LORAC Unzipped Cheek Palette & Alter Ego Lipstick Set Review & Swatches

Did you know that LORAC is actually the founder’s name (Carol) spelled backwards and is pronounced “LaRock” (not Lo-Rack)? I wish every SA would know how to pronounce it correctly so that when I ask about a LORAC product, they don’t look at me silly! ;D Today I’ll be featuring the newest member of the Unzipped family called Unzipped Cheek Palette which is a palette full of many gorgeous cheek colors!

The set

LORAC Unzipped Cheek Palette & Alter Ego Lipstick in Girl Next Door
LORAC Unzipped Cheek Palette & Alter Ego Lipstick in Girl Next Door

The Unzipped Cheek Palette & Alter Ego Lipstick Set is currently Ulta-exclusive. It includes a cheek palette containing 4 beautiful blushes and a full-sized nude lipstick. The palette is limited-edition but the lipstick is permanent and sold separately. The price for the set is only US$30 which I think is an incredible deal considering the quality and amount of product in the palette, not to mention there are 4 color options that I think would suit many skin tones.

The Unzipped Cheek Palette

LORAC Unzipped Cheek Palette
LORAC Unzipped Cheek Palette
LORAC Unzipped Cheek Palette
LORAC Unzipped Cheek Palette

The pearlized palettes is made of a thin but sturdy cardboard box with magnetic closure. It is lightweight, travel-friendly, and includes a full-sized mirror. There is a clear plastic covering the blushes with the brand’s logo printed on it. I’m glad the shade names are printed directly on the palette and not on the cover.

There are 4 cheek colors included in the palette (all unscented). We have everything from a pale pink to bright pink to brown/bronze and we also have 2 different textures to choose from — matte (x2) and shimmery (x2). The colors are fully customizable; you can combine the shades to create new colors or mix the textures to tweak the effect on your cheeks however you please.

LORAC Unzipped Cheek Palette
LORAC Unzipped Cheek Palette

I am very impressed with the quality of these blushes. The powder is extremely finely-milled and blendable. The colors are intensely pigmented and may look intimidating at first but you can certainly apply them lightly for a sheer wash of color on the skin provided that you use a loose-bristled brush (such as a stippling brush) and a light hand.

The blush pans are not too big or too small and you can easily fit most of the blush brush in the pan without touching the adjacent color. However, since the powder is so soft, it tends to create quite a powder kick-up once you dip your brush in it. From my experience, powder excess falling into the next pan is very common with this palette and I find myself flipping the palette down and tapping off the excess after every use to avoid color mix-up.

LORAC Unzipped Cheek Palette
LORAC Unzipped Cheek Palette
LORAC Unzipped Cheek Palette & Alter Ego Lipstick Set
LORAC Unzipped Cheek Palette & Alter Ego Lipstick Set
  • Underrated – medium rosy pink; matte
    The “medium” color. I can see this shade being the most wearable on all skin tones. It has very nice color payoff and shows up easily on my medium-toned skin. The texture is soft and super blendable albeit slightly powdery. Though with a gentle blending motions, it applies beautifully on the cheeks without looking chalky.
  • Unashamed – bright, blue-base pink; matte
    This color is very bright but fear not! When applied lightly, it translates to a nice, youthful pop of pink on the cheeks that I absolutely adore. I barely have to touch the tip of my brush to get a good color payoff on my skin. It is easy to sheer out and blend to a soft finish.
  • Unapologetic – medium golden bronze; shimmery
    I suppose you could use this color as a bronzer but the amount of shimmer and its golden tone might come off a little unnatural on the face. I prefer to use it as a cheek color better. I think the golden tone compliments my yellow-toned skin really well. It shows up nicely on my cheeks and similar to Unashamed, a light touch of a brush is all I need. Despite the amount of shimmer, it still applies and blends nicely to a natural finish.
  • Unimaginable – pale peachy pink; shimmery
    At first I thought this shade would not show up on me at all but I was wrong. With a gentle swirl of the brush in the pan, it picks up more than enough pigment to show up a nice, peachy pink on my cheeks. The shimmer in the formula adds just the right amount of luminosity to perk up my complexion without looking glittery. It is the most wearable color for me and one that I seem to use most often.

The wear time is impressive as I did not see any major signs of fading throughout the day even when they are applied lightly. I expected Unimaginable to wear off at day’s end but it stayed on long and strong just like the rest of palette.

 Full face comparison

Wearing LORAC Unzipped Cheek Palette
Wearing LORAC Unzipped Cheek Palette

Alter Ego Lipstick in Girl Next Door

LORAC Alter Ego Lipstick in Girl Next Door
LORAC Alter Ego Lipstick in Girl Next Door
LORAC Alter Ego Lipstick in Girl Next Door
LORAC Alter Ego Lipstick in Girl Next Door

Girl Next Door is a creamy peachy pink nude lipstick that applies with a fully opaque coverage in one pass and leaves a flat matte finish. I am not crazy about the color as the pastel base seems to clash with my skin tone regardless of how sheer or light I apply. It looks nice in the tube but not so much on the lips (or at least on my lips). I always have to top it with a lip gloss to make the color more presentable.

