Eyeshadow

Lorac Unzipped Palette Review

May 19, 2012

The Lorac Unzipped Palette ($40) has been getting a lot of play as a smoother alternative to the Urban Decay Naked Palettes (1 and 2) ($50). Lorac has packed ten (10) warm and cool powder neutrals, together with a mini-primer, into a lovely, coordinated package.

Inside is a cardboard palette, together with the mini primer. Lorac’s is wider and shorter than Urban Decay’s:

Inside, ten (10) neutral shades that range from warm to cool, shimmery and matte, with a mirror in the lid:

Closer (click to enlarge). You can see the names better in this picture:

This palette is a great palette for a wide variety of looks. There’s a little girl in me that gets so excited to see a palette with this much choice, almost like opening a new box of crayons:

The top row has:

  • Undercover: A gentle cream color highlighter (a near-matte)
  • Unbelievable: A metallic bronze
  • Unattainable: A shimmery metallic gold
  • Unconditional: a matte malt color that makes a good base shade
  • Unbridled: a cool brown with a subtle sheen
The bottom row has:
  •  Undiscovered: A warm metallic gold
  • Unreal:  A metalllic rose gold/peach
  • Uncensored: A metallic brown
  • Unspoken:  A soft matte brown
  • Untamed: A shimmery pearly brown

All shades in one:
Personally, I gravitate to the warm metallic shades. However, Megan’s first look with the palette used mostly the cool and the more matte shades (I’ve linked other blogger’s looks with the palette, below):
Closeup on closed lids:
Like some other bloggers who’ve reviewed the palette, we experienced a little fallout with some of the shades. I found the fallout far less than Urban Decay Naked 1. Megan and I both liked Lorac’s primer. The mini that comes in the package comes in a little squeeze tube. Although it comes out a skin toned shade, it dries clear after about a minute on the lids:
Overall, I would prefer Lorac’s Unizipped over the Urban Decay Naked Palettes, which I find a little too metallic and with more fallout that I’m willing to put up with. I find Lorac’s more wearable for my taste. Other reviews of the Lorac Unzipped are here:
Overall, a nice, versatile summer palette. Because it’s in cardboard, you would need to be careful about tossing this into a suitcase without protection. The eyeshadow quality was smooth, soft, and impressive. It’s a nice palette to gift, or to tuck into a drawer, at a comparatively low price point. Recommended, if you are in the market for some summer shimmer.
Lorac Unzipped Palette was sent to Cafe Makeup without charge for consideration for review.

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  • Louise @ A Little Beauty Luxury May 19, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    Thank you for the mention! The shades look gorgeous w/Megan’s hazel eyes!

  • Jeanne May 20, 2012 at 1:58 am

    I picked this up after I passed on both of Urban Decay’s Naked Palettes. Even though they both received excellent reviews, I had a feeling that somebody would put something out that would suit me better and a palette with more shades I would use and finally, Lorac did! So far I’ve been very impressed, the eyeshadows are very flattering and easy to work with, I’m glad I waited 🙂

  • Perilously Pale May 20, 2012 at 5:45 am

    The LORAC palette definitely looks more wearable. I really wish they would come out with a palette like this containing more cool shades. I still find this and Naked 2 to be quite warm. Thanks for the fabulous swatches!

  • MrAJBx3 May 20, 2012 at 11:40 am

    This looks like such a good dupe! 😀 i love it hehe

  • Helz Nguyen May 20, 2012 at 11:36 pm

    Nice review. I havent tried out any of the Urban Decays Naked palettes yet. Some how I think they are a bit over rated, thanks to YT. I might try this palette first, since the price seems more reasonable 😉

  • Summer May 21, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    This is such a pretty palette x