My childhood was Disney movies on repeat. Because we had one three tv channels and barely anything for kids so the same old VHS Disney movies were played over and over again. Internet did not exist, and I even remember when CD’s was a new thing. Needless to say, Disney is very nostalgic to me, because growing up with limited options those same old Disney movies were played over and over and over again. They were a big part of my childhood guilty pleasure entertainment. I guess what I am trying to say with these ramblings is that 1. I am old, and 2. Off Course I needed to pick up this palette.
The design of the palette has 6 Disney Princesses on the front cover, but a much more grown-up and modern version. I kind of like that because if they had their classic movie appearance they would be a bit too childish I think. I think this design is easier for people who are also a bit older could enjoy without getting pre school lunch box vibes. Inside you get their “signature” in gold with black background, and the background behind the eyeshadows are the same gold finish as in the signatures.
At first I would have thought the palette would be more true to the colors we see in the Disney Princess characters. I mean Belle could inspire for a bright yellow shade, and Jasmine could pull in some beautiful turquoise and so on, but the palette is surprisingly neutral. You got soft pinks, browns and berries but not much representing for instance the colorful clothing of the Disney figures. I kind of thought the color story was a bit boring to be honest, but I quickly chanced my mind after using them a bit. Yes, there are mainly neutrals, but a nice and handy selection of them. But if you are looking for a silver you got a really really stunning one right here, the gold is gorgeous too, and the nice purple has a nice pop. The shades are also all different enough from each other when applied to the eyes. Colourpop rarely duplicate their own shade within a palette though.
The composition is mostly their shimmer/metallic formula that I just love! Those shades so rich, smooth and pigmented it makes me happy to swatch and apply them. Then you have four mattes, and in the beginning I was a bit disappointing because they are all fairly light, and I immediately thought I would miss a deeper shade. It turns out though that both “Beast” and “Midnight Curfew”, which are matte bases with flecks of glitter, behave just like a matte on the eye, giving you a dark brown matte and a black matte to work with. I am as always puzzled by why they put these glitter flecks in some shades. Sure, it looks pretty in the pan, but when all the glitter flies away when blending (ending up who knows where) and you are left with a matte eyeshadow on the lid then why can’t it be a matte in the first place. That will never stop annoying me.
The four regular mattes behave just like Colourpops usual regular mattes do. They are blendable, pigmented and smooth. Really easy to work with. Although, my favorite formula from the brand are their metallics, their mattes are really really good too! The last shade is “Triton” a satin shade. That also works just fine, but I am actually kind of an all or nothing kind of person. be matte or be metallic, satins are not that exciting. This one is so subtle with the satin shine that you can just use it as a matte.
The overall quality of the shadows are great. I did not face any problems with them, and they work just as I have learnt to expect from Colourpop eyeshadows. The palette is obviously a neutral palette, but it turned out to be a bit more interesting than I expected. You can easily go very dramatic with this palette if that is what you want instead of a neutral look, which you can off course do as well. It’s quite versatile, and even though it struck me as a tad boring to begin with I have totally changed my mind. I adore it!