Moving the train forward with these Colourpop palette reviews, I thought we could up the anti and do not one but two a week. Because I have quite a few of their palettes and I don’t know why, but I just want to get these reviews done asap all of a sudden. Today we are having a closer look at the Colourpop It’s My Pleasure eyeshadow palette: the purple palette that isn’t really all that purple. At least not for me. Does it have some pretty shades? Yes, but sadly some of the best shades in this palette I already owned as singles. Still at the time, I really want to try these shadows and so I did buy the palette after lots of umming and arring. Here’s how I feel now that I own it.
Review: Colourpop It’s My Pleasure eyeshadow palette
The Colourpop monochromatic palettes made a killer when they first released and It’s my Pleasure was one of the first ones they did. Therefore I feel they hadn’t quite nailed the monochromatic vibes just yet. Very much inspired by Huda Beauty’s Obsessions line when that first launched, these launches by Colourpop were hyped up a bit and then some. I didn’t get my first palettes until much later as it is quite expensive for me to buy Colourpop from Europe. So I waited until a bunch of these were out and then snatched them up during a Black Friday sale for $8 each. The full retail price on this palette is $14.
What does this palette have to offer?
This is called a monochromatic purple palette, but really how many purples do we get? Many of the shades are more pink or mauve leaning and overall quite warm toned. I kind of already knew that going into the palette before buying as that had been the main critique from many different creators. Yet, I wanted to see for myself. For me the biggest let down in the end wasn’t just the fact that it wasn’t all that purple, but also that three shades I already owned as singles. At the end of the day, there was only one shade in the palette that truly stood out to me and that is Bare Minimum. It cracked on me months after owning it and I went through the trouble of repressing it just because I love it so much.
What is the color story like?
As I already mentioned: for a purple palette, this isn’t really purple and the reason for that is the fact that this palette does not include a matte purple. There are just three true mattes in the palette (and a matte with glitter) and none of those shades are purple. They are mauve, plum or a pinky lavender. While useful if you are making a look that you want to look more neutral with a purple undertone but if you were hoping for this to be a bright, fun monochromatic purple palette as the packaging suggests, then this is not it. Even in the shimmer department we really only get one or two true purples. So in the end, the color story just wasn’t perfect. Combined with some less than great shades and some shades I already owned, I just don’t feel the need to reach for this as is.
How do these shadows swatch?
Quality wise this is one of the better Colourpop palettes I tried. These swatch great, they blend nicely but since many of the undertones just don’t really go together, I feel that I just can’t create the looks I want. That’s why I ended up reorganizing this palette a lot and only decided to keep the shades I love and just use those. I used a few of these shades to setup a color story that would work for me with some of the pinks from Ooh La La and Strawberry Shake and that color story now does work for me.
How do these shadows apply to the lid?
Since the palette has only 9 shades, I figured I could whip up a look using all 9 shades. I used the warmer toned shades on the top lid and the cooler toned shades on the bottom lid. Sadly, I felt the look just didn’t look that great on me. Yes, it’s pretty but I want a lot more from a purple palette. The shimmers aren’t that exciting either and that’s usually my favorite part of any palette. So for me, this palette just wasn’t perfect. In a 9-pan palette I feel everything should go with everything and that’s just not the case with this palette, making it severely limiting in what you can do with the palette in the end.
My final thoughts
The Colourpop It’s My Pleasure palette turned out to be one of my least favorite palettes in Colourpop’s monochromatic line. It just doesn’t have the shades that I would want from a purple palette. If this had been called the plum palette it would have been a bit more apt and I felt that lots of the shades just didn’t really go together very well when I tried creating looks. It has some pretty stand alone shades and if you own other singles than a few of these can make for a nice addition to your collection, but the palette as a whole I would definitely skip.
Would I recommend the Colourpop It’s My Pleasure eyeshadow palette?
No, I would not. I am usually a bit more you could still enjoy it IF, but with this one, I feel you would be much better off buying a couple of good indie singles, and get a purple look that way. I feel that way about many purple palettes though. There is something about purple palettes that most brands just can’t get right for me, and this is one of those palette that I feel is just lacking in terms of a thought through color story that just works.