ColourPop Cosmetics | Single Pressed Shadows | Full Review

Hi Beauties!

Today is another long one so I won’t go on in my little introduction. As you can tell from its title, this post is an in-depth look into my personalised ColourPop Cosmetics Single Pressed Shadows. I picked these shades myself, so my goal for this palette is to only keep the colours that I think I would get the most use out of. Let’s do it! 

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Now and Zen is a metallic pale yellow gold shade. The pigmentation on this shade is amazing. It really does add that pop of colour to the inner corner, the brow bone or however you wish to use it really. Because of its velvety texture, it can tend to pick up a bit chunky on a brush or finger if you are too heavy-handed. Verdict – she’s staying! 

Let Me Explain is a metallic ivory shade. Similar to Now and Zen, the pigmentation is so amazing but it can pick up a little chunky if you go in too hard. I love using this shade for a bit of brightness on the inner corner and brow bone. Verdict – she’s staying! 

Come And Get It is a beautiful duo-chrome rose with a gold flip. Once again, the pigmentation on this shade is amazing, especially considering how cheap and affordable ColourPop shadows are. I have to admit that I don’t reach for this shade too often, but when I do I am reminded why I fell in love with it in the first place. Verdict – she’s staying! 

Heavy Glam is a vibrant duo-chrome orange with a pink shift. This shade was also a collaboration with the beautiful ILUVSARAHII. Again, it is a shade I don’t reach for too often as I don’t think pinks are really my colour, but it is still so beautiful to occasionally put on the eyelid or even as a pop on the inner corner. However, after playing around with it recently I was a little unimpressed with how it performed. Verdict – bye sis! 

Pinky Promise is a rich, metallic, cranberry red shade. These types of colours are the ones I am obsessed with as I think they really make my green/hazel eyes pop! On its own, all over the lid it really makes a bold statement, which is exactly how I have been using it. However, now that I think about it, pop it over a black base and wow I can only imagine the beauty. Sadly it is no longer on their website, which makes me believe it may be discontinued! Verdict – she’s staying! 

Lit is a metallic dark plum shade, very similar to Pinky Promise actually! Lit is definitely more of a purple shade, compared to Pinky Promise, which is more uh, pinky. Again this is one I would use over the lid as a bold statement with a smokey eye look. Sadly it is no longer on their website, which makes me believe that it may be discontinued! Verdict – she’s staying! 

Indio is a soft pink with holographic glitter. The glitters in this shade aren’t too large but they are slightly chunky, which I think adds to the beauty of it. I have to say that glitter has never been my thing as I just never got the hang of applying it and it just goes everywhere! However, these pressed glitters are something I can get behind. Although it is advertised as a self-adhering glitter, I use a base as it just helps make it extra sparkly and helps the staying power. Verdict – she’s staying! 

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Vivacious is a light-medium metallic peach shade. This shade is just like the rest in terms of pigmentation however, I did notice that it tended to sheer out the longer I wore it. Perhaps with a good base underneath this wouldn’t be an issue. I love using this on the inner corner to brighten the eye, all over the lid, or if I’m feeling extra, well, vivacious, I might use it on a wet brush to really give it a bright pop. Sadly it is no longer on their website, which makes me believe that it may be discontinued! Verdict – she’s staying! 

High Strung is a metallic coppery brown shade. The pigmentation of all ColourPop metallics is just second to none. I am drawn to this shade as soon as I look at my little palette, something about it just screams my name. I love using it all over the lid or as an inner corner pop. Sadly it is no longer on their website, which makes me believe that it may be discontinued! Verdict – she’s staying! 

Snake Eyes is a metallic pale pink taupe shade. This is another shade that I reach for all the time when using this palette. It is great all over the lid and as an inner corner highlight as well. I don’t know how I haven’t hit pan on it yet! Verdict – she’s staying! 

Glass Bull is a duo-chrome lavender icy-blue shade. This is my all-time favourite shadow in my palette to use all over the lid or as an inner corner highlight. It is applied best with your fingers, but a damp brush works amazing also. The other day I applied this over a dark base, and ohhh girl, do this and you will have yourself a bomb look, my friend. Verdict – she’s staying!

Tea Garden is a duo-chrome red with a green-gold flip. This is one I don’t reach for all too often. I love the numerous different colours you can get out of it, depending on where the light is hitting the shade. Once again, it’s one for all over the lid or as an inner corner pop. Verdict – she’s staying!

Lightshow is an iridescent teal glitter. On the website it is said to be a ‘self-adhering’ glitter, however, without any base, it just flakes off. With a good base underneath it, this glitter really is bright and beautiful! Verdict – she’s staying!

