I went ahead and picked up a handful of Colourpop eyeshadow singles from their recent shades. I have used Colourpop eyeshadows before and have reviewed some of these shades (and palettes) for you. I have found it to be a brand with fairly good quality shadows – on the whole. Though, there have been some hits and misses; having said that, the key feature to take note of is obviously the price point. They are good and at a good price point – if you are staying in US. Even though Colourpop ships to India or can be accessible through the hoards of Insta re-sellers, the cost-effectiveness of the brand goes out for a toss once you pay the huge margins on these by Insta re-sellers or the customs charges. The cost of the shadow gets bumped up twice or even three times its actual cost. Is it a great shadow at say $10-12? Once it moves to $10-$12 slot, it has super stiff competition from brands like ABH, Makeup Geek, even MAC, which may have a better offering. So, basically, quality is relative to the pricing – to an extent.
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Pressed Powder Shadow Highly pigmented shadow that applies evenly and feels ultra-velvety and silky. This long wearing formula contains a unique combination of softer powders which adheres easily to the eyes, gives a soft focus effect, and blends smoothly and evenly.
USD 5 for 1.5 gm.
Talc, Zinc Stearate, Boron Nitride, Lauroyl Lysine, Magnesium Stearate, Dimethicone, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Silica, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Dimethiconol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol, Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Mica (CI 77019), Red 40 (CI 16035), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891).
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My Experience with ColourPop Koi Pressed Powder Shadow:
Packaging: This eyeshadow comes in an individually-packaged plastic sleeve. The same is then enclosed in a cardboard cover. There is no ingredient name or product name on the sleeve. The product name is mentioned on the flip side of the eyeshadow itself. Colourpop keeps the sleeves constant for all shadows (instead of personalizing each as per the shadow). This is understandable cause it helps to keep the cost down for the brand. And as far as consumer is concerned, it doesn’t make a difference as we will anyways pop them out into a magnetic palette. You will need a magnetic palette to store these – the pans do not have magnet at the bottom.
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Shade: “Koi” described by the brand as a “soft warm orange,” is a light to medium, warm-toned orange with yellow undertones. The shade is not muted but it isn’t a vibrant, “in-your-face” bright orange either. This tone of orange has been on trend for the last couple of years and has made recurring appearance in one palette after another – apart from singles. If you have been on the “eyeshadow scene” for the last 2 years at least, you would probably already have this shade in your stash. Having said that, this shade is also the kind that you might end up consuming – it makes for a lovely transition shade, apart form being used as a lid colour. In which case, this could be an easy replacement shade.
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Texture: The texture is quite soft, smooth, finely milled and not very powdery either. I did not experience any fall out with it. When used for transition, it blends easily and smoothly – without getting patchy. When used as a lid color – it is easy to apply and the shade shows up nicely. However, when blending around it, the shade can lose intensity and you may need to re-apply after blending.
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Pigmentation: The shade had good pigmentation. You can see the swatches I shared – including the one with a single swipe of the product. The shade applies easily and shows up true to pan.
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Staying Power: I apply my eyeshadows over a primer because my lids are way too oily. The shade gave about 7-7.5 hours of wear time before showing signs of fading. This shade does not crease on me.
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Look 1 – The shade has been used as a transition shade
Look 2 – The shade has been used in the inner 1/3rd of the eyelid.
Pros of ColourPop Koi Pressed Powder Shadow:
- A warm-toned, non-bright orange with yellow undertones.
- Good pigmentation.
- Blends out easily.
- Does not emphasise texture of my skin.
- Decent wear time – with primer – about 7-7.5 hours.
Cons of ColourPop Koi Pressed Powder Shadow:
- Too much blending around the applied area will make the shade lose intensity even in the middle.
Would I Repurchase ColourPop Koi Pressed Powder Shadow?
It is an essential shade in your collection. Not saying that you need to go and buy this very shade from Colourpop. You can pick any similar shade and work with it. This one is easier on the pocket and performs well.
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