Review: LORAC Croc Palette

By Voxy  

Don’t hate me.

I think I found a palette that I like better than the UD Naked Palette.

<ducks to avoid flying pieces of rotten vegetables>

All right, as well as the UD Naked Palette. OK?

I still love my UD, but I picked this one up for travel and ended up using it almost every day I was away, which is really rare for me (I am so fickle!). The colors appealed to me because they lean towards copper rather than bronze, and they make my green eyes pop really well. The Naked palette tends to lean towards yellower shades, and those make me look a little jaundiced if I’m not careful. I purchased some LORAC shadows from HauteLook several months ago and hated them, so I was really dubious about these, but the colors were just too nice to resist.

The LORAC Croc Palette has four eyeshadows: Moonstone (soft champagne), Serenity (peachy champagne bronze), Garnet (copper), and Suede (chocolate). Suede is matte; all the others have shimmer. The palette also includes a powder blush in shade Soul, which is a browned rose that I probably won’t use much until fall really kicks in; it’s a little dark for summer. The eyeshadows are nicely well-pigmented and very smooth; I had a little bit of fallout during application, but nothing that wasn’t easily removed — and that frankly couldn’t have been prevented had I been less hasty in application. They did not crease over TFSI and they stayed vibrant all day. The palette does not come with a brush (yay!!! no extra cost for bad mini-brushes!), so you’ll have to use your own, which is better anyway. The outside of the case is faux croc, and it has a magnetic closure, which is nice to make sure the palette doesn’t open itself up in your purse.

Moonstone and Serenity are not all that different from one another; I used Moonstone as a wash, Serenity on the lid, Garnet in the crease, and Suede in the outer corner. The photos below show the colors applied over TFSI with Neutrogena Spiced Chocolate eyeliner, Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes! mascara, and Tarte emphasEYES brow pencil. (Unrelated: New Blogger Lesson #51 — Taking pictures of eye makeup is hard. I just discovered a whole new thing I suck at!)

Swatches and photos:

L-R: Soul blush; Suede, Garnet, Serenity, Moonlight eyeshadows

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LORAC Croc Palette: $36

Provenance: Purchased

Price/Value Ratio (high-end: poor/fair/good/excellent): Good.

Purchase again? Yes, and they’ve got a new one out for the fall that’s tempting me.

(Have you used this product? Love it? Hate it? Want it? Give a holler in the comments!)

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4 Comments

  1. avatar baz
    Posted August 22, 2010 at 8:29 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Wow!
    Your eye looks amazing (with and without the makeup).

    You obviously have a talent I lack.
    I´ve got to learn how to apply all the stuff I buy.

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    • avatar Voxy
      Posted August 22, 2010 at 8:48 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Uh-oh. Both eye photos are of the same look, so the makeup is already on in the open-eye pic.

      What I’m learning about photographing people (OK, me) and trying to capture the makeup is that you have to put on a heck of a lot more than you ordinarily would in order to get it to show up. Which I knew, but didn’t really *know.*

      So in order to create something that photographs as work-appropriate, as above, I actually was wearing a lot more makeup than that. But when I look in the mirror to actually apply makeup in the morning, I stop when it looks like the photo.

      The intersection between reality and photography is very confusing.

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  2. avatar marigolds
    Posted August 21, 2010 at 8:53 am | Permalink | Reply

    Looks FAB on you. Love the eye photos! (And yes, it’s HARD take decent pictures of one’s own eyes. As you’ve seen over and over in my rotten examples.)

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  3. avatar ab_grp
    Posted August 20, 2010 at 4:09 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Another palette to desire? What will I do with myself? It sounds wonderful, and our eye colors seems somewhat similar. Help! I’m addicted to palettes! By the way, I’m no photography expert, but I was drawn to the eye photos. Nicely done!

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