I love me some ColourPop, with their super affordable range and quality cosmetics. I've loved their Super Shock shadow formula that's like squishy meets powder, but sometimes you just want a standard pressed shadow. And ColourPop delivered with a range of pressed shadows that I can only assume will keep growing.
I picked up 7 of them, 3 singles in a custom kit (Secrets, Take a Break, Labyrinth) and 1 curated palette called Blow Me Away (Take A Break, Issues, Centerfold, Slim Fit). How do these eye shadows stack up? Keep on reading!
If you've ever used the Makeup Geek eye shadows, the formula here is very similar. I wouldn't be entirely surprised if they actually share labs. Their smooth, blend well, and have decent staying power. I also like that you get a 4-chamber empty palette to build your own shadow kits and these would easily fit into magnetic palettes of your choice as well. The current offerings from ColourPop range from neutrals to colorful, so one has a pretty great selection to pick from. I will say the majority of the current color offerings do lean warm-toned, with a few cool-toned colors also offered but not as many. It's a lot of ochres, peaches, pinks, and reds aside from neutrals, with 5 different types of green and 6 types of blues.
As I said, the formula is nice. You're not going to get the super buttery, soft texture of more higher end products but sometimes while that's nice it's not everything. It's about performance. Some of the matte colors do have a bit of color kickback in the pan when you pick up color, but they still go on well, blend well, and have great pigmentation. As affordable shadows go, these are pretty dreamy and versatile and make for great affordable options to MAC or Anastasia single shadows. Blow Me Away, one of their curated palettes, is very peach-themed with a shimmery peachy-gold color, a warm neutral light peach-coral, a deeper peach-pink, and a warm deeper coral red. It's an awesome palette for summer and if you couldn't get or swore off the Sweet Peach palette life, like myself. I particular LOVE the shade Issues; it's the perfect warm transition shade for my crease or when I want a light wash of something not brown for a more minimal look. Apologies for the crap swatch by the way, I was having issues with Take a Break getting all over my hand since I basically shoot photos one-handed with my iPhone and I don't know what exactly happened. It wasn't as noticeable until I took photos.
Of the custom colors I got, Secrets and Labyrinth in particular are wonderful for making what I call and "English Rose" type of look. Labyrinth is listed a warm dusky pink that I think is more a warm sort of pink-brown/warm mauve type of color. However you think it looks, it's very pretty and one of my new fave warm neutral mattes up there with Makeup Geek Creme Brulee.
The shimmer colors, by the way, are a bit softer than the mattes and feel almost bordering on how foiled shadows feel though with maybe less oils in the pigments. I find these types of shades work better applied with fingers than a brush.
Overall, these are brilliant budget range of eyeshadows well worth the price and ColourPop is always running some sort of sale and they also are nifty in that they make recommended product pairings for all their stuff if you're the type who really loves coordinating.
You can find the ColourPop Pressed Shadows for $5 (although they appear to currently be on sale for $4 a pop, no pun intended) and they're definitely worth snapping up if you like making your own palettes or want some awesome summer color inspo.