If LORAC was a character in an early 2000’s coming of age romantic comedy it would be the girl who initially gets overlooked but then you come to find was the full package all along. Sure, she might not be as gimmicky or flashy as your Benefits or Urban Decays, but she’s solid. She’s multi-dimensional. She’s Laney Boggs in She’s All That – quiet and understated but a true gem.
This is especially true for the whole LORAC unzipped collection, which consists of two eyeshadow palettes and one blush palette. Though their packaging is often understated, it’s very much what’s inside that counts.
The LORAC Unzipped Cheek is the star of the group and features four hyper-pigmented colors that will flatter nearly any skin tone. So let’s get to reviewing!
Swatches: There are two mattes and two shimmery colors and all are aptly named un-something.
Underrated – A matte muted pink. Though all the shades were incredibly pigmented and blendable, Underrated had the worst color payoff of the bunch. However, the color layers very well so you could easily have a bolder application by just applying it with a heavier hand.
Unashamed – A matte bright pink. I was very intimidated with this color especially because its SO pigmented. I had to apply it a few times to get the hang of it because a little goes a very long way with this. This can very quickly overwhelm someone with a lighter complexion, so I would recommend this be applied with a very light hand to those who have fair skin.
Unapologetic – THIS COLOR IS AMAZING. Unapologetic is a shimmery bronze with a very subtle gold shimmer to it. The color is soft, indescribably pigmented, and blends like a dream. Fair and medium skinned folks can easily use this as a shimmery bronzer, while those with deeper skin can absolutely use this as a highlighter for a warm glow.
Unimaginable – A soft coral with very subtle iridescence. This was also very soft but not quite as soft as Unapologetic. I think I’ll be using this a lot as a transition color from summer to fall.
Price: $25 at ULTA. Given that you get four blushes for $25, and that LORAC’s individual blushes cost between $21-24 each, I would say this is a steal for the price.
Application: I’m 100% certain this palette will last me well past the end of time. The colors are rich and pigmented so very little goes an extremely long way. So long, in fact, that I could easily apply blush to my whole face by just lightly touching the pans with something as small as an eyeshadow blending brush.
Longevity: Each blush stayed on 8+ hours, though I do usually mist my face with Mac Fix+
Would I Buy Again: Absolutely but like I said, the quality of these blushes is so great that I doubt I will have to repurchase for a very, very, very long time.
Overall If you’re looking for a solid blush set that has high color payoff and is sleek and transportable, this is the palette for you. If you’re interested in seeing how this looks swatched on my face let me know in the comments below and I’d be happy to post some pictures!