Monday, February 6, 2017

Lorac California Dreaming Eyeshadow Palette Review


Today I've got the first of the 2017 limited edition releases from Lorac - besides the coordinating blush palette (review upcoming), there is also a new "I Love Brunch" collection (pro palette, blushes, highlighters, lip products) as well as an image of the outside packaging of an upcoming Pirates of the Caribbean movie collab.  As much as I love to use Lorac products, you can bet I'll be getting a good chunk of the upcoming products - but I'm still on a no-lip-product-buy.  With all that said...let's get to today's review on the Lorac California Dreaming Eyeshadow Palette.

the box (top pic), the palette (bottom pic)

back of the box

Swatch time! Just like old times, there is absolutely no product on my hand to prime with, and each swatch is just one swipe.
left 2 columns of the palette
upper swatches: Button, Starfish, Boots
bottom swatches: Sand Castle, Hot Toddy, Cozy
right 2 columns of the palette 
*it looks like there's 4 swatches on the upper row of swatches, but that 3rd "spot" is left over pigment from the Boots swatch
upper swatches: Bonfire, Cable Knit, 65°
bottom swatches: Overcast, Seaside, Kitty Cat
The above pictures were taken standing in my office next to the window on one of our very few sunny days.

The Kitty Cat shade is swatched with what was on my finger from just literally touching the pan - no rubbing the pan to pick up product.  Wow!!  I've worn this particular shade 3 times since I've purchased this over 2 different methods of prepping.  Lately, I've just been using concealer set with powder as my "primer" to get ready for eye shadow -- that method didn't work the best with this shade.  I had lots of shimmer transferring up to my lower brow area since my eyes are getting more hooded as I get older (the one thing I wish I could fix).  But today, I added Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden over my concealer/powder combo then immediately pressed on Kitty Cat.  That method worked much better to keep that shimmer more on the actual lid.

The true mattes in the palette are: Hot Toddy, Cozy, Overcast, Bonfire and Cable Knit.  I've used Overcast at least a little bit, if not the main color, in the crease and blending out and up with either Bonfire or Cozy.  Sand Castle and 65° are shimmers, while Seaside and Boots do have little shimmers in them that I didn't really notice coming across either in their swatches or on the eye (but I did put Seaside over the edge of Kitty Cat).  Button and Starfish are, I think, a satin finish that I'll probably end up using like they are mattes.  Actually, I did put down Cozy all over yesterday before putting anything else down.

I've used 10 of the shades, either a little or a lot, in the last few days I've put makeup on.  For me, everything blended well and I didn't notice any muddying up of colors as I blended.  The only thing I need to remember is if I want to use Kitty Cat, I need to use a sticky base for that particular shade to keep it from transferring.  Fallout when applying was minimal, but fallout doesn't really bother me too much.  I do wish that somewhere on the palette it actually said "California Dreaming," but I supposed I'll just have to add a sticker so I can remember what the name of the palette is (I'll also put the year of release).

All in all, I'm happy with this $30 palette.  I bought mine from Kohl's, but it's supposed to be at Ulta and I've seen on Instagram that it's been going in and out of stock at Lorac's website.  I'll have the blush palette review/1st impressions up soon.  I can't wait to get my hands on the I Love Brunch collection now!

Are you interested in the Lorac California Dreaming Eyeshadow Palette?

**all items purchased by me
**my opinions are my own
**not sponsored/affiliated

1 comment:

  1. sarah, thank you for posting the review on this. i was really looking for good products with reasonable reviews and this seems to be just it for me