ColourPop Bare Necessities Eyeshadow Palette Review & Swatches

Bare Necessities

Colour Pop Bare Necessities 30-Pan Shadow Palette ($39.00 for 0.92 oz.) is a new, mega-palette featuring a slew of neutrals from pale beige to soft black and a range of cooler and warmer-toned neutrals between those. It’s a nice palette overall for those who are still on the hunt for just the right neutral palette, and I’d say this one favors mattes over shimmers. The undertones run warmer on average, but there were several rosier and more neutral to neutral-to-cool taupes and the like. Most shades were pigmented, blendable, and wore around eight hours, though a few were a little powdery or a bit firmly-pressed into the pan.

Colour Pop Idol Hour Pressed Powder Shadow

Colour Pop Idol Hour Pressed Powder Shadow

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Idol Hour

Idol Hour is a pale, white gold with moderate, warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had nearly opaque pigmentation in a single layer that was buildable to full coverage with less than a second layer. The texture was soft, slightly drier to the touch, and was best used with a lighter hand to avoid picking up too much product at once. It lasted well eight hours before showing signs of fading on me.

Colour Pop In the Buff Pressed Powder Shadow

Colour Pop In the Buff Pressed Powder Shadow

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In the Buff

In the Buff is a light beige with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had excellent color coverage that applied evenly to bare skin and blended out without difficulty. The texture was soft, blendable, but not too powdery nor too firmly pressed into the pan. It wore nicely for eight hours before fading noticeably.

Colour Pop Silk Teddy Pressed Powder Shadow

Colour Pop Silk Teddy Pressed Powder Shadow

Silk Teddy

Silk Teddy is a dark peach with moderate, warm undertones and a sparkling, metallic finish. The texture was soft, more loosely-pressed into the pan, so it had slight fallout during application if I wasn’t careful. The pigmentation was opaque in a single layer. It stayed on well for eight hours before fading visibly.

Colour Pop On Holiday Pressed Powder Shadow

Colour Pop On Holiday Pressed Powder Shadow

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On Holiday

On Holiday is a soft taupe with neutral undertones and a matte finish. The eyeshadow had excellent color payoff paired with a soft, lightly powdery texture that was blendable and picked up well with my brush. It lasted well for eight hours before fading a bit.

Colour Pop Rumored Pressed Powder Shadow

Colour Pop Rumored Pressed Powder Shadow

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Rumored

Rumored is a bright, pale taupe with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had rich pigmentation that applied easily to bare skin with a smooth, even lay down of product. The consistency was creamy, smooth, and silky to the touch. It wore well for eight hours before fading noticeably.

Colour Pop Banter Pressed Powder Shadow

Colour Pop Banter Pressed Powder Shadow

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Banter

Banter is a soft, taupe-brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. The texture was stiffer in the pan, so it had to be used with a heavier hand and gently pushed at the surface to dislodge product. Once the product was loosened, it had opaque pigmentation and applied evenly. I didn’t have any difficulty blending out the edges over bare skin. It stayed on nicely for eight hours before fading a bit.

Colour Pop Full Expose Pressed Powder Shadow

Colour Pop Full Expose Pressed Powder Shadow

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Full Expose

Full Expose is a light-medium, yellowy beige with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had excellent color payoff that applied well to bare skin and blended out easily. The consistency was smooth, velvety, and dense enough to prevent most fallout and kept it from sheering out too readily. It lasted well for eight hours before fading noticeably on me.

Colour Pop Tease Me Pressed Powder Shadow

Colour Pop Tease Me Pressed Powder Shadow

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Tease Me

Tease Me is a light-medium peach with strong, warm yellow undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had rich color coverage paired with a soft, drier, and slightly dusty texture. The eyeshadow sheered out a bit during application, and there was a touch of fallout initially. It wore well for seven and a half hours before fading was present.

Colour Pop The Talk Pressed Powder Shadow

Colour Pop The Talk Pressed Powder Shadow

The Talk

The Talk is a soft, peachy coral with warm undertones and a sparkling, metallic finish. It seemed to have more shimmer than base color, so it could work decently as a “topper” shade. Otherwise, I’d recommend applying it with a dampened brush or fingertip, which gave it better coverage and minimized fallout. On its own, it had more semi-opaque pigmentation that went on somewhat evenly but had to really be worked into place. It stayed on well for seven and a half hours before fading noticeably on me.

Colour Pop Hustler Pressed Powder Shadow

Colour Pop Hustler Pressed Powder Shadow

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Hustler

Hustler is a bright, medium peach with strong, warm undertones and a matte finish. The texture was velvety, smooth, and almost emollient, which gave it greater substance. It had rich pigmentation that applied well to bare skin and had minimal fallout during application. It lasted nicely for eight hours before I noticed fading.

