The Lorac Pro Palette ($42 at Sephora) is a mostly neutral palette with the addition of some maroon, purple and blue-gray. It features eight matte shades – which is a great collection in itself – seven shimmer shades and one glitter shade. It can be worn wet or dry.
The shadows in this one all have great pigmentation and color payoff. They’re rich enough dry that the only reason I use them wet is to line my eyes. The powders are soft enough that you can get some fallout during application, but after that the only fallout I’ve ever had was glitter from Champagne – but that’s not bad considering I have yet to find a fallout-free glitter shadow, and this one is better than most. The palette comes with a tube of Lorac’s Behind the Scenes eyelid primer, which I like. It keeps the shadows looking flawlessly for me for as long as I wear them. Without primer, it still wears all day. Slate can tend to fade a tiny bit after a really long day, but for me that’s pretty typical of colors with any blue or gray to them, so I don’t hold that against it.
This palette has gotten a lot of comparison to the Naked Palettes (my Naked 2 and Naked Basics reviews). I would only really compare it to the first Naked (which I have yet to review because it was already so well known before I started this site). Lorac PRO has nothing like the cooler tones you see in Naked 2. You can also compare it to Naked Basics, but again, it has some pinkish matte shades that Basics doesn’t have. But I would definitely say you don’t need both this and Naked.
Which would I pick? Well, PRO is the more “one-stop” complete palette of the two. It has brow fill shades. It has a matte black and matte deep brown that I find really crucial to a neutral smoky look. It has a lot more mattes, a lot less glitter and two more shades to play with than Naked. If you’re only going to own one neutral palette, this one would in my opinion give you more options than Naked. But it depends what else you have in your stash and what you’re looking for, your preference for finishes and so on. They’re both awesome.
White is a matte white that is a little bit sheer, which is a good thing if you’re using it to highlight or to lighten other colors (typically you don’t want stark white on your lids. Cream is a light beige matte which is not sheer but can be sheered out very smoothly, which makes it work well as a base on any skin tone. Nude is a light pink-beige metallic. Champagne is a light beige shimmer with small flecks of silver glitter.
Taupe is a matte light brown with warm undertones (rather than the grayish brown its name suggests). Lt Pink is a very pale pink matte with neutral undertones. Gold is a highly shimmery gold. Lt Bronze is a medium beige metallic.
Mauve is a mauve matte – sort of a dusty rose. Sable is a fairly deep warm brown matte. Pewter is a shimmery taupe metallic. Garnet is a metallic reddish-brown that leans plum in most looks.
Espresso is a deep brown chocolate matte. Black is a black matte with hints of brown undertones. Deep Purple is a dark purple satin finish with a little bit of shimmer. Slate is a deep blue-gray metallic.