Hey everyone, welcome back to Always, Cleia. Today we’re talking about the new Kathleen Lights X ColourPop Zodiac Palette Collab which released about three weeks ago. My palette took forEVER to get to me, It finally arrived on Friday morning right before I headed out for Calgary. Naturally my review took a little longer to get up while I was travelling.
I absolutely loved the Dream St. Palette which was another Kathleen Lights collab so I was pretty sure the ColourPop Zodiac Palette would be a hit. Honestly I’m not really into astrology so I won’t be talking about how any of the shades pertain to zodiac personalities. If you want to hear more about that sort of thing you can watch Kathleen Light’s Zodiac Collection Reveal video Here.
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ColourPop Zodiac Palette Review
Hey, what’s your sign? See Kathleen’s passion come to life, each shade of The Zodiac Palette was carefully created to represent the astrological signs while staying cohesive and wearable as an eyeshadow palette. Rock your sign alone as a wash of color or complement it with the other shades of the zodiac! — ColourPop
The ColourPop x Kathleen Lights Zodiac Palette retails for $18USD and contains 12 x 0.85g pressed powder eyeshadows in a mix of matte & metallic finishes. This works out to $1.5 per eyeshadow or $1.76 per gram. The Zodiac Palette contains a mirror which has upped the regular cardboard packaging palettes from $16 to $18. Each shade was handpicked by Kathleen Lights to portray the signs of the zodiac and their element.
The PR box for the Zodiac collection was absolutely stunning. I unfortunately couldn’t afford to pick up the whole collection so I settled for the Zodiac palette. The outer cardboard packaging is black with zodiac constellations printed in gold. The palette itself is blue with gold collections. Kathleen said in her collection video that she couldn’t decide between blue or black so she went with both. I personally like the black better.
Many people have been saying on Instagram that they wish the palette didn’t contain a mirror because it ups the price. I felt that way at first but then I realized how much easier it was to travel with this palette. I always like to do my makeup near a natural light source so while I was away I sat by an open window and used the mirror in the palette. It was pretty handy!
The shade names are not only printed on the back of the Zodiac palette, they’re also printed under each individual shade. The signs of the Zodiac are named “The” Gemini, “The” Aquarius, etc. Because Kathleen Lights already had an Aquarius Lippie Stix and ColourPop doesn’t like to have two products with the same name.
I saw that the ColourPop Zodiac Palette got a lot of flack for the colour story. Many YouTubers have said that they only tolerate the curation of the palette because KL had to be specific in making the Zodiac Signs match their temperament and element sign. It’s a themed eyeshadow palette and because the Zodiac Signs are in order across the palette it makes sense that the shades aren’t as artfully arranged as a non-themed palette. Another touch is that each vertical row contains three shades in each element sign in the order of Fire, Earth, Air & Water.
MY TAKE however, is that while some of the brown transition shades may not be the most interesting I love that she included them. An eyeshadow palette needs transition shades to function as a whole without dipping into other palettes. I found the purple, blue and teal shades to be very unique but I can still create a look that isn’t crazy when I pull in the more “normal” looking shades.
The Capricon contains some redundant glitter, I always tap out my brush when working with a matte black so the glitter flecks just disperse into the air. Regardless, it makes a fantastic liner shade.
Pigmentation, Fallout & Blend
This eyeshadow palette was almost everything I expected from Kathleen Lights after trying the Dream St. Palette. Most of the shadows are smooth and blend like butter on my eyes with minimal fallout but there are a few that gave me trouble.
The Aquarius is hard to build. Even KL acknowledges this in her Zodiac Reveal Video. This shade needs some patience if you want to build it up to a full wash of colour. On the bright side there isn’t as much kick up from this shade because it’s not as pigmented as other shades in the ColourPop Zodiac Palette.
Another trouble shade is The Pisces. If you apply it dry it will not last. I used a setting spray and it still faded by the end of the day. I might need to pick up fix + for this shade because my regular setting spray didn’t lock it on my eyes well enough.
Other than those two shades the ColourPop Zodiac Palette has some really great metallics that apply beautifully and aren’t at all hard to work with. The Gemini is stunning, as are The Cancer and The Scorpio.
Zodiac Makeup Look
I’m doing something different with my Zodiac Palette Review. Normally I do a Review + 3 Look video but because this is a themed palette I will be posting 4 separate themed tutorials for the Water, Air, Earth & Fire signs. These tutorials will also be available on my YouTube Channel. For the time being here’s a look I created with the palette without worrying about which shades go with which signs.
Related Reading: My Zodiac Makeup Series
What’s your Zodiac Sign?
Thank you for reading loves, I hope you enjoyed this post. I can’t wait to share some themed looks with you guys 😉 You can find all of my ColourPop reviews Here. Please like & subscribe <3