As you know I am slowly but surely making my way through the Colourpop monochromatic palettes I have acquired in the past few years. I already reorganized them to keep the shades I loved because now that I own a few, I realized that I really didn’t need to keep all the shades. And the Blue Moon was one that suffered most, because I wasn’t a fan. After trying the palette it was one of my least favorite monochromatic palettes from Colourpop’s range. Here is why.
Review: Colourpop Blue Moon eyeshadow palette
The Colourpop 9-pan palettes have been upped a few dollars since I bought these. Right now, it costs $14 but it used to be $12. As I always recommend you do, if you are not in the US, wait for a sale and get some more products in one go to make everything worth it in the end. Colourpop quality can be hit or miss though and they aren’t the best at restocking once products sell out. So my advise is: be patient, save up a wishlist and wait for a sale and then swoop in and get a few products in one go.
What does the palette have to offer?
The Blue Moon is obviously a blue toned palette and it was one that I was very excited about once these all started being released. The color story is divine: I love a good blue toned palette, but blues can be difficult to do and I felt this palette mainly lacked in the matte department. Some of the shimmers are beautiful but the mattes are either quite lackluster or too similar within the palette. And as I felt with many of the Colourpop monochromatic eyeshadow palettes, the colors in the palette didn’t line up for a 9-pan.
What is the color story like?
So the palette features 9 shades (of course) of which we get 4 shimmers and 5 mattes. The shades are all blues, but the undertones are all different. Some are more of a navy, others are more of a sky blue, we also get some grey toned blues and even a periwinkle. In short, we get a full spectrum of blues and while that looks stunning in the palette, it means you do get a bunch of shades that don’t really combine well and that means you are limited in what is essentially a very limited color story to begin with. Combined with a lack of quality in the mattes, the palette really didn’t do it for me.
How does this palette swatch?
So here you can see what I mean when I say the quality isn’t great. The shimmers are lovely, but the mattes are just lackluster. That stunning periwinkle? A sheer, badly pigmented mess that barely shows up. The light blues are nearly identical and the deepest navy is an absolute atrocity. I don’t try to be too negative in most of my reviews, but really this is not even up to par to the Colourpop formula I love and so I believe I probably got a bad batch. That said, these shades, especially the mattes, just really aren’t great. They didn’t blend well, kind of disappeared once applied and it really limited what I felt I could do with the palette.
How do these shades apply?
Now I am not going to lie: the look I created here is pretty. But you can see that the matte navy really didn’t do enough to deepen up the outer V. The shimmer on the lid was pretty, but once applied not as shiny as I’d want it to be. The shade on the lower lash line is pretty but it really has almost a purple undertone which really doesn’t go with the blues that I applied to the top lash line. I ended up loving the shimmer in the middle most, so that is pretty much the only shade I kept out of this entire palette.
My final thoughts
The Colourpop Blue Moon eyeshadow palette is one of those palettes that I was super excited for and wanted to love. However, once I used it, it really didn’t perform the way I wanted it to. There aren’t enough differentiating shades in the palette to create anything differently than the look I created with this for you here. It is just a bit of a one trick pony and even if a palette just has 9 shades I want to be able to create several looks with it, not just one. So in the end I felt this wasn’t worth it.
Would I recommend the Colourpop Blue Moon palette?
The Blue Moon palette is one that I wasn’t a fan of, but I know many people love this as they seem to have gotten better ones than mine. But that said, I do think that I can only judge this palette based on what it did for me. And for me, it just didn’t do enough. Colourpop’s quality can be inconsistent and I have felt in the past that their first batch when a product first launches is perhaps the best one. So bear that in mind and find a few reviews of this palette before you decide to buy.