Yes part 2 and this is late because I went to a concert last night and in the end just couldn’t be bothered to finish this blog post to go live at its usual time. That said, though, I still wanted to get something up today so I am writing this as I am having breakfast. I of course couldn’t withhold you from the beauty of these Colourpop shadows any longer. I already build a palette with some Colourpop singles last year, loved them and bought some more. I had a good play around with these over my summer break and today I am reviewing part 2 of my Colourpop single eyeshadows and show you 4 makeup looks I created using them.
Colourpop Single Eyeshadow Palette // Review, Swatches, Makeup Looks
So I already got my hands on these last winter. Colourpop was doing a sale on their BYOP (Build Your Own Palette) and a palette + shadows was only $44. That is affordable! Even by Colourpop standards. I believe they have upped the price since then, but it is still affordable enough to make it interesting. If you buy these not on sale, then you will definitely pay at least double. You can of course also buy these singles a few at the time (and not 24 in one go like I did). The single pans retail for $5 each no matter the shade.
This was my first time trying a Colourpop empty palette. My first batch went into a Z-palette that I still had lying about from when I depotted a bunch of shadows but which I no longer used. The palette came with the deal, but I do have to say that I really like it. Unlike the Z-palette, the Colourpop singles fit perfectly into this palette and I like how all 24 line up inside them very neatly. The palette is made of a cardboard that is sturdy enough. There is no mirror or window, but if you were to get multiple palettes you will still be able to tell them apart as Colourpop changes the design on them regularly. The palette is for sale as a separate purchase as well and retails for $10.
The main reason for my purchase was the fact that Colourpop launched a bunch of new shades. I had just posted my full reviews and looks with my first batch of shadows and had decided I loved them enough to get some more if they did a sale. And they did! I did buy a few shades that were already around as not all the new shades really interested me. I got 14 shimmers of varying degrees and 10 mattes. When making your selection of Colourpop singles, definitely look for swatches online as some of these can look different on their website but then don’t in real life. This was an issue I had with my first order, so I tried to be a bit more careful now.
The Shade Selection
I personally love the way this came together. There are some neutral shimmers on the left, then we move into warm tones with some pinks, oranges and berries. That then blends into purples and plums, with some blues, teals and greens to round off the palette. I think this is very pleasing to the eye. I have mixed up my singles since playing around with these though, as I think I will get more use out of all of my singles if similar colors are kept together. Watch me reorganize my two palettes in this short and sweet video.
So what’s in this palette? Let’s go column by column, so from left to right, and then each column is going down vertically.
- Column 1: On a Whimsy, Mr. Sandman, Earthshine, Misty
- Column 2: Ready or Yacht, Heavy Glam, Bratty, Take Flight
- Column 3: Making Moves, Sandbar, Hop On, Cute Alert
- Column 4: Neutrino, Try Me, Paradiso, Sleeper
- Column 5: Beam Me Up, Heavenly, Quantum Sleep, Anti Matter
- Column 6: Sideline, Superzoom, Conjour Up, Wishful Winking
Can you say pigmentation on point? Woah! These shades all look stunning. Where in my first batch of Colourpop shadows I felt there were a few lackluster shades that didn’t pack a punch these all swatch beautifully. They all blend beautifully too, go on easily, stay put all day (over a primer) and stay looking vibrant and intense. As with my first palette I feel there are a few shades that are surprising in a good way and a few that are a bit disappointing.
The good ones that were an unexpected and nearly instant favorite are: On a Whimsy, Wishful Winking and Anti Matter. The matte warm tones went on surprisingly great as well. I also am enjoying the first four column of shimmers. Those shades a perfect as toppers or finishing off a look and add some texture and interest. The shades that I felt were a bit meh were a few of the warm toned shimmers that just went on quite sheer once applied with a brush. Some of the shades that were described as teals on the website (Superzoom and Conjour Up!) ended up looking mostly green on me.
The Makeup Looks
As is my custom when I am reviewing eyeshadow, I like to include several looks. I created 4 looks that I would like to share with you in this review. Between these 4 looks all 24 shadows have been used. I tried to stick to themes. So there is a purple/ berry look, a sunset eye using the warm tones, a green/ teal look and a blue/ silver look. Let’s have a closer look.
Look 1: Purples & Berries
I love how this look immediately packs a punch. I used all of the purples to create this as well as that bright pink Sandbar and Cute Alert to deepen things up. I topped the look off with a bit of Earthshine to create that nice sheen all over the lid. Mr. Sandman is that stunning pinky shade in the inner corners. For me personally, a Colourpop shimmer isn’t shimmery enough to really pack a punch. To me, they are more like a satin, so I like going in with a more intense shimmery topper to create some contrast on the lid.
Look 2: warm toned sunset eyes
I knew when I was swatching these that the warm tones would combine lovely into a warm sunset eye look. I used the oranges and corals to create a very warm toned crease. The matte yellow Take a Flight is in my inner corner. I used Heavy Glam and Ready or Yacht layered over one another to create the effect on the lid. I used Quantum Sleep with a dense smudger brush on the lower lash line for that bright pop of blue reminiscent of the ocean.
Look 3: Greens & Teals
The third look I did with this palette has to be my favorite. I think it complements my skin tone most. I used Superzoom on the lower lashline and Conjour Up in the crease. As you can see these are not teal on my complexion at all but look more like forest greens. I then created a bit of a halo by applying Wishful Winking to the inner and outer parts of my lids. I dabbed a bit of sideline in the middle. To finish it off I placed Heavenly in the inner corners. This makes for such a great look for fall. It pairs well with an orange brown lip like I am wearing here.
Look 4: Silvers & Blues
For my last and final look I had plenty of shades left over to create a look. I went in with Anti Matter to create some depth, but decided to use Quantum Sleep in my crease. Yes it’s a shimmer, but as long as your lid is more shimmery and shiny, then you really won’t be able to tell. On A Whimsy is one of the brightest, most impactful silvers I have ever seen and I knew it would look great as a half cut crease as it would create a nice contrast with the deep blues. I used Misty on my lower lash line and Beam Me Up in the inner corner to keep the focus on that half cut crease.
Yes! My second batch of Colourpop single eyeshadows is an even create success than my first one! This has some stunning shades and I know I will reach for these as these shades are exactly what I am digging at the moment. If you have been pondering to buy some single shadows, but don’t know where to start, then Colourpop may be your safest bet. They are affordable and even if you’re in Europe and have to pay for shipping and customs it is still quite reasonably priced. Especially for the quality that you get, this is an investment that is worth it.