Colourpop x Animal Crossing Collection Review

I got my Switch last Summer with the sole intention of playing Animal Crossing: New Horizons. I, like many others my age, grew up playing Animal Crossing: New Leaf on my Nintendo DS. I couldn’t get enough of working for slum lord Tom Nook (although he does have an incredibly generous payment plan, always grateful for that lack of interest). So of course when I saw this collection’s reveal on 16th Jan and immediately set a reminder for the launch date in case I wanted to indulge, spoiler alert: I did. Keep reading to see what I picked up and what I thought of the products.

Quick disclaimer: I meant to write and post this review months ago but since moving my blog has been put on the back burner! At least this way I’ve had more time to use the products and see how they performed 😀

Nook, Inc. Palette

Nook, Inc. Palette ~ $12

This is the product I was most excited for, I don’t have many green shadows and the shadows I’d previously tried from Colourpop had been fab. I was a little apprehensive though as sometimes these collaborations can be of a lower standard to their main line. But I didn’t need to worry, these perform really nicely and the shades are lovely.

The palette contains 4 different formulas, from top left to bottom right: Yes.. Yes! is a mint green shimmer, Made In The Shade is a matte with micro-glitters, CEO is a pressed glitter, and Water Landing is a dark teal matte.

My favourite shade in the palette is Made In The Shade which really surprised me because mattes with micro-glitters are usually a pet peeve of mine. Despite this the shade blends really nicely (the micro glitter likely helped with this!) and the colour pay off is still nice without being overpowered by glitter, also the shade is gorgeous! If there’s one thing I would change it’s the formula of CEO, I wish it was super foiled rather than a pressed glitter, but if you put the effort in it’s still really pretty.

Flower Tender Blush ~ $12

Flower Tender Blush

I’ve always wanted to try Colourpop’s blush formula and I was willing to spend a little on this collection, so that combination meant I had to pick one up! Flower Tender is a really pretty peachy pink shade with a little bit of shimmer running through it. I wasn’t super pleased when I saw the glitter but it actually just shows up as a subtle glow which is really lovely.

I was also really pleasantly surprised how well this paired with the eyeshadow palette, I was worried it would be too pink and overpowering but I found that they play off each other really well. Pink and green are a surprisingly fab combo!

Fruit Roots Just A Tint Duo

Fruit Roots Just a Tint Duo ~ $12

I actually split this set with my sister so I just have the shade Orange Cutie from the duo. This is another formula that I hadn’t tried before and I thought it would be a nice low maintenance product. Also if I was going to try it I thought going for something cute from this collection was a good opportunity. That’s kind of the common theme running through this post tbh!

I got pretty much what I expected from this formula: it’s a nice hydrating wash of colour that has next to no staying power but I don’t mind that too much. Anything with the word ‘Tint’ in the product name isn’t meant to last all day so as long as it gets a tick in the comfort box I’m happy.

Since I split this set with my sister I thought I’d better get her thoughts as well:

“I like it, it’s good for me.” A glowing endorsement.

Balloon Pop Super Shock Shadow ~ $7

Balloon Pop Super Shock Shadow

I’ve raved about the Super Shock formula before – not a particularly hot take but nonetheless true! – and Balloon Pop performed just as well as the shades in Colourpop’s main line. Unfortunately this product did come shattered but the good thing about the Super Shock formula is how easily it can be pressed back into shape. It still looks a little funky in the pot but it performs really well!

This shade is described on the website as “icy peachy pink with hot pink and icy silver pinpoints” but I would definitely say it has a bronzy undertone running through it as well. It’s a really unique shade, I wouldn’t think to describe it as icy but I also wouldn’t say it’s a particularly warm shade either. The pink and bronze tones play together really nicely to create a very versatile and unique shade. I often wear it swept on my lid when I want a three second eye look that looks polished. I’ve gotten even more use out of this than I expected to.

Featuring: Nook, Inc. Palette, Flower Tender Blush and Orange Cutie from the Fruit Roots duo

Overall I was very pleasantly surprised by the quality of the products in this collection! For the most part I think the quality of them would sit well alongside Colourpop’s main line of products.

