Category Archives: ColourPop

ColourPop: The Zodiac Palette

Lets get this out of the way before we get into the review.  I did not buy this collaboration palette with Kathleen Lights because it is a ‘zodiac’ palette.  I don’t believe in the zodiac but I totally respect your right to do so.  I think it is novel and interesting and probably a bit fun but I don’t follow it seriously.  I watched Kathleen’s youtube video where she discussed this palette and explained why she chose each colour in relation to its corresponding sign so I appreciate that to a degree she was being led by the theme, but I am not going to review this palette on those terms.  I am just going to say what I think of the shadows as is.

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And on that note, normally the 12 pan ColourPop palettes really excite me but when I saw the promo images of The Zodiac I was a bit uninspired.  At first it just looks like a bit of a mish mash of colours and I wasn’t sure what I would do with it in terms of creating looks.  The packaging is stunning, and I appreciate the mirror but this palette has the “browns and oranges with a pop of blue and green” colour story of the Mar palette that was also released this season so it feels a bit repetitive even though the colours themselves are different. The rosey shades are very pretty and I have found myself reaching for those the most.  I do appreciate that overall this palette has an even distribution of cooler and warmer tones and I also enjoy the fact that this is a colourful palette with a pop of brown (as Angelica Nyqvist from Youtube would say) rather than being another straight up neutral palette.

Now, onto the shadow quality.  Overall, I would say the quality is good, but it isn’t the most consistent palette in terms of quality that I have seen from ColourPop.

The Aries is much more of a satin shade than it appears in the pan.  I was expecting this to be metallic but was disappointed to find that actually it is quite a flat colour.  So much so that I have blended this into the crease and put The Leo on the lid and it was a pretty, simple look but not what I was expecting.

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The Aries, The Taurus, The Gemini, The Cancer

The Capricorn is in my least favourite formula of a matte base with glitters, and in my least used colour of black but this one has surprised me.  I used this for a dark smokey eye with the browns in the crease and then I picked up The Capricorn on my brush and really wet my brush and patted it onto the lid and I found that it looked quite satin and the glitters really did transfer well to the lid.  Honestly, its not a colour I will reach for but it does work well.  I then blended the edges gently with more of The Capricorn and I didn’t notice any glitter fallout.

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The Leo, The Virgo, The Libra, The Scorpio

The Pisces is the most disappointing shadow of the palette for me.  I love the colour but it is super flakey and whenever I wore this I had glitter fallout all over my cheeks by the end of the day.  Ironically, I am a pisces so… bummer.  I think a glitter glue is required to really make this one work.

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The Sagittarius, The Capricorn, The Aquarius, The Pisces 

My favourite shades from this palette would have to be The Cancer and The Libra – stunning and quite unique and together with The Scorpio and The Sagittarius they make a really stunning eyelook.

Overall, This is just an ok palette for me.  I do enjoy the rosey, cool tones and I will reach for this palette just for them but if I had my time again, I probably wouldn’t pick this up, at least not for full price.  Its a shame really, because I love Dream St.  which was Kathleen’s first palette collaboration with ColourPop. Saying that, if you really enjoy the zodiac I think this has been really well curated and you will totally love this I’m sure!

Have a great day 🙂

ColourPop: Dream St. Shadow Palette

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.IMG_8937

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.

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Row 1 swatches: shooting star, magical, star dust, twinkle

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 🙂

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Row 2 swatches: sweet dreams, water bearer, potion, spark

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.

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Row 3 swatches: kaleidoscope, elfish, moony, mermaid boy

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.

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Star Dust and Twinkle

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!

ColourPop: Element of Surprise Palette

I’m a little bit compulsive so I suppose it was only a matter of time before I decided that I need to collect all the 12 pan ColourPop eyeshadow palettes as a matter of principal.

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The ‘Element of Surprise’ palette is by no means new, but it is a relatively new purchase for me.  I was attracted by the purple and pink pops of colour and when it was on sale I thought, why not?

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Straight up I can tell you that this palette was indeed a surprise.  It is WAY more purple toned than I realised from looking at the colours in the pan.  And this is PRETTY.  Overall I very much enjoyed the quality of these shadows and I think the shadows are actually well curated to give multiple complete and different looks.  I like that there are an even number of mattes and shimmers and that there is a good range of light, medium and deeper tones.  I am (again) surprised that this would make a good travel palette for me.

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Row 1 swatches.  Feels (duochrome), Late Night, Silk Street and Rayon (duochrome)

I loved the looks I got out of this palette including the bright pink which I initially felt was a bit daunting but actually turned out to be a lot of fun.  I think the mattes blend well and the shimmers are gorgeous applied with my finger or a wet brush and they really do shine and LAST on the eye.

