Hey everyone! I am no longer a Boxycharm subscriber but before I unsubscribed I made sure to redeem my Charms for a free ColourPop Element of Surprise Palette. I was so happy when it popped up in the charm shop, this palette wasn’t at the top of my list from ColourPop but I was more than happy to redeem points for it. I have a full ColourPop Reviews section on my homepage now if you’d like to check out my other ColourPop palette reviews, for now let’s get into my Element of Surprise Palette First Impressions…
ColourPop Element of Surprise Palette
Get a load of this bold beauty. The perfect mix of edgy dramatic with a girly twist and bold pops of colour, this baby has you covered for the season. Our first palette with all four finishes: matte, metallic, satin, and duochrome, make it so easy to shake up the scene – ColourPop
The ColourPop Element of Surprise palette is technically called a “pressed powder palette”, not an “eyeshadow palette”. This is because three of the shades contain Red Lake dyes which aren’t approved for use near the immediate eye area and may cause irritation or staining — Thanks to Rossy from AyRGalaxy for bringing this to my attention!
The Element of Surprise palette contains 12 x 0.85g pressed powder pans and retails at Colourpop for $16USD. This works out to $1.57/gram, or $1.33/pan. The packaging is ColourPop’s typical cardboard packaging with a magnetic closure. There is no mirror included.
I find it strange that the description on ColourPop’s product page says that the Element of Surprise Palette contains matte, metallic, satin and duochrome finishes but the individual shade breakdown only lists shades as matte or metallic. There are some shades that err more on the satin side than metallic, like the Purple or the Pearly Pink.
Aside from my initial alarmed reaction to learning that three shades in the ColourPop Element of Surprise Palette aren’t recommended for use in the immediate eye area (I used them anyways) the shades do look really beautiful in the pan. I was specifically grabbed by Subdue, that icy purple shade. I couldn’t wait to use it all over my eyelids. I’m rather annoyed that the packaging doesn’t actually have the shade warnings on them though, you have to specifically visit ColourPop’s website to find out that Silk Street, Blank Canvas, and Opulent aren’t meant for the eye area.
The Colour Story of this palette is almost a hybrid of the Give It To Me Straight and My Little Pony Palettes. It’s got some rusty mauve tones like the GITMS with the vibrant purples and pinks of the MLP.
I was disappointed that a lot of shades in the ColourPop Element of Surprise Palette don’t look the same on the skin as in the pan. Quite a few shades look a lot darker in the pan than they actually are, or just come out differently once applied. I feel like I’m decoding a mystery when trying to decide what shades to use. For example, the shade Feels — I expected a pearly white with a slight pink flip. I tried this shade on my eyes in my first impressions video and instantly regretted it paired with Rayon, because it came out incredibly pink! I also found Silk Street to come out more pinky than it looked in the pan and I was expecting gold from Late Night but I instead got an orangey shimmer.
When I swatch the similar shades next to each other they really all look similar to me… Rayon and …, the two shimmers in the top row look almost identical against my skin tone and the matte shades Silk Street and Blank Canvas are also quite similar. Blank Canvas is a little bit more pink, but not entirely different. The purple shade Subdue was a letdown, it barely swatches even if I use my fingers so I need loads of setting spray to make it pop.
The quality of the mattes are inconsistent, some of them are buttery and smooth to the touch while others are dry and dusty. I don’t mind too much but it would be nice if the mattes were all one or the other.
Element Of Surprise Makeup Look
I will have three to four makeup looks in my full review when I’ve had more time to test and play around with the ColourPop Element of Surprise Palette, but for now I’ll leave you with this one which is different from the look in my first impressions video (because that was a disaster).
For this looks I set my primer with a white matte shade from the Too Faced Natural Love Palette. Next I Laid down the peach shade Go With The Flow in the crease, followed by Labyrinth. On the outer corners of my eyes I used the shades Silk Street, a matte purple/fuchsia, and Details, a matte brown. With my finger I packed the shade Subdue all over the lid. On my lower lash line is the shade Labyrinth.
I don’t mind how this look turned out but I’m disappointed that Subdue was so hard to work with. Even pressing it on with my fingers took time to build it up and it wasn’t as bright as I hoped it would be.
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