Colour Pop Smoke Show 9-Pan Pressed Powder Palette ($12.00 for 0.36 oz.) is a new addition to the brand’s series of monochromatic palettes, and it’s a beauty. If you love gray- and black-hued eyeshadows, this is made for you, but the quality of the palette is superb across the board–not a dud in the palette.
I also felt like the range in depth and finish made it a more cohesive palette than some of the other monochromatic palettes, which is a nice bonus. The texture of some of the lighter, grayish mattes is impressive; they did shades well that aren’t done often and when they are done, are often disappointing. Smoke Show might be one of the best palettes ColourPop has ever released.
Colour Pop Young Love Pressed Powder Shadow
Young Love is a very bright, cool-toned white with a matte finish. It had a creamier, more velvety and substantial feel, which went a long way to ensuring it packed intense pigmentation that didn’t sheer out to a whisper of white when applied. It blended out well and lost its coverage just slightly, and it could be built back up to full coverage with less than half of a layer. This shade lasted well for eight hours on me before fading noticeably.
Colour Pop Smokin’ Pressed Powder Shadow
Smokin’ is a medium-dark gray with neutral-to-cool undertones and a frosted finish. It had opaque color payoff that applied evenly to bare skin and blended out well along the edges. The texture was smooth, lightly emollient but not to the point where it was harder to work with (the kind that only work well with fingertips or a dampened brush). The color wore beautifully for eight hours on me before I noticed signs of fading.
Colour Pop Stone Face Pressed Powder Shadow
Stone Face is a very light gray with neutral-to-cool undertones and a matte finish. The consistency felt velvety, smooth, and substantial, which prevented it from sheering out when applied to bare skin–something that is typical of any shade that is this light and matte. It had opaque color payoff that applied well to bare skin with a smooth, even lay down of color that blended out well along the edges without losing its intensity. It stayed on well for eight hours on me before I noticed fading.
Colour Pop Slated Pressed Powder Shadow
Slated is a light-medium, bluish-gray with cool undertones and a matte finish. The eyeshadow had rich pigmentation that adhered evenly to bare skin and blended out easily. The texture was soft, velvety, and just a touch dusty in the pan. It lasted nicely for eight and a half hours before showing signs of fading.
Colour Pop Star Struck Pressed Powder Shadow
Star Struck is a bright silver with subtle, cool undertones and a shiny, metallic finish. It was intensely pigmented with a smooth, almost cream-like texture that had some slip but adhered evenly and blended out seamlessly along the edges. This shade wore well for eight hours on me before creasing faintly.
Colour Pop Ignite Pressed Powder Shadow
Ignite is a medium-dark, purple-taupe with cool undertones and flecks of greenish-gold micro-sparkle over a more matte finish. It had excellent pigmentation with a soft, velvety consistency that wasn’t too soft nor too firmly pressed in the pan. This shade applied evenly and blended out well on bare skin but had slight fallout from the sparkles. It stayed on well for eight hours before fading slightly.
Colour Pop Let’s Do It Pressed Powder Shadow
Let’s Do It
Let’s Do It is a deep black with neutral-to-cool undertones and a matte finish. The texture was smoother, creamier, and richer–dense and substantial but not thick or difficult to pick up with a dry brush–than I recall the original single of it being. I had no trouble applying and blending out the color over bare skin. It had opaque pigmentation in a single layer that lasted well for nine hours before fading visibly.
Colour Pop Full Metal Pressed Powder Shadow
Full Metal is a medium-dark gray with neutral-to-warm undertones and a silver-and-teal shimmered, metallic finish. It was richly pigmented with a smooth, cream-like texture that applied evenly and blended out easily on my skin. It wore nicely for eight and a half hours before fading noticeably on my eye.
Colour Pop Night Dream Pressed Powder Shadow
Night Dream is a deep black with neutral undertones and flecks of rainbow sparkle over a matte finish. It had slight slip to its consistency, which helped some of the sparkle bind with the underlying powder, but it didn’t translate into a super shimmery black on the lid, so it did seem a bit too similar to Let’s Do It in terms of function (in practice). It felt more firmly-pressed, though this seemed to mitigate fallout potential. It had rich color coverage that stayed on well for eight and a half hours before showing signs of fading.