Oh ColourPop, you and your constant releases. The ColourPop Chasing Rainbows Palette was released as part of their 2018 Holiday collection and I wasn’t really feeling it for the Holidays. I wasn’t planning on adding it to my collection but this palette was included for free in a recent haul. Who says no to a free eyeshadow palette amirite!?
My blogger friend Polished & Inspired also got this palette around the same time as me so we planned to review the palette on the same day. For another perspective on the Chasing Rainbows palette you should check out her review! Here goes my Chasing Rainbows Palette Review…
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ColourPop Chasing Rainbows Palette Review
Don’t quit your daydream! We brought our wildest fantasy to life, this 15-pan palette is the perfect mix of bold, daring, and wearable. Sky’s the limit with the amount of looks you’ll create with matte, satin, and metallic finishes. Let the prism of colour inspire your next trendsetting looks. — ColourPop
The ColourPop Chasing Rainbows Palette retails for $20USD and contains 15 x 1.05g pressed powder eyeshadows for a total of 15.75g of product. This works out to $1.27 per gram or $1.33 per pan. The eyeshadow palette contains matte & metallic finishes and contains vibrant pinks, teals, bronzes & yellows.
ColourPop is cruelty free & vegan.
The Chasing Rainbows Palette is packaged with ColourPop’s usual cardboard style palette and has a magnetic closure. This palette doesn’t contain a mirror. Nothing about this palette feels like the Holidays to me which I guess is okay because I won’t be using this just at Christmas-time.
The whole 2018 Holiday Collection was ethereal and dreamy. It didn’t appeal to me as much as other collections but I can see why people would like the packaging. It’s a pretty palette and the bright colours are fun and out of the ordinary. The Dream Sequence Super Shock Highlighter Palette has the same style of packaging.
Speaking of colours, the colour story of the ColourPop Chasing Rainbows Palette is colourful AF. I believe I equated it to “unicorn Barf” in my last ColourPop Haul!
ColourPop has this weird habit of naming colours in ways that don’t convey the correct shade. For example, something ColourPop would do is name a shade “Leprechaun”. Your mind immediately thinks green but the shadow is like “No honey I’m a bright living coral!” The Chasing Rainbows palette is surprisingly well named considering this.
I love that there are a ton of matte shades. This palette is much more useable than the all shimmer Semi-Precious Palette that came out for the 2017 Holiday Season. The ratio of mattes to metallic shades is 3:1 which is awesome.
Although this colour arrangement seems very different from ColourPop’s other palettes I don’t think the shades are all that unique… Not Playing & On One are similar to Skydancer & Princess Sparkle from the My Little Pony Palette. Manifest It reminds me of Opalescent from the Element of Surprise Palette and the She palette contains similar peach & pink mattes. I’m not saying that these shades aren’t nice, or even that they’re exact dupes. But you can probably get similar looks using other ColourPop Palettes.
Pigmentation, Fallout & Blend
TColourPop Chasing Rainbows Palette is really, really pigmented. I love the mattes in this palette especially. They all blend out and together perfectly. The shimmers are the same ColourPop formula that I know & love, with the exception of the yellow shade So Meta. So Meta didn’t apply well over my dry eyelids but it was fine over concealer so it’s not a deal-breaker.
Fallout happens sometimes depending on what shade you’re working with. The more pigmented or sparkly the shade the more fallout you get. The Chasing Rainbows palette is such a relief after working with the Morphe 35M Boss Mood Artistry palette. I’m so sick of that formula! The Chasing Rainbows Palette has got Boss Mood beat in terms of formula, hands down.
Chasing Rainbows Palette Swatches
Wiggles: This peachy nude matte is great for setting my eye primer.
Blurred Lines: I really don’t know what to make of this shade. It’s an opal with gold glitter. It’s interesting but I have a hard time combining it with the rest of the palette.
So Meta: So Meta is described as a “Metallic Marigold” and I would have to agree. I used it in Look #2.
Feeling It: I really wanted this shade to be called “Feel it Still” after the song… This is one of the more wearable matte shades in the palette.
Realness: This brown matte adds wearablility to the palette.
Woke: A beautiful matte salmon pink. Jkissa posted a look using this shade and I am obsessed.
Wish List: A matte vibrant coral. I have similar shades in my collection already but it goes nicely with Woke.
Manifest It: This is one of those matte shades with unnecessary glitter flecks that disappear when you tap out your brush. It’s pretty in the palette, invisible on the eyes. The pink itself is electric though.
Keep Cool: I personally like the Sagittarius purple from the Zodiac Palette more, but it’s not a bad purple.
Not Playing: TOTAL My Little Pony Vibes. It reminds me of the Purple Holiday Glam look that I did last month with the MLP palette.
Lucid: I love Lucid, it’s a stunning brown duochrome with a blue flip. It’s SO. COOL!
Bring It: I’m there for this matte blue raspberry. ColourPop is putting a lot of pops of blue & green in their palettes lately. The Salvaje, Rendezvous and Chasing Rainbows palettes all have pops of similar colours.
On One: A shimmery oceanic Blue.
Eclipse: Eclipse is stunning. I love this silvery moonbeam type shade.
Prism: I don’t know why Colourpop describes Lucid as an “Eggplant” and Prism as an “Aubergine”. Aubergine is French for Eggplant… did you think I wouldn’t notice? This is a charcoal “Aubergine” shade.
Chasing Rainbows Palette Makeup Looks
Look #1 Blue Raspberry Twist
I saw J-kissa post a photo on instagram of a look she did with this palette and it contained the same blues & pinks I used here. The contrast of the pinks and blue raspberry really got me.
I used the pink shades Woke & Wish List in my crease, followed by Bring It. I cut the crease with concealer and placed the shade On One in the outer corners and on the outer 1/3 of my eyelids. Next I used the magical duochrome Lucid all over the centre of the cut crease. In the inner corner I placed the shade Blurred Lines.
Look #2 Bumble Bee
This yellow look was really fun to create! My co-workers gave me weird looks but I didn’t care. I used Feeling it & Realness in the crease, then cut it with concealer. I placed So Meta all over the concealer and pressed Prism all over the outer corners of my eyes. It unfortunately didn’t smoke out as much as I would have liked. The charcoal didn’t build up well on top of So Meta. I still love how this eyeshadow look turned out!
Look #3 Fairy Pink
I COULD have gone with an easy wearable eyeshadow look, but where would be the fun in that? If I wanted to go wearable I would have used just Wiggles, Realness & Feeling it. If you guys want to see a wearable everyday look with this let me know and I’ll post one on instagram.
Instead of wearable I went SUPER bold with a cotton candy halo eye using the shades Manifest It, Keep Cool, Not Playing, and Prism. I also put a pop of Blue on the lower lash line.
Did you pick up the chasing rainbows palette?
Overall I’m happy that I got this palette as a freebie. I was pleasantly surprised that the formula is really good (Holiday palettes tend to be hit & miss). I probably won’t reach for the chasing rainbows palette very often beyond my review but it’s nice to have it around in case I’m feeling creative!