07.25.2014
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Lorac
POREfection Baked Perfecting Powder
Rating
$33
Category:Makeup > Powders > Pressed Powder
Last Updated:07.25.2014
Jar Packaging:False
pH:
Tested on animals:No
Overview

This fragrance-free pressed powder applies beautifully, merging perfectly with foundation for a smooth, even finish. The talc-based texture is silky-smooth and feels weightless, making this powder a good option for normal to oily skin types. The soft-matte finish does have a slight sheen, but not enough to make oily skin look greasy.

The shade range offers suitable matches for light to medium-deep skin tones, and all of the colors are recommended.

As for the anti-aging claims, the formula contains some good antioxidants, but they won't remain stable in this type of packaging; each time you open the compact, these delicate ingredients are exposed to the degrading effects of light and air.

Pros:
  • Fragrance-free.
  • Applies and blends beautifully, achieving a smooth, even finish.
  • All shades are recommended.
Cons:
  • Antioxidants won't remain stable in this type of packaging.
Claims
Ingredients

Talc, Nylon-12, Dimethicone, Isopropyl Palmitate, Polysorbate 20, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Lauroyl Lysine, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Salicylic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Dehydroacetate, BHT. May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Chromium Oxide Greens.

Brand Overview

Lorac At-A-Glance

Strengths: Mostly great foundations in a neutral shade range; beautiful pressed powder and bronzing powder; several super blush and lipstick options; one superior lip gloss; awesome collection of shimmer products.

Weaknesses: Limited, average skin-care options; average to problematic concealers; unimpressive eyelining and brow-enhancing options; the Lotsa Lip products; the mascaras are a mixed bag with mostly disappointing results; no 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.

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