In April Boxycharm sent out five different ColourPop eyeshadow palettes to subscribers. Luckily I didn’t receive the one that I already had out of the five offered, the My Little Pony Palette. Instead I got the ColourPop Semi-Precious Palette! Most of you who regularly read my blog know that I am a very big fan of ColourPop’s pressed eyeshadows, I’ve been hooked since the first time I tried them. The metallic formula is especially a favourite of mine so I was thrilled to get a palette that is entirely composed of metallic shades.
ColourPop Semi-Precious Palette Review
The ColourPop Semi-Precious Palette retails for $18USD and contains 8 x 2g eyeshadow pans for a total of 14g of product. The eyeshadows in the Semi-Precious Palette are all metallic finishes. If you need mattes in your palette the ColourPop Semi-Precious Palette is NOT for you! ColourPop is leaping bunny certified, aka Cruelty Free. Unfortunately right before I posted this review ColourPop took the Semi-Precious Palette off of their website. Sadface.
The Semi-Precious Palette uses ColourPop’s typical cardboard packaging with a magnetic closure. There’s no mirror which is pretty standard for ColourPop packaging. This palette is space themed with shade names like Celestial, Beam Me Up, and West Star. The design on the packaging reminds me of a multi-faceted gemstone.
Normally I make this section of the review “Colour Story & Finishes”, but as I said above the Semi Precious palette only has one finish — Metallic. I have said in past ColourPop review that I am not a fan of their Satin finish. It’s matte or metallic for me all the way. As an eyeshadow hoarder collector I have lots of mattes that I can grab from other palettes, but if you don’t it might be a good idea to skip this palette.
I do love most of the shades in this palette but I personally wouldn’t use many of the shades together. There are a few that work well together but when I use a metallic eyeshadow It’s usually in conjunction with mattes. That being said you can create some interesting looks with these shades! The shades that stand out to me in the Semi-Precious Palette are the Olive Green (Bashful), Rose (Upon A Star), Icy Blue (Beam Me Up), and Cranberry Red (Easy Go).
I feel like there are one or two too many coppery gold shades, there are four shades in that vein and I’m sure ColourPop could have come up with something more interesting. I would have loved to see a purple shade in this palette.
Pigmentation, Fallout & Blend
I am never disappointed with ColourPop’s metallic formula in terms of pigmentation. They all swatch so well on the arm and apply equally as nice to the eyes. I have no complaints in the pigment department.
I expected to have a lot of fallout from these shades but I found hardly any under my eyes when creating three looks for this review. Sometimes ColourPop metallic shades have a lot of chunky glitter in them (especially in the ColourPop She Palette). The Semi-Precious Palette however is very finely milled and the metallics don’t have the chunks of glitter that typically cause fallout. These shades translate on the eyes okay with a dry brush but I really I recommend using a wet brush/setting spray or using your fingers to get the most pop out of these colours.
The blend of the ColourPop Semi Precious palette was a little bit strange to me, I absolutely need to use a primer or else the shades blend right off my eyes, especially if they were applied dry. I had this issue with the shade Beam Me Up, it looks gorgeous at first until you blink and realize half of the shade is gone! To combat this I always use an eye primer and I use a setting spray on my brush to really marry these shades to my eyelid.
ColourPop Semi-Precious Palette Swatches
These swatches were applied on dry skin with no primer underneath. This is one swipe pigmentation with my fingers which is pretty incredible, I love how these metallics pop! If you are interested in any of these shades they are available for sale individually at ColourPop even though the Semi-Precious Palette is no longer available.
Because this palette is all metallics I had to use some mattes from other palettes to complete my looks. The metallics from the Semi-Precious Palette are still the focus of each look! I didn’t use the olive green metallic Bashful in any of my looks only because I used a similar shade in my Juvia’s Place Nubian 2 Review and my Testing Beauty Scene Cosmetics post.
Look #1: The Force Awakens
When Nova & I hosted a May Beauty Challenge on Instagram I was so excited that we had a prompt for Star Wars Day, AKA May the 4th. The Semi Precious palette was perfect for what I wanted to do, Beam Me Up and Easy Go reminded me of Rey & Kylo-Ren’s lightsabers!
I used the ColourPop Semi-Precious Palette in conjunction with the Too Faced Natural Love Palette and the em Cosmetics Tokyo Plums Shade Play Palette. To start I primed my eyes and I set the primer with the shade Heaven from the Natural Love Palette. Next I used the shade Nudie lightly in the crease as a starting transition shade for this look. I used a matte medium purple from the em Cosmetics Palette all through the crease and blended a matte dark purple into the outer corners of my eyes.
Moving on to the ColourPop Semi-Precious Palette and the focus of this look: I packed the Cranberry Red shade Easy Go onto the outer corners of my eyes and outer 1/3 of my lid. Next I took the shade Beam Me Up with a wet brush and pressed it all over the rest of my lid. I didn’t cut the crease with concealer but I did go back to that original matte purple with a pencil brush and applied it to the deepest part of my crease to create depth. And Voila — The Force has Awakened!
Look #2 Rosé All Day
The shade Upon A Star is one of my favourites in the Semi Precious Palette. I want to wear this all over the lid every day, it’s one of the most gorgeous rose shades I’ve ever seen!
For this look I also used the Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons Palette. I set my eye primer with the shade Divinity before sweeping the shade Almond Truffle into my crease. I also placed the shade Mocha just below Almond Truffle. On the outer corner of my eyes I blended in the shade Bordeaux.
Now, getting to the Semi-Precious Palette finally — I pressed the shade Upon A Star from the Semi-Precious Palette all over my lid, and popped a tiny bit of the shade Beam me Up into the inner corners of my eyes. Celestial would have been the more obvious choice for the inner corners, but I thought adding an icy blue would make the look more interesting! Lastly I used the shade malted from the Chocolate Bon Bons Palette as an eyeliner.
Look # 3 Lucky Penny
The shade West Star is such a beautiful deep copper. Combined with Up & Atom and Celestial this look reminds me of a bright shinny penny!
For this look I set my eye primer with the shade Nip Slip from the ColourPop Double Entendre Palette. Next I swept the shade Extra Curricular from that palette into my crease. Going into the ColourPop Semi-Precious Palette I took the shade Up & Atom, a lovely copper-orange, and placed it all over my lid.
Now I did actually go into some concealer for a cut crease effect. Taking Tarte Aquacealer on a flat synthetic brush I cut the middle of my eyelid with the concealer. While the concealer was still tacky I applied the shade Celestial all over it in the centre of my lid. Lastly I blended the shade West Star into the outer corners of my eyes.
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