Colourpop are notorious for making great quality makeup for a brilliant price tag – only $7 for Balloon Pop feels like a steal! It’s part of the reason I was so determined to pick up some pieces from this collection, I knew there was a good to great chance that these products would not only be fab little collectors items but would make their way into my everyday makeup bag – and they have! Balloon Pop is a staple that could take me from day tonight and the Nook, Inc. Palette is my current go to for when I want some colour.

I also feel like I need to mention how perfect the packaging is, Colourpop always put a lot of effort into the packaging of their collaboration collections and I really appreciate it particularly with a collection that I was so excited for. I mean, the Balloon Pop Super Shock actually came in a box designed like a present, I love that!

This collection is still available online and I would definitely recommend that you pick something up if it’s something you’ve been looking at. There are another three palettes to choose from if you’re not into green and two more Just A Tint duos, a more reddy-pink set and a neutral with a vampy purple pairing, check the website for the full collection!

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Colourpop Haul and Review

I’ve been wanting to try out Colourpop for years but I never pulled the trigger on my orders because of the threat of customs and extortionate shipping fees. All the way back in March I decided that was the day I would bite the bullet and go for it, but about two days later the world fell apart and my order was indefinitely delayed. Of course there were and still are much bigger issues to deal with, but finally getting this order was the tiny cherry on the total shambles of a cake that was lockdown. Finally, here we are with a nice little order and my thoughts on the products! Keep reading to find out my experience with the ordering process, shipping time and what I think of the products.

Ordering and Shipping

I made my first order after much deliberation on 17th March and eventually cancelled it and got my money back around 10 days later once it seemed inevitable that my package wasn’t arriving anytime soon due to Coronavirus restrictions. I contacted customer support a few times over the 3/4 months that I was ordering, cancelling and reordering and they always replied promptly, I think within about 48 hours each time.

I eventually reordered in July after emailing and finding out that they had resumed shipping from their warehouses. My order came to $81.40 which included shipping and customs at $14.40 and a $5 discount code. I ordered 8 items which came to $72 (-$5 discount) which I think is good value so long as the products are good quality and I wanted to order a good amount to make the shipping worth it!

On shipping: it seems expensive but I don’t think $14 is too bad considering it includes customs too, so there were no nasty surprises when it arrived! I ordered on 9th July and it arrived on the 17th so pretty fast delivery all things considered.

(Full disclosure: yes I have been using these products for a full 5 months and have only just got around to writing about them… I really have no excuse but 2020 is a write off okay, cut me some slack!)

The Products

As I mentioned, I ordered 8 products totalling $72. There is 1 product that I haven’t used: a lipstick I got for my sister as a birthday present – fairly self-explanatory why I haven’t used it! I’ve tried out the rest of the products for a good while now (understatement of the year) so I’ve got a good idea about how I feel about them.

Super Shock Shadows ~ $6 each

I couldn’t have ordered from Colourpop without trying out their Super Shock formula. This was Colourpop’s cult product line when they first launched and I’m so happy that it lived up to the hype. The cream-to-powder formula is totally unique to me and applies beautifully with your finger.

Super Shock Shadow in Ritz

I wore this shade ritz almost every single day for the first few months I got it because it gives this amazing wet look glittery shimmer on the eyes. It’s low maintenance but super impactful and perfect for summer or for that extra special something when you’re wanting to dress up.

Super Shock Shadow in Slave2Pink

I also ordered the shade slave2pink a super bright and shimmery hot pink. This looks great all over the eyes either in a really structured shape or more blown-out and relaxed. I really liked these and am glad I took the plunge and ordered, even for Ritz on its own! I would order some more super shock shadows if I saw a really unique shade that I thought I would get a lot of use out of. Top tip though, make sure you really close the packaging tight on any Super Shock formulas, apparently they can dry out if you don’t!

