Happy New Year! For my first post of 2018, I want to highlight a recent purchase from ColourPop that really impressed me!
Whenever I buy eyeshadows, it’s always a palette. I find that while single shadows offer a certain level of customization, you get more variety and bang for your buck with palettes. That and palettes are harder to lose.
The “All I See is Magic” palette is my first experience with ColourPop palettes and even eyeshadows. I considered purchasing the Super Shock Shadows many times, but I always talked myself out of it because I didn’t need more eyeshadow. However, I finally bit the bullet when I saw this palette and the gorgeous colors it contained. Because it was the holiday season, I decided to treat myself!
The palette comes with three rows of five shadows, and is apparently the first 15-pan palette to include all three of the Pressed Powder Shadow finishes: matte, satin, and metallic (Treat Yourself is the only satin shadow). Although I normally go for more natural and neutral shadows for my everyday looks, these rich jewel tones are exactly what I look for when doing my makeup for special occasions or nights out!
As you can see in the swatches, the quality of the shadows varies: the lighter shades (like Go Wish, Treat Yourself, and Big Spoon) aren’t very pigmented, whereas Tinsel Town, T-Cup, and most of the metallic shades are richly pigmented.
Price: The 15-pan palette is currently on sale for $14 (down from $20), which is honestly such a steal! ColourPop’s products are all incredibly and almost unbelievably affordable!
Packaging: The palette is made of cardboard, but it doesn’t feel flimsy or cheap. It has a magnetic closure, which is a nice touch that make it feel more expensive. The pattern on the packaging is just adorable and is definitely appropriate for a holiday collection! There’s no mirror included, however, but I don’t mind because I usually do my makeup in front of a larger mirror anyway. While a mirror is convenient for travel, I’d rather not pay the premium to get one if I won’t use it that often.
Texture: Like pigmentation, the texture varies depending on whether the shadow is matte, satin, or metallic. Some of the matte shadows feel a little chalky, especially the lighter shades, but others (like Tinsel Town, the deep cranberry shade) are beautifully soft and creamy. The one satin shadow (Treat Yourself) has a decently smooth texture. The metallic shadows are very creamy and finely milled (except for 11:11, which has chunkier glitter).
Application: I didn’t experience fallout with any of these shadows, except for Never Never. Most are very blendable and highly pigmented, so you only need a little bit. The metallic shadows can be worn as-is for a subtle shimmer (patted on with a finger) or foiled with MAC Fix+ for a dramatic glitter (packed on with a dense brush). Though the palette does have transition shades, I like to pair this palette with the darker shades in my Tartelette in Bloom palette to create more depth (although Wishful Thinking is a great for a one-color look because of its duo-chrome shift).
Wear-Time: With an eye shadow primer, these shadows lasted all day (about nine hours), with the foiled metallic shadows lasting the longest. I didn’t notice any fading, creasing, or fallout. Most shadows still looked freshly applied before I took off my makeup!
Despite some disappointing lighter shades, the real stars of the “All I See is Magic” palette are the metallic shadows. My favorites are Tinsel Town, Wishful Thinking, and Save It For Later! The colorful jewel tones offer a great variety at a price that can’t be beat!
What’s your favorite product from ColourPop??