ColourPop Mar Palette Review + 3 Looks

ColourPop MAR Palette Review + 3 LooksHello 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!

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ColourPop MAR Pressed Powder 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 nine 1g shadows for a total of 9g of product. The regular ColourPop twelve pan palettes have twelve 0.85g shadows for a total of 10.2g of product. The Mar & Sol palettes are a better deal as you get your shadows at $1.33/g each while the twelve pan palettes work out to $1.57/g. ColourPop is Cruelty Free.

Related Reading: ColourPop Monochromatic Palette Reviews

ColourPop MAR Palette Review | Packaging

ColourPop MAR Palette Review | Packaging


I love the bright blue cardboard packaging and the reflective blue print on the Mar palette itself. The ColourPop Mar palette is very similar to the Kylie Cosmetics nine 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 more careful with it than with ColourPop’s regular 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 want! Unfortunately the shade names are not printed below each shade.

Mar Palette Review

Colour Story & Finishes

I’ve been mentioning this a lot lately but I’m so tired of seeing similar bronze shades in every new ColourPop palette that comes out. The eyeshadow shades aren’t exactly the same as their other bronze shades but the pressed powder palettes are starting to feel 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 and teal shades in the Mar Palette are stunning. The light teal shade HWY is similar to Celia from the Alamar Cosmetics Reina Del Caribe Vol. 1 Palette so if you already own it you don’t absolutely need the MAR palette, but the deeper teal and blue cobalt shades Gridlock & Detour are both very unique.

I wish that there was more than one obvious transition shade. I like to layer my crease shades to make a smooth gradient so I need to dip into other eyeshadow palettes to make an everyday look. The shade El Rey makes a great inner corner or brow bone highlight.

ColourPop MAR Eyeshadow Palette Review

Pigmentation, Blend & Fallout

Here’s where I had issues: The mattes and metallic shades in the Mar Palette swatch and apply really well; However, the satin shades are very hard to work with. In my ColourPop Mar Palette YouTube review I applied the shade HWY and you can see what little colour pay off the satin shades 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 applied over concealer.

There’s a bit of kick-up in the pan from the more pigmented shades in the MAR Palette, like the blue matte. That’s to be expected with eyeshadows as pigmented as these ones. I try to use a light hand when dipping into those shades. To avoid extra fallout make sure to tap out your brush!

ColourPop MAR Palette Swatches

ColourPop MAR Palette Swatches

These swatches are the result of one swipe of my finger for each shade. The shade names below go in the order of top to bottom & left to right.

El Rey: A peachy gold metallic that’s great for a brow bone or inner corner Highlight.
Wild One: This is a standard copper/bronze metallic. It’s nothing special.
Boozy: I hit hard pan on this bright orange metallic almost immediately, it was hard to use.

Gridlock: This is one of the hard to use satin shades. It’s a gorgeous deep teal shade over concealer.
HWY: Another satin shade, this teal shade only pops for me over concealer.
Top Down: A matte chocolate brown.

Detour: A GORGEOUS Cobalt Blue Matte.
Sorbet: This Peachy Brown matte is the only real transition shade in the palette.
My Way: A very metallic bronze. This shade has a great formula, it goes on like butter.


MAR Palette Makeup Looks

I created a ColourPop Mar Palette review video with tutorials on each of the three looks on my 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 learning to edit videos and talk on camera! Now onto the makeup looks…

Mar Palette Makeup Look

Look #1

Honestly I’m not overjoyed with how my first makeup look with the Mar Palette turned out. I think I went a little too far adding the pop of blue to my lower lash line, the look was fine the way it was and the blue was just a little too much. If it ain’t broke don’t fix it! Well, they can’t all be winners.

MAR Palette Makeup Look | Teal & cobalt Eyeshadow

Look #2

This was my favourite eyeshadow look. I’m obsessed with how it came out though I’m not thrilled with how annoying it was figuring out how to apply those satin shades! They look really interesting combined together. This cut crease was created with El Rey in the inner corners and HWY all over the rest of the lid. I also added a touch of Detour to the outer corners of my eyes.

