When ColourPop announced they were coming out with a Pressed Eyeshadow collection, I was less than underwhelmed. Why? Well, I would be lying if I didn’t say I saw it coming, but for the most part, it was how they announced it. I felt like they were really trying to sell it, yet the shades weren’t exactly revolutionary. In fact, all shades seemed like just your average “starter kit”. Nevertheless I made a purchase of the shades I felt I would get the most use out of.
For the TL:DR crowd, I will get down to it: they are good but not phenomenal. The eyeshadows are beautiful, intensely pigmented and blends as smoothly as my expensive counterparts. They do not smudge, budge or fade in the slightest. They are even able to last more than 12 hours on my lids with multiple different eye primers with no change in texture or application. In fact, they are almost a dream for a mere $5.00 a piece. However they are not the smoothest to the touch, yet my biggest issue is the kick up and fall out.
Generally speaking, I can overlook kick up and fall out if an eyeshadow blows me out the water, yet ColourPop’s was on another level. With a single tap into the pan, the kick up was one I have never seen before. The fly away dust was as if I tipped loose powder into the pan. Additionally, even though I have only used the eyeshadows a handful of times, there is already a discernible dent.
If you discount this fact, the Pressed Eyeshadow collection is still value for money. Nonetheless, there are better quality eyeshadows in the same price range. Makeup Geek comes to mind starting at just $6.00. However, if you are adamant to purchase from the ColourPop Pressed Eyeshadow collection, they are currently giving away a free, empty palette with a minimum of four shadows purchased. If you don’t get the palette, the pans themselves are magnetic and therefore can be put into any z palette or similar.
For now though, I say wait until you decide to make a big purchase from the site.
ColourPop’s Pressed Eyeshadow
Hear Me Out – a matte white peach shade. While this shade has quite a bit of pigment, it shows up more when pressed into the lid. However, this shade works best as a base shade to encourage further blending.
Made To Last – a matte neutral mauve shade. As this shade has extreme blend-ability, it works wonderfully to clean up darker shades or as transition shade.
Get Out – a matte, cool tone cranberry shade. Though ColourPop describes this shade as cool, it appears more warm on my skin. The shade is great as a crease shade or to just add colour to the outer V.
High Strung – a deep, metallic dusty rose shade. As a true metallic, it is best applied with a flat shader brush and dabbed on the lid. Unlike other powder metallic though, it does NOT require any fix + or similar as it is instantly metallic on application.
Let Me Explain – a metallic ivory shade. The ivory shade is great as a brow, or inner corner highlight as it is more of a shimmer than a metallic. However with fix + it can be a metallic option.
You Know The Drill – a metallic, golden bronze shade. As with the other shimmers/metallic, this shade requires the use of a flat shader brush. However, even if you do without, the shade look lovely and natural on the lid.
Wake Up Call – a matte, warm tone sand shade. This shade works wonders as a base or as a transition shade. It even works well to clean up or create your eye makeup look shape. Blend with an extra fluffy brush to prevent over blending.
Popular Demand – a matte, warm tone, reddish brown shade. This shade is fully pigmented and requires only a single layer for application. It takes slightly more work to blend, but a dense blender brush will do the trick. Use this shade as the crease or in the outer V.
Have you purchased from the Pressed Eyeshadow collection? What are your thoughts?