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LORAC PRO PALETTE 3 REVIEW & SWATCHES

The Lorac PRO 3 Eyeshadow Palette ($44) is brand new for Summer and will be available online at Ulta.com on June 12th and Ulta stores on June 26th (I got mine over Memorial Day weekend when they offered it to Platinum Members early). Other stores (Kohls, Nordstrom, etc. will be getting it sometime in July). If you’re a fan of Lorac’s eyeshadows like I am, then keep reading for my review…I’ll also compare this to a few other Lorac palettes I have later on in the post.

Packaging: 
Like the other Lorac PRO Palettes, PRO 3 comes in a box with a mini tube Behind the Scenes eyeshadow primer. The palette itself is identical to PRO 1 & 2 except for its color which is a beautiful creamy shade. Like the others, it’s very lightweight and travel-friendly with a magnetic closure. The soft, rubbery outside is a fingerprint magnet but this one doesn’t seem to show them as badly as the darker-colored previous versions.

Formula: 
The formula is gorgeous, as always…smooth, buttery and highly pigmented. These shadows blend like a dream and go on vibrantly, even without primer. The only shade I had a little trouble with in terms of patchiness was Truffle, which is a deep gray shimmer. The lighter matte shades like Blanc and Canvas didn’t show up well on my skin, but I’m not sure if it’s because they’re sheerer, or because they’re so close to my own skin color that there’s no contrast.
Also, they do kick up quite a bit of fallout, as Lorac’s super soft formula tends to do, but it doesn’t mean that they feel dry or chalky…quite the opposite! They actually go on very silky, just make sure you tap your brush well before applying to prevent them from falling down onto your cheeks.

Regardless, if you’re familiar with and like Lorac’s formula, you definitely won’t be disappointed in this one.

Color Selection: 
This is very much a Nude palette and is a gorgeous option for those of you who prefer an “everyday” look over bolder shades. I know that Nude palettes have already had their moment, but I’m still glad that Lorac finally made a PRO version because these are my favorite eyeshadows to work with and this palette is full of shades I will wear every day. There isn’t one in this entire palette that I won’t use and I’m rarely able to say that.
Like the other PRO palettes, this one has 8 matte and 8 shimmer shades in both cool and warm tones so you have a lot of versatility here!

Cons: There’s only one con with this palette, and it goes for all of the PRO palettes, not just this one. The pans are on the smaller side and the formula does kick up a bit when you dip your brush in, resulting in a very messy-looking interior. In the photo below, I only swatched the top row and you can see how the color smears all around each pan. I’ll be honest, it’s a pain in the neck to keep clean, especially since it’s such a light color. So if that’s your pet peeve, I just wanted to warn you ahead of time! 

Swatches: 
You can really see how pigmented this palette is here, especially since I didn’t use any primer!

Top Row- Mattes
Bottom Row: Shimmer

PRO 3 vs. Unzipped Gold: The overall shade range in the PRO 3 reminded me a bit of Unzipped Gold, so I wanted to photograph them side-by-side and swatch them to see if there were any dupes. I swatched the shades I thought looked very close in the pan but as you’ll see below in the swatches, there are no 100% dupes here. 

Unzipped Gold Comparison

PRO 3 vs. PRO 2 & PRO Matte: 
I didn’t find any similar shades in the PRO Matte palette, but there were a few in the PRO 2 palette that looked like they were close. Once again, no true dupes!

PRO Matte Palette, PRO 2 Palette, PRO 3 Palette

Overall, whether you’re a LORAC fan or a fan of everyday nude eyeshadows, I think you’ll love the PRO 3 palette! I’m a fan of both and I know I’ll use this palette all the time.

Grab yours on Sunday, June 12th at Ulta.com

BECCA CHAMPAGNE POP DUPE!

Who would have thought that a recent ELF haul would lead me to a Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Pop dupe?! I purchased a bunch of ELF baked products last week (you’ll be seeing some reviews soon) and I couldn’t help but notice that their Baked Eyeshadow in Enchanted looked a lot like Champagne Pop in the pan. So I did what any makeup lover would do and swatched them side by side…and I could hardly believe my eyes! 

champagne pop dupe

These are so close, it’s just crazy. Enchanted might have the slightest bit more pink or peach in it, but when they’re sheered out on the cheeks, you can’t tell the difference at all. I realize that Enchanted is an eyeshadow, but who says you can’t use it someplace else, right? It’s only $3 and Champagne Pop is $38, so it’s a total steal if you want the same effect.

champagne pop dupe

I’ll be posting this to my dupes board on Pinterest. Have you found any great dupes lately? Do share! 

