ColourPop DREAM ST. Palette | Review + 3 Looks

ColourPop Dream St. Eyeshadow Palette Review

I got my hands on the Kathleen Lights x ColourPop Dream St. Palette just in time for the Zodiac Collection launch today. I guess I’m a little late to the party! It took me a long time to decide whether or not to buy the Dream St. Palette. The rave reviews were so convincing that I finally decided to see what all the hype was about. I’ve been watching Kathleen Lights for a few years now on YouTube and I love supporting her collabs as well as her nail polish line, KL Polish. Dream St. is a happy addition to my palette box. I was initially going to make this post a first impressions, but since the new ZODIAC Kathleen X ColourPop collection releases today I felt like I should just hurry up and publish the review.

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ColourPop Dream St. Eyeshadow Palette Packaging

ColourPop Dream St. Palette Review

Don’t blink, even for a second! You don’t want to miss our dreamiest palette yet. Super versatile warm toned nudes with rich pops of colour can take your look from heavenly to out of this world in only a few swipes. Mattes, metallics, satins – every shadow is buttery soft and so easy to blend. Think you can find a better palette? Dream on. — ColourPop

The ColourPop Dream St. Palette retails for $16USD and contains 12 x 0.85g pans of eyeshadow. Dream St. contains 6 mattes, five metallics and one satin shade. The colour story is hard to pin down. The Dream St Palette contains browns, blues/teals, coppers, a silver and a hot red/pink. But first things first…

ColourPop Dream St. Palette Packaging - inside the box

The inside of the cardboard Dream St. Palette box! It’s so cute that there’s a design on the inside. Those gold flecks are from my Sweet Dreams eyeshadow that broke, RIP

Wtf is up with ColourPop’s New Shipping Packaging!?

First of all I have to address ColourPop’s new shipping packaging. It is NOT secure. The old packaging was foam and I never had an issue with damaged products but this time with the plastic wrapping all three of my palettes were damaged. My Sol & Mar Palettes had eyeshadow pans popping out that I had to push back in, but worst of all my ColourPop Dream St. Palette had an entire pan shattered. Sweet Dreams is pretty much at pan now, I repressed it but over half the pan is gone. This is not okay! To compensate ColourPop gave me a coupon code (that expires) for $16, the price of the palette, instead of just sending me a new one. Not cool ColourPop, to use the coupon I need to either spend $10 on shipping OR spend $50 to get free shipping. I made them give me a refund.

Dream St. Eyeshadow Palette Packaging and a lux lipstick

Dream St. Packaging

Aside from the shipping packaging I love the design of the ColourPop Dream St. Palette! This is my favourite ColourPop palette design ever, Kathleen does such a good job of making her packaging aesthetically pleasing. I love the marbled white & bronze effect, it makes me think of dreamy space clouds and the milky way.

I was surprised to find shade names printed under each shade, the original release only featured shade names on the back of the palette but I guess ColourPop updated the packaging. My biggest pet peeve with makeup palettes is having no shade names on a palette. I was talking with Ashley from myfitashlife about this last week and how I don’t feel like I connect to shades that don’t have names. Weird, but it’s true. I hate having to flip over the palette for the names, I never remember them! Having the names printed under the pans has already cemented them in my mind.

The pans in Dream St. are magnetic and pop out so you can rearrange them. When the Dream St. Palette released a lot of customers were annoyed at the layout but all you need is a thin utensil and the shades pop out so you can rearrange them however you want (or pop them in a z palette).

ColourPop Dream St. Palette Colour Story

Dream St. Colour Story

Though the Colour Story seems to be all over the place at first these shades work together surprisingly well. The ColourPop Dream St. Palette is very Kathleen, I can tell that she has poured her heart and soul into this palette. I love that she named her shades in a way that resembles what they are, sometimes Colourpop will have the strangest names for their eyeshadows. For example, they might name a firey red “Snowball”. Like What? I like that Water Bearer in the Dream St. Palette is actually a shade that resembles water.

