Prior to going on vacation, I received my Colourpop in the mail. If I recollect correctly, the Karrueche Fem Rosa Collection Kit was released the same day as the Gimme More! Highlighter Palette restock and of course, I had to purchase both. The highlighter palette actually arrived with one of the shades shattered, and Colourpop immediately sent me a new one - kudos to their great customer service! However, this might be the last time I order from them for a while. Keep reading to find out why.
In this post, I will be showing you close-ups of the products and swatches of each palette and lip product.
First up is my Large Palette (USD $10). I purchased this to put all my Colourpop single pressed eyeshadows in. This palette has a cardboard exterior and a magnetic interior. The cover of the palette is held shut with a strip of magnet at the front, so it closes pretty tightly. It can fit 24 Colourpop single shadows.
* The shadows shown are from a previous haul.
Next up is the Gimme More! Highlighter Palette (USD $18). This palette is exactly like the Large Palette shown above, except it houses six different highlighters. The pan size for each highlight is pretty standard for a single highlight, so you're getting a lot of product with this palette.
Most of the highlights swatched beautifully. However, Extra and Upgrade are pretty gritty to the touch. I had trouble swatching them since they are more glittery than the others. The other four swatched like a dream. They are so creamy and pigmented. These are definitely not chunky and glittery, which I appreciate very much. I can't wait to try these out on my face. I'm most excited to try Bottomless and Total Package as these two are such unique shades in my opinion (I'm also super tanned right now, so it's prime time to be wearing darker highlights).
Saving the best for last, here's Karrueche's collaboration with Colourpop: the Fem Rosa Collection (USD $40). I was immediately drawn to this collection since I'm a sucker for warm and bronzey anything. I actually got online and purchased this right when it was released.
Shown above is the Fem Rosa Lip Bundle (USD $15). It comes with three lip products (the second one starting from the top was a gift to anyone who purchased USD$20 or more from the Karrueche collection. These shades can be purchased separately for USD $6 (except for the one that was gifted). The bundle includes two Ultra Satin Lips and one Ultra Glossy Lip. I'm a major fan of Colourpop's Ultra Satin Lip, so I'm ecstatic that this bundle came with two of them.
I'm loving the swatches of all four lippies! Darling (satin) is a deep plummy berry shade which is perfect for the fall. I low-key can't wait for autumn just so I can rock this lip colour everyday of the week. Polished (gloss), which was the gift, is a copper metallic gloss. Mrs. (satin) is a described on the Colourpop website as a "deepened coral". I'm definitely going to be reaching this for the rest of summer since I think it looks so beautiful on my tanned skin. Last but not least, we have Contessa (gloss). This is a beautiful gold gloss with flecks of glitter in it. Even though it's glittery, it does not resemble glosses you bought as a kid, which I am so glad for since this shade is gorgeous. I'm going to try layering this on top of my warmer nude lipsticks.
Next up is the Her Pressed Powder Cheek Palette (USD $15). This palette is SO compact. When I first took it out of the box, I was shocked at its size. The packaging is like any other Colourpop palette packaging. I do feel that the magnet keeps the palette shut tightly, so this could be a great travel companion. The pans are again decent sized, so you get a fair amount of product in this palette.
Lassie (the highlighter) has the most crazy pigmentation ever. Shown above was one swipe of the finger. However, I definitely had trouble swatching Mistress (the blush) and Dame (the bronzer). I'm not sure if it's because my skin was so dry from all the swatching done previously or if it's because there's not a layer of powder underneath it for smoother application, but I was just not impressed with the swatches. I'll have to try it on my face to see if it's true to its swatches.
Lastly, we have the She Pressed Powder Shadow Palette (USD $16). You get twelve eyeshadows in various finishes in the standard Colourpop palette packaging. I was somewhat surprised at the size of each eyeshadow pan. I didn't expect them to be as small as they are, but again, it does make this palette more compact and travel friendly.
Swatches of the entire palette as well as close-ups of each row are shown above. The shimmer swatches are so stunning. They are so pigmented and buttery - some are even better than high-end shadows. Dainty, Gal, and Filly are definitely my favourite shimmers in this palette. On the other hand, the mattes were a total hit or miss for me. Dear and Duchess are super buttery and smooth, but Missy and Damsel are just so chalky and patchy. I had so much trouble swatching those two, and as you can see in the last photo, it swatched so unevenly. Overall, I am impressed with this palette, but I just wish the matte shadows were more consistent with their formula. I understand that red and purple shadows are the hardest to make in terms of formula and pigmentation, so that could be a contributing factor to the lack of quality in Missy and Damsel.
I am impressed with everything just from swatching everything. Of course, I'll have to try these products to see if they live up to their swatches. Let me know in the comments if you'd like an update post and photos of how it wears on the face.
For the price of USD $40, you definitely save a bit when you buy the entire Fem Rosa collection. However, if you are a fan of only certain products, I'd say purchase them individually.
Now do you remember how I mentioned that I won't be purchasing from Colourpop for a while? This is due to the customs fees. Prior to this summer, I have never been charged with customs for a Colourpop order (not even when my order was over USD $100). However, I ordered from the twice this summer and both times I had to pay an additional CAD $20 for customs. The customs fee was basically one third of the total price of my order (my order came up to around CAD $70). The additional fee definitely deters me from ordering from them at the moment. I could have a change of heart since Colourpop creates such beautiful, inexpensive, and high quality products, but for now, my bank account needs a rest.
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