PRO Powder Cheek Stain
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.
- Product can't achieve its anti-aging and skin-nourishing claims.
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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