Colour Pop Elsa 9-Pan Pressed Shadow Palette ($15.00 for 0.36 oz.) is a new, limited edition palette featuring a mix of shimmers and mattes that ranged from lavender to coral to burgundy. It’s one of the “cooler”-toned palettes the brand has released, and those who like their shifty shades, three are noticeable duochromes. The products performed consistently with the ColourPop formula; they were pigmented, blendable, and long-wearing with Water being the only eyeshadow shade that had real room for improvement.
The palette contains one Pressed Glitter (Flurry) and two Pressed Pigments (Awakened and Spindrift), which come with the warning that they are not intended to be used on the immediate eye area.
Colour Pop Cuddle Close Pressed Powder Shadow
Cuddle Close is a pale, whitish-beige base with pink-to-lavender shift paired with a more frosted finish. The texture was more loosely-pressed into the pan and on the clumpier side, so it applied better with pressing and patting motions or with fingertips to ensure a smoother, more even application of product. It had opaque coverage that wore nicely for eight hours before fading visibly on me.
Colour Pop Fire Pressed Powder Shadow
Fire is a muted, dusty coral with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had excellent pigmentation with a soft, lightly powdery texture that remained blendable and wasn’t prone to sheering out too readily. The eyeshadow stayed on well for eight hours before I noticed fading.
Colour Pop Northern Lights Pressed Powder Shadow
Northern Lights is a light-medium, warm pink base with gold-to-green shifting shimmer. It had excellent color coverage that applied well to bare skin and blended out easily without losing its intensity. The consistency was incredibly soft, so I’d use a lighter hand to prevent picking up too much product at once. It lasted well for eight hours before showing signs of fading.
Colour Pop Gale Pressed Powder Shadow
Gale is a medium lavender with warmer, pink undertones and golden shimmer throughout. The texture was slightly firmer and thinner compared to most of the brand’s shimmers, so it picked up best with a moderate hand (but had no powderiness or fallout). The pigmentation was opaque and applied evenly and blended out well over bare skin. It wore well for eight hours before fading a bit.
Colour Pop Flurry Pressed Glitter
Flurry has a clear base with flecks of multi-colored glitter in small and medium-sized particles, including hexagon-shaped pieces. The larger hexagon-shaped particles were harder to keep in place and often flaked off during application and were the least likely to stay in place over time. It had semi-sheer to medium “coverage” (in the form of glitter) with decent standalone wear, but there was some migration/movement over an eight-hour period.
Pressed Glitters are not intended for use on the immediate eye area.
Colour Pop Water Pressed Powder Shadow
Water is a muted, medium blue with strong, cool undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that was somewhat buildable, but it was a shade that needed a primer for the added help for grip and blendability. The texture was drier, more powdery, and it was prone to sheering out slightly. It lasted well for seven and a half hours before fading noticeably.
Colour Pop Awakened Pressed Powder Pigment
Awakened is a medium-dark burgundy with subtle, cool undertones and flecks of micro-sparkle over a matte finish. It had nearly opaque pigmentation in a single layer, which applied evenly to bare skin and blended out well. The texture felt slightly drier to the touch but didn’t produce much in the way of fallout. It wore well for eight and a half hours before fading visibly.
Colour Pop Ice Crystals Pressed Powder Shadow
Ice Crystals is a bright, medium silver with cool undertones and a metallic finish. It had nearly opaque color coverage that applied well to bare skin with a smooth, even lay down of product. The texture was smooth, soft to the touch, and dense without being too firmly-pressed or too thick, so it was easy to work with. It stayed on nicely for eight hours on me before fading noticeably.
Colour Pop Spindrift Pressed Powder Pigment
Spindrift is a deep burgundy with cool undertones and a matte finish. It was intensely pigmented with a smooth, velvety texture that wasn’t too firmly- nor too loosely-pressed into the pan, so it picked up well with a brush and delivered opaque coverage but was still blendable and easy to work with. It stayed on well for eight and a half hours before fading and left a subtle stain behind.
The new Pressed Powder Shadow formula is supposed to be “highly pigmented” with an “ultra-velvety and silky” texture that is “long-wearing.” The way the Pressed Pigments differ is that they’re not intended for usage on the immediate eye area.
The majority of the shades are semi-opaque to opaque in coverage, blend out fairly well, and can sometimes be a bit drier/more powdery compared to typical matte shades. They often wear eight to nine hours on me before fading, but many shades in the Pressed Pigment family leave some staining behind.
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