Tuesday, January 21, 2020

ColourPop Blush Crush Palette and You're A Catch Supershock Highlighter

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The ColourPop Blush Crush Palette is a beautiful little rosy 9 pan palette.
There are 9 shades in a variety of finishes, including one supershock formula.

Lovesick is a matte super pale pinky cream.
Pop a Bottle is a very sheer iridescent pink.
The One is a matte pastel peach.

Enamored is a shimmery pale salmon.
Made U Blush is a matte blush pink with tiny gold flecks.
Blossom Up is a metallic lavender-rose with a strong gold shift.

How Rouge is a matte mauvey berry with gold sparkles.
Cheek2Cheek is a matte midtone rose.
Blush Wine is a matte deep wine with gold sparkles.

My one criticism of this palette is that How Rouge and Blush Wine are VERY similar on the skin. In my opinion they're too close to one another to both be included in the same palette. However, the palette as a whole is beautiful and right up my alley. It reminds me a lot of the Huda New Nudes, which has been one of my most used palettes since I got it. My favorite shade in here is definitely Blossom Up - it is GORGEOUS!

I also picked up the You're A Catch Highlighter, which pairs with the Blush Crush Palette:
It is HUGE! I haven't ever tried one of their highlighters in this packaging and didn't realize that it's even bigger than the palettes. I'm so glad I snagged this one though, because it is a blinding metallic champagne that suits my pale skin perfectly.
I absolutely love this highlighter! It's extremely smooth and blendable, and They also had the The Real Thing Highlighter that paired with the Nude Mood Palette, but I thought that one might be a bit too deep for me. Definitely happy I chose this one.

ColourPop Nude Mood Palette

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The ColourPop Nude Mood is a nice little neutral 9 pan palette.
Inside there are 9 shades - quite a few mattes, a couple metallic, and a supershock shadow.

Bluffin' is a matte pale cream.
Wink Wink (supershock formula) is a sheer shimmering champagne.
Bare to Wear is a matte pale peach.

Au Naturale is a matte saddle brown.
Put on Heirs is a metallic golden copper.
Mugged Off is a matte burnt orange with lots of gold sparkle.

Lap of Lux is a metallic golden brown.
The Cocoa is a matte reddish brown with gold sparkles.
Moody is a matte chestnut brown.

The quality of the palette overall is great. Wink Wink is pretty sheer, but I find that it's awesome tapped on top of a finished shadow look, and works well over every other color in this palette to give a little extra shimmer. No complaints on this one! The mattes are all smooth and buttery, and all the shades are nicely pigmented. Definitely a solid neutral palette.

Friday, January 17, 2020

ColourPop Mint To Be Palette

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The ColourPop Mint To Be Palette is a 9 pan palette filled with minty greens! I love pastels, especially mint green, and definitely had to add this one to the collection.
The colors in this one definitely all stay true to having "green" in them, yet there's enough depth here that you can create a full look using just this palette, and for that I LOVE it!!

Get Fresh is a matte pastel mint.
Mintea is a metallic mint with a gold sheen.
Play It Cool is an icy duochrome mint.

Seltzer is a matte pale aqua with tiny silver sparkles.
Mojito Mami is a metallic mint.
De Menthe is a matte dusty mint.

Ice Cold is a matte turquoise.
Freshman is a metallic midtone mint with a touch of gold.
Chill Factor is a matte deep mint.

All of the shades in here are stunning! That Ice Cold one, oh my gosh it is so extremely pigmented and such a unique color. I think it's safe to say that's my favorite in the palette, and I can't think of any other shadow in my collection that is such a spot-on turquoise like this one. I love it! Chill Factor is the perfect shade for deepening up any look using these colors, and Mojito Mami makes both an awesome all-over lid color and inner corner highlight. This one definitely gets two thumbs up from me!

Kat Von D Lolita Por Vida Palette

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I've had this palette since Christmas and keep forgetting to post a review. I figured now is as good a time as ever! This is seemingly the last "Kat Von D" palette, as Kat has cut ties with the company and it is now going to be known as KvD Vegan Beauty moving forward. I am hoping that the quality isn't going to take a hit, but I guess time will tell. For now, let's take a look at the Lolita Por Vida palette.
The packaging, as usual, is stunning. It's a very blush-themed palette - lots of pinks and rosy tones - so the packaging reflects that with a rosy pink color scheme. It is made of sturdy cardboard, has a big mirror inside the cover, and has a magnetic closure.
There are 18 shades inside, and a variety of finishes - there are 2 creams a pressed glitter, lots of mattes, and some metallic shades.
Preciosa is a shimmery cream.
Sonrisa is an apricot with a strong turquoise shift.
Muñeca is a matte dusty taupe.
Cruz is a bronzey shimmer.
Romantico is a shimmery amethyst.
Cariño is a matte eggplant.