Colour Pop Complicated Pressed Powder Shadow

Colour Pop Complicated Pressed Powder Shadow

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Complicated

Complicated is a light, peachy-orange with subtle, golden shimmer over a matte finish. It had rich color coverage that applied evenly to bare skin and blended out nicely along the edges. The consistency was soft, smooth, and a little powdery in the pan but maintained its intensity when applied. It wore well for eight hours before showing signs of fading.

Colour Pop Crack On Pressed Powder Shadow

Colour Pop Crack On Pressed Powder Shadow

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Crack On

Crack On is a medium brown with moderate, warm undertones and a matte finish. The eyeshadow had a soft, blendable texture that wasn’t too softly nor too firmly pressed, so it was easy to work with. It had opaque pigmentation that applied evenly to bare skin. This shade stayed on nicely for eight hours before fading a bit.

Colour Pop Hot Gossip Pressed Powder Shadow

Colour Pop Hot Gossip Pressed Powder Shadow

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Hot Gossip

Hot Gossip is a soft, very light brown with moderate, warm undertones and a matte finish. The texture was soft, slightly more firmly pressed into the pan, so it needed a moderate hand to pick up evenly on a brush. The eyeshadow had opaque pigmentation in a single layer, which lasted well for eight hours on me.

Colour Pop All 4 U Pressed Powder Shadow

Colour Pop All 4 U Pressed Powder Shadow

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All 4 U

All 4 U is a medium-dark peach with soft, warm undertones and a matte finish. The pigmentation was opaque in a single layer, which applied evenly and blended out nicely along the edges. The texture was soft, smooth, and wasn’t too firmly nor too softly pressed into the pan. It wore well for eight hours before fading visibly on my skin.

Colour Pop Designer Duds Pressed Powder Shadow

Colour Pop Designer Duds Pressed Powder Shadow

Designer Duds

Designer Duds is a peachy copper with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. The eyeshadow had good color coverage that applied evenly to bare skin. The texture was lightly emollient, dense without being too thick or too firmly pressed into the pan, so it was easy to work with. It stayed on well for eight hours before I noticed slight fading.

Colour Pop Spree Pressed Powder Shadow

Colour Pop Spree Pressed Powder Shadow

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Spree

Spree is a medium, reddened plum with warm undertones and flecks of gold micro-sparkle over a matte base. There were enough sparkles that some translated to my lid during application, but they were prone to separating from the base product, which resulted in imprecise application. The eyeshadow was richly pigmented and had a soft, velvety texture that was easy to blend out. It lasted nicely for eight and a half hours before fading a bit.

Spree

A

Permanent in Palette

Colour Pop Act a Fool Pressed Powder Shadow

Colour Pop Act a Fool Pressed Powder Shadow

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Act a Fool

Act a Fool is a medium-dark mauve with neutral-to-cool undertones and a matte finish. It had opaque color coverage in a single layer, while the texture was soft, moderately powdery, but it had good adhesion and wasn’t prone to sheering out too readily, though there was slight fallout. It wore well for eight hours before fading noticeably on me.

Colour Pop Cufflinks Pressed Powder Shadow

Colour Pop Cufflinks Pressed Powder Shadow

Cufflinks

Cufflinks is a light, rosy plum with subtle, warm undertones and a soft, frosted shimmer. The consistency was more powdery and seemed drier, which resulted in some of the shimmer getting too easily pulled away from the base color. This resulted in fallout and imprecise application. It had opaque coverage that stayed on well for eight hours before fading visibly.

Colour Pop Haute Pressed Powder Shadow

Colour Pop Haute Pressed Powder Shadow

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Haute

Haute is a muted, medium-dark orange with warm, brownish undertones and a matte finish. It had opaque color payoff that applied evenly to my lid and blended out well along the edges. The texture was smooth, not too powdery or too firmly pressed into the pan, and picked up well with a brush. It lasted nicely for eight hours before fading noticeably on my skin.

Haute

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Colour Pop Fuzzy Pressed Powder Shadow

Colour Pop Fuzzy Pressed Powder Shadow

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Fuzzy

Fuzzy is medium-dark bronze with warmer undertones and a metallic sheen. The eyeshadow had excellent color coverage in a single layer, which adhered evenly to bare skin and blended out with ease. The texture was smooth, lightly creamy, and dense without being too thick or too firmly pressed into the pan. It wore well for eight and a half hours before fading a bit.

Fuzzy

A

Permanent in Palette

Colour Pop Tabloid Pressed Powder Shadow

Colour Pop Tabloid Pressed Powder Shadow

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Tabloid

Tabloid is a medium-dark taupe-brown with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. The eyeshadow had intense color payoff that adhered well to bare skin and blended out without difficulty along the edges. The texture was soft without being too powdery in the pan. It stayed on well for eight hours before the fading was visible.

