ColourPop Sol Palette | Review + 3 Looks

ColourPop SOL Palette Review + 3 Looks

Welcome back! I feel like I’m swimming in ColourPop palettes lately, I went a little crazy and acquired a whole bunch of them and have been working to get reviews up asap. Today’s post is my ColourPop Sol Palette review! The colour story really reminds me of the Huda Mini Coral palette, minus the bright yellow shade in the Huda Palette and the $30 price tag. Let’s get into the Sol Palette review…

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ColourPop Sol Palette Review

ColourPop SOL Palette Review

The ColourPop Sol Palette retails for $12USD and contains 9 x 1g shadows. The value of these shades are slightly higher than ColourPop’s regular 12 pan palettes, the 9 pan Sol + Mar Palettes work out to $1.33/g where the 12 pans work out to $1.57/g. The shades are warm coral and bronze shades in a mix of matte, satin and metallic finishes.

*Note: The shades Motel, Floaties and OOO are not recommended for use around the eye area. There is a warning on the ingredient breakdown for each of these shades on ColourPop’s website. If you want to know more I talk about this in depth in my Element Of Surprise Palette First Impressions. I find this really stupid because this palette is obviously intended for the eyes*

ColourPop Sol Palette Review | Packaging

ColourPop Sol Palette Makeup Look


The Sol & Mar palettes both come in a hard plastic case with a mirror, just like the compact packaging for ColourPop’s pressed bronzers and blushes. I am SO happy that the ColourPop Sol Palette comes with a mirror, It’s awesome for girls like me who don’t do their makeup in a bathroom (I have better lighting in my bedroom), as well as for filming. This mirror is the perfect size for me to be able to see my full face of makeup so I can use it for more than just eyeshadow

The front of the Sol Eyeshadow Palette has reflective gold lettering. It’s very pretty but I kind of wish the palette was the same coral-y pink as the box the palette came in. I just like it when the palettes match the box, I’m weird. The shade names are printed on an orange sticker on the back of the palette.

Sol Palette Review | Packaging

Colour Story

The ColourPop Sol Palette is gorgeous, I do feel like one of the pink shades should have been easily replaced with a yellow and it would have pulled the palette together nicely, but it’s still a beautiful palette. There are warm coral shades, peaches and coppers in the Sol Palette. I’ve begun noticing a lot of similarities between the copper shades in ColourPop Palettes. Now that I have quite a few of them I can easily dupe shades across other palettes. In spite of that the neon coral shades are giving me life, I had nothing like them in my collection!

Top Row: New DigsAnthemDynamite
Middle Row: HotelMotelB + B
Bottom Row: FloatiesOOOUnwind

ColourPop Sol Palette Review | Pigmentation

Pigmentation, Fallout & Blend

The mattes in this palette are ColourPop’s standard matte formula. For the most part this formula is consistent across palettes, I’ve only had a consistency issue once in the My Little Pony Palette where a matte shade had a ton of kickup. The mattes in the Sol Palette are pigmented and very blendable. It’s easy to get a thin wash of colour if you use a light hand or a very bright application with more pressure.

The metallics are smooth as well, I think they look the nicest when applied with a setting spray. The shade Anthem in my palette broke and had to be repressed so I like to apply it wet, other wise the glitter breaks up. Also the shade Floaties is a little weird for me, sometimes it looks like more of a blood orange depending on the brush I’m using while other times it’s a bright cheeto orange. I’m as confused as you are. Besides that the rest of the metallics apply beautifully.

This palette has only one satin shade, Motel. It applies best with a packing brush and some setting spray, or else over concealer. It’s not nearly as hard to work with as the Satins in the Mar Palette.

I notice fallout with the shimmery/metallic shades which is to be expected with such pigmented shimmers.

Makeup Looks

Once Again I have a full video tutorial up on how I got each of these three looks! I’ve been loving creating 3 look videos lately. They’re a lot of work but I feel like my videos are starting to get better.

