I love discovering new makeup brands and ColourPop has been on my radar for a few months. After watching a couple swatch videos and doing some research on formulas, I decided to place an order. Shortly after receiving that order, I placed another one. And then another one. Yikes.

I think I have a ColourPop problem. Unlike Sephora or Ulta, ColourPop does not take returns. Therefore, I basically tried their different formulas in segments – waiting until there was a sale or a new product – and then trying each formula at a time. Hence the multiple shipments.

Anyway, this month has been the MONTH OF COLOURPOP and I’ve been loving playing all these new products every day. I’m going to do some separate posts to dive into each of the shades a little further, but to start, I wanted to give you guys my first impression of the brand and products I tried.

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ColourPop Haul

The Brand + Background

I feel like ColourPop was a brand created for someone like me. It’s whimsical and cute, while still being relatively inexpensive and on-trend. I did some research on the brand itself and found that it shares a factory with Kylie Cosmetics. Some people have compared the formulas but personally, I think they’re pretty different. 

Just as stores like Zara and H&M are “fast fashion” – delivering runway-inspired trends to the masses – ColourPop is a “fast makeup” model. Which explains why shades are constantly going out of stock and being replaced.

ColourPop is TRENDY. Are you looking for a galactic ultraviolet highlighter? They have twenty. Want a grungy matte lip? Yep, they got ’em. Warm red eyeshadow palettes? YES. Whatever your jam may be, ColourPop makes sure to stay on top of what’s trending in the makeup world.

The brand does not sell any foundations (foundations are boring) but excels in lipsticks, eyeshadows, blushes, and highlighters. All my favorites.

It’s also worth noting to check out the awesome collabs that ColourPop does with “it girls,” youtubers, and other brands. I’m currently lusting over the Karreuche collab as well as the My Little Pony collection.

The Products (Prices + Quality)
Super Shock Eyeshadows ($5.00)
ColourPop Super Shock Shadows

From top to bottom: Frog, Twitterpated, Set to Stun, Revolution, Muse, Lightning Bug

I’m obsessed with these eyeshadows! Creamy, but not greasy, plush little pots of glimmering magic. I don’t know how else to describe them, but they are just gorgeous. On my slightly oily eyelids, they last about 6 hours. If you want them to last longer, I’d suggest using a primer. I’m trying to stop myself from buying every single one. HOLD ME BACK!

These eyeshadows come in Mattes, Satins, Metallics, and Ultra Glitters. Most of the ones I have are glitters but I have a couple metallics as well. I’d recommend both formulas but can’t speak to the matte or satin shades.

Super Shock Highlighters ($8.00)
ColourPop Super Shock Cheek

From top to bottom: Teasecake, Wisp, Flexitarian, Rocket Science, Over The Moon, Spellbound

These are similar to the super shock eyeshadows above, but instead of glitter, most of them are iridescent. I really enjoy using these, and have been reaching for them as my everyday highlighter of choice. Their shades range from the everyday glowy, champagne shades (“Flexitarian” or “Wisp”) to more trendy ultra-violet shades (“Rocket Science”, “Over the Moon”, “Spellbound”).

Beware that some of the shades are glittery like “Spellbound” and “Over the Moon”. Read the description on ColourPop’s website to be sure of what you’re getting and make sure to scroll through the images to check out all their swatches.

Pressed Powder Highlighter ($8.00)

ColourPop Here Kitty Kitty Highlighter

I only bought one shade of the pressed powder highlighters and again, I was sold by the name. “Here, Kitty Kitty” is a beautiful pale, neutral, gold highlighter that would probably work on most skin tones.

Note that these highlighters are sold as pans. The compact is an add-on. Make sure you select the compact option if you’re only buying 1. The pans on their own are $7.

If you’re trying to decide between the Super Shock Cream Highlighters and these pressed powder ones – I would say it just depends on your preference. I like to switch back and forth between the two formulas based on whatever I’m in the mood for that day.

The pressed powder version seems to last a little longer but they’re both great formulas that will take you through a work day or night out without issue.

