ColourPop Grandeur Palette Review + Swatches + 3 Looks

Time for my second ColourPop review of 2021! It’s been a long time since I ordered from ColourPop. I’ve been making an effort to buy less beauty products, especially since people only see half of my face these days. Over the last six months or so they’ve released a ton of new products that I found myself wanting. One such product was the ColourPop Grandeur Palette that was part of their Dark Blooms collection. I was initially interested in the Baroque colour story but I realized that I could probably dupe all of the shades from my Sydney Grace cool toned eyeshadows, so I went with Grandeur instead.

The ColourPop Grandeur Palette contains a mix of warm and cool toned eyeshadows. The shades don’t actually remind me of anything that blooms… except for maybe flowers that I forgot to water for too long. BUT as eyeshadows I think they’re really wearable and can also create some fancier glam looks for a night out.

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Grandeur Palette Review Swatches + Makeup Looks

ColourPop Grandeur Palette Review

Isn’t it grand? This antique gold and bronze palette creates the most elevated looks. Warm, versatile neutrals paired with rich metallics will take your look from petit to grandeur.
— ColourPop

The ColourPop Grandeur Palette retails for $14 USD and contains 9 eyeshadows in a mix of matte & metallic finishes. I was disappointed to realize that this palette contains a pressed glitter shade… I dislike pressed glitter eyeshadows with a passion! If I had realized while the palette was in my cart I probably wouldn’t have purchased it. Don’t worry though, you’ll see in my third makeup look later in this review that I found a way to use the gold pressed glitter!

ColourPop Grandeur Palette Packaging


The Dark Bloom collection featured dark, moody florals as part of the design. The palette features a dark blue cover covered in white, yellow and pink florals. It has a gothic feel to it because of the contrast of the bright florals and dark background.

The Grandeur Palette is packaged in cardboard and doesn’t contain a mirror. I remember seeing reading a post on instagram recently where a creator was complaining a brand was using cardboard instead of plastic. Does the world really need more plastic? I don’t think it does… I also feel like cardboard actually cushions my products better. Nine out of ten times when one of my eyeshadows breaks it was in plastic packaging.

Grandeur Palette Neutral eyeshadow

Colour Story

At the heart of it Grandeur is a neutral palette. The browns are very ordinary, but they are shades I will reach for. They make the palette more wearable for someone who just wants a little something in their crease, and the mattes will go with pretty much any topper or metallic shadow.

The shade Weed looked interesting to me at a first glance, but after using I realized I have an almost exact dupe from my BH Cosmetics Desert Oasis palette. It’s a neutral brown with a subtle blue flip. It’s pretty but not as interesting on the eyes as it looks in the palette. Lavish appears slightly purple in the palette but it’s very much just a brown metallic on the eyes! I do like the dark blue shade Monaco, it’s a unique addition. The ColourPop Grandeur palette could be a moody sister to the grungy Brown Sugar Palette.

I can create more than two or three looks with the palette, but the looks you create with Grandeur may not be all that different from looks created using other palettes. It depends on what’s in your collection right now.

ColourPop Grandeur Palette Macro

Pigmentation, Fallout & Blend

If neutrals are what you’re looking for the Grandeur Palette has got your back. The matte browns are pigmented, blend smoothly on the eyes and don’t leave a lot of fallout (if any) behind.

I’ve already said that I’m not the biggest fan of pressed glitter shadows, so I don’t have much to say about Excess, the gold glitter in the centre of the palette. I’m planning on replacing it with a gold from another palette, since ColourPop’s palettes are all magnetic. I’m pretty sure I remember seeing a gold in the shadows from my ColourPop Rendezvous palette, which I’ve collected in a z palette to save space.

To be fair I really liked the way the look I did using the glitter turned out, so maybe I’ll reconsider.

The metallic shades in the palette are smooth and pigmented. I wasn’t blown away by the pigmentation but it’s a step up from regular drugstore shadows. ColourPop has amazing eyeshadows for intermediate level makeup lovers and beginners alike. With the darker shades you do get some fallout, but it’s nothing a makeup eraser or wipe can’t fix.

