Unexpected Encounters and the LORAC Unzipped Palette

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It must’ve been my second or third year in college. I was studying at the library one afternoon and went to take a bathroom break.


When I walked into the ladies’ room, I saw a girl crying at the sink. And these weren’t dainty little sniffles, either. They were primal, hit-you-in-the-gut kind of sobs that happen when your future has taken an unexpectedly sh*tty detour.

She looked at me, and I remembered that I had some tissue in my purse, so I took them out and offered them to her.

And then we hugged.

She clutched me tightly and cried in my arms for 10 minutes, barely saying a word. I just held onto her, and over and over again told her that she was going to be okay.

When she finished crying, I wet some paper towels with cold water to make an improv compress for her eyes, which was something my mom used to do when I was little.

As she began to regain her composure, we hugged again, and even though I didn’t know her name or what had happened, I tried to comfort her, to reassure her that she was strong enough, and she was going to get through it. And then I left to give her some privacy.

I never saw her after that, and to this day I wonder what happened to her, and if things turned out alright.

That was many years ago, but something about the LORAC Unzipped palette ($40) brought the memory back.

Some people will probably see this palette of 10 powder shadows and think of Urban Decay Naked, Naked 2 and the many spinoffs they inspired.

I can certainly see why, but — maybe it’s because of shade names like Unconditional, Uncensored and Unspoken — this palette also reminds me of that day, and days like it, when strangers unexpectedly walk in to find us emotionally stripped, unzipped and raw.

If I should ever find myself sobbing at the sink in a public restroom, I wonder if anyone out there would offer me a shoulder to cry on and maybe a few comforting words.

I hope so…

lorac unzipped palette (4)


lorac unzipped palette (2)
Swatches from the left: Undercover, Unbelievable, Unattainable, Unconditional and Unbridled

lorac unzipped palette (3)
Undiscovered, Unreal, Uncensored, Unspoken and Untamed

lorac unzipped palette (1)
Wearing Undiscovered and Untamed

Details about the LORAC Unzipped Palette…

  • It’s limited edition and new for spring 2012.
  • It contains 10 mostly cool-toned powder shadows in beige, brown and gold shades, with a neutral shades in the mix for good measure.
  • Most of the shadows apply with cool pink and/or purple undertones.
  • I’m most intrigued by the shimmers. When first applied, they’re very shiny, but they settle into a softer sheen within a couple of hours.
  • Using a flat, dense eyeshadow brush with these minimizes their otherwise moderate fallout.
  • When used with a primer (I use and love NARS Pro-Prime Smudge Proof), these remain crease-free.
  • Gals and guys who love cool-toned beige and brown eyeshadows with strong hints of pink and purple (and who don’t mind a little fallout) should find a lot here to love.

PRICE: $40
AVAILABILITY: Available now at Sephora stores and also online

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. This post was deep, these are my kind of colors purples and pinks. The swatches are great 🙂
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  2. Angela G. says:

    That’s a very sweet story Karen. I’m pretty sure the girl you hugged has thought of you in return as well. You never know, maybe you’ll run into her again one day. As for the palette, I’m a sucker for purples. =)

  3. Chryztyners says:

    that’s a very touching experience, Karen. I wish if it happened to me, someone like you would be there too, with no judgements whatsoever.

    I like this palette, although I could probably do without. There’s a whole lot of neutral palettes out in the market already.

  4. Kellie says:

    That’s a wonderful thing you do for that girl, Karen. I’m sure she still thinks of you from time to time as well.

  5. Adrienne says:

    This is such a sweat story, Karen. It’s actions like what you did that day for that girl that show the true colors of a person, and it shows that you are goodhearted and caring. I’m sure she stiill remembers your kindness, and who knows, maybe one day she found herself in a similar situation and was able to pass it on 🙂

  6. wtmontana says:

    You must have an amazing hug!

    I like this palette but having just received the Naked 2 Palette wouldn’t be able to justify it!

  7. Jen says:

    Karen, you have a heart of gold. I’m sure she still remembers you, and I’m also absolutely sure that if you ever found yourself in a similar situation, someone would do the same for you.

  8. BooBooNinja says:

    Thanks for sharing this story, Karen.

  9. The eyeshadow palette looks amazing! great colors and great pigmentation, thanks for sharing I didn´t know about this brand!

  10. Sexy Sadie says:

    Wonderful story, the palette is great too.

  11. joão andré says:

    very deep and touching post! Reminds me when i had the same situation some years ago, but i was all alone
    I even forgot to take a better look in swatches!

  12. AK says:

    Wow. What an incredibly heart-warming story Karen. You were that girl’s angel that day. Truly, I think there are people out there, even if they are strangers, who find us when we are (sometimes literally) down on the ground and help us pick up the pieces and gather ourselves to move forward.

    One time I flew over the handlebars of my bike and landed face down on the sidewalk. No one was around, and out of absolutely nowhere this little older lady quietly walked up to me and gently helped me up, brushed me off, took my hands and told me I was alright. She was my angel that day.