Super Shock Highlighter in Flexitarian ~ $8

Super Shock Highlighter in Flexitarian

Another Super Shock formula but this time I can put it allll over my face. This shade flexitarian is so incredibly metallic but definitely works for everyday, just don’t pile it on unless you’re going for the robot look. I apply this with my finger as well because of the creamy formula and I think the warmth from my fingers helps to blend it out. I love that this shade doesn’t leave a cast when I turn my face, it melts into the skin and shines in the light. Another one that I’ve been using everyday!

In A Trance Shadow Palette ~ $12

In A Trance Shadow Palette

I’d been looking for a pastel eyeshadow palette for a long time so when I saw this as part of Colourpop’s Tye Dye collection I thought it was the perfect palette to try out. Being pastel shades these were always going to take some building up but they’re much more pigmented than I expected and they blend nicely too. The only thing I’m not super happy about is that some of the mattes are flecked with microglitters, for example that bright pink shade in the top right should be a stunning, summery matte but instead has glitter running throughout. It’s not a deal breaker but I don’t understand why they couldn’t leave this shade matte! This is a common theme with Colourpop shadows so just something to watch out for.

Beast Lux Liquid Lip

Beast Lux Liquid Lip

I’ve gone off matte liquid lipsticks in a big way, they’re generally drying, uncomfortable and just look bad within half an hour of wear. Having said that… Belle is my favourite Disney princess… so I think that explains why Beast ended up in my basket! Seriously though I did love the colour on the website, it’s a nice darker nude but still wearable. More importantly it is pretty comfortable. It never seems to totally dry down but it still has a soft matte finish so it wasn’t drying at all, as a result of that I did find that the colour wore off when I ate or drank anything but I would prefer to reapply than feel uncomfortable! Similar to the Super Shock Shadows, I would buy another shade from this range if it was incredibly unique but it’s not a new go to formula for me.

Aquarius Lippie Stix

Aquarius Lippie Stix

Another classic Colourpop product, I was super excited to try the Lippie Stix. A low maintenance lipstick, the glossy, slim product seemed like a perfect ‘throw in your handbag’ product. It is incredibly comfortable, almost like a lip balm or non-sticky gloss, but for me it does emphasise the texture on my lips so you can tell if I haven’t exfoliated. I’ll definitely use this one with other products but I don’t think I’ll buy another shade in this formula.

Forth Ray Beauty Raydiate Vitamin C Serum

Forth Ray Beauty Raydiate Serum

I’ve heard good things about Colourpop’s skincare line Forth Ray Beauty so was excited to try out something from the line. I needed a new vitamin C serum and had heard that it was a cheaper alternative but still just as good as high end vitamin C serums. I do like this one but I can’t notice a massive difference in my skin, it doesn’t tingle or sting which is great but I’m not convinced that it does a great deal… it does make my skin look glowy but no different to my Glossier vitamin C serum. Again, I like it, I’ll use it all up and enjoy using it but I’m not seeing massive results. Then again it’s not breaking me out so that’s a plus!

My favourite products are definitely the Super Shock Shadows and the In A Trance palette, and even if some of the products aren’t new favourites I’m not discouraged from trying more from Colourpop, in fact I can’t wait to try more!

The Palette Tag

I don’t have hundreds of eyeshadow palettes, don’t get me wrong I still have too many! Because of this I find it quite hard to answer the question “what is your favourite palette?”. I saw this tag on Youtube and LOVED the idea so I wanted to write about it myself because I’m not ready to hear my voice on a recording/see how awkward I am on camera yet! With that being said, keep reading to see some of my favourite colourful powders.

Newest Palette

Colourpop In a Tance Palette

My newest eyeshadow palette is the In A Trance palette from Colourpop. I just did my first ever order from there and I’m really excited to try everything out! I have taken this one for a little spin already and, based on first impressions, I like it! I’m gonna need to find a way to wear these shades everyday.

Oldest Palette

Urban Decay Naked Palette

Believe it or not, I STILL have the OG Naked palette in my drawers. It’s one of the first ‘proper’ makeup products I ever got! Safe to say I haven’t touched it in a while, I think it’s more an artefact than a makeup product now, maybe she’ll be worth a fortune one day…

Most Expensive Palette

Tartelette In Bloom Palette

There’s not a massive amount of variety in the prices of my eyeshadow palettes, most of them sit around the £40 mark, but I think when I bought the Tartlette in bloom palette it was a little more pricey than the rest. Although the prices may have changed now so the most expensive I own might be one of my ABH palettes instead? So either one of those two!

