Monday, June 4, 2012

LORAC Unzipped Palette - Review, Pictures, Swatches

 
I received the LORAC Palette for review a while ago, but every time I was getting ready to review it, my brain was UNcooperative and UNfocused. It's not that the palette was UNexceptional, or anything like that. It's just...I think I have written so much about other neutral palettes that I might have been UNbearably overloaded with neutral shadows.  I mean how many times can I describe the color beige and make it sound interesting, right?  OK. I have described the color taupe over 130 times but that's TAUPE.  Well, I finally cleared away the UNavoidable cobwebs and found a unique way to approach this review.


First let me say that LORAC had the UNenvious task of bringing a neutral palette to market after the UNprecedented success of Urban Decay's Naked 1 & 2 palettes.  How would they makes the Unzipped palette UNforgettable?  Well they started with the UNsurpassed quality of the shadows.  The LORAC Unzipped shadow quality is UNparalleled. They are UNbelievably soft and creamy and UNcommonly.  The matte shades in the palette blend UNquestionably well and never seem chalky.  And in my UNprejudiced opinion, the inclusion of my new favorite eye primer, LORAC Behind The Scenes Eye Primer, make this an UNquestionably better palette than I had expected.  


Let's talk about the colors. I think this is the UNambiguous elephant in the room.  The shades available in the LORAC Unzipped palette, at first glance, seem UNdeniably similar to the Urban Decay(UD) Naked 1 & 2 palettes.  In fact, while I didn't photograph them, I believe there are 2 or three UD dupes in the Unzipped palette.  However, the LORAC Unzipped palette has an UNequivocal warm tone, red tone centric focus.  That's right. I said red.  There are at least 3 or 4 shadows that have an UNcommon red base that I, personally, find UNbelievably attractive. However, that being said, red based shadows are UNapologetic and are not unanimously flattering.  You can learn to apply the red based shadows strategically and sparingly but some people will just end up with an UNcanny resemblance to albino rabbits if they apply these types if shadows.  However, those that found the UD Naked palettes too cool toned, too expensive or too overwhelming will find the LORAC Palette more to their liking.


There are 10 shades, three of which are matte.  One of which, Unconditional, is THE PERFECT eyebrow fill in color for redheads.  I UNduly implore LORAC to make this a single shade, a stand alone color.  I will UNdoubtedly buy it for a few of my red headed friends. It is THAT perfect.  OK. I digress.  Back to the shades.  10 Shades, three of which are matte. They are all UNdeniably warm toned shades and will work better on those with warm toned skin, golden skin and dark skin tones.

But you are really reading this review for the breakdown of the shades...so let's not delay any longer, shall we? Here are close ups of the shades in the pan




Here are swatches of all the shades (applied with a foam tip applicator over LORAC BTS eye primer)

Here are close up of the shades


In this picture we have:
Undercover - A sheer and slightly shimmery champagne color (similar to UD bootycall from Naked 2)
Undiscovered - A titian gold frost. (similar to UD Half Baked in Naked 1 &2)
Unbelievable - A copper frost. (Much more pink/red based than UD Chopper in Naked 2)
Unreal - A peach/pink frost. (similar to UD Sin in Naked 1)
Unattainable - A pinky copper frost.


In this picture we have:
Uncensored - a rich rust colored frost.
Unconditional - A matte pinky copper perfect for my red hair brow fill in! Also a matte version on Unattainable.
Unspoken - A matte rust color. A matte version of Uncensored.
Unbridled - A red based matte burgundy rust color.
Untamed - A shimmery red based deep brownish copper.

Notice a trend? Every shade is an UN-word. Yes. I know you did.  You readers are UNimaginably smart. You get stuff like that.  In fact. It would be UNthinkable of me to even assume that you didn't get the UNderlying joke of all the UNdeniable references to UN-words in this whole post.