  13. I can see the similarities between Unzipped and Naked 2, but personally I might still like Naked 2 more because there are more delicious mid- to dark-toned shades in there!

    That must have been a heartbreaking experience, Karen. I don’t think I’ve broken down in front of strangers, and last time I bawled in someone’s arms was when I found out my cat Brownie had passed away while I was on my trip in the US. My old roommate/travel buddy T held me while I bawled like a baby. And I must stop thinking about this because I’m sitting in a cafe here. If I continue I’ll start bawling again.

    Oh well, life sucks sometimes. I hope everybody in distress can find some comfort.

    Thanks for sharing, Karen, both the story and the swatches 🙂
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  14. Nina says:

    i love this post. 🙂

    the palette is lovely as well. should it go in my shopping cart? 😀

  15. Kimberly says:

    Karen, you have such a beautiful soul.

  16. artemis says:

    that was very nice of you 🙂
    cute colors

  17. Kayleigh says:

    That’s such a touching story Karen! I know how hard it can be even to see someone you know in that kind of distress, and even with knowing them and their situation to not be able to offer much but comfort and a hug – so to do that for a person you’ve never met before actually takes a certain kind of bravery. Good for you and here’s a big e-hug coming your way for being such a lovely person! <3

  18. Tiffany says:

    What a touching story, Karen. I’m sure that woman remembers your act of kindness years later <3 … beautiful swatches too, btw.

  19. Chris25 says:

    I am not at all surprised by what you did, Karen, because it sounds like something you would do. 🙂

    I like that Lorac threw in some pink-toned shades, instead of just the usual browns and beiges.

  20. Erin says:

    You can cry on my shoulder anytime Karen! That was really nice of you to be there for that girl, I’m sure she passed the kindness on some day.
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  21. Neeraj says:

    I loved all these cool colors…very unusual palette but very user friendly…I just wished the eyeshadows were a bit more buttery.
    Have u tried this brand called Girlactik?
    Neeraj recently posted … Day dreamers……..Delicate Metals

  22. Jamie Richardson (@shelbyjade13) says:

    great story, reminded me of a few times i have had encounters like that in my life… keep passing the love

  23. TrishaL says:

    Loved this post, thank you for sharing that with us 🙂

  24. corallista says:

    I really like the shades in the pan where they appear more distinct but I think many of these would end up looking more or less the same on the lids on my skin tone. Some of the shades I can think of which may be dupes are MAC Sable, MAC Twinks and Maxfactor Dark plum!
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  25. shannon says:

    aww, i remember crying like that when one night i went to my boyfriend of five years house, and he was leaving with his ex and he told me from her car window that he always loved her and they were back together and then they drove away. i cried in the movie theater parking lot for over an hour. probably one of the most heartless things another human being has ever done to me. it is still paralyzing when i think about it.

    • Rebecca says:

      Oh my, how awful. 🙁 I hope she made him very unhappy and dumped him for another guy. That would have been sweet karma.

  26. Nora says:

    Aw, thank you for being such a wonderful person and, more importantly, sharing so that other people can be inspired to do great things, as well. I feel CONFIDENT someone will help you when you are down, Karen!

  27. Tina B says:

    I just love the way you weave a story into your posts! I’m always inspired by your writing. I think I would really love this LORAC palette, I seem to always be drawn to these types of shadows (love shimmers!).
    Tina B recently posted … Review: Aero Minerale Makeup Mist Foundation & Primer

  28. stephanie says:

    I love the look of this palette, not colours I would use everyday but it has a good mix of shimmers & matte finish shadows which I like.

  29. Chelsea says:

    On behalf of a girl who has been the one bawling in public bathrooms, thank you Karen.

  30. Yumi says:

    This palette is LE? o.o!?, i thought it was gonna be in the permanent line 🙁

  31. Jordan says:

    Karen you are such a wonderful person! That is what I would want to do if I saw a girl like that, but I’m not sure , i get shy sometimes. Thanks for the awesome review and the touching story. 🙂

  32. Jane says:

    That post bought tears to my eyes. I just hope the girl is happy now. Its tough to see people crying god only knows what she was going through. But to lend a shoulder to cry on without being nosy/or asking what happened is the best thing one can do..very touching post karen.

  33. Lina says:

    This story makes me want to go out and buy this palette right now. 🙂 It’s heartwarming to know that there are people out there like you.

  34. Sarah says:

    Hi there!

    I have posted a review of the same product on my blog! I am so happy to know that other bloggers/women out there know how great it is! I feel like Urban Decay’s NAKED’s have taken over! lol I’m happy to see more brown out there!

    Come check out my review/pics!: http://harpers-shadow.blogspot.com/2012/03/lorac-unzipped-palette-review.html


  35. Rebecca says:

    It’s interesting how strangers are not really strangers, touching story. I bought this and really enjoy the shades. I don’t have any palettes like this one, and the shades are different from my original Naked palette (which I need to use more, shame on me). I usually love anything Lorac, and this is no exception. I use a really sticky base to keep the shades more metallic, LA Splash sealer/base. It’s a good one that you can’t even feel once it’s dry. Also works wonders with glitter.

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