PRO Powder Cheek Stain

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This velvety smooth pressed-powder blush applies beautifully and is long-wearing. The powder is also highly pigmented, so a light dusting is enough to achieve vibrant, healthy color. The shades are limited to pink and rose colors, with one slightly purple shade that is workable for deeper skin tones.

As for the anti-aging and skin-nourishing claims—they're just not possible to achieve with a powder blush. Powders don't hydrate—rather, they absorb moisture—and although the formula includes antioxidants, the compact packaging won't keep them stable because the delicate ingredients are exposed to the degrading effects of light and air with each use. This blush is fragrance-free.

  • Long-wearing highly pigmented blush.
  • Velvety smooth texture applies beautifully.
  • Fragrance-free.
  • Product can't achieve its anti-aging and skin-nourishing claims.

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

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  1. TW
    Reviewed on Tuesday, July 01, 2014
    • Results
      4 / 4
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      4 / 4
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      4 / 4
    It LASTS!!!!!
    • I love blush! This formula is AMAZING!!!! It is the finest milling I've ever encountered - even finer than NARS. It goes on easily - but a TINY amount is all that is needed. It lasts until you take it off! Most blushes fade on me - not this one. Less pricey than most blushes at Ulta/Sephora - and honestly this is virtually a lifetime supply since so little is needed. I like the packaging - closes firmly and clear window so I can see which shade I'm picking up.

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