LORAC Unzipped Cheek Palette & Alter Ego Set Review, Photos, Swatches

LORAC Unzipped Cheek Palette
LORAC Unzipped Cheek Palette

LORAC Unzipped Cheek Palette & Alter Ego Set ($30.00 for 0.54 oz.) includes a palette of four blushes (each is 0.105 oz.) and a full-sized lipstick (0.12 oz.). The blushes had good color payoff with soft, silky consistencies–the mattes could be a little dusty to work with but didn’t look powdery on the skin–and lasted between eight and nine hours on me. They layer and mix well with each other, so you can adjust the warmth/coolness of your look as well as the shimmer level. This is a limited edition, ULTA exclusive for spring (I don’t have an exact release date yet).

I didn’t even realize initially that it came with a lipstick, and I thought the price point was great for four blushes, but the lipstick itself is a $16 value (LORAC states it’s a “$116 value” all-in-all) since it is full-sized (the shade included is also part of the permanent range, should you fall in love and finish it). I’m not in love with the Alter Ego lipstick formula, as I find it can be on the chalky side, though at least it isn’t a stiff or dry formula to apply. It is a thicker consistency, so there is some drag, and the edges always look dry/dragged, so it’s a formula that benefits greatly from applying with a brush or using a brush to blend out those edges (fingertip would work, too, but it can be less precise).

Underrated is a lightly muted, medium pink with subtle warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff with a very silky, smooth consistency that could sometimes feel dusty and kick up excess powder, but it sits well on the skin and doesn’t look dry at all. It blends easily and lasted for eight hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Unashamed is a bright, light-medium blue-based pink with cool undertones and a matte finish. This one seemed to darken on the skin, as some mattes do, if the skin has any natural oil to it (so if you have really dry skin, you may not notice any darkening). It had rich color payoff (a little goes a long way!), but the texture was more powdery than Underrated to work with, so it requires more patience during application. The texture still feels silky and smooth, and it blends fairly easily on the skin. On me, the color lasted for eight hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Unapologetic is a medium-dark brown with a warm, golden sheen. It had good pigmentation with a soft, smooth consistency that made it really easy to work with. The color wore well for eight and a half hours before it seemed to start breaking down. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Unimaginable is a brightened, light-medium pink-peach with a white frost running through it. The color payoff was good, while the texture was soft, blendable, and forgiving–it didn’t emphasize pores at all, despite its more frosted finish. On deeper skin, this may look more like a highlighter with little color impact, as on my medium complexion, it yielded noticeable, but subtle, color and sheen. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Girl Next Door is a light-medium, yellow-toned pink with a matte finish. It had rich, opaque color coverage right out of the tube, but the consistency was thicker and seemed almost chalky when applied. It’s comfortable to wear for the most part, though it is somewhat drying over the last hour or so of wear. On me, the color stayed on well for five and a half hours but some color pulled into lip lines after three and a half hours. It is vanilla-scented but had no discernible taste for me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

A-
A-
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

LORAC Unzipped Cheek Palette & Alter Ego Set Review, Photos, Swatches

A
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total

Underrated

LELimited Edition.
B+
B+
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total

Unashamed

LELimited Edition.
A-
A-
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total

Unapologetic

LELimited Edition.
A
A
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total

Unimaginable

LELimited Edition.
A
A
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total

Girl Next Door

PiPPermanent in Palette. $17.00.
B
B
8
Product
10
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total
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Makeup Look

On face:
  • Guerlain Parure Gold Foundation
  • LORAC POREfection Concealer
  • LORAC Baked Perfecting Powder
On eyes:
  • (in face photo to show the lipstick) LORAC Unzipped Gold Eyeshadow Palette
  • Estee Lauder Pink Gold Eyeliner
  • Estee Lauder Burgundy Suede Eyeliner
On lips:
  • (in face photos to show the blushes) Estee Lauder Discreet Pure Color Envy Lipstick

About the Reviewer

Reviewer

Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). For more matches, please read our full Foundation FAQ. For more information on our review process, please read our Review FAQ.

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Don’t like the lipstick, looks like a really chalky pink, but the blushes are gorgeous! All of them look great on you, but my fave is Unimagineable – you look like you just left the spa.

Not a huge fan of the Alter Ego formula, because the thicker formula just translates to chalky, I think… at least in a light shade like this one.

It’s funny to me, because I wouldn’t call it dry just by applying or swatching, but it does look drier than it is.

