Hey everyone, happy Monday! I hope you guys had a great weekend! Hopefully your week is starting off on a good note. My weekend was pretty quiet, I worked Saturday and spend Sunday watching Pretty Little Liars. I’m hooked! What did you guys do on the weekend?
I’ve been so excited to post this review, I placed a ColourPop Cosmetics order back in November and I’ve been testing and playing with the My Little Pony eyeshadow palette since my order arrived. This is the palette that finally made me order from ColourPop and I am now addicted to the brand. I can’t stop looking at the website, everything is beautiful! Keep reading for my thoughts on the palette and some makeup looks 😉
ColourPopMy Little Pony Eyeshadow Palette
At A Glance
These retro ponies are back for a new adventure. Explore the palette inspired by their colourful personalities and magical cutie marks. From shimmery glitters and wearable mattes, to bright pops of colour and surprising iridescents, you can imagine the looks you’ll create with this little palette. Friendship is magic when you’re friends with this sparkly crew.
The My Little Pony Palette was released as part of the ColourPop X My Little Pony collaboration this past October. The palette contains 12 x 0.85g shadows in a range of vibrant shades and retails for $16USD ($1.57/gram). ColourPop is leaping bunny certified (cruelty free)
As I noted in my ColourPop She Palette Review these palettes are a little smaller than I initially expected, about the size of my hand. I’m probably not going to hit pan on these anytime soon so it doesn’t bother me.
The MLP palette is so cute. I’m not a girl who was ever into My Little Pony as a kid, so the packaging isn’t nostalgic or anything for me but I still love the cartoon pony design on the cardboard packaging as well as the palette itself. The inside of the palette is purple with a less busy design (white stencils of the ponies instead of full colour). The palette has a magnetic closure and doesn’t contain a mirror.
Included in the MLP Palette are four mattes (one is considered “opalescent” by CP but it applies matte for me), two satins and six metallic shades. I ordered this palette because a lot the the shades are very different and unique to what I typically see at the drugstore or at sephora. Specifically the bottom row of blues and the sparkly purple shade are all gorgeous, I’ve never owned anything like them!
When I started using this palette I noticed that there are a few shades that look similar on the eye. The two pink shades Applejack and Minty look almost identical on me. Applejack is a little bit more of a dusty pink and Minty is slightly more vibrant, but I would have loved to see something different in one of those pans, like a brown shade to serve as a transition if you are solely using this palette. In the bottom row the two middle shades, Firefly and Snuzzle look similar if I use them side by side. Snuzzle has more of a white base than Firefly but I can’t tell the difference when applying them to my eyes. I do love the shade, so I’m not too worked up about it.
Pigmentation, Blend & Fallout
The pigmentation in this palette is pretty good. Most shades have good colour pay off but I was a little disappointed with how the two satin shades, Twilight and Bluebell apply (Bottom Left and Top Right). I know there are a lot of people that really enjoy CP’s satin formula but I prefer the metallic shades. The satins just don’t have the same payoff and wow factor as the metallics. As for the mattes ColourPop makes some of the best matte shades I have ever used. They’re so buttery and blend easily!
I was surprised at the amount of kick-up I get in the pan from the orange matte shade in the second row, Flutterbye. There is a very similar shade in the She palette that doesn’t have any kick up, so I’m wondering why Flutterbye is so different. The rest of the mattes don’t have much fallout for me, but when applying a few of the metallics like Princess Sparkle and Skydancer I find little flecks on my under eye area.
Top Row: Butterscotch, Blossom, Starshine, Bluebell
Butterscotch is described as white with a pink/violet opaleascence. It’s barely pearlescent though, it has a matte white base so I use it to set my eyeshadow primer. Blossom is an orange duochrome metallic, and Starshine is a lighter metallic orange. Bluebell is a satin ivory shade. It throws me off that butterscotch isn’t the colour of butterscotch and Bluebell isn’t blue!
Middle Row: Applejack, Skydancer, Minty, Flutterbye
Applejack is a dusty redish pink matte. It looks very much the same on the skin as Minty, the third from the top. I don’t really know why CP included two shades that are pretty much the same. It would have been nice if they at least changed the formula so that one was maybe a metallic or a glitter shade.
