Hello, lovelies. Today I’d like to share my thoughts on this collaboration with you all. You guys know I love Kathleen and Colourpop, but not all collaborations are as amazing as you would think. Let’s see how this holds up to the test.
The packaging is a cardboard type of material with matte white, rose gold foiled marbling and stars and moons on it. I love the rose gold. The marbling is pretty, but I wish they would’ve gone for more of a glossy finish to the white portions. Any shadow that gets on the white parts stains it. Especially the matte shades with red. It makes it look dirty even when it’s not. The names of the shadows are printed on the back which is better than not at all but I still wish they were under the pans themselves. Having the names of the shadows on the back can be confusing sometimes and I hate having to flip it over to see the shade name every time I dip into a shadow. The packaging isn’t terrible, like I wouldn’t return it or anything because of it, but I’m not a huge fan for sure.
The shadows are silky and smooth for the price point of $16. I wouldn’t say they are the same feel as the Huda Beauty Rose Gold palette, but they aren’t chalky or scratchy. Some of the shimmers are so soft that you don’t even need to spritz your brush when applying!
For shade comments and swatches I’m going to go from top to bottom in each row starting on the left.
Shooting Star (Top left)- This is a soft, matte, dusty tan color. It’s amazing in the crease. My go to crease color from this palette. I like to compare this to Frappe from MUG.
Sweet Dreams (Middle left)- Sweet Dreams is one of my favorites. It’s a foiled rose gold but a lot more champagne than a normal rose gold and it has a strong pink undertone. It’s beautiful all over the lid with a matte brown in the crease and some winged liner!
Kaleidoscope (Bottom left)- Honestly, this shadow surprised me. In the pan it looks like an average, shimmery silver, but when you swatch it, it’s a champagne color. Absolutely gorgeous to use as the highlight shade in a halo eye or even just as a brow bone or inner corner highlight.
Magical (Second row top)- Another great crease shade. It’s a pale orangey color. I think of a creamsicle when I see Magical, but maybe that’s because of the Morphe x Jaclyn Hill palette. Lol.
Water Bearer (Second row middle)- A deep, matte turquoise. It can be a little scary, but the most wearable way I’ve found is to just smoke it out along the lower lash line for a little pop of color. That’s fun and not too crazy.
Elfish (Second row bottom)- A warm, matte brown. I like Elfish a lot for deepening the outer corner. It matches with the rest of the palette so it makes a nice, cohesive look.
Stardust (Third row top)- This is a foiled, shimmery sienna color. I like using this on the inner 2/3 of the lid with a deeper shade in the outer corner. This is right up my alley. I LOVE my warm shades!
Potion (Third row middle)- I’d call this a real sienna. Great for deepening the crease or warming up a look. I think this is a necessary color in everyone’s makeup inventory.
Moony (Third row bottom)- The highlight of the palette. This is a pearly shade in every aspect. The color is a cream with a hint of a yellow undertone and a slightly more than satin but not quite a shimmer finish. Very subtle highlight in my opinion, but still beautiful.
Twinkle (Last row top)- A true rose gold. I absolutely adore this shadow. You can use this in almost any way you want and it’ll be beautiful. In a halo eye, all over the lid, inner 2/3 of the eye, even just blended out all over the eye with no crease color.
Spark (Last row middle)- Red. Bright red. This can be a little intimidating too. It’s fun to have this peeking out of the crease and a more neutral outer corner and lid shade. It’s pretty on the lower lash line too!
Mermaid Boy (Last row bottom)- This is such a unique shade. I almost want to call it a duochrome but it isn’t quite that. But it isn’t a normal shimmer either. It has like a slight duochrome effect. As you can see around the edges it almost looks grayish. Beautiful shade to use in a halo eye!
Here is the shade names again, just to keep things from getting confusing 🙂
Shooting Star- Shooting Star isn’t super pigmented but I like it that way. So if I go in a little too heavy handed on my first go in, it isn’t too crazy looking. It can definitely be built up though.
Sweet Dreams- This is a shy kind of shadow. I like to wet my brush to apply this one and just use it on a dry, fluffy brush to blend the edges into the crease or outer corner shades.
Kaleidoscope- If I’m using his as a highlight, I’ll go in dry. If I’m using it on the lid in any way, I’ll spritz my brush a little bit. So, so beautiful!
Magical- This is pretty pigmented. I never really worry about going in too heavy though, because it’s a very blendable matte.
Water Bearer- Watch out because this shadow is ridiculously pigmented. A little goes a long way and if you aren’t careful, you’ll have green half way down your face. I do think it pairs well with all the rose golds in the palette, though.
Elfish- This is the shade I think I have the most problem with pigmentation wise. I want it to be a very deep brown, but when I pack it on the outer corner or lid and go to blend it into the crease, it just disappears. I’ve found that using a fluffy brush with the shadow on it to blend it out to be the best plan of action. Buildable, but I do wish it was a little more pigmented.
Stardust- Stardust is pretty pigmented. I use it a lot without even spritzing my brush, but sometimes just want that extra umph. When that happens I treat it a lot like the Sweet Dreams in the palette. I use it dry to blend it out and wet to apply to the lid. It’s dainty and oh so pretty!
Potion- Be careful if this is the first crease shade you’re going in with because it is pretty powerful for the crease. I like that it can be built up though incase you want to use it in the outer corner. I also love this shade on the lower lash line.
Moony- This shadow isn’t very loud. It’s pretty and dainty. It isn’t that it’s not pigmented, it’s just meant to be this shy. You can definitely build it up if you want a louder inner corner highlight or something of that sort.
Twinkle- I actually don’t usually use a wet brush when I go in in with this shade. It’s just so soft and foiled that I don’t feel like I have to. It’s very pigmented, as you can see in the swatches, it covers my tattoo completely!
Spark- I like that Spark isn’t too pigmented. It makes it easier to handle such a bright color. You can definitely build this up, or blend it out into a nice gradient for the crease.
Mermaid Boy- Mermaid Boy is the loudest, most in your face shadow of the palette. It’s so crazy pigmented, but because t has that slight duochrome property, it’s easier to blend out into another matte shadow. It’s intimidating, but just try it!
These shadows definitely hold up when it comes to wear time. I usually use Shape Tape to prime the eyes. Then I lay down a matte cream shadow all over the eye to set the concealer and ensure a smooth canvas for me to blend all my shadows on. When I use that, these shadows stay all day. I give the palette two thumbs up on wear time!
I love this palette so much! I use it pretty much daily. There’s no many fun looks to make with this palette. You can really dress a look up or down with this palette. And the pops of color allow you to have a lot of versatility. It’s small, so it’s great to travel with. I think this palette would be a great addition to anyone’s makeup stash.
And that’s a wrap for this review! That’s my honest opinion on the KathleenLights x Colourpop palette. What do you guys think of this collaboration? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments! Thank you guys so much for hanging out with me today. And I’ll see you next time! 🙂
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