This fragrance-free bronzer-highlighter duo is well made and easy to use. The matte bronzer is finely milled and applies evenly for smooth results. The rich tan shade is workable for light to medium skin tones.
Although there is a divider between the bronzer and the champagne-colored highlighter, some of the shine from the highlighter powder may transfer into the bronzer just because of its proximity. The highlighter applies evenly and the shine clings well without migrating; however, it is too shiny for daytime wear unless sparkling daytime makeup is what you're after.
- Matte bronzer applies evenly; workable shade for light to medium skin tones.
- Highlighter applies evenly, and the shine clings well without migrating.
- Highlighter powder is too shiny for daytime use, and the glitter can get into the bronzer shade.
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.