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Row two swatches: Go with the flow, Subdue (duochrome), Opulent, Labyrinth

There were four shadows that I think are worth mentioning particuarly in relation to formula:

  1. Late Night (row 1, shade 2) is a bit flakey so definitely pat on with your finger or use a setting spray to avoid fallout.  This is listed as a duochrome.  The colour is dynamic but it isn’t a super noticeable colour shift.  It is BEAUTIFUL though.
  2. Subdue (row 2, shade 2) lacks pigmentation.  Boo.  You really need to build this one up which is a bummer and as a result the colour shift really isn’t noticeable.
  3. Details (row 3, shade 3) is a matte that contains hot pink glitter which is my least favourite formula.  If you want to use it as a straight up matte I recommend you do your eyes first and then you can brush away any of the glitter that falls out.
  4. Labyrinth is literally the most delicious, perfect crease shade for me and I love it so much.  It is a dusty pink and it is beautiful.
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Row 3 swatches: Blank canvas, Sea stars, Details, Peace of Mind

So to roundup, I think this is a super fun colour story.  I love that there is enough variety for a range of looks as well as a few pops of colour.  I picked this palette up on a whim but it really lovely.  ColourPop is always having a sale so keep an eye on their Instagram for good deals and if you are placing an order I’d say stick the ‘Element of Surprise’ in your cart too!

Have a wonderful day.

2018 makeup use up – update!

I have surprised myself with my progress using up makeup products this year. Some things I have gone through quicker than I thought. Other things have taken me FOREVER when I thought they would be easy to finish. I have learnt a few good lessons from my ‘use up’ project this year:

1) Loose powder products like blush and bronzer literally take forever to use.  In a project like mine, that is a bit of a drag BUT in real life that is awesome! You really do get a good bang for your buck!

2)  Focusing on getting through foundations that need to be used up is definitely a good thing. Although I love trying new things I don’t want to waste stuff either so it’s been good to crack through some cream products that needed to go.

3) Lastly, I had a baby in April. In retrospect this project is probably best suited to people who aren’t on maternity leave and who DON’T have two kids under two, lol!

So, how am I going so far?

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Products I have completely used up – eight in total including two I tossed by accident.  Woot!

I have used up these products! Woot! From the original products I have also used up the Nude by Nature mineral concealer and the Eye of Horus Bio Lash Lift Mascara, but I threw out the packaging without thinking.

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Eye products update

I have made good progress on the eyebrow pencil, the under eye primer, and super shock shadow but I keep forgetting to use the eye refresh roller ball… which is a shame really because I am surviving on a sniff of sleep with two kids under two and this mumma could use some eye refreshing roller ball action most days!

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face base products update

As you can see above, I am making good progress with the two remaining foundations in my use up. I mix them for colour but I definitely prefer the ELF foundation as a stand-alone product. The pot concealer is never ending! The finishing vail hasn’t had much use as I have been focusing on the ELF tone correcting powder but it will hopefully get more use moving forward. As for the under eye setting powder – I have about 1/4 of the pot left.

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coloured face products update

Now we get to the products I have used SO much but feel like I’m getting nowhere with! I have about half the liquid illumination left and about half the mineral blush. I have about 1/5 of the mineral bronzer left and probably 1/4 of the loose highlighter.  As for the Thin Lizzy pressed bronzer – I can see the circles on the base but haven’t hit pan yet.

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primer update

As for primers, I’m making good progress with the liquid mineral primer and although I forget about the moisture stick, I have gotten through about half.

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Products I’m decluttering from the project

Now, I am decluttering these products. The two eyeshadow primers are drying out and even though I could probably get a bit more use out of them I’m calling it done. The stick concealer really doesn’t work for me so I’m decluttering it.  As for the tone correcting powder, I have made great progress but I have decided that this gives too much of a white cast and it just isn’t my favourite as a result.  It is really finely milled and great quality but I have gotten my money’s worth out of it and it is going too. I also decluttered the ELF mineral primer and the Hanami lipstick to a friend. The primer just didn’t work for me and the scent of the lipstick was too overpowering.

Final roundup:

8 products used up

6 products decluttered

16 products remaining in the project 🙂

What do you think? Am I doing ok?

Have a great day!

 

ColourPop: Sol and Mar

I live in the tropics so even though it is winter here at the moment I’m always ready for a summery colour story and ColourPop’s 2018 summer collection which is inspired by the sun and sea doesn’t disappoint.  Sol is a very warm, red toned palette with pops of coral and Mar has blues, a green and a selection of bronzes and browns.  The colour selections are smart for a summer release and very on trend.