Do you NEED this?  Well I'm UNsure.  If you already own Urban Decay Naked 1 or 2 you probably do not need this.  But if you had the UNcommon experience of not purchasing the UD palettes and have an UNbridled and UNyielding love of warm and red toned shadows, this is the palette for you!  Yuo can purchase the LORAC Unzipped palette for $40 USD at Sephora, ULTA and other retail outlets.


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23 comments:

  1. JEEEEZZZ these look amazeballs... better than naked i think

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  2. These are very nice, but I don't think I could pull them off with my skintone >.< I'm just UNlucky :D

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  3. Although I usually buy indie cosmetics, I think I MUST treat myself to this palette. It looks like a more "manageable" UDPP Naked for me (which is way too long in shape to work with any of my current makeup storage). Thanks for the helpful review!

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  4. I like their colors, but would be more compelled to buy Urban Decay's Naked and Naked 2. I'm just a neutral gal!

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    1. Barb...I don't know how Lorac could get more neutral than the Unzipped palette.

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  5. Omg I love this palette so much!!

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  6. That was UNdoubtedly the most UNreplicated review that I have ever been privy to. I UNabashedly commend you for your UNreproachable [trying to make this work] talents with the UNderstated art of prose.

    That was hard enough for me to do and I know I fudged some fake words in there. Those colors are ridiculously vibrant on you which just means I would never be able to pull them off.

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  7. This palette look tempting :) I dont own any of the UD palettes, I think they're a bit over price. Going to give this one a go

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  8. I will never read anything prefixed with UN- the same again.

    I never purchased the UD palettes because they are all shimmer-bombs... a great neutral eye palette needs some mattes. And, I honestly like the colors of this palette better! Lovely swatches.

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  9. You are hilarious! I laughed UNbelievably hard.

    I don't think I'll be abandoning my BFF NYX "butt" naked palette for this, but your swatches look gorgeous. Thanks for the post.

    Yes, I said "butt."

    :)BeautyJones

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  10. This palette is GORGEOUS! Is it weird I wish I hadn't bought the UD ones so I could get this? Great swatches, btw! :)

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  11. Wow! Those shades look UNbelievably gorgeous! I just about peed my UNderwear reading that review!

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  12. i have been eyeballing every post i've seen on this. It'll be my UNdoing.

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  13. I think i might just UNdo my wallet zipper right now..

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  14. I've had this and the combo eyeshadow 4 color, bronzer, and lipgloss in the tan bag for a couple months. I anlso have the nakes. They are all wonderful but feel different. It depends on what mood I'm in what I choose. I adore LORAC's line with few exceptions. It's worth the money and the review is spot on!.

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  15. I wish I enjoyed bronzey shades more because I really like the general warmth of the palette, I just feel like I already have 50 dupes for 90% of this palette. I think this is a better alternative to the first Naked palette. I only use 4 maybe 5 Naked shades, I would use all of these.

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  16. I'm getting this. I have to. Love the warmth and redness! I think it will be perfect on my olive nc42-44 skin, and it'll make my brown (reddish brown in natural light) eyes pop!

    I love the way this looks!

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  17. i want this palette!! i loved your review!! :)

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  18. This article was so unreadable. Thanks for the swatches, but the whole UN UN UN thing really ruined it. Sorry.

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    1. It's really UNbelieveable how comments from "Anonymous" people can be so UNamenable. It's almost as if you UNabashedly like to troll blogs. Is it sometimes UNbearable for you to NOT leave a negative comment?

      I have read that this kind of UNappealing behavior may be because the "Anonymous" individual is UNhappy with something else in their UNexciting life. The need to spread that UNpleasant feeling is sometimes the only way to make the UNhappy "Anonymous" person feel UNburdened by these UNenjoyable feelings.

      I'm so UNinterested in knowing you liked the swatches because that's a backhanded compliment. However, I am UNordinarily happy to look up more UN words to use in my UNconventional response. THANK YOU VERY MUCH!! You have made my otherwise UNremarkable day UNcharacteristically exciting!

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    2. Your response here is amazing!!!! And I couldn't agree with you more. Some people are just UNbelievably rude!

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