I’m not going to lie. I am really enjoying the ColourPop pressed eyeshadow palettes. They are budget friendly and cruelty free and a lot of fun. I actually received the ‘You had me at hello’ palette for free as part of one of the ColourPop holiday sales and I am so glad that I did. This is a great little palette.
First row swatches: The Knot, Moon Struck, Two Peas, Candygram
Firstly, there are equal numbers of mattes and shimmers. Woot! Secondly there are two really great transition shades in ‘Two Peas’ (warm tan brown) and ‘Winning Ticket’ (cool mauve brown). And then a nice selection of mid-toned mattes for deepening up the crease in both warm and cool tones as well as a pigmented, dark neutral brown if you really want to smoke things out for a more dramatic look.
Second row swatches: Winning Ticket, FBO, Look-See, Fool’s rush
I very much enjoy the berry vibes of some of these colours which I think are complemented well by the warmer shades provided. Plus, the shimmers are really lovely and in such a nice range of colours! There is a great taupe, a berry, bronze, copper, gold and champagne, all of which are pigmented and reflective and apply beautifully with your finger or with a little fixing spray on your brush for a stunning result. You really can get multiple very different looks from this one little palette. I also want to note that this palette doesn’t have any glitter shades which I personally appreciate. It is well curated in my opinion.
Third row swatches: Pulling Strings, Want U Back, DTR, Sparks Fly
These shadows wear really well for me without creasing or fading. I have been impressed.
Oh – and this palette has a mirror! If that is important to you – then score!! (You do pay extra for the privilege though. Their standard palettes are $16 and this one retails for $18)
I think my only word of warning in regards to this palette is that the matte shades really do give a LOT of kick up when you dip your brush in. A LOT. This isn’t a deal breaker for me as they blend really nicely and as long as I tap off my brush I haven’t had any issues with fallout. But if loose powder in the pan drives you nuts then you won’t like this. (To be fair, this can be an issue across the whole ColourPop matte eyeshadow range but I noticed it more in this palette than others I have tried).
I love the novelty of being able to rearrange the shades in these magnetic palettes – this is how I placed my shadows so they made more sense for me. I think that option is such a cool feature!
If I was to change one thing in this palette I would swap ‘Pulling Strings’ which is a medium mustard brown matte, for a light cream matte as this would make this an all-in-one perfect travel palette for me BUT that is based on my fair skin preferences. The good news is that these palettes are magnetic so I can always swap out a pale matte from another of my ColourPop palettes if I want to take this one travelling. Bonus.
Overall: great little palette. If you like these shade colours then I would definitely say it is worth the money.
Have a great day!