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Lorac Mega Pro Palette – Review & Swatches

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Hi Everyone!

Hope you are all doing well.

Today I am going to be doing a quick review and some swatches of the limited edition Lorac Mega Pro palette. I purchased mine from Amazon as Lorac is not available in stores here in Australia and it has been in and out of stock since it was released so I am not sure how easily you will be able to get your hands on this palette. Because it is limited edition and could be difficult to get I debated whether or not to post about it but I really wanted to show it to you guys and give you my thoughts.

I am not going to go into full detail about every shade as I am sure you all have probably read heaps of blog posts or seen a tonne of YouTube videos going into great detail on this palette already. I just wanted to do some swatches and give you my two cents worth.

Lets start with the packaging; So this palette comes in the same thin but sturdy cardboard packaging that the Lorac Pro 1 and 2 come in and is a festive maroon colour with gold writing. There is a large mirror inside which is great especially if you are travelling and there are 32 eye shadows in total inside the palette.

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The packaging does show up finger prints and marks terribly as you can see from the pictures. You may also see from the pictures where I have tried to clean off the marks and it has almost made it worse. Whilst I love the compactness of the palette, how dirty it looks is a downside for me.

As with the Lorac Pro 1 and 2 half the shades are matte and half the shades are shimmer so you get a great range of shades and finishes. This palette is twice the size of the 1 and 2 and therefore has two rows on the top that are all matte shades and the two bottom rows are all shimmer shades.

Again following the theme of the two permanent palettes the shades are mostly neutral although there are a couple of pops of colour however to me these are still quite neutral shades….I guess it depends on your definition of neutrals! 😉

The formula of these shades is just like the other two pro palettes (well I only have the first one but apparently the second one is the same formula as the first and as this palette), the shades are extremely buttery and smooth and blend like a dream. Because they are so pigmented and creamy they do give off a lot of kick up when you put your brush into the pan which does result in a lot of wasted product which is the only downside to the formula. However you can not expect eye shadows to not give some kick up when they are so pigmented and creamy and despite the wasted product I still absolutely adore the formula especially for how easily the eye shadows are to blend out.

This palette would be fantastic for a makeup artist as it contains such a great variety of shades but is also great for any makeup enthusiast and I would highly recommend picking this palette up if you can get your hands on it.

Top Row – Matte Shades

Swatches from left to right – Cream, Fawn, Camel, Sepia, Dusty Plum, Orchid, Mulberry, Espresso

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Second Row – Matte Shades

Swatches from left to right – White, Khaki, Brown, Stone, Lilac, Wisteria, Gray, Black

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Third Row – Shimmer Shades

Swatches from left to right – Opal, Sand, Copper, Sienna, Apricot, Blush, Merlot, Indigo

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Bottom Row – Shimmer Shades

Swatches from left to right – Vanilla, Cashmere, Smokey Topaz, Dusty Rose, Granite, Maroon, Deep Teal, Caviar

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Let me know if you have tried this palette and what your thoughts are on it, I would love to hear from you.

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. All products mentioned were purchased by me with my own money.

Australis AC on Tour Contouring & Highlighting Kit Review & Swatches

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Hello Lovelies!

Today I am going to do a really quick review on the new limited edition Australis AC on Tour Contouring & Highlighting Kit.

I purchased this kit from Priceline here in Australia but I believe it is available from anywhere that stocks Australis products. The cost of this kit is $16.95 and you get three highlight shades and three contour shades.

I have heard people are having trouble finding this in stock still but I have also heard that it is due to be re-stocked again in the coming weeks so keep an eye out for it if you are interested in getting it as it is limited edition.

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The packaging is made from black plastic that is fairly sturdy, there are six pans inside and no mirror which is unfortunate, I would have preferred to see a mirror inside but this is not a deal breaker for me.

This palette is supposed to be a dupe for the more expensive Anastasia Beverly Hills contour palette which I don’t have but by looking at pictures they do look very similar.

Shade descriptions – Top Row – Left to Right

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First Shade – Matte pink toned highlight

Second Shade –  Matte yellow toned highlight

Third Shade – Shimmer pink toned highlight

Bottom Row – Left to Right

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First Shade – Matte neutral brown

Second Shade – Matte cool toned brown

Third Shade – Matte warm toned brown

The formula on these powders is very smooth and creamy. They blend out fairly easily and are very pigmented so I have to use a light hand with any of the contour shades as I am very pale.

I love to mix the two matte highlight shades together and use them to set my under eye concealer. I do not find the powders to settle into the fine lines under my eyes, they last all day and give a lovely subtle highlight effect. These two shades are definitely my favourites from the whole kit.

The shimmery pink highlight shade is nice but definitely not my favourite highlighter. It is not too overpowering so is nice for an every day look and the pink tone is perfect for fair skinned girls. I like this highlighter but I prefer a more intense champagne shade highlighter for most of my makeup looks.

The first contour shade I haven’t got a lot of use out of as I find it looks quite muddy on my pale skin tone. The middle shade is a nice cool toned shade for contouring but I also find this one to look a bit muddy on me if I am not careful with it. These shades may be better for medium to dark skin tones and if you are fair I suggest being careful with these two by using a light hand when applying.

The third contour shade is very warm toned and surprisingly actually suits me the best out of the three but only if used for bronzing not contouring. Again it is very pigmented and I have to use a light hand with it.

Overall I think this is a great palette and would make a great addition to any makeup lovers kit at an affordable price. Despite not being a huge fan of the contour shades I think this palette was worth the money for the highlight shades alone. The contour shades will still be a great addition to my professional makeup kit as I am sure they will be great for many other skin tones despite them not looking that great on me.

Let me know if you have tried this palette and what your thoughts are on it and/or if you also have the Anastasia palette and how you think they compare, I would love to hear your thoughts.

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. All products were purchased by me with my own money.

I have an online store now!

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Hi Guys,

I have some super exciting news that I wanted to share with you guys in regards to my business I have been working on over the past few months.
If you don’t already know I recently formulated and released my own line of Soy candles and bath & body products. I have a stall at many local handmade markets in my area and have also been sellingThe my products on my Facebook page which you can find by searching Decadent Scents in the search bar but now I also have an online store that you can purchase from!
I have a range of my candles, body scrubs and bath bombs available in the store and will be adding new products all the time.
As a special thank you to all of my loyal blog followers I have created a coupon code that you guys can use that will give you 10% your entire order. The code is ABEAUTYOBSESSION10 and you just need to enter it at checkout to get 10% off.
I would love it if you guys would check out my store and let me know what you think of it as I really value your opinions.
The URL for the store is https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/decadentscents

I promise I will have some more product reviews and the like up soon for you guys, I’m sorry I haven’t been able to upload much lately I am still really busy with the new business but will get my butt into gear soon!

Have a great week my lovelies 😀