I appreciate that Kathleen put in some matte neutral shades so that I can create a simple everyday look or spice it up with a pop of colour. She included a fair amount of shimmer/metallic shades as well as one satin.

ColourPop Dream St. Palette Colour Story

RIP Sweet Dreams…

Pigmentation, Blend & Fallout

The matte shades are so pigmented and creamy!! They blend really well, the mattes are in their own category of awesome. I’ve noticed that it’s best to use a setting spray with the shimmers/metallics. I used Star Dust all over my eyelid and it was very glittery (which I suppose is fitting with a shade called Star Dust). It applied much nicer and not as patchy with a wet brush, though it still gave me a lot of fallout under my eyes.

I don’t know how Kathleen Lights did it, but she made the satin eyeshadow formula that I hate into something that I love. I always find it so hard to get decent colour payoff from ColourPop’s satin shades and I require copious amounts of setting spray to make them pop; However, I used the shade Moony and girl, this shade is amazing! It applies really well with a fluffy packing brush and even without setting spray it lasted an entire work day. I am shook! ILU KATHLEEN!

ColourPop Dream St. Palette Dupes

Dream St. Shade Dupes

By “dupes” I don’t mean dupes for the entire ColourPop Dream St. Palette, I mean similar shades in other ColourPop palettes. I realized that there are a few shades in here that are dead ringers for shades in other CP palettes.

Spark in the Dream St. Palette is very similar to the shade OOO in the new SOL Palette that just came out. Spark has just a tad more red in it but side by side they are almost identical. Spark only looks darker here because of the way my arm is turned.

Magical is very similar to Extra Curricular in the Double Entendre Palette. They both have orange hues.

Twinkle is almost identical to Gal in the ColourPop She Palette or Anthem in the Sol Palette.

Mermaid Boy shares similarities with Princess Sparkle from the My Little Pony Palette. Mermaid Boy just has a darker, grungier undertone.

Kathleen Lights Dream St. Swatches

Dream St. Swatches

Oh my gossshhh guys, this palette swatches like a freakin’ dream. The mattes are so pigmented and creamy and the shimmers are so shiny! Even Moony, the one satin shade swatches with such a gorgeous sheen to it. I AM IMPRESSED.

Dream St. Eyeshadow Palette Review

Dream St. Makeup Looks

I will have a 3 look video coming out soon which I will post separately because I only recently filmed it. I really took my time playing around with shades and deciding what to do with the ColourPop Dream St. Palette. I felt like my eyes were little planets whenever I played with the shades Mermaid Boy and Spark!

ColourPop Dream St. Palette | Blue Moon Makeup Look

ColourPop Dream St. Palette | Makeup Look - Blue Moon

Look #1: Blue Moon

This is possibly my favourite makeup look I have done ever. These eyeshadows blended so incredibly well and gave me the smoothest transition gradient without spending twenty minutes blending. I used the shades Shooting Star, Potion and Water Bearer in the crease and cut a half crease with concealer. On my lid are the shades MoonyWater Bearer, and Kaleidoscope.

ColourPop Dream St. Palette Makeup Look | Planetarium

ColourPop Dream St. Palette Makeup Look | Planetarium

Look #2: Planetarium

This look especially made me think of swirling planets. Kaleidoscope is such a pretty shade, I love the effect of it pressed over Mermaid Boy and Water Bearer, it changes the eyeshadows to a glowy ethereal blue/green.

I used MagicalPotion and Spark in the crease and packed Mermaid Boy all over the lid except for a little open space in the centre where I applied Sweet Dreams and Star Dust. I went over the edges of the blend between Sweet Dreams and Mermaid boy with Kaleidoscope.

Dream St. Makeup Look | The Martian

Dream St. Makeup Look | The Martian

Look #2: The Martian

Okay so I don’t exactly look like Matt Damon but this look reminded me of the Red Planet. I always include a simple everyday look with my eyeshadow palette reviews. If you read my This Is For You Highlighter Palette Review from Tuesday the look I was wearing was a simple matte/satin look using the ColourPop Dream St. Palette. I wanted to include a soft glam look in my review, but if you want to see a no-makeup Dream St. look check out the highlighter post!

