The LORAC Mint Edition Palette Plays It Cool

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LORAC Mint Edition Palette

Minty! That’s LORAC’s Mint Edition Palette refreshing my eyes, cheeks and lips

Not that I need another clutch…but if someone were to build one based on LORAC’s Mint Edition Eye/Cheek Palette, I would not be averse to the idea.

I’m just sayin’.


LORAC's Mint Edition Palette

How cute is this!?

With the silver and black accents?

I used to rock a pair of mint green Bongo Jeans in the exact same color about a zillion years back (it had zippers and bows around the ankles), and now I suddenly have the urge to put my hair up in a side ponytail with a scrunchie and peg my pants…

Mint — it’s EVERYWHERE!

What year is this again? Did we just go back in time?

Wait — I don’t think so, but LORAC looks like they did for the retro design. This eye, cheek and lip set launched earlier this spring, but it looks like it could have been released a few decades before that.

Regardless of the palette’s release date, mint is having a moment — I’m seeing it on purses, shoes, nails, makeup — and Mint Edition is riding the wave…

LORAC's Mint Edition Palette

A complete look

LORAC included all of the basics for a minty fresh look in this $42 set (a $160 value) — eight eye shadows (four mattes and four shimmers), a powder highlighter, a powder blush and a full-sized liquid lipstick.

LORAC Mint Edition Palette Swatches

Liquid Lipstick in Retro

It’s a cool-toned bonanza

Like an ice cream truck, Mint Edition is loaded with cool…tones. In this case, colors that are neither too intense nor dark, so if you’re a lighter lovely or medium-toned maven, or if you just like your pigments on the lighter side, you may find a lot to like here.

Darker divas, on the other hand, might not. I’m pretty tanned (an NC 42 in MAC), and my arm gets a workout from all of the layering I have to do with these eye shadows to get them to appear the way I want them to on my skin.

LORAC Mint Edition Palette Swatches

Top row, the matte eye shadows; bottom row, the shimmer shadows

The matte eye shadows, in particular, sure are sheer, and they look a little chalky on me. I end up wetting them to intensify the colors, but even then I want more…


No matter what your skin tone, don’t forget to tap-tap-tap your brush before introducing any of these shadows to your lids, as I’m seeing a fair amount of fallout.

LORAC Mint Edition Palette Swatches

From the left: highlighter, blush and liquid lipstick

Blush, lipstick and highlighter

As for the other products in the palette, I love the cool-toned peachy pink blush (applies smoothly) and creamy pink nude lip liquid lipstick applied smoothly, but the highlighter, I could do without. It’s quite powdery, shimmery and tricky to control.

Some actually ended up in my hair, yikes!

LORAC Mint Edition Palette

Best for…

Cool toned guys and gals with pale and medium skin who like sheer pigments, and who don’t mind wrestling with fallout.

Me? I love the packaging, the blush and the liquid lipstick, but I hoped for more from the eye shadows and highlighter.

PRICE: $42
AVAILABILITY: Limited edition, available now at Sephora stores and online

Speaking of mint green…

Obsession confession.

I’m growing increasingly obsessed with these mint green kitchen pieces from CircaCeramics…

Can you blame me?

CircaCeramics Cat Mug

Cat mug, $32

They’re an indie line on Etsy that makes all of their stuff from scratch. Cute, cute, cute!

Tabs is pushing hard for the cat mugs. πŸ™‚

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Lauren says:

    I like the pink/mauve side of this palette, but the mint side’s a little intimidating. πŸ™ Haven’t had the best experience with Lorac as of late (the pro palette’s shimmer shades are not as pigmented as I like) so this might be a no go for me..
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  2. Tori says:

    Lorac palettes have really been catching my eye lately but I think I would have to pass on this one since I have a warm skin tone and like shadows with intense pigmentation! It looks beautiful on you though πŸ™‚

  3. Let says:

    Do you get the chance to try the Ulta exclusive version of the palette too, Karen?

    I didn’t try this one, but tried the Ulta version in winter and experienced pretty much the same thing. I have to layer the shadows way too many times, despite being NC20 at that time…

    Kinda sad to know the regular version also suffers from the same issue.

  4. PHEW! I’ve been eyeing this one for months since it came out, but I’m happy I didn’t pick it up! Even though I’m pale, I still don’t like having to work so hard for stuff to show up. For once I made a good decision LOL!
    Those kitchen pieces are sweet!!
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  5. Wow I really hate to use this word but those shades really POP on your eyes! They just go so well with your skin tone! LOVE that liquid lipstick shade too! πŸ˜€
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  6. Gowthami says:

    the packaging is OMG!! i love mint green….
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  7. Danielle says:

    Okay – that typewriter bowl has my name written all over it! I think I still prefer GLOgetter over this palette.
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  8. Icaria says:

    Oh thank you for this! I’d been waiting for you comments on this palette. The presentation is so smashing but I’ll pass. Too bad the colors are so sheer.
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  9. Jennifer says:

    Wow, Check out Carol making a play for popular again! πŸ™‚

  10. Trisha says:

    I absolutely LOVE the packaging for that palette. Holy heck. So pretty. Though, I wish they would have had one more mint shade. One seems like not enough.
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