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Oh my gosh, I hope I’m not too late in posting this or that Lorac decides that they will do another release for more palettes before the year is up.  But, today I wanted to share with you my thoughts, swatches and so much more on the Lorac Mega Pro 3 Palette.  This Limited Edition release had me drooling because I’m a huge fan of Lorac Pro Palettes and the quality of the shadows.  I own Lorac Mega Pro 1 and 2 so skipping out on this one was not the choice I was allowing myself to make.  Besides, I had been really good with expenditures all year this 2016, so I felt I deserved to pick this baby up and enjoy.  I also didn’t get my hands on Lorac Pro 3 palette so I figured that I would get Mega Pro 3 and be one happy camper.  For the third year in a row, I set my alarm to pick this baby up as soon as it was released, so I’ve actually had this palette in my possession now for just about 3 weeks and I’m finally ready to share my thoughts with all of you.

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Let’s take a look at this beauty shall we?  First of all, the packaging is gorgeous and sports that metallic lettering on the front of the palette itself.  I love that Rose Gold and it absolutely has stolen my heart.  The palette itself is white… hmmmm… yes, I did say it – WHITE!  It’s not ideal considering my other palettes are dark blue and red, and white can be a challenge to clean, but nonetheless, I digress… it’s not preferred, but I’ll try to make it work. haha!

Like the other Mega Pro palettes, the Mega Pro 3 sports that cardboard packaging, thin and compact considering the palette itself is HUGE.  I like that Carol & Lorac kept with the themes of the others and created a signature look to keep within the family.  The lid seals magnetically (fairly well if I might add) and all of the shades within the palette are laid out the same as the others, with their names listed below each color (one of my favorite things about these palettes).

This palette sports 32 shades with the top two rows being the matte shadows (16 total) and the bottom two rows being the metallic and shimmery shades (16 total).  This palette is quite different from some of the others as there are only two repeat shades in this palette and the others are all new and exclusive to the Mega Pro 3.

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When it comes to designing the functionality of a palette, I think Lorac really has it going for them.  I love that each palettes has the shades laid out from light to dark – left to right.  This makes it easy to create a look and a great way to lay the colors on your eyes – your highlights being on the left, transition and crease shades towards the middle and crease and outer v towards the ends.  You can also pick and choose any color you want to place on the lid.  It’s definitely a great selection and the color range is something I love.

There are a lot of different neutral tones in this palette with a few pops of color.  I’m definitely in love with each shade because these are the types of shades I tend to gravitate to often.  The palette mainly consists of warm tones, but there are some cool tones within the palette which come together to make this a favorite of mine.

Let’s take a look at each shade in the palette, shall we?

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I’ve been getting a lot of use out of the bronze and brown shades in different variations of color.  Just like the other Lorac Pro palettes I own (currently in my possession I have Lorac Pro 1 and 2 and Mega Pro 1, 2 and now 3), the Lorac Mega Pro 3 offers you gorgeous and butter shades.  The mattes are very smooth and silky in texture and blend onto the lid like a dream.  I love the matte shades especially because while they are so soft and satin like, they are just enough color for me to use as a transition or blending shade, but still offer a punch of color when they need to be built up.  The shimmer and metallic shades are just as divine as others I have used from Lorac.  They are so buttery and soft, but they can kick up some dust, so be sure to tap off any excess on your brush and apply to the eyes with a patting motion instead of sweeping motion.

Jet Black is quite a bold shade, with a powdery kick up and really needs to be packed on to eliminate fall out, but it’s a gorgeous shade for an eye liner or in place of your traditional liner as well.  But, taking the time to familiarize yourself with the palette and how it works would be best, as I find that most of Lorac shadows offer a bit of fall out, but it’s worth it in the end for me, I love them.

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I don’t have an Ulta near me, so I had to order this charm online the day it was released.  I’m glad I made the purchase though, I’m seriously in love with this palette.  I know there are a lot of these types of palettes, neutrals I mean, on the market today – so finding one that offers your versatility and ease of use can be a challenge.  I’m sure there are similar shades to these in palettes I already owned, but remember… I said I needed to complete my collection and now I have the Trifecta.

I’m not sure if this palette is still available for sale in various Ulta stores, but I know it’s been sold out online through Ulta’s website for a minute now.  If you love neutral shades and are looking for a palette that offers it all, I definitely suggest snatching this up if you come across it in your local Ulta store.  If you can’t get your hands on this beauty, I’m so sorry – but I know I definitely had to share it with you – it’s gorgeous.

