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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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?
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!