ColourPop SOL Palette Makeup Look

Look #1 Popsicle

I’m obsessed with the coral shades in the ColourPop Sol Palette! I could have done a halo eye but instead I went for something more simple. I used the matte coral & brown in the outer corners of my eyes and the satin coral on the outer 2/3s of the lid. In the inner corner  I placed the shade B + B. It looks very bright but this looks was really easy! The full tutorial is in my video.

SOL Palette Orange Grove Makeup Look

Look #2: Orange Grove

I didn’t like this look at first but once I added eyeliner and mascara I changed my mind. Funny how that happens right? This look is VERY orange, I filled the crease with the matte light and medium oranges and placed the matte brown and the shade Hotel in the outer corner.  I laid down some concealer on my lid before placing Floaties so that the orange would pop!

Sol Palette Makeup Look

Look #3: Solar Flare

Okay, so for this look I technically cheated. Because the Sol & Mar Palettes were released together I wanted to post a new look in each palette review where I used both palettes to create a full look. This look didn’t use any of the blues from the Mar Palette because I did that combo in my Mar Review. For this look I reached for the darkest brown and satin yellow from the Mar Palette.

ColourPop Sol Palette Swatches

What do you think of the ColourPop Sol Palette??

Despite my annoyance that ColourPop keeps making shades that aren’t eye-safe (I use them anyways) I do think that SOL is a great little palette. For me personally the bronze shades are a little run-of-the-mill. I have so many similar shades from other palettes that I’m not exactly jumping for joy at seeing more bronze. However, if you don’t have a lot of palettes with similar shades they are good. I’m so in love with those coral tones that I will look past it!

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  1. August 16, 2018 / 10:31 pm

    Interesting that they keep using those ingredients for shadows that are meant for the eyes lol. This palette is really gorgeous and I’m lovin all the looks.

    • AlwaysCleia
      August 17, 2018 / 9:15 pm

      Thanks Rossy!
      Yeah I don’t know why they keep doing that, they should stop lol!

  2. Makeup by Erin
    August 15, 2018 / 6:54 pm

    So pretty! I like the first look the best!

    • AlwaysCleia
      August 16, 2018 / 9:36 am

      Thanks Erin!

  3. August 15, 2018 / 4:26 am

    OMG this is such a beautiful palette!! I love all the looks you created, they’re all so gorgeous! Fab post as always x

    • AlwaysCleia
      August 15, 2018 / 12:42 pm

      Thanks girl! I love this palette!

  4. August 15, 2018 / 12:53 am

    This is such a pretty warm toned palette and I love all three looks you created! This does look like a very nice palette for all year round, the corals for spring/summer and the oranges and coppers for autumn. Great for makeup beginners or someone who might want to dip their toes into Colourpop 😀

    • AlwaysCleia
      August 15, 2018 / 12:41 pm

      I always forget how similar fall and spring tones are. In the summer palettes are marketed as “peach” and in the fall it’s “pumpkin”, but it’s really all orange!
      Thanks for reading Chanelle!

  5. August 14, 2018 / 8:06 pm

    Corals look gorgeous on you!! 😻 I also don’t understand why they make eyeshadow palettes that aren’t meant for the eyes. 🤔

    • AlwaysCleia
      August 15, 2018 / 12:39 pm

      Thanks Ash! And RIGHT!? It’s so annoying! Luckily I haven’t had any trouble using those shades on my eyes.

  6. August 14, 2018 / 3:48 pm

    I love these colors! Some of these shades reminds me of the colors from the matte peach palette! These shades are so perfect for the summer and fall seasons! Great post Cleia xx

    Melina |

  7. August 14, 2018 / 8:58 am

    giving me such autumn vibes, these shades look lovely on you! popsicle is SUCH a gorgeous look!!

    • AlwaysCleia
      August 15, 2018 / 12:35 pm

      Thanks jam! These shades can easily transition from summer to fall 🙂
      I love those coral shades!

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