Most Inexpensive Palette

Revolution Reloaded Newtrals 2 Palette

To be honest, I totally forgot I owned this palette. I was really surprised to find the Revolution Reloaded Newtrals 2 palette at the back of my drawers. This palette was only £4 when a bought it and looks incredibly similar to the Modern Renaissance by ABH. I haven’t used this one in a while now but I remember quite liking the formula.

Most Everyday Palette

NYX Ultimate Shadow Palette

I own a fair few ‘everyday’ palettes, but the NYX Ultimate palette is probably the most ‘everyday’ palette I own, it’s neutral but nice and versatile too. I can get lots of really nice daytime and evening looks from this palette, which also makes it the perfect travel palette.

Most Colourful Palette

Morphe x James Charles Artistry Palette

My Morphe x James Charles Artistry palette has to be the most colourful palette I own. This palette is great to have on hand, it’s not got the most cohesive colour story but that it isn’t necessarily it’s main selling point. For me, it’s purpose is for it to have everything you need when you need it rather than to inspire you in and of itself. I always know it’s there when I need something bright.

Smallest Eyeshadow Palette

Naked Basics Palette

My smallest palette is definitely my Naked Basics palette. I don’t really use this one a lot but it is a good one for travel and super easy to store. Because of that I can’t imagine that I’ll get rid of it any time soon, it’s not exactly getting in the way or taking up space!

Best Memory

Morphe x Jaclyn Hill Palette

I think my Morphe x Jaclyn Hill palette has the best memory attached to it. I remember opening this one on Christmas Day a few years ago around the time that it first came out and I was so incredibly excited! This is first palette that I got crazy excited about when I was starting to learn a little more about make up. The formula of these shades is still phenomenal, I really need to use it more than I do because it’s just so good!

Most Worth the Hype

ABH Soft Glam Palette

I think the Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam palette is totally worth the hype. I find the formula has great colour pay off but still easy to work with, and the shimmers are super metallic making this a great all rounder.

Least Worth the Hype

Tartelette In Bloom Palette

I think the Tarlette in Bloom palette is.. okay..? I really liked it when I first got it and still think the softer neutrals are nice. But the darker colours are nigh on impossible blend and the colour pay off is meh at best. I think it’s fine, but I never reach for it anymore.

Favourite Palette from a Favourite Brand

ABH Soft Glam Palette

Anastasia has one of the best eyeshadow formulas I have tried and the Soft Glam palette has my favourite colour story of all their palettes. I hate to repeat myself but I don’t have the biggest collection in the world and I wanted to be honest! I love my Modern Renaissance as well but I just feel like the Soft Glam stepped it up a notch with the blendability of the mattes and the amazing shimmers.

Most Used Palette

ABH Modern Renaissance Palette

Purely because of how long I’ve had it, the ABH Modern Renaissance is my most used palette. It was my go-to for such a long time and even if it has been displaced I still find myself picking it up fairly often.

What’s next on my Wishlist?

Melt Cosmetics Gemini Palette

This one wasn’t in the original tag but I thought I would add an extra category! (I know, who do I think I am?). The next palette on my Wishlist is the Melt Gemini palette. I’ve seen one girl I follow talk about it relentlessly and the formula looks insane. I also recently found out that it is stocked on Beauty Bay and I am actually a Gemini. I feel like its written in the stars, an inevitable purchase. The only thing holding me back (other than spending the money!) is I’m not sure if I’ll use it enough..? Like I say though, I think it might be inevitable especially because I’ve just graduated so it might just accidentally fall into my basket as a graduation present to myself. Rereading this, I’ve written so much about this palette that I can see how excited I am and how desperately I’m trying to talk myself out of buying it! Wish me luck…

I hope you enjoyed my take on the palette tag, I really enjoyed writing this one. I’m getting more into makeup again recently and I’m loving it!

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