Lorac Beauty and the Beast Palette First Impressions
Lorac made a sneaky launch of this beautiful Beauty and the Beast-inspired collection just last week. The packaging immediately drew me in (as packaging often does, I'm ashamed to admit) and out of the different items available, I went for the Tale as Old as Time eyeshadow palette.
I unfortunately didn't get to see the live-action Beauty and the Beast movie, but I do like the animated version (despite the slightly creepy buffalo/human Stockholm Syndrome love story) and Disney inspired makeup always pulls in a lot of people. The MAC x Cinderella collection from 2015 is still going for big bucks online today!
The palette was also Tati approved, so I immediately placed my order. Her video covers the other items in the collection as well so I recommend watching it if you're interested in this line!
The packaging is absolutely stunning. It is shaped like a book and has two tones of gold on it, one for the majority of the cover and the other for the metallic clasp and the 'Tale as Old as Time' logo. A red rose detail covers the front and the Beauty and the Beast logo is on the back. The metallic clasp is strong and flips open to reveal an old-fashioned mirror and sixteen eyeshadows. There are also two quotes, one near the mirror that says "love looks not with the eyes but with the mind", and the other above the eyeshadows that says "true beauty is found within". The palette includes a double-sided brush, which is actually usable! There are a few red accents to go along with the rose, like a red ribbon bookmark and a red ribbon in the brush holder. It's also a pain to photograph, so please bear with me!
The eyeshadows supposedly have the Lorac Pro formula, which is very pigmented and blendable but powdery. I personally like the formula and I talk about it more in my Lorac Pro 3 palette review, but I know some people really hate the amount of fallout these shadows can have. Based on swatches this does feel like the original Pro formula though there is a glitter-infused finish in here that I haven't seen in my other Lorac palette.
The color selection is really pretty in my opinion. There are a lot of neutrals and a variety of warm and cool tones. I especially like that they included a variety of highlighting shades, transitions, and crease colors! I feel like I will be able to get a lot of different looks from this palette, most of them wearable. I believe they are designed so that each row of shadows makes a cohesive look, but I will definitely mix and match them, too.
The eyeshadows included are...
Dream It: shimmery pearl
Time Keeper: shimmery taupe
Our Guest: matte charcoal grey
Impress: matte ashy brown
Beast Mode: shimmery navy
Enchanting: shimmery pale peachy-gold
Swept Up: colorful glitter-infused black
Look Beyond: matte light brown, warm toned
My Castle: shimmery brown
Chip In: matte cream
Romance: matte reddish brown
Spell Breaker: gold glitter-infused dark brown
Inner Beauty: matte lavender
Tea Time: shimmery silvery-champagne
Tic Tock: matte light brown, cool-toned
Real You: glittery baby pink
Swatches from left to right: Dream It, Time Keeper, Our Guest, Impress, Beast Mode, Enchanting, Swept Up, Look Beyond
Swatches from left to right: My Castle, Chip In, Romance, Spell Breaker, Inner Beauty, Tea Time, Tick Tock, Real You
All of these swatches were made by swirling my finger in the pan three times and I didn't use any primer or build them up at all! As you can tell the pigment is very impressive, especially on the shimmers. I can't wait to try using Swept Up in an eye look, I don't have any shades like it. The only shimmer that isn't very smooth is Real You, which doesn't look glittery in the pan but has some silver glitter in it.
The mattes feel very creamy and smooth, very much like the mattes in the Lorac Pro 3 palette. There is a good mix of mattes and shimmers and overall I think this is a very well-done palette! If you don't have a lot of these shades or love Beauty and the Beast, you may want to consider picking it up. I have more than a dozen palettes and I'm getting shades that I don't have in any other palette, which I'm really happy about. That makes it good for both collectors and beginners!
This palette is limited edition and is currently sold out on the Lorac website! It will hopefully be back in stock soon and brought to Ulta and Sephora.
What do you think of this palette?