This awesome gift set by LORAC caught my eye while I was searching for a gift for my best friend’s birthday a few weeks ago at ULTA. I never really used Lorac cosmetics religiously, but all that has recently changed. The same best friend actually bought ME a Lorac gift set for Christmas, and after using the brand’s shadows, liners and even eye primer, I was hooked. I’ve used Lorac products in the past, but only here and there. Notably, I have been a big fan of their TANtalizer bronzer and tanning lotions over the years, but I never really got into the rest of their products until recently.
With that being said, I walked back into ULTA a few week’s after my bestie’s birthday to purchase the set for myself. I am just so impressed by the eyeshadow formulas and the gloss in this set, combined with the liner and primer in the set I received over the holidays, PLUS the TANtalizer bronzer that I have loved for years, that I could totally devote my whole makeup routine to Lorac. I just love, love, love these products so much, especially the eyeshadows. Everything works SO well, and the shadows are heavily pigmented and stay all day. An extra plus about the shadows in this particular kit is that they are perfect everyday colors, and I actually have been using them pretty much every day.
LORAC TANtalizer Glow to Go Collection Review:
If the amazingness of the quality and durability of Lorac‘s cosmetics weren’t enough, there’s the added bonus that you can often get a bunch of full-size items in kits just like this for a SUPER sweet price (this kit was only $36 — complete with five full-size items). Lorac is one of the only prestige beauty brands I know of that releases gift sets/kits like this for such a great, great value. I guess the masterminds behind Lorac (including the brand’s creator, Hollywood makeup artist Carol Shaw) know that people will buy these kits for the value, get hooked on the amazingness of the products, and run back for more.
Summer is just around the corner and, even though I probably didn’t NEED all these items, they certainly are an excellent addition to my makeup collection to truly get me ready for the warmer months, where bronze is absolutely beautiful. Lorac’s TANtalizer to Go Collection includes five full-size items, and one travel-size item that is possibly the best “travel-size” you could ask for. The items included in the kit are:
- TANtalize Me Baked Bronzer, a limited-edition shade
- TANtalizer Lips With Benefits Gloss in Rico, another exclusive shade
- TANtalizer Body Bronzing Luminizer, a travel-friendly tube
- LORAC Eye Shadow in Tahitian Sand, exclusive to this kit
- LORAC Eye Shadow in Barbados Bronze, exclusive to this kit
- LORAC Eye Shadow in Costa Rican Coffee, exclusive to this kit
The kit itself is a limited-edition collection, but it’s definitely still on shelves and still available at ULTA.com. The eyeshadows have similar counterparts from Lorac’s regular eyeshadow line, and I have linked to a “dupe” for each color later on in this post, where I review the eyeshadows in the kit. Lorac’s TANtalizer Body Bronzer is a fan-favorite, so you can find this any time of the year. I’m not sure if the Glow to Go Collection will be available for much longer, so if you want to grab one, I would do it soon!
I was actually quite disappointed to learn that the bronzer included in this collection is a limited-edition shade. It is so perfect and pretty, I can only hope that Lorac will create similar shades every year (even though it was rumored a few months back that the company was going out of business, it certainly doesn’t seem that way and I REALLY hope that’s not the case).
LORAC TANtalize Me Baked Bronzer ($36 for the complete Glow to Go Collection, 0.35 oz.; ULTA.com) is a shimmery golden bronze-colored baked bronzing powder for the body and face. This shade is a bit lighter than Lorac’s regular TANtalizer Baked Bronzer ($32 for 0.36 oz.; LoracCosmetics.com), but it is just as shimmery. Lorac’s baked bronzer formula makes the product very blendable, and I never find them to be too shimmery or glittery the way a lot of shimmer bronzers are (but, that is all relative to my particular taste).
Since this limited-edition shade is on the lighter side of bronze, I usually mix it with my matte Lorac TANtalizer for the perfect shade of bronze. When worn alone, Lorac’s limited-edition TANtalize Me shade is perfect for lighter makeup days. I swatched this shade on my hand in the photo (to the left), but the photo didn’t come out that great so it really doesn’t give the shade justice. I’m going to take a different photo tomorrow and update this post with it.
