Never in a million years I thought I would be writing this. But the fact that this can happen to a beauty hoarder like me only means it can happen to anybody. Seriously, this is coming from somebody who owns the original (and authentic) Lorac Pro 1 palette.
I did notice this palette felt lighter than the Lorac Pro 1 I have. But it had the soft matte cover that did not feel cheap or lackluster in quality. At a first glance, I could not tell that this wasn’t authentic.
However, I did have a weird gut feeling when this palette first arrived. To put it in context, my sister had brought this from London. She had gotten it for me for pocket change, and from a street vendor selling different makeup brands.
Getting it at a steep discount is already a sign. But more importantly, the packaging itself is a sign. The primer (picture above) had a consistency I thought a regular eyeshadow primer had. But then I read the label.
“Not for indmdual sale.” Misspelling is another major deal breaker.
Lorac palettes come with a QR code in the back that should lead you to Lorac’s official website. My fake palette didn’t do that. It claimed the code was inactive.
There was more than enough signs for this palette to be deemed inauthentic. But I had it in my drawer for a full month before realizing that something was off.
Fake products are made with various ingredients that are hazardous to the skin. The eyeshadow primer is the most dangerous since it’s the first to make contact with your eyelid. The shadows are bad too, and swatching them while closely looking at the color payoff made me notice they weren’t Lorac quality.
As you can see, the shadows are very dusty with little pigmentation.
I hope this breakdown helps anybody who may purchase cheap products thinking they are authentic. Always always always purchase from an authorized retailer. Makeup goes on your face and the risks are never worth the lowered price tag.
Thanks for reading and I’ll see you guys next time!