TOO FACED PAPA DON’T PEACH BLUSH REVIEW

too faced papa don't peach blush review

Too Faced Papa Don’t Peach Blush ($30) launched last week along with the rest of the Sweet Peach Collection and being the blush hoarder I am, how could I say no? It’s cute, it smells like peaches, and it’s quickly becoming one of my favorite blush shades of all time. 
Let’s take a look! Description:
Sweet Peach Papa Don’t Peach Blush’s sweet peachy-bronze hue imparts fresh, youthful-looking radiance to cheeks for a touch of summertime warmth. Infused with the essence of peach, this blush smells like peaches, and its rich, pigmented shade provides buildable payoff. Wearable and flattering on any skintone, it leaves a gilded, pink-pearl, brightening finish. 
Made in U.S.A.
Available at: 

  • Sephora.com
  • Ulta.com
  • TooFaced.com
  • HSN.com
  • Macys.com

Will be in stores on January 6th

too faced papa don't peach

Packaging: Papa Don’t Peach comes in an adorable tin compact that looks like a miniature version of the Sweet Peach Palette. It includes a mirror and a generously sized blush inside (.32 oz.).  
Price comparison to blushes from similar mid-range brands: 

  • Tarte’s Amazonian Clay Blushes cost $28 for .2 oz of product.
  • Benefit’s Blushes (Rockateur or Dandelion for example) cost $29 for .17oz of product.
  • Nars Blushes cost $30 for .16 oz of product.

So overall, Papa Don’t Peach is slightly larger than a Tarte blush and double the size of a Nars or Benefit blush at a similar price point, making it the best value of the four.

papa don't peach review

Shade: Papa Don’t Peach is described as a warm peachy bronze. I remember reading that Too Faced creator Jerrod Blandino got the inspiration for the shade when he was having dinner in Paris. He ordered a Peach Trifle dessert that featured peaches roasted over an open flame and he loved the color they became as they caramelized. It does have a little bit of shimmer to it, but it’s very finely milled and not what I would consider glittery or sparkly. It doesn’t seem to draw attention to the texture in my face or highlight pores at all. It’s a gorgeous warm color…the perfect balance between peach and bronze and as you’ll see in my comparison swatches below, I don’t own anything quite like it! 

too faced papa don't peach

Formula: This blush is a very soft powder that’s easy to pick up and is nicely pigmented. I find that I don’t need to use much at all to get it to show up on my cheeks, but I’m also fair skinned. It does kick up some powder as you swirl your brush around in it due to its soft texture.

too faced papa don't peach blush swatches

Comparison Swatches:I’ve been getting a lot of questions on social media from those who are wondering if the blush in the Peach Glow palette is the same as Papa Don’t Peach because if so, there’s no need to get them both. After swatching them side-by-side, I can finally verify that they are different shades. Papa Don’t Peach is a shimmery bronzy-peach while the blush in the Peach Glow palette is more of a coral-peach with a satin finish (not as shimmery). The formulas are also completely different…the Peach Glow palette is much denser and doesn’t kick up any powder. It’s also more difficult to pick up with a brush and goes on sheerer than Papa Don’t Peach. For the swatches below, I had to build up the Peach Glow shade a bit to get it to show up with the same intensity as Papa Don’t Peach (I swatched it twice).

I also wanted to swatch Papa Don’t Peach next to some of my other peachy blushes to see if I could find a dupe. Milani’s Luminoso comes pretty close, but doesn’t have as much bronze in it (or as much shimmer). Soap & Glory’s Peach Party might come the closest, but is slightly more bronze (and has a little more shimmer).

Final Thoughts:Papa Don’t Peach is a gorgeous addition to my blush collection and I have no regrets about purchasing it. It is a bit pricey for a single blush, but is actually a better deal than other blushes in the mid-range market given its size. What do you think about Papa Don’t Peach? Do you own it? Or are you planning to buy it? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below! 🙂 

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