Yes, Please Eyeshadow Palette (Cute AF) ($16.00)

ColourPop Yes Please Eyeshadow Palette

This is the palette that started my obsession with ColourPop. I first saw it on Beauty with Mi and she looked so awesomely dope in the yellow eyeshadow. Given that I’m somewhat similar in coloring to her, I decided to give it a go. It’s definitely not the most flattering shade on me but I love it for something different.

In terms of formula, this palette features 12 eyeshadow of varying formulas including 7 totally matte shades. You’ll definitely find everything you need in this palette to create a complete eye look. I love that ColourPop did their own take on a typical “warm brown eyeshadow palette” and threw in that funky bright yellow and gold. It’s one of those makeup products that just makes you feel happy when you use it.

The shadows don’t have the best longevity on my oily eyelids but without a primer will last around 5 or 6 hours without creasing. I use these with a MAC paint pot as a base.

Pretty Much Eyeshadow Palette ($12.00)

ColourPop Pretty Much Eyeshadow Palette

This eyeshadow palette is super pigmented and the shades complement each other beautifully. Like the Yes, Please palette, they crease on me before the workday is over but nothing a little primer can’t fix. At $12 a pop, these shadows are definitely worth it. Trust me, you can’t find shades and pigment like this in any eyeshadow palette at the drugstore.

In terms of wearability, other than the metallic ultraviolet shade in the top center of the palette, all the colors are fairly neutral and wearable. The palette includes 3 matte shades, 2 metallics, and 1 of what ColourPop calls a “dimensional pearl.”  I’d basically just refer to it as a frost formula.

Ultra Glossy Lip ($6.00)
ColourPop Ultra Glossy Lip

Charming (top), Moonchild (bottom)

Lip gloss is making a comeback. I’m trying to fight it but I’ve started to reach for glosses for the gym, “no makeup” days, and running errands. My first ultra glossy lip from ColourPop came in the “You’re a Gem” trio. “Charming” is a true champagne color but sheer enough to work on most.

After falling in love with the moisturizing formula, I picked up “Moonchild.” I mainly bought it for the name – I’m a sucker for anything celestially themed. Moonchild is a sort of taupe/peach hybrid. I normally don’t go peachy with my lip colors but this one is sheer and neutral enough to work.

Both of the ultra glossy lip glosses I bought have a slight shimmer to them. I’m not sure if all the ColourPop glosses do, but keep that in mind. If you don’t like shimmer, you may not like them. That being said, it’s pretty understated. You could easily wear it to work.

Ultra Satin Lip ($6.50)

These are the lippies that reignited my love for liquid lipsticks. Smooth, easy to apply, and semi-matte in formula without the super drying feel of a matte liquid lipstick. The shades are amazing, super pigmented, and long wearing. I’m obsessed with these and have been having a blast wearing them over the last week or so.

Ultra Matte Lip ($6.50)
LUX Lipsticks ($7.00)

The fact that these lipsticks are only $7 is SHOCKING. First off, the packaging lives up to the name. It’s LUX. It feels heavy and the gold tube with decorative stars is sophisticated with a touch of cute. The formula itself is somewhere between satin and matte and feels heavenly on the lips. They aren’t drying at all and fade evenly in case you get to reapply after a meal. I’m sold on these babies. I’m curious to see if ColourPop comes out with more shades since this is a new formula for them.

Matte Lippie Stix ($5.50)

These matte lippies are definitely matte. They come in a thin tube with a rounded tip which makes them a little trickier to apply than your average pointed tip bullet but still easier than your average liquid lip. The formula feels super waxy and thick but is matte without drying. They sort of remind me of a more pigmented version of the E.L.F. Matte Lip Colors. Those were basically sheer so I definitely prefer these. That being said, that waxy feel isn’t my favorite.

Pros + Cons
Pros:

1. Trendy shades with fun names like “Twitterpated,” “Lightning Bug,” “Snowfleek,” and “Over The Moon.”

2. Awesome quality products (for the most part) for super low prices.

3. Frequent sales. I saw a 40% off promo come through during the holidays. Sign up for their emails and wait for a sale if you want a deal.

4. Unique formulas and finishes – the bouncy, cushion feel of their super shock products is one I haven’t seen elsewhere. Their finishes include glitter, metallic and satin formulas that feel luxurious enough to be 4 times their price.

