I do love a good Colourpop palette. I mean, I have been collecting them like crazy, and their formula is usually wonderful. At this stage is mainly just a matter of if I enjoy the color story or not. I am usually confident that the quality will be great. They did have a few not so good palettes just when they were released, but I feel like it happened something after Dream St. because every palette seems to be so consistently good after that (with a feeeew duds here and there in the palettes, but usually the issues are minor).
So off course, I had no doubt in my mind that I would enjoy the quality of this palette too. And the palette looks very intriguing. First of all it looks like they put a little more effort into the packaging than usual. It feels different with the soft tough cardboard, and it actually has a pretty design (compared to some of the palettes they release which is plainly the name of the palette and nothing else). There’s also a mirror inside that actually works! At least I can fit my face in the mirror so it’s easy to actually use it to apply makeup.
You get 16 shades in this palette. The color story leans very warm and neutral, but has a few pops of green and wearable berries. I would say this palette is spot on if you like to stick to the safe and sound more simple everyday looks, but would like to have the option to go for a killer emerald smoky eye from time to time. Although it’s mainly neutral I don’t find it boring. Because, although being very wearable it does offer a lot of variety. You could do a very wearable pink/berry look, something more orange warm and bronzed, or just super simple with “Sandalwood” in the crease and one of the shimmers on the lids.
The balance of mattes and metallics are (as usual with Colourpop palettes) quite good. You get 7 true mattes ranging from light to deep. All of them are beautiful crease shades depending on if you want to go very natural, have a lighter pop of color like mustard or orange or deep green and aubergine colors. So depending on how dramatic or colorful you want to go you get a good amount of options. You also have one stunning mid-toned coral satin, a bone shade with a very subtle abount of shimmer, and one of those matte bases with small flecks of glitter. That last one I used as a matte, hence I don’t understand why the glitter needs to be there. I have said it over and over again, I really don’t see the point in that formula, but at least it works well as a matte. I can just pretend it’s matte I guess.
You also get 6 metallic shades. They have a nice selection of colors. Also with the metallics you can choose to go very natural, or fun and colorful. That gorgeous green “Emerald Dreams” really is super stunning on the lid if you pair it with “Moody” for a sarkly emerald smokey eye. With the exception of “Ludico” and “Nocturne” which are really smooth, the rest have a bit of chunkiness to them due to fine micro glitter. That makes them stunning on the eyes, but it also means they could really benefit from a damp brush…..and you probably will get some fallout. However, being as beautiful as they are they are well worth the effort. I did feel like I had to build up the shade “Mesmer-eyez” a bit as it did not seem as rich in pigment as the other ones, but it did build up nicely.
This really is a solid all-round palette that you can get a whole bunch of different looks with and there is really not much negative to say about it. If you like the color story, I am sure you will also love the quality.
Stunning palette with tons of options! I aboslutely recommend!