ColourPop released their first set of pressed eyeshadows just over 1.5 years ago. If you’ve followed my blog a while, you may recall that I wrote a review on the original release in February 2017, which wasn’t exactly the most favorable of reviews. I took a deep dive into the world of eyeshadow prices and value, as I felt the new ColourPop eyeshadow could not be considered a “drugstore” priced product since they were basically the same price per gram as more expensive brands such as Viseart (yes Viseart!). At the time of the initial launch, there were also some inconsistencies in quality among the limited shades that they first released. If you missed that review, you can check it out here. (Just be sure to keep the review in context with the time it was written.)
Since the original release of pressed eyeshadows, ColourPop has released pressed eyeshadow palettes and, in my opinion, improved greatly upon the quality of their formula. While I haven’t purchased and tested many additional full-sized shades since the initial launch, I have purchased numerous palettes. The palettes have made ColourPop eyeshadows much more affordable and more competitive with other drugstore eyeshadows. This is why I believe an updated review is justified and well-deserved. ColourPop has collaborated with several different influencers over the past year to release some stunning eyeshadow palettes, all of which have been pretty amazing quality. In addition, they’ve kept up with many trends by releasing palettes with various in-season themes. I’ve tried almost all of them at this point and have even returned to buy one of the palettes twice.
While I can’t possibly review every single palette that they have made over the past year, I feel like the quality of all of their mini eyeshadow palettes are pretty consistent and similar, if not the same, and my thoughts apply to all of the ones that I’ve purhased thus far. I have purchased the following palettes: Dream St., Perception, All I See is Magic, Golden State of Mind, I Think I Love You, Double Entendre, and Cute AF. I also received the Semi-Prescious palette in a Boxycharm box. That palette was one of the few palettes that contained full sized pressed shadows ( x 8) as opposed to mini sizes.
The ColourPop eyeshadow palettes range in price and size. The general price range for a palette of pressed shadows is between $12-24, although the average price is $16. Some of the palettes contain mini-sized pressed shadows while others contain full-sized shadows. The palettes with full-sized shadows generally contain less shades, while the minis usually contain a larger number and variety of shades.
My 2 favorite palettes that I recommend are:
- Perception – $23 (regular price). This is a collab with Shayla, aka Makeup by Shayla. The palette contains 16 shadows, a mix of stunning
mattes and shimmers, all of which are perfect for any skin tone. This is the palette that I purchased 2 of, to ensure that I have a backup. It contains a mix of Neutrals, Golds, Greens, Blues/Teals, Reds, Browns, Purples, Pinks, and Oranges/Corals. The shadows in this palette are minis, with each pan weighing 1 gram or 0.035 ounces. For a breakdown of price per gram / ounce and a comparison against other brands, see the table below. This palette occasionally goes on sale, and I highly recommend snatching it up next time it does. Collab palettes like this one don’t stay around forever, as they are always considered Limited Edition. There’s honestly not a bad shade in this palette. With drugstore prices on the rise, you really can’t beat the quality and value of this one, especially compared to other drugstore options. The mattes blend like a dream, the shades are vibrant, and they are very easy to work with. The shimmers are absolutely stunning, buttery, vibrant, and pop instantly upon application without the need to wet your brush. If you’re hesitant on this one due to the bigger price (compared to the other ColourPop palettes), keep in mind that this one has more shadows, more weight than the others, and it’s the only ColourPop pressed palette with a mirror.
- Dream St. – $16 (regular price). This is a collab with Kathleen Lights. The palette contains 12 shadows, another mix of beautiful mattes, metallics, and satin shades. Many of the shades in this palette would be considered neutrals, although there are several pops of color in the palette to give you the option of some extra ooomph. The palette is advertised to be a combination of Neutrals, Oranges/Corals, Golds, Pinks, Blues/Teals, Reds, and Browns. As with the Perception palette, these shadows are minis but have a slightly different and lesser weight, weighing in at 0.85 grams or 0.03 ounces each pan. I would recommend this palette primarily for people with light, medium, and tan skin tones. I can’t attest to how they would work on darker skin tones since the shades are more neutral. I can, however, attest to the quality as they are the same great quality as the Perception palette.
