ColourPop Rendezvous Eyeshadow Palette Review & Swatches + 3 Looks

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 Palette Review

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.

ColourPop Rendezvous Eyeshadow Palette Review

ColourPop Rendezvous Eyeshadow Palette Packaging


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.

ColourPop Rendezvous Palette Colour Story

Colour Story

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.

ColourPop Rendezvous Eyeshadow Palette Review


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.

ColourPop Rendezvous Swatches

Rendezvous Swatches

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.

ColourPop Rendezvous Makeup Look | Bubblegum

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!

Rendezvous Monarch Butterfly Makeup Look

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!

ColourPop Rendezvous palette look 3

Look #3

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.

ColourPop Rendezvous Palette Flatlay

In Conclusion

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



  1. April 3, 2019 / 5:20 pm

    This is definitely a fun palette. I wonder why they discontinued it so quickly! I’m a big fan of the half colourful half neutral ratio that is becoming more popular these days. I loved your eye looks!

    • AlwaysCleia
      April 5, 2019 / 3:09 pm

      It’s so strange! I get it was supposed to be part of the Holiday collection but this one came and went fast.

      Yes me too! You need those transition tones with all the color. Thanks!

  2. livilovessite
    March 28, 2019 / 2:50 am

    So colourful!!!

  3. Renee Clement
    March 24, 2019 / 7:09 pm

    These looks are sooo good!!

    • AlwaysCleia
      March 25, 2019 / 7:37 pm

      Thank you!! It’s such a fun color scheme to play with x

  4. March 20, 2019 / 4:18 pm

    Look #2 is my favorite out of the three. I love the color story & packaging of this palette. Can’t wait to see what you picked up from the Spring Collection!

    • AlwaysCleia
      March 25, 2019 / 7:11 pm

      Thank you! I was surprised by how well that orange look turned out. It’s much bolder than I’m used to for my eyeshadow but it looked really cool 🙂

      • March 27, 2019 / 1:22 am

        I agree!! It looked awesome 😀

  5. March 20, 2019 / 3:28 pm

    As usual, that pop of color is calling my name! I really love the looks you did with this palette. It looks effortless and beautiful! xoxo Sarah

    • AlwaysCleia
      March 25, 2019 / 7:10 pm

      Thanks Sarah! It’s a really fun palette to play with. There are so many other ways to use these shades!

  6. March 19, 2019 / 12:19 pm

    That monarch butterfly look is so amazing! I would’ve bought the palette if only to achieve that look!

    • AlwaysCleia
      March 25, 2019 / 7:03 pm

      Thank you! All you really need is an orange and a black eyeshadow, if you have anything similar you can recreate it 🙂

  7. March 19, 2019 / 5:45 am

    I love the looks you’ve created, they are so beautiful! It’s such a gorgeous palette x

    • AlwaysCleia
      March 25, 2019 / 6:53 pm

      Thank you! I can definitely see myself using that blue shade lots in the summer!

  8. March 18, 2019 / 11:10 pm

    The colours look super pretty once you’ve applied them! I love the monarch butterfly look you created with that pop of orange x

  9. March 18, 2019 / 8:09 pm

    Love the looks you created with this palette! ❤️ I would imagine ColourPop must discontinue quite a bit, considering they have to make room for their 5,000 other launches 😆.

    • AlwaysCleia
      March 18, 2019 / 9:06 pm

      That’s a good point, I never thought of that! I guess when it’s a palette you notice more than when they discontinue individual lipsticks and things like that. Thanks Erica!

      • March 20, 2019 / 8:49 am

        I just think, how many sku’s can they have at one time?? It seems infinite from a buyer standpoint, but maybe they discontinue more than we notice 🤔. Not sure.

  10. Naomi
    March 18, 2019 / 6:10 pm

    This palette is so vibrant on you! Looks really good. I’m pleasantly surprised the colors don’t muddle together when you mix them for a multi-color look. I am strongly reminded of the Dream St. palette though. What do you think?

    • AlwaysCleia
      March 18, 2019 / 7:21 pm

      Thanks Naomi! I was happy the colours blended well without getting too muddy as well.
      I don’t really think it’s that similar to Dream St., the Mermaid Boy shade in Dream st. is a much deeper blue than Release from the Rendezvous and the colours in dream st. lean more neutral and copper. The Rendezvous has much more random pops of colour if that makes sense. The orange and teal and magenta are very bold and quite different. I think that Dream St. is the better palette of the two though, it’s more cohesive!

  11. March 18, 2019 / 4:01 pm

    Love the looks you created! My favorite one was the bubble gum look. It’s colorful, but still in my comfort zone ☺ Can’t wait for the spring haul and review. Since I’m on low buy now, I can’t pick up the spring collection for now, but I’ll definitely pick it up a bit later!

    • AlwaysCleia
      March 18, 2019 / 7:14 pm

      Thank you! The blue and pink look really cool together. Thanks for reading! x

  12. March 18, 2019 / 12:01 pm

    The palette is so pretty, I love the colors and I like the looks you created too

    • AlwaysCleia
      March 18, 2019 / 7:13 pm

      Thanks Joy! The colours are gorgeous x

  13. March 18, 2019 / 11:40 am

    Absolutely stunning!! I LOVE the Monarch Butterfly look. It’s so pigmented and bold! Beautiful!

    • AlwaysCleia
      March 18, 2019 / 7:12 pm

      It was my favourite of the three. The orange is so gorgeous!

  14. March 18, 2019 / 8:40 am

    I LOVE the Monarch Butterfly look you created! It’s so vibrant and such a unique shade of orange.

    • AlwaysCleia
      March 18, 2019 / 7:09 pm

      Thank you! It was my favourite out of the three. I wasn’t expecting the orange to be so bold but I’m glad it is!

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