Hey everyone! Happy Monday! Today I am bringing you a review just in time for Valentine’s Day: a review of the Colourpop Ooh La La! Palette! When this palette came out, I was definitely interested. However I did hold back… until I couldn’t anymore. So here we are with the perfect palette for V Day! Do you like pink makeup? Because I definitely do, so let’s get into this review.
Packaging and First Impressions
This palette comes as a pink hard plastic palette with metallic pink detailing. Inside you have a full size mirror along with the nine shades. The shades range from light roses, neon pinks to deepish berries. This palette comes with five mattes, two shimmers and two satins. It should be noted that three of the shades are pressed pigments.
You’re like really pretty…. So you agree, you think this pink 9-pan palette is really pretty! Includes a mix of matte, metallic, and satin shadows, this palette is your go-to for the trendiest pink looks right now.
Highly pigmented shadow that applies evenly and feels ultra-velvety and silky. This long wearing formula contains a unique combination of softer powders which adheres easily to the eyes, gives a soft focus effect, and blends smoothly and evenly.
Tickled: soft opalescent pink with violet, pink, & blue glitter flip
Soft Core: matte warm pink
Poodle: matte vibrant true pink
Big Sugar*: bright bubblegum pink with a silver sheen
Opulent*: bright fuchsia with a blue sheen
Sandbar*: matte neon pink
Trove: matte raspberry
Caddy: vibrant deep violet
Moon Struck: metallic peachy gold
Price and Quantity
This eyeshadow palette is priced at $12 USD (currently on sale for $9.60 USD!) and has 0.36 oz of product. While I would usually do a price comparison for a palette like this, there really is nothing to compare this palette to! What other shadow palette do you know of that basically only includes bright pinks and berries? There aren’t really any that I can think of, at least none that are close enough. For your information though, these smaller 9-pan palettes do actually have a better value than their 12-pan palettes, which is surprising! In fact, they have the same amount of product in them, despite the difference in the number of shades!
Pigmentation and Performance
The pigmentation of this palette is OUT OF THIS WORLD. All you need to do is look at the swatches below, and you will understand! The middle row of shades, Big Sugar, Opulent and Sandbar, are particularly impressive. The saturation is just incredible. But this can be explained by the fact that these are pressed pigments (and likely include pigments that are not FDA approved for eye use). In fact in the ingredients list, Colourpop has included the statement that these three shades are not to be used in the immediate eye area. This is just Colourpop legally protecting themselves because of the non-FDA approved ingredients. Usually the main side-effect of using pigments like these is that they cause staining, but if you have particularly sensitive skin you will want to be cautious. Regardless, none of these shades have irritated my eyes, but staining definitely happens! I found it faded after one day though, and it’s not like it showed through makeup.
As for the formulas, the mattes are typical Colourpop quality: awesome! I have said it before recently, that I have decided that Colourpop has my favourite eyeshadow formula on the market. The mattes are usually quite pigmented, and blending is just so easy! Even though this palette has some pressed pigments, I found them to blend just the same as the other shades. The only thing I will say is that I had some trouble deepening the extremely pigmented shades. For example adding Caddy on top of Sandbar had barely any effect. But Caddy by itself works extremely well.
The only slight disappointment in this palette are the metallics. While they are beautiful and easy to build up, they are just a lot thinner than those in past CP palettes. For example, Good Sport has some incredible metallics that have a lot of body to them, making it easy to apply them with a dry brush. When metallics do have more body to them, you also don’t need to spend barely any time building them up, they go on full opacity. These shimmers in Ooh La La just aren’t the same. They are thin and have to be used with a wet brush or applied with a finger on to a tacky base. Once you do build them up they look stunning, but I know CP can and has done better metallics, so it’s slightly disappointing.
There are two satins in this palette, Big Sugar and Opulent, and they are also those pressed pigments. Opulent is the only shade in the palette I haven’t used, but Big Sugar is awesome. Very pigmented, goes on easily, and reflects a little bit of light.
So let’s get into the eye looks and I will let you know all the shades used and my thoughts on each shade as we go through.
Sandbar: Crease, outer corner and outer lower lash line. This is the most incredible pink shade I have ever used. The amount of pigment is just insane, and I really didn’t have any troubles blending it out! From looking at the photos, it looks like the saturation was almost too much for my camera.. haha. PS I did not edit the colour AT ALL in the photos of this eye look.
Soft Core: Transition and lower lash line. This is a lighter mauve-y rose shade that works well to blend out others. I found myself using this shade in every look.
Trove: Outer corner. I found that this shade didn’t actually build well on top of Sandbar, but I’m not entirely surprised since the pigment underneath was so intense. But it did add the tiniest bit of depth.
Tickled: Inner half of the lid. Tickled is quite thin and did not work with a dry brush, but it built up well when pressed on to concealer with my finger. What a pretty iridescent shade though!
The lashes in this look are the Ardell Faux Mink 812.
Soft Core: Transition and lower lash line.
Poodle: Crease and outer lower lash line. Even though this shade is clearly a medium rose in the swatch, it still comes of relatively bright on the eye. It’s a very pretty shade though!
Trove: Outer corner.
Caddy: Outer corner. I was able to build up this purple shade to deepen the look a bit, but again it didn’t have quite the impact I was hoping for on top of Poodle. Again this wasn’t surprising though, because when you place a shade like this on top of an already very pigmented shadow, it’s just not going to show up as well.
Moon Struck: Inner half of the lid. This is a typical light gold shade. Again, this metallic is on the thinner side, and isn’t as creamy as other CP metallics.
This eye look was created with an unset primer (Maybelline Fit Me Concealer) to see how deep we could get the deeper shades to go.
Caddy: Lid and crease. This is a very pretty berry shade that had great pigmentation when applied directly on to concealer. This shows that this shade does have great potential, even if in past looks it didn’t build on top of other shades.
Soft Core: Transition.
Tickled: Center of the lid.
The lashes in this look are the Ardell Faux Mink 817.
Soft Core: Transition.
Big Sugar: Lid. I just love how pigmented this satin is, and how it reflects just a tiny bit of light. So pretty! This shade applied well with my finger and a brush.
The lashes in this look are the Ardell Faux Mink 812.
Overall, I think this is a stunning palette that is well worth the $12 USD. The pigmentation is awesome and the shades are easy to use. My only criticism is that because so many of the shades are medium pink to deep pink, and really because there are so many pinks, I feel like you might get trapped into creating pretty similar looks. I do wish there was perhaps a bit more variation. For example, the two satin shades are so similar, and both have the same depth to them, so I wish we perhaps had another lighter metallic instead. But regardless, still worth the extremely affordable price!
Have you tried Colourpop shadows before? Would you indulge in this all pink palette?