Tiny Tangerines is a metallic teal shade. This shade works amazing with a damp brush much like the other metallic shades. It is so easy to blend out and has a super smooth and soft consistency. Again, love using it on the inner corner or all over the lid. Sadly it is no longer on their website, which makes me believe that it may be discontinued! Verdict – she’s staying!

Antimatter is a metallic turquoise with a deep purple duo chrome flip. I find this shade a little hard to work with because I have found that if you over blend it, then it can become very dark and black (really resembles a bruised eye). It is easy to apply and is also very pigmented. The blue sparkles really stand out when applied with your finger too. Verdict – bye sis! 

Crown Jewel is a slightly shimmery dark purple shade. Look, I am really not impressed with this shade. It feels drier than the others in my collection, it is harder to work with (granted that most purples are like that) and it just doesn’t meet my high standards for an eyeshadow. I don’t even think I have used this shade since I swatched it when I first got it. It’s also not on their website, so there’s that. Verdict – bye sis! 

Bel Air is a matte cool taupe shade. The pigmentation on the matte shade is also pretty amazing. They are a little drier to the touch, but that is to be expected when dealing with matte shades. I love using this as a transition colour all over the crease, sometimes I just pop this on, add mascara and walk out the door. Verdict – she’s staying! 

Freckles is a matte light brown shade. The pigmentation of this is amazing and I love using it all over the crease or to add more definition to the inner crease when I am creating a softer look. Again, she’s a little drier than some of the other shades in my palette but I am putting that down to it being a matte shade. Sadly it is no longer on their website, which makes me believe that it may be discontinued! Verdict – she’s staying! 

Top Notch is a matte terracotta brown shade. Again, another drier shade due to its finish, but the pigmentation is great! Because this one is a little deeper in colour compared to the last two, it is perfect for creating definition or deepening the outer crease. Verdict – she’s staying! 

Cloud Nine is a matte plummy brown shade. I love how deep this colour is. I love using this to deepen the outer corner, or I use it as a liner when I want something a little softer than a black. The pigmentation of this dark brown is amazing too! Verdict – she’s staying! 

Noche is a matte dark brown shade, very similar to Cloud Nine. I love using this shade in the same way I use the other dark brown shades, as a liner, outer corner or just for more depth in a nice smokey look. I do think it is way too similar to the shade above so the real question is… do I need two dark browns? Sadly it is no longer on their website, which makes me believe that it may be discontinued! Verdict – bye sis! 

Razy is a deep matte eggplant shade. It is highly pigmented with a smooth velvety texture, more on the dry side compared to other shades. I love using to deepen the outer crease for a more dramatic look. Sadly it is no longer on their website, which makes me believe that it may be discontinued! Verdict – she’s staying! 

Let’s Do It is a deep matte black shade. It does needs building up to be a true black shade but the pigmentation is definitely there. Again, it is more on the drier side of matte shades but it does blend out on the eye like a dream. I love smudging it along the lash line for a perfectly soft winged liner look. Verdict – she’s staying!

End Results: I started off with 23 single shadows in this palette, and after the big test, I am decluttering 4 and keeping 19. Not a big shock as I knew I loved these shadows, but hey, it’s something!

I would highly recommend any beauty lover to get their hands on some of the ColourPop Cosmetics single pressed shadows. They are such good value for money (especially when they have sales on, which is pretty regularly) and the shade range is incredible!

What was your favourite shade from my palette? What ColourPop Single Pressed Shadows are your favourite? Leave me a comment and let me know 🙂

That’s all for now Beauties!

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Shayla x Colourpop | First Impressions

Hi Beauties!

Long time, no blog post! I know it has been so long between blog posts. I feel like my life has just been so crazy busy lately, and to be honest I am still trying to get on top of it all. I have been working like crazy, studying, doing assessments, travelled to Thailand and looking for a new house to move into. Because of all of this I have barely had any time to focus on makeup. I still have a lot going on, so my posts won’t be as regular as I would like. But I am trying my best to get back into the swing of things, so please bare with me.

I am super excited for this post! As soon as I saw the reveal for this collection I knew I had to have it. Although I might be a little late with this first impression (I did receive this package while I was in Thailand so it was always going to be a little delayed) I am hoping that the expression better late than never applies.

Shayla (also known as makeupshayla on instagram) teamed up with the amazing Colourpop Cosmetics to release her own collection of products. If you have read my of my previous posts about Colourpop, you would know that it is a new favourite of mine. Their entire range is extremely cheap but has really high quality, and they have something for everyone.

