I recently purchased this palette along with the LORAC PRO Palette. I think that if I had purchased it on it’s own, I would given a higher rating. But after working with the PRO Palette, this palette really underwhelmed me.
PROS: the colors of the shadows when viewed in the palette are beautiful, the size of the palette is perfect to fit in my “travel makeup bag” & the mirror is rather large, the size of the shadows appear rather large as well. I guess when compared with the size of the shadows in the PRO palette, there is definitely more product per pan, with .03 oz, vs. the PRO Palette at .02 oz. However, there are only 12 shadows (6 matte and 6 shimmer – and only one matte that seems like a good light base color. There are 8 matte and 8 shimmer in the PRO Palette, and there are 4-5 shadows that would be a good base color.) vs. the 16 in the PRO Palette. I think I kind of digressed into the CON side there for a moment. Whoops.
CONS: Texture of the shadows seems a bit chalky and they don’t blend easily on me. It could be the primer I am using (MAC Painterly paint pot – maybe it hadn’t dried fully before I applied my shadow?) But even when I am picking the shadow up with my brush, it seems like I really have to press hard on shadow for the product to actually pick up. Then when I apply it, there is barely any payoff, or if there is, it all clumped into one area of my eye. Also, the packaging of the palette seems a little…cheap? I don’t know if that’s the word I am looking for. Maybe dated? And it seems like the “snakeskin” is easily scratched off to reveal light colored areas, which ends up making the whole thing look cheap!
I really wanted to love this. I am still having a hard time returning it, just because every time I open the palette I am surprised by how lovely these shades are. I thought I would *meh* the PRO palette and love this one, but sadly it’s the other way around.