Formula-wise, it is thick and looks heavy although it feels lightweight once it sets. It has a rather dry texture that tugs slightly and reveals every lip line and dry spot on the lips. It is also tricky to apply to a smooth and polished finish without a lip brush. The wear time is roughly about 2-3 hours which is decent.

Wearing LORAC Alter Ego Lipstick in Girl Next Door
Wearing LORAC Alter Ego Lipstick in Girl Next Door

A different lipstick color would have made this the ultimate set to have. Even with a dark, intense smokey eye, I think Girl Next Door would still be a difficult shade to pull of on most skin tones. The cheek palette, however, is a must-have. I am completely happy with it and could not think of a reason for anyone not to buy it especially if you can score it during a sale or with a coupon (which Ulta does so every often). The palette alone is well worth the price tag in my opinion. :)


US$30 at Ulta

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  1. says: Sunny

    OOO I agree: the palette alone looks like it’s more than worth the price tag! I liked the lipstick in the swatch, but then I think it might just be a little too matte. Absolutely adore all four blushes on you tho!

  2. says: Natasja

    Oh, man. As a swatch “Girl Next Door” looks amazing, but I do agree.. seeing it on your lips I am afraid about if it will make me look more pale! It might be difficult to pull off. What a pity! But it does suit you, I think! “Unimaginable” definitely is my favorite shade from the palette.. but boy, they’re all so pretty. A must-have indeed :)

  3. says: Sheila

    Wow that’s beautiful!! I love the sleek packaging too. It’s so much better than the Tarte blush palette released for Christmas last year, as the packaging was so bulky and thick. I didn’t know that it was pronounced La-Rock either, seems kinda weird since it’s spelled Lorac…. oh the English language is always fun XD

      1. I know, I know, something is terribly wrong with me. Somehow palettes just gather dust, No matter How pretty they are, and I grab my singles. I have (almost) given up on palettes and customize my own for travelling…

        1. says: Jaa

          Nah… nothing is wrong with you! Different people like different things! :) I like to bring my customized MAC eyeshadow palette with me when I travel, too. :)

  4. says: joy

    ooo the blushes are so pretty! i especially like Unimaginable and Underrated!

    i really love your eye look! can you tell me what shade is that light green in the middle of your lower lashline?

  5. says: Agata

    I love this palette and I was really tempted to get it but I have so many blushes that I would never even finish. I like how natural all the shades look on you. As far as the lipstick, I actually really like this shade!

    Your eye makeup looks beautiful!

    1. says: Jaa

      Thank you as always, Agata! You’re the first person to like the lipstick! I don’t know… I think it’s a little too pale for me! :)

  6. says: GlossBerry

    Loved the review! even though I am overloaded with cheek products I would love to get this one as well, and you know why? because of these tempting photos of yours. your fault.

  7. says: Alice

    That palette is gorgeous from which Unapologatic might be my favourite – I have a thing for warm-toned anything, there’s no denial. So from now on, I need to remember it’s La-rock … How inconvenient :p

    X Alice

    1. says: Jaa

      LOL yep! Laaaaaaaaa Rooooooooooooock! ;) Warm-toned colors look best on our complexion but don’t underestimate the power of cool-toned colors! They add such a nice twist to the overall look!

  8. I could never pull off this lipstick, either! Love the palette, though. I almost feel like the lipstick was just a throw-in considering the low cost of the cheek palette. All 4 blushes look great on you! And I knew Lorac was the founder’s name backwards, but only realized it was Luh-rock this year! For shame! Luh-rock always made me think people were trying to make it sound French?!

    1. says: Jaa

      Why can’t they throw in a different color, you know? They have so many great shades in the line-up! Yeah.. I wish it was explained why they chose to call it La-Rock. :)

  9. This is a beautiful cheer palette. I was introduced to Lorac thanks to you (or should I curse you lol) but until now I only tried their eye shadows. It can be something I should look into. I especially like Unashamed on you!

  10. says: Liz

    What a pretty palette! Thath bright pink shade is killer.

    I was such a big LORAC fan but they exited Sephora and of course we don’t have Ulta in Canada. :(

    1. says: Jaa

      I wonder why they quit Sephora! I suppose you don’t have Kohl’s in Canada? LORAC products are sold at Kohl’s, too. :)

  11. says: Natalye

    I recently got this palette and I love it! the blushes are all so beautiful. the only thing I don’t really like is the lipstick, I don’t really like the way it looks on my lips and I have to put a lip gloss on top just like you do.
    really great review!

  12. I’m not such a big fan of the lipstick, but the blushes are SOOO PRETTY! Such a pity that Lorac is so hard to get in Europe, really. :(

    Also, I had NO CLUE about the pronunciation thing! How interesting.

    And I am a big fan of your eye makeup on the pictures! Love the mermaidy eyeshadow.

    1. says: Jaa

      Thanks, Carla! Yeah… I am smitten with the palette! The lipstick is just OK. I would still buy the palette without the lipstick in a heartbeat. :) How do you usually buy products that are not sold in Europe? Do you have a friend to send you things or is there a website that ships to your country?

      1. I haven’t got anything from the US through internet yet. I know there are companies that you can ship your goodies to and they’ll send it to Europe, so will probably use one of those at some point. The Tartelette palette is calling my name. >_<

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