This kit comes in clever compact packaging that includes a pressed powder foundation and two shades of Lorac’s original formula cream concealer (known as Coverup). The compact looks like that of an ordinary pressed powder, but the concealers are housed in a hidden compartment that pops out at the push of a button. Lorac also included a tiny concealer brush; it’s OK in a pinch but most will prefer a full-size brush or dabbing on the concealer with a clean fingertip.
The concealer covers well and having two shades allows you to blend for a better match, assuming you want to take the time to do that. We wish the concealer wasn’t so prone to creasing, but this is an ongoing issue that setting with powder only delays for a couple of hours.
The talc-based pressed powder foundation is wonderful; smooth, almost creamy texture and seamless application for a natural matte finish.
Three sets are available to address those with light to tan skin tones, and all are workable.
Applicator-wise, Lorac also includes a powder puff that’s OK for applying the powder foundation, but a brush provides a more natural, less powdered look.
- Convenient way to tote concealer and powder in one clever compact.
- Pressed powder foundation is remarkably smooth and suitable for all skin types.
- Neutral shades are easy to blend.
- The concealer tends to crease and keeps on creasing even when set with powder.
- Included applicator tools are not as functional or elegant as full-size brushes.
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.