A few weeks ago I was looking online at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. I wasn’t planning on buying anything when all of a sudden I spotted the Lorac Refined Romance Eye/cheek Palette. You may remember that I am on a strict self imposed no buying of new makeup. You may also remember that I really really love LORAC. I went back and forth about whether I wanted to buy another palette. I decided that at a price of only $18, I just couldn’t pass up this palette.
Let me just cut to the chase...It is worth every cent!
The packaging is a sturdy glossy black cardboard with beautiful pink floral artwork on it. It is the same size as the Pro Palettes, but contains fewer shades. Each of the 6 shadows ia a larger pan size than the pro palettes. There are six eyeshadows (2 matte 4 shimmery), two highlighters, and a blush as well as a full-size mirror.
As far as I can tell, the palette doesn’t have the shade names written on it anywhere, it just says shade 1-6 and highliter 1and 2, but according to the Nordstrom website, the shades do have names…
- Ivory Shimmer
- Gold Shimmer
- Burgundy/Brown Shimmer
- Light Rose/Taupe Matte
- Light Purple Shimmer
- Burgundy/Brown Matte
- Cream Shimmer
- Light Pink Shimmer
- Rose Matte Blush
The above swatches are on my bare skin, I didn’t use any primer. Both the matte and shimmery shades are equal in intensity and pigmentation.
The shades are highly pigmented, soft and smooth easy to work with and blend. They go on beautifully. I really feel like this is such a great palette for only $18, it has the quality of a $40 Lorac palette. With these beautiful neutral shades you can transition from summer right into the fall and even the winter months.
The shadows are very softs, so be careful with it. My taupe matte shade was a a little cracked when I received my palette. I could probably send it back and get a new one, but I am not sure if I want to go through all the hassle. Of course, I can still use it no problem,but it isn’t perfect…sigh…
The two highlighters are shimmery and smooth, they don’t have chunky glitter in them like some highlighters do. The pink rosy blush is a beautiful matte shade. The below swatches are on my bare skin, I didn’t use any primer. Both the matte and shimmery shades are equal in intensity and pigmentation.
This is a limited edition, Nordstrom exclusive. I got mine during the Anniversary sale, but it is still available now for $18. I’m not sure how long it will be available so don’t wait too long if you’re thinking about getting it. It’s definitely worth the money!
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