When Hautelook offered a couple of Lorac eyeshadow palettes for a deep discount a couple of months ago, I snatched them both up. This review is for the neutral palette called Sand Tropez.
A lot of bloggers love the lace packaging. I thought it looked cheap and tacky. But how the packaging looks doesn’t matter to me as much as how it functions. It’s a nice sturdy plastic case under the lace. It opens and shuts easily, and the mirror is big and the hinges keep it open at any angle you like (unlike the new Kat Von D palettes – what were they thinking?).
What you get
Inside, you find four beautiful eye shadows in shades of warm brown, plus a surprisingly decent little brush (I never use these things – prefer my own – but this one is really good for something that comes with a palette) and a nice big mirror. Here’s a closeup of the brush:
It’s got a dome-shaped flat-ish brush on one end for applying eye shadows to the lid and crease, and an angled liner brush at the other end. The darkest shade makes a very nice liner.
The eye shadows
Let’s get down to what you’ve been waiting for: what are the shadows like?
- Matte yellowy cream
- Shimmery gold with peachy tones
- Bronze shimmer
- Matte deep brown
And here’s how they swatch on fairly fair skin (I’m somewhere in the 20-25 region with Mac – they don’t quite have a color that suits).
These shadows are pigmented and blendable (though not as much as the Kat Von D’s). The deep matte brown is a little drier and less blendable than the others – you can tell that from how it swatched unevenly. I don’t find it difficult to work with in small areas, like the outercorner, which is where I would use it as a shadow. However, if you use it as a liner, the texture works well – you can really lay it down just where you want it and expect it not to smudge during the day.
You can do some great warm brown looks with this palette. The wear time on the shadows is good without primer, and excellent with it. This is an easy palette to carry around for doing a day-to-evening switch up.
All in all, this is a good palette. It’s not my favorite brown palette – that honor still goes to Kat Von D’s Saint, though I’m excited about trying Stila’s In the Light palette to see how it competes. I paid $14 for this one, and while there are cheaper palettes that are more blendable, they’re also less pigmented, so this is a good deal. But the original cost on these is $36, and at that price, there are better brown palettes out there.