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.
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.
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.
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.
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 🙂