I’m very much a natural, nude, “no makeup” makeup girl, so when LORAC came out with their newest palette I was definitely intrigued.
Nude Necessities ($30, 0.60 oz) is an Ulta-exclusive eye shadow palette that features 12 colors in a mix of shimmer, satin and matte finishes. Price per ounce it’s a great value considering LORAC’s PRO palette only contains 0.32 oz of product and costs $42.
Ingredients: Mica, Talc, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Dipentaerythrityl Hexahydroxystearate/Hexastearate/Hexarosinate, Boron Nitride, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Phenyl Trimethicone, Octyldodecanol, Tocopherol, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Oryzanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Tin Oxide. May Contain: Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Carmine (CI 75470).
The packaging is rather nice: a gunmetal colored, mirror-finished plastic compact with a generously sized mirror inside. The compact is a fingerprint magnet but I prefer it over the cardboard packaging that LORAC uses for their Unzipped and PRO palettes. Not only does it look a bit more expensive but it feels a lot sturdier and more secure too. I never feel safe traveling with palettes like the LORAC PRO and Unzipped, MUFE Artist Nude, Stila In the Light or anything by theBalm with cardboard packaging because I constantly worry that they’ll accidentally flip open in transit or the cardboard won’t provide enough of a buffer and the shadows inside will all get crushed. I always feel safe with hard plastic compacts though.
This is the first time in a long while — perhaps ever — that I can recall a nude palette, especially a higher end one, consisting of entirely nude shadows. Most brands like to stick a black or some extremely dark colors into their nude palettes (e.g. MUFE Artist Nude). It’s refreshing to finally come across a nude palette of truly nude colors.
Nude Necessities contains an even 6:6 split of matte and shiny shades and I would say that there are three basic divisions within the palette. The top row features shades with a lot of gold/yellow tones to them, the middle/second row is slightly cooler and the bottom/third row has a lot of reddish/orange/terracotta to it. Overall I’d say the palette leans warm.
As far as texture and pigmentation go, the shadows here neither feel nor perform like the LORAC PRO shadows that are buttery, have intense pigmentation but are also very powdery and dusty in consistency. The color payoff of Nude Necessities is very good but not amazing and the formula actually reminds me of Too Faced’s shadows in the sense that they’re firmer and drier to the touch. If you’re at all familiar with Too Faced’s palettes and like any of those, I think you’ll like the Nude Necessities palette too.
The only eye shadow in the palette that I had a bit of an issue with is the one in the bottom left corner. The shimmer isn’t as refined as I would like and the color buffs and sheers away too easily. To get the color to show up opaque and true to pan on my eyelid I have to either pat it on with my fingertip or apply it with a damp brush.
I think whether or not you like this palette depends on your skin tone and personal taste. In my opinion, people with lighter skin tones who gravitate toward lighter neutral colors and shy away from deep, smoky colors will benefit from this palette the most. Some of the shades look quite similar and I have a feeling that the subtle nuances that make those particular shadows different will be lost on darker skin. For me the darkest shades in this palette are sufficient for defining, contouring and adding depth to the eye but I’m not sure that they’d provide enough contrast for those with deeper skin tones.
But even if you can’t use Nude Necessities as a standalone palette, I think you’ll still be able to use the shadows in it as lid, highlight and transition colors. You’ll just have to pull in a few darker shades from the rest of your makeup stash to get a complete look.
I realized that the colors in Row 2 Column 2 and Row 2 Column 4 look almost identical in the swatches above, so here’s a side by side swatch of the two below. The two are really similar but Row 2 Column 2 is a bit more neutral compared to Row 2 Column 4 which is a touch darker and more red toned.
I can see a subtle difference between the two colors on my skin (more so in person) but do you see how colors like these two might look exactly the same on medium to deeper skin?