A Small ColourPop Haul

Monday, March 20, 2017

alexis ren x colourpop collaboration topaz palette review

It seems like forever ago since I last ordered from ColourPop (it wasn't...it was at most a month ago!!!) and when I saw they were bringing back the #KaePop collection I didn't waste a second placing my order. This was mainly to get a back-up of Crenshaw, which is one of my favourite shades from all the Super Shock Shadows I own. So while I ordered that I threw in a few extra bits to try too.

Crenshaw is the perfect warm brown shadow that can be worn alone or in the crease and its in my favourite matte formula and works well with a brush or with my finger. I've found myself reaching for this to add some definition in my crease over my previous favourite Bandit. I am so glad I have another one as a back-up now because I have hit pan on my current one.

From the same collaboration, I also got my hands two more Super Shock Shadows. Wilshire is described as a "a mid-tone warm peachy beige" in the matte finish and Sunset Blvd described as "pearlized warm golden bronze" which to me appears to be a delicate rose gold. I love the look of both shades and can see myself getting a lot of use out of them.

kaerreuch kaepop colourpop collaboration crenshaw, wilshire, sunset blvd nc40 swatches

I decided to get one piece from their latest collaboration with yet another celeb/pseudo-celeb I am not with-it enough to know anything about. I was drawn to it because its super gorgeous and I was curious to try their first powder bronzer and highlighter. The palette is called Alexis Ren X ColourPop Topaz and contains the shades She's Here To Stay - "a true gold pearlized highlighter" and Golden Moment - "a warm bronze, matte bronzer".

I really like the packaging...its a chunky cardboard box with a magnetised flap and I think the copper tones really appear striking against the black. The formulas are great and I'm glad because I had a fear that because ColourPop specialised in their bouncy cream to powders they should've stuck to what they know. Thankfully these are both highly pigmented, buttery and smooth, they're not overly powdery and not patchy when applied. The bronzer shows up quite well on my skin and I find that its just warm enough to bronze up my face beautifully without looking orange or muddy.

The highlighter, on the other hand, is not to my liking at all despite being what every highlighter fan seems to enjoy these days. I am not a fan of gold highlighters because I find them too intense on my skin and I genuinely feel like they make me look like Data from Star Trek! (Breathe...I'm not a trekkie but there was a time when it was all you could watch on BBC2) I think I might have to find a new, more appreciative home for this palette because I can't see myself getting enough use out of it to justify keeping it in my collection.

colourpop topaz palette swatches nc40

What is your favourite ColourPop product? Have you bought anything new lately? Do you spot anything here that you like the look of? I'd love to know...

Sal xxx

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