Lorac’s TANtalizer bronzers are usually around $30 for full-size, so the fact that this whole kit cost $36 and included a limited-edition, full-size bronzer is amazing. This bronzer color is so pretty and so flattering; it gives off a radiant, summery glow. All of Lorac’s baked bronzers are baked on terra cotta, and have a silky-smooth finish.
Even though I loveeee the limited-edition TANtalize Me bronzer in this collection, my favorite products have to be the eyeshadows. All three eyeshadows are full-size colors exclusive to the Glow to Go Collection. I can’t express enough at how amazing these colors are; they are the perfect shades for natural looks during the day, and then you can also use them for darker, sultry looks for a night out. Lorac’s eyeshadow formula is simply amazing; it is velvety-smooth and lasts all day.
Lorac Eye Shadow in Costa Rican Coffee ($36 for the complete Glow to Go Collection, 0.06 oz.; ULTA.com) is quite possibly the smoothest matte color I have ever owned. It is a dark, coffee brown that goes on so flawlessly and it is easily blendable. I often have to fight with my dark matte shadows to get them to blend the way I want them to without ending up looking like a complete mess, but this matte brown goes on so perfectly and it is a gorgeous deep, dark brown color.
This color is exclusive to Lorac’s Glow to Go kit, but the closest “dupe” would be Lorac Eye Shadow in Dark Brown ($19 for 0.06 oz.; LoracCosmetics.com). “Dark Brown” is a bit lighter than “Costa Rican Coffee“, but it has the same velvety matte finish.
Lorac Eye Shadow in Tahitian Sand ($36 for the complete Glow to Go Collection, 0.06 oz.; ULTA.com) is a beautiful light, velvety beige with shimmer. It’s a little hard to describe this color, since it has hints of champagne and gold. It’s a wonderful light color for everyday makeup wear, or to wear on your lids as a contrast to a darker color on the outer corner of your eye. Lorac’s “shimmer” shadows are probably my favorite shimmer shadows on the market; they are in NO way too shimmery or glittery. They are so, so, so smooth, and they blend amazingly.
Since “Tahitian Sand” is exclusive to this set, I have found two regular Lorac eyeshadow shades that seem to be close “dupes”; now, please consider that I am only basing this off of what these shadows look like in the photos on Lorac’s website. Lorac Eye Shadow in Star Quality ($19 for 0.06 oz.; LoracCosmetics.com) is a (very) light gold with shimmer; and Lorac Eye Shadow in Moonstone ($19 for 0.06 oz.; LoracCosmetics.com) is a champagne color with shimmer. You can even stretch it a little bit and include Lorac Eye Shadow in Enlighten ($19 for 0.06 oz.; LoracCosmetics.com), which is a cream-colored shadow with shimmer. These aren’t EXACT dupes, but it does go to show how unique “Tahitian Sand” really is, bringing together shades of light gold, champagne and cream/beige.
The last eyeshadow color in Lorac’s Glow to Go Collection is definitely my favorite of the three, and perhaps the greatest bronze eyeshadow color I have ever used. Lorac Eye Shadow in Barbados Bronze ($36 for the complete Glow to Go Collection, 0.06 oz.; ULTA.com) is the perfect shimmery bronze/deep gold shadow color. It is really a true bronze; and it goes perfect with either the lighter color (“Tahitian Sand“) for a more natural makeup look during the day, or with the darker color (“Costa Rican Coffee“) for a beautiful bronze/dark brown evening look.
“Barbados Bronze” is somewhere in-between Lorac Eye Shadow in Bronze ($19 for 0.06 oz.; LoracCosmetics.com) and Lorac Eye Shadow in Serenity ($19 for 0.06 oz.; LoracCosmetics.com). “Bronze” is a darker bronze color, while “Sand” is a lighter bronze color. Like I said, “Barbados Bronze” is really the perfect bronze color, and quite different from both of these almost-”dupes”. Hopefully Lorac will come out with an eyeshadow color closer to “Barbados Bronze” as part of their regular shadow line.
This amazing, creamy lipgloss is also in a shade that is exclusive to Lorac’s Glow to Go kit, and it is formed in the tube into an awesome pattern that shows two different colors; when taken out of the tube, these two colors combine into one unique rosey-bronze.
