Tuesday, July 27, 2010
LORAC Private Affair Palette
Because I'm a sucker and I had a gift card to Sephora I decided to purchase the new LORAC Cosmetics Private Affair Palette. LORAC cosmetics has some pretty nice shadows and some decent glosses but I have never had the "OMG I MUST HAB DIS" desire for any of the products. That was until LORAC came out with a palette with not only a brown taupe but a silvery taupe and plum and champagne and and and. I just HAD TO HAB EET!
The palette arrived the other day and at first look I realized that this is something I won't be using until the weather gets much cooler...or until I get cooler...whichever comes first. Honestly, 1/2 the palette is too dark for the sweltering days of July/August and I would just look ridiculous with a platinum/plum smokey eye slowly melting down my face in the middle of the day. But that doesn't stop me from loving the palette. It comes in this wine colored faux crocodile pleather. It's very sweet looking! The mirror is ample and has enough shadows (6 total) for multiple smokey eyes!
The special perk of this palette is that is comes with a dual ended brush and an eyeshadow primer. I must say that the VERY first thing you do if you get this palette is carefully open the sliding drawer that houses the dual ended brush and eye primer and take the brush out of the drawer. Then walk over to the trash can and insert the dual ended brush. Yes! The brush is that terrible. I used it and I felt like I was putting porcupine quills on my eyelids. It is sooo scratchy and causes sooo much fallout that it is as useful as tits on a bull. Disappointing.
OK The second thing you do if you get the palette is to decide right then and there if you are going to use the eye primer. I used it for three days straight and I found it fairly good. It worked well, It did seem to make the colors slightly more "vibrant" But how vibrant can champagne rose with shimmer and soft taupe with pearl eyeshadows be?
The shadows in the palette are nice and neutral and can take you from day to night with the simple addition of a few key shades. The palette can create a lovely smokey eye and can create a nice office neutral look. Sadly, The shadows are VERY soft. Can shadows be too soft? Yes. LORAC shadows are too soft for me. They literally look crushed when you apply a brush to them and they create a lot of powder in the pan when you are using them. I find this wasteful and tragic. One thing I hate to see is overly molested eye shadow in a pan after just a few uses.
The colors have no names. But from left to right they are:
Creamy beige with pearl
Champagne rose with shimmer
Soft taupe with pearl
Platinum grey with pearl
Deep wine with shimmer
Black with sparkle
As I said the shadows are VERY soft so you need a light hand hen applying. They tend to get sort of muddy if you try and blend too much so be careful with that.
You know what...the more I write this review, the more I realize this palette isn't as awesome as I thought it was.
Super Soft Shadows
So why should you get this? I have no idea why. Maybe you can get it because you adore LORAC. Maybe you get it b/c you want a cute fall/winter like palette. Maybe you have a gift card and want to blow $38 on 6 eyeshadows a primer and a craptacular dual ended brush. Or Maybe you just don't get it at all. I'm disenchanted after re-reading my review. I'm gonna go ponder why I do stuff like this all the time.