Lorac The Resort Palette, a limited edition eye and cheek palette, came out in the early spring, available only at Nordstrom for about $25. I just didn’t want to spend $25, so I passed. A couple of months ago, the palette showed up on Hautelook, and I didn’t want to pay the shipping costs. So I waited some more.
I finally picked up the palette at Nordstrom Rack for $14.97 at the beginning of May. Last time I was there, a week or so ago, they were still there along with another smaller Stay Cool palette.
Although I don’t love this palette as much as I do the Lorac Unzipped Gold Palette (that is much more expensive and only an eye shadow palette, see one of my looks with it here), I’m glad I bought it for $15.
There are a couple of shades in it that I don’t already own. Plus it’s a good palette for travel because it comes with highlighter, contour, 2 shades of blush, and 6 eye shadows.
All of these powder shadows, blushes etc. are a little more powdery and a little less buttery than the Lorac Unzipped Palette, but they are still quite easy to blend. I definitely recommend applying them over primer.
My feelings about these shades vary from shade to shade. One reason why it took me so long to post a review of the palette is that it has been almost impossible for me to get decent photos of the swatches. These are probably among the worst swatches I’ve done, but so be it. The swatches (photo taken outdoors in the sun) are not over primer, but definitely primer makes a difference in preventing fallout and getting some of the lighter and shades to show up.
I found the highlighter to be rather disappointing. It doesn’t really show up on my light skin (it’s at the very top and you might be able to see a slight shine). I own much better highlighters.
The matte cafe au lait/pale brown eye shadow hardly shows up at all in the swatch (perhaps you can see a shadow of it almost at the top). On my eyes, it serves as a good base to cover my red eyelids, a decent blending shade or a good shade for the inner corner. The three metallic shimmer shades are the prettiest: rose gold, bronze, and greened-gold (next in order in the swatches). I bought this palette essentially for the greened-gold. I had nothing like it. Both the rose gold and the bronze are beautiful, although similar to some other shades I own from the Lorac Unzipped Palette as well as others. All three are quite metallic and shimmery, and I have to be careful that I don’t use too much of them at one time because it’s just too much shimmer for my older eyes. But they sure are fun to play with. The matte deep brown and matte black are both good neutrals for a smokey eye, or for use in the crease or outer V. I especially like the deep brown because surprisingly I don’t own anything like it.
The two blushes are lovely (3rd from the bottom and at the bottom). The pinky peach definitely says “resort” to me. It looks like summer, and it’s a good shade for me. The deeper dusty rose is beautiful, and I don’t have a blush this color, love it.
The bronzer or contour is a milk chocolate shade (2nd to the bottom). I seldom use bronzer or contour. Truth be told, I mostly use it as a matte medium brown eye shadow to counteract all the shimmer. I hope there’s nothing in it that makes that a mistake. My eyes seem to be OK with it.
Here’s an eye look I did with the rose gold on most of the eyelid, the greened-gold in the outer V, and the medium brown contour as a crease shadow. I had to blend blend blend because I put on too much rose gold, and it was too much. As I mentioned, I applied this over Urban Decay Anti-aging Primer Potion, and this shadow lasted and lasted. It was going strong when I removed it 12 hours later.
If these shades suit you, I recommend picking up this palette at Nordstrom Rack if there’s one near you and they still have it in stock. It’s definitely worth the $15 in spite of the not so great highlighter and the too pale matte brown shadow. Did you buy this palette when it came out this spring?
FYI, because I had lipstick on my teeth, I had to photoshop it off, so my foundation and skin look better than they did in real life. Nevertheless, here’s what I used:
- Smashbox Photo Finish Primer
- NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation in Montblanc mixed with CoverFX Custom Cover Drops in P20
- Tarina Tarantino DollFace Cheek blush in Feather
- NYX Above and Beyond Concealer
- Lorac The Resort Palette
- butterLONDON Wink Eye Pencil in Union Jack Black: tightline, eyelid liner
- Gorgeous Cosmetics Eye Pencil in Miss G: lower lashline
- Shiseido Lash Curler
- L’Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Intenza Mascara
- Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil in Ozone, transparent lipliner
- JCat Liptitude 24/7 Hydrating Lip Stain in Blow Your Mind