ColourPop Give It To Me Straight Palette | Review + 4 Looks

Give It To Me Straight Review

Are you sick of ColourPop reviews yet!? I really hope not, I’ve been loving writing these reviews and creating makeup looks with each palette. I posted my ColourPop Give It To Me Straight Palette First Impressions two weeks ago with the promise of a full review to come. Well, here it is!

Mauve has been all the rage lately since the Huda Mauve Obsessions palette came out. I loved the colour scheme but at $35 I couldn’t justify such a tiny palette. The Give It To Me Straight Palette has a similar mauve-y vibe, though it’s by no means a dupe for the Huda palette.

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ColourPop Give It To Me Straight Palette

ColourPop Give It To Me Straight Palette Review

We’ll be frank, this is our favorite palette yet. Full of warm coppers and rich, romantic mauves, it complements multiple skin tones and satisfies all your moods. Includes 7 buttery mattes and 5 intense metallics that can be used wet or dry. — ColourPop

The Give It To Me Straight Palette by ColourPop contains 12 x 0.85g shades in a selection of copper and mauve mattes and metallics. ColourPop is Cruelty Free.

Related Reading: ColourPop Give It To Me Straight Vs. Double Entendre Palette | Which Is Better?

ColourPop Give It To Me Straight Palette

ColourPop Give It To Me Straight Palette


The ColourPop Give It To Me Straight eyeshadow palette is the same size as all the other CP 12 pan eyeshadow palettes and fits in the palm of my hand. The lid has a magnetic closure and contains no mirror.

The design of the palette is simple compared to some of the other palettes CP has come out with like the My Little Pony or She Palette. The cardboard packaging is a pinkish white with “Give It To Me Straight” printed in rose gold on the front. I’m going to have a hard time keeping the white inside of the palette clean.

I’m thrilled that ColourPop finally took the hint and printed the shade names under each pan as well as on the back. It’s frustrating trying to review a palette and needing to flip it over all the time to see the shade names! I associate names with the shades much easier when they’re printed beneath each pan.

ColourPop Give It To Me Straight Palette Up Close

Shade Selection

This palette was marketed as being a mauve palette but once I started playing with it I noticed that there are just as many coppery brown shades as mauve. Honestly it’s a slightly odd combination in my opinion. When I use the palette I tend to use only the coppers or only the mauves.

I’m happy that there are so many mattes in the palette. The She palette only had three mattes so having seven is a huge step up into making the GITMS more wearable for everyday. There are still five metallics to transition for an evening/going out look.

Give it to me straight vs. Double Entendre

Pigmentation, Fallout & Blend

The pigmentation is great for most of the shades in the Give It To Me Straight palette provided I use a primer. I love that Give It To Me Straight only has mattes and metallic/shimmer shades. I’ve mentioned in previous reviews that I’m not a fan of the ColourPop’s satin formula so I was glad that there aren’t any satin shades in here! Up Front, the metallic white gold in the top row was the only truly disappointing shade for me. I need to apply it wet to make it last and even then it’s just not quite on par with the other metallic shades.

There are a few metallic/glitter shades that have a lot of fallout. It’s not a big issue for me because I do my eye makeup before applying foundation & concealer but I can see how it could be a problem for some. When I apply the shades Be BluntForthright I have so much glitter under my eyes afterwards that I have to use a makeup remover wipe! The matte shades don’t have any fall out issues besides a small amount of kick up in the pan.

Though some of the shades didn’t swatch as beautifully as I would like on my arm they do apply nicely to my eyes and they build and blend quite well. The formula is on par with any of the other CP palettes I’ve used, which are currently the She, My Little Pony and Double Entendre palettes.

Give It To Me Straight Swatches

Give It To Me Straight Swatches


Matter of Fact: The lightest shade in the palette. It’s a matte with strong pink undertones.
Up Front: White gold metallic. Needs Fix + or similar on me to stay all day.
Straight Up: Bronze/Copper metallic. This shade is stunning!
BS: Matte Based Copper with Gold Flecks. The gold flecks disappear when I tap out my brush.

