I’ve finally tried out Colourpop! I received 7 items, so I wanted to share my thoughts and feelings. I purchased the Blow Me Away eyeshadow palette and Faded Lippie Stix from the new Nectar line, the Just Peachy lip bundle, Weenie supershock shadow, London Fog Ultra Satin Lip, and Frick n Frack Ultra Satin Lip.
Blow Me Away Eyeshadow Palette
This palette contains 4 pressed powder shadows: 3 mattes and 1 shimmer.
Take a Break: peachy gold shimmer
Centerfold: vibrant coral matte
Issues: peach matte
Slim Fit: hot red/coral matte
These shadows apply and blend wonderfully, they are very vibrant and pigmented, and they don’t have a ton of fallout. The shimmer shade is less pigmented and less impressive than the three mattes, but it is still beautiful.
Faded: This lipstick is also part of the Nectar Collection. It’s a beautiful, glossy, rosy coral that applies so incredibly easily. I absolutely love this product.
Weenie: This supershock shadow is a metallic ros gold shade created by Kathleen Lights. It’s a cross between a powder and cream that’s best applied with the fingers. When swatched on the back of the hand, the shade is so pigmented, however, it’s less noticeable on the eyelid. It could be my skin tone or that I need to apply a shadow enhancer or a better base shade; I need to play around with it more. Nevertheless, it’s a beautiful shadow with a great formulation.
London Fog Ultra Satin Lip: I rciv this a a sample. This liquid lipis a vibrant pinky red. It’s very comfortable on the lips and a gorgeous shade that’s perfect for making a statement in spring and summer.
Frick N’ Frack Ultra Satin Lip: I received this as a sample as well. Online, it is called a rosy terracotta, but mine looks nothing like the left photo in my tube or on my lips. It’s more of a dark rosy purple, which is disappointing. However, it is very comfortable on the lips.
Just Peachy Lip Bundle
Instigator: muted peach ultra matte
Screenshot: deepened peach ultra satin
Speed Dial: rich peach ultra matte
Screenshot is my favorite due to its very neutral shade and comfortability. It’s followed closely by Speed Dial. Instigator is my least favorite due to its bright, less natural shade, but I do still like it.
As a whole, I’m a fan of this brand so far. I did receive the Faded lipstick when I ordered the lip pencil, but that’s my only other complaint along with the slight disappointment in Take a Break and Frick n’ Frack. I’m a huge fan of the prices on all the products as they’re all around $5 each. I’m excited to try out more products.
I have an over-the-top love for eyeshadow, and I’ve been working on my “collection” on and off for the past five years. My mom might hate my obsession, but she is to blame for starting me off with the Full Exposure palette in 8th grade. I also grew up infatuated with her Making Faces by Kevyn Aucoin.
I’m going to organize this from my first palette to my most recently purchased one. I’ll break each palette down into packaging, price and availability, color selection, shadow pigmentation and formulation, ingredients, and my personal review.
All swatches will be finger swatches on unprimed skin
All palette photos are linked to official sites if still available
Smashbox: Full Exposure
Packaging: This palette comes in a matte black, hard, thik cardboard case. The wording is a bit holographic but not in-your-face or obnoxious. The box itself is not prone to fingerprint marks and mine has not gotten dirty easily, especially for being so old. It is not a super bulky box, but it is also not the most slim and sleek. The packaging feels luxurious and sturdy.
It closes with a magnet instead of a latch. When you open the palette, you have a decent sized mirror, 14 decently large pans (7 x .035oz/1g), a double ended brush, and a .14oz/4g eyeshadow primer..
Price: This palette retails for $52.00.
With the most simple math, excluding the brush and primer prices, each shadow pan is roughly $3.71.
The full sized eyeshadow primer is $21.00, which makes the sample in the palette is roughly $6.00.
Majority of the Smashbox eyeshadow brushes are $24.00 alone, so we’ll say the dual-ended brush included in the palette is $20.00.
IF you want to consider those prices and subtract them from the palette price, the shadows are roughly $1.86 per pan.
Availability: This palette is permanent and available in 10+ stores including Sephora, Macy’s, Smashbox, Ulta Beauty, Jet.com, Nordstrom, Dillard’s, and more.
Color selection: This palette is a fairly neutral one that allows for both natural daytime looks and deeper, bolder, smokey looks. The shadows are not named and they include 7 matte shades and 7 shimmer shades.
1st row: shimmers
2nd row: mattes
Formulation and pigmentation: I find these shadows to be soft, smooth, and powdery. While they are soft shadows, there is not an intense amount of kickup when dipping the brush in. I do not experience much fallout with the shadows.
