Colourpop have been releasing these monochromatic 9-pan palettes at high speed lately. Well, they release everything at high speed, and I find it hard to manage to keep up. I hav to honestly say that this 9-pan palette was not featuring the color I am most excited about. I am a big fan of blues and greens, but purple don’t excite me that much. Don’t get me wrong, I like the occasional purple look, but it does not excite me the most if that makes sense?
But, being a collector, and being that I love to review Colourpop palettes I off course picked it up. When I received it and opened it in real life for the first time I was in chock. IT….WAS….SOO…BEAUTIFUL!
Pictures don’t do this palette justice. Sure, the matte shades look fairly similar to what they are in real life, but no still picture can pick up the shimmer,glitter and multicolored dimensions of these shades. You just have to take my word for it. It’s pretty in pictures, but when you get it in your hands you will truly see what it looks like, and it’s better than any photograph!
The 9-pan is the standard plastic packaging with a simple design. True to what we have been used to from the other 9-pan palettes. Once again I wish they stuck to cardboard. Plastic, especially with simple designs like this, makes the palette look cheap. It is cheap though, but you know, it could easily look a bit more classy with some of their regular cardboard packaging. It does have a mirror though, so that’s a good thing!
Out of the 9 pans, only three of them are mattes however, the shade “Pretty Cruel” is one of those matte shades with glitter in, that looks matte when you apply them. I still have troubles understanding why these shades are made like this. To me that glitter just seems so pointless, but if you use it as a matte shade it does look just like a regular matte and besides the micro-glitter the shade is nice. It’s just kind of annoying. I wish Colourpop, and every brand would just stop making the shades like this.
Besides the mattes and that matte glitter shade (even the words does not make sense) there are 5 metallics. Some just regular metallics, but some duochromes too. The beauty in this palette really comes through with these shades, They are just so glittery (without being pressed glitters) with so much dimension to them. The paler shades work very nice on their own, but as a shadow topper over any of the mattes in the palette they really do show themselves from their best side. Since the metallics have quite a bit of finemilled glitter in them they are quite crumbly, and you will get a lot of fallout. They work the best with some setting spray spritzed over the brush. I prefer to pick up the shadow first, and then spray the brush. I also would recommend doing your eyes first, because I found that I had to remove fine glitter underneath my eyes after applying my eyeshadow. Still, these shades are so beautiful that they are well worth that extra effort.
Overall, this palette is just incredible. If you love purple, even if you don’t love purple but like colors like me, I am convinced this palette will be a hit for you. And as usual with Colourpops 9-pans you really cannot beat the price.
A thumbs up product for sure!