La Lupe is a matte rusty orange.
Dulces Sueños is a metallic copper foil (cream).
Enamorada is a matte pale peach.
Reina is a brown, gold and copper pressed glitter.
Esperanza is a matte pale pink.
Luna is a metallic rose gold foil (cream).

Amorcito is a matte caramel brown.
Silvia is a matte cream.
Juanita is a matte deep purple brown.
Destino is shimmery cream with a pink shift.
Rosario is a metallic deep red.
Lolita Por Vida is a matte burgundy rose.

Now I'm not sure if this was meant to be the holiday palette or not (it's not HUGE like all the holiday palettes of past years!) but either way, it came out before the holidays and it does have more shades than her usual palettes in it, so I'm just going to keep thinking that this was the holiday palette for 2019. I know a lot of the previous holiday palettes had a LOT of disappointing shades in them pigmentation-wise, but I haven't found that to be the case with this one. If this is a sign of things to come, it will definitely keep me interested to see what new items are coming with the re-branding!

I am absolutely in love with the Luna cream shadow. As oily as my lids are, this applies beautifully and does not crease on me. The two cream shades are both INSANELY pigmented. I just hope that they aren't going to turn out like the creams that Kat's first few palettes had in them, where they dried out before I could even use a third of the pan, but these seem a lot smoother and creamier than those early versions. The pressed glitter is the only shade in here I don't see myself getting a lot of use out of. Other than that, the rest of it performs beautifully and it has been my go-to every day palette since I got it for Christmas! You can do super minimal and super dramatic looks with it, and I absolutely love that about it. 

Thursday, November 21, 2019

ColourPop Frozen II Anna and Elsa Palettes

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The Anna and Elsa Frozen II Palettes from ColourPop scream winter and fall vibes to me. Elsa's is very cool and wintery and Anna's is more warm and fall toned. Let's take a peek!
The Elsa palette is pretty, but not one I think I would go to for a one and done look. I definitely need to pull from other palettes when working with this one. That's not all bad though, because I think the Anna one compliments it very nicely.
Cuddle Close is an iridescent pink. Slightly flakey, but pretty.
Fire is a matte pinky mauve.
Northern Lights is a pale pink with lots of green shift.
Gale is a warm lavender with a slight green shift.
Flurry is a chunky opalescent glitter.
Water is a dusty periwinkle. I have lots of trouble trying to get this to stick and blend.
Awakened is a deep matte berry with silvery micro glitter.
Ice Crystals is a metallic silver.
Spindrift is a matte deep berry wine.

The Anna palette is the one I see myself using more. This one is definitely a one and done palette for me, though it does pair nicely with colors in the Elsa palette.
Scooch In is an iridescent peach. The texture on this one is smoother and not crumbly like Cuddle Close in the Elsa palette.
Wind is a matte pumpkin squash shade.
Earth is a metallic true yellow gold.
Adventure is a shimmery plum.
Arendelle is a chunky gold glitter with copper micro glitter.
Autumn Breeze is a matte mulberry. This one needs to be built up a bit.
Warm Hugs is a dusty mauve with tiny gold flecks.
Fearless is a matte terracotta.
Charades is a deep red brown. I found this one to be a little difficult to work with.

So there were some issues with some of the mattes in these palettes, as stated above. Nothing too terrible, but the blue "Water" shade in the Elsa palette was definitely the worst of all of them. It doesn't want to stick to anything, and when you put a sticky base under it, it makes it not want to blend out at all. The Flurry glitter in the Elsa palette is packed very loosely and is SUPER messy so beware of that one. Charades in the Anna palette is a little hard to blend as well, as is Autumn Breeze (but that one can be built up a little easier and isn't as patchy). 

Those are the few critiques I have. I think they could have taken all the shades and made one larger palette out of them, because they do compliment one another really nicely. With the Elsa one, I have to grab the Anna one or another palette to get a full look. The Anna one I find I can just use on its own. They are both pretty palettes but neither of them is a perfect one!

