ColourPop Smoke Show Eyeshadow Palette Review & Swatches

Smoke Show

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

Colour Pop Young Love Pressed Powder Shadow

Colour Pop Young Love Pressed Powder ShadowColour Pop Young Love Pressed Powder Shadow

Young Love

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.

Sephora Starlight (LE, ) is more muted (95% similar).Kat Von D Por Vida (LE, ) is more muted (95% similar).Anastasia C1 (Norvina Vol. 1) (LE, $12.00) is more muted, warmer (95% similar).Sydney Grace Snow Queen (P, $5.00) is warmer (95% similar).Sugarpill Tako (P, $13.00) is warmer (90% similar).Colour Pop No Spots (LE, $4.50) is warmer (85% similar).MAC Flat White (LE, $22.00) is brighter (90% similar).LORAC Cotton (LE, $19.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar).Anastasia Headliner (LE, $12.00) is more muted, warmer (90% similar).Urban Decay Bump (LE, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar).

Formula Overview

$4.50/0.05 oz. – $90.00 Per Ounce

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.

 

Ingredients

Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Talc, Boron Nitride, Zinc Stearate, Lauroyl Lysine, Magnesium Stearate, Dimethicone, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Silica, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Dimethiconol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol, Mica (CI 77019), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891).

Colour Pop Smokin' Pressed Powder Shadow

Colour Pop Smokin’ Pressed Powder Shadow

Colour Pop Smokin' Pressed Powder ShadowColour Pop Smokin' Pressed Powder Shadow

Smokin’

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 Full Metal (PiP, $4.50) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar).Chanel Jardins de Lumieres #3 (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar).NYX Smoke & Mirrors (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar).Viseart Diane (PiP, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar).Urban Decay Granite (PiP, $20.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar).MAC Let’s Boogie (LE, $18.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar).Juvia’s Place Vai (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar).Urban Decay Afterhours (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar).Urban Decay Drift (PiP, $19.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (80% similar).Sydney Grace Polished Silver (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (80% similar).

Formula Overview

$4.50/0.05 oz. – $90.00 Per Ounce

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.

 

Ingredients

Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Dimethicone, Magnesium Myristate, Lauroyl Lysine, Boron Nitride, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Dimethiconol, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Silica, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol, Tin Oxide, Aluminum Powder (CI 77000), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77499), Mica (CI 77019), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891).

Colour Pop Stone Face Pressed Powder Shadow

Colour Pop Stone Face Pressed Powder Shadow

Colour Pop Stone Face Pressed Powder ShadowColour Pop Stone Face Pressed Powder Shadow

Stone Face

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.

LORAC Mist (LE, $19.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar).Natasha Denona Stone (LE, ) is more muted, warmer (85% similar).LORAC Valet (LE, $19.00) is darker, more muted, cooler (85% similar).MAC Grey Stroke (LE, $17.00) is more shimmery, darker, more muted (85% similar).Sephora + Pantone Universe Ash (LE, ) is darker, more muted (85% similar).Viseart Grande Pro (Vol. 1) #22 (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (80% similar).Marc Jacobs Beauty Smoke (LE, $29.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar).LORAC Lost at Sea (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, darker, more muted (80% similar).

Formula Overview

$4.50/0.05 oz. – $90.00 Per Ounce

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.

 

Ingredients

Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Talc, Boron Nitride, Zinc Stearate, Lauroyl Lysine, Magnesium Stearate, Dimethicone, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Silica, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Dimethiconol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol, Iron Oxides (CI 77492, CI 77499), Mica (CI 77019), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891).

Colour Pop Slated Pressed Powder Shadow

Colour Pop Slated Pressed Powder Shadow

Colour Pop Slated Pressed Powder ShadowColour Pop Slated Pressed Powder Shadow

Slated

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 Tink (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar).Pat McGrath Deep Space (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar).Viseart Cool Mattes 2 #6 (PiP, ) is lighter, warmer (85% similar).Chanel Quintessence #9 (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar).MAC Russian Blue (LE, $17.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar).Kat Von D Dagger (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (85% similar).L’Oreal Meet Me in Paris (P, $5.99) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (80% similar).Anastasia Claudia (LE, $12.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (80% similar).Blackbird Cosmetics Fiction (DC, $8.00) is lighter, cooler (80% similar).Kat Von D Smoke (Contour) (PiP, ) is lighter, cooler (80% similar).

Formula Overview

$4.50/0.05 oz. – $90.00 Per Ounce

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.

 

Ingredients

Boron Nitride, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Dimethicone, Zinc Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Lauroyl Lysine, Caprylyl Glycol, Dimethiconol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol, Iron Oxides (CI 77492, CI 77499), Mica (CI 77019), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891).

Colour Pop Star Struck Pressed Powder Shadow

Colour Pop Star Struck Pressed Powder Shadow

Colour Pop Star Struck Pressed Powder ShadowColour Pop Star Struck Pressed Powder Shadow

Star Struck

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 On a Whimsy (P, $4.50) is darker, warmer (95% similar).Urban Decay Glamrock (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar).NARS Creeper (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar).Viseart Tingle (PiP, ) is lighter (95% similar).Viseart Mercury (GPV2 #14) (P, ) is less shimmery (95% similar).Pat McGrath Sterling (LE, $25.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar).Colour Pop Liberty (P, $5.00) is lighter (90% similar).Colour Pop Firefly (LE, $4.50) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar).Melt Cosmetics Indica (PiP, ) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar).Jouer Star Light (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar).

