Lorac Mega Pro 2 Palette Review and Swatches12:59 PM
I am kicking myself for not getting the first Mega Pro palette. But that is not the point. The point of this post is to convince you of the awesomeness of the Mega Pro 2. I did a comparison post two weeks ago comparing it to the original Pro palette and the Pro 2 palette. If you are interested in seeing those swatches, you can find the post here. I haven't tried as many Holiday products as a lot of bloggers, but this has been a favorite of mine. In fact, if you can only get one product from the Holiday collections, at least as far as eyeshadow palettes go, make it this one. It has a little bit of everything. For $59 you get 32 eyeshadows. Fifteen are matte and fifteen are shimmers.
The shade names accurately describe the eyeshadows, with the exception of some of the shimmery shades. To avoid being tedious, I am not going to describe the shades that I feel are self explanatory.
Row 1 Mattes: make great base and transition shades
- Bisque: pink toned beige
- Sorbet: peach
- Goji: cranberry
- Cabernet: dark brown, with a hint of berry. This shade would make a gorgeous lipstick, no?
- Ash: charcoal
- Black This is the only shade present in all of the Pro palettes.
Row 3 Shimmers:
- Chiffon: baby pink
- Proseco: champagne with a hint of pink, probably my favorite shade of the palette
- Soft Plum: mauve
- Cinnamon: bronze
- Sandstone: taupe
- Blue Quartz
Row 4 Shimmers:
- Moonlight: white with a hint of golden yellow
- Seashell: white with a hint of pink
- Peony: light pinky peach
- Dk. Sienna: warm brown with gold shimmer
- Penny: copper
- Olivine: silvery green with a hint of gold. Another favorite.
- Gold Leaf: intense canary yellow, not so much of a true gold
- Black Ivy: blackened dark green
I LOVE Lorac's eyeshadows. They are hands done, bar none one of the softest, most buttery, pigmented eyeshadows on the market. Especially when it comes to the shimmery shades. Each and every shade is easy to blend. I have had no problem with patchiness, chalkiness, or fall out. I do have a word of caution. Because Lorac's eyeshadows are so soft, they kick up a TON of powder. You can barely touch them with your brush, and a mini dust cloud forms. Well, maybe not. But it can get intense. That makes me feel like a lot of product is wasted, but the color selection and quality is so good that I can overlook that. Since they are so pigmented, you do not need a lot to achieve your desired look. You can also use them wet without damaging the shadows and to up the pigment.
I have been wearing two palettes constantly over the last few weeks, and this is one of them. The shadows don't fade or crease, and since it has everything you need, you can create a complete look. You can do something very light and neutral, or more dramatic.
By the way, if the mattes look a little patchy, it is my fault. I had applied lotion an hour before swatching and it apparently had not absorbed it fully.
There are only two shades that perform poorly: Lavender and Purple. They lack the pigment found in the others, and they are harder to work with. They don't blend quite as easily. You don't get a ton of product with the Pro palettes, either. The pans are pretty small and the total weight of product in the Mega Pro 2 is .45 oz, which is 0.014 oz per pan.
I'm not in love with the packaging, but I can deal with it. It is blue cardboard, and it does have a mirror. But the palette isn't hinged, so it kind of renders the mirror useless. The palette is too large to hold just to use the mirror. But it is a good size if you have something to prop it up on. It is very sleek and easy to store.
The Lorac Mega Pro 2 would make a great palette for seasoned makeup lovers or those new to it. It is a $59 palette and it is valued at $205. It is limited edition and an Ulta exclusive, so grab it while you can!