Bye Bye Birdie
Colour Pop Bye Bye Birdie 12-Pan Pressed Powder Shadow Palette ($18.00 for 0.36 oz.) is a new palette released in time for the holidays. It features a mix of finishes from Super Shock Shadow to Pressed Glitter.
The mattes seemed a bit more powdery than the average shade in the finish, but they were fairly pigmented, blendable, and long-wearing so just take care to tap off excess and/or apply eye makeup before base products. The Super Shock Shadows were sheerer, though sparkly, and worked better as highlighting shades (like for the inner tearduct) or layered over something else.
Note: Ruffled and Emuse Me are Pressed Glitters and Heron Chic is a Pressed Pigment; all three are “not intended for use in the immediate eye area.”
Colour Pop Aerial Super Shock Shadow
Aerial is a soft, light-medium peach with pink-peach undertones and warmer, golden shimmer. It had medium coverage with a creamy, more emollient texture (it is a Super Shock Shadow) that turned to powder when it came into contact with my skin. It worked better as a wash of shimmer/sheen than it did as a standalone shade due to the sheerer coverage and slightly patchy application. It wore well for nine hours before fading noticeably.
Colour Pop Nesting Pressed Powder Shadow
Nesting is a light-medium peach with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had nearly opaque color payoff in a single layer, while the texture was soft, lightly powdery but not prone to fallout or sheering out too readily. The eyeshadow applied evenly and blended out without any issues. This shade lasted nicely for eight hours before fading a bit.
Colour Pop Ruffled Pressed Glitter
Ruffled had a clear base with iridescent, multi-colored glitter in finer to larger hexagon-shaped pieces. The larger pieces were extremely irritating in the eye, and I could feel the edge of it against my lash line if it wasn’t properly laying flat. I noticed that the larger particles were very prone to moving around and didn’t adhere that well to my skin relative to the small and medium-sized particles. The more impressive part about it was just that the glitter dispersed fairly evenly when applied.
The product contains plastic glitter, which is not considered safe for usage on the eyes (there is a warning on the back of the palette about it).
Colour Pop Gander Super Shock Shadow
Gander is a light, peachy gold with warm undertones and flecks of copper and gold sparkle paired with a metallic finish. It had semi-sheer color payoff in a single layer, which didn’t build up much beyond medium coverage. The texture was smooth to the touch with light slip, and it adhered well to bare skin without fallout but could have applied more evenly. It wore well eight and a half hours on me before I noticed slight fading.
Colour Pop Never More Pressed Powder Shadow
Never More is a medium pink with moderate, warm undertones and flecks of gold and pink micro-sparkle over a metallic finish. It had rich color coverage that adhered well to bare skin with a smooth, even lay down of color that blended out easily along the edges. The eyeshadow lasted well for eight hours before fading a bit on me.
Colour Pop Finch Pressed Powder Shadow
Finch is a medium-dark berry with cooler undertones and a pearly sheen. It was richly pigmented with a smooth texture that was more firmly-pressed into the pan, but it picked up well with a brush and had great adhesion and blendability (but no powderiness). The eyeshadow stayed on well for eight hours before fading a bit.
Colour Pop Emuse Me Pressed Glitter
Emuse Me had a pink-tinted, more translucent base with flecks of multi-colored glitter, though a lot of it read lighter and more mid-tone pink. It had semi-opaque coverage, in the form of glitter, and dispersed evenly on my skin. It had light fallout/travel after eight hours of wear; it was better than old school glitter but I’d still strongly recommend using it with an adhesive base/spray just to be sure.
It does contain plastic glitter and was labeled as “not intended for use in the immediate eye area.”
Colour Pop On a Wing Pressed Powder Shadow
On a Wing
On a Wing is a muted, medium lavender with neutral-to-warm undertones and warmer golden shimmer that gave it a metallic finish. The pigmentation was opaque in a single pass, while the eyeshadow had a smooth, cream-like texture that applied easily and “melted” onto my lid and looked seamless. It lasted beautifully for eight and a half hours on me before creasing slightly.
Colour Pop Boo Bird Pressed Powder Shadow
Boo Bird is a medium-dark, pink-coral with soft, warm undertones and barely-there flecks of gold sparkle over a matte finish. The sparkles didn’t add anything as they didn’t translate to the lid in practice. The texture was soft, somewhat powdery, but it wasn’t prone to sheering out too readily and didn’t give me fallout. It stayed on nicely for seven and a half hours before fading noticeably.
Colour Pop Heron Chic Pressed Powder Shadow
Heron Chic is a deep berry with strong, cool undertones and a matte finish. It was intensely pigmented with a soft, moderately powdery texture that had light fallout but adhered evenly and blended out with ease along the edges. It wore well for eight and a half hours on me before fading visibly.
Colour Pop Fly By Night Pressed Powder Shadow
Fly By Night
Fly By Night is a medium-dark plum with warmer undertones and flecks of larger, gold sparkle over a more matte finish. The sparkles didn’t translate much on my l id when applied but did result in some fallout, so I wish they weren’t included (as they aren’t bringing anything to the party!). The texture was soft, lightly powdery and sheered out from opaque to semi-opaque a bit too readily and had to be built back up. It lasted well for eight hours before I noticed signs of wear.
Colour Pop Plumage Pressed Powder Shadow
Plumage is a medium-dark brown with moderate, warm red undertones and a matte finish. The texture was soft, blendable, and somewhat powdery in the pan with a touch of fallout during application. The eyeshadow had opaque color payoff that was easy to work with. It stayed on nicely for eight hours before fading noticeably.
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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