This uniquely packaged product combines a twist-up creamy stick concealer with a liquid shimmer highlighter and roller ball for blending. The stick concealer provides ample coverage, but is crease-prone and definitely not for use on blemishes. Using the roller-ball blender helps soften edges and reduces the amount of coverage, if that’s what you need. While clever, this isn’t an essential addition because it doesn’t do anything more than what a clean fingertip or concealer brush can do, and if not used carefully, it can roll off enough concealer so that flaws show through.
You apply the highlighter part with an angled sponge-tip applicator and it sets to a very shiny finish that has more longevity than the concealer. Three shades are available: the first and second shades (DF1 and DF2) are acceptable, although some with light skin will find them too yellow, and DF3 is for medium to tan skin, but will be too orange for most. Still, when used carefully and if you set the concealer with powder, this is an option to consider.
This Los Angeles–based independent cosmetics company launched in 1990 and is the brainchild of makeup artist Carol Shaw (Lorac is "Carol" spelled backwards). It is well-publicized that Shaw has a long list of celebrity clients, but then so do all of the other makeup artists who have their own products lines—there are a lot of famous faces that need attention—so that boast is hardly unique. Compared to competitors Bobbi Brown, Trish McEvoy, or Stila, Lorac doesn't offer the same caliber of foundation colors or the array of products, yet most of what's available is impressive. The company holds its own when it comes to blush, eyeshadow, and lipstick. You will find that, for the most part, the older, established products perform better and are more attractive than many of Shaw's latest inventions. In particular, the latest lipstick, lip gloss, concealer, and waterproof mascara are true disappointments. Lorac hasn't done a great job on the innovation and performance side of the business since the last edition of this book, while her competition (particularly Stila and Laura Mercier) continues to consistently impress. There are still plenty of reasons to shop this line, but focus on the long-standing products rather than on what's new.
For more information about Lorac, call (800) 845-0705 or visit www.loraccosmetics.com.