Hola beauties! Today on my blog I’m reviewing the ColourPop Rendezvous Eyeshadow Palette. The Rendezvous palette originally launched as an Ulta exclusive along with the Sweet Nothings palette but then it was online to ColourPop’s website. Unfortunately shortly after it was discontinued which is a major bummer. I wasn’t planning on ordering it but since I was placing a ColourPop order anyways I decided what the heck, let’s get the Rendezvous palette! I was convinced I needed it by Mae’s swatches on Instagram. I’m going to keep my review shorter than usual and share a few looks at the bottom. I don’t want to dwell too much on a palette you can’t buy anymore…
ColourPop Rendezvous Eyeshadow Palette Review
To all the ladies (and gentlemen) in the place with style and grace, allow us to introduce this insane 12-pan palette. Bold metallics and wearable mattes will let your creativity run wild, from serving warm neutrals on the daily to slaying those show stopping party brights…it’s all good baby baby. — ColourPop
The ColourPop Rendezvous palette retailed for $16USD at Colourpop & Ulta and contains 12 x 0.65g shades. The eyeshadows come in a mix of matte & metallic finishes. Hurrah, no satins! You guys know I dislike CP’s satin formula. The colour story is mostly warm toned peaches & corals with a few cool toned pops of silver & blue.
The packaging of the ColourPop Rendezvous palette is the standard cardboard packaging that ColourPop uses for 12 pan palettes. The palette itself is cardboard with a magnetic closure and a blue & gold geometric design. The shade names are printed under each shade but it’s really hard to tell in my photos because of the reflective gold. Each shade is magnetic and removable.
The theme of the palette is “Rendezvous” of course, so the shade names are very lover’s tryst-like. I really like the blue geometric packaging. It’s added such a fun contrast to the normal gold & pink products I share on instagram.
Has anyone else noticed that tons of palettes are coming out that are predominantly neutral but with one pop of colour to be like “look how interesting I am”! The ABH Sultry Palette was like this and that’s one of the reasons I put it in my Holiday Anti-haul. I felt the same way about the ColourPop X Iluvsarahii Through My Eyes palette, the emerald shades are gorgeous but the top 8 shades in the palette are very neutral. I like that the ColourPop Rendezvous palette at least has several fun pops of colour, however I have a hard time seeing Rendezvous as a cohesive palette because of the seemingly random colours.
This palette has a ton of variety in terms of shimmer shades, so much that I was’t sure how to pair them all together. The Teal shade Release is gorgeous, but I’ve been having a hard time pairing it with the rest of the palette. My favourite combo so far has been the teal with the matte black and grey shimmer.
I like that the Rendezvous Palette contains a matte black (Let’s Do It) as well as a prismatic ivory shade (My Treat). The orange shade is super foiled and bold, and both gold shades are stunning. That being said I don’t think that the golds are particularly unique to the palette, I’ve seen similar gold shades from ColourPop and other brands.
It would have been nice to have a tan transition shade, both transitions in the top row are very pink and don’t seem to pair well with every shade in the palette. I like to pull out my ColourPop Brown Sugar palette for extra transitions.
Instead of breaking up the performance of the shades into pigmentation, fallout & blend headings I’m just going to summarize my thoughts quickly.
I like the mattes, they blend well and are decently pigmented. Both Our Secret and Release are a little chunky and I recommend applying them with a setting spray or over a concealer/primer. I got the best results with applying those shades with a setting spray. The rest of the shimmers are finely milled and apply beautifully to the eyes. If you wet your brush you can achieve a cut-crease effect without even using concealer, that’s how great the metallic shadows apply.
Overall I think Rendezvous is a good palette, the colour story is just a little bit harder to work with for me personally without transition shades that tie in well with the bolder metallic shades.
Never Never: dark chocolate with multi-dimensional glitter
Let’s Do It: matte blackest black
Shake It Off: matte berry red
Catch: bright copper orange
Release: metallic vibrant teal
Fling: metallic golden peach
My Treat: metallic champagne ivory
Our Secret: bright copper with a red duochrome flip
Style & Grace: matte warm dusty pink
Want U Back: matte dusty mauve brown
Two Birds: vibrant metallic warm gold
Textual: matte dusty burgundy
Rendezvous Palette Makeup Looks
Of course I had to include three makeup looks with this palette! I try to always include three looks unless a palette is really not working for me (*cough* the Physician’s Formula Sultry Nights Palette *cough*). The fun pops of colour made for some fun & interesting looks. I had to think outside the box because the palette didn’t feel very cohesive to me. Without those obvious colour combinations my creativity is really stretched, but it was fun to play with.
Look #1 Bubble Gum Ice Cream
You know, this looked a lot nicer in person than it does on camera xD My outer corner blending got a little weird but I blame that on my exhaustion. I had been up since 4am and was pretty tired by the time I was able to sit down and play with the Rendezvous palette so I didn’t bother with cut creases. I wet my brush for the blue/teal shade Release, that was about it. It reminds me a lot of the look I did with the ColourPop Zodiac palette for my Water Sign Tutorial. The blue & pink combo is very similar!
Look #2 Monarch Butterfly
I used the shades Chai & Jamocha from the Brown Sugar palette as my transition shades for this look and then placed the black shade Let’s Do It on the outer corners and the orange shade Catch all over my eyelids. I really love how it came out, it reminds me of a butterfly!
I’m sorry this photo is oddly close to my face compared to the first two looks and that my eyelash is falling off. I took these all last Friday after I got home from a 4am shift. I was pretty tired and non-functional, as you can see. This look is pretty (aside from the eyelash) but I think it’s something that you can create with just about any palette that has a gold and a black shade. I wish that there were a few more brown matte shades in the ColourPop Rendezvous palette. I used both the lighter pink and medium brown in the crease and I would have liked to have one more transition shade.
I like the Rendezvous Eyeshadow Palette and I don’t regret buying it but I don’t know how much I’ll be wearing these shades because of how bold they are. I doubt I would feel comfortable wearing my more colourful looks to work, even if I liked the way they came out. As usual ColourPop’s eyeshadow formula is top notch and I will continue to buy their palettes. I recently placed an order for the new Spring 2019 Collection, stay tuned for that haul!
Did you pick up the Rendezvous Eyeshadow Palette or anything from ColourPop’s 2018 Holiday Collection?
Thanks for reading! I apologize for the abbreviated review but I honestly felt silly prattling on about a palette that is no longer available. I hope you enjoyed reading what I thought about it anyways and the 3 looks I created. Let me know which one is your favourite. Talk soon! x