Formula Overview

$4.50/0.05 oz. – $90.00 Per Ounce

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.

 

Ingredients

Dimethicone, Silica, Lauroyl Lysine, Polyethylene, Magnesium Myristate, Boron Nitride, Dimethiconol, Phenoxyethanol, PTFE, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol, Aluminum Powder (CI 77000), Iron Oxides (CI 77499), Mica (CI 77019), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891).

Colour Pop Ignite Pressed Powder Shadow

Colour Pop Ignite Pressed Powder Shadow

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Ignite

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.

Sydney Grace Officer (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar).Kat Von D Yours (LE, ) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar).Fenty Beauty Shisha Smoke (PiP, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar).LORAC Our Guest (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery (90% similar).Marc Jacobs Beauty Jungle (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar).Zoeva MT110 (PiP, ) is less shimmery, cooler (85% similar).Viseart Grande Pro (Vol. 1) #23 (LE, ) is less shimmery, more muted, warmer (85% similar).Makeup Geek Concrete Jungle (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, lighter, more muted (85% similar).Cle de Peau Balance (Left) (PiP, ) is more shimmery, darker, more muted (85% similar).Viseart Cool Matte #10 (PiP, ) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar).

Formula Overview

$4.50/0.05 oz. – $90.00 Per Ounce

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.

 

Ingredients

Boron Nitride, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Dimethicone, Zinc Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Lauroyl Lysine, Caprylyl Glycol, Dimethiconol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol, Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090), Iron Oxides (CI 77499), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Mica (CI 77019), Red 40 Lake (CI 16035), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891).

Colour Pop Let's Do It Pressed Powder Shadow

Colour Pop Let’s Do It Pressed Powder Shadow

Colour Pop Let's Do It Pressed Powder ShadowColour 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.

Charlotte Tilbury Smokey Eye Beauty (Smoke) (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar).Kat Von D Sabbath (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar).Kat Von D Black Metal (LE, ) is darker (95% similar).LORAC Tails & Top Hats #5 (LE, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar).Kevyn Aucoin Blackout (LE, ) is glossier (95% similar).MAC Carbon (P, $17.00) is cooler (95% similar).Anastasia Night Sky (P, $12.00) is warmer (95% similar).Smashbox Blackout (PiP, ) is lighter (95% similar).Too Faced Panther (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar).Makeup Geek Corrupt (P, $6.00) is darker (95% similar).

Formula Overview

$4.50/0.05 oz. – $90.00 Per Ounce

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.

 

Ingredients

Magnesium Myristate, Boron Nitride, Lauroyl Lysine, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Talc, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol, Dimethiconol, Silica, Iron Oxides (CI 77499), Mica (CI 77019), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891).

Colour Pop Full Metal Pressed Powder Shadow

Colour Pop Full Metal Pressed Powder Shadow

Colour Pop Full Metal Pressed Powder ShadowColour Pop Full Metal Pressed Powder Shadow

Full Metal

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 Smokin’ (PiP, $4.50) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar).Urban Decay Granite (PiP, $20.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (95% similar).Stila Black Pearl (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar).NARS L’Amour, Toujours L’Amour #8 (DC, $25.00) is more muted, warmer (90% similar).NARS Titania (LE, $29.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar).BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes 2 #20 (PiP, ) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar).NYX Smoke & Mirrors (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, more muted, cooler (90% similar).Make Up For Ever ME108 Steel (P, $17.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar).Kat Von D Black No. 1 (DC, $21.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar).Dior Smoky Sequins #4 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar).

Formula Overview

$4.50/0.05 oz. – $90.00 Per Ounce

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.

 

Ingredients

Dimethicone, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Boron Nitride, Lauroyl Lysine, Magnesium Stearate, Silica, Dimethiconol, Phenoxyethanol, Talc, Caprylyl Glycol, Tin Oxide, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol, Aluminum Powder (CI 77000), Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Ferric Ferrocyanide (CI 77510), Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Iron Oxides (CI 77499), Mica (CI 77019), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891).

Colour Pop Night Dream Pressed Powder Shadow

Colour Pop Night Dream Pressed Powder Shadow

Colour Pop Night Dream Pressed Powder ShadowColour Pop Night Dream Pressed Powder Shadow

Night Dream

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.

Dose of Colors Finders Keepers (LE, ) is cooler (95% similar).Make Up For Ever S102 Onyx (DC, $21.00) is cooler (95% similar).The Estee Edit Mood (LE, ) is cooler (95% similar).Marc Jacobs Beauty The Night Owl #2 (PiP, ) is darker, cooler (95% similar).MAC Stroke of Midnight (LE, $17.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (95% similar).City Color Black Widow (P, $6.99) is less shimmery, cooler (95% similar).Urban Decay Take the Black (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar).Smashbox Big Night (PiP, ) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar).Colour Pop Roulette (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar).Wet ‘n’ Wild Lights Out #3 (PiP, ) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar).

Formula Overview

$4.50/0.05 oz. – $90.00 Per Ounce

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.

 

Ingredients

Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Boron Nitride, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Zinc, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Dimethicone, Caprylyl Glycol, Silica, Lauroyl Lysine, Magnesium Stearate, Talc, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol, Dimethiconol, Tin Oxide, Iron Oxides (CI 77499), Mica (CI 77019), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891).

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