’ it isn’t the most practical in terms of making sure it is completely closed, but it is very slim and neat if you were travelling with it.

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MARVELLOUS MATTES:

There are 8 matte shades in the palette, and what I love about them is that there are only 3 ‘light’ shades, and 4 whole ‘brown’ shades. For asian skin this is really useful, as some browns in the crease can look too warm or cool toned, but in this palette you have 2 of each. The black is great when used with an angled liner brush like the Mac 263, for a more subtle eye liner. ‘Taupe’ is my favourite crease colour at the moment, just the right amount of warm toned brown, and you can really build it up for more definition.

SHAMAZING SHIMMERS:

The shimmers in this palette are really versatile. With my favourites so far being ‘LT. Bronze’ (no idea what that means), ‘Champagne’ and ‘Pewter’, there is a good array of nudes with a few more unique shades like ‘Garnet’, ‘Deep Purple’ and ‘Slate’. The formulas for these are great because the shimmer is minute, so it creates a really iridescent look without being too ‘sparkly unicorn’. Don’t worry that’s not an eyeshadow shade, but I am tempted to see what that would look like :p.

Using this palette for the first time, I used the shade ‘LT. Bronze’ over the lid, with ‘Taupe’ blended into the crease. To build up the brightness, I added some ‘Half Baked’ from the Urban Decay Naked 1 palette. A thin line of jet black liquid eyeliner, a coat of Maybelline ‘The Falsies’ mascara, a set of false eyelashes and you have a great look for a special occasion (such as doing my sister’s make up for her engagement, see snippet below!).

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What’s your favourite make up palette? Please be careful with your suggestions…as there is a very vulnerable shopper writing this here post 🙂

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