I have very much enjoyed the 12 pan eyeshadow palettes from ColourPop and this collaboration with Kathleen Lights is no exception. I purchased this palette because I really liked the colour story – some warm tones, some pops of colours, a rose gold – it speaks my language, and it does not disappoint.
I love the colours in this palette. I feel like for just 12 shadows there is SO much diversity going on here (aside from one double-up I will discuss later). I use this for very basic everyday looks but I have also used this for really dramatic, colourful looks too with equal success.
The quality of the shades is consistently good throughout the palette. The mattes are beautiful and blend so nicely, even the dark teal shade called Water Bearer which I was worried about. I love it laid down on the lid with the shimmer teal called Mermaid Boy patted over the top – SO PRETTY. Like all blue mattes it will muddy up quickly if you blend it with browns but I use this by laying this colour down first and then blending other colours with it just along the edge rather than layering it over other colours. If you’re a makeup artist please let me know if you have other tips for using these kinds of dark blue mattes successfully 🙂
The most interesting, unique and beautiful shadow of this palette for me is definitely Kaleidoscope. In the promo images and even in the swatch picture that I took above this shade looks like a pretty, light taupe BUT don’t be fooled, this shade is so much more dynamic than that. It had a green/blue sort of shift to it which makes it work so well with the teals in the palette. I love this all over the lid with the brown mattes in the crease, I love it on the inner third of the lid with mermaid boy across the rest of the lid space, I love it as an inner corner highlight. Honestly, I don’t have anything like this shade anywhere else in my collection and it is just lovely.
My only criticism of this palette is that Star Dust and Twinkle are just TOO similar for me. Star Dust is more of a copper shimmer and Twinkle is more of a rose gold metallic but honestly on the eye you probably wouldn’t tell the difference. If it was my choice I’d keep Twinkle as it is a more pigmented shade then I’d replace Star Dust with something else – perhaps a mustard yellow matte or a yellow shimmer reminiscent of Kathleen’s super shock shade in Telepathy. As there are only 12 shades it seems a waste to have two that are so similar.
Overall, I really like this palette. I have enjoyed every look I’ve made with it, have found it user friendly and have enjoyed the fact that it is neutral with some really fun pops of colour. ColourPop is releasing new, affordable and cruelty free makeup ALL THE TIME so it is always fun (and tempting!) to check out their website.
Have a great day!