LORAC Red Carpet Reveal Collection Swatches, AKA Morning Makeup Therapy

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Rise and shine, morning glories! It’s just before the crack of dawn out here, but I couldn’t sleep. Not because of Tabs (this time), though. My eyes just opened early.


How was your Monday? Mine took a turn for the worse in the afternoon when we learned we may not get that condo. It’s being held up by the financing. Lenders don’t like the fact that there hasn’t been another sale in the same area within the past six months, so they don’t trust the value of the appraisal, blah, blah, blah…

Now I’m a little down, and every sentence I write feels like a pile of flaming dog poo.

Poor Tabs. He had his heart set on that condo (as if). I hope it still works out, but we may not know for another few weeks.

I think I need some cheering up, and I think I know how to do it: pics and swatches of fall’s Lorac Red Carpet Reveal. πŸ™‚

Red Carpet Reveal Palette, $35

Breakthrough Performance Lipstick in SPF 15 in Vanity (left) and Premiere (right), $22 each

Front of the Line Pro liquid liner in Black, $22

Swatches from left to right: Front of the Line Pro in Black, Lipstick in Premiere, Lipstick in Vanity

Red Carpet Palette from left to right: Eyeshadow in Debut, Eyeshadow in Pose, Eyeshadow in Interview, Blush in Main Attraction

These are just a few items from the entire collection, but now that I’ve played around with makeup for a few minutes, I do feel a little better.


Funny how that happens.

It reminds me of something my wise, makeup-addicted friend Joanie once said about makeup as retail therapy:

It’s portable and cheaper than Prozac.

I think today’s gonna be a good day. Pretty soon Tabs will come calling (scratching) at the door, the sun will rise, and makeup will brighten my day. πŸ™‚

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Mary says:

    I’m sorry to hear about the condo. Maybe they’ll change their mind? If only it was that easy these days, grr…

    And Lorac’s packaging is so chic and sleek. I’m a sucker for luster greys.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Mary,

      I am hoping to all works out. We have to redo a whole bunch of paperwork and wait, wait, wait. Sigh.

      But yeah, Lorac’s packaging. I love the gunmetal grays, too. So sleek and Terminator-esque. πŸ™‚

  2. Kelly G says:

    Awww, Karen. It will all work out the way it is supposed to. House buying is always a series of ups and downs from making the offer to trying to get approved to crossing your fingers for the inspection to go well. I think it is meant to give us a little heartache just so we can grow attached and really be able to call our new house a home. And btw, this was an exceptional “pile of flaming dog poo”; love the palette and I might have to have that lipstick in Premier. Sending you good energy….

    • Karen says:

      Hi Kelly G,

      Thanks for the good vibes. πŸ™‚ I appreciate ’em.

      I really love this palette too. It’s been years since I’ve worn Lorac, but back in the day it was one of my favorite eyeshadow brands. The formula is just as smooth as I remember it the first time around. I think a good playtime sesh should set me right.

      Have a good Tuesday!

  3. Rachel says:

    this looks like a very classy palette…i would probably purchase it if i didn’t have the color equivalents from other brands…
    cheer up karen! i’m sure everything will work out with the home hunting :] hope you get that condo!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Rachel,

      These are elegant colors, for sure. πŸ™‚ I could totally see this becoming a go-to work palette. But yeah, you’re right … the colors are dupe-able.

      Hope you are having a nice day so far.

  4. tres elegante!
    however, i can’t pull these colors off πŸ™ the browns are too red. they’ll make me look tired.

    how’s your week going so far? i’ve been crazy busy and not trying to die from the heat/humidity!
    .-= ines + cha cha’s last blog post… Face of the Day – the No Makeup Look =-.

  5. and ps – just hang on tight with the condo. financing people are total a-holes. i do paperwork for major insurance and all that for my exec assistant job, and i HATE dealing with them.
    .-= ines + cha cha’s last blog post… Face of the Day – the No Makeup Look =-.

  6. Lana says:

    I was awake super duper early this AM too. Well, technically I never went to bed. So I cleaned my bathroom at five and started a load of laundry shortly after that.

    Soon I have to make a call about a job… Hope I get it. I’d love to get my hands on that Vanity lipstick!!

