The LORAC Pro Palette is, hands down, the most used eyeshadow palette in my entire makeup collection so when I caught wind that a Pro Palette 2 was being released I didn’t know what to do with myself and I was SO excited! The first LORAC Pro Palette is absolutely stunning in every way, shape, and form so I was literally counting down the days until the Pro Palette 2 arrived on my doorstep like the crazy makeup addict that I am (please tell me I’m not the only one who does this).
Created by celebrity makeup artist Carol Shaw, the LORAC Pro Palette 2 contains 8 all new matte shades and 8 all new shimmer shades. The original LORAC Pro Palette is very much rooted in neutral colors and the LORAC Pro Palette 2 is still heavily neutral based but there are some plays on fun neutrals like an emerald green, deep cobalt, and a medium plum shade that is absolutely gorgeous. It contains matte black, of course, as well as far other staple shades like a light brown (great for a crease transition color), and a slightly frosty off white that makes a beautiful inner corner/brow bone highlighter.
Following the same layout as the original palette the LORAC Pro Palette 2 has an equal amount of matte and shimmer shades that are organized into rows: matte shades in the top row and shimmer shades on the bottom row. Each set of finishes range in color level from light to dark going left to right so even if you’re a makeup beginner this will be an easy palette for you to use. It’s really easy to plan out an eye look since everything is very well organized. Each eyeshadow is infused with soothing botanicals and can perform wet or dry giving you tons of application options.
The first 8 shades (4 matte/4 shimmer) from the left side of the palette are all very neutral based and contain colors that would be perfect for a daytime eye look. My favorites out of this mini-collection are Lt. Brown (perfect crease color), Beige (great highlighter), Rose (a stunning rose gold tone), and Cool Grey (makes for a great spin on a neutral eye look). The quality on all of these was also fantastic! The mattes were smooth and buttery while the shimmers were incredibly soft and pigmented.
The second set of eyeshadows contains 8 shades (again 4 matte/4 shimmer) that are more suitable for a dramatic eye look, smoky eye, etc. Of course that doesn’t mean that you can’t mix and match but if you’re looking for a more dramatic look I’d bet that you’ll be pulling your colors from this side of the palette. It contains a few fun colors like plum and navy as well as a gorgeous shimmer taupe color that might be my favorite color in the entire palette.
As you can see below the original LORAC Pro Palette is not overly similar to the LORAC Pro Palette 2 which means that you can have both in your collection and not feel like it’s a waste. Sure they share a few similar colors but overall I think the original palette is more suited for the neutral eyeshadow lover while the LORAC Pro Palette 2 might be better off with someone who loves neutrals but isn’t afraid to play around with colors here and there. If you’re not into purple, blue, or green eyeshadow then you might not love the Pro Palette 2 as much as you otherwise might. I don’t wear anything other than neutrals most days but I do love a fun dark plum or cobalt for an interesting twist on a smoky eye (not to mention they’re some of the best makeup colors for brown eyes) so I think I’ll have a lot of fun playing with this palette throughout the summer season.
The LORAC Pro Palette 2 retails for $42 and can be purchased at Ulta stores both in person and online. It also comes with a free deluxe sample of the LORAC “Behind The Scenes” Eye Primer (which I’m still testing so I have no official statement on it yet but so far so good!)
What do you think? Do you prefer the original LORAC Pro Palette or is the Pro Palette 2 more your style? Comment below and let me know!
Until next time 🙂