Hey everyone! If you follow me on social media, especially my new blog instagram (please go follow it I just made it! instagram.com/stephanieslook it would mean a lot to me) you would know that I have been in love with all things colourpop! I have a bunch of their Lippie Stix, Lippie Pencils, and shadows...so I figured it was time to share my love (and this collection so you don't miss out!)
This collection I would have to say in my opinion is the most well rounded collection on their site (not that I wouldn't like to try the others). The collection gives you a complete look, but I was a bit shocked when I took it out of the packaging thinking it would be a palette and in reality it is four individual shadows.
Once you feel the texture of the shadows you realize why you couldn't have it as a palette because they would dry out and be horrendous. Yes I said dry out and no, these are not cream shadows- I will explain after I talk about the colors.
L to R: Onai, Amira, Lectra, Farah
Here are swatches of all the colors in the collection. The shining star (quite literally actually) of this collection is Amira. It's the vegas showgirl of eyeshadows with absolutely zero fallout. It is described as "Antiqued gilded gold with multi-coloured and multi-dimensional glitter in a metallic finish. I would have to say that description is spot on. The picture literally does not do this shadow justice, it is so beautiful and the sparkles are multi colored so in different lights it looks different. It's also really hard to find a really good antiqued gold shade that doesn't have too much olive green in it.
Onai is nothing to sneeze at. In a swatch it looks very similar to the color of my skin and just kind of there. It reminds me of MAC Blanc Type in the picture (and this swatch was very built up because I am so fair I wanted to try and show off the true beauty of this shadow-didn't really work though). When you see this shadow, it is an off white color but has a pink/violet opalescent finish to it which is so hard to show if you aren't showing in person- but I promise you this color really is beautiful.
Lectra is the color I was the most disappointed with. It took me so long to build up the color you see on my arm that it definitely isn't practical for daily life unless you want to take ten hours to do your makeup. Also in the pan there is some shimmer, but that doesn't really translate onto the skin as you can see.
Farah is just a matte deep brown, always good to have and I've worn this shadow alone, blended out the edges and you've got an instant brown smokey eye. I've also done the method previously mentioned but put a loose highlighter over top (my favorite one to use in this case is the Inglot Shimmering Dust) and it looks so gorgeous, and because of the texture of the shadows it grabs on to the shimmer and you don't have any fallout.
Here is another shot of Amira, and another attempt to show how multi faceted this shadow is. It also shows around the edges the snakeskin imprint that these shadows come with. I HAD to play with them I couldn't help myself... I hope that they make these shadows individually because I would literally buy the entire collection again for Amira and give the others away as gifts I love this shadow so much.
Here's a look that I did using Amira as the main focus of the look (I THINK the lipstick was YSL Blonde Ingenue #24) but it just comes off so beautifully, and you don't need a primer with these and I had zero fallout or creasing at the end of a 12 hour day.
On to the formula of these beauties. Colourpop is like the mad scientist of the makeup world with their formulations, and everything they do is spot on. You know how the maybelline bouncy blushes went horrendously wrong and were terrible, if those had gone right and were insanely pigmented-mix that with a gel, and a cream to powder and you have the texture of these shadows. It is so difficult to describe the consistency of these shadows, because they "dry"-when I say that I mean they're dry when they are on your skin, but if you apply them with your fingers they feel like a gel/cream or if you dipped a brush in you almost have to scoop some out like a gel or a cream type of thing.
In light of that consistency, this allows them to make ridiculously glittery shadows like my new favorite Amira over there and you don't need a primer, glitter glue, etc. and you don't have to worry about fallout or creasing. It also just makes them nicer overall because with all of the shades you don't have to use a primer or worry about creasing and it eliminates steps. They can be applied with your fingers or a brush, and if you apply them with your fingers you can even blend them out with your fingers, like blending the edges and diffusing the color. Remember that brown smokey eye I talked about earlier using Farah, if I apply it with my fingers I can blend out the edges with my fingers and diffuse the shadow into nothing- it's crazy.
Like I said, they are the mad scientists of the makeup world. I want to get my hands on their blushes so desperately.
Here's a closeup of that look, I did use a color in the crease and outer edge from The Balm Meet Matt(e) palette-so that's where those other shades of brown are coming through and then I did a quick swipe of black liquid liner (I don't remember if it was my Ecripture de Chanel Pen liner or my Makeup Revolution Waterproof Liquid Liner) but I didn't wing it out because I wanted the shadow to be the main star, and used my favorite L'Oreal Butterfly Effect mascara. (Excuse the unplucked eyebrows, I know they are horrendous but that problem was fixed shortly after, as in that night when I took my makeup off)
I am so obsessed with these shadows (and their lip products) and the best part is everything on their website is $5 (except now the blushes are $8). Their Lippie Stix have liners that match them perfectly or if they aren't a perfect match when you swatch them, when you wear them you go "Oh yeah okay I get now why they paired these two together".
I hope you guys liked this post and check out this brand if you haven't already (how can you not have they're all over EVERYTHING) and one of my favorite things is all their products are cruelty free, not tested on animals, and made in LA.