January 20, 2016

Lorac Nude Necessities Eyeshadow Palette Review & Swatches

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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.

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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.

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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.

Lorac Nude Necessities Eyeshadow Palette

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.

Lorac Nude Necessities Palette

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Lorac Nude Necessities Eyeshadow Palette swatches

Lorac Nude Necessities Palette swatches

Lorac Nude Necessities swatches

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?

Do share!

The Lorac Nude Necessities Eyeshadow Palette is available now, exclusively at Ulta and Ulta.com.

I purchased this item and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post.

About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Sarahdise

    So boring! There’s no variety in colors, and no darker shades at all… A bit disappointing :/

    • Isabella Muse

      Agreed. At first it looks really pretty but once I started using it I realize I was getting absolutely no contrast from the shades, they all apply very much the same and run together into one color 🙁

  • Caroline

    Wow, too bad! I was hoping this would be on par with the quality of the Pro shadows from Lorac, but it sounds like not. What a disappointment! Thanks for the review (and for saving me a little money! LOL). 🙂

  • Denise

    Are any of these colors new, or is this palette just a reshuffling of existing shades?

  • Littlecreek

    I’m definitely in the minority on this one, but I love this palette. I’m super pale and love very natural looks so the dark shades on palettes go unused for me. Is this palette exciting, no, is it perfect for me for work looks, absolutely.

    • Isabella Muse

      Maybe it doesn’t work on my skin tone Brooke! Did you feel the shadow formula was a little different though compared to others from Lorac? They kinda weren’t applying well for me!

      • Littlecreek

        Yep. Formula is definitely different. It’s almost like this palette has a very limited audience. You have to be pale or want a “my lids but better” look with minimal definition. Also, it’s not silky/pigmented/buildable enough to work on dry lids. Hell, oily kids might get patchy too. It’s pretty but not for everyone.

        • Isabella Muse

          Visually I love how it looks but application was bad for me. I don’t mind a minimal look but damn this didn’t work on me at all, it was just muddy as all hell! I’m not super fair but I am consider myself medium fair so I thought it would for me, no go 🙁 It seems like a palette that would be good for someone with paler hair and eyes maybe!? You’re lucky it worked for yoU!

  • melanie

    I got this ahead of reading any reviews. The colors are so similar there is no separation the colors. The look you try to create turns out to be a mess. This is definitely not the original pro palette and just horrible all the way around. I returned it today, and the gal at my Ulta said they have received many returns for this item.

    • Isabella Muse

      I’m glad I’m not alone. I’m hearing a lot of good reviews Melanie but like you I felt like I was creating a big old mess during application. Def different from Lorac Pro and Unzipped 🙁 I was hoping the silkiness from Mega Pro but nope, not even that!

  • Courtney

    I felt that way about the lorac mega palette! Yes, there are darker shades, but almost all of the light shades are just variations of the same color. I’m really not enjoying it as much as I thought I would. Nothing is beating my OG Lorac Pro 😉

  • kellly

    I actually like the looks of these. I generally use pretty boring colors on my eyes any more, just some slightly shinier/frostier variation of my natural skin tones, so this might be just the thing for me! I like the fact that they are not all mattes very much. My love affair with mattes ended about 3 years ago, so this might be right up my alley! I’m definitely going to check it out!

  • Terri

    I’m also returning my pallete. I love the look of this but I could not get any definition from these shadows. Each time I used it I had to use a crease color from another pallete to get a look to work. Love Lorac but this one is a dud.

  • genevieve

    Yes, I really see what you mean Isabella – the shades are far too similar to each other to achieve any kind of definition. Besides which, many of these shades live in our Naked, Vice, Pro Palettes etc. I also think that the market for this palette would be very limited as lots of those with darker complexions would find these colours insignificant on their eyes.

  • Danielle

    Can you tell me how to follow you for future posts? Im kinda of new to blog posts. Read a few of your posts, I completely agree and they are well written !!! Great work!

    • Isabella Muse

      Hi Danielle was there someway in particular you wanted to follow? Facebook? Twitter? Newsletter? Bloglovin’? There are links to everywhere you can follow me right in my header (the little circle icons) and there’s also a place you can sign up for my newsletter in my sidebar, right hand side my site. Let me know if that works for you! 🙂 Thank you for following, glad you enjoy my posts!

  • Audrey D.

    Hi there, i have been reading your blog posts for quite awhile now and always refer to you for swatches/thoughts/etc on products as i find them very helpful in making my makeup purchase decisions! I hope this isn’t politically incorrect to ask this in the comments, but were you interested in selling this LORAC palette to me by chance? I drooled all over the swatches in the spring (i prefer a very soft, nude eye look) and each time i drove to my closest Ulta (1 hour away) they were always sold out. I didn’t realize it would be a limited edition product, and of course now i am desperately seeking it out!! If this is something you’d consider please let me know! Thanks so much!!

    • Isabella Muse

      Hi Audrey thanks for being a long time reader! I really appreciate it and I’m flattered you use the site for reference. I actually don’t sell anything on here but maybe you might be able to find it on a makeup forum for sale or perhaps ebay? I hope this helps a little! And I’m sorry!

      • Audrey

        I didn’t think so but I figured it was worth a shot! 🙂 Thanks for replying and I look forward to reading more of your blogs and reviews.