    Hope the rest of the week goes well for you, Karen.
    .-= Lana’s last blog post… Punch It Out =-.

  7. shontay says:

    Hey karen,

    I hope things turn around for.

    I haven’t used lorac in years. In the beginning of my makeup craze, it was
    my fave. I cannot believe that. Everything here looks nice, especially vanity lipstick. I’ll pass, though b/c I only work with a handful of brands.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Shontay,

      Thanks. πŸ™‚

      Funny, I was totally into LORAC back when I started really getting into eyeshadow in my early 20s. I still have a few pans from that phase … I still like her stuff. The palettes are pretty affordable and the colors are always wearable.

      Anyhoo, have you been wearing your new MAC Make-Up Art stuff?

  8. Stef says:

    What a pretty palette! So up my alley. So much so that I have those colors about 3 times over already. But I think I could justify a Vanity purchase.

    Too bad about the condo Karen. But hang in there. Just like Kelly G said, home buying is a series of ups and downs. We lost 2 houses before we got ours (buyer changed their mind about selling and a another person outbid us) and I thought I’d die from sadness! But number 3 was a charm and I’m actually grateful for the other 2 losses now, this place is so much better!
    .-= Stef’s last blog post… Red Flower Γ’β‚¬β€œ review =-.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Stef,

      Thanks for the words of encouragement. This is my first time trying to buy a place and I was totally unprepared emotionally for it. I didn’t realize how much of a roller coaster ride it would be.

      You’re so right about the colors … I tend to gravitate to the same shades over and over again, which is what probably happened here, too. πŸ™‚ I’m thinking this would be a steal for a makeup newbie, though.

  9. Meghan says:

    I’m sorry about the condo, I hope it works out for you!

    I love those lipsticks, the colors are gorgeous!!! Not to mention a liner pen, I think they are an under-rated cosmetic item.
    .-= Meghan’s last blog post… Nail Polish, blues and greens =-.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Meghan,

      Thanks, hon. πŸ™‚

      It’s been years since I’ve tried using a liner pen. I’m gonna take a crack at it today. Hopefully I won’t end up looking all crazy!

  10. Aw sorry to hear about the condo. I am looking too so I know how difficult the market is right now.

    On the other note, the Lorac stuff looks beautiful…very wearable. I am anxious to hear your thoughts on the liner pen.
    .-= Kajal Couture’s last blog post… Giveaway!!!! – The Sweet 15 Kit =-.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Kajal Couture,

      It’s totally wearable. That’s one thing I love about Lorac colors. πŸ™‚

      Will let you know if the pen is hot stuff!

      How’s your day going?

  11. Kristen says:

    What a bummer about the condo. But as they say, things happen for a reason, so maybe it will all work out (or maybe there’s an even more awesome one just waiting to be discovered!).

    As for this collection, I’m not intrigued by it at all. It seems so standard and brown. There’s nothing interesting about it; it feel so uninspired. I was going to write about this myself but just couldn’t muster up any enthusiasm for this line.
    .-= Kristen’s last blog post… CB I Hate Perfume At The Beach 1966 =-.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Kristen,

      Thanks for the nice words. πŸ™‚

      True, the colors aren’t particularly original. I like the execution and how well put together it is, though. I think it would be a nice gift for a makeup newbie or for a minimalist, like my mom.

  12. Glosslizard says:

    Hey, Pretty Lady!

    Sorry the condo isn’t coming to you via the easy road, I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed that it comes through for you in the long run! Props to you, it is sooooo hard to force yourself to do the daily ‘do when you’re in a low mood, but you still do it so well! πŸ™‚

    That Lorac packaging really is lovely, very classy and smooth for Fall! I’m definitely feeling the pull of Vanity (heh), I’d love to see you do a look with Vanity on the lips!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Glosslizard,

      Thanks for the kind words, my friend. I’ll hang in there if you will…

      I’ll try to do a look with this soon. I’m gonna spend some makeup playtime today (aka therapy!) with these yummies today and hopefully be able to work that liner without looking like a hot mess.

      What are you up to today?

  13. Erika says:

    I was up before dawn, too! That sucks about the condo— hopefully you’ll hear good news before long!!
    .-= Erika’s last blog post… Daily Style: Theory Seena Check Shirtdress =-.

  14. Catherine says:

    Aww, good luck!

