Hey everyone. Today I am reviewing one of my first purchases of this year. I definitely find that my eyeshadow colour preferences change with the season. During January and February I tend to lean more towards softer looks with pinks, purples and neutrals. Well this palette is just that so I decided to do a Colourpop haul as my first purchase of the year!
Packaging and First Impressions
This eyeshadow palette has cardboard packaging with no mirror. The outer design is really quite beautiful, with butterfly and flower graphics that are embellished with textured glitter on the outside. I will say though, it feels a bit childish to me. But I didn’t buy it for the packaging anyways!
This palette has 12 shades ranging from purple mauves to plums and browns. There is a good variety of light to deep shades, and a range of formulas including matte, pressed pigment, super shock, metallic and pressed glitter. I have been pretty disinterested in using any glitters that are labelled “not for use in the immediate eye area”, which the one in this palette is. If I’m going to use glitter, I want it to be small enough and cut properly so that it is eye safe, but I must say I am very tempted by the glitter in this palette and I may just try it anyways. It’s annoying that they keep including these non-eye safe pressed glitters in the palettes. It’s not like eye safe glitter isn’t possible.
We’ll take you away with our cool-toned, soft glam palette. Cool mauves and rich purple, in matte, metallic, and Pressed Glitter finishes, create the dreamiest soft glam look.this cool-toned, soft glam palette is freakin’ magic. 🦋
just imagine: icy baby pink with silver sheen
wild wing: cool toned taupe pink
made to last: neutral mauve
gotta fly: cranberry
sunflare: frosted orchid with a teal sheen
overpacked: holographic lavender
mariposa: pale berry with pink pinpoints
angel bb: deep chestnut brown
lush: pinky ivory
ch-ch-changes: mid tone taupe
getaway: silvery taupe
float on: deep cool toned brown
Price and Quantity
This eyeshadow palette is priced at $18 USD and has 0.38 oz of product. Each shade has 0.03 oz of product each (with the exception of the super shock shadow, which has 0.05 oz), which is actually 0.01 oz smaller than what has been in their past 12 pan palettes. I’m unsure if the formula is just lighter in these newer palettes, or if they have decreased the depth of the pans… Suspicious…
While I usually include price comparisons in my makeup reviews to other popular items on the market, I do not with lower priced items that would typically appear in a drugstore. This is because prices are not standardized between drugstore retailers. Therefore, no comparison today since Colourpop prices can’t possibly compare in a helpful way to higher end items! They will always likely have a better value, which is good!
Pigmentation and Performance
When I first dipped into this palette, it was like a breath of fresh air. Really, I’m not using an old cliche for no reason. It had been a little while since I had used a Colourpop palette, I forgot how easy it was!
The Colourpop formula is still my favourite eyeshadow formula on the market. I love Colourpop mattes. They are very blendable and usually quite pigmented. They also usually build quite well on top of each other which is my favourite aspect of a matte formula. They are just so easy to use, and have all the qualities I look for in a matte shadow.
Their metallics also seem to keep getting better and better. The metallics in this palette have an amazing reflect, and are so so smooth! Additionally, they have a great, buttery consistency that allow them to adhere to the eye nicely. LOVE them! Honestly, with this formula it doesn’t matter if you use a brush or a finger. Although, I always seem to slightly prefer finger application on a tacky base, just as extra insurance.
There are two shades in this palette that are mattes with small specks of glitter (Mariposa and Float On). Will brands ever let this useless formulation go? The glitters of course blend away, but you are left with a beautiful matte shadow, so just consider these shades as two additional mattes.
The only shade in this palette that I have not used is the pressed glitter. Like I said, I am considering using it, but it is not considered eye safe.. I’m not loving the idea of cutting my cornea, even if it has the ability to heal quickly.
Below are three looks that I created with this palette. Because this palette is fairly monochromatic, I think the types of looks you can create are purply mauve, or neutral brown. But you do have the power to do either a very light look, a look with medium depth or really deepen up the intensity for a smoky look.
Wild Wing: Crease and lower lash line. This is a beautiful mauve transition/crease shade. It has perhaps even more depth than how it looks in the pan. And as usual, it blends perfectly!
Made to Last: Crease. This is a lighter brown transition shade that I used to make this look a little less purple. Again, is a good crease shade and blends nicely.
Angel BB: Outer corner. This is a beautiful deep brown, that to my eye looks like it has a touch of plum. It builds beautifully on the other shades to add varying levels of depth.
Sunflare: Inner lid. This is a stunning light lavender duochrome metallic that is perhaps a little less smooth and a little more on the flaky side. It still applied nicely on a tacky base with my finger.
Gotta Fly: Center lid. This is a beautiful metallic plum that may have some glitter in it? It is hard to tell. I didn’t apply it very deeply in this look, but I am looking forward to using it with a lot more intensity in the future.
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in the shade “Rockstar” is on the waterline.
Mariposa: Crease and lower lash line. This medium mauve has some pink glitter in it that falls away immediately with blending. No surprise there. But what you are left with is a beautiful matte shade that makes all your mauve dreams come true.
Wild Wing: Transition.
Angel BB: Outer corner.
Just Imagine: Lid and inner corner. This pale pink metallic is just so SMOOTH! Beautiful. Has a great level of emollience and adheres to the eye well. Yum!
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in the shades “Rockstar” and “Heartless” are on the waterline.
Ch-Ch-Changes: Crease and lower lash line. This is a medium chocolate brown that leans on the warm side. Blends smoothly with beautiful pigmentation.
Lush: Brow bone and transition. This is a very pale shade that I personally find kind of useless, but it can help you further blend any transitions in your look.
Angel BB: Outer corner.
Float on: Outer corner. This is a very deep cool brown that allows you to add a lot of depth to any look. Again, it has some golden glitters floating in it, but they fall away immediately.
Getaway: Lid and inner corner. This is another VERY smooth light brown/cappuccino metallic. Look at that reflect! This shade is so so beautiful.
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in the shade “Lucky” is on the waterline.
Simply put, I love Colourpop palettes. I really haven’t purchased any “flops” from them. So overall, it’s great to know that I can consistently rely on great eyeshadows from this brand, and at a very affordable price too! I know they can be annoying with their constant releases, but I honestly haven’t noticed any decreases in quality, only increases. So at least they aren’t sacrificing that to keep up with their fast-paced releases.
What is your favourite Colourpop eyshadow palette? Which palette do you have your eye on next?