The purple shade, Skydancer is more of a glitter than a metallic. It looks light in the swatch but it’s SO pretty on the eyes. At the bottom of this review I have a look where I used a black gel crayon as a base and WOW does the colour pop on top of it (no pun intended!). Flutterbye, the bottom matte shade has great pigmentation at the cost of kickup in the pan.
Bottom Row: Twilight, Firefly, Snuzzle, Princess Sparkle
Twilight is a satin shade. I wish it was metallic as well to get a bit more out of it but it’s still a pretty and unique shade. Firefly & Snuzzle are both icy metallics. On the arm they look different but applied to the eye they’re almost identical, though Snuzzle has more of a white base than blue. Princess Sparkle is a unique metallic turquoise. I wish it had the crazy pigmentation of Firefly, but it’s buildable at least.
We’re going to pretend that my eyebrows aren’t doing their own thing in this section of the review. I created three very different looks with the CP My Little Pony palette to showcase the versatility you can get from it. None of these looks are natural everyday makeup given that there aren’t really any transition shades. I’m lucky that I have a job where if I wear colourful eyeshadow and purple hair my colleagues are like, rock on, y’know? I wish I could have created a look for normal wear but there just wasn’t one that came to mind with these shades.
Look #1: Ice Ice Baby
I created this look using mainly the bottom row of the ColourPop My Little Pony Eyeshadow Palette. I set my primer with Butterscotch and applied a brown shade from another palette in the crease to serve as my transition. From there I applied Princess Sparkle in the outer corner and outer 1/3 of my eye. I also dragged a small amount of the shade towards the centre of the crease, slightly lower than the brown to create depth. Next I took a flat synthetic eyeshadow brush and carved a half-crease with ColourPop No Filter Concealer (reviewed here). I applied Firefly all over the lid and blended together with Princess Sparkle.
This looks is probably the most “wearable” out of the three I created!
Look #2 Purple Rain
I created this look with no idea how it would turn out. I wanted a glam rock look to wear to a Stone Sour & Halestorm concert I went to last week so I got the idea for this grungy purple look in my head. First, I set my eye primer with a pale nude shade from a different palette, then went into the crease with the shade Twilight. I love the way the look turned out but looking at the photo I should have defined the crease a little bit more and dragged the purple up higher. Oh well!
Next I took a black Nyx Jumbo Stick and coloured in my eyelid. This was the scary part, I looked terrifying for a few brief moments. Before the gel could fully set I took the shade Skydancer and packed it on top. The gel base turned into eyeshadow superglue! The purple was intensified thricefold and left me with a budge-proof beautiful purple shimmer that lasted all night. I will absolutely be wearing this look again 🙂
Look #3 Here Comes The Sun
I had to stick with the song theme 😉 I was really feeling the cool tones in this palette but since I wasn’t given any neutrals I was stumped for what to do with the oranges. If this look seems familiar it’s because this is the makeup I was wearing in my ColourPop No Filter Concealer Review that I posted last Friday!
I set my primer with a shade from another palette, then went into the crease with Applejack. Next I intensified the outer corner with Minty, which if I’m being honest didn’t really change the look at all. Next I used No Filter to carve a half-crease and went in with Blossom, the dark burnt orange in the first row. I blended the outer third of my eye with a little bit more Minty on my brush. In the inner third of my eye I packed on Starshine, the lighter orange shade. Since I was already going overboard with colour I highlighted the inner corner of my eyes with Snuzzle.
I surprisingly liked this look enough to wear it all day, but I’m probably going to tone it down a notch next week…
I like the ColourPop My Little Pony palette for how unique the shades are and how nicely they blend together, however even though the shades are beautiful the palette doesn’t feel very cohesive to me now that I’ve started using it. I find I need to dip into other palettes to find transition shades to create a full eye look that isn’t too crazy for everyday wear. If you have a good neutral palette to use along with the MLP it’s a nice addition to your palette collection, but I don’t believe it’s a necessity. If you aren’t one for crazy eyeshadow colours you can probably pass on this one, but if you are the MLP palette might be your dream come true.
Which look was your favourite!? Do you prefer neutrals or colour?
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