For this Martian makeup look I used the shades Magical and Potion in the crease. On the outer corners I combined the shades Spark and Elfish to deepen and add contrast to the eyes. I’m wearing Twinkle on the outer half of my eyelids, and a combination of Sweet Dreams and Moony on the inner half of the lids.

ColourPop Dream St. Palette Review

Which look is your favourite and are you excited for the new KL X ColourPop ZODIAC Collection!?

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  1. August 6, 2018 / 10:08 pm

    one of my favorite palettes! it’s funny that people were literally complaining over the layout, I personally don’t care and I love how it looks like the shades don’t go together but they do!
    i also think that the formula is freaking amazing, i love it and they blend so well! i cannot wait to keep playing with it some more and create a few more looks with it to write up my full review because i’m behind lol

    • AlwaysCleia
      August 7, 2018 / 12:26 am

      I was really surprised at how well this palette fits together, it does look kind of jumbled at first but I think that makes it more unique.
      I’m looking forward to seeing what you come up with!

  2. July 30, 2018 / 2:16 am

    Your makeup looks are gorgeous! This palette is absolutely stunning! x

    • AlwaysCleia
      July 31, 2018 / 12:30 am

      Thank you, I adore this palette!

  3. July 29, 2018 / 9:07 pm

    Absolutely love the looks you did with this palette! My favourite is Blue Moon, too 🙂 I think if I were to get one of the CP palettes, it would be this one. There’s such a interesting mix of shades in this palette.

    Question, did you get bubble wrap in your packaging? My CP order came last year and everything in the box was wrapped in bubble wrap.

    • AlwaysCleia
      July 31, 2018 / 12:30 am

      The shades really make me think of a solar system, I love how everything feels so mystical and dreamy!

      Yes! It was bubble wrapped but not like regular little bubbles. The plastic was like half deflated, I couldn’t even pop the bubbles which is arguably the most satisfying thing about getting a bubble wrapped package!

      • July 31, 2018 / 7:39 pm

        That’s so interesting, to be honest I never really would have thought to describe this palette that way just by looking at it. Seems like she aptly named it!

        Hahaha what a fail to send you half-deflated bubble wrap! That is definitely the best part of getting a bubble wrapped packaging!

        • AlwaysCleia
          August 2, 2018 / 12:12 pm

          I guess everyone perceives things differently lol I just really like this palette!

          RIGHT!? C’mmon ColourPop!

  4. July 29, 2018 / 5:39 pm

    Omg, so I saw this palette at Ulta and really wanted to get it. I thought it had such pretty colors, and I’m glad to hear they swatch so well and are pigmented. I’m gonna have to go back after this review tbh and buy the palette lol I feel like the name of the palette works so well too, the colors are really dreamy!

    Your Blue Moon look is stunning!! <3

    • AlwaysCleia
      July 31, 2018 / 12:28 am

      I hope that you absolutely love it! It’s such a good palette.
      Thank you!!

  5. July 28, 2018 / 11:50 am

    ooooooh i LOVE the colors she chose 🙌🏻 and that first look you crated is absolutely stunning!! OMG 💙

    • AlwaysCleia
      July 31, 2018 / 12:27 am

      She does such a good job when she does collabs. Yes that look turned out so well, I need to wear it again soon!

  6. Makeup by Erin
    July 27, 2018 / 6:39 pm

    I seriously loooove this palette! Kathleen really does know how to pick packaging and beautiful colors.

    • AlwaysCleia
      July 31, 2018 / 12:25 am

      It’s really good, I don’t know why I waited so long to pick it up!

