ColourPop Build Your Own Palette (BYOP) | August 2019

Hey y’all! Every so often, ColourPop has a BYOP (Build Your Own Palette) promo/sale on their website, where you can build your own palette for a discounted price. They have large magnetic palettes which have the options of holding 24 eyeshadow pans, 6 cheek product pans, 3 cheek and 12 eyeshadows, or 2 cheek and 16 eyeshadows. They also have small palettes which hold 12 eyeshadows or 2 cheek and 4 eyeshadows. Right now, they have these cute summery palettes that are a creamsicle orange color with gold details featuring the heart and palm trees. These designs change every few weeks, usually related to the season. 

I already have a large palette of ColourPop single eyeshadows, which I am obsessed with, and I’ve been wanting to try some of their powder face products for a while, so I decided to participate in the sale and get some. I went for the large palette and bought 1 No Filter Sheer Matte pressed powder, 2 bronzers, 2 blushes, and 1 highlighter. Separately, these would have costed around $52, which breaks down to $10 for the palette, and $7 for each pan. But with the sale, I got it for around $36. Isn’t that a bomb deal?!! I hope to someday have one palette of blushes, and one of bronzers/highlighters, mostly to have a larger variety of blushes to fit different looks- but that might not happen for a while. 

First, I want to talk about the website itself. They have such a cool platform where you can design the palette how you want and see what it will physically look like put together. It really helps and is fast and super easy to use. I love this feature. 

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As for the products themselves, I like pretty much every single one. The pressed setting powder is fantastic, and I knew that because I’d tried it before. I use it to blend out any blush or bronzer that may have gotten too intense, and with the sheer pigment, it is perfect for that. It’s also good for blotting the t-zone. 

The bronzers I went for were Private Party and Spectacle, which I got to have two pretty different options for bronzing/contouring. Private Party is a rich brown with a satin finish, and it is super pigmented. It is best for bronzing whereas Spectacle, a matte light golden brown, is good for contouring. Spectacle isn’t very pigmented, so you have to work a bit harder with this one, but I like it for contouring because of its buildable quality. These almost feel like different formulas to me, because Private Party is super creamy, whereas Spectacle feels more dry.

For blush, I got Why Hello…, a matte soft peachy pink, and RomCom, a matte pinky coral. I generally prefer matte blushes in general, but I would still like to try a satin one from them sometime. I like these, but they let me down a tiny bit. Why Hello… is MUCH lighter in person than in its picture online. It barely shows up on my skin, but it is definitely a beautiful color. It’s more of a base color though, because of how light it is. RomCom is gorgeous, but it’s not very pigmented so I have to apply a few layers to get it to the level of intensity I want. 

The highlighter is the BEST part of the whole deal. I bought Here Kitty Kitty, which is described as a light champagne, and it is honestly one of the most beautiful highlighters I have ever seen, which is saying a lot. I had purchased a different highlighter from them a while ago, called S’il Vous Play, and it was pretty awful (crumbly, chalky, etc), so I was afraid to buy another pressed one from them. (all their other formulas are pretty much unbeatable). However, Here Kitty Kitty has changed the game. It is truly gorgeous, perfect for my skintone, makes the skin looks shiny and wet and beautiful, and isn’t chalky. I am obsessed with it. 

Here are the swatches of the products, going top row left to right, then bottom row left to right. I built each color up a bit, so these are like 3-4 swipes of each (except Private Party, which is one swipe!)

So there you have it! Overall, I had a really good experience with BYOP. It was fun to create my own palette online, put it together when it came in the mail, and use it. None of the products are bad, but some are better than others. Let me know if you have participated in the BYOP recently, and if so let me know what you bought! Thanks for stopping by ❤

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