ColourPop’s Pressed Eyeshadow Collection – Hit or Miss?

ColourPop Pressed Eyeshadow

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 Pressed Eyeshadows swatches heart me out, made to last, get out, high strung Colourpop Pressed Eyeshadows swatches, let me explain, you know the drill, wakeup call, popular deman

ColourPop’s Pressed Eyeshadow

Hear Me Outa 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 Outa 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 Strunga 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 Explaina 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 Drilla 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 Calla 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 Demanda 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?

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28 Comments

  1. March 7, 2017 / 10:37 pm

    This is good to know. This is pretty much what I thought– good but not great!

    • March 31, 2017 / 2:32 am

      Oh yes. There are certainly that.

  2. February 10, 2017 / 8:06 am

    I have never tried out MUG or ABH….I really hope too one day.

    A pity about the fallout/kick up. I purchased 2 supershock shadows recently and I’m so disappointed in the pigment and quality. So difficult to work with as well, so after that I wasn’t planning to buy these and after reading this, I definitely won’t be rushing to make a purchase for them anytime soon.

    If they have free shipping though, maybe I’d try a few out. The valentines shades I think look quite interesting. Hopefully they’ve improved the kickup issue.

    The swatches are still pretty though.

  3. February 5, 2017 / 2:17 pm

    You picked up some stunning shades! I personally didn’t find these wore so well for me 🙁 they weren’t awful but the ones I have from Makeup Geek and Anastasia definitely look fresher on me by the end of the day!

    Jasmine xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

    • February 7, 2017 / 6:10 pm

      I honestly never had an issue with the look at the end of the day, but I agree, MUG and ABH is amazing.

  4. Emily
    February 5, 2017 / 4:23 am

    Not owing a single Colourpop product, I tended to assume they were all about the lip products so it’s nice to read about more of their products! It’s definitely a shame about the fall out as for me this is is a major biggie when it comes to a shadow.

    Musings & More

  5. February 5, 2017 / 2:39 am

    It does drive me nuts when an eyeshadow has a crazy amount of fall out! It’s a shame because the swatches of these shadows look beautiful! Love the detailed review 🙂

    Neelam | http://www.neelamjayna.co.uk x

  6. Kate
    February 4, 2017 / 4:58 pm

    The shades look really pretty, but it’s a shame about the fall out. I think that would get on my nerves! X

    Kate Louise Blogs

  7. February 4, 2017 / 2:16 am

    I think it is “okay”, considering the price. But you are so right, there’s nothing special about it. I do not like the packaging. If they did a better job on the packaging, I would have considered it. But considering how it is now, II guess it’s not something I’m willing to buy.

    Thanks for the honest review!

    -Gretch of GG Memochou

  8. February 4, 2017 / 2:14 am

    I think it is “okay”, considering the price. But you are so right, there’s nothing special about it. I do not like the packaging. If they did a better job on the packaging, I would have considered it. But considering how it is now, II guess it’s not something I’m willing to buy.

    Thanks for the honest review!

    -Gretch of GG Memochou

  9. February 4, 2017 / 2:13 am

    I think it is “okay”, considering the price. But you are so right, there’s nothing special about it. I do not like the packaging. If they did a better job on the packaging, I would have considered it. But considering how it is now, II guess it’s not something I’m willing to buy.

    Thanks for the honest review!

    -Gretch of GG Memochou

  10. Velvet Blush
    February 3, 2017 / 6:56 am

    Wow look at highly strung (can’t belie that’s without fix+) and let me explain! I think, with the fallout, they would still be good options for an occasion look, where you have more time to play around with them.

    http://www.velvetblush.co.uk

  11. Sandra
    February 2, 2017 / 7:08 pm

    Made to Last and Get Out are shades that I would use every day! I love myself a good nude and a brick red, shame about the fall out though, I hate when eyeshadows do that :/ x

    http://www.sandrafsilva.blogspot.co.uk

  12. February 2, 2017 / 5:02 pm

    Hmm, not sure I’ll like these due to the major kick up but must say that Get Out, Let Me Explain and You Know The Drill are beautiful!

  13. Katie
    February 2, 2017 / 2:12 pm

    Let Me Explain looks so pretty! I might test out a few of these but MAC and MUG have a similar price and similar shades, from what I’ve seen of the Colourpop collection anyway!

    Beauty From Katie

  14. February 2, 2017 / 8:05 am

    Wow, these eyeshadows are gorgeous colours and I love the pigment! It really sucks that the kickup on them is so bad – I absolutely hate it because usually that means I’ll get fallout under my eye during application. Not fun!
    For the price though these do seem like good value!

    Lindsey Elyse | lindseyginge

  15. February 2, 2017 / 6:13 am

    Ah it is a shame about the kick up and the fall out, I have purchased quite a few palettes with that problem as well and it is so annoying. I am really surprised they are not as smooth though because usually the kick up is because of how soft the eyeshadow is. A shame because the price and swatches are stunningly attractive, do you prefer Makeup Geek shadows? Thanks for sharing, brilliant review and great photos xxx

    ALittleKiran | Bloglovin

  16. Candice
    February 2, 2017 / 5:21 am

    These pressed powders actually looks really awesome!!! Would love to actually try them as well

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

  17. Pam
    February 2, 2017 / 4:57 am

    I agree with you. apart from get out shade which is stunning, the other shades just seem so average.
    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

  18. Dagmara
    February 2, 2017 / 4:32 am

    It was almost unavoidable they will have to expand their range but, in my opinion, they should stick to what they do best and are unique for, the Shock Eyeshadows. Their lip products are awesome. I don’t think there was a need for pressed eyeshadows but there we go. They look and sound impressive though, apart from the kick up! x

    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

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