Top 10 Colourpop Eyeshadows of 2016

Anyone who has been following my blog knows that I LOVE Colourpop eyeshadows.  With their unique moussy formula, they are easy to apply, sparkly (well, many are), opaque, affordable, and have crazy lasting power!

While writing my Best Makeup of 2016 post (stay tuned!), I couldn’t decided which of the many colours I should pick as the 2016 winner….so I decided to “take the easy route” (which actually wasn’t easy at all when I love ALL their shades) and make a separate short post featuring the top 10 shadows that I most frequently used and loved in 2016. (Note:  I only included shadows that are still available for purchase in January 2017).

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Holiday Makeup Tutorial (with eyeshadow swatches)

For today’s post, I wanted to share with you how I created my December 25th, 2016, makeup look.  When creating this look, I decided to use warm festive colours with a touch of sparkle. I spent the day and night with my family (we went to see a move and then had dinner and played games at my uncle and aunts house)  so I wanted to select products that last all day knowing that I wouldn’t have time for a mid-day touch up. 

To prime my face, I first I applied Sheer Transformation Creme by Ole Henriksen all over my face and neck and followed it with Hourglass Mineral Primer Veil on my face.  I then dabbed a bit of all Urban Decay Anti-Aging Eyeshadow Primer on the my eyelids and upwards toward my under eyebrows.

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Colourpop Colour Comparisons: Nude Eyeshadows

I’m putting my Colourpop addiction to good use!

Colourpop has recently taken the beauty world by storm.  This is awesome because they make incredible and innovative products however they only sell online and regularly change up their colour options (bringing out new colours and discontinuing old)…so sometimes it’s difficult to compare colours to see if a new shade is worth buying.

A couple weeks ago, I posted swatches of some of the Fall 2016 Colourpop eyeshadows.   The post got more readers then any other of my posts and I received feedback through my blog and social media sites that people appreciated the swatch comparisons.

So, I’ve decided to start a new blog series called Colourpop Colour Comparisons.  In these posts, I will be swatching and comparing Colourpop eyeshadows or lipsticks.   I have an embarrassingly large collection of Colourpop products, that I purchased myself, so hopefully they will he help you decide what products are worth spending your money on.

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My Sephora VIB Fall 2016 Sale Haul

It’s that time of year again….the SEPHORA VIB SALE!

Twice a year Sephora launches a brief 20% off sale for their VIB and VIB Rouge Beauty Insiders (ie. second and third tier loyalty members).   I took advantage of this sale and picked up a selection of my beauty essentials, new favourites, splurges, an anniversary gift, and a free point purchase.

In today’s blog, I decided to only include images and descriptions (from the Sephora website) instead of including my full reviews and/or swatches of each product, like I usually do.  I thought this would be a great opportunity to hear from you about which of the listed products you would like me to review, swatch, compare to competitors…etc (not to mention, prevent this post from being insanely long).

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Pinterest test #3: Purple Pizzazz Tutorial

I have been pinning eyeshadow looks and tutorials on Pinterest for YEARS but I realized that I haven’t actually tried any of the looks out…so, I’ve decided to challenge myself, by selecting my favourite pins to discover:

  1. If I can create this look with my existing makeup.
  2. If this look works well on my/a different eye shape and/or colour.
  3. How helpful the step by step images are (if any).
  4. What tips can I provide my readers to help you achieve this look.

Today’s challenge…

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No matter what skin tone or eye colour you have, purple is flattering on everyone!   That’s why I selected today’s challenge, which I have entitled “Purple Pizzazz”.

On a day-to-day basis, I do wear touches of purple to line my lower lashes or add a pop of colour on the outer eye corner…but nothing this intense.

So although I was confident that the colours would look lovely, the big question was “would this be wearable” or just something artistic to look at online…I’d never know unless I gave it shot – so I did!

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*NEW* Colourpop Eyeshadows (Fall 2016)

Ok, I’ll admit it….like many of you, I’m addicted to Colourpop shadows!

With their many GORGEOUS shades, long lasting power, and affordable prices…how can I not be addicted???  Especially with their new line of stunning fall colours.

For those of you who have never tried a Colourpop shadow…here’s what you need to know:

Pros:

  • There is an amazing selection of vibrant colours in a variety of finishes including PearlizedMatteMetallicSatinGlitter Sheer, and Ultra-Metallic.
  • The shadows have a wet / moussy consistency and are easy to apply and blend (I suggest using your finger, a sponge tip brush, or synthetic brush).
  • The shadows have the longest lasting power of any shadow I have ever used and have no creasing or sparkle fallout.
  • They are super affordable at only $5 US / shadow pot.

Cons:

  • Some of the shadows dryout over time (after a couple months or faster if you don’t screen the cap on tight enough)
  • Sparkles may disapear if you blend the shadow with a brush
  • Not the best quality of packaging… 2 of my lids have cracked and the logo has been rubbed on many of my lids
  • You can’t try products in person (which means that I’ve purchased a couple that were very similar bronze/rose gold tones)

Swatch time!

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Pinterest Test #2: Spring Laguna

Another day, another eyeshadow look!

I have been pinning eye makeup looks and tutorials on Pinterest for YEARS but I realized that I haven’t actually tried any of the looks out…so, I’ve decided to challenge myself, by selecting my favourite pins to discover:

  1. If I can create this look with my existing makeup.
  2. If this look works well on my/a different eye shape and/or colour.
  3. How helpful the step by step images are (if any).
  4. What tips can I provide my readers to help you achieve this look.

Today’s challenge…

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Today’s challenge is the look to the left entitled “Spring Laguna”.  It’s from MakeupGeek.com by Dressed-in-Mint.  I have a couple MG eye shadows, but decided not to use them as it wouldn’t really be a challenge if I used the exact shadows from the pin, right?

This look was a little out of my comfort zone, as I normally do nudes on my lid and add colour in the crease or under the lash line.  Also, the girl’s eyes are blue and almond shaped and mine are brown and more roundish, so I was unsure how the look would translate.

I was optimistic that the colours would compliment my eye colour – but the big question was “would this be wearable”…I’d never know unless I gave it shot – so I did!

Trying to follow the Pinterest steps, here’s how I created this look:

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