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Thursday, May 7, 2015

Review: LORAC Summer 2015 Alter Ego Dream Girl Eyeshadow Palette

LORAC is probably best known at this point for their incredibly popular (and beautiful) PRO Palettes. But LORAC also releases fun little affordable palettes from time to time, and for Summer 2015 they've released the Alter Ego Dream Girl Palette, which is now available on the LORAC site (free shipping on all orders), as well as at Kohl's and Nordstrom (you can click those links to see if they're available at a store near you). I'm guessing this will also be available at Ulta, but as of the time of this post it's not listed on the Ulta site.

This palette retails for $24, which is a bit higher than the products I normally review for you here on Nouveau Cheap, but given the price of drugstore eyeshadow palettes these days (the new L'Oreal palettes are $19.99 at many retailers), $24 doesn't feel like a huge a leap. I also wanted to review this for you in case this palette eventually ends up at HauteLook or Nordstrom Rack so that, if you don't have room in your budget now, you'll be ready to go if it's ever available at those retailers. Whether you want to splurge now, or put this on your wishlist for later, I'm hoping this review gives you a better idea of what this palette has to offer. I received it for review recently and I've been having a lot of fun with it, so let's take a closer look...

LORAC Summer 2015 Alter Ego Dream Girl Eyeshadow Palette
(retail: $24, 0.70 oz.)

Keep reading for my full review (including swatches)...

I know that many of you like it when I break down the cost/value of the palettes I review, so here you go! For perspective, the new Nyx Avant Pop palettes are 0.50 oz. for $17. The LORAC Alter Ego Dream Girl Palette is 0.70 oz. for $24. The Nyx palette works out to $34 per ounce, while the LORAC palette works out to $34.29 per ounce.

This palette has a rubberized matte finish, and the color is more coral than cantaloupe (it looks more orange in my photos but there's actually a tad more pink to the color in real life). 

Back of box:

Made in China

As you can see, you get a mirror with this compact (with the signature LORAC logo printed at the top) and the palette itself is divided into two parts. The left side contains the less shimmery shades and a cream-white highlight shade, while the right side contains the shimmery/metallic shades and a pink highlight shade. 

Swatches on bare skin (no primer)
  • The yellow shade is one of those "glowy" shadows that is a bit sheer, like a highlighter, and much prettier in person. In fact, it can double as a highlighter, as you'll see in a moment. This shade contains both shimmer and fine microglitter.
  • The matte brown shade is more pigmented than my photo indicates (the light is reflecting off the swatch and making it look sheer, even though it's not). This shadow has that signature LORAC matte texture (silky, smooth and easy to work with).
  • The dark peach shade is lighter on my skin than in the pan. This color has a beautiful golden shift to it that you can see when the light hits it just right. This shadow has a satin finish.
  • The matte teal shade contains very sparse, teeny-tiny microglitter that you can't really see after blending. This shade is very nicely pigmented, although the texture is not as smooth and silky as the brown matte (it's a bit dry and powdery).
  • The highlight shade looks like more of a cream-white or beige in the pan, but on my skin it reads more pinkish-white. Nice pigmentation on this one considering that it's a highlight shade. This one (as well as the pink highlight shade below) works nicely on my cheekbones as well as on my eyes. The texture is very smooth and silky.

Swatches on bare skin (no primer)
  • The bronze shade is an intense metallic shimmer with excellent pigmentation. There is very fine microglitter in this shade. Very nice texture--smooth and silky.
  • The violet shade is shimmery and it's also packed the fine, iridescent microglitter (reminds me of Urban Decay's glitter shadows but the glitter particles aren't as big). This shadow has a lot of depth and is much prettier in person (prettier swatched than in the pan as well). The texture is a bit chunky and not quite as smooth as the bronze shade.
  • The golden olive shade is a shimmer with a beautiful sheen to it. Very nice pigmentation and texture (silky and smooth).
  • The dark brown shade is shimmery and it also has a beautiful red color-shift. Excellent pigmentation and texture (silky and smooth).
  • The pink highlight shade is not as pigmented as the cream-white highlight shade; it gives the skin a subtle sheen. This could be used as both eyeshadow and highlighter for the face (more on that in a second).

Overall, I'm impressed with this palette. Out of the ten shades, three are what I would consider a little challenging to work with (the yellow and violet shades contains a lot of glitter, so there is fallout during application, and the matte teal shade is a bit dry and powdery, so again, some fallout). Other than that, the majority of these shadows are beautifully pigmented, with that smooth, silky texture that LORAC is known for. The swatches above were all done on bare skin, and I think the pigmentation is great, even without primer, for most of these shades. However, primer always pumps things up a few notches, and it also improves the staying power on these shadows. I've worn these both with and without primer and I definitely recommend primer because I do start to see fading after a few hours when I skip primer.

