LORAC Unzipped Palette Review & Swatches

LORAC Unzipped Palette was first released as a limited edition palette for Spring 2012. Two years later, it is still in stock at Ulta! Having been (ab)using my LORAC Pro palette religiously, I thought it was time to try some of their other palettes, too. Among everything on the display, Unzipped caught my attention the most because it's a palette full of colors that I love: rose gold, bronze, and brown. Unlike the Pro palette where every shade is pigmented and has excellent color payoff, Unzipped has a few colors that do not perform well and I'll explain more in a moment.

LORAC Unzipped Palette
LORAC Unzipped Palette
LORAC Unzipped Palette
LORAC Unzipped Palette
LORAC Unzipped Palette
LORAC Unzipped Palette
LORAC Unzipped Palette - included Behind The Scenes Eye Primer
LORAC Unzipped Palette – included Behind The Scenes Eye Primer
LORAC Unzipped Palette - included Behind The Scenes Eye Primer
LORAC Unzipped Palette – included Behind The Scenes Eye Primer

The palette is made of sturdy cardboard material with a simple design on the outer lid: a zipper being unzipped! It is a pretty thin and lightweight palette, has a magnetic closure, and is small enough to easily fit into any makeup bag. There is a mirror inside but the lid cannot stay up by itself so you will need to prop it up against something if you were to use the mirror on the go. There are no applicators included but the set does come with a mini tube of LORAC Behind The Scenes Eye Primer.

LORAC Unzipped Palette
LORAC Unzipped Palette

There are a total of 10 eyeshadows in the palette. Each one is pressed into a pretty good-sized square pan. They are a mixture of warm-toned shimmers and mattes and the range of colors is mostly neutral. I'll have a breakdown of each shade down below but for now I'll talk about the whole palette in general.

I find the majority of the colors easy to wear, work well together, and blend beautifully. The darker shades do not perform as well as the rest of the palette and pose quite a challenge when trying to create a dramatic look. The mattes are the better formula here and I find all of them (x3) to be really soft and creamy. The shimmers are also lovely — not too subtle but not too sparkly, either. I think they are bordering on the shimmer/metallic finish than just plain shimmer.

LORAC Unzipped Palette
LORAC Unzipped Palette (click to enlarge)
LORAC Unzipped Palette
LORAC Unzipped Palette

Top row

LORAC Unzipped Palette - top row; L-R: Undercover, Unbelievable, Unattainable, Unconditional, and Unbridled
LORAC Unzipped Palette – top row; L-R: Undercover, Unbelievable, Unattainable, Unconditional, and Unbridled
  1. Undercover – creamy nude/pale pink (subtle shimmer over matte base)
    Shimmer particles are very, very fine. Decent color payoff. Semi-sheer but buildable. Blends nicely. A lovely brown bone highlight color that does not look stark against my skin color.
  2. Unbelievable – rose gold (shimmer/metallic)
    My favorite shade! Mostly opaque and goes on smoothly. When sheered out, it gives the lids this light-reflecting, soft sheen that looks absolutely stunning.
  3. Unattainable – bronze (shimmer/metallic)
    Texture is comparable to Unbelievable but its coverage is not as opaque. A beautiful bronze-y shade for the day when you'd rather do bronze neutral than rose gold neutral.
  4. Unconditional – pinky muave (matte)
    My second favorite! I cannot get enough of this shade! So creamy and beautiful. I prefer this type of shade over brown for a crease color. The powder is extremely soft, though, and crumbles easily. I also noticed some fallout.
  5. Unbridled – reddish brown (matte)
    Darkest shade and richly pigmented. Reddish brown is not really my type of brown. I'd have preferred something a little more black-based or yellow-based. I don't reach for this color too much. It has a soft texture, though, and is easy to blend out.

Bottom row

LORAC Unzipped Palette - bottom row; L-R: Undiscovered, Unreal, Uncensored, Unspoken, and Untamed
LORAC Unzipped Palette – bottom row; L-R: Undiscovered, Unreal, Uncensored, Unspoken, and Untamed
  1. Undiscovered – metallic pale gold (shimmer/metallic)
    Lovely color but very sheer. Difficult to build. A good option for when you want just a sheer wash of shimmery gold over your lids. Just don't over blend because it can sheer out so much that you won't see any hint of gold.
  2. Unreal – light champagne (shimmer/metallic)
    Similar texture to Undiscovered but a tad bit more pigmented and more buildable.
  3. Uncensored – bronze-y brown (shimmer/metallic)
    My third favorite! Highly pigmented. Buildable and blends wonderfully. I really love this type of brown. I think it really looks flattering on brown eyes.
  4. Unspoken – soft brown (matte)
    Decent pigmentation. Soft, smooth, but with a bit of fallout. A more traditional crease color than Unconditional.
  5. Untamed – warm brown (shimmer)
    I am completely disappointed with this shade! It is supposed to be the darkest shade for outer corner and lash line but the pigmentation is beyond sub par. Hard to build and sheers out so much that by the time I'm done blending, there's almost nothing left! The texture also feels dry and fades quickly, too. Definitely the worst performer of this palette.

Behind the Scenes Eye Primer

The primer is pale beige in color but dries to an invisible film on the lids. It helps the shadows to adhere better for an all-day wear and it also prevents creasing.

LORAC Unzipped Palette - Behind The Scenes Eye Primer: unblended (L) and blended (R)
LORAC Unzipped Palette – Behind The Scenes Eye Primer: unblended (L) and blended (R)

Eye look

Wearing LORAC Unzipped Palette: Unbelievable all over the lid, Unreal inner corner, Undercover brow bone, Unconditional crease, Uncensored outer lid, and Untamed outer corner
Wearing LORAC Unzipped Palette: Unbelievable all over the lid, Unreal inner corner, Undercover brow bone, Unconditional crease, Uncensored outer lid, and Untamed outer corner

The quality could surely be improved for some of the shades but overall, I am not disappointed with this palette at all. Aside from Untamed, the rest of the shades perform the way I expected them to.

The easy shades of rose gold, bronze, and brown work so well together that you really can't go wrong with any combination you come up with. I also like the fact that there are all the colors that you need to create eye looks in here without having to resort to another palette!

The price tag is very reasonable, too, considering you are getting a generous amount of shadows in each pan and then you also get a bonus eye primer. I do recommend this palette if you are a lover of neutral eyes and/or eye palettes. :)

Purchase

US$40 at AmazonNordstromBeauty.com

US$40 at Beauty.com

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