Let’s break down the collection a little bit! Firstly, there is the ‘Perception’ pressed powder shadow palette, which costs $23 USD (approx. $30 AUD) and it contains 16 amazing pressed shadows, with the perfect mix of matte and metallic finishes. Then there are three stunning creme lux lipstick shades, ‘Quickie’, ‘C’mon Sis’ and ‘Oouuuu!’. These can be bought separately for $7 USD (approx. $9 AUD) or in a set for only $21 USD (approx. $28 AUD). Next there is a super sparkly ultra glossy lip called ‘Neat Freak’ which costs only $6 USD (approx. $9 AUD). Last but not least, there are two stunning luster dust loose highlighters, ‘Pose’ and ‘Boomin’ which run for only $7 USD (approx. $9 AUD).

I picked up the entire collection during their first release as a bundle which cost $59 USD (approx. $78 AUD). The collection sold out during this release but has since been restocked at the time of this post.

Let’s get into swatching and my first impressions on the products.

I have recently grown to love the formula and pigmentation of the Colourpop pressed powder shadows. They blend super easily and look amazing on the eyes. The ‘Perception’ palette contains a great mix of 6 matte and 12 metallic shades. They are super pigmented (as expected) and I can definitely see myself using each and every shade. As you can see by the swatches (excuse the goose bumps, it was freezing) the metallic shades are true stand outs. I don’t know how Colourpop do it, but their metallic/shimmer shadows are my favourite formula by far! I love that this palette comes with the more natural shades, but also has 6 more ‘out-of-the-box’ shades as it can really allow you to make all different sort of looks with just the one palette. The packaging of this is also a highlight. I love the drips, the huge mirror and the fact that the shade names are under each shadow is a nice added bonus.

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Shayla x Colourpop Collection – Oouuuu!, Quickie and C’mon Sis Creme Lux Lipsticks

If I am being honest, I have never previously tried any of the crème lux lipsticks from Colourpop Cosmetics. I am a matte liquid lip kind of girl, as I am not a huge fan of the way other lipstick finishes look on my lips. The Shalya x Coloupop crème lux lipsticks are all creamy-matte shades and are said to be longwearing. ‘Oouuuu!’ is a warm peach shade, ‘Quickie’ is a peachy nude and ‘C’mon Sis’ is a soft pinky brown shade. I love that each of these shades could be warn by so many different skin tones. I see myself absolutely loving ‘Quickie’ and ‘C’mon Sis’ as they are right up my ally. ‘Oouuuu!’ is something I will have to warm up to as I am not so used to wearing that sort of shade. The packaging is again beautiful!

As I have said many times, I am not a gloss wearer. I usually hate the look of gloss on my lips and I never really reach for the glosses I already have in my collection. However, I did want to try the Shalya x Colourpop gloss out as it looks absolutely stunning. ‘Neat Freak’ is an ultra glossy lip with high shine and a metallic pearl finish. It is a peachy champagne with little pink and gold glitters mixed throughout. I can’t wait to try it out!

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Shayla x Colourpop Collection – Pose and Boomin Luster Dust Loose Highlighters

Lastly, the luster dust loose highlighters. To my knowledge, these are the first loose highlighters in the Colourpop line and by the looks of things they won’t be the last. ‘Boomin’ is a peachy gold shade while ‘Pose’ is more of a warm copper. I will definitely get more wear out of ‘Boomin’ but I may be able to find another use for the warmer shade. These loose highlighters are super finely milled and are packed with high shine glitters and pearls which make for a pretty blinding highlight. Just from the swatches alone, I am obsessed!

Did you pick up anything from this collection? What were your first impressions? Leave me a comment and let me know! 🙂

That’s all for now Beauties!

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Recent Beauty Purchases

Hi Beauties!

I have been trying really hard to stick to my spending ban lately. However, with all the amazing Christmas/Boxing Day/New Years sales that have been available lately, I decided to treat myself to some great deals. So here is a quick little blog post showing you all of the goodies I picked up over the last few months. If you would love to see a review or more in-depth post on any of these products be sure to leave me a comment and let me know!

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Jeffree Star Cosmetics – Holiday Glitter Velour Liquid Lipstick Collection

Jeffree Star – I have been collecting all his velour liquid lipsticks for a while now, so I knew I had to break my spending ban when he released his Glitter Holiday Collection at the end of 2017. Not only does the packaging look amazing but the Jeffree Star liquid lips have my all-time favourite formula, not too drying and stays in place all day! I picked up all the shades (mermaid blood, berries on ice, human nature, poinsettia, Santa baby, first class, Medusa and Christmas cookie).

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ColourPop – Pressed Powder Shadows

ColourPop – You may have seen my recent post dedicated to the ColourPop pressed shadows. I have been continuing to test the shadows out to find the best ways to use the products. So, in addition to this, I decided to take advantage of their recent sales and grab a few more shades. When I opened the package I was surprised at how much I actually purchased! I picked up the ‘Yin to my Yang’ bundle (which included the shades: Now and Zen, Tea Gardens, Glass Bull, Snake Eyes, Dragonfly and Let’s Do It) and the single shades Tiny Tangerines, Pinky Promise and Crown Jewel.

