Whelp, I managed to get my hot little hands on the limited edition, much-coveted LORAC Mega Pro Palette before it sold out online - not because of my savvy online shopping skills (of which I have none), but because my lovely, thoughtful, very generous sis bought an extra one for moi when she ordered hers (sisters are the best!). The Mega Pro was only available through LORAC and Amazon and as of now, the palette is completely sold out on both sites. When I looked at LORAC's Facebook page earlier this week, I read something about additional palettes becoming available on Amazon soon (oh, so vague). That being said, I'll keep my post short and sweet—no need to go on and on about a palette that's harder to find than my 8-year-old at bath time. Here are the deets...
The Mega Pro Palette is made up of 32 shades—half of which are shimmer and the other, matte. Only four shades are repeats (White, Cream, Black, and Espresso); the other 28 are brand-spankin' new. Overall, the shadow selection is good—a nice set of primarily warm-toned, wearable colors. I can easily say that I'd sport every shade in the palette; there's not an unsavory color in the bunch, a rarity. I also appreciate the simple, easy-to-identify shades: Brown, Deep Teal, Vanilla, Khaki - you get the picture.
Here's where my love of the palette goes south. Right off the bat, things were a bust, literally. My sister purchased the palettes from Amazon and when they arrived, they arrived damaged. Two of the shades in my palette were shattered, Vanilla and Smokey Topaz (not that you couldn't guess -my eyeshadow mending skills are horrendous). The palettes were shipped in an envelope without any protective packaging. To be honest I'm shocked that the palettes weren't more banged up. Amazon did provide an apology and a small credit but they weren't able to offer replacements because by that time, the Mega Pro Palettes were sold out. After looking at multiple negative reviews, it's apparent that the person in charge of shipping at Amazon wasn't a makeup lover. Let's just say my sister and I weren't the only ones who got an envelope full of loose eyeshadow powder.
In regards to the product, the texture, pigmentation and blendability of the shadows are hit and miss. A handful of shades are ultra-powdery (White, Mulberry and Blush being the major offenders) making application difficult and messy. Then there are the shades that go on strong, but either blend unevenly or blend into oblivion (you know who you are - Black, Teal, Apricot and Grey). Certain shades, like Lilac, are so sheer that they're barely visible even with a primer. I'd estimate that half of the shades are problematic in some way.
So, do I think the Mega Pro Palette is worth all the fuss? Unfortunately no. Don't get me wrong, it's a perfectly adequate palette with a good variety of lovely shades—I can't get enough of Sienna, Copper and Sand—but it's definitely not worth getting into an Ebay bidding war for. The surge of special edition holiday makeup palettes is just around the corner and I'm sure there will be plenty of gorgeous eyeshadow palettes to choose from—ones that are easy to purchase and don't arrive in a sketchy envelope (just sayin').