ColourPop SWAK 5-Pan Pressed Powder Palette



ColourPop SWAK 5-Pan Pressed Powder Palette is a new, limited edition five-pan palette that included two true mattes, one sparkly matte, and two shimmer shades. The palette performed consistently with recent eyeshadows released by the brand, such that the mattes were a little more powdery and shimmers weren’t as cream-like (instead, they were looser). The majority of the shades applied without a lot of effort and were pigmented.


Besos is a light, yellowy gold base with flecks of pink and peach shimmer throughout a more frosted finish. The texture was slightly thicker, which resulted in some emphasis of lid texture when applied dry, so applying it with a fingertip or a dampened brush helped to smooth it out and make it appear metallic but less frosted. It had opaque color coverage paired with a soft, more loosely-pressed texture that had light fallout during application. It stayed on nicely for seven and a half hours before fading a bit.


Smooch is a darker, brownish-peach with muted, warm undertones and flecks of micro-sparkle over a matte finish. Those sparkles didn’t bind with the base product, so they resulted in a lot of fallout during application, even after tapping off excess with my brush prior to trying to lay it down. The texture was more loosely-pressed, powdery, though blendable, but the opaque coverage tended to sheer out in practice. It lasted decently for seven and a half hours on me and had light fallout over time.


XX is a soft, rosy coral with warm undertones and a metallic finish. The eyeshadow had rich pigmentation with a soft, lightly creamy consistency that wasn’t too dense nor too firmly pressed into the pan. It applied evenly to my lid and blended out well along the edges. There was fading present after eight hours of wear.


Canoodle is a muted, medium-dark rusty copper with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had nearly opaque, buildable pigmentation with a soft, lightly powdery texture that felt smooth to the touch and wasn’t too dry. It applied evenly and blended out without difficulty. This shade stayed on well for eight hours before fading visibly.


Mack is a deep red with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. The product had a lot of pigmentation, but it wasn’t quite as blendable as it could have been, so I would recommend using less and building up coverage (if needed) to make it easier to diffuse the edges. The texture was smooth to the touch, slightly powdery but a bit firmer compared to more recent matte shades by the brand. It lasted for eight hours before fading a bit and did stain my lid slightly after removal.