My Final Thoughts and Recommendation
At this point, I have around 7 palettes with mini ColourPop eyeshadows, and there’s not a single bad one in the bunch. They have definitely made the shadows more affordable by making them available in the palettes. If you read my article on “Understanding the Price of Makeup,” you know that the best way to compute the price and true value of makeup isn’t by figuring out the price per shadow in a palette but rather computing the price per gram. Just because you receive a lot of eyeshadows for a seemingly great price doesn’t always mean it’s a great value. However, in this particular case, ColourPop has decreased their price per gram overall in the
palettes (not the individual shadows). Instead of them being the same price as a Viseart or Makeup Geek eyeshadow, the price per gram is right around $1.44 – $1.56, depending on which palette you purchase. See table below for price breakdown and comparison. For this reason, and the other factors such as quality improvement and availability of palettes that will create multiple looks without needing other palettes, I can now recommend the ColourPop eyeshadow collection without hesitation. When a company focuses on improvements such as these, they are worthy of an updated review and recommendation.
It’s also worthy of noting that the eyeshadows perform beautifully throughout the day. They are very long-lasting and don’t fade away like some other drugstore eyeshadows do. The shadows last all day and into the evening until I remove all of my eye makeup with an eye makeup remover. I’ve never had an issue, even in the hot, summer heat, which is a true test for any makeup product.
Do I recommend the ColourPop pressed eyeshadow palettes? Absoultely! The new palettes are something I can now recommend without hesitatation.
I honestly can’t attest to the quality of the singles today since I haven’t purchased them in recent months. However, I noticed some key changes recently including the price and packaging options, which is a positive step. The single pans have decreased in price to $4 per pan. They are also newly available in a mirrored compact for $5 each. I’m not a fan of the compact, as I find individual compacts to be incredibly inconvenient and difficult to use since most people use multiple shades for a complete look. That’s a lot of compacts to open, and you can’t see the shade unless you open the compact. However, it’s an option for those who want to throw one in a purse and take it on the go. I would personally rather purchase the individual pans and customize my own palette using an empty magnetic palette (they are available in all sizes, small and large).
Have you tried the ColourPop pressed eyeshadow palettes? Let me know your thoughts! Comment below or head on over to my Instagram page and let’s chat! I love to hear your thoughts.
Eyeshadow Price Comparison
|Product Name||# of Shadows||Retail Price||Price per Shadow||Total Weight||Price per Gram/Ounce|
|ABH Singles||1||$12||$12||1.7 grams||$7.06/gr|
|MUG Foiled||1||$10||$10||1.8 grams||$5.56/gr
|MAC Shadow||1||$7||$7||1.5 grams||$4.67/gr|
|ABH Modern Renaissance Palette||14||$42||$3||9.8 g total|
0.7 g each
0.28 oz total
0.02 oz each
|ABH Norvina Palette||14||$42||$3||9.94 g total|
0.71 g each shade
0.28 oz total
0.02 oz each
|Viseart Theory Palette (any shade option)||6||$45||$7.50||12 grams total / 0.42 oz (2 g each / 0.07 oz each)||$3.75/gr
|Natasha Denona Sunset Palette||15||$129||$8.60||2.5 grams x 15 shadows||$3.44/gr|
|MUG Shadow (regular)||1||$6||$6||1.8 grams||$3.33/gr|
|ColourPop Pressed (full size compart)||1||$5||$5||1.5 grams||$3.33/gr|
|Viseart Palette||12||$80||$6.66||24 grams total / 12 shadows = 2 grams per shadow||$3.33 /gr|
|Viseart Grande Pro Vol 1||30||$175||$5.83||2 g each / .07 oz each||$2.92/gr
|ColourPop Pressed Shadow (single pan)||1||$4||$4||1.5 grams||$2.66/gr|
|ColourPop Dream St||12||$16||$1.33||0.85 grams||$1.56/gr|
|ColourPop Perception||16||$23||$1.44||1.0 grams x 16||$1.44/gr|