ColourPop Going Coconuts Palette

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The ColourPop Going Coconuts Palette is a perfect palette of neutral shadows for everyday looks. I was happy to see none of the shades in here were labeled as "not intended for us in the immediate eye area" as well! I think this is a perfect daytime palette, and can be paired up with the Smoke Show palette to turn any look into a smoky night time look!
There's a good mix in here - several of the shades that look matte actually have tiny micro glitters in them which is pretty unique.
Shredded is a matte cream with tiny silver sparkles (they don't even show up in photos but you can definitely see them in person).
Palm Reader is a metallic white gold. This one is slightly flaky.
Coolada is a matte cool toned light brown.

Lovely bunch is a matte light yellow toned brown.
Coco Rush is a metallic deep champagne.
Shell Yeah is a matte orangey brown.

Get Crackin' is a matte cool brown with silver micro glitters.
Da Coco is a metallic bronzey brown with purple and pink micro glitters.
Nutty is a matte deep umber.

I think this is a great all in one neutral palette - you can definitely just grab this one and go. It's got everything you need to make several complete looks. I do find that Palm Reader has a lot of fallout and is a bit flaky - I prefer to apply that one with my fingers as it's a little less messy that way. Other than that, I didn't have any issues with the other shades in this palette. I very much recommend it if you're looking for a great little neutral palette!!

Friday, November 15, 2019

Bitti X ColourPop Candy Button Palette

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 The Bitti X ColourPop Candy Button Palette is a cute little pink & holographic treat. At first glance you'd expect to find some bright candy colors inside, but the shades are all pretty neutral and everyday wearable!
 The downside to this (to me anyway) is that the whole middle row is deemed "not intended for use in the immediate eye area. The 2 glitters, of course (you guys know how I feel about putting chunky glitters into eyeshadow palettes!) but then that Pop! shade, which is also SuperShock formula, is marked as not eye safe as well, which I find odd. They'll usually mark that on shadows that stain, but I haven't found this one to stain at all. Glitters are cool and fun to use on your lips and stuff, but I'm always scared about putting them anywhere near the eyes ESPECIALLY if I'm doing someone else's makeup!
 Now for swatches....
 Gummy A Break is a sheer, shimmery lavender.
Sweet Capacity is a matte peach.
Bubblicious is a matte pinky coral.

 Pop! is a glittery peach.
Sweet Life is a mix of rosy pink micro glitter with holographic and iridescent glitters.
Gumdrop is a mix of lavender micro glitter with holographic and iridescent glitters.

Jelly Baby is a matte mauvey rose.
Poppin' is a matte dusty orchid.
Hubba Bubba is a matte mahogany.

I do have a slight criticism for this palette (other than the middle row not being eye safe) the bottom row of mattes are all pretty flaky. I'm thinking that's the right term I'm looking for anyway. They take some blending to really stick to the skin in swatches. However, I haven't had much of a problem with them on my eyes, so do with that information what you will. I just found it a little odd because I rarely have any issues with ColourPop mattes - they are always buttery smooth! These are definitely soft, but seem like they're lacking something to help them stick.

All in all this palette is cute, but I think in this case the packaging outshines the actual product.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

ColourPop Bye Bye Birdie Palette

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The ColourPop Bye Bye Birdie Palette is one that didn't really grab my attention at first, as it looks like several of their other palettes. At this point it seems like they are running out of color stories! However, I did pick it up to get some swatches and see how it was.
There are 2 SuperShock shadows in here, Aerial and Gander. Ruffled, Amuse Me and Heron Chic are all deemed "not intended for use in the immediate eye area."

Aerial is a pale pink with a gold sheen.
Nesting is a matte light peach.
Ruffled is white/iridescent rainbow glitter.
Gander is a golden champagne.

Never More is a light pink with a gold sheen.
Finch is a bright purply-pink satin.
Emuse Me is a soft purply-brown glitter.
On A Wing is a lavender with a strong gold shift.

Boo Bird is a soft matte pink with gold sparkles.
Heron Chic is a matte magenta.
Fly By Night is a matte pale plum with gold sparkles.
Plumage is a matte red brown.

The palette as a whole is pretty and the colors of course are great quality. I personally am not a fan of the SuperShock shadows being in palettes like this because I'm always worried they're going to dry up and I won't get to use them as much as the other colors, but that's just personal preference. Yet again they've added "not eye safe" glitter which if you read my posts regularly you'll already know I am NOT a fan of! But other than that, I'll definitely get some use out of this palette. Lots of berry and purple tones, which are my go-to shades for the fall and winter months.