LORAC Unzipped Desert Sunset Eyeshadow Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

01/11

LORAC Unzipped Desert Sunset 10-Pan Eyeshadow Palette
LORAC Unzipped Desert Sunset 10-Pan Eyeshadow Palette
LORAC Unzipped Desert Sunset 10-Pan Eyeshadow Palette
LORAC Unzipped Desert Sunset 10-Pan Eyeshadow Palette
LORAC Unzipped Desert Sunset 10-Pan Eyeshadow Palette
LORAC Unzipped Desert Sunset 10-Pan Eyeshadow Palette
LORAC Unzipped Desert Sunset 10-Pan Eyeshadow Palette
LORAC Unzipped Desert Sunset 10-Pan Eyeshadow Palette
LORAC Unzipped Desert Sunset 10-Pan Eyeshadow Palette
LORAC Unzipped Desert Sunset 10-Pan Eyeshadow Palette
LORAC Unzipped Desert Sunset 10-Pan Eyeshadow Palette
LORAC Unzipped Desert Sunset 10-Pan Eyeshadow Palette
LORAC Unzipped Desert Sunset 10-Pan Eyeshadow Palette
LORAC Unzipped Desert Sunset 10-Pan Eyeshadow Palette
LORAC Unzipped Desert Sunset 10-Pan Eyeshadow Palette
LORAC Unzipped Desert Sunset 10-Pan Eyeshadow Palette
LORAC Unzipped Desert Sunset 10-Pan Eyeshadow Palette
LORAC Unzipped Desert Sunset 10-Pan Eyeshadow Palette
LORAC Unzipped Desert Sunset 10-Pan Eyeshadow Palette
LORAC Unzipped Desert Sunset Palette | Look Details
LORAC Unzipped Desert Sunset 10-Pan Eyeshadow Palette
LORAC Unzipped Desert Sunset Palette | Look Details
LORAC Unzipped Desert Sunset 10-Pan Eyeshadow Palette
LORAC Unzipped Desert Sunset 10-Pan Eyeshadow Palette
LORAC Unzipped Desert Sunset 10-Pan Eyeshadow Palette
LORAC Unzipped Desert Sunset 10-Pan Eyeshadow Palette
LORAC Unzipped Desert Sunset 10-Pan Eyeshadow Palette
LORAC Unzipped Desert Sunset 10-Pan Eyeshadow Palette
LORAC Unzipped Desert Sunset 10-Pan Eyeshadow Palette
LORAC Unzipped Desert Sunset 10-Pan Eyeshadow Palette
LORAC Unzipped Desert Sunset 10-Pan Eyeshadow Palette
LORAC Unzipped Desert Sunset 10-Pan Eyeshadow Palette
LORAC Unzipped Desert Sunset 10-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

Unzipped Desert Sunset

LORAC Unzipped Desert Sunset Eyeshadow Palette ($42.00 for 0.58 oz.) includes ten shades in hues of warm neutrals to the tune of copper, bronze, and brown with pops of purple, red, and berry. This was the best performing palette of the Sunset series, which was not a surprise given that warmer neutrals tend to be more pigmented/less difficult to do given the plethora of well-rated warm eyeshadow palettes out there!

From my experience with LORAC’s formulas, the one in the Unzipped Sunset series seemed more like a hybrid between their Pro and Unzipped formula, as the Sunset palettes did not seem to have the same denseness (particularly in the shimmers) as the permanent Unzipped palettes. The mattes, however, were more substantial (less thin) compared to the Pro formula, which also meant less powderiness/sheering out during application.

9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
89%
Total
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01/02

LORAC Mirage Eyeshadow
LORAC Mirage Eyeshadow
LORAC Mirage Eyeshadow
LORAC Mirage Eyeshadow
LORAC Mirage Eyeshadow
LORAC Mirage Eyeshadow

Mirage

Mirage is a osft, pinky beige with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had opaque color coverage with a soft, smooth consistency that applied well to bare skin. It wore well for seven and a half hours on me.

Ingredients

Mica (CI 77019), Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Zinc Stearate, Silica, Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, hexylene Glycol, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), IRON OXIDE (CI 77499) BLACK, IRON OXIDE (CI 77491) RED, IRON OXIDE ( CI 77492) YELLOW, BISMUTH OXYCHLORIDE (CI 77163)

Mirage
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total

01/02

LORAC Sandstorm Eyeshadow
LORAC Sandstorm Eyeshadow
LORAC Sandstorm Eyeshadow
LORAC Sandstorm Eyeshadow
LORAC Sandstorm Eyeshadow
LORAC Sandstorm Eyeshadow

Sandstorm

Sandstorm is a rich, medium-dark brown with warm, reddish undertones and a matte finish. The color payoff was opaque, while the texture felt soft, lightly dusty, but more substantial than the Pro mattes, so it adhered better to bare skin. It blended out easily and lasted for seven and a half hours on me.

