Monday, August 7, 2017

ColourPop x Karrueche Fem Rosa Collection | Swatches & Review

Karrueche recently did another collaboration with ColourPop and I'm obsessed with the colors and the packaging of this collab. It's all pink and roses - both things which I love! The packaging is soooo pretty. Everything is covered with roses. The two face palettes have a rose pink box with the shade names but the back of the palettes themselves have the shade names too so you do not need to keep the external packaging if you don't want to. The labels are a pretty rose gold foil so it looks amazing. 

The collection launched with a PR set at $46 that includes a PR box or a bundle set of everything for $40 which is a discount of $6.

She $16
This is the second mini eyeshadow palette that ColourPop released. Yes, Please is the first one and that is sort of a dupe to the Natasha Denona sunset palette. There are 12 x 0.85g of product, which is really value for money. A normal 26mm pan contains about 1.5g of product so you can do the math. The palette itself isn't very big. It's kinda small but pictures always put them out of perspective. However, that makes the palette really compact for travel.
 Top to bottom: Ladylike (metallic soft ivory), Babe (satin light peachy pink), Dainty (metallic pinky taupe), Chick (metallic subtle gold)
 Top to bottom: Mademoiselle (metallic rose gold), Gal (metallic red with copper duochrome), Empress (metallic mid-toned pink plum), Filly (metallic rusty orange)
 Check out how Gal (second from the right) looks duochrome! 
 Top to bottom: Dear (matte warm rose), Missy (matte deep burgundy), Damsel (matte smokey violet), Duchess (matte dusty coral)
 The palette is swatched from right to left here with Ladylike on the far right and Duchess on the far left.

The colors are pretty but the formulas aren't very good. For the first row, Ladylike and Dainty are really pigmented and metallic, but Babe and Chick are really sheer with little pigmentation. These shades are also on the lighter side so it's going to take a bit to layer them.

The second row is generally fine. All the colors are really pigmented. Mademoiselle and Gal are really metallic with Gal having a little more texture and glitter. Empress and Filly are pigmented but not as metallic or shimmery.

The third row of mattes are disappointing. These are the only mattes in the palette. Dear is really pigmented and spreads well but it's also on the powdery side so it kicks back a lot. The other three pick up well but do not spread at all. It took me 3 times to build up the swatches you see on my arm. Also, the colors appear vastly different as compared to the pan. Dear and Duchess are much brighter while Missy and Damsel are lighter and not as pigmented as you think they would be. If you compare the swatches, they are also hugely different than what is shown on the website. 

This is a look that I created with a bunch of the shadows. Really colorful, if I must say so myself:
I started with Duchess on my crease area and it appeared as a really bright peachy orange, so I went over it with Dear to try and tone it down a little. For my outer corners, I used Missy first but pigmentation was really lacking so I tried to mix some Damsel in to darken it more. You can see that it applied kinda uneven on my eyes. One spot has an obvious purple. I tried. These two shades just do not blend well. For the inner half of my lids, I took Chick to metallize the lids and patted Gal on the center of my lids. The addition of Gal helped blend the colors between Chick and whatever is on my outer corner so that it looked like a smoother transition. You can also sorta see the copper glitter. For my inner corners, I used Babe and since this is a rather sheer shade, I had to layer it on quite a bit to get my desired highlight. I have Ladylike on my brow bone but you can't really tell. I do swear that it appears very metallic and makes a great highlight shade though. I also smudged Empress on my lower lash line. It's not very obvious but it's there. My brush just didn't pick it up very well. 

Her $15
Let me start off by saying that I love this face palette. You get 3g of product in each pan so that's $5 per pan, which is alright. The shades though. Lassie is a pearlised true gold highlighter, Mistress is a matte rosey pink blush and Dame is a matte neutral brown bronzer. These are so pigmented and blend out so well.

The bronzer is is amazing as it does not pull orange or red on me at all! I love that it is a true neutral brown and it's going to suit everyone! It's definitely not too dark as long as I use a small amount and blend it out. The blush is such a pretty neutral pink. It is super pigmented so if you go in heavy, it might be too dark for fair skin but as long as you blend it out properly, it can look very natural. The highlight is a true yellow gold and complements the blush color perfectly. It adds a pop to your look and a little is enough to give a blinding glow without being chunky.

Fem Rosa $15

Polished (Ultra Glossy Lip)
For a limited time, spending $20 or more on the Fem Rosa collection will entitle you to this ultra glossy lip for free. It's like a metallic copper shade and it is super pigmented. The formula is slightly thicker but it is not tacky and does not feel heavy on the lips. It still feels like it clings on and the color is just amazing.

Contessa (Ultra Glossy Lip)
This is described as a warm gold sprinkled with pink and gold glitter in a sheer finish. It looks really pretty in the tube but it appears pretty colorless on the lips. Also, I don't see any hints of pink glitter. Not my favorite of the bunch but it's still a good lip gloss.

Mrs (Ultra Satin Lip)
This is described as a deepened coral but it actually appears much brighter than you would expect "deepened" to be. It's not neon bright but it is still bright. It leans more on the coral pink side so I'm glad it doesn't look orange on me. It's a really cute color for summer but personally, it's not my go-to kind of color. Pigmentation and formula-wise; yes.

Darling (Ultra Satin Lip)
Ah. This shade is an absolute darling. I love these sorta shades. Right up my alley. This is described as a deep plum and it did not apply streaky or patchy at all. Everyone will look good in this shade and it feels completely comfortable.

Overall, my favorite items are the Her face palette, Darling USL and Polished UGL. However, I do love the overall color scheme of the collection and I do not regret getting it. I will definitely continue using the She palette even though the shadows suck at blending. I will make it work!