Frank: Warm Matte Brown. I use this shade in the outer corners for a natural look.
Candid: Metallic Copper. This shade is WOW. It really pops on the lid.
Forthright: Glittery Metallic Rose. This shade is a bit chunky when applied, it’s best used wet to keep the glitter from getting everywhere.
Downright: Matte Pinky Beige. This is THE perfect transition shade for every mauve toned look I create with this platte.  It’s so pigmented and so pretty!

Truth Hurts: Matte Orange/Peach. The name reminds me of the theme song from Pretty Little Liars xD This is my transition for any copper based looks I create using GITMS.
Be Blunt: Metallic Purple/Mauve. This shade is so beautiful! It’s the perfect outer corner shade when you’re playing with mauve.
TMI: Matte dusty purple. OMG I freaking love this shade! If it was a Supershock single or a pressed single I would buy it over and over. I’m absolutely obsessed with TMI.
Actually: Matte Chocolatey Raspberry Brown. This shade is a deep brown but it has a raspberry undertone. This shade pulls together all the mauves when used to deepen the outer corners or crease and it blends really well despite how poorly it swatched.

Look #1: Creamsicle

If you’re reading this post for the second time you’ll notice that all of the makeup looks have changed. I’ve been revamping all of my reviews & makeup photos because I improved so much in 2018! I still kept the same type of looks in each review, they’re just better now πŸ˜‰

When re-creating makeup looks for this review I wanted to do a look with the coppery shades in the palette. This makeup look is a half cut-crease, I love the way it came out! I used Truth Hurts for my Transition shade, then deepened it with BS. Next I added dimension to the look by blending Frank and Actually into the outer corners and I cut the half-crease with concealer. The copper vibes of this cut crease were created with Candid on the outer portion of the concealer, and Up Front on the inner corners.

I’m wearing the Sugar Cookie Melted Matte Lipstick from the Too Faced Sweet Smell of Christmas Set!

ColourPop Give It To Me Straight Everyday Look

Look #2: Natural Beauty

If the shades in the Give It To Me Straight palette look daunting know that you can create some great daytime looks with this eyeshadow palette. I love to play with oranges, coppers and mauve tones but sometimes I want something a bit more subtle. I wore this look out to run errands and it was perfect! It’s the perfect super cute but not overly done up eyeshadow look.

For this look I focused on a soft pink vibe. I began with Matter of Fact in my crease then built it up with Downright. I wanted a darker shade in the outer corners of my eyes but I didn’t want to go too dramatic. Frank was perfect, it added a tiny bit of depth but not so much that this wouldn’t be considered a “daytime” look anymore.

For my eyelids I pressed Downright on the outer half of my eyelid and blended it softly into the champagne shimmer Up Front. I finished off this makeup look with a soft brown ColourPop Gel Eyeliner in the shade Call Me, and the Pixi Endless Silky Eye Pen on my lower waterline.

My Lipstick here is a combination of the Sephora Lipstories lipstick in Brunch Date and an Ulta lipgloss in the shade Brigitte.

Look #3: Mauve Over Matter

This is an updated version of the look that I created for my Give It To Me Straight Palette First Impressions. I used the same shades in both looks! This is a mauve halo eye and I’m obsessed with it. Halo eyes are so easy to do compared to a cut crease and look like you put in a lot of effort! In this look I used the shades Matter of FactDownrightTMIBe BluntActually, and Up Front.

On my lips is the Ciaté Liquid Velvet Lipstick in the shade Pin Up.

Look #4: I only had one Pun with the word Mauve in it

For this GITMS makeup look I wanted a soft mauve cut-crease that also incorporated some of the copper shades. On the outermost edges of my crease I used Truth Hurts and fluffed Downright through the centre of the crease. I blended out Frank and Actually in the outer corners of my eyes. Next I carved out a half cut-crease with concealer. Normally I would use the lightest metallic shade in the palette over top of the concealer but I went darker and placed Forthright on top of the concealer. I blended it together with Be Blunt in the outer corners of my eyes.

