Colourpop Element of Surprise Eyeshadow Palette Review & Swatches

Colourpop Element of Surprise Eyeshadow Palette Review & Swatches

My first Colourpop palette and it definitely didn’t disappoint!

The ‘Element of Surprise,’ palette from Colourpop has a great mix of easy to use everyday shades as well as fun bold colours. The shadows in the palette feature four different finishes: matte, satin, metallic and duochrome.

According to Colourpop’s website the colours are described as:

Feels: metallic soft opalescent pink
Late Night: metallic copper with gold duochrome
Silk Street: matte purple-fuchsia
Rayon: metallic dark coral with blue-green duochrome
Go With the Flow: matte true peach
Subdue: metallic lavender with blue-green duochrome
Opulent: metallic bright true fuchsia
Labyrinth: matte dusty pink
Blank Canvas: matte deep maroon
Sea Stars: matte medium yellow brown
Details: matte smoky burgundy sprinkled with hot pink glitter
Peace of Mind: metallic bright burgundy

Overall this is a great palette. All of the shades are very pigmented, smooth, and easy to blend. The shadows can be layered on top of each other beautifully. No patchiness, no muddyness and the shadows don’t eliminate each other while blending. The only shadows that apply sheer are ‘Feels’ and ‘Silk Street,’ but they are easily buildable so it’s not a problem. What really impressed me was the pigmentation and texture of the metallic/duochrome shades. Late Night, Rayon, Opulent and Peace of Mind are extremely opaque, buttery and give the eye a beautiful ‘wet look.’ Furthermore Late Night, Rayon and Opulent are also duochromes so their colours change depending on how the light hits. My least favourite shade is ‘Details,’ a matte burgundy with pink glitter. When applied to the eye the pink glitter is barely noticeable and/or flakes away when blended.

Also, all of the shades produce quite a bit of fallout which isn’t a problem for me since I tend to do my eye makeup first, but just something to be aware of. Also worth mentioning is the fact that for me personally, this isn’t a ‘one stop shop,’ great for travel kind of palette. It’s missing a few essential shades. For me it’s missing a ‘bone’ type of shade to highlight under the brow as well as a dark brown or black to create deeper eye looks.

First row.
Second and third row of the palette.

❤ Very pigmented
❤ Easy to apply and blend
❤ Great texture, all of the shadows are soft
❤ Affordable! Retails for $16 USD on the Colourpop website

♡ Shadows produce fallout
♡ Not a ‘one stop shop’ kind of palette
♡ Can’t travel with this palette alone

A Few Looks I Created Using this Palette Alone

Would I recommend this product?
Yes if you are looking for a fun palette to grow your collection, no if you are looking for your next ‘everyday palette’ or ‘travel palette.’


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Thanks for reading!
❤ Candice

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