I thought today would be a perfect day to get up my first impressions on one of my purchases from the 2016 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. The Lorac Refined Romance Eye/Cheek Palette showed up in my Instagram feed today stating "only a few more days to grab our gorgeous Refined Romance Eye & Cheek Palette at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale." There is always the chance that this will show up on Hautelook.com at some point.
As seems to be the case this summer, I haven't been wearing much - if any - makeup since this showed up on my doorstep a few days ago. Plus, right before August started, I kind of challenged myself to do "drugstore beauty" for the month of August where I show my drugstore singles/duos/trios/palettes some love instead of always reaching for more prestige brands of eye shadows. This palette doesn't quite fit in with that challenge.
Shades 4 and 5 (bottom 2 on the right side) did have to be built up slightly, but I think part of that was I didn't pick up as much pigment as I had on other shades (at least for Shade 5). Shade 4 is rather close to my skin tone, just dark enough to be a good transition shade for me.
Based off of swatches and the texture, the shadows - and even the highlights - remind me of the Lorac Pro palette formulas (not counting Pro 3, which I passed on). Nice and creamy/buttery feeling to the touch. Since I haven't used the palette yet, I can't comment on the fallout...but I nearly always tap my brush off and try to start lightly and build up as needed. Am I happy with my purchase? Yes, absolutely. This is nearly a full face palette for a lovely price of $18; the only thing missing is a contour or bronzer shade to make this a complete palette that doesn't need companion pieces. But that's ok as I have so many bronzers and contour powders so I'm able to really choose which one to use. Now my only dilemma is...do I go ahead and use this now? or stick to "drugstore beauty" month??
Did you pick up the Lorac Refined Romance Eye/Cheek Palette from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale? If you're interested in it, the sale ends on August 8!
**all items purchased by me
**my opinions are my own