Limited edition products are a weakness of mine, as you may have noticed. The Paula's Choice palette I reviewed on Wednesday is a limited edition, and two of the five highlighters I own are limited edition as well! It should come as no surprise, then, that LORAC's summer limited edition eye palette caught my eye.
This palette is only available from Ulta. It is $24- quite a bargain compared to most palettes of similar quality! When I purchased it, along with a few other things, I got a 16-piece GWP including tons of samples from Mally, Bare Minerals, Vichy, and more. The Ulta website almost always has some kind of GWP, be it brand-specific or just for reaching a certain purchase amount, and you can also get cash back (usually 4%, sometimes 8%, right now 10%!) using eBates (click here to sign up) (referral link).
I absolutely love the packaging on this palette! The color is gorgeous, and it's hard plastic that snaps shut and feels sturdy. It's sleek, durable, and functional. The inside of the lid is a full-size mirror with "LORAC" printed in small letters across the top (covered in the photo so the flash didn't reflect), and the pans are wide enough that they are easy to use. There are eight colors across the main part of the palette, with two larger highlight colors at the bottom. This palette manages to look fun and classy all at the same time!
All swatches are two swipes with my finger, no primer, in the same arrangement as the palette itself. The photos were taken indoors with a flash. Overall, this is a really excellent palette. The two blue/teal shades at the left side of the palette are the real standouts here, and I love them! Only two shades disappointed me: the gold (third from the left) and the purple. However, they are both still useable, just not up to the quality of the other shadows. I imagine they'd be even better with a primer, but I didn't feel the need to swatch this palette over primer, because I'm perfectly happy with it as-is! Most of the shades are really smooth and apply well; only the gold feels a little rougher.
I am very happy with this palette! No thoughts at all of returning it :) There's a nice mix of bright colors and of very wearable neutrals that can be mixed and matched for all kinds of different looks. The overall quality of the shadows and the great packaging means it's definitely worth $24, and I highly recommend snapping one up before they're all gone!