Purchase or Pass: Lorac x Beauty and the Beast Makeup Collection

If you’ve read my previous Beauty and the Beast post detailing the Origami Owl look I wore for the movie, then you already know that I am a big fan of this classic (if you haven’t, go check it out… I’ll wait). I was broken hearted when L’Oreal dropped their Beauty and the Beast-inspired collection before the premiere. No matter how much I love the story and anything to do with it, I couldn’t bring myself to purchase a product that wasn’t cruelty-free. Sad but standing firm, I accepted that my makeup collection would always be beastless.

IMG_0174Imagine my excitement when Lorac surprised us with a collection seemingly out of nowhere! Once I saw Lorac’s Instagram posts, I latched onto that collection faster than I latch onto hummus at the grocery store! Sadly, I didn’t see them until after the lipstick collection had sold out, but a spot of serendipity allowed them to be released at ULTA, so I was able to get them in time to include them in this review!

When I got my order, I decided to do my best to test out the products throughout the rest of the week to see what I could come up with and how the products wore. Now, go grab a drink and a snack because this is a long one.

Starting with the eyeshadow palette, the colors were stunning. They are the usual Pro formula, but I did feel like there was less fallout in the pan as opposed to the Pirates of IMG_0177the Caribbean palette. As has been my experience with all Pro products, you need to tap off the excess shadow before trying to apply or you will end up with a dusting of color under your eyes. The colors were beautifully pigmented and blended well. I did a rosy eye first (which tends to be my go-to) and it turned out perfect. I followed that with a traditional smoky eye (which definitely was too much for work, but I barely leave my own office anyways, so no big deal). My final weekday look was a blue and pink smoky look. All three looks wore well and looked pretty. The only bugaboo I ran into all week was the shade Beast Mode leaving a blue-tinted stain on my outer corners. My lids sometimes stain from blue or purple shadows though, so it wouldn’t stop me from wearing the shade.

The cheek palette blew me away. Initially, I thought I would skip it since I had justIMG_0191 bought the Dead Men Tell No Tales cheek palette, but, ever the IMG_0228shopaholic, I talked myself into it. The blushes in this palette were more my style and shade. I tried a different one each day and used the highlighter every day as well. The highlighter was a happy surprise. Because I am very fair, I thought it wouldn’t work for me. But thanks to my Coola Sunless Tan Serum, I am a baby bit more bronze these days, and the highlight was actually beautiful! I did find that it didn’t look great on my nose though. It was a little “too much,” so I prefer it solely for the cheeks.

The lipstick collection just came in yesterday, so I was only able to test it out one full day. Like the Pirates of the Caribbean collaboration, they are color source and light source IMG_0204formulas. They apply smoothly and aren’t drying (actually, they are hydrating). I had to reapply a few times a day, definitely after eating or drinking. I adored the lipsticks and am so glad I was able to get ahold of them.

The lip gloss collection was a bit of a dud for me. Since I didn’t have the lipsticks for most of the week, I tried just using the glosses by themselves. I’m disappointed to say that they are not nearly as pigmented as the Alter Ego lip glosses, which was what I was expecting. I ended up having to use other lipsticks beneath them to get some color, but paired with a lipstick, they did look great. I paired True Beauty with Too Faced Melted Matte Liquid Lipstick in Queen B and it was by far my favorite lip of the week! With my smoky eye I kept a nude lip using Belle-ieve with Nyx Liquid Lip Lingerie in Lace Detail underneath. And with my Beastly eye, I used the True Beauty lipstick and lip gloss. I would say if you plan on buying the glosses, be aware that you will need a lipstick underneath if you want anything other than a sheer, slight tint on your lips.

Overall, this collection was amazing. There is nothing that I can’t use and everything has been easy to use and play with. Not only are the products amazing, the packaging is IMG_0253 (2)phenomenal. I live for gold, so this collection was designed after my own heart! I can’t wait to get this diary-like eyeshadow palette on display next to my Wizardry and Witchcraft book! Available on the Lorac website, ULTA, and coming to Kohls, the eyeshadow palette (sixteen colors) goes for $48, the cheek palette (three blush, one highlight) for $28, the lipstick collection (five colors) for $36, and the lip gloss (five colors) collection for $34.


BEHIND THE SCENES: This is why it takes me two hours to take a picture of products… Miss Molly likes to snoop… and plop down on top of things. 😛



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