ColourPop Grandeur Palette Swatches

ColourPop Grandeur Palette Swatches

From the swatches you can see how truly neutral the Grandeur palette is. Lavish and Weed look very similar on the skin (middle left and bottom right). It would have been nice to see something different in the place of one or the other. The pressed glitter looks more like a metallic shade in the swatches, and it adhered to my primer quite well for this picture.

Grandeur Palette Makeup Look


Grandeur Eyeshadow Looks

Look # 1 Cultivate

I used the duochrome shade Weed all over the lid with a few transition shades in the crease. It doesn’t pick up well on camera but this is one of those shades that changes in the light. There’s a similar shade in the Baroque palette with a blue flip to it. I didn’t plan on this look matching my pink hair, so that’s a happy coincidence!

ColourPop Grandeur Makeup Look

Look # 2 Dark Blooms

This look reminds me of the cut crease I did back when I reviewed the Brown Sugar Palette. The shades are different between palettes, but the look ended up being similar. I really like this style of eyeshadow, going light to dark across the eyelids. It brightens the eyes and creates depth at the outer corners. I’m a little rusty with cut creases so don’t judge too harshly.

Smokey Eye with Gold Glitter

Look #3 Delusions

Okay, so I might not hate this glitter. It adhered pretty well to my eyes and I didn’t see too many glitter flecks under my eyes throughout the day. This is not a look that I would wear often. I like the dark blue all over my eyes, it reminds me of Drummer from The Expanse. The glitter on top is a little much for me though, I’m definitely not a glitter loving person. I felt pretty bad ass in this look though!

Did you pick up the ColourPop Grandeur Palette?

I don’t regret buying the Grandeur palette, but I certainly didn’t need it. At this point I don’t really need to add more makeup to my collection, which is why I’ve slowed down my makeup reviews over the past couple of years. ColourPop’s eyeshadow formula is almost always great, especially for the price. I don’t think you can go wrong with any of their palettes as long as you like the colours and finishes in the palette to begin with. Let me know if you’re picking this one up!



  1. February 25, 2021 / 4:46 pm

    I know you say that you’re not a huge fan of the glitter shades, but this shade looks AMAZING on you! I love how all your looks came out. I definitely understand what you mean about it just being a neutral palette. I have a lot of shades in my collection very similar to these shades. Great review Cleia πŸ™‚ xx

    Melina |

    • March 13, 2021 / 4:31 pm

      Thank you! Maybe glitter is starting to grow on me. The glitter in this palette adheres much better than the first couple of glitter shades they came out with in palettes, maybe they’ve refined the formula. It;s so hard to remove though haha!
      Thanks for reading! x

  2. February 21, 2021 / 10:56 am

    I agree that these shades look pretty, but are absolutely nothing new. I have so many neutral palettes already that I will be skipping this one for sure. But you always create such beautiful looks with any shades! (By the way, I LOVE the pink highlights in your hair!)

    • March 13, 2021 / 4:32 pm

      Aw thanks Erica! My stylist did such a great job. The highlights have already faded out so fast, I’m going to need a touch up soon if I want to keep them!

      • March 14, 2021 / 10:58 am

        I’ve heard that happens with what they call “fashion colors,” like pink or purple. They lose their vibrancy super quickly, like with 1 or 2 washes. I wish I could have fun like that, but I would have to bleach my hair first which I’m just not willing to do right now. Perhaps when I get more grays though!

        • March 14, 2021 / 6:01 pm

          At least with purple there’s purple shampoo so you can kind of keep toning it, but yeah those unnatural colors don’t want to last.
          It definitely showed up better on the bleached ends of my hair than on the natural color. Bleaching is so hard on your hair though, I don’t blame you! I don’t think I’ll ever bleach again.

          • March 21, 2021 / 9:35 am

            I think I *may* go back to bleaching one day when I start getting a lot of grey hairs, but we’ll see. I’d really rather not!

  3. February 18, 2021 / 11:09 pm

    These tones really suit you! I can’t pick a favourite between look one and look three 😍

  4. February 18, 2021 / 10:56 am

    Wow love that last look you created!

    • February 19, 2021 / 1:01 am

      Thank you so much! It was definitely a bit out of my comfort zone, but it was such a fun look to do 😊

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