5. 100% Cruelty-Free. Unlike some of the bigger brands out there, ColourPop does not do ANY testing on animals and has many entirely vegan formulas. To learn more about it, and to see a complete list of vegan ColourPop products, check out this handy blog post from Cruelty-Free Kitty.

Cons:

1. Shipping time. Each order takes up to 5 business days to process and for me, since I live on the East Coast, about another 5 days to ship. Expect to wait two weeks after ordering.

2. Colors go out of stock quite frequently. I noticed when I was doing my research that a lot of popular shades from the past are either out of stock or discontinued. I suspect that this is attributed to their “fast fashion” makeup model.

Although “fast fashion” is a concept that works great for clothing – an item that is not consumable – it doesn’t work great for makeup if you ever want to re-order a favorite. I don’t mind this too much since I love trying new products. Plus, it does seem like they have a few core shades in each line that have never been discontinued so there’s still hope.

The Gist

If you’re a makeup enthusiast or collector like me, you’ll love ColourPop. Their reasonable prices and frequent sales make it easy to pick up a lot of products for a low price. The formulas and packaging are great quality for the price and the shades are so on-trend.

If you’re someone who likes basic makeup, or just sticks to bare bones classics, ColourPop probably won’t tickle your fancy. Try something like MAC, NARS, or Bobbi Brown – brands that excel at foundations and other makeup bag basics.

But if you want to have some fun, try ColourPop. I can’t wait to see what collections the brand comes out with next!

Have you tried ColourPop? Comment below with your favorite products and shades!

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I don’t ski. I’ve never skied. I have no idea what an “apres ski” glow may look like and if my previous athletic endeavors in the sporting arena are any indication – for me, it probably looks like a bloody nose. Regardless, these Becca Apres Ski palettes had me at hello.

With the holidays over but winter in full swing – I thought…”maybe I don’t ski, but I can still pretend, right?” I envisioned the “apres ski” glow as pink, gleaming cheeks with sparkling eyes and rosy lips. And the collection of shimmering rosy neutrals inside Becca’s glossy, snowflake-inspired packaging do not disappoint.

And guys, I’m normally not sold on limited edition makeup collections. I mean, what’s the point? If I fall in love with a product – I’ll never be able to get it again. (Let’s ignore the fact that I have yet to actually finish a makeup product outside of primers/foundations.) But when I saw these little gems were on sale, I decided to take the plunge.

Becca Apres Ski Palettes

Face Palette

Let’s start on the bunny slope and slide into the highlighter palette first (see what I did there?).

I’m a highlighter junkie. After matte lipsticks, it’s probably one of my favorite makeup products to purchase. It may seem excessive to own a highlighter palette, let alone multiple highlighting palettes, but these really are everyday makeup items for me. I have dry skin for 8 months out of the year (my skin turns into an oil slick June – September), so highlighters add a much-needed glow to my otherwise sallow complexion.

This palette contains three shimmering skin perfectors (my favorite highlighters from Becca and probably of all time), two shimmery blushes and one bronzer that is sheer perfection.

The shades are as follows:

– Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter in Opal, Rose Quartz, NEW Icicle
– Luminous Blush in Blushed Copper
– NEW Mineral Blush in Winter Berry
– Sunlit Bronzer in Bronzed Bondi

Becca Apres Ski Face Palette

Top Row: Rose Quartz, Icicle, Winter Berry

Becca Apres Ski Face Palette

Bottom Row: Blushed Copper, Opal, Bronzed Bondi

The highlighter in “Rose Quartz” is more of a blush than highlighter on me since It’s so pink but I’m not mad about it. It definitely achieves the rosy glow I was envisioning.

Icicle looks like a stark white in the pan, but actually sheers out to a lovely subtle highlight with light blue reflect (unlike the not-so-subtle effect of “Opal”). Although I love it, I’m quite fair and don’t see a white highlighter working on darker skintones. It would be nice if Becca released multiple palettes in the collection for different skin tones.

My unexpected favorite of the palette is actually the bronzer in Bronzed Bondi. I’m SO not a bronzer person but this one is lovely. It’s sheer (like all the shades in the palette) but builds beautifully without going patchy or orange. When I think of a fresh-from-the-slopes look, bronzer doesn’t really come to mind. But this bronzer achieves a really healthy glow that makes me look…dare I say it…rich? Like maybe I’m someone who could afford a fancy ski trip in Aspen? I’ll see you there Lloyd Christmas.

