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Lorac

PRO Matte Lip Color

for $ 16.00
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Pucker up! This is a transfer-resistant lip color that you won't have to reapply every five minutes!

PRO Matte Lip Color rightfully earns "PRO" status due to its long wear and gorgeous shade offerings. The retractable pencil is perfectly sized to quickly saturate lips with color, yet still allows for precise application as the tapered tip hugs lips' contours (impeccably, if you ask us).

It goes on effortlessly creamy-smooth, depositing opaque, matte color with just a hint of vanilla flavor. Once set, PRO Matte Lip Color can make lips feel a bit parched, but the tradeoff is impressive wear that will last through your morning coffee and then some.

The shade range offers a flattering group of colors to complement a variety of skin tones (especially with the nude, mauve, pink and berry hues). Colors go on soft and layer well if you desire deeper pigmentation.

Pros:
  • Matte finish offers hours of wear.
  • Gorgeous array of opaque shades.
  • Retractable pencil makes application a cinch, no sharpener required.
  • Goes on creamy; delivers smooth color.
Cons:
  • Can feel drying on lips once set.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: No

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 Angelesbased 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 linesthere are a lot of famous faces that need attentionso 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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