Hello! Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and welcome to a new year! I finally moved my free WordPress blog (hushbeautyblog.wordpress.com) to my own domain — a Christmas present to myself. I’m going to seriously get down to blogging — I have so many products I want to write about, beauty news, deals and more and they’re all taking up space in my brain. So, to start off the new year, I wanted to review this LORAC Close Up: Real Life to Red Carpet Eye Tutorial kit ($37; Sephora.com). I got for Christmas from my best friend, which came beautifully packaged in a Sephora box with a festive bow that I decided to use as a decoration in my bedroom.
With this post in my mind, I went into Macy’s today and had a wonderful experience with Elysha, a cosmetics consultant for Macys’ Impulse Beauty department (a Sephora-like area that debuted over the last two years in Macy’s stores across the country). As we were talking, she mentioned to me that LORAC, the prestige cosmetics line developed by Hollywood makeup artist Carol Shaw, was going out of business. She said that the line was being pulled from Sephora’s stores because the company is going bankrupt. Please keep in mind that this is not confirmed from a LORAC or even a Sephora source. I searched the web and found nothing that said this to be true. I am going to give Sephora a call tomorrow and put my journalistic skills to use to find out if this is fact or just a he-said-she-said rumor. If anyone knows anything about this, please let me know.
With that being said, I’m going to get on to the review. I am highly impressed with this kit, especially the fact that it contains all full-sized items. I have never really used LORAC products except for their Tantalizer line, which I have stopped using after discovering Bare Minerals Faux Tan Sunless Tanner ($22; bareescentuals.com). I’m so happy that my friend randomly chose this kit as a gift to me — I got to try out a bunch of LORAC staples, and I also needed a liquid eyeliner that was in pen-form instead of a messy ink pot.
LORAC Close Up: Real Life to Red Carpet Eye Tutorial Kit ($37; Sephora.com) includes:
- LORAC Behind the Scenes Eye Primer (0.53 oz., regularly $21; Sephora.com): A lightweight primer that is oil-free, fragrance-free and formulated without parabens. The only shade this primer comes in is a sheer ivory beige, and it boasts a “creaseless formula that holds pigment in place for long-lasting, stay-true color.” I loved the consistency of this primer; it glided on silky smooth and truly held my shadow in place for the duration of the day. I have tried countless eyeshadow primers that boast a flawless, creaseless, shadow-lasting formula, and I have found that this primer really does have that award-winning combination. It also minimizes flaws and imperfections on the eyelid. This was definitely my favorite item in the kit.
- LORAC Starry-Eyed Baked Eye Shadow Trio in Movie Star (0.15 oz, regularly $26; Sephora.com): I haven’t used this shadow trio much since getting the kit, but for no reason other than I have been trying out plenty of new eyeshadows. This trio seems to be limited to the Close Up kit, but LORAC’s Pop Star trio seems to have similar shades. The three staple colors that come in the Movie Star trio include a smoky black, a gold-bronze and a lighter nude-like color. All three colors are shimmery, and, from the few times I did wear them, they were decently pigmented with good staying power (also thanks to the primer). I have only used these shadows dry, but I am going to use them wet next time, or over a cream-based shadow, to see how intense these colors really are. The three colors are meant to be a highlighter color, a contour and an eyeliner, but, of course, you can mix, match and blend to your heart’s desire.
- LORAC Special Effects Mascara in Black (0.35 oz, regularly $23; Sephora.com): I was shocked to see a real full-size mascara in this kit. There seems to be endless options when it comes to buying mascara, so I get really excited any time I get a chance to try one, either for free or in a kit like this. This mascara is double-ended, containing a conditioning primer on one end and a lengthening and defining mascara on the other. I don’t usually use an eyelash primer, but I have definitely noticed a difference in my lashes after wearing this for a couple of weeks — they seem stronger and more lush. Keep in mind that I layer a lot of eyelash products, and I use Tarte’s MultiplEYE Lash Enhancer ($65; Sephora.com) every night before bed. The primer side of this LORAC mascara contains natural oils, DL-Panthenol and plant extracts that revitalize lashes, making them stronger and softer, while the mascara side contains unique polymers to stretch and hold lash shape for clump-free and flake-free lashes. I really like the thin wand of this mascara and have definitely noticed how much longer it makes my lashes look.
- LORAC Front of the Line PRO Eyeliner in Black (0.02 oz, regularly $23; Sephora.com): This is the product I have used the most so far in this kit (every day since I got it). I have been meaning to buy a pen-like liquid liner for awhile — I find them way less messy and more precise than other liquid liners (and I’m also not the best at applying liner to my lash line). This is a long-lasting water-resistant liner with a flexible tip that truly provides control. You can use the tip of this liner for a thin line, or go bolder by pressing down along the whole pen for a more dramatic look. With a little practice, this liner could really be used from day-to-night.
- LORAC Double Ended Blending/Smudging Brush (this brush seems to only be included in this kit, so I can’t find a link to buy it separately): I honestly haven’t used this brush more than once. It seems too thin to even be used as a blending brush, hardly holding on any eyeshadow pigment. I suppose the “smudging” end is a bit better, but it also is flimsy and doesn’t really do much. I guess I will try it again, but I think this one is going to stay at the bottom of my makeup case until I decide to do spring cleaning.
All in all, this kit got great reviews on Sephora’s website, and it seems that LORAC’s website is also pushing this product as it is one of the photos on their main page. If what I heard is true and LORAC is, indeed, going out of business, then I would snatch up this kit, along with any of your favorite LORAC products while you still have the chance. I am going to research this claim further and post about it when I find out more information.