Oil-Free Wet/Dry Powder Makeup is fantastic. This ultra-smooth, almost creamy, talc-based pressed-powder foundation is a joy to apply. It blends imperceptibly over the skin and creates a sheer, polished finish. All six shades are superior, with options for light to tan skin. Few pressed-powder foundations look this beautiful on skin, and wet application is a step above the rest, too (but be careful to avoid streaking).
Talc, Nylon-12, Lauroyl Lysine, Octyldodecanol, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Ethylhexyl Methocycinnamate, Dimethicone, Benzophenone-3, Zinc Stearate, Dicalcium Phosphate, Isopropyl Lanolate, Methylparaben, Calcium Starate, Propylparaben, Dehydroacetic Acid, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Butyparaben, BHT, Sodium Hyaluronate, May Contain: Bismuth Oxychloride, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides
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.