Another week, another Colourpop review! I have decided though that this will be the last one for now, as I would like to get some more reviews in from other brands. Because I have lots of good stuff still lying about that I want to get around to. That said, let’s focus on the Ooh La La: one of the first releases in Colourpop’s monochromatic line up and sadly one of my least favorites. Let me explain to you why the pink color story wasn’t my cup of tea.
Review: Colourpop Ooh La La eyeshadow palette
Like with all the 9-pan palettes by Colourpop we have been reviewing so far, the Ooh La La retails for $14. I will sound like a broken record by now, but if you are not in the US, be aware that this brand may not be as cheap as you might expect as you will have to pay shipping and handling fees. That means that you can best wait for a sale, wait until you have a bit of wishlist going to qualify for free shipping, because it is best to make one larger order than to do lots of small ones.
What does the palette have to offer?
It’s a pink palette! So what do you expect? Well it’s perhaps not as pink as you might expect. Yes, there are some stunning pinks in this palette, but there are also some peachy shades, some that lean more purple and a few that are a bit more champagne. So is this really a pink palette? I am not entirely sure! Because essentially there are only 4 straight up pinks which is less than half the palette. Another good thing to know about this palette is that it features quite a few shades that I already own as singles: both Poodle and Sandbar are also sold as singles (if they haven’t been discontinued).
What is the color story like?
So let’s break down the color story. I would say the 4 pinks you get are Poodle, Big Sugar, Opulent and Sandbar of which two are shimmers and 2 are mattes. The other 5 shades are either more peachy (Soft Core & Moon Struck), plum (Trove & Caddy) or champagne pink (Tickled). Sadly, this palette features just 4 shimmers and everything else is matte and as you can see below not all the mattes are that great. Some are stunning, but not all the shades are created equal in this palette.
What does this palette swatch like?
As you can see Trove barely shows up and that shade truly is a dud. the stand out shades here for me are Tickled, Sandbar and Opulent. The rest? They are a bit blah and nothing too special. It is the bright pinks that draw in your eye, but there really are a bunch of boring shades in this palette. This is why I ended up rearranging my Ooh La La completely and ended up keeping just a few shades to put together with some shades from the Strawberry Shake and the It’s My Pleasure. Let’s have a look what it looks like on the eye.
How does this palette look like applied?
Truth be told, apart from Trove all the shades blend easily and look nice on. The shimmers sadly do not pack the punch I had hoped, but you could foil them to have a bigger impact. Because of the deeper plum this palette does give you the option to deepen up the look which adds some versatility but pretty much this palette will always give you a very similar result. And pinks can be hard to pull off as they can quickly make you look like you have pink eye. This I feel is still okay because of some of the purple shades, but you do have to be careful where you place the different shades.
My final thoughts
The Colourpop Ooh La La has some stunning shades, but as a palette I feel it doesn’t really come together for me. Yes some shades stand out, but some of those shades I already owned as singles and therefore this palette was perhaps a bit of a superfluous purchase for me. However, if you want some good pinks I think you still skip this palette as you are better off buying a few Colourpop singles and get the shades you want then buying this entire palette.
Would I recommend the Colourpop Ooh La La eyeshadow palette?
I think there are better pink palettes on the market as a similar price point. Pink is just and incredible color to get right in eyeshadow and I feel that really you only need one or two pink shadows to create the effect that I would want. I think if you have a good matte and a good shimmer and you are good to go. So I would not necessarily recommend this and opt for other options on the market or a few singles.