Happy New Year!! Ok so I am a bit late to the party but I am loving 2016 so far. I took a blogging break over Xmas and New Year and then I have been full throttle at work all week ahead of my first trip to Cairo on Sunday.
I really want to do a '2015 faves' and a 'blogs I have loved in 2015' post but I just need you to bear with me whilst I get back into a work/life/blog balance.
In the meantime I thought I would talk about an eyeshadow palette, I have owned for like ever-the LORAC Pro 1. I'd heard such great things about this palette that I was actually scared to try it in case I was disappointed. So in a stack of neutral palettes how does this one compare to all the others I own?
Pretty damn good-for half of it. When I swatched it I was shocked how smooth and pigmented the shades were-they just all felt like velvet. I am a shimmer girl at heart so the swatches of the bottom row did things to me #SparksJoy. But actually, I am not that impressed. The pigmentation doesn't quite translate on the eye, the lasting power isn't amazing even over a primer and there is a fair bit of fall out. But I have recently got a real appreciation for matte shades, especially for using in the crease and these mattes are exceptional-I love the texture and blendability-the pigmentation rocks and they last all day. When you dip your brush into the pan there is definitely kick up of powder across the whole palette as the shades are so soft. On the eye however, only the shimmer shades really fall out.
Fave shades? Combining mauve + taupe in the crease, and also taupe and cream. I love pewter and garnet-I just wish both packed that little bit more pigment. I have found myself using the matte row every day at the moment-as a matte shader 'hater' this is a big shock to me but I am quite besotted. There are definitely better shimmery shades out there in palettes-standouts for me would be Urban Decay 1/2, MAC Veluxe Pearl shadows, the Zoeva palettes are amazing and the shimmer shades from NARS far outperform their matte offerings. But I don't think I have come across any matte shadows I prefer over these ones from LORAC.
Now I just need to crack out my Pro Palette 2 I have stashed away to see how it compares!
I bought this palette in the States-it's not widely available in the UK or Dubai but it can be sourced.
I'd love to know your one 'can't live without/desert island' palette-just to ensure I own it of course!