Every year I eye all the beautiful summer palettes, but always talk myself out of them since there's usually one shade that I'm worried I won't use and I tend to really simplify my makeup in the summer anyway. But when I saw this particular palette, I actually loved every shade included. And at $24 (compared to the usual $30something price tag) I couldn't pass it up.
I love my Lorac Pro Palette, but I had heard that Lorac special edition palettes tend to lack in quality. When I swatched this in-store, I had to admit that the rumors were true, but the majority of the colors were still quite pigmented and I thought with the right priming and application, I could get this palette to work for me.
The packaging is very slim and sturdy with a snap-closure and large mirror. The colors in this palette aren't named, which is a shame since I usually look forward to seeing what different colors are called. BUT I do love the shade-range, so I'll deal with having to call these colors by their appearances. Sooo bear with me as I attempt to describe these colors.
From left to right we have: a deep teal that is matte and nicely pigmented, a mermaid-green that is a shimmer and also nicely pigmented, a light gold that is a shimmer but gritty with poor pigmentation, a copper that is also a shimmer but has good pigmentation, and underneath it all, a white highlight shade that is matte with poor pigmentation. All of these colors except the gold apply very smoothly. Although some of these shades lack in pigmentation, they are build-able.
From left to right: a radiant orchid that is matte with poor pigmentation, a chestnut brown with a satin finish and good pigmentation, a coral with gold glitter (doesn't really transfer) and a satin finish with good pigmentation, a medium-deep brown that is a matte with good pigmentation, and a light-pink pearl highlighter with decent pigmentation. All of these shades apply smoothly, and are build-able with the exception of the radiant orchid color--I can't get this color to be quite as bright as I would like.
Although a little difficult to see, I have swatched the highlight shades under their respective sets of colors.
For the first look I've tried with this palette, I made sure to apply a white base (I used NYX's Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk). Then I applied the mermaid-green shade to the inner 1/3 of my lid, the gold shade to the middle 1/3 of my lid, and the copper shade to the outer 1/3 and slightly into the crease. Next I applied the radiant orchid shade all through my crease, and mixed the two highlight colors and applied that to my brow bone. I lined the outer 2/3 of my lower lash-line with the deep teal color, and placed the gold color on the inner 1/3 and around my inner-corner. Finally I lined my upper lash-line with a liquid liner, which I slightly winged out, and applied mascara.
For my cheeks I used the coral color in this palette, and I actually really like the shade as a blush. To finish the look, I popped a little Maybelline Color Whisper in Pink Possibilities on my lips, and called it a day.
|Away from sunlight|