Colour Pop Genie Pressed Powder Shadow

Colour Pop Genie Pressed Powder Shadow

Genie

Genie is a rich, deeper gold with strong, warm undertones and a bright, metallic finish. The consistency was cream-like, smooth to the touch, and dense with becoming stiff or too thick to work with. The pigmentation was opaque and went on evenly on my lid. It lasted nicely for eight and a half hours before I noticed fading.

Genie

A

Permanent in Palette

Colour Pop Taboo Pressed Powder Shadow

Colour Pop Taboo Pressed Powder Shadow

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Taboo

Taboo is a medium brown with strong, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had excellent pigmentation that applied evenly to bare skin and blended out beautifully. The texture was soft, velvety, and not too firmly nor too softly pressed into the pan. It wore well for eight hours before fading visibly.

Taboo

A

Permanent in Palette

Colour Pop Dutch Process Pressed Powder Shadow

Colour Pop Dutch Process Pressed Powder Shadow

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Dutch Process

Dutch Process is a medium-dark brown with warm, reddish undertones and a mostly matte finish. There were some sparkles strewn throughout, but they did not translate much on my lid and the few that did had a tendency to blend off of the base color. The consistency was soft, velvety, and blendable overall, though. It stayed on well for eight and a half hours before fading noticeably.

Colour Pop Velveteen Pressed Powder Shadow

Colour Pop Velveteen Pressed Powder Shadow

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Velveteen

Velveteen is a medium-dark taupe-brown with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. The eyeshadow had rich color coverage that adhered well to bare skin. The consistency was soft, not too powdery nor too firmly pressed into the pan, and blended out beautifully on my skin. It lasted well for eight and a half hours before there were signs of fading.

Colour Pop Prix Fixe Pressed Powder Shadow

Colour Pop Prix Fixe Pressed Powder Shadow

Prix Fixe

Prix Fixe is a deep gold with strong, warm undertones and a metallic finish. The consistency was more loosely-pressed in the pan, so it applied best with fingertips, dampened brush, or a flat, firm synthetic brush, as this minimized the potential for fallout. The rich color payoff wore nicely for eight hours before fading visibly.

Colour Pop Stiletto Pressed Powder Shadow

Colour Pop Stiletto Pressed Powder Shadow

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Stiletto

Stiletto is medium-dark brown with muted, warm undertones and mostly matte finish, though there were larger micro-sparkles that sat more on the surface. The sparkles were most noticeable in the pan, but applied (even swatched, which doesn’t require as much blending), most of them disappeared. The underlying product was soft, blendable, and easy to work with on bare skin. It had opaque color coverage that stayed on well for fading noticeably.

Colour Pop Revel Pressed Powder Shadow

Colour Pop Revel Pressed Powder Shadow

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Revel

Revel is a brighter, medium-dark brown with strong, warm undertones and flecks of gold sparkle. The texture was overly dense, which made it stiffer and harder to work with, especially when it came to applying it evenly to bare skin. I’d recommend using it with a dampened brush to help give it better glide. It had opaque color payoff that lasted well for eight hours on me.

Revel

B-

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Colour Pop Baubles Pressed Powder Shadow

Colour Pop Baubles Pressed Powder Shadow

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Baubles

Baubles is a darker, taupe-brown with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had nearly opaque color payoff that was buildable to full coverage. The texture was soft, a little drier and dustier, but it remained blendable on my skin and went on evenly. It wore well for eight hours eight hours before fading noticeably.

Colour Pop Spy Glass Pressed Powder Shadow

Colour Pop Spy Glass Pressed Powder Shadow

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Spy Glass

Spyglass is a soft black with a mostly matte finish. It was densely-pressed into the pan, which resulted in a thinner, drier, and stiffer formula. It had buildable pigmentation from mostly opaque to opaque, but it was harder to blend it out. I’d recommend using a light hand and really building up as this made blending more foolproof. It stayed on well for eight hours before fading a bit.

 

Formula Overview

The new Pressed Powder Shadow formula is supposed to be “highly pigmented” with an “ultra-velvety and silky” texture that is “long-wearing” and “adheres easily to the eyes.” Most of the shades have semi-opaque to opaque pigmentation that applies well to bare skin, blends out without issue, and lasts for seven to eight hours.

The matte eyeshadows tend to be a little more powdery, though soft and finely-milled, in the pan, while the shimmers have a creamier, dense consistency. Occasionally, the more sparkly or metallic shades apply better with fingertips or a dampened brush.

 

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