Lorac

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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Poor 3D Liquid Lustre Shimmering Top Coat Lorac Face Shine  $16.00
Best PRO Matte Lip Color Lorac Lip Color  $16.00
Average Lip Pencil Lorac Lipliner  $16.00
Average Eye Pencils (Discontinued) Lorac Eye Pencil  $16.00
Best 3-in-1 Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil Lorac Eye Pencil  $18.00
Average Mocktail Lorac Lip Gloss  $18.00
Poor Eye Shadow/Liner Lorac Eye Pencil  $18.00
Good Pro Cream Eyeliner Lorac Liquid/Gel/Cream/Cake  $19.00
Good Eye Shadows Lorac Powder Eyeshadow  $19.00
Average Publicity Stunt Lashes Lorac Waterproof Mascara  $19.00
Average Coverup Lorac Cream Concealer  $19.00
Good Lorac Lashes (Discontinued) Lorac Regular Mascara  $19.00
Good Sheer Lipstick Lorac Cream Lipstick  $19.00
Good Matte Lips Lorac Matte Lipstick  $19.00
Good Cream Lipstick Lorac Cream Lipstick  $19.00
Poor Lotsa Lash Fiber Mascara Lorac Regular Mascara  $20.00
Best Blush Lorac Powder Blush  $20.00
Best Visual Effects Curling, Separating, and Lengthening Mascara Lorac Regular Mascara  $20.00
Good PRO Powder Cheek Stain Lorac Powder Blush  $20.00
Average Creamy Brow Pencil Lorac Brow Pencil  $20.00
Good Behind the Scenes Eye Primer Lorac Eyeshadow Primers  $21.00
Average Multiplex 3-D Lashes Volumizing & Thickening Mascara Lorac Regular Mascara  $22.00
Good Baked Matte Satin Eye Shadow (Discontinued) Lorac Powder Eyeshadow  $22.00
Good Couture Shine Liquid Lipstick Lorac Lip Gloss  $22.00
Good Special Effects Conditioning Primer and Defining & Lengthening Mascara Lorac Mascara  $22.00
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