Exes and Oh’s
Colour Pop Exes and Oh’s 12-Pan Pressed Powder Shadow Palette is a new, Ulta-exclusive palette that features muted tones of red- and orange-toned neutrals in both shimmery and matte finish. For anyone who likes to wear these types of tones, it should be an easy palette to work with as the majority of the eyeshadows were pigmented, blendable, and long-wearing. A few of the mattes needed to be built up slightly for full coverage, while shimmers like Know Better just work best as layering shades or washes rather than standalone shades (there was no description from the brand that implied it was supposed to be sheer, though).
Know Better is a pale pink with warmer undertones and flecks of silvery pink and gold sparkle. It had more of a transparent base, so it worked better as a layering shade patted on top of another eyeshadow for some shimmer or to add glitz to the inner tearduct. It could also be applied all-over the lid as a wash of sparkle. The texture was smooth, lightly emollient but blendable and had very little fallout when applied to my skin, though there was a bit of diffusion when I blended out the edge. It stayed on nicely for eight and a half hours with light fallout over time.
Colour Pop Stay Golden Pressed Powder Shadow
Stay Golden is a brighter, muted red with warmer undertones and a matte finish. It had good color coverage that needed half of a layer built on top for full pigmentation. The texture was soft, a little drier and dustier in the pan, but it applied evenly and blended out well, though I had slight fallout during application. It lasted well for eight and a half hours and left a faint stain after removal.
Colour Pop Hooky Pressed Powder Shadow
Hooky is a medium brown with muted, warm undertones and a matte finish. The eyeshadow had rich pigmentation that adhered evenly to bare skin in a single layer. The texture was soft, blendable, and had enough substance to work well without a primer as it didn’t sheer out too readily but still blended along the edge. It wore well for eight hours before showing signs of fading.
20 Something is a bright, peachy gold with warm undertones and a sparkling, metallic finish. It was more loosely-pressed in the pan, so there was some fallout during application, but the overall consistency was creamier and more silicone-heavy, which helped most of the sparkles to adhere to my lid. It had opaque pigmentation that stayed on well for eight hours with light fallout over time.
Colour Pop Issues #2 Pressed Powder Shadow
Issues #2 is a light-medium, yellowed peach with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good color coverage that was buildable to full coverage with a second layer. The texture was soft with moderate powderiness, so there was some excess product kicked up in the pan and a touch of fallout during application if I wasn’t careful. This shade lasted well for eight hours on me before fading visibly.
Colour Pop Reckless Pressed Powder Shadow
Reckless is a deep plum with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had nearly opaque color coverage that needed less than half of a layer built on top for full coverage. The consistency was soft, velvety, and substantial, but it remained blendable along the edge with a touch of fallout during application. It wore nicely for eight and a half hours before I noticed some fading.
Rookie is a bright, medium copper with stronger, warm undertones and flecks of multi-colored shimmer and sparkle throughout. It had a cream-like feel–very smooth and emollient–but it applied with excellent pigmentation in a single layer and all of that sparkle adhered well and didn’t give me trouble with fallout during application. This shade stayed on well for nine hours with a smidgen of fallout over time.
Colour Pop Fortunate Pressed Powder Shadow
Fortunate is a light-medium, reddish-brown with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. There was barely-there shimmer throughout but not enough to meaningfully change the finish from visually matte on the eye. It had opaque pigmentation with a soft, velvety consistency that was blendable and not prone to sheering out on my skin. It lasted nicely for eight hours before fading noticeably.
Colour Pop Realness Pressed Powder Shadow
Realness is a muted, medium-dark brown with warm, rusty undertones and a matte finish. It had a slightly powdery texture, so there was some excess product that was kicked up in the pan, but I didn’t notice any issues with fallout during application. The eyeshadow had opaque color coverage that applied evenly and blended out easily along the edges. It wore well for eight and a half hours before showing signs of fading.
Colour Pop Easy Go Pressed Powder Shadow
Easy Go is a medium-dark red with warm undertones and a satin sheen. It was richly pigmented with a smooth, slightly firmer texture, though it wasn’t stiff to work with. The eyeshadow applied well to bare skin and blended out nicely along the edges. It stayed on well for eight hours before fading a bit.
Colour Pop Side Tracked Pressed Powder Shadow
Side Tracked is a light-medium brown with warmer undertones and flecks of gold micro-sparkle over a matte finish. The texture was soft, somewhat powdery, but it seemed to be confined to the pan as I didn’t have issues with fallout or the product sheering out too readily on my skin. It had opaque pigmentation that lasted nicely for eight hours before starting to fade.
Smitten is a medium red with subtle, warmer undertones and cooler pink shimmer that gave it a pearly sheen. It had good color coverage, but it had a more silicone-heavy–but very thin–feel that made it harder to apply without the product moving around, so the overall application was uneven on my skin. It wore decently for seven and a half hours before creasing on me.