As you all know the holidays are coming up. If you missed the Lorac Mega Pro palette, people are still putting them up on ebay. If you start watching now, I’m sure you can find one at a reasonable price. However, this item was a Limited Edition from Lorac and Amazon, so it is not available through the official retailers anymore.
I figured I would still do a quick review though in case anyone was debating buying themselves a little something, or putting one of these babies on their Christmas list!
The palette itself is quite a bit smaller than I had anticipated it being. It was roughly the size of the Vice palettes from Urban Decay but thinner. It is a sturdy cardboard, and the top portion can be flipped all the way back. It also has a good sized mirror. It might be a little bit big for travel if you are taking a shorter trip.
Here is a closer photo of the shades and layout of the palette. The top half is predominantly matte shades, although the 2nd row is more of satin than true mattes. The bottom half is very similar but has much more shimmer. I feel like the first two rows could be laid over the bottom two and you would have almost the same colors in matte and shimmer in most cases (see Mulberry and Merlot). There is, however, still some variation and I do like that I can use this to add drama with the bottom half or keep simple and clean daytime looks with the upper half.
Shades in order
Row 1: Cream, Fawn, Camel, Sepia, Dusty Plum, Orchid, Mulberry, Espresso
Row 2: White, Khaki, Brown, Stone, Lilac, Wisteria, Gray, Black
Row 3: Opal, Sand, Copper, Sienna, Apricot, Blush, Merlot, Indigo
Row 4: Vanilla, Cashmere, Smokey Topaz, Dusty Rose, Granite, Maroon, Deep Teal, Caviar
Swatches of Row 1 and 2 in order. On bare skin in natural light. Row 1: Cream, Fawn, Camel, Sepia, Dusty Plum, Orchid, Mulberry, Espresso Row 2: White, Khaki, Brown, Stone, Lilac, Wisteria, Gray, Black
Cream is a pale warm beige. Nothing too crazy, would be a good highlight for someone with a bit deeper skin tone.
Fawn is a warm peachy beige.
Camel is just as it sounds, a tan (camel-y) color.
Sepia is a brown with warm undertones. It is more of a medium shade and has better color payoff than the Camel or Fawn.
Dusty Plum is muted plum. I wish it was a cool shade but sadly is a warm tone (but still lovely).
Orchid is a pinky shade. Finally a cool toned shade, but I’m not a huge lover of pinks so even though this one is a purpley pink, it is one that likely won’t see much love from me.
Mulberry is cool tone berry. This one can have some problems with dragging/blending so you need to have a little more time to work with this one and I would REALLY suggest using a primer!
Espresso is dark brown. Nothing too crazy, but I do like this one for the outer corners when I am doing a softer daytime look.
White is plain white. This one is kind of chalky and I probably won’t use this one a ton.
Khaki is a grayish brown. I like the slightly satiny finish to this one.
Brown is a matte medium brown. Another staple shade that you probably already own in a few variations, but it’s nice to have it easily accessible for when you are creating a look with this palette.
Stone is a purpley gray. This is one of my favorite shades in the palette after actually using it a few times. The purple tones to it make it more interesting than a lot of the other gray shades in my collection.
Lilac is lavender. This one was chalky and did not have very good color payoff at all. My least favorite out of the whole palette.
Wisteria is about the opposite of stone. This one is a purple with a bit of gray added. I like to use these two to create just a bit of contrast but stil have a very subtle day look.
Gray is not gray. I’m not really sure why they even called it that. If anything, stone is more of a gray than this is. This is more of a blue. It’s a grayish blue, but still.
Black is a plain matte black. Again chances are you already have this in your collection, but it comes off more of a charcoal than a true black. I also had some issues with blending with this one.
Let’s move on to the next 2 rows! The shimmers!
These are the shimmers. I took 2 photos under each lighting with my arm turned, in order for you to fully see each swatch. These are taken in soft indoor lighting with no primer. I tried to make one set of swatches the focal point of each photo. The ones that are complete swatches (not cut off at the ends) are the focus of each photo.
Swatches of Row 3 under natural light and indoor lighting.
Row 3: Opal, Sand, Copper, Sienna, Apricot, Blush, Merlot, Indigo
Opal is much prettier than I had thought it would be judging from the pan. It is a white with intense gold shimmer.
Sand is a light champagne. I reach for this one quite a bit as a highlight.
Copper is a metallic-y reddish brown shade.
Sienna is a softer brown. Another good one just to have if you are looking for a little something without going too over the top.
Apricot is bright peachy orange. It was MUCH brighter swatched than I thought it would be and would really help to brighten a look.
Blush is a light frosty pink. It wasn’t as buttery as some of the other shads.
Merlot is my FAVORITE shade in the bunch. Its a medium metallic wine shade with a bit of shimmer. Goes on very easily and blends well.
Indigo is blue black with a ton of micro glitter, but the glitter is VERY hard to see once applied. With a more intense (sticky) primer, the glitter may take hold better and be more visible, which would make this another favorite.
Row 4 under natural light and indoor lighting.
Vanilla, Cashmere, Smokey Topaz, Dusty Rose, Granite, Maroon, Deep Teal, Caviar
Vanilla is more frosted off white. This is another I prefer to use for a highlight or the inner corners.
Cashmere is a softer metallic light tan/off white. I use this on my brow bone when I want something with a hint of shimmer but not a ton of color, but the light color would show on someone with a darker complexion.
Smokey Topaz is bronzy brown with a bit of glitter and is pretty pigmented.
Dusty Rose is brownish pink. Another shade you may already own.
Granite is another frequently used shad for me. Dark brown with some shimmer/metallic finish that is super easy to blend and work with.
Maroon is brownish red. I was hoping with would be a deeper TRUE maroon (a bit closer to the merlot), but its more of a red.
Deep Teal is another beautiful shade. It’s a darkened cool teal. This is one of the shades that initially interested me and it did not disappoint.
Caviar is more of a true black than the ‘Black’ shade in this palette. It is not matte, but when I want a black, I reach for this.
Overall, I would absolutely buy this palette again. It was $59 and while I do wish more shades were cool toned, but I find that the warm shades here are still okay for me to work with. It does have quite a few browns and whites, but on the skin they are all different enough where I was not disappointed, and there are enough unique shades that I would have gladly paid more for to make this palette worth it for me!