Hello everyone! A few weeks ago I posted my first impressions of the ColourPop Mar Palette that came out this Summer. If you read that post you’ll know that my first impressions weren’t exactly positive. The shadows weren’t performing very well. The three satin shades were awful applied dry and my usual synthetic flat brush wasn’t working even when wet. I took some time to play around with the palette and see if I could make it work for me. Luckily I finally found some brushes that picked up the pigment. Let’s get to my ColourPop Mar Palette Review!
ColourPop MAR Palette Review
You’re so wavy. This teal and bronze 9-pan shadow palette is a colour lover’s dream! Insanely pigmented teals and wearable bronzes make this the perfect vacay palette. Slip this sleek mirrored palette in your luggage and make a splash! — ColourPop
The ColourPop Mar Palette retails for $12USD and contains 9 x 1g shadows for a total of 9g of product. The regular ColourPop 12 pan palettes have 12 x 0.85g shadows for a total of 10.2g of product. The Mar & Sol palettes are technically a better deal as you get your shadows at $1.33/g each while the 12 pan palettes work out to $1.57/g.
I love the bright blue cardboard packaging and the reflective blue print on the palette itself. The ColourPop Mar palette is very similar to the Kylie Cosmetics 9 pan palettes. The hard case plastic is sturdy and contains a mirror. Because this palette has a bit more weight to it I need to be a little bit more careful with it than with the regular 16 pan cardboard palettes. My Mar palette got jostled around in the mail and I had to pop a shade back in place when it arrived. These eyeshadow pans are magnetic so you can rearrange them if you wish!
MAR Colour Story & Finishes
I’ve been mentioning this a lot on my instagram, youtube, my first impressions and my other ColourPop reviews but I’m so tired of seeing similar bronze shades in every new palette. I know that the shades aren’t exactly the same as other bronze shades but palettes are starting to feel a bit repetitive for me. If you don’t have a lot of ColourPop palettes this shouldn’t be an issue for you, but as a makeup collector I’m a bit put off.
The blue teal shades in the Mar Palette on the other hand are stunning. The light green teal is similar to the shade Celia from the Alamar Cosmetics Reina Del Caribe Vol. 1 palette so if you already have it I don’t know that you absolutely need the MAR palette, but the deep teal and blue cobalt shades are both very unique.
I wish that there was more than one shade to function as a transition, I like to layer my crease shades to make a smooth gradient so I need to dip into other palettes to make an everyday look. The shade El Rey does make a great inner corner highlight though.
Pigmentation, Blend & Fallout
Here’s where I had issues: The mattes and metallic shades in the ColourPop Mar Palette swatch and apply really well; However, the satin shades were very hard to work with. In my Mar Palette YouTube review (which I’ve embedded down below) I applied the shade HWY dry and you can see what little colour pay off those satins have when applied dry. It takes a long time to build them up dry so I find the best way to apply them is with a wet brush OR a dry brush but applied over concealer.
There is a bit of kickup in the pan from the more pigmented shades in the ColourPop MAR Palette, like the blue matte. It’s to be expected from shades that pigmented I try to use a light hand when dipping into those shades. To avoid a lot of fallout make sure to tap out your brush!
MAR Palette Makeup Looks
I created a ColourPop Mar Palette Review video with tutorials on each of the three looks on you YouTube Channel. I’m still not thrilled with my filming set up, I don’t think that will change until we buy a house and I can set up an office/filming space. I’m going to try to get past that and keep making videos anyway. It’s been a fun challenge for me learning to edit videos and talk on camera! Now onto the makeup looks…
Honestly I’m not overjoyed with how this first look look came out. I went a little too far adding the pop of blue to my lower lash line, I think the look was fine the way it was and the blue was just a little too much. Well, they can’t all be winners!
This was my favourite look, I’m obsessed with how it came out! I’m not thrilled with how annoying it was figuring out how to apply those satin shades but they do create some interesting looks. This cut crease was created with El Rey in the inner corners and HWY all over the rest of the lid.
For my third look I decided to showcase the SOL Palette as well. I will be doing the same thing with the MAR Palette in my SOL Palette review soon. I went into the crease with the bright vibrant corals in the SOL palette and then cut the crease with Gridlock from the MAR Palette.
I’m still kind of meh on the Mar palette. I know the internet is raving and raving about it, but I’m just not sold on it. ColourPop’s satin shades have disappointed me in the past. I was underwhelmed by them in the Double Entendre, My Little Pony and Element of Surprise palettes. The Dream St. Palette did something different with the one satin shade in it and I was absolutely in love with the finish, so I have proof that satin shades can be done right.
The green & blue shades are unique, but I’m not convinced that they are worth the effort for me or that I really got something new & different from the bronze & neutral shades in this palette. Please remember that just because I wasn’t wowed by the ColourPop Mar Palette does NOT mean that you won’t be or that you won’t enjoy this palette.
Did you pick up the ColourPop Mar Palette? What did you think?
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