Ingredients

Mica (CI 77019), Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Zinc Stearate, Silica, Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, hexylene Glycol, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), IRON OXIDE (CI 77499) BLACK, IRON OXIDE (CI 77491) RED, IRON OXIDE ( CI 77492) YELLOW, BISMUTH OXYCHLORIDE (CI 77163)

8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total
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01/02

LORAC Cirrus Eyeshadow
LORAC Cirrus Eyeshadow
LORAC Cirrus Eyeshadow
LORAC Cirrus Eyeshadow
LORAC Cirrus Eyeshadow
LORAC Cirrus Eyeshadow

Cirrus

Cirrus is a medium peach with warm undertones and a metallic finish. The texture was incredibly smooth and velvety with moderate density. It had opaque pigmentation that applied evenly to bare skin and lasted for eight hours.

Ingredients

Mica (CI 77019), Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Zinc Stearate, Silica, Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, hexylene Glycol, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), IRON OXIDE (CI 77499) BLACK, IRON OXIDE (CI 77491) RED, IRON OXIDE ( CI 77492) YELLOW, BISMUTH OXYCHLORIDE (CI 77163)

Cirrus
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

01/02

LORAC Joshua Tree Eyeshadow
LORAC Joshua Tree Eyeshadow
LORAC Joshua Tree Eyeshadow
LORAC Joshua Tree Eyeshadow
LORAC Joshua Tree Eyeshadow
LORAC Joshua Tree Eyeshadow

Joshua Tree

Joshua Tree is a deep brown with subtle, warm red undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had good color coverage, which was buildable to opaque coverage in two layers. The texture was a touch dusty in the pan, but it applied well to the lid and blended out without issues. It stayed on well for seven and a half hours.

Ingredients

Mica (CI 77019), Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Zinc Stearate, Silica, Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, hexylene Glycol, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), IRON OXIDE (CI 77499) BLACK, IRON OXIDE (CI 77491) RED, IRON OXIDE ( CI 77492) YELLOW, BISMUTH OXYCHLORIDE (CI 77163)

8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total
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01/02

LORAC Meditation Eyeshadow
LORAC Meditation Eyeshadow
LORAC Meditation Eyeshadow
LORAC Meditation Eyeshadow
LORAC Meditation Eyeshadow
LORAC Meditation Eyeshadow

Meditation

Meditation is a bright, medium purple with subtle, cool undertones and a pearly sheen. It had medium pigmentation, which was buildable to semi-opaque coverage–a dampened brush would help get it closer to full coverage. The consistency was drier and looser in the pan, which caused some excess product to get kicked up in the pan. It wore well for seven hours on me.

Ingredients

Mica (CI 77019), Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Zinc Stearate, Silica, Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, hexylene Glycol, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), IRON OXIDE (CI 77499) BLACK, IRON OXIDE (CI 77491) RED, IRON OXIDE ( CI 77492) YELLOW, BISMUTH OXYCHLORIDE (CI 77163)

7.5
Product
8
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
78%
Total

01/02

LORAC Sunrise Eyeshadow
LORAC Sunrise Eyeshadow
LORAC Sunrise Eyeshadow
LORAC Sunrise Eyeshadow
LORAC Sunrise Eyeshadow
LORAC Sunrise Eyeshadow

Sunrise

Sunrise is a brighter, medium red with warm, orange undertones and a pearly sheen. It had good color payoff, though not quite opaque in a single layer, that was easy to work with on the lid as it had a smooth, velvety consistency that blended out nicely. This shade stayed on well for seven and a half hours before fading noticeably.

Ingredients

Mica (CI 77019), Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Zinc Stearate, Silica, Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, hexylene Glycol, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), IRON OXIDE (CI 77499) BLACK, IRON OXIDE (CI 77491) RED, IRON OXIDE ( CI 77492) YELLOW, BISMUTH OXYCHLORIDE (CI 77163)

Sunrise
8.5
Product
8
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
84%
Total
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01/02

LORAC Shadow Eyeshadow
LORAC Shadow Eyeshadow
LORAC Shadow Eyeshadow
LORAC Shadow Eyeshadow
LORAC Shadow Eyeshadow
LORAC Shadow Eyeshadow

Shadow

Shadow is a dark brown with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. The eyeshadow was intensely pigmented with a creamy, moderately dense texture that felt like silk. It applied beautifully and blended out effortlessly. It lasted for eight hours on me.

