ColourPop Pressed Eyeshadows Review and Swatches – Updated

ColourPop Pressed Eyeshadow Review

I was really excited when ColourPop recently launched pressed powder shadows. I picked up four shades to try, and I will be reviewing them in this post.


These single shadows come in a cute white sleeve, and the the shadows are housed in a transparent container. I love the packaging. These are disposable though, so I guess they don’t really matter .

Colourpop Pressed Eyeshadow Stay Golden Review Swatch

If you buy four single shadows, you get a palette for free. The palette is cute and magnetic. It’s made of cardboard , not unlike the Z Palette. It is free and it is cute, so I really have no complaints.

ColourPop Pressed Eyeshadow Palette


ColourPop Pressed Shadows Swatches 

The shades I got are Stay Golden, 143, Come and Get It, and Cloud Nine.

ColourPop Pressed Powder Eyeshadow swatches

Stay Golden (matte) is a muted red. It reminds me of one of the shades from the ABH Modern Renaissance palette.

143 (matte) is a  brightened violet and I love it! It’s such an unusual shade. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a shade quite like  this before.

Come And Get It (duochrome/shimmer) is a medium gold with a pink shift. I love it !

Cloud Nine (matte) is a blackened brown. I love shades like this because they can be used in place of black when I don’t want to look too dramatic.

143 and Stay Golden swatched patchy on my arm, but were fine when applied to the eye. I was afraid 143 would stain my skin because it’s such a bright shade, but it didn’t.

Here are more swatches in different lighting , in the same order.

ColourPop 143 swatch, 143 Colourpop, 143 Colourpop Swatch, ColourPop Stay Golden swatch on dark skin, Colourpop come And Get It swatch on dark skin, colourpop Cloud Nine swatch on dark skin

Colourpop Pressed Powder Swatches

ColourPop 143 Stay Golden Come And Get It Cloud Nine review

I picked up some new shades from the monochrome collection and the sunset collection. Here they are:

ColourPop Tiki Sandbar Oh Ship Fairplay swatch on dark skin

They are all new except 143.

Tiki is a bright matte yellow that supposedly has gold shimmery flecks. I can’t see any shimmer in it. This shade swatches sheer, applies sheer and is almost impossible to build up. I had to pair it with the NYX Glitter Primer to get any decent colour payoff from it. Once I try to blend it out it turns into an off white shade on my dark skin.  I can make it work, but all in all, it’s my most disappointing Colourpop pressed powder shadow.

Sandbar and Fairplay are two shades of pink IMO. Sandbar is brighter and leaves a stain. Fairplay is more muted and doesn’t leave a stain. On my skintone these two are not different enough that I can justify owning both. I will probably add one to my next blog sale. They’re both very pigmented and apply flawlessly.

Oh Ship is a deep reddened orange. I love this shade because it is a dupe for the shade “Sokoto” from the Juvia Place Saharan Palette, which was the only shade I really wanted from that palette. It is very pigmented and applies with no problems.

ColourPop Pressed Eyeshadows Review 

I like these shadows. They  are decently pigmented , and they’re far easier to pick up with brushes than the mousse-ey formula of the Super Shock Shadows. I would recommend using a primer with these, especially the matte shades. I always wear a primer anyway, so I’m okay with these.

Update: Sept 6, 2017

I went to use the shade 143 today and it had completely dried up and changed colour. It went from a vibrant violet to a pale lavender. It couldn’t be picked up by brushes and even swatched by hand the colour pay off was awful. I’ve only had this for about 5 months so it’s not even past its best before date yet. I have never experienced anything like this from a shadow before and I’m very disappointed.

I didn’t notice this with any other of their shadows I own

These shadows are available from the ColourPop website for $5 each.

Have you tried these shadows? What are your thoughts?

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8 Replies to “ColourPop Pressed Eyeshadows Review and Swatches – Updated”

  1. the shades you picked up are absolutely gorgeous! I am thinking of picking up few to try myself. It’s pretty cool that they throw in a free palette. They look pretty pigmented too. Great post!

  2. Dunno if I’ll give these a try. I’m still very much in love with the original Super Shock Shadow formula. Happy International Women’s Day.

    1. Lol! Do you know, I knew they had a special name for those shadows but for the life of me, I couldn’t remember what it was and it didn’t even occur to me to check their website. And I kept saying “the original formula” 😂😂😂. Anyway, I didn’t really like the super shock shadows and once they make a pressed powder version of Shameless, I will probably never buy another super shock shadow ever again!

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