The holiday season is fully upon us and the palettes and sets are rolling in heavy! I saved up thousands of Ultamate Rewards points just so I could lose my mind (guilt free) on all of the incredibly amazing holiday goodies popping up this year. There were quite a few sets and palettes that I knew I wanted for sure but there was one palette that I just kept going back and forth on. The LORAC Mega Pro 3 Palette has been a huge hit on social media since its release but I wasn’t quite convinced that I needed it.
“The colors are super dupable.”
“Hmmm some of those mattes look too pale.”
“There’s too many mixed reviews among other brown girls”
“I’m just gonna pass.”
For the what feels like the first time ever, I was successfully talking myself out of buying yet another eyeshadow palette. I just knew I’d hold strong on my stance too. Especially after my makeup pal Miss Jae shared how unimpressed she was with it on Snapchat. We share pretty much the same tastes in makeup so I was positive the LORAC Mega Pro 3 Palette was not for me.
And then I kept seeing on Instagram. And then Snapchat. Then it popped up in store at Ulta. I can never help myself when it comes to swatching new releases in Prestige so I went right for the Mega Pro 3 Palette and started swatching. Big mistake. The shadows all felt so buttery and they were so pigmented. Before I knew it, I was tossing the LORAC Mega Pro 3 Palette into my bag and heading to the counter within a week.
I’m a huge fan of the original LORAC Pro Palette because it’s super easy to use, pigmented and very easy to blend so I took a leap of faith with the Mega Pro 3 Palette and it turned out to be a win. I’m loving it! The LORAC Mega Pro 3 Palette features 32 eyeshadows including 16 mattes and 16 shimmers in a mix of warm and cool earthy neutrals. At first glance, the Mega Pro 3 Palette seems rather light and ashy-esque but it turns out to be very brown girl friendly. There’s still some shades that I would avoid like Pink Cream and Crepe but the rest of the palette is fair game.
There’s a handful of good crease shades in the mix for brown skin including Violet Gray, Eggplant, Dark Navy, Hickory, Maple and Bark that gives you the ability to create complete looks without reaching for any other eyeshadows. I also like that there’s a lot of variety that allows you to create soft, everyday looks or dramatic smokey eyes. In fact, the first 2 looks I created using the Mega Pro 3 Palette were smokey eyes which I absolutely loved because the shadows were so easy to work with. The mattes are silky smooth and blend like a dream while the shimmers are incredibly easy to apply and very intense. I don’t always have time to pull off eyeshadow on work days but every time I have a chance (and extra time) to blend my little heart out I’m reaching for this beauty. The LORAC Mega Pro 3 Palette is well worth the $59 if you can manage to snag it from your local Ulta!
Pink Cream, Tan, Pecan, Walnut, Dusty Mauve, Violet Gray, Eggplant and Dark Navy
Crepe, Toffee, Mist, Vintage, Hickory, Maple, Bark and Jet Black
Snow, Cava, Cider, Bellini, Brown Sugar, Sequoia, Glacier and Deep Fog
Tulle, Pink Bronze, Rust, Rose Quartz, Olive, Dark Roast, Pomegranate and Licorice