Ingredients

Mica (CI 77019), Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Zinc Stearate, Silica, Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, hexylene Glycol, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), IRON OXIDE (CI 77499) BLACK, IRON OXIDE (CI 77491) RED, IRON OXIDE ( CI 77492) YELLOW, BISMUTH OXYCHLORIDE (CI 77163)

Shadow
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total

01/02

LORAC Illusion Eyeshadow
LORAC Illusion Eyeshadow
LORAC Illusion Eyeshadow
LORAC Illusion Eyeshadow
LORAC Illusion Eyeshadow
LORAC Illusion Eyeshadow

Illusion

Illusion is a bright, medium copper with strong, warm undertones and a metallic sheen. The color payoff was fantastic, while the eyeshadow had a very smooth, creamy texture that was moderately dense but not at all stiff or difficult to pick up. It wore well for eight hours before fading slightly.

Ingredients

Mica (CI 77019), Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Zinc Stearate, Silica, Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, hexylene Glycol, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), IRON OXIDE (CI 77499) BLACK, IRON OXIDE (CI 77491) RED, IRON OXIDE ( CI 77492) YELLOW, BISMUTH OXYCHLORIDE (CI 77163)

10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total

01/02

LORAC Sunset Eyeshadow
LORAC Sunset Eyeshadow
LORAC Sunset Eyeshadow
LORAC Sunset Eyeshadow
LORAC Sunset Eyeshadow
LORAC Sunset Eyeshadow

Sunset

Sunset is a medium-dark, pinkish berry with subtle, cool undertones and a pearly sheen. It had rich color coverage in a single layer, but the texture was slightly dusty, so it sheered out a bit over bare skin. It was easiest to work with in thinner layers to build up coverage or else it was a touch more challenging to diffuse along the edges. The eyeshadow stayed on well for seven and a half hours.

Ingredients

Mica (CI 77019), Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Zinc Stearate, Silica, Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, hexylene Glycol, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), IRON OXIDE (CI 77499) BLACK, IRON OXIDE (CI 77491) RED, IRON OXIDE ( CI 77492) YELLOW, BISMUTH OXYCHLORIDE (CI 77163)

Sunset
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total

01/02

LORAC Dunes Eyeshadow
LORAC Dunes Eyeshadow
LORAC Dunes Eyeshadow
LORAC Dunes Eyeshadow
LORAC Dunes Eyeshadow
LORAC Dunes Eyeshadow

Dunes

Dunes is a light-medium peachy orange with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good pigmentation that applied evenly to bare skin and did not sheer out too readily. The texture was smooth, a bit denser and “thicker” than other mattes from LORAC, which helped it adhere better to the lid without need of a primer. It lasted for seven hours on me.

Ingredients

Mica (CI 77019), Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Zinc Stearate, Silica, Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, hexylene Glycol, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), IRON OXIDE (CI 77499) BLACK, IRON OXIDE (CI 77491) RED, IRON OXIDE ( CI 77492) YELLOW, BISMUTH OXYCHLORIDE (CI 77163)

Dunes
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total

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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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I live for LORAC’s eyeshadow palettes! I lost my Pro palette recently so I’ve been adding these Unzipped palettes to my wishlist! Can’t wait to pick them up the next time I’m in the States!

The shades are very peculiar but I think Lorac has done a great job… I like the package (simple but with huge pans) and the sultry-daring, summery and warm selection of colours! I would be able to wear and wear sunset for days despite is a vivid colour!
Well done, Lorac, I would say!

As soon as I saw the purple, I thought, hope the other colors score well to make up for that purple LOL But some beautiful colors here. Those mega palettes are too overwhelming for me, I like how Lorac broke this out into smaller palettes

Gorgeous palette! How would you say this compares to ABH Modern Renaissance…would it be redundant to get it if I already have the MR palette?

I don’t think it’s necessary if you have MR, but it might complement it since there are more shimmers here! I’d say it ultimately depends on your stash/preferences – do you need something this similar or would more diversity be better?

I try to stay away from shimmers, except on the center or inner lid, because they mostly don’t work well on my hooded eyes, whereas mattes can add the llusion of depth. So as pretty as this palette is, it might not work for me. I have my eye on the Tartelette all matte palette right now.

Wow, this immediately had me feeling a Modern Renaissance vibe; but mostly shimmer! I like it a lot! And love the eye look you did using this one, too. Very apropos for channeling our gorgeous monsoon season sunsets!

This reminds me of the Too Faced Peanut Butter and Jelly palette, though I think I prefer the purple in this one. Definitely going on my wishlist along with the Mountain Sunset!

I wonder if I’m the only one who ended up really disappointed in this one. I’ve used it seven or eight times and it always fades/creases even with primer before the end of the day in a way other shadows I have don’t.

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