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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!

 

Zoeva: Rose Golden Eyeshadow Palette

I have heard lots of great things about the Zoeva eyeshadow palettes so I decided that it was time to try them for myself.  Zoeva is a cruelty-free brand from Germany and while they aren’t what I would call a budget brand, they are certainly affordable.  I purchased the Rose Golden palette as a first taste of the formula as all the shades looked like they would be very wearable for me.

 

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These shadows come in a sturdy cardboard palette with very pretty rose gold decorations and shade names, but there is no mirror.  There are 10 shadows including 3 mattes and 7 shimmer shades and the formula of all is beautiful: very soft, finely milled and blendable.  They are certainly pigmented but I have been using these with a base like a satin ColourPop Super Shock shadow, or one of the E.L.F. smudge pots and on top of a shimmery base, these Zoeva shadows REALLY pop and they last all day without fading!  Truely beautiful.

 

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Some of the colours in this palette look quite different in tone on the skin than they do in the pan which is surprising.  I love the light matte shade called Luster.  It looks very light in the pan but on the eye, on my pale skin, this is a perfect crease transition shade!

 

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top row: Luster, Reflective Elegance, Copper is King, Shining Bright, Rusty Petals

Shining bright is actually much more pinky toned than this swatch would suggest – it is a very pretty rosey shade.

 

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bottom row: Foil, Just a Rose, Golden Rule, Harmony, Wonder Full

Just a Rose has a pink base and a gold shift which is unique.  I use this with a gold cream-shadow base and that helps the duo-chrome shift really pop on the eye.  Golden Rule almost has a green undertone to it which is interesting too.

Although I very much enjoy this palette, I do have a couple of cons to mention regarding the way it has been curated.

  1. The rose gold shades are all very mid-toned and to be honest, they look very similar on the eye.  For me shades Reflective Elegance and Copper is King of the top row and shades Foil and Just a Rose of the bottom row will give you an extremely similar look.
  2. The mid-toned matte that has been provided in this palette is a cool-toned grey??  I find this confusing as the rest of the palette is very warm so it seems like such an odd choice.  I do use it and it does work, but I would have much preferred a warmer mid-toned brown or marsala shade.

Overall, this is a lovely palette but I think it is helpful to remember that 4 of the shades are very similar.  If I were to alter the curation I would have included a really pale shimmer highlighting colour and a mid-toned brown matte.  But that is just me.

This palette has certainly sparked a love of Zoeva eyeshadow for me and I’m itching to try more from their range.  I paid AU$35 for this palette and you can purchase Zoeva directly from their website here.

Have a glorious day!

Things I Don’t Love: E.L.F. Shimmer powders

The market for highlighters and shimmer powders has absolutely exploded in recent months and stores are now awash with budget-friendly strobing products that are amazing quality.  In such a newly competitive market the E.L.F. Shimmer powders in Pink and Gold are not really holding up.

Firstly, these really are budget-friendly and it shows in the packaging.  Although the compact is serviceable you get what you pay for here.  There is a small mirror in the brush compartment but it is so small that is isn’t really functional.  These compacts did originally come with a small brush but the bristles were so scratchy that it didn’t really pick up product and was way too small for use on the face.  I immediately threw them away.

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E.L.F. Shimmer: Pink

I need to point out that these powders are indeed a ‘shimmer’ rather than a highlighting sheen or strobe.  The base colour lacks pigmentation and the texture is quite powdery, dry and flakey.  If you aren’t gentle this will kick up a LOT of dust.

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E.L.F. Shimmer: Gold

The shimmer of these products comes more from micro glitter than a base pigment and on the face I find that they apply in quite a patchy fashion and are difficult to build up.  Because the formula is so dry and flakey you can also expect some fallout – I found I ended up with glitter everywhere it wasn’t wanted.  Lastly, these didn’t last well on my skin.  Within an hour or so they were no longer visible to me.

Overall, even though these are very budget-friendly I don’t consider them worth the small amount you might pay for them.  I believe that these are being moved out of the E.L.F. collection but if you do happen upon these Shimmer powders I would give them a miss.

Have a wonderful day beautiful people!