In 2020 I acquired quite a few purple palettes and that means I also still need to review them. Last week we looked at Urban Decay’s Naked Ultraviolet and today we are having a look at the Colourpop Lilac You A Lot. This palette is part of Colourpop’s monochromatic series and it is the lighter of the two purple palettes available. Let’s have a closer look and see how this works on my fair skin.
Review: Colourpop Lilac You A Lot eyeshadow palette
What is always good about Colourpop is the initial price point. The brand is still one of the most affordable and at $12 for 9-pans this palette is a steal if it works. Sadly, Colourpop is harder to get if you live anywhere outside the US. The only place to order from is the official website and you will have to pay for shipping and handling fees if you live in Europe or elsewhere in the world. I therefore only ever buy Colourpop on sale and get a bit more to make it all worth it in the end. So please do the math for your situation when you decide to buy.
What does this palette have to offer?
Lilac You A Lot is a pastel leaning, light purple palette that is very monochrome but with a few pinks thrown into the mix. It is part of their series that features other colors such as pinks, greens, oranges, peaches, reds and blues. There is one more purple palette available in the line: It’s My Pleasure. That I have yet to review: as I tend to review my favorites first I always go for that and the Lilac You A lot has my preference over the It’s My Pleasure. Why? It leans more cool toned, it is lighter and, most importantly, I find it looks more purple on me than the It’s My Pleasure.
What is the color story like?
For a 9-pan monochromatic palette I think this is still well-curated. You get 5 mattes and 4 shimmers. This palette does not feature any pressed glitters (yes!), a stunning purple shimmer called Fluff, a deep enough matte as well as some bright and light shades to create pops of color and act as blend shades. You get a few pinks, but on me those work really well. In short, I think this is quite a versatile palette considering for what it is and what you can do. Out of all the Colourpop monochromatic palettes, this is one of my favorites simply because I can easily see myself doing more than one look with it.
What does the palette swatch like?
Because finger swatches can give an indication of what a shadow might look like on the eye, I present to you the Lilac You A Lot swatched out in all its glory. Can we just pause a minute to admire Fluff right there int he middle. You knew I had to put that all over the lid! But I was also quite impressed with how these mattes swatched. Purples can be hard to do, so to get a deeper and brighter matte purple in one palette that both have good pigmentation is a near miracle. I do have to say that the deepest purple shade looks like it leans a bit warm toned compared to everything else. What would have worked better perhaps is to go with something less berry/ burgundy and more in the royal blackened purple range. I think that would have been even prettier.
What does this palette look like on?
So to show you have these shades play together I have done one look. But surprise: this one look features every single shade in the palette. I used the bright matte Iffy in my crease which I blended out with Ghostin’. I used Fluff all over the lid of course, but Trainwreck was dabbed on top for some more dimension. For the inner corner I went with Zoned Out which is a matte, but still light enough to make it work. The other shimmers and also the deepest purple I used along the lower lash line, dividing that part of my eye in three sections. I didn’t want this to be too deep and I think this looks like a pretty, vibrant, but soft purple look.
My final thoughts
The Colourpop Lilac You A Lot is one of my favorite monochromatic palettes by the brand. Many people have complained that this is not versatile enough on them, but I feel these shades look distinct enough on my complexion to make it work. I think this palette is best for people with cool to neutral undertones and a fair to light skin tone. If you are any darker than that, then I think some of these shades may lose its vibrancy and end up look a bit flat and perhaps even ashy on. On me though, these shadows go on like a dream. This is what I had hoped the It’s My Pleasure would give me, but sadly it did not. The Lilac You A lot delivers on all fronts though.
Would I recommend the Colourpop Lilac You A Lot eyeshadow palette?
Since this is one of my favorites in the line (not just monochromatic, but one of my favorite Colourpop palettes in general) I would answer that question with a yes. As always I like to add though that this palette works well on my fair skinned complexion, which might mean it may not work on yours. Therefore I hope this review was helpful in either eliminating or confirming this palette for you makeup needs. I am certainly glad to own it and it is actually one of the few Colourpop palettes I own that I am not considering changing around by mixing it up with other palettes.