On my lips is the ColourPop Ultra Satin Lipstick in the shade Calypso.

Which Look Is Your Favourite? Are you going to buy the Give It To Me Straight Palette?

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  1. October 5, 2018 / 12:14 pm

    I love these looks! Such versatility!

    • AlwaysCleia
      October 5, 2018 / 12:25 pm

      Thank you! This is one of the best CP palettes in my opinion 😊

  2. FitAsh
    March 23, 2018 / 1:16 am

    I love these looks! Now I’m thinking I should buy this palette! I think I love your first look the best! So pretty!!

    • AlwaysCleia
      March 23, 2018 / 1:40 am

      Thank you! 😊
      It’s nice that it’s a very wearable palette but there’s also some fun shades to play with πŸ™‚

  3. March 20, 2018 / 10:40 pm

    Love all the looks, warm shades look gorgeous against your skin tone

    • AlwaysCleia
      March 20, 2018 / 10:53 pm

      Thanks Rossy! I rarely wear cool tones haha

      • March 20, 2018 / 11:29 pm

        I’d love to see your looks in those too πŸ˜‰

  4. March 18, 2018 / 9:06 pm

    I love what you’ve done with the palette! My favourite look is Mauve Over Matter, but they’re all beautiful!

    I’ve realized it doesn’t matter what swatches look like – they can look amazing swatched, but then perform horribly on the eyes, or vice versa.

    PS – for some reason the photos of your eye looks are really small. The other ones are fine though.

    • AlwaysCleia
      March 18, 2018 / 9:32 pm

      Thank you! That one is my favourite too, though I can’t for the life of me recreate itΒ πŸ˜‚

      I love beautiful swatches but they don’t tell the whole story!

      What really? Are you reading directly on my blog or on the WordPress reader? I’ll look into that, I did space the images beside each other using the square tile feature but maybe it didn’t work as well as I thought it did…

      • March 19, 2018 / 8:12 am

        I was reading it on the Reader. Just checked your blog directly and it looks okay!

        • AlwaysCleia
          March 19, 2018 / 11:55 pm

          That’s so weird! It looked fine when I edited it, I don’t know why the images are so tiny lol

  5. March 18, 2018 / 10:05 am

    I almost never trust arm swatches any more, I have a palette that is super pigmented and I really love it, but it appears super odd when swatched. Love your looks, natural beauty must be my favourite x

    • AlwaysCleia
      March 18, 2018 / 9:28 pm

      Yes the swatches are nice for an idea of the shades but they don’t tell the whole story! I’m always skeptical of arm swatch art on Instagram because I know they packed on the pigment to fill the stencil but the shades might not perform so well

  6. Amanda
    March 17, 2018 / 5:52 am

    Love the look of this palette, it has some really nice colors. I love how detailed your review is, and love all the pictures aswell. I think all your looks are beautiful, especially #3 😍

    • AlwaysCleia
      March 17, 2018 / 12:12 pm

      Thank you so much! Sometimes I worry that my palette reviews go too much into detail so I’m glad you liked it! πŸ™‚

  7. March 16, 2018 / 11:38 pm

    Aww Thank you so much for swatches and makeup look demo. I always think Colourpop eyeshadow looks darker in real life compare to their site. I love their eyeshadows and this palette looks so good!

    • AlwaysCleia
      March 17, 2018 / 12:25 am

      Thank you so much for reading!
      Nothing ever looks quite the same as it does on the brand website πŸ™ I still love the palette though!