Coral & Teal Makeup look with the MAR & SOL Palettes

Look #3

For my third look I decided to showcase the ColourPop SOL Palette. I featured both Mar & Sol in my SOL Palette Review as well. I placed a bright vibrant coral from the SOL palette into my crease and then cut it with Gridlock from the MAR Palette.

ColourPop MAR Palette | Colour Story

Final Thoughts

I’m still kind of meh on the Mar palette. I know the internet is raving and raving about it, but I’m not sold. ColourPop’s satin shades have almost always 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 satin shade inside 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 in this palette are unique but I’m not convinced that they’re worth the effort or that I got something new and 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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  1. Makeup by Erin
    August 10, 2018 / 8:46 pm

    I keep debating if I should actually buy this palette or not…..

    • AlwaysCleia
      August 11, 2018 / 12:36 am

      If you want it then go for it! It’s only $12 and my makeup always turns out really nice when I use it. The satins just take a bit more work

  2. August 9, 2018 / 1:49 am

    Great review as always! The looks you created are amazing! No one would know you had problems with some of the shades!

    • AlwaysCleia
      August 11, 2018 / 5:22 pm

      Thank you! I’m glad the looks don’t show it 🙂

  3. August 9, 2018 / 1:49 am

    Ooh what an interesting mix of colours! Love the blue look though so fresh and summery!!! <3 xo

    • AlwaysCleia
      August 11, 2018 / 5:23 pm

      Thank you, the blue shades create some really fun looks!

  4. August 8, 2018 / 9:40 pm

    Love all of the looks you did! I like that you experiment with different looks, even though you might not completely love the way it turns out. There must be a lot of fun combinations to be had when you combine the Sol and Mar palette together!

    • AlwaysCleia
      August 11, 2018 / 10:59 am

      There’s so much you can do with both palettes together! Thanks for reading xx

  5. August 8, 2018 / 10:32 am

    Great review! To me, all three of the looks came out stunning! I love seeing how you’ve been improving with makeup, and working with bright colors like these make it more obvious! Great post Cleia xx

    Melina |

    • AlwaysCleia
      August 8, 2018 / 8:05 pm

      Thanks Melina! I need to make another then vs. now post at the end of the year, I’ve been trying so many new techniques lately 🙂
      I need to get out of my comfort zone more with bright shades! Thanks for reading! xx

  6. August 8, 2018 / 2:29 am

    I love all the looks you did but my favourite has to be the second one! Great review x

    • AlwaysCleia
      August 8, 2018 / 8:06 pm

      That one turned out really well, I surprised myself! Thanks for reading! xx

  7. August 7, 2018 / 10:02 pm

    It does seem like those bronze shades are kind of repetitive. I mean, even I don’t own many palettes but the majority of the palettes that I do own, all have bronze shades. I’ll admit this palette looks gorgeous but I wouldn’t buy it. It’s too bad you had such a hard time with it.

    • AlwaysCleia
      August 8, 2018 / 8:08 pm

      I’m hoping the shades in the Zodiac Palette aren’t super similar bronzes, I need something different in my collection. I think it probably wouldn’t be a big deal if I didn’t have a million ColourPop Palettes lol
      Luckily I can work with it now but it’s so much effort that I can’t really recommend it for that reason 🙁

  8. August 7, 2018 / 1:26 pm

    I love all the looks, but I’m obsessed with the 2nd one, it looks so good on you! Also, I loved the review, very well explained 🤗

    • AlwaysCleia
      August 8, 2018 / 8:10 pm

      Thank you! That’s my favourite too, I would definitely wear it again. Thanks for reading! xx

  9. August 7, 2018 / 9:22 am

    I personally think that all three looks are absolutely fantastic!! But I guess that’s just me, I like bright pretty colors!! 🙂

    • AlwaysCleia
      August 8, 2018 / 8:11 pm

      Yay I’m glad! 🙂
      I’m all about bright colours this summer!

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