    The Lorac looks really nice! Unfortunately the lipsticks aren’t for me w/ their SPF but the shadows look very pretty for fall.
    .-= Catherine’s last blog post… NOTW – Zoya Sylvie Gradient w/ Gems & Glitter =-.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Catherine,

      Thank you. πŸ™‚

      The shadows are gorgeous — check your stash to see if you have similar shades, though. The colors are basic… but still very pretty!

  15. Tiffany says:

    Sorry to hear about the condo trubs πŸ™ I am sure something will work out for you guys though!

    I almost got that palette, but heard is was almost identical to their croc palette, which I have, so I passed. Do you have the croc palette to compare?

    Sending you good condo vibes!!!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Tiffany,

      Thanks for the good vibes. I need ’em!

      Unfortch I don’t have the Croc Palette. I wanted it — just never got around to buying it.

      Are you Lorac fan?

  16. Shiny says:

    I hope it all works out for you Karen! Sending positive thoughts your way!

  17. Ellie says:

    Stink. I’m sorry about the condo. (My monday wasn’t so good, either.) Let’s hope today is better.
    But I am glad the makeup helps- it is awfully cute!

  18. Faye says:

    Hi Karen,

    I’m really sorry about the condo. I firmly believe if you didn’t get it’s the universe’s way of telling you there’s something better out there — although that doesn’t help you in the short-term to feel better, I know.

    As for makeup, I think it costs more than Prozac, especially if you have insurance. We can at least console ourselves that it’s better for our livers, though :).

  19. Tiffany says:

    I have totally fallen for lorac eyeshadows this summer! I got the croc, multi platinum, and color me couture palettes and love them all!

    I think if you need some more makeup pick-me-up you should try a look with the new mac quad! I would love to see how you put the colors together and would love to try to copy it!

  20. Glosslizard says:

    Today I’m getting my brows waxed (fi-nally!) and I think I’ll try to rent a car so I can go to aikido tonight! I am all alone in the house (except for the kittehs, of course) for several days, but no car! It is encouraging me to bike more, though…

    I am SO taking a hot, fragrant bubble-bath tonight! Woo-hoo! πŸ˜€

  21. gio says:

    Sorry to hear about the condo, hope it still works out for you.

    The Lorac stuff looks very pretty and wearable.
    .-= gio’s last blog post… Product Review: Lumiere Blushing Bronzer =-.

  22. Kate & Zena says:

    Premiere is beautiful!

    Oh, I’m so sorry you may not get the condo. House-hunting is hard, particularly in this recession. Zena and I hope everything will work out! Zena sends a big doggie snuggle.

    What always gets me out of a funk is music or a movie or a book. I like getting lost in something to take my mind of whatever got me in a funk.

  23. shontay says:

    Hey Karen,

    I’ve worn Notable blush several times. I’m so in love with it, I smile just looking at the pan. LOL
    I’ve also worn personal taste gloss which is really pretty. I haven’t gotten to On Display gloss or Off the Page Shadow yet. I’m so anxious, I just want to throw all the colors together, but I know I can’t do that!

  24. Tavia says:

    I loveeeeeeee the colors from Red Carpet Reveal Palette. I use all kinds of brown and golden eyeshadows. I also like the swatches….:). Thanks for posting this article Karen, I really needed some new shades.
    .-= Tavia’s last blog post… 10 Gold Rules to prevent wrinkles apparition =-.

  25. meg says:

    I think I’m going to have to splurge on the palette and one of the lipsticks (I’m called to Premier but I should really go for Vanity). I love Lorac so much but my makeup collection only has ONE SINGLE Lorac product. I’ve become very good at talking myself out of buying cosmetics and can usually only get myself to buy MAC because it’s limited edition or some other line of hooey. Well no more! That palette will be mine!! Thanks for the swatches and awesome work πŸ™‚
    .-= meg’s last blog post… Sunday Haul =-.

  26. Marisol says:

    That sucks Karen. I hope that it goes through. Buying a place has become such a hassle now.
    .-= Marisol’s last blog post… Shopping is my middle name =-.

  27. red carpet looks really user friendly. it can be used for a natural to professional look πŸ™‚
    .-= Blovet Beauty’s last blog post… Korean Skin Care Secrets =-.

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