Earlier this week, I went to my local Ulta and picked up the newly released Mega Pro 2 by Lorac. This is my first Lorac palette, so I was super excited to go home and try this out!
The Mega Pro 2 comes in a navy and silver box. The box has an iridescent coating, which makes it look sleek but extremely hard to photograph. After opening the box, I was confused why they would make the packaging so bulky, because the palette itself is only half an inch thick, while the box is around 1.5″ thick. This seemed pretty wasteful to me, especially when there were no booklets or samples in the box with the palette.
The palette itself looks very similar to the Mega Pro 1. It is pretty sturdy and slightly larger than my hand. It’s made from cardboard, with invisible magnet closures, and is wrapped in a matte, rubber coating. The name of the palette is done in a silver foil that really pops against the blue.
Inside the palette are a whopping 32 shades—16 matte and 16 shimmer/metallic. Prior to buying the MP2, I’d read several reviews online talking about Lorac’s amazing shadow formula. To be honest, I was skeptical because makeup is so incredibly personal—what works for you might be terrible to someone else.
I was wrong to be skeptical in this instance! Lorac’s shadows are so creamy and smooth, even the matte shades! They are quite pigmented and easy to blend. However, I noticed during swatching and while working with the palette that their formula allows for a lot of powder to kick up onto the palette. This isn’t a terrible thing, but it can look very messy over time.
And now, for the swatches! All swatches were done on bare skin, without primer.
Row 1 (L to R): Porcelain, Custard, Tawny, Burlap, Melon, Tangerine, Saddle, Forest
Row 2 (L to R): Bisque, Lavender, Purple, Sorbet, Goji, Cabernet, Ash, Black
Row 3 (L to R): Sugar, Chiffon, Prosecco, Soft Plum, Cinnamon, Sandstone, Gunmetal, Blue Quartz
Row 4 (L to R): Moonlight, Seashell, Peony, Dark Sienna, Penny, Olivine, Gold Leave, Black Ivy
Shadows used: Crease: Tawny, Sorbet, Tangerine; Outer V: Goji, Saddle; Lid: Sorbet, Peony; Inner Corner: Sugar; Brow Bone: Porcelain.
Final thoughts: The Lorac Mega Pro 2 is a really nice palette that offers a great formula and color range to allow you to do a variety of looks. Some colors swatch better than others, but none of them feel chalky or are difficult to blend out. This would be a great palette for someone who is looking to purchase their first large palette, but it will add to the collection of a seasoned makeup addict as well!