Lorac Lux Diamond Palette- Is it Worth the Splurge?

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A few months ago, I purchased four Lorac palettes back to back because they were on a crazy good sale. I’ve reviewed the Shine Bright Palette and the Effortless Glamour Mini Palette so now it’s time for the Lux Diamond Palette. If you follow me on Instagram or have read my Thanksgiving and Christmas pictorial posts, you’ll know I’ve been using this palette like crazy. For the most part, I absolutely love this palette and the Lorac formula but I do have a few complaints. Let’s get into the review!

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The Lorac Lux Diamond Palette is $39.00; I paid around $19.00 for it. This palette contains twenty shades. There are quite a few different textures in this palette and of those twenty shades: nine are matte, nine are metallic/glittery shimmers and two are satin that borderline on metallic. The packaging is sturdy cardboard with a magnetic closure and a mirror. Now, let’s discuss all the pros and cons.

Pros:

  • This palette contains the new diamond shine formula that is also used in their Effortless Glamour Mini Palette, mentioned above. This formula is incredible and my favorite from Lorac, next to the mattes. I have no issues with these shadows crumbling, caking up or irritating my eyes. They blend and layer together smoothly. I did NOT have to use them wet because they worked perfectly dry.
  • The Lorac matte formula has been consistently great across all the palettes that I’ve tried from them and it’s no different with this one. They’re pigmented but incredibly blendable. I had no issues with fallout as long as I tapped off my brush.
  • All of the shades are so opaque and pigmented that I believe most skin tones could use and enjoy this palette. Of course, I don’t have a deeper skin tone so I’m having to base this off of my assumptions.
  • I love the color story in this palette. It’s possible to go very soft and neutral or bold and smoky. It also contains some beautiful mauve shades which are my personal favorites.

Cons:

  • Lorac uses lemon peel in some of their shadows (WHY?!) and it really irritates my eyes. This has only been an issue, so far, with the more dense metallic shades. I don’t have an issue with the glittery shimmers or more topper type shades. These metallic shadows don’t irritate my skin but they burn my actual eyeballs. It is very unpleasant and makes me not want to use them. The main ones that I’m sensitive to are Diamonds, VIP, Crystal and Cushion Cut.
  • The more glittery shades have quite a bit of fallout.
  • Some of the shimmer and metallic shades looked very opaque in swatches but then took a ton of building up or layering on the eyes. In most of the looks I’ve created, I had to layer two or three shadows to really get the look I wanted. The shades Radiant, Extravagant, Glamorous and Ritzy make beautiful toppers but have very little substance when used on their own.

Swatches & Shade Descriptions:

These eyeshadows do have names but they do not have shade descriptions so I will describe them to the best of my ability. I’ll be going from left to right, top row to bottom row.

Row One:

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  • Carat– matte cream
  • Diamonds– metallic white/champagne
  • Radiant– shimmery champagne with silver and pink glitter
  • VIP– metallic light gold
  • Crystal– metallic rose gold

Row Two:

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  • Elegance– matte taupe brown
  • Grand– matte rosy brown
  • Posh– matte salmon pink
  • 5th Avenue– matte deep mauve
  • Elite– matte chocolate brown

Row Three: 

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  • Ritzy– metallic copper
  • Cushion Cut– metallic light orange with a hint of pink and gold glitter
  • Glamorous– very sheer shimmery pink with silver and pink glitter
  • Extravagant– metallic reddish bronze with gold glitter
  • Lavish– satin/almost metallic chocolate brown

Row Four:

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  • Exclusive– matte charcoal
  • Rich– metallic dirty bronze with silver shimmer
  • Luxury– matte deep reddish brown
  • Ruby– satin/almost metallic red
  • Caviar– matte black
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All of the metallic and shimmer shades, picture taken with the flash.

Eyeshadow Looks:

I primarily used this palette alone to create four looks. I always use the essence Colour Intensifying Primer. For one of the looks, I used a few shades from Looxi Beauty. When explaining the looks, I will go in the order of the swatches on my wrist; left to right and top to bottom. You can click on the pictures to see them better. Since these eyeshadows do have names, I won’t be describing where they are in the palette or what they look like.

You might recognize this look because it is one that I included in my Thanksgiving pictorials. I love the way it turned out.

  1. I set my primer with Carat.
  2. I first blended Grand above my natural crease. I did this to help create a gradient with the deeper shades.
  3. I then took Luxury and blended it right under the lighter shade and lightly into my crease.
  4. I blended Elite into my crease and up into the lighter shades.
  5. I then applied Ruby on the innermost and outermost parts of my lid. I left an opening in the center of my lid. I also took a small amount of this shade and blended it into my crease so that everything would look cohesive and blended.
  6. In the center of my lid, I applied Extravagant and then topped that with Ritzy. I wanted it to be a muted gold look but still pop with the shimmer.
  7. I lined my lower lash line with Exclusive. I smudged Elite under the lash line. After that, I wanted to add a touch of gold glitter so I smudged Extravagant at the very bottom. When applying multiple shades on the lower lash line, be sure to smudge/blend them so that there won’t be any harsh lines.
  8. I mixed together VIP with Ritzy and applied them in my inner corner.

This is the simplest look that I created with this palette and it was included in my Christmas pictorials.

  1. I set my primer with Carat.
  2. I blended Posh all in my crease and onto the outermost part of my lid. I focused on blending it more closer to my nose so that even though I was only using one shade, there would still be a gradient of color.
  3. I then packed a mixture of Crystal, Glamorous and Radiant over the majority of my lid and then put Diamonds in my inner corner.
  4. I lined my lower lash line with Luxury. I then smudged Exclusive underneath it from the outer point of my lash line to around the middle.

This is another look from my Christmas pictorials. I did use other shades on the lid and inner corner. I used this palette to completely set up the base of the look, however. The picture of my lid on the top right is what the look looked like before I added in the other shades from Looxi Beauty. I can’t link to the single shadows I used because they are discontinued.

  1. I set my primer with Carat.
  2. I blended Elegance above my natural crease. I did this to help create a gradient with the deeper shades. I made sure to bring this shade to the very edge of where my brow stops and then down, forming an arch. I wanted to be sure the crease shade wouldn’t get out of control and go out too far.
  3. I then blended Exclusive into my crease. I also brought this shade onto the outermost part of my lid.
  4. Over the rest of my lid, I applied Rich.
  5. I layered a blue/purple duochrome (Looxi Beauty- Omega) over my entire lid. I then added another icy white/blue duochrome (Looxi Beauty- Cookie Dough) over the innermost part of my lid and into my inner corner.
  6. I lined my lower lash line with Caviar and smudged a shimmery deep blue (Morphe 35V) underneath it.

I love all of the looks I’ve created with this palette but this is one of my favorites.

  1. I set my primer with Carat.
  2. I blended Posh partially into my crease.
  3. I blended 5th Avenue into the deepest part of my crease and applied it on the outermost part of my lid.
  4. I applied Cushion Cut over the rest of my lid and topped it with Radiant.
  5. I applied Diamonds in my inner corner.
  6. I lined my lower lash line with Luxury and smudged 5th Avenue underneath it.

Brushes Used:

If you are curious about any of the other products on my face, you can find these looks in my recent posts on Instagram.

Final Thoughts:

Is this palette worth $39.00? I personally don’t think so. It’s a beautiful palette and excellent quality, for the most part. Even if I wasn’t sensitive to the formula, I would still wait for a sale because it’s more than worth it at the price I paid for it. I would love to know if you have this palette and what you think about it or if it’s one you want! Thanks for reading and have a great day!

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