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ColourPop – Brow Colours; Golden State of Mind Palette; Super Shock Shadows

ColourPop – In addition to the pressed shadows, I also picked up some new super shock shadows (in the shades Lit Year and Bae). I absolutely love ColourPops metallic super shock shadows because the formula is amazing and they look like liquid metal on the eyes. I also grabbed some of their precision brow colours to try out. I picked up two shades (Black N’ Brown and Bangin’ Brunette) as I wasn’t really sure what shade would best match my brows. I was smart with my purchases as I got them when they had a great deal going on which added a new palette to the cart once you spent over a certain amount. I loved the look of the Golden State of Mind palette anyways so the fact that I picked it up for free was an added bonus. I can’t wait to try out all these new goodies.

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XOBeauty – The Rebel False Lashes; The Brave False Lashes; Fantasy Faux Mink Lashes; Duo False Eyelash Glue (latex-free); Tapered Face Brush; Fluffy Blender Brush

XOBeauty – I absolutely love Shaaanxo aka Shannon Harris, so the fact that she has her own beauty line with amazing products makes me love her even more. I picked up some old favourites and one newbie from her website when she was having her amazing Boxing Day sales. I am in love with The Rebel and The Brave false lashes. I have used my old pairs to death so I figured it was time to grab some more pairs. I also fell in love with her new Faux Mink range, but my budget at the time only allowed for one pair from that range to try (in the style Fantasy). I also grabbed two of my all time favourite/most used brushes from her line, the Tapered Face Brush and the Fluffy Blender Brush. Lastly, her website stocks the amazing Duo Lash Glue (latex free is my favourite) so I thought I better grab a back up of that one just incase my current one runs out soon.

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Lashed Co. – Miss Budapest Lashes; Miss Tokyo Lashes

Lashed Co. – I fell in love with this brand in 2017. They have so many amazing lash styles and are super affordable. My two current favourite lash styles from them are Miss Budapest and Miss Tokyo, so when they recently had free shipping on all orders I knew I had to grab two more of each style as back ups. They are so easy to apply, look amazing on the eyes and are just so damn fluffy, how could you not love these lashes.

Okay, time to go back on my spending ban!

What are some of your recent beauty buys? Leave me a comment and let me know! 🙂

That’s all for now Beauties!

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Colourpop Cosmetics | Pressed Shadow Review

Hi Beauties!

ColourPop Cosmetics has really been on the up lately! With the constant influx of new products and collaborations, it is easy to see why this brand has become such a staple within the beauty community. And the best part? The majority of their single products within the price range of $5 – $8 USD ($6 – $11 AUD), so you can see why their products are a major hit.

I am a huge fan of their super shock shadows/cheek collections, so when they recently launched their new range of single pressed shadows I knew I had to get my hands on them. Currently, their single pressed shadows come in three different finishes – matte, metallic and satin. I picked up several of their best selling matte and metallic shades, as well as the two iluvsarahii eyeshadow collab collection, to try out and share my thoughts with you guys. So, let’s get into swatching and reviewing!

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Metallic Shades (without flash) Top – Bottom: Let Me Explain; Vivacious (iluvsarahii); High Strung; Come And Get It; Heavy Glam (iluvsarahii); Lit (iluvsarahii)
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Metallic Shades (with flash) Top – Bottom: Shades without flash Top – Bottom: Let Me Explain; Vivacious (iluvsarahii); High Strung; Come And Get It; Heavy Glam (iluvsarahii); Lit (iluvsarahii)
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Matte Shades Top – Bottom: Distressed (iluvsarahii); Bel Air; Freckles (iluvsarahii); Top Notch; Chic Happens (iluvsarahii); Get Out; 143; Razy (iluvsarahii); Cloud Nine; Noche (iluvsarahii)

As you can see by the swatches, the matte shades are very hit and miss. Although they are quite highly pigmented, the formula feels extremely dry, with the darker shades being the biggest disappointment. The pigmentation in the lighter shades is impressive, however, the dryness in the formula made them harder to blend once on the eyes. I also noticed when swatching, some of the shadows were very flakey (particularly the shade Get Out). However, I am determined to make them work!

The metallic shades are definitely what won me over. They are super creamy and pigmented and perform amazingly on the eyes with such great staying power. I will definitely be adding more of the ColourPop metallic shades to my cart with future purchases.

Have you tried the ColourPop Cosmetics pressed shadows? How did they work for you? Leave me a comment and let me know! 🙂

That’s all for now Beauties!

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