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The Lorac Pro Palette 3 was released a few months back, and as quickly as it was mentioned in the bloggersphere, it then fell under everyone’s radar. This bothered me as the Pro 1 and 2 are frequently featured as Beauty Bloggers holy grails. As much as I enjoy both of these palettes, to me the Pro 3 is pure palette perfection.
The Pro 3 is ultimately a neutrals palette, full of both warm and cool toned shadows. It has 8 mattes and 8 shimmer shades. The shadows perform as well as the previous Pro 1 and 2 palettes. Both the mattes and the shimmers are buttery, creamy, highly pigmented and super blendable- If you have never had the pleasure of swatching a Lorac shadow before I urge you to do so as they are incredibly smooth.
A few of the shadows kick up a little extra product, Medallion for example is a little gritty, not in texture, but the product clumps up and tends to break up in the pan and on the skin (I would recommend tapping off the excess before applying this shade in particular).
Lorac Pro Palette 3 Swatches -ROW 1 (Matte Row)
- Blanc – a cream colour, great for highlighting the brow bone. This was the only colour in the palette that needed a double swatch
- Canvas – a cool toned peach/cream colour. Great for blended out any harsh edges.
- Cool Taupe – exactly that, a great transition shade that can be sheered out for subtle definition.
- Pink Nude – a warmer version of Canvas. A great brow to transition shade especially when paired with Terracotta.
- Clay – a neutral light brown, with a hint of pink/ peach (one of my favourite shades).
- Terracotta – a warm light brown. Again a great transition shade for a warm smokey eye.
- Dk Brown – a dark earthy brown that is perfect for deepening up the crease or built up to define the lash line.
- Jet Black – a true black shadow with no blue undertones when sheered out. A textbook shade for the ultimate smokey eye.
Lorac Pro Palette 3 Swatches -ROW 2 (Shimmer Row)
- Lt Gold – Creamy gold colour with subtle silver and pink particles running through it. This can be sheered out and used a brow bone highlight.
- Almond Pearl – A cool toned champagne shimmer. A magnificent inner corner highlight (which for me neutralises any redness). My favourite shade in the entire palette.
- Medallion – A gold/copper shade. As previously mentioned the trickiest shade in the palette to work with. Tip. Use your finger to pat this over the eyelid and then a brush to blend the edges for an easy one-shadow look, perfect for green and blue eyes.
- Lt Pewter – A deeper and warmer version of Almond Pearl. A wonderful ‘pop’ colour for a spotlight eye look.
- Amethyst – In the pan looks like a rich purple, but when applied is a beautiful brown/aubergine colour with a slight gold shimmer running through it.
- Rose Bronze – A light copper shade with a lot of gold running through it without looking orange (think a pared down version of UD Naked 1’s Half Baked)
- Dk Mocha – This is a really unusual brown shade and certainly on the cooler side due to its composition of silvers, lilacs and pink shimmers. Dk Mocha leans more purple than brown in my opinion.
- Truffle – A deeper, darker stormer version of Dk Mocha. Truffle is an earthy/grey brown shade with a silver shimmer running through it making Truffle look almost purple is some lights.
The shades in the Pro 3 are certainly reminiscent of the Pro 1 and 2, for example in the Pro 1 there is the shade Pewter, in the Pro 3 the shade Lt. Pewter, and similarly with Pro 2, the shade Rose, and in the Pro 3, Rose Bronze. These shades in particular are always highly regarded in the beauty community so some may see this repetition as laziness. I however feel that the difference in the shades is not only a new twist on a classic, but a nostalgic nod to the Pro 1 and 2 for die hard Lorac fans.
Lorac Pro Palette 3 Swatches -ROW 2 (Shimmer Row cont..)
(L-R) Pro 1 Pewter / Pro 3 Lt. Pewter | Pro 2 Rose / Pro 3 Rose Bronze
Personally, the Pro 3 offers more versatility than the Pro 1 and 2 (albeit to achieve more wearable and ‘safe’ looks) but retains the same high quality of the original Pro Palette’s. Perhaps the Pro 3 went unnoticed due to the sheer amount of new palette launches in recent months, but for me this is an unsung hero and should be a staple in anyone’s collection. Whether you are an eyeshadow connoisseur or a neutrals novice, I cannot recommend the Pro 3 highly enough.
The Lorac Pro Palette 3 is currently available here in the US with UK shipping available.
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