Sunday, May 4, 2014

Review -- LORAC Unzipped Eye Shadow Palette

This review has been a long time coming.

I actually received the LORAC Unzipped Eye Shadow Palette as a Christmas gift, along with the Urban Decay Naked 3 and Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette, and, as with the other two, fell instantly in love.  So I was pretty excited to share what a great product I thought it was.

And I did.

I sat down and wrote an entire review, but when I went to post it, it had disappeared from my computer. I don't know if I forgot to save it, accidentally put it the trash, or my computer just ate it.  Whatever happened, it was gone.

Don't you hate when that happens?

I'm such a baby about that kind of stuff that I just couldn't bring myself to sit down and rewrite the entire thing... for like three months.

But better late than never, right?

The LORAC Unzipped Palette comes in fairly simple cardboard packaging that's nice and flat, so it's easy to store.  There's a small mirror on the inside that could probably work in a pinch if you were traveling and needed to put on your makeup.

LORAC Unzipped Palette and Behind the Scenes Eye Primer Sample
It contains 10 shadows which are a mix of metallic, shimmery, and matte finish shadows.

The shades include: Undercover, a matte ivory; Unbelievable, a metallic rosy copper; Unattainable, a metallic rosy bronze; Unconditional, a matte midtone brown with rosy undertones; Unbridled, a matte rich red brown; Undiscovered, a metallic gold; Unreal, a metallic peachy pink; Uncensored, a shimmery rust; Unspoken, a matte rust; and Untamed, a shimmery dark red brown.

LORAC Unzipped Palette

From l. to r.: Undercover, Unbelievable, Unattainable, Unconditional, Unbridled

From l. to r.: Undiscovered, Unreal, Uncensored, Unspoken, Untamed
Like LORAC's Pro Palette, all of the shadows in the Unzipped collection are pigmented, soft, creamy and easy to blend. The metallic shades are the standouts, for sure, but the matte shades are very nice too -- not the least bit chalky. Unreal, Unattainable, Uncensored, and Unconditional are probably my favorite shades, but I've seriously gotten use out of every single shadow.

The shades in the Unzipped Palette are somewhat similar to the tones in the UD Naked 3 Palette -- there's sort of rose gold theme going on here. But I would say that the Naked 3 is more cool toned, while the Unzipped has warm undertones.  As a blue-eyed girl, I love it -- the shades make my eyes pop like nobody's business -- but I imagine that the shadows would work for a pretty wide range of skin tones and eye colors.

The palette also comes with a mini Behind the Scenes Eye Primer, which is a pretty nice shadow primer.

It retails for $40 at Ulta, LORAC's website, Nordstrom, and Zappos.

I highly recommend the palette if you're a fan of warm, rosy, bronze-y shades for your eyes.

Have you tried the LORAC Unzipped Eye Shadow Palette? What are your favorite shades?

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