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. 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…
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. 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).
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.
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!
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.
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. 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!
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 Moony, Water Bearer, and Kaleidoscope.
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 Magical, Potion 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.
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.
Which look is your favourite and are you excited for the new KL X ColourPop ZODIAC Collection!?
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