They do not feel creamy to the touch, but they don’t feel overly dry either; they have a sloght velvety feel. I’ve seen a lot of complaints that the pigmentation is lacking, especially with the shimmers and that the shimmers had horrible fallout. I don’t consider these shadows to be the most pigmented ones I’ve ever used, but I find they are great for beginners.
I feel that these shadows have an average longevity, but, that being said, I don’t feel like I’ve ever owned eyeshadow that completely vanished during the day.
Ingredients: Tnis palette is formulated without parabens and sulfates, but it does contain talc, mica, and bismuth oxychloride, which are all known to be irritants for some. I have very sensitive skin myself and I’ve never had any irritation when using these shadows.
Review: I was in love with this palette for so long, as you can tell. My palette is very used and abused.
I feel like I’ve seen a lot of mixed reviews and a lot more negative ones than positive ones, but I am a fan of this palette. It might be because it was my first high end palette, but I loved it and found it to be great for beginners, as I said. I actually really liked the brush and loved the primer.
The shadows were very easy to blend and created beautiful, natural looks. That being said, there are probably many other palettes out there that have similar colors and better payoff. I do still use the lighter shades ofern for brow and inner corner highlighting, but I’ve moved on for the most part.
This palette was purchased at Sephora and given to me by my mom.
Urban Decay: Naked 2
Packaging: I. Despise. This. Packaging. It is a thin, taupe colored, metal case that feels like an Altoids box. The wording is simple and brown, which I have no problem with. The case opens and closes with a hinge, but it does not open and close easily. In fact, mine took a tumble recently and no longer closes at all.
On the inside, there is a wide mirror, a dual sided brush, and 12 12 x .05oz/1.41g eyeshadow pans that include 3 matte shades, 8 shimmer shades, and 1 metallic shade. Price: This palette retails for $54.00.
Again, my math calculates only the roughest estimates. Each shadow is roughly $4.50.
Typically, Urban Decay eyeshadow brushes are around $24.00, so we’ll again say the brush included is worth $20.00.
With the brush price considered, the shadows are $2.80 per pan.
Availability: This palette is permanent and available from about 25 stores such as: Sephora, Macy’s, Ulta Beauty, Urban Decay, etc.
Color selection: This palette includes a nice range of light, natural, taupe, bronze, and deep shades and allows for multiple different looks. The shades are named by pan.
Formulation and pigmentation: The pigmentation is there, but my issue lies with the formulation. In my opinion, the Naked palettes are totally overhyped. The formulation of majority of these shades is so dry that they feel crusty; they are as far from creamy as possible. I can actually hear them scratching against my skin when I go to swatch them. I also find that their “blackest black” looses its darkness because it is so chalky. The smoothest and creamiest shadows in the palette are the darker shimmers, but they’re also a bit chunky and crumbly.
I experience a lot of fallout and blending difficulties with the Naked palettes, but I do find that the shadows are long-wearing.
Ingredients: The naked palettes contain parabens, talc, mica, and bismuth oxychloride. Oddly enough, these palettes have never irritated my skin.
Review: If you couldn’t tell, I’m not the biggest fan of Naked palettes. Their only positives are their pigmentation and color selection. This is petty, but I hate the packaging of Naked 2 and Naked 3, so there’s another negative. I also don’t love the skinny, rectangular pans. With that, the pan sizes include less product than other palettes and you’re paying more. They also contain only 12 shades while other, less expensive palettes have 14. I know I’m going against the majority, but I say skip this palette.
I purchased this palette at Sephora.
Urban Decay: Naked 3
Packaging: Like with the Naked 2, I despise this packaging, but I hate this one ever more because the top is bumpy and awkward. The case is pink, which is cute, and I’m a fan of the gold wording, but it looks wrong stamped onto bumps. Like the Naked 2, it has a mirror, a dual-sided brush, and 12 12x.05oz/1.41g pans. There are 3 mattes, 3 satins, 5 metallic shimmers, and 1 matte-satin.
Price & availability: exact same as Naked 2.
Color selection: This palette is full of cool mauves, pinks, and golds. With these shades, many different natural and bold looks can be created.
Formulation and pigmentation: I find the pigmentation in this palette to be softer than it is than the Naked 2, but still vibrant. This palette simply has a softer look to it.
This palette is also a bit of a desert: powdery and dry. The shimmers and metallics are the easiest to work with, especially Buzz and Liar. The metallics are the smoothest shades, but they’re about as buttery as other palettes’ dryest shades. There seems to be less fallout in this palette, but I’d still suggest finishing your eye makeup first with these.
Of all three Naked palettes I own, I’d say this one has the best formulation.
