#tbt: lorac pro palettes.

the year was 2013. we waited on lines for cronuts at dominique ansel, passing the time playing candy crush. destiny’s child reunited at the super bowl, barack obama began his second term as president, and in the makeup world, the first lorac pro palette released.

six years later in 2019, a lot of things have changed in trends, politics, and pop culture, but some things have not. lorac has continued releasing eyeshadow palettes in their iconic pro palette formula, having a total of four pro palettes to date. although drowned out by the flooding of neutral eyeshadow palettes by brands like morphe, too faced, tarte, and anastasia beverly hills, some of us never forget our first love. mine was the original lorac pro palette.

to honor the beginning of my love for neutral eyeshadow palettes, i recreated a look using the first, second, and third lorac pro palettes.

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lorac pro palette:

to recreate the look…

  • apply your favorite eyeshadow primer. mine is the mac prep + prime 24-hour extend eye base.

  • hold a piece of card stock to the outer edge of the eye at your desired angle to create a winged shape. you can also use tape to achieve the same thing.

  • use these eyeshadows from the palette:

    • “cream” to set the eyelid.

    • “sable” on the lid, blended upwards and outwards to the desired height and length of the wing.

    • “garnet” on the lid but not near the wing.

    • “espresso” to create the winged eyeliner.

    • “sable” and “espresso” mixed together on the bottom lash line.

    • “gold” on the inner corner.

  • line the waterline with a black eyeliner.
    note: i did this with a black gel liner but use the medium of your choice. you can also skip this step—your choice.

  • apply 1-2 coats of mascara on the top and bottom lashes. in this photo, i used the tarte lights, camera, lashes 4-in-1 mascara.
    note: i suggest pairing this eye look with false lashes that are light and get progressively longer towards the outer corner (i.e. ardell demi wispies).

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lorac pro palette 2:

to recreate the look…

  • apply your favorite eyeshadow primer. mine is the mac prep + prime 24-hour extend eye base.

  • use these eyeshadows from the palette:

    • “buff” on the brow bone

    • “nectar” in the outer crease with a rounded blending brush (i.e. sigma e40, mac 224, etc.)

    • “lt. brown” in the inner crease with a smaller, tapered blending brush (i.e. mac 217, morphe m433, etc.)

    • “rosé” across the lid

    • “mocha” on the outer lid and lower lash line

    • “beige” in the inner corner

  • create a half-winged eyeliner using the tarte tarteist clay paint liner in “bronze.” two things to note:

    • half-winged eyeliner is a great technique for maximizing lid space and for those with smaller eyelids. plus, it uses less product and therefore, extends the wear of the eyeliner. win-win!

    • this shade seems to have been limited edition in a holiday launch. the closest available dupe i could find in my collection is the colourpop eyeliner in “overboard.”

  • apply 1-2 coats of mascara on the top and bottom lashes. in this photo, i used the tarte lights, camera, lashes 4-in-1 mascara.

lorac pro palette 3:

to recreate the look…

  • apply your favorite eyeshadow primer. mine is the mac prep + prime 24-hour extend eye base.

  • use these eyeshadows from the palette:

    • “canvas” to set the eyeshadow primer from the crease up to the brow bone. leave the lid unset.

    • “cool taupe” in the crease with a tapered crease brush (i.e. sephora pro tapered crease #19)

    • “truffle” on the inner third and outer third of the lid.

    • “dk. brown” in the inner crease with a small, detailed crease brush to connect “truffle” (i.e. morphe m506)

    • “dk. mocha” on the center of the lid with “medallion” layered on top.

    • “dk. mocha” on the lower lash line.

    • “blanc” on the brow bone.

    • “almond pearl” on the inner corner and at the very arch of the brown bone.

  • apply the stila glitter & glow liquid eyeshadow in “smoldering satin” on top of where “dk. mocha” and “medallion” was placed.

  • apply as many coats of mascara as possible before it gets too spidery and clumpy on the top and bottom lashes. in this photo, i used the l’oreal lash paradise mascara.
    note: i suggest pairing this eye look with false lashes on the wispy side (i.e. ardell wispies), but i don’t wear lashes that often these days.


thoughts?

all the powdery kick up from these shadows couldn’t fog my fond memories of these palettes. i did almost forget how much i adore the shade “garnet” from the first palette. i also forgot how straight-forward this palette is. the palette is laid out in a way that makes it easy to use; the left side featuring highlight shades, the middle with lid colors and transition shades, and the right with deeper colors. the palette is arguably the most versatile and beginner-friendly of the three, but i find the shimmer shadows, aside from “garnet” and “gold,” a little lackluster.

at the time, my favorite palette of the three was the lorac pro palette 2—not much has changed. the shadows appeal to me most because of its tonal variation. i also prefer cool-toned shadows (call me biased). despite the color story leaning cool, there are some warm-toned shadows and a couple pops of color that add a lot of versatility to the palette.

my least favorite was the lorac pro palette 3. i remember purchasing this at the time of its release not really purchasing it because of its color story, but because i enjoyed the first two so much. of the 16 shadows in the palette, there are only five dark shades. those medium to dark eyeshadows don’t provide enough shade variation in the palette or cater to darker skin tones.

although the lorac pro 3 will lose in my next round of decluttering, the other two will stand the test of time.