Just wanted to share with you the latest & greatest from LORAC! This post is basically just to show you some swatches and information- no so much a review (haven't even worn these yet!) I got this set for $35 from Ulta's website... I couldn't resist 12 high quality eyeshadows for that price! These are just slightly larger than the size of a MAC eyeshadow. This set is exclusive to Ulta, and while the shadow set is limited edition, according to LORAC, these are the brand's best-selling sparkle, shimmer, and matte shades. I checked LORAC's website just to see if these shadows were indeed available as singles... and I only found a few shades that were (the shades Bronze, Serenity, and Celebutante- maybe the others sold out?) However there are still other singles outside of this collection being sold for $6 each! It's some sort of VIP sale... they originally cost $19 each. Anyway- back to this set!
It's interesting to see shadows being sold as a big set of singles. It wouldn't seem strange to see 12 shadows in a palette, but 12 individual full-size shadows is quite a deal. These shadows have twist-off lids, just so you know. As you can see, there are a variety of light, mid-tone, and deep shades, as well as a variety of finishes. Matte shades are in the minority- I only noticed 2 that are completely matte (Smokin' and Sapphire). Three shades are sparkly with some fine glitter (Luxury, Dazzle and Starlight), and the rest range from a satin to pearly finish. These are mostly neutrals with a few pops of color.
The packaging says these shades can be used wet or dry, and shows a few examples of the different looks you can achieve. LORAC claims to have a "silky-smooth, highly-pigmented, and long-lasting eyeshadow formula"... and judging by my past experiences with LORAC shadows, I'd say that's a very accurate description! I'm a big fan of my Pro and Unzipped palettes, and these singles seem to be right along the same lines quality-wise as those palettes, judging by the way they felt as I swatched them. So here's a closer look at the shades, and I also made some notes on certain shades that were similar to those in my LORAC palettes.
Left to right: Shimmer, Au Naturel, and Gleam
(Au Naturel is similar to Pearl from the LORAC Pro To-Go Palette- Sephora edition, and Gleam is similar to Champagne from the Pro Palette and Unreal from the Unzipped Palette)
Left to right: Mango, Serenity, Bronze
(Serenity is similar to Light Bronze from the Pro Palette, and Bronze is similar to Chai from the Pro To-Go palette)
Left to right: Celebutante, Smokin', Luxury
(Smokin' is a total match for Taupe from the Pro Palette)
Left to right: Sapphire, Dazzle, Starlight
Again- this is not a full review... I just wanted to get some swatches out there in case you were interested in this set- we all know how fast limited edition collections like this can go. Just judging by those swatches though, I was truly impressed pretty much all of the shades. I was thinking those sparkly colors would feel dry or gritty, but they were really just as velvety soft as the others. Now here's a question for you- do you prefer having your shadows in palettes or as singles? Is this the type of thing you'd de-pot and put into a Z-palette?
DID YOU HEAR?!
Yep... I just might be crazy. I've started a YouTube channel especially for quick reviews... 5 days a week, one product at a time. I'm calling it Beauty Broadcast Express! This is going to take some major time management on my part to be able to pull that off, along with blogging and regular Beauty Broadcast videos at my normal rate. But I LOVE doing reviews and it just makes sense to have a special channel for it with a distinct format/video length that people can count on. You'll still see some reviews on my main channel (probably the kinds where I'm talking about multiple products from one brand), as well as reviews here on my blog. It was funny because last night when I put a little heads up on Twitter & Facebook about my "new project"- Tyler and I began receiving texts from friends & family wondering if I'm pregnant! Whenever that announcement comes, it'll be described as much more than a new project! :) Anyway, I'm VERY excited about this and I think it's going to be so fun to have a new product/topic to share each day! Click here to subscribe- I already have my first review posted (plus a little welcome video). THANK YOU for sharing in the excitement with me!!!! :)