Ingredients: Again, same as Naked 2
Review: While I am not a Naked fan, Naked 3 is my favorite of the 3 I own. I find it to be the easiest to work with and the least dry. The shades are soft and feminine, easier to blend, and nicely pigmented. While they still have fallout, it seems less intense than the fallout in Naked 2. This is the only palette from the line that I’d recommend getting, but I feel that there are many other rose-toned palettes that are much more worth your money.
I purchased this palette at Sephora.
Urban Decay: Naked Smokey
Packaging: I actually love the packing on this palette. It has such a nice, luxurious, sleek feel to it that none of its predecessors had. This case has a more thick plastic feel instead of the cheap tin feeling with the others. It’s a cool-toned gray case with an almost marble design.
This palette is magnet-operated instead of hinge-operated, which I prefer. Again, there are 12 12x.05/1.41g pans that include 3 metallics, 3 shimmers, 2 satins, and 4 mattes.
Price and availability: The exact same as the last two palettes.
Color selection: This palette is exactly as it’s name says: smokey. The shades are very cool-toned, in the gray, blue, and light pink family. While the palette is designed for smokey looks, it is still easy to achieve a natural look with the pale pinks, browns, and golds.
Formulation and pigmentation: I repeat: these shadows are dy!!! Dry but pigmentated. Slanted has the best performance, but it’s crumbly like the other metallics.
Again, the formula is not impressive.
Ingredients: Exact same as the other Naked palettes.
Review: Like the others, this palette is full of dry shadows. People often say it’s their least favorite of the Naked palettes, but I’d attribute that to its cool color scheme. It is definitely not inferior to the Naked 2, it’s just average. My favorite thing about the palette is the brush that is included; the fluffy sideis wonderful for blending.
This palette was purchased at Sephora and given to me.
BH Cosmetics: Carli Bybel
Packaging: This packaging is adorable. It is an elegant white cardboard box with pretty silver writing and pearl designs. The cardboard does feel slightly cheap, but BH Cosmetics is not an overly expensive makeup brand. While discussing negatives, some might dislike that it’s white because it will show makeup spillage, but I find it pretty and unique.
The palette is magnetic and opens to show a large mirror, 10 shadow pans, and 4 highlighter pans that are all nameless. I can’t find the measurements for the pans, but the total palette is .99oz/28g. The shadow pan sizes are fairly small, which is another con of this palette. The circular shapes are cute, but more product could have fit.
Price: This palette is only $14.50!
Again, with very rough estimates, the shadows are $.52 each and the highlighters are about $2.30 each.
Availability: Unfortunately, this palette is limited edition. Carli Bybel is a YouTube beauty guru that created this palette with BH Cosmetics. Usually collaborations are not permanent. On April 3rd, she released a deluxe version of the palette for pre-order so her original is becoming unavailable. I believe you can still purchase the original from Ulta Beauty, but it will probably be gone soon.
Color Selection: The colors in this palette are stunning; the palette is full of neutrals and mauves that help achieve beautiful natural looks with more than just browns.
3rd row: highlighters
Formulation and pigmentation: These shadows are the absolute creamiest, most buttery shadows I’ve ever touched. Ever. Majority of them are nicely pigmented, however, I was convinced I recieved a dud at first because some of my shades were not as pigmented as I’d expected. After playing around with it more, I’ve realized it’s nicely pigmented except my brown-mauve shade in the first row. I’m thinking these are shadows that might seem disappointing if the right brushes aren’t being used.
I’ve read very few reviews that say the shadows aren’t highly pigmented, so I believe my 3rd shadow is just a dud.
The kickup isn’t insane unless you really swirl your brush around, and I have not noticed intense fallout.
I prefer to use the highlighters as eyeshadows simply because I’m not a fan of shimmery highlighters. They’re still gorgeous colors.
Ingredients: This palette is vegan/cruelty free, paraben free and totally irritant-free unless mica irritates your skin. I’ve experienced absolutely no irritation from these shadows.
Review: I find this palette to be incredible, especially for the price. It is such better quality than majority of my high end palettes and it is so much cheaper. I’m truly blown away. It’s adorable, I love the color selection, the formula is wonderful, and the price is unbelievable. I’d suggest this over any of the ahove palettes, which is why I linked the deluxe version. I’d hate for anyone to miss out.
I purchased this palette online from Ulta Beauty
Morphe: 35 color Taupe (35t)
Packaging: Morphe palette packaging is nothing phenomenal, but it is compact and not at all bulky. It also feels fairly durable since it’s a hard plastic. It holds 35 1in. pans, so it is not the smallest palette out there either.
Price: The Morphe 35 color palettes retail for $22.99, making the shadows around $.65 each.