  8. Makeup by Erin
    March 16, 2018 / 8:38 pm

    I love Colourpop! They have such gorgeous colors and formulas! This palette is so up my alley, I love warm shadows. πŸ˜‚

    • AlwaysCleia
      March 17, 2018 / 12:16 pm

      Thanks for reading Erin! I need to read your boxycharm post once I get mine in the mail πŸ˜€ speaking of which, did you see next months spoiler yet??
      I haven’t been disappointed with ColourPop yet, their formula is consistent and I love the palettes they put together πŸ™‚

      • Makeup by Erin
        March 17, 2018 / 6:41 pm

        Yesssss, I’m sooo excited for next month! I’m a little worried because I have the Element of Surprise already, so I’m hoping I don’t get that one! 🀞🏼

        • AlwaysCleia
          March 17, 2018 / 7:01 pm

          Hopefully not! I have the my Little pony palette so I hope I don’t get that one! I don’t have any of the others though.

          • Makeup by Erin
            March 17, 2018 / 7:12 pm

            I realllly want the semi precious, but I’d be happy with any of the others.

  9. March 16, 2018 / 11:58 am

    I love all of the looks, but especially #’s 1 & 4 πŸ™‚

    It was really nice to read your full review on this palette! It definitely does seem to lean more warm when swatched which is interesting since mauves are usually a little on the cooler side. And I could see reading this palette being a little confusing. And by that I mean deciding which colours go together for cohesive looks. Although, mixing warm and cool shades in a look can give great contrast and can be really stunning.

    So, reading your thoughts about the Huda Obsessions made me wonder how the values compare, and you are right, I just did the calculations and the CP palette has almost double the value (not entirely unexpected). However, I will argue that you CAN justify the Huda Obsessions palettes because you get almost as much product as you would in a regular sized high end palette for 2/3 of the price. For example, typical Tarte, TF, and UD palettes have around 0.5-0.6 oz of product and as you know go for around $50-$60. The Huda Beauty Obsessions palettes have 0.45 oz of product, and are only $35, so they actually have incredible value for a smaller palette. So if you were really wanting to purchase one of those but you were letting the smallness stop you, I would say don’t let it. Because usually smaller palettes have terrible value, but in fact this one has the value of extra large, value-sized palettes, which is kind of incredible.

    • AlwaysCleia
      March 16, 2018 / 3:09 pm

      Thank girl! 😊 I had so much fun creating these looks!

      I’m not always the best at choosing colours that go together so I was a little baffled at what to use beyond the obvious colour combinations. The ratio of Mattes to metallics helps makes the palette more wearable though!

      I love that you looked up all those stats for me! I didn’t realize that the value was so high for the Huda palette compared to a high end full size palette 😨 I’m going to keep it on my wish list!

        • AlwaysCleia
          March 16, 2018 / 3:31 pm

          Me too! And the Mattes aren’t really neutral transition shades so it doesn’t make for a good daytime palette πŸ™

          I just read your comparison post!

  10. March 16, 2018 / 11:50 am

    I really love the last look πŸ™‚ and I usually use my fingers to apply and blend CP eyeshadows instead of using brushes πŸ˜›

    • AlwaysCleia
      March 17, 2018 / 12:14 pm

      Thank you Erin! I’ve never thought to do that with the pressed shadows but I absolutely do for the super shock formula. I’ll need to try it out when I’m in a rush! πŸ™‚

  11. March 16, 2018 / 11:39 am

    You look stunning in every look! I need this!!!!!

    • AlwaysCleia
      March 16, 2018 / 11:47 am

      Thanks Mare! It’s really easy to work with!

      • March 16, 2018 / 12:14 pm

        One of these days, I’ll take the plunge into Colourpop. But, I just found out that Ulta is carrying it now!!! woo-hoo

        • AlwaysCleia
          March 16, 2018 / 1:58 pm

          Oh yes I forgot about that! They have a pretty good selection of products at Ulta too, Sephora’s ColourPop release was small and they never restocked anything.

  12. March 16, 2018 / 10:15 am

    You look gorgeous in all these looks❣️

    • AlwaysCleia
      March 16, 2018 / 11:26 am

      Thank you! 😊

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