Omg this is a steal and a must! Hope i can get my hands on it! I just wish they had chosen a different lipstick shade since i already own girl next door! Oh well i guess i will have to give it away. .

I like it but its not one of my go tos especially around this time of year…maybe for spring or summer…i dont mind the formula so much 🙂

I had an initial urge to buy this asap, but, once I’ve cooled my jets a bit, I’ve realized that I probably wouldn’t wear the bottom two shades in the palette, and I am not crazy about matte lips. It’s exciting to see Lorac expanding into other types of palettes besides eyeshadow, though!

Just wondering, how do you do blush swatches in the same day? Wouldn’t you have to take off each blush after along with the foundation? Dumb question but I’m really curious as I too, have a blog and when i do blush application, I have to take off my foundation and reapply every time and it gets very tedious

Hi Ashley,

Yes, I apply, photograph, remove, apply, photograph, etc.! I don’t wear foundation under the blush, though – I apply foundation around the cheek area, but I try to avoid applying actual foundation on the cheek area so that when I apply the blush, it is over bare skin (as much as possible).

That, to me, is incredible. What a process! I would not have the patience to do this- but thank you SO much for doing this for us. I always love seeing your swatches.

Pretty colors, good formula, great price ($6 a product!): Yes, please!

This seems like a great way to try out Lorac’s blushes. The lipstick is such a nice color for spring.

Great concept and execution – kudos to their marketing team for the very subtle, tongue in cheek packaging, very clever! Doesn’t hurt that the product inside is great either, I might have to see if I can get my hands on it 🙂

I was so happy it worked out well, because it seemed like a really good set with a good price (which made me worry it’d be too good to be true!).

Odd question but can I ask what lipstick you are wearing in the 4 blush pics please? Its gorgeous! Shame they didn’t include something like that with the palette instead of Girl Next Door.

Jeez, Lorac, stop making me buy your stuff :S This looks amazing. I need it.
I think with a darker lipliner, I could make the lipstick work.

Yesss this is going into my buy list. Gonna give that lipstick away tho. No way I’ll be able to to pull it off.

Unimaginable is so pretty! Is Unapologetic a blush or bronzer or either way?

Wow! This looks amazing! I was thinking of getting the original Unzipped palette but this looks better. The lipstick looks great as well!

Ah. I see what you mean about the lipstick *looking* on the drier/chalkier side. It has more white in the base than I would generally go for (even with a nice formula), but the set certainly is good value. The blushes are all very pretty – I’d probably get most use out of Unashamed and Underrated, although Unimaginable is lovely too 🙂

Yup- I will be buying their Unzipped spring range. The “unimaginable” is stunning on you. All of these blushes look great on you, but that one especially- just perfect!

It looks like an incredibly good deal, even if the lipstick is not a color I would wear, especially in a matte texture.
Are the blush pans really small, like some in the Nars blush palettes, or are they big enough to allow comfortable use of your regular brushes?

Nice set here ..not crazy on the lipstick for myself. But,geez at $30..Nice ! May be a contender for me. Although,since I’ve gotten 4 Tom Ford blushes,my others are being neglected. Gorgeous for traveling though!

ooohh, i”m really into colours just like Unashamed and Unimaginable lately. Too bad Lorac seems to be impossible to get in Canada anymore. It used to be one of my fave brands.

Okay, now this I need! I love the color variety in this too and it really is a great price. I was excited to see there was a lipstick included although this one is a little too light for me. The blushes alone make it worth it though!

After reading the list of ingredients, I can see why this is so inexpensive-talc & mineral oil are the first two listed… Plus, it contains parabens. I started buying LORAC because it was free of those things, but I guess since their distribution changed, so did their standards… I do like the lipstick, though, and since I’m far less picky about lip products, I may pick it up on its own at some point; it looks like it’d be a good formula to layer under a gloss.

This is such a gorgeous palette with a beautiful mix of shades.. I liked the blushes but the lipsticks doesn’t look impressive quite dry and heavy on lips.. 😛

i really like the blushes and i’ll definitely pick this up. i just wish they had chosen a more neutral lipstick because i can see a ton of people that the color just won’t work for. luckily its still a good value even without using the lipstick.

I will be definitely be getting this! You can barely get 4 blushes and a lipstick for $30 at the drugstore these days.

Beautiful blush palette! Hoping to get my hands on it! I’m not sure if you’ve stated already but any idea when it will be released?

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