Lloyd Christmas Aspen

The blush in Winter Berry looks scary in the pan but like the rest of Becca’s formulas, goes on sheer and lovely. I don’t see myself wearing this every day, but for that glowy, fireside look – it’s perfect.

Eye Lights Palette

This palette is beyond gorgeous. The formula was inspired by the brand’s famous powder highlighters – so if you’re expecting bold pigment, look elsewhere. These apply like a sheer wash of glowy shimmer and that’s exactly how I use them.

Becca Apres Ski Eyeshadow Palette

Note: there are no matte shades in this palette. If you’re someone who relies on matte shades every day, then you may not be able to create a complete “eye look” with this palette.

I don’t always have time to do a full “eye look” with an inner corner highlight, cut crease, and 10 thousand shades perfectly blended with a Jaclyn Hill-like frenzy.

Jaclyn Hill Smoky Eye

Jaclyn Hill Perfection

Rather, on most days, I do a sheer wash of color, a coat of black mascara and consider myself done. If that’s what you do too, you’ll probably dig this palette.

Becca Apres Ski Palettes

The Gist…

Although I probably wouldn’t touch these in the summer, these palettes are already among my favorites in my collection. The packaging is so beautiful and the sheer, glowy formulas are right up my ally.

Here’s a quick look I created using the Apres Ski palettes:

Becca Apres Ski Look

Wearing: Icicle Highlighter, Winter Berry Blush, Bronzed Bondi Bronzer. On eyes: Hot Cocoa, Rose Quartz, and Pearl On lips: NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Zurich

Have you tried any products from Becca? Have you been skiing? What’s that like? Do you glow? I honestly don’t know. Comment below peeps!

 

 

 

 

 

I first spotted these NYX In Your Element Eyeshadow Palettes at the NYX store in Tysons Corner, VA. It was my first time at a NYX store and I wasn’t expecting to buy anything, (I normally get my NYX fix at Ulta). I didn’t realize until I was in there that a NYX store has SO MUCH MORE than your typical Ulta or drugstore does.

Case in point – these beauties.

NYX In Your Element Eyeshadow Palettes

NYX In Your Element Eyeshadow Palettes

I knew I had to have them from the second I saw them. My reasons are as follows:

  1. I’m into astrology.

    I was born on September 23rd and am technically a Libra (an air sign) while also on the cusp of Virgo (an earth sign). I find that these two signs combined, fit my personality to a tee. I’m practical, responsible, and analytical like a Virgo – yet talkative, sociable, and indecisive like a Libra. But I digress…NYX says that these palettes are inspired by the earth’s elements. The four astrological elements are – Earth, Fire, Water, and Air. NYX also offers “Metal” (an all-shimmer palette) and “Wind.”You can read more about astrological elements and what yours is here. Coincidentally, Earth (Virgo) and Air (Libra) were the two palettes I was most drawn to for shades and packaging.

  2. THE PACKAGING.

    These are not your typical budget-brand eyeshadow palettes. The packaging feels sturdy and heavy – with glossy plastics and gorgeous patterns. On the inside is a full-width mirror – not that I ever apply an eyeshadow look in a compact mirror but ya’ never know. It’s nice to have just in case. I’d also wager that these eyeshadow palettes are resistant to cracking as I dropped the air palette as soon as I opened it and was so relieved to see all the eyeshadows fully intact post-fall.

  3. Color Payoff

    I swatched these babies in the store and could tell the quality was well-above their price point. Now, I’m not one of those people who equates high-pigment with high-quality. For my everyday, “normal person,” (non-working makeup artist) needs, I find that blendability is just as important as pigment. While these shadows have great pigment, they aren’t as blendable or buttery as, say, Anastasia Modern Rennesance. But they’re definitely more blendable than your average drugstore shadow and are definitely comparable to a MAC eyeshadow.
    NYX In Your Element AirNYX In Your Element Earth

  4. Price!

    These palettes were originally priced at $30 which seems steep for NYX, a typically budget cosmetics brand. However, I bought them on sale for $15 and as of the publishing of this post – they are STILL in stock and on sale on the NYX website. I think they’d be worth their price at $30 but I wouldn’t consider them a bargain at that price. For $15, they’re an absolute steal.