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Unlike previous ColourPop releases these are 9 pan palettes.  They have square, white plastic packaging and come with a mirror.  It is compact and sleek but I do wish that ColourPop sold these in their original cardboard style packaging because I’m all about reducing plastic consumption and this seems like an unnecessary move away from a more environmental packaging choice.  The quality of the shadows in these two palettes is excellent.  These last really well on my eyes with or without primer.  The shimmers really pop when applied with a finger or with some fixing spray but regardless they are beautiful.  The mattes are super pigmented and blend beautifully but will give you plenty of kick-back in the pan so be warned: dip into them gently.

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Sol Shadow Palette

The Sol palette has a very clear colour story which I appreciate in a palette this size.  Everything is very warm and red toned and everything goes together seamlessly.  You don’t need to be a creative thinker to make a look.  Initially I was worried that all my looks would turn out the same regardless of shadow choice as a result, but actually it is possible to get something extremely bright, fiery and dramatic as well as something much more neutral.

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Sol swatches left to right: New Digs, Anthem, Dynamite, Hotel, Motel, B+B, Floaties, ooo, Unwind

There are 4 mattes and 5 shimmers in Sol which is a good balance but New Digs and Dynamite are actually very similar when blended out on the eye so I would argue that you only need one and rather this palette would benefit from a deeper, darker matte shade to allow for more dimension – everything is pretty mid-toned.  I did get some minor staining when using the coral matte, ooo, and the red shimmer, Motel, but it was nothing major and these two shades are the stars of the show!

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Mar Shadow Palette

In relation to the Mar palette, there are 3 mattes and 6 shimmers, one of which has glitter (Gridlock).  Even though there are only three mates, it has everything you need to do a nice crease including that delicious cobalt blue, Detour.  Surprisingly, this palette can get very smokey, very quickly if you blend the blue matte over the dark brown matte Top Down.  This combination can get very muddy so beware, but you can end up with a grey shade that is dark and grungy.  Detour is such a stunning colour though and I was shocked at how pigmented it is and how well it blended.

The real stars of this palette for me are HWY and Gridlock.  These are both beautiful and quite unique.  Boozy is also a gorgeous shade but in comparison it is really pretty flakey.  I would definitely recommend using some fixing spray with this one to avoid fallout.

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Mar swatches left to right: El Rey, Wild One, Detour, Boozy, Gridlock, Sorbet, HWY, Top Down and My Way

I would have actually preferred to see Mar be a cooler-toned palette as I feel like that would have helped make these two palettes a more interesting and dynamic set.  I very much enjoy the blue and green shades HWY, Gridlock and Detour, but among the remaining shades there are certainly three shadows which are extremely similar to shadows in Sol – perhaps not exact dupes but close enough that you would be hard pressed to see a difference once they are on the eye.

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Top row Sol palette: B+B, Hotel and Anthem, Bottom row Mar palette: El Rey, Wild One and My Way.

Mar’s El Rey is very simiar to B+B from the Sol palette, Wild One is similar to Hotel from the Sol palette and My Way is similar to Anthem from the Sol palette.  Considering that you can purchase these palettes as a bundle it is a real shame that out of your 18 shadows 6 are so similar to one another!  If the Mar palette had been more cool-toned this could have been completely avoided or ColourPop could have just selected ANY OTHER COLOUR to avoid the double-ups – perhaps yellows inspired by the beach sand?

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ColourPop palettes Yes, Please and Sol

Lastly, if you own the Yes, Please palette also by ColourPop then you really have everything you need to make very similar looks to the Sol palette.  I would say that you don’t need both BUT they are very affordable and because Motel and ooo are such gorgeous, bright coral/red shades which are unique to my collection, I’m not mad that I own both.

Overall, I really like these.  They are fun, summery and great quality for a very affordable price.  At just US$12 (approximately AU$16), these are a steal.

I really can’t recommend the ColourPop pressed shadows enough.  I’m having so much fun with this brand at the moment.

Have a glorious day!

 

ColourPop: Give it to me Straight

As you can probably tell if you follow my blog, I’m a little bit addicted to the 12 pan eyeshadow palettes from ColourPop.  The quality is typically really good, the colours are pretty, they are cruelty free and the price is right.  So, when ColourPop released the ‘Give it to me Straight’ palette, I purchased it impulsively.

I would say the quality of this palette is in keeping with the other pressed eyeshadows in ColourPop’s range.  I have seen comments from people online who were a bit disgruntled with the release of yet “another” neautral, warm toned palette, but I actually really like the way this palette has been curated.

