ColourPop Review and First Impression

Pop that colour girl. 



If you’re an avid youtube watcher like myself you can’t go more than a few tutorials without coming across the brand Colourpop. A California based brand, Colourpop offers afforable products with great results and some major impressive collabs such as Kathleen Lights , Jenn Im and Karreuche Tran.

The single shadows are $5 each and PRO TIP Colourpop offers a $5 discount for signing up for their email subscription, so basically you can get a free shadow. Also they offer free shipping over $30, so with 6 shadows you don’t pay the $5 shipping fee, which means you can get another shadow! (or is that just me and my shopping addiction talking?)

Here are the four shadows I purchased, their swatches and my first impressions on their pigmentation, longevity and see if they match up to their supposed dupes.

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Left to right: CP Hammered, ABH Truffle Glitter, CP Mooning, ABH Dark Chocolate Shimmer, CP Flutes, ABH Burnt Sienna, CP Bae, UD Solstice




Ay Bay Bay, this rich eggplant purple with an emerald, and turquoise, glittery duo chrome metallic finish is legit better than anything else.

Dupe: UD Solstice


I purchased this because I was obsessed with Solstice from UD but liked the idea of spending just $5 rather than $20 for a single shadow. Unfortunately, this one did not end up being a suitable dupe. Bae is much darker and doesn’t have that luminescent duo-chrome finish that Solstice does. This means while Bae is an ok color, I may have to end up purchasing Solstice anyway.


Hold onto your flute and cheers to this mid-tone yellow brown in a Matte finish

Dupe: ABH Burnt Sienna

Ever since trying out the ABH formula, I want every shadow to measure up to it. Utterly obsessed with Modern Renaissance but not able to get my hands on it, I tried to get shadows that I had nothing similar to but were super autumnal shades so I tried to replicate the Burnt Sienna shade. I actually ended up liking Flutes even better so this shade is a total win!




A rich blackened bronze highlighted with warm hints of pearlized glitter. I’m not saying you will get kissed under the stars when wearing it – but I’m not, not saying it…….
Dupe: ABH Dark Chocolate Shimmer

All of the images of this shade that I found online made it look like the perfect mix of black coffee, smoke and a hint of burgundy. While it’s a nice brown shade, I find the glitter to be a bit lacking – I just want more from it. This causes me to take a point away from the overall rating, though I will try more shimmery shades to see if this is a consistent issue throughout the brand or a one time miss. As for the dupe, this one actually is a lot lighter and warmer than the ABH “dupe” so I would say it’s a different shade entirely.



Get turnt up with a smoky olive with tons of gold glitter and a soft sprinkle of multi-colored sparkles in a metallic finish – or at least know you won’t ever get turnt down while wearing it.

Dupe: ABH Truffle Glitter

I have been in love with ABH’s Truffle Glitter since my first time swatching it. In this case, I find that the two colors work best together, so in this instance I can’t choose one or the other. I find that Hammered brings the green tones while Truffle Glitter is mostly a metallic shade with a sheen of green. Both are stunning but the finishes on the lid are so different that it makes total sense to me to get both.







  • Creamy formula which glides on and doesn’t ball up.
  • Very affordable


  • They hit pan way too quickly.



The product certainly applies beautifully thanks to it’s cream to powder formula. The shadows apply consistently over the lid and are not patchy.


Here lies my only issue with these shadows. With three of them, with only 2 uses I’ve hit pan. I can’t tell if this is because there is so little in the pans or because the cream formula moves around. This is the only thing holding me back from giving more points.


The packaging is nice because of the clear lid allowing you to see which color is which. I have nothing negative to say or exceptionally great to say about the packaging. It’s cute and it’s on brand so there’s that.






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