Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Lorac Unzipped: The Nude Collection Review

Despite my ever growing collection of nude/naked/natural/neutral shadows due to recent trends, I've really been going back and forth over whether to buy the Lorac Unzipped palette.  Having both the Urban Decay Naked Palette and theBalm Nude Tude Palette, I've been reluctant to fork over another $40 for the same type of product I already have a couple times over.  So when Hautelook hosted a Lorac sale a couple of months ago I was able to compromise with myself:  instead of buying the big $40 palette, I bought the Unzipped Nude Collection set for only $20!

Included in this set is:

  • Unzipped Eyeshadow Quad
  • Lips with Benefits Gloss in Andy
  • Visual Effects Mascara
  • Blush in Plum
Unzipped Eyeshadow Quad
Although not written on the quad itself, each of the shadows do have a name as per the box.  In the upper left corner we have Undercover which is a matte cream that puts me in the mind of MAC's Brule.  In the upper right corner is Unrevealed, a warm subdued bronze with a hint of copper.  Next up is Unlaced in the lower left corner and is a taupey champagne.  Finally in the lower right corner is Unapologetic which is a cool toned dark brown matte.

From what I can see by comparing the names of the shades to the names of the shades listed on Sephora's website for the Unzipped palette, the only shade the two shadow collections share in common is Undercover.  So if you have one and are thinking of purchasing the other, you probably won't be dealing with repeats except for Undercover.
L-R:  Undercover, Unrevealed, Unlaced, Unapologetic
Lips with Benefits Gloss in Andy
This gloss in the shade 'Andy' is a beautiful rosey-plum nude color.  I love everything about this gloss from the packaging, to the color and the way it feels on my lips.  It gives a medium coverage of color on the lips and isn't sticky at all.  And I love how the packaging looks very, uh.....high end?  I'm not sure how to explain it except that it feels sturdy and luxurious in my hand, like it's made of high quality materials.
Blush in Plum
I'm just recently realizing that blushes in the color plum is actually the perfect nude shade for my cheeks and Lorac's blush in Plum embodies that perfectly.  It's simply a matte rosy-plum and looks very natural on the face no matter what time of the year it is.

Visual Effects Mascara
The mascara included in this set is the only product I'm undecided about so far.  I'm most likely going to have  a separate review on it to go more in depth, but for now I'll just say that it's a bit of a high maintenanced product.  In that I mean that you can just run this through your lashes and be out the door.  The bristles' placement on the wand causes there to be an excessive amount of mascara left on the wand in some spaces which makes for an easy mess all over your lids.  I've had days where I put this on and it looks pretty good but then other days a hot mess.  My opinion on this is up in the air right now.

Bottom Line on the whole set:  Amber Really Likes!

This isn't my favorite purchase from Lorac so far (we all know what that is) but it's certainly a great sampling of what the Lorac brand has to offer.  Not to mention I got it at such a great deal from Hautelook.  I'm pretty sure this was a limited edition product, so it may not be so easy to get your hands on anymore, but Lorac is featured on Hautelook frequently and you may be able to snag it from there the next time it comes around, (possibly at an even smaller price than I did!)


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