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Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Review: Colourpop You Had Me At Hello Pressed Powder Eyeshadow Palette

Hi all! So today i am reviewing my Colourpop You Had Me At Hello Pressed Powder Eyeshadow Palette.

It comes in this pretty pink cardboard packaging. I prefer plastic packaging in terms of longevity and bringing it in my bag- but i do applaud the cardboard packaging as it is more environmentally-friendly! Plus it has a mirror, so if you're on-the-go this might be convenient for you. True to it's words, this palette had me at hello when i first saw it. I opened it up and the colors are exactly what i hoped: a mix of matte and glitter, with brown, gold and berry shades. perfect for a neutral day look, or a smoky evening look. What i really liked about this is that i can have an innocent, light look, or a sultry dramatic look- all in one palette! The palette itself is $18 - pricier than the regular 12-pan palette from Colourpop. However, i like that it's only 12 pans, as i always veer towards a favorite. I had a Morphe palette, that had over 30 colors, and i only ever used a dozen pans. Some were untouched and others were completely used up! Well i'm going off topic now, but yes i guess that is still part of the review! So the 12-pan is a very convenient amount, ensuring that I use most of my eyeshadow palette before i chuck it out or buy a new one.

Ok and here are the actual swatches. As you can see there is a mix of matte and metallic shades. Since there is a healthy mix between light and dark shades, as well as metallic and matte, you can really mix up your looks. As i said, everyday look and dramatic look. So for me, i go to the office in the morning, maybe mix it up with the Knot, FBO, Lock-See and Fool's Rush. After work, i just darken it with DTR and Spark's Fly and i'm good to partay! Unlike some other colourpop palettes, i noticed that the color selection is slightly darker , which then allows you to have that fierce femme fatale look!

I did find that the mettalic/glitter shades takes more effort to blend. They aren't as pigmented as the matte colors.

However, this does help create dramatic gradient looks, and bend together really well once combined.

Here is the list of shades with descriptions

The Knot: metallic cool-toned ivory. There is a slight pink undertone- kind of reminds me of a nice highlighter blush. I use this to highlight under my brow and when im in a rush, the tops of my cheekbones :D Moon Struck: metallic soft gold. This has peachy undertones. I use this instead of the Knot when i have more dramatic looks. Two Peas: matte peachy beige. I use this to blend between the lid and the brow. The color is very warm and is best used with the matte colors. Candygram: metallic pinky red with gold duochrome. This is my favorite shade as it's very flexible in terms of the look i like! very lightly applied gives you a feminine touch of pink, with a hint of fiesty. Add more layers and you can get a really fierce look! Winning Ticket: matte dusty mauve pink. This goes well with candygram. Mauve-y shades are super pretty ! FBO: metallic pink violet . This is also a pretty shade, really ups the ante for fierce femme fatale looks Look-See: matte cool-toned plum. This color is very pigmented and is good for a mild smoky look. What i like about this is i can pull off a smoky look without being too dark Fool's Rush: metallic golden bronze . great swatch, but i noticed a bit of fallout. Golden bronze look is best when you're feeling extra :p

Pulling Strings: matte warm saddle brown . This has nice pigmentation and is easy to blend. I use this for very light shading, when i want to do a no-makeup look. just helps accentuate your eyes without looking like you really 'put on" makeup. Want U Back: matte dusty mauve brown . This is the darker version of winning ticket, not as pink. can blend well with pulling strings if you want a lighter less fierce smoky look. You can still have that dark look without really needing black or dark purple. DTR: metallic silvery taupe . I find this to be a tricky shade, as it's silver with a brown base. like other glitter/metallic shades in the palette, i noticed this is harder to really let stick and there is some slight fallout. i use this on my brow line or to highlight the corners of my eyes. also good for under eye highlight to mix with your eyeliner. Sparks Fly: matte deep plummy brown . This is the darkest shade, with amazing pigmentation. This blends Really well, so as i said, if you want to transform your day look into a night look- this is your shade! Funny when it's called sparks fly, but it doesn't have any glitter. lol! FINAL THOUGHTS: This is a really good palette, most shades are creamy and pigmented. Lots of possible looks, with small variations. I think this can work well with lots of skin tones as well. IS COLOURPOP CRUELTY FREE? Yes, ColourPop is curelty free! They do not conduct any animal testing for their products, nor do they commission third parties to do so on their behalf. They also confirmed that none of their suppliers test on animals, and their products are not sold in China. Colourpop is owned by a parent company called Seed Beauty, and they in fact are also cruelty-free. Check out other brands under Seed Beauty: Colourpop

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