Lorac TANtalizer Lips With Benefits Gloss in Rico ($36 for the complete Glow to Go Collection, 0.19 oz.; ULTA.com) is a shimmery, pearly, bronzed-pink color created in Lorac’s unique “Lips With Benefits” hyrdating formula. It is paraben-free and “infused with antioxidants of Acai Berry, Pomegranate Extract and Vitamins C & E” for nourishment. This gloss is amazingly pigmented, non-sticky and feels super smooth on my usually chapped lips. The tube contains one bronzed color and the rosey-pink color which combine together to form a bronzed, rosey, pearly-pink. I swatched it on my hand (at left), but this photo didn’t come out too great either. I’ll try to update the not-so-good photos later on.
Lorac has a whole line of TANtalizer Lips With Benefits glosses that include three different beachy, bronzed colors (“Rico” is exclusive to the Glow to Go kit). Lorac TANtalizer Lips With Benefits ($18 for 0.19 oz.; LoracCosmetics.com) comes in “Marco,” a light mauve; “Antonio,” a berry-plum; and “Ernesto,” a sandy, nude color. I’m really just basing descriptions of these three colors off of the photos on Lorac’s website because, although I’ve seen them in person, I don’t remember exactly how these shades look. All three are also two-in-one colors, formed with the same swirl that you see in the kit-exclusive shade, “Rico.” Each shade has one swirl of a bronzed color, complimented by the mauve, berry, or nude.
So I saved the body bronzing lotion for last. It is the only item in this kit that is not exclusive and available year-round to enhance and extend your summer glow. Lorac’s TANtalizer products have become a favorite of mine over the years, between the bronzing powders and lotions. It is a hugely popular line of products that work very, very well.
I remember when I used to fight with bronzers to blend in properly and not leave silly-looking streaks behind, well whenever I use this lotion, I really don’t have to worry about any of those issues. Sometimes I’ll use a bronzing mitt to blend in better around my ankles, knees and elbows, but I usually don’t have to. I use a bunch of different bronzing lotions and products that I have come to love over the years, but I always have a tube of this stuff laying around. It’s definitely one of my favorite bronzing lotions.
Lorac TANtalizer Body Bronzing Luminizer ($36 for the complete Glow to Go Collection, 1.52 oz.; ULTA.com) is a deluxe travel-size tube of one of Lorac’s best-selling tanning lotions. This lotion isn’t exactly a self-tanner, it’s more of a luminous bronze-colored nourishing lotion. I actually like this lotion better than the regular self-tanner because it feels great on my skin and the color is a beautiful glowy bronze. You can definitely use this as a self-tanner and build up the color, but it will wash off after a shower or two, especially if you use an exfoliating sponge.
This body bronzing lotion goes on silky-smooth and streak-free, giving you a “better-than-natural looking bronze glow in a matter of seconds.” It dries quickly and is long-wearing, but it doesn’t tint your skin the way self-tanners do; this product is really just a bronze-colored lotion, but it is a beautiful bronze-colored lotion at that. It is formulated with aloe vera and botanical extracts to soothe skin and it has a luminous, glowing finish (without being sparkly or glittery). Obviously, I am not the best at taking swatch photos of my hand, but I think you can tell from the photo how creamy and luminous this lotion is. The color has a little more of an almost-rosey tint in person. I am going to update the swatch photos in this post when I get the chance.
I just love how Lorac keeps building up their TANtalizer line. It really is such an amazing line of summery products that can be used year-round. The shadows in this kit especially surprised me with their amazing textures and velvety, smooth, long-lasting finishes. I am so hooked on Lorac shadows after buying this collection, and as soon as I run out of these colors I’m definitely going to buy similar shades from Lorac’s regular shadow line.
I love, love, love this kit. It is such an amazing value with mostly full-size products. The deluxe-size lotion is usually also available for sale individually. I can’t find it for sale on ULTA.com or Lorac’s website, but I know that ULTA and Sephora usually have them near the checkout counters where they feature a lot of travel-friendly makeup and beauty products. I think it goes for about $10-$12. The regular-size version of the bronzing lotion is $32 and is available anywhere that Lorac cosmetics are sold.
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