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Firstly, I feel like the range of formulas is really balanced between matte and shimmer.  There are 6 matte shades ranging from a pale cream to a dark, chocolate brown with a nice range of depth in between.  There is 1 matte-based glitter shade (BS), which is my least favourite formula, and then 5 shimmery shades.  In terms of shade selection there are some more neuatral browns, some very warm tan and copper shades and then some deeper berry tones.  I can get some very diverse looks from this one little palette which makes it great for travel.

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Row 1 swatches: Matter of Fact, Up front, Straight Up, BS

I have found the darker shades to be the weakest in the palette.  There are two shimmers which are a little flakey to the touch which are ‘Forthright’ and ‘Be Blunt’.  They are beautiful colours and very pigmented but I think they are best used with some fixing spray to avoid fallout.  Also the matte colours ‘TMI’ and ‘Actually’ are dry to the touch and kick up quite a bit of powder when you dip into them.  They are pigmented but can be a little patchy if you over-blend them.  Saying that, this is me being REALLY picky for the purpose of this review.  I love this palette and find it works so well for every day wear.  I have no problem using just this palette every day.

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Row 2 swatches: Frank, Candid, Forthright, Downright

If I were to compare this to other palettes in ColourPop’s range I would say it is a combination of the types of shades offered in the ‘Double Entendre and the ‘You had me at Hello’ palettes so if you own either of those palettes you probably don’t need this one.  I do own all three palettes but I don’t regret the purchases at all.  I have packed this for travel and loved it and will be taking it with me again on my next trip in a few weeks.

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Row 3 swatches: Truth Hurts, Be blunt, TMI, Actually

Look, this is a US$12 palette.  We aren’t talking sheep stations here so if you are looking for a pretty little palette and you like these shades, then I say it is well worth the money.

Have a glorious day!

ColourPop: In-Nude-Endo Highlighter palette

I purchased the In-Nude-Endo palette impulsively right when it launched having only tried one other pressed powder highlighter from ColourPop previously and it has not disappointed.  The packaging is a sturdy cardboard with the shade names on the back and under each pan, and each pan contains 3.25g of product.  The package design is simple but pretty and despite containing six highlighters it is a compact palette.  N.B. This palette does not have a mirror.

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Sturdy cardboard packaging and the pans are easy to depot.  (N.B. This image makes the shades look more cool-toned than they are in person.)

I need another highlighter like I need a hole in the head BUT the formula on these highlighters is really beautiful: as good or better than any in my collection!  The powders are super soft, finely milled and pigmented.  You have the capacity to sheer them out for a very wearable glow or build them up if you want something more dramatic.  There is no actual glitter in these powders which is great.  I can’t deal with glitter in face proaducts.

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Swatches: (row 1) Glad You Came, On the Loose, Fine Line, (row 2) On Tempo, Morning After, Losing Sleep

On the face these blend really well and I don’t find that they particularly emphasise texture or fine lines.  I’m in my mid 30’s now and sometimes highlighters can be quite aging but the powders from the In-Nude-Endo palette melt into the skin and look quite natural.  I haven’t found a dud shade :-). I tend to lay the colour down first and then buff it into the skin in circular motions with my brush and this works really well.

The colours look quite dark in the pan but when you swatch them they seem lighter in tone.  As such I feel like I can make five of these work on my fair skin tone, particularly when I mix in some of the lightest shade called ‘Glad you came’.  I imagine the same could be done in reverse if you have a darker skin tone and want to use ‘Losing Sleep’ to darken things up a bit.  I suppose the benefit of a palette like this is it really does allow you to make your custom shade.

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ColourPop: In-Nude-Endo

I appreciate the colour selection of this palette.  You have a pearl, a gold, a champagne, a mauve/rose, a rose gold and copper/bronze.  If you have a big makeup collection there is probably nothing really new on offer in this palette for you, but the quality is excellent.  If you have a fair to medium skin tone and you owned this, you wouldn’t really need any other highlighters.  For me ‘On Tempo’ is the most unique shade as a cool, mauve/rose tone.  This colour has the potential to be a little ashy but I really love it with a cool-toned eye look.  If you have an extremely light or dark complexion this may not work for you – but such is the case with almost every face palette on the market!

Overall, I find these wear really well for me.  I have combo skin and live in a tropical climate but even in the humidity these don’t melt off my face as so many powders do.  In my opinion this palette is a great buy.  ColourPop is a very affordable, cruelty free brand and I really don’t think you can go wrong with this palette if you are in the market for some new highlighters.  You will spend less on this whole palette than you might on a single, high end highlighter and the quality if very comparable.  I don’t think you will be disappointed.

Have a great day!