There's no doubt that Makeup Revolution have completely changed the affordable makeup landscape recently. Their range is massive, and they have a cheaper alternative for just about every product you might want. You'll notice when you wander around their site that a lot of the makeup looks familiar and is often 'inspired' by a high end product. But their latest palette, the Iconic Pro, is an out and out copy of the Lorac Pro palette right down to every last shade and even the slightly rubbery matte packaging, and I'm not sure how I feel about that.
The Iconic Pro palette is a bit of a stunner. It contains 16 gorgeous, wearable shades which are perfect for neutral lovers and makeup lovers in general. Eight of the shades are soft mattes and the remaining eight are shimmers and they're perfect for creating every day natural and slightly smoky looks.
When compared to the Lorac Pro palette, you can see that it's no coincidence that the shades in the Iconic Pro palette are similar. And then when you swatch them, well it's almost impossible to spot the difference. Nearly every shade is an exact dupe right down to the texture and the way it applies. In some cases the Makeup Revolution shade actually seems more buttery and of a better quality that the Lorac shade - especially on the paler colours. The only shade that doesn't quite seem to match up is second on the bottom row - Champagne in the Lorac Pro and Dawn in the Iconic Pro.
After my swatch experiment with these two palettes I was left pretty surprised that a £6.99 palette seemed to be better quality than the £30 palette I lusted after for so long. I spent a while googling some more swatches of the Lorac Pro, and sadly I think I've come to the conclusion that mine might be a fake!
As you might know, Lorac is incredibly difficult to get hold of - it's not sold in the UK, and in the US it's not even available at Sephora, who now ship to the UK. I think the main place to get hold of Lorac is at Ulta, but when I went to New York last year I think the closest Ulta was New Jersey, so I didn't go. Not wanting to give up, I scoured ebay, carefully trying to dodge all of the copies from China and found someone who was selling just one Lorac Pro amongst a collection of other genuine looking personal items, and saying that it was authentic and they'd only swatched it. I felt pretty confident that I'd managed to find the real deal, and I paid about £30 for it, but I think I'm going to stop using it now as it seems very likely it's a fake, and I don't know what nasty ingredients could be in the shadows. At least I now have the Makeup Revolution version to play with instead!
On the whole, I think it's great to have affordable versions of all makeup products, and Makeup Revolution do that really, really well. Everyone takes inspiration from other brands in every industry, so that seems pretty normal, but copying everything about another palette to the last detail does seem like cheating to me. However, in the case of Lorac palettes which are practically impossible to get hold of for us in the UK, if Lorac don't want us to have them, then I salute Makeup Revolution for making it possible and I will definitely be buying their Iconic Pro 2 palette, which is, you've guessed it, a dupe for the Lorac Pro 2 palette! Here's hoping they make a dupe for the Lorac Mega Pro palette next!