The Lorac Nude Necessities Eyeshadow Palette ($30) is a new Ulta Exclusive Lorac Eyeshadow Palette that launched for Spring 2016 which includes 12 gorgeous shades of nude. I’ll be honest, at one point in my makeup life particularly when I started Musings of a Muse I was so not in love with nude shades. But as I grow older I can’t get enough of them. So yeah, sure, I probably have 100 different variations of tan matte eyeshadows and about 1000 different golden browns but I don’t care, I love them all!
Now when the Lorac Nude Necessities Eyeshadow Palette launched you could imagine how delighted I was. I’ve been a long term supporter and fan of Lorac eyeshadow for over ten years. Lorac’s eyeshadow formula isn’t one everyone embraces. It’s very thin, very soft, very silky, and it blends beautifully on drier eyes (like mine!). Lorac doesn’t have the intensity Urban Decay, Too Faced, or other mid-range has but they do have an eyeshadow formula that’s easy to build, easy to apply, and looks incredible on eyes.
Although I have many Lorac Palettes already I was not averse to adding the Nude Necessities Eyeshadow Palette into my life.
The Lorac Nude Necessities Eyeshadow Palette is a very, very, very different release for the brand. This comes in a slick smaller size compared to larger palettes like the Lorac Pro Palette and Lorac Unzipped Palette. This packaging is pretty chic by Lorac standards. The compact is a gunmetal mirrored design (Yes, it’s a magnet for fingerprints) with “Lorac Nude Necessities” gracing the cover in a pale pink gold lettering. Inside is a generously sized mirror with Lorac’s logo imprinted on the mirror. It’s a very nice and different kind of packaging for Lorac.
Visually the colors inside the palette are really, really pretty with a range light golden bronzes, soft tans, and shades of gold and champagne. There are shimmers here, mattes, and satins but but I think those finishes are slightly confusing as the mattes looked and felt more like satins. This shadow formula is slightly thinner than shades from the Lorac Pro Palette Collection but thicker and less velvety than the Unzipped Eyeshadows but less powdery than the Lorac Mega Pro Eyeshadows. I hope that wasn’t too confusing 🙂 The thinner formula feels very silky and doesn’t kick up too much powder however, I think they applied rather dry and a bit patchy on my lids. I was unable to get a smooth, even layer of color down and I felt like I was building a lot as color would sheer away as I blended. I also felt color didn’t adhere well to my eyelids with and without primer. There wasn’t a problem with creasing but color showed signs of fading after six hours of wear.
I played with the palette a total of six days before reviewing it. Sadly, in those six days I was unable to create a single look I liked. Every eye look I did ended up looking very muddy and dull. One of the main issues with the palette, formula aside, is the fact that it’s difficult to get any definition from these shades as they are all variations of almost the same exact color. The palette is dominated by varying shades of tan that you’re unable to differentiate between them since they just go from lighter to a smidge darker. If you’re looking to contrast with these shades it also proves difficult to do so as there isn’t enough variations between colors. Aside from a few lighter shades of champagne and gold the palette has a ton of different tan shades that all look identical on my lid.
The Lorac Nude Necessities Eyeshadow Palette has outstanding packaging but that was about the only thing I ended up liking about this one. Lorac palettes from the past like the Mega Pro, Pro, and Unzipped Palettes have been consecutively fantastic releases but something fell short with the new Nude Necessities Eyeshadow Palette.
Have you tried it?
The Lorac Nude Necessities Eyeshadow Palette is available now, exclusively at Ulta and Ulta.com.