So I got (slightly) addicted to Colourpop after using their lip products, then I was egged on to try their eyeshadow palettes which, according to friend A, was also another product absolutely worth trying ‘because she heard so’. Well, I didn’t really need that much convincing tbh. I scoured the website for eyeshadows that I thought would be good for an everyday look, and then I saw THIS palette.
Get some money in this pumped up mauve palette.
Highly pigmented shadow that applies evenly and feels ultra-velvety and silky. This long wearing formula contains a unique combination of softer powders which adheres easily to the eyes, gives a soft focus effect, and blends smoothly and evenly.
Official Retail Price in Singapore: USD 12
SYNTHETIC FLUORPHLOGOPITE, TALC, BORON NITRIDE, LAUROYL LYSINE, MAGNESIUM STEARATE, DIMETHICONE, ZINC STEARATE, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, SILICA, PHENOXYETHANOL, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, DIMETHICONOL, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, HEXYLENE GLYCOL, IRON OXIDES (CI 77492), MICA (CI 77019), RED 40 LAKE (CI 16035), TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891).
I don’t recall having seen Synthetic Fluorphlogopite in my previous reviews, so I did a check and understood even less than I had started with:
Synthetic mineral based on fluorine, aluminum and silicate; also known as synthetic fluorine mica; used as a bulking agent.
Bulking agent? Huh? Another foreign term, so I consulted Google again:
Nope, nope, nope. Someone really needs to make ingredient lists easier to understand so that ordinary consumers like us can be more informed about whatever we want to buy without having to google every single ingredient.
Packaging: It’s thin enough to fit into most makeup pouches, but the best part of this palette’s packaging is definitely its magnetic clasp. It ensures that your palette stays closed and I assume, in turn, helps to reduce the chances of your eyeshadow powder smashing to pieces if it ever falls on the floor (touchwood). I do think, however, that one minor flaw is that how easily the mirror can get dirtied with nothing to keep the shadows and mirror separate.
Texture: The eyeshadows feel powdery, and thankfully not too chalky despite the talc ingredient. This makes the eyeshadows very easy to apply and blend evenly on my eyelids.
Colour payoff & intensity: After having experienced Etude House eyeshadows’ almost non-existent colour payoff, I was absolutely not expecting to see the vibrant colours that this palette is capable of. I used to struggle and had to apply multiple layers of eyeshadow onto my eyelids for a slightly stronger tinge to show up. However, with this palette, all I need to do is use my Innisfree brush to lightly pick up the colours I want, gently swipe over my lids and voila! I am in love with this strong payoff and intensity that you can’t find in a lot of K-beauty palettes.
Colour: This palette contains mostly orange and corals (according to Colourpop’s website, that is). There are 3 matte finishes and 1 duochrome finish, the combination of which I have found to be very versatile. The warm colours flatter my warm undertones, and should easily fit most people’s skin tones. In addition, this is one eyeshadow palette that can easily take you from day to night just by adding Come And Get It – a gold, shimmery update to a more muted look. Although I do like all four colours, I find that the Going Steady shade is a little too blueish and dark for me, so it’s my least favourite one in the whole palette. On the other hand, my favourite shade, Labyrinth, is a gorgeous rose pink that I feel would also make a good blush colour.
Staying power: Nothing amazing, but nothing to be criticized also. Its staying power is pretty average – it generally lasts for about one day, but don’t expect it to stay fully intact at the end of the day. I also feel that the darker colours have longer staying power than the lighter shades, so be careful about piling too much at one go.
If you are new to eyeshadows, or just love a versatile look great for warm undertones, this is it. This is my go-to palette because nothing else I’ve used so far has come close to its performance and price point, and I strongly encourage this necessary purchase. Many reviews on Colourpop’s website have also sung praises about this palette, so you know this ain’t a biased recommendation from me.
Colour payoff: ✮✮✮✮✮
Ease of use: ✮✮✮✮✮
Staying power: ✮✮✮✮
Value for money: ✮✮✮✮✮