Summary

Overall, I don’t think these NYX In Your Element eyeshadow palettes will be ones I reach for every day because, to me, they just feel special. Even the neutral tones in the Earth palette are pretty bold and unique in their own way.

Regardless, I love the concept of these palettes and the quality is great for the price. I’m considering picking up the “Wind” palette while they’re half off – although how often am I ever REALLY going to wear those shades of aqua? More Pinterest research is required…

Which of these NYX In Your Element eyeshadow palettes would you want to try? Would you pick based on your astrological element? Let me know in the comments below!

NYX In Your Element Eyeshadow Palettes

Wearing the NYX Air Palette

Feeling a chill coming on this winter? Warm up with toasty shades of bronze, magenta, and gold. Yep, these are my top 5 warm-toned eyeshadow palettes.

I tend to reach for warmer eyeshadow shades any time of year, but the bronze smoky eye is definitely having “a moment” right now. So many brands from drugstore to high-end are releasing eyeshadow palettes with exclusively warm tones. I’m not complaining.

Regardless of eye color or skin tone, these warm neutral shadows are universally flattering. I find that during this time of year, when my skin is at its most pale and lifeless, these shades really add warmth and sparkle. I particularly love pairing cool-toned vampy lips with warm-toned bronzey eyes from one of my favorite warm-toned palettes:

  1. Urban Decay Naked Heat
    $54 Sephora

    Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette

    I have all the Urban Decay Naked palettes and this one is, without a doubt, my favorite of the bunch. It was released during the summer but most reviews tout this as a fall/winter eyeshadow palette. I think I’ll be using it year-round as it goes with just about every lipstick I own.

  2. Tarte Tartelette Toasted
    $46 Sephora

    Tarte Toasted Palette

    This baby is a newer addition to my collection but it’s already a favorite. I love the leopard print packaging (meow) and the name is fitting. It’s slightly more wearable than the Urban Decay Naked Heat so I find myself reaching for this one more for everyday wear.

  3. Too Faced Just Peachy Matte
    $45 Sephora

    Too Faced Just Peachy Matte

    Okay, I’ll admit it. I don’t like the Too Faced Peach collection. I just never felt like it was meant for me – cool-toned skin, black hair, dark eyes. It just always seemed like a shade range for blonde-haired babes or tanned-skin lovelies. I swatched the original Sweet Peach palette and was just never that into it.

    Until this palette came along. The warm browns and matte plums spoke to me. They said, “buy me, Anna.” I’m still not a massive fan of the packaging but can attest to the formula and shade range of this palette.

  4. Anastasia Modern Rennaisance
    $42 Sephora

    Anastasia Modern Renaissance

    This has got to be one of my favorite palettes of all time. It has plenty to offer in the “warm neutrals” category but also houses some more interesting shades like burgundy and gold.

    I’m not the biggest fan of the suede packaging – it looks nice at first but starts to look cruddy looking after just a couple weeks on the vanity.

  5. Kylie Cosmetics Bronze
    $42 Kylie Cosmetics

    Kylie Cosmetics Bronze
    I tried so hard to avoid the Kylie Cosmetics hype but was able to pick these babies up for half off on Black Friday. I must admit – I’m impressed. The formula is so smooth and blendable and actually LASTS on my super greasy eyelids. The shades aren’t the most unique and could probably be duped in other palettes but I find the collection to be very cohesive. If you’re a fan of Kylie’s signature bronze eye, this palette will definitely help you achieve that look.

And that’s a wrap! There are tons of great bronzey eyeshadow palettes out there right now so these are just a few of my favorites. I’ve recently been impressed with NYX eyeshadow formulas so I may be trying out this bad boy soon:

NYX Ultimate Warm Neutrals Eyeshadow Palette
$17.99 Ulta

NYX Ultimate Warm Neutrals

 

What are your favorite warm-toned shadows? Also…should I break out of my comfort zone and do a similar post for cool-toned palettes? Let me know in the comments! <3