OK, so Colourpop has a sense of humor releasing this palette for the Holiday 2018. I mean, a colorful fun palette with rainbow theme, and holographic packaging does not exactly scream Christmas. On the other hand, we don’t need that many palettes with the typical Christmas shades so why not mix it up. It’s pretty and fun. but honestly I felt much more like pulling this out of my eyeshadow basket (the one with palettes I need to review) and do looks with it now than during the Holidays. You can off course wear fun pops of color any time of the year, but this just felt more like summer to me.
This one has the same layout as previous Holiday palettes have had, for instance the “All I See Is Magic” that was a previous Holiday release. It has 15 shades with a nice mixture of mattes and shimmers and fun colors.
The first row is more in the neutral side, and gives you the base colors you may need. The only thing I don’t like about this row is that it has one of those matte shade with a sheer wash of glitter particles in it. We have talked about these kind of shades before because they annoy the heck out of me. I just find it so pointless since the glitter will dust off anyway, and the color on your lid will be matte. If you want a matte shade, you would not need that glitter in the first place, and if you want that glitter you will be disappointing because it’s going to dust off and fly away as you apply the shadow. I mean, make a shadow either matte OR with glitter that actually stays in the shadow upon application. Shades like these are just pointless to me. But with that said “Feeling It” is a nice warm brown crease shade, of you just ignore that glitter in the pan and use it just like a regular matte shade, you will get exactly that. There is also a shade in the second row with the exact same formula. “Manifest It” is a beautiful matte hot pink on the eyes, but that glitter is just so unnecessary.
Those matte shades with glitter put aside, the rest of the palette has really nice formulas. “Blurred Lines” and “Not Playing” are not that dense in pigmentation so they are more like a sheer color with glitter and shimmer, or beautiful topper shades. There are 7 proper mattes (not counting the two with glitter). They have the usual high performance of Colourpop mattes. Most of them blend very well. The only exception was the matte blue shade “Bring It”. Not saying it’s bad, but it’s very very pigmented. that means off course that you either have to spend a little more time blending, or adding a little at the time. With that said I didn’t have issues making the blend nice in the end. It just took a bit more time than with the rest of the shades in the palette.
So overall, this is at Colourpops usual standard. Just great through and through. Yes, those mattes with glitters could have been just pure mattes in my opinion, but I am not that mad since they actually do perform as mattes. The color selection is fun and colorful while still giving you an option of you want to go completely natural which is something I love about a palette, and the combination of different textures and depth in the shades. Just a good cohesive and fun palette!
Colourpop just steals the show with palettes at the moment and I am diggin it!