Colour Pop Pressed Eyeshadows & Ultra Mattes Review

I couldn’t resist trying out the new colour pop pressed shadows.  I liked the original Colour Pop shadows in the beginning but after a while, they weren’t something I reached for as I prefer your plain old powder formulas.  

The shades I ordered are: Hear Me Out, Wake Up Call, Note to Self, Popular Demand, High Strung, Milli (this one was free),  Wait for It, Stay Golden and Piece of Cake. 

I was intrigued to see how they would fair up to my beloved Makeup Geek eyeshadows. I tried to order shades that I don’t already own in MUG so I could add them to My Kit Co Palette and I think I did a pretty good job as there really aren’t any dupe-ables (pats self on back). At the time of ordering Colour Pop had just hit 1 million followers on one of their social media accounts and was chucking in a free limited edition pan too so that was a nice little bonus!

They have two different finishes. I mainly have the mattes which do kick up a bit of powder, however, are still fairly soft but not quite as much as MUG. The two metallic shades I have are pretty much on par with their predecessor. All the shades I have are pigmented and blend pretty well on the lid without encountering much fallout. I honestly can’t knock these at all but if you asked me to pick sides I would say MUG pip them to the post. Plus it’s a lot easier and cheaper to get MUG over here. 

Whilst I was making an order I thought I would give the liquid lipsticks another try. I just didn’t get on with them the first time as they seemed to transfer quite a bit but maybe that was just the shade I ordered. I ordered a trio which came with two Ultra Matte Lips in Love Bug and Mamma and a Ultra Satin in Calypso, all three being colours that I love to wear. I have to say I’m glad I gave them a second chance as I have most certainly changed my tune about them. The mattes dry very quickly and I haven’t experienced any transfer with these colours. They do tend to feel a little powdery once dried though which can be a little moisture-sucking. The satin doesn’t really set and I thought this was the finish I must have tried last time but it was, in fact, a matte. Perhaps the formula doesn’t sit the same across all the matte shades. The satin does feel very comfortable to wear though and doesn’t feel powdery like the mattes so that’s the upside. 

Colour Pop offer free shipping to the UK over $50 which I think is a pretty good deal. I still got stung with customs though so hopefully they will someday tack that on to the bill one day in the same way Sephora do.


Have you tried the new Colour Pop Shadows?


  1. 12th March 2017 / 1:37 pm
    I have the same lipstick trio and that was what awakened my love for Colourpop lippies! I have yet to try their eyeshadows, though, as I'm not a fan of eyeshadow singles. I'd love to try their palettes but I have similar colors.
  2. Glynis
    12th March 2017 / 8:34 pm
    I couldn't get on with the lippies to goopy for me.
  3. 12th March 2017 / 10:22 pm
    Beautiful picks. I need to try their single eyeshadows. Ash | Instagram | @ms_tantrum

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