Availability: These palettes are not the easiest to find in store, but you can purchase this online at Morphebrushes.com or from second-hand sellers.
Color selection: Absolutely beautiful, stunning, and unique. This palette contains rosy-tones, taupes, purples, golds, and bronzes in a combination of finishes, mostly matte and shimmer.
Formulation and pigmentation: In my opinion, Morphe quality is impressive, especially for the price. The shadows are pretty buttery-not Carli Bybel quality but worlds above Naked palettes. The mattes and satins are high quality, but the shimmers and metallics are so creamy and easy to work with. I find them all to be very pigmented and very long-wearing.
The Morphe Brushes brand does receive some criticism. Some people don’t think they’re very good quality at all, some think they pay influencers to overly hype their products, and there is a fair amount of speculation over the possibility of private labeling. If you would like to look into it more for yourself, Stephanie Nicole , a very knowledgeable Youtuber that works in beauty product manufacturing, dedicated an entire video to Morphe. Ingredients: This palette contains mica and talc.
Review: I personally am a fan of this brand’s quality, price, and vast color selection. I find that the blendability is extraordinary in this palette, which is made even more impressive by the fact that they are so pigmented. I’m also super impressed by the staying power of these shadows.
The smell of this palette is slightly unpleasant and chemical-like, but it’s not overpowering.; the smell is not make-it or break-it for me. I will say that these shadows sit slightly less comfortably than my others, but I’ve yet to feel true irritation from them. I purchased this online from Morphe Brushes using the affiliate code from Kathleen Lights.
Kathleen Lights is yet another Youtuber and beauty guru. She is a Morphe affiliate and came out with a limited edition palette with Morphe, which might make some people believe she is biased, but I feel that she is one of the most honest and genuine gurus out there.
Packaging: I’m really not impressed with the packaging of this palette. The cardboard feels very thin and cheap, the color is blah to me, and it gets dirty easily. However, it did come with a very nice eye primer and a large mirror.
The pan size is not specified, bur they appear to be very large. The total weight is .39oz/11.20g and the primer is .19oz/5.5g. The 10 shadow pans include 5 mattes and 5 shimmers.
Price: This palette retails for $42.00, which means the shadows are around $4.20 each without the primer included. With the primer($6), the shadows are about $3.60.
Availability: This palette is permanent and available from 10+ stores like Ulta Beauty, Lorac Cosmetics, Kohl’s, Nordstrom, etc.
Color selection: Be still my heart. I am so madly in love with the beautiful rose gold color scheme. Nothing else needs to be said, just look at it.
Formulation and pigmentation: Out of this world. I seriously don’t need to go into detail because both pigmentation and formulation are phenomenal. They’re buttery, soft, blendable, highly pigmented, and they have a minimal amount of fallout. They do have some kickup but it’s simply because they’re soft shadows. Ingredients: This palette is formulated with mica.
Review: This is my absolute favorite palette that I own. The colors are gorgeous, the shadows are buttery and blend out so well, I don’t experience irritation, and I can create such beautiful looks. I can’t think of a single complaint about the shadows themselves, The only negatives are the packaging and the price.
I purchased this online from Amazon.
Tarte: Tartelette In Bloom
Packaging: This palette probably has my favorite packaging of all my palettes. It’s a hard plastic and metal case that opens on a hinge. The design on the top is so pretty, and the gold makes it look luxurious. It’s nice and compact and includes a very large mirror.
There are 12 12x.053oz pans: 3 shimmer shades and 9 matte shades.
Price: This palette retails for $46.00.
Each pan is roughly $3.80.
Availability: This palette is permanent and available at Tarte Cosmetics, Sephora, Macy’s, Ulta Beauty, and more.
Color selection: This palette is full of mostly warm, light neutral shades, but 3 deep shades are included as well.
Formulation and pigmentation: While the formula is on the drier side, it feels less like a desert than the Naked palettes. The shadows are blendable and easy to work with, espcially since they’re lighter shads. The formulation ranks average for me, but the pigmentation is above average.
The shadows don’t have the worst fallout ever, but I’d suggest tapping the brush off before applying to your lid.
Ingredients: These shadows contain mica, talc, and bismuth oxychloride. I’m not sure if it’s from a combination of those 3 or if it’s the scented aspect, but these shadows are slightly irritating to my lids.
Review: I thought I was disappointed with this palette at first, but then I realized I was reaching for it daily. I really like the natural warm shades, as I find them to be so perfect for spring and summer. I love the shimmer shades for the entire lid or just the center of the lid. I absolutely love the color selection and the vanilla powder scent.
My only drawbacks are the unimpressive formulas and the slight irritation.