One more thing:

Swatches on bare skin (no primer)

Since I mentioned that you can use some of these shades as highlighter (in addition to eyeshadow), I wanted to show them to you sheered out a bit, to give you an idea of what they might look like if you choose to wear them as highlighters. The yellow shadow has that beautiful, golden, glowy look to it (it can be sheered out even more than what you see above). Funny enough, the cream-white shade looks more pink on my skin when I blend it out, whereas the pink shade looks more cream on my skin after blending. Also, you can see that the cream-white shadow has a lot of shimmer to it, while the pink shade gives off more of a subtle sheen when blended out.

FINAL VERDICT: If you are drawn to the shades in this palette, I think this is one to consider. The value is great, especially since three of the ten shades can double as highlighter (tip: if your highlighter brush is too big for these pans, use an eyeshadow brush to dab color onto the skin and then blend from there with a larger brush). I do think that you really have to love shimmers and metallics if you purchase this palette though, considering that there are only two true mattes here (and one contains sparse microglitter). I love that the size of this palette makes it very travel-friendly but, due to the size of the actual pans, it doesn't feel like you're using a travel palette. Another reason I like this for travel (especially summertime travel) is that you have lots of fun shades for summertime looks, but you also have that matte brown shade, plus a subtle highlight shade, if you wanted to go easy during the day. Overall, I'm enjoying this one even more than I thought I would when I first opened it--it's the kind of palette that slowly reveals its beauty the more you play around with it. 

Do you already own the LORAC Alter Ego Dream Girl Palette? If so, you know I'd love to hear from you! And if not, are you drawn to the colors here? Think you'll give it a shot?

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  1. That teal is so beautiful! After my most recent hautelook Lorac haul I was determined not to buy another palette until I hit pan, but the teal is swaying me!

  2. I bught this palette , hmmm two weeks ago and I am in love :) the texture of the shadows :) need to pick the one form Ulta too :)

    1. Yay!! I'm so glad to hear you're enjoying it as well! And yeah, I'm eying that Ulta exclusive one. :)

  3. I haven't been drawn to any of the palettes in this alter ego "collection".. but I like this one. Lots of pretty, flattering colors and plenty of neutrals. Will keep my eye out for it. I found one of the Cyber Monday exclusive palettes just sitting on a shelf at Ulta a couple of weeks ago and it's a very nice little palette. Great quality and lovely wearable shades. I have no problem with you featuring some of these lower end high end products.. there are some great deals out there, and if you do the math they really are no more expensive than drugstore.. not counting sales of course.

    1. Thank you!! I'm so glad to hear you're OK with it, and I totally agree. Gotta do the math on these and this one's a great value! :)

  4. Love this palette. Got it a few weeks ago as well. Also, I agree with waymire, I don't mind when you review some high end brands. For me, I usually divide the price by the amount of different colors there are. So for this palette you are getting 10 different colors for $24. $2.40 for a single eyeshadow is pretty much unheard of even at the drugstore (except for WNW) so that's usually how I justify buying palettes. Granted, you have to consider if you like/will use all the colors, but in this case, I really liked all the colors.

    1. Yay!! I'm so glad you're enjoying it too! :) And yep, that's also a nice way to look at it for sure. Plus, these pans are so big for a travel size palette. :)

  5. Ulta has their own. The colors are different and the case is pink. That's the one I usually get. I have 2. Maybe I'll get this one as well. Hmm do I need it though? Lol

    1. Yep, I'm eying the Ulta exclusive one as well! I just wasn't sure if they are going to stock this one too...I've heard it's available in-store from a few readers, but I haven't seen it there myself. :)

  6. Ulta got the Heartbreaker Palette instead -- it's an Ulta exclusive. Similar theme, some similar-ish shades, but it's bright pink. I got that one and have been enjoying it, though now this one looks tempting too (that matte teal!).

    1. I've been eying that one too, so thank you! So glad to hear you're enjoying it! :)

  7. I bought the Ulta I want this one too :)

  8. I bought this using kohl's cash. Perfect for summer. I'm tired of all the neutral palettes

  9. This palette is too cute! I love the colors too. I do wish there was at least one matte. I'm tired of companies releasing all these frosty palettes. I don't know one person who uses all shimmery shades for an eye look lol

  10. I just bought this due to this review. I can't wait to wear it!


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