The Lorac Unzipped eyeshadow palette is a neutral palette with ten shades in various finishes and a mini version of their eyeshadow primer. These shades lean toward pink undertones, which gives the illusion of warmth on the skin without clashing with cool skin tones. The palette is made of cardboard with a magnetic closure, and a nice big mirror.
Before this, my only experience with Lorac’s shadows was of two palettes they released exclusively for Hautelook, which were good but not particularly impressive. Unzipped, however, is very good. The pigmentation is excellent on every shade. The feel of the shadows is buttery – they’re too creamy to fallout, they’re easy to blend, and you have the option of applying small amounts of color and sheering it out to get soft effects.
The finishes are matte and metallic. I define metallic as a type of shimmer that actually shines more than glistens – these colors really pop, but not in an intimidating look. While you can definitely get some super-dramatic looks from this palette, you can also get some very soft ones – even with the deepest colors.
Six of the ten colors have pink undertones. This creates the illusion of very warm colors on the skin, yet tones well with cool and warm undertones alike. While most of the popular neutral palettes go for golds or taupes, Lorac has distinguished this one by giving it this lovely undertone. And that’s good for both us and Lorac – we really don’t need anymore great gold and taupe palettes to choose from.
The Balm’s Nude Tude Palette played in this color range, too – it had golden, taupe and warm pinkish undertone colors. If you liked those pink tones, this is a whole palette full of them.
Now let’s talk about each individual color.
Undercover is a pale peachy matte that’s great for a subtle highlight or all over base. As you can see from the swatch, the pink undertone is more noticeable on skin than it is in the yellow box.
Unbelievable is a metallic rose gold that has surprising pop on the lid. This is a color that gives you drama and pop without being too dramatic for daytime, and it’s still neutral enough that it won’t clash with a colorful outfit.
Unattainable is another metallic – it reminds me of a less pink version of Unbelievable. There’s still a pink undertone, but it’s more muted and taupe – it’s a nicely subtle color, but with that rich metallic finish that gives almost a wet shine.
Unconditional is a medium mauve matte (try saying that three times fast). It looks very natural in the crease (which makes it a nice contrast to Unbelievable on the lid, for example), but it can also be beautiful in the outer corner with a paler shade.
Unbridled is a very deep merlot – a plummy brown/red matte. In the pan, it looked too reddish to me, and I wondered if it would make my eyes look tired or allergic. But the yellow box really throws off my perception of these colors, and I’m mentioning that in case you’ve looked at it in stores and thought you couldn’t carry it off. As you can see from the swatch, it’s really more of a warm brown with some purplish tones. It works great anywhere you might use a dark matte color – including as a liner. It’s very similar to Sexy from the Nude Tude Palette (linked above).
Undiscovered is a metallic gold, pure and simple. No pink undertones – just gold. It’s similar in tone to the new formula version of Urban Decay’s Half-Baked, but with the metallic finish instead of Half-Baked’s straight-up shimmer.
Unreal is a soft metallic pink-gold that falls in between Unbelievable and Unattainable – it’s less deep and warm compared to the first, and warmer and pinker than the latter. This is a go-to lid color for days when you don’t want to have to think too much. Any of the deeper colors pair beautifully with it.
Uncensored is a deep metallic bronze with a definite gold shimmer over a brown base. In the pan, it looks pretty dupable and not that exciting, but on skin it becomes vibrant and exciting. I actually don’t have anything all that similar in my collection – I have a lot of similar browns, but without the metallic gold quality.
Unspoken is a deep matte brown. This color is reasonably dupable, except that it’s terrifically pigmented and a lot of other matte browns are not. That said, this is one of those basic colors that’s good to have in a palette, so I don’t mind that it’s not the most original color ever. You can use it to deepen the look, deepen another color, or line your eyes.
Untamed is a very deep brown that’s nearly but not quite matte. It’s got a tiny bit of extra dimension, as if there’s just a tiny bit of extremely fine gold sprinkled into it, but I still think of it as a matte when planning a look – on the lid, it really just looks like a slightly special matte, but it’s nothing you can put your finger on. It’s like Chocolate Sun by Too Faced, if the gold in Chocolate Sun were chopped up much finer and only a tiny fraction of it actually used.
The Lorac Unzipped eyeshadow palette is different enough from other neutral palettes to be worth a look, even if you already own several. It leans toward pink undertones instead of the usual gold/brown/taupe, and has metallic finishes instead of shimmer, and absolutely no glitter. The mattes are as pigmented as the metallics, and the overall quality is as creamy as Stila without the softness that can lead to fallout.