  • Cost of Lorac Mega Pro 3 – $59.00
  • Availability – Ulta Stores (if sold out), this is a Limited Edition item.

Have you had the opportunity to get your hands on the Lorac Mega Pro 3?  If so, what are your thoughts, if not – are you crushing on this palette?

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I talked about this in a recent post, stating that I was excited to share with all of you my thoughts on the Land Down Under Eye Shadow Palette by Cargo Cosmetics.  Today is the day and I’m really stoked to be sharing.  I had been swooning over this palette for a little while since I seen it’s release and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it.  Cargo Cosmetics is not a brand you hear about very often, while it’s popular – it’s not a “Cult Favorite” as other brands and I’m not sure why.  When it comes to their eye shadow palettes, you get a great deal and beautiful product for showstopping looks.  Today I’ll be sharing with you swatches and more on this palette and maybe it’s something you may want to pick up.  Cargo is also running a sale today “Friends & Family” so head on over and see if you want to add this baby to your makeup arsenal.

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The Cargo Cosmetics Land Down Under Eye Shadow Palette retails for $34.00 but is currently on sale for $27.20.  It includes 12 gorgeous eye shadows (net wt each shadow: 0.03 oz / 0.8g), a mirror which is built into the palette, a pencil eyeliner in black (net wt. 1.13 oz) and a dual ended eye shadow brush.  This palette was inspired by the fabled sights and beaches of Australia and includes a variety of sunburnt browns, golds and tones that flatter all skin-tones.  You have some cool toned shades in ocean-hued blues and a gorgeous bright foliage green which adds a great pop of color.  This palette is the perfect summer palette but I can see utilizing this all year round.

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Each palette includes a combination of 5 matte shades and 7 shimmer shades.  Each shade is quite pigmented with exception to Sand.  It has nice color pigment but shows up best on a sticky base.  I noticed with swatching the color on it’s own, it needs to be built up, but applied to the lid, it actually provides nice color pay off.  If you are looking for a shadow for every day use that offers some shimmer, I think you’ll enjoy that particular shade.  The palette provides you with Paraben-Free formulas which is a huge plus as well.

The actual palette / packaging is gorgeous.  You have a white iridescent cover that has a gold/green shift when you turn the palette different directions.  It’s not very noticeable, but it’s something you can definitely see that gives the palette character and matches with the overall theme.  On the cover you have Cargo’s logo in a metallic teal (which immediately won my heart over) – it’s gorgeous.  The package reminds me of that you would get from any of their other palettes, sturdy but made of a thick cardboard.  It’s simple but still very nice.

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The dual-ended eye shadow brush is really really nice.  I love when a palette comes with a brush that is really versatile and that can be used.  It’s worth the space in my opinion.  It comes with a fluffy blending brush that you can use to also pack on color and a tapered pencil brush for smudging eye shadows or applying in precise areas on the eyes.  The black eye liner pencil is sharpenable and it’s quite creamy.  It’s a gorgeous black that is easy to apply and easy to smudge for a beautiful eye look.

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Shades:

Joey – Beige Matte

Beach – Pale Gold Shimmer

Suntan – Medium Pink Brown Shimmer

Opera – Pale Beige Matte

Koala – Medium Yellow Brown Matte

Sand – Gold Shimmer

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The Rocks – Medium Red Brown Matte

Bridge – Deep Brown Gold Shimmer

Domain – Green Shimmer

Manly – Turquoise Matte

Bondi – Deep Blue Shimmer

Ferry – Deep Brown Matte

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Please be sure to stop by my video review and check out my live swatches.  I didn’t get a chance to take a photo of me wearing the eye shadow, but I’m using this palette in that look I’m rocking on my eyes.  This palette is completely versatile.  Some of my favorite shades in t he palette include:  Koala (the perfect transition or crease shade), The Rocks (a gorgeous crease shade), Bridge (my absolute favorite from the palette) and Domain (a beautiful lid shade that’s also a perfect lower lash line color).  I think you simply can’t beat the price point of this palette and now that it is on sale and with a Friends & Family discount, there’s no reason not to pick it up.  It’s a palette that I think would make a great addition to any makeup lovers collection and the shades are not as bold as you might think.

Have you tried any of the Cargo Eye Shadow Palettes before?  If so, which one have you tried and what are your thoughts on them?  Do you think Cargo deserves more hype & love like other brands?  I surely do!

You can purchase this palette and much more at: http://www.cargocosmetics.com/.  Be sure to head on over to take advantage of the Friends & Family sale that’s running now till 8/21.  Get 25% off your purchase.

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