  7. July 27, 2018 / 8:36 am

    I think the colors are really pretty! I seem to know what you’re saying about the bronze/browns. I feel like a lot of their palettes have a lot of that! I really love those two blue shades! Great review and great looks 🙂 xx

    Melina |

    • AlwaysCleia
      July 27, 2018 / 12:49 pm

      Even though it has some of those bronze shades the blues and red makes up for it. I’m so happy it lives up to the hype! Thanks for reading Melina! xx

  8. July 27, 2018 / 8:00 am

    Girl! I need you to come and do my make-up! Such pretty looks! I am obsessed! <3

    • AlwaysCleia
      July 27, 2018 / 12:48 pm

      haha thank you!! This comment made my day 🙂

  9. July 27, 2018 / 1:32 am

    The silvery grey eye look is my favourite! So glad the formula of this palette is on par with what you’ve read/heard about 🙂

    • AlwaysCleia
      July 27, 2018 / 12:47 pm

      Thanks for reading!
      The silver one is my favourite too, I was so happy this palette lived up to the hype after my Mar palette experience!

  10. July 26, 2018 / 11:39 am

    They put the shade names under the shades now instead of only on the back! Finally!
    I’m so glad you love this palette! It’s my favorite! I wear it every day for work! 😊
    Ever since you first mentioned the poor packaging on insta I’ve been wary about upcoming Colourpop orders.. like the Zodiac palette! I will be heartbroken if it arrives damaged!

    • July 26, 2018 / 11:42 am

      Also I’m obsessed with all the looks you created! 😻 Planetarium is my favorite! I’m in love with the shades on your lid! 🙌🏻

      • AlwaysCleia
        July 26, 2018 / 3:24 pm

        And thank you!! I liked that one too, I was sad that I had to remove my makeup for work. I felt so fancy!

        • July 26, 2018 / 3:42 pm

          You should have just worn it! I wear some crazy eye looks to work sometimes! 😂 I work in an office too and literally nobody sees me but my boss loves it! Whenever I have a natural makeup day he asks me if I’m feeling okay. Which is actually annoying 🤔

          • AlwaysCleia
            July 27, 2018 / 12:46 pm

            haha really? I would be somewhat offended! I guess I just need to get out of my comfort zone more!

          • July 28, 2018 / 12:02 am

            I am offended every time! Now my coworkers know better. I have a pretty great resting bitch face that becomes worse when I’m not amused. 😂

          • AlwaysCleia
            July 31, 2018 / 12:25 am

            They better watch themselves then lol!

          • July 31, 2018 / 12:35 am

            🤣 So in my office I’m known as “The Enforcer.” If anyone needs to be put in their place or beat up it’s my job! Just because of my resting bitch face! 😂 Aaaand I can be a little aggressive. 🤐🤭 I just don’t have a poker face!

          • AlwaysCleia
            July 31, 2018 / 12:39 am

            OMG haha that’s awesome!
            People tell me that I always look overwhelmed or scared. Which I never am, so I don’t know why that’s what my face does on it’s own xD

          • July 31, 2018 / 12:49 am

            🤣🤣🤣🤣 Isn’t it funny that people have an opinion of you because of the way they perceive your facial expressions? Maybe you should play poker and everyone will think you have a bad hand all the time because of the “overwhelmed” look.

          • AlwaysCleia
            July 31, 2018 / 12:53 am

            that’s a great suggestion, I should try it with some friends!

          • July 31, 2018 / 1:00 am

            You should! Then you can buy more makeup with your winnings!

          • AlwaysCleia
            August 2, 2018 / 12:17 pm

            My thoughts exactly lol!

    • AlwaysCleia
      July 26, 2018 / 3:23 pm

      Yes!! I hope they update all of their packaging like this. The zodiac palette has names under the shades too!
      I’m a little worried too, I actually had a shade from my SOL palette pop out and break, the same one that had popped out when the package arrived. I guess I should have pressed it in better… fingers crossed that our orders arrive intact!

      • July 26, 2018 / 3:40 pm

        You’d think that they would have had a lot of complaints about the new shipping packaging. Maybe they’ll realize that they’re losing more money then their saving with the refunds they have to issue.
        But yes, fingers crossed!! 🤞🏻

        • AlwaysCleia
          July 27, 2018 / 12:45 pm

          I hope so!

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