colourpop x kathleenlights dream st collaboration review

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Today I will be reviewing the ColourPop x Kathleenlights Dream St. collection. For those who do not know, Kathleen Lights is a popular YouTuber. I have been watching her videos for years and enjoy her bubbly personality. She has previously collaborated with ColourPop; this recent collection released in early December. I purchased the whole 4-piece collection at that time and have been testing it out for a month.

ColourPop is a fairly new online makeup brand and has grown exponentially, largely in part due to social media and influencers. One of the biggest reasons that makes this brand so unique is its affordable prices coupled with quality products that are up-to-date with current trends. I have purchased from them when they started out with only their Super Shock Shadows and Lippie Stix. Recently, they became available for purchase at Sephora; although, this collection is exclusive to ColourPop’s website. Last year, they released their pressed eyeshadows. This will be my first time trying out ColourPop’s pressed shadow formula as well as their ultra glossy and satin lips. I will provide a full review on these products and what I believe is worth the purchase.

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Dream St. Shadow Palette

  • Cost: $16.00 for 12 x 0.85g (0.03 oz)
  • Shadows: 12 total shadows with 6 mattes, 3 metallics, 3 satins
  • Color selection: warm neutrals, golds, a coral, and two blue/teals
  • Packaging: The palette is made of durable cardboard with a metallic and cream night sky design. The palette has a magnetic enclosure, and the back has the name of each shade. Overall, the design is fun and girly, which is fine given the affordable price.
  • Longevity: With an eye primer, it lasted up to 9-10 hours, however, certain shades faded more quickly than others (details below).
  • Overall: The shadows have a little bit of kick-up but not much that it would bother me. The mattes applied pretty smoothly with Water Bearer (teal) and Spark (coral) being two of the most pigmented shadows in the palette. This is great for those that are skilled in makeup, however, for a novice like me, I prefer something just a tad bit more buildable. Due to how saturated the color is, you have to blend really well, requiring a bit more time and effort. The metallics have a soft finished that can be foiled with a setting spray for more visual impact. Sweet Dreams (white gold), Kaleidoscope (icy emerald), and Moony (soft champagne) have sheerer formulas, which are best used as a layering lid shade. However, Sweet Dreams was the only shadow that did not perform as well; it did not show up on my eye despite efforts to apply it with different brushes and with or without setting spray. The above is a natural everyday eye look that I created with the Dream St. palette.
  • Who do I recommend this to? I recommend the Dream St. palette to those with intermediate skills for eye shadow application, those that want to explore with color and enjoys warm colors and teals, fans of Kathleen Lights, and all of the above plus those looking for affordable makeup that still performs well. I do not recommend this to someone who is newer to makeup and want a basic all-inclusive palette. Because of the bold colors and the effort required to apply this formula, it wouldn’t be a good beginner palette. It takes some time to decide how to use this as a stand-alone palette to create varied eye looks. Based upon this palette alone, I think the ColourPop pressed shadows are one of the best given the price point, but there are definitely better shadows but with a much higher price tag. Their eye shadow palettes range from $12 to $26 (often going on sale) and single shadows are $4 so I would recommend the pressed shadows overall.

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Ultra Glossy Lip in Moon Child

The lip trio can be purchased for $16.50 or individually for $6/$6.50 each. Moon Child is described as a pinky nude with gold glitter. On me, it looks slightly cool-toned. This gloss has a medium coverage and is a creme finish. Because of the light color and the creme finish, I cannot wear it alone or else I get the dreaded “concealer lips.” If the gloss had a sheer base versus a opaque/cream finish, it could be worn alone on more universal skin tones. Instead, I have to first apply a deeper nude underneath and layer this gloss on top to give dimension. Personally, it’s a little too much work for someone as lazy as I am, but I can imagine it can be lightly layered on deep reds and berries for an interesting effect. The gloss itself is a little sticky and its longevity is similar to a regular lip gloss. With a lip liner, it didn’t migrate outside of the lip lines.

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Ultra Satin Lip in Dreamy

I quite enjoy the Ultra Satin Lip formula. It applies like a creamy liquid lipstick and dries down, but stays moisturizing on the lips. The color will transfer but has good staying power for a non-matte liquid lipstick. One swipe delivers full pigmentation, requiring another run-through for even application. The short doe foot applicator takes just a bit of practice to create the perfect crisp line. This nude also fades gradually versus getting crumbly on the lips. Dreamy is described as a peachy pink, which is exactly how it looks on my lips. Due to the warm undertones, this color would be great paired with a orange-peach eye shadow look.

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Ultra Satin Lip in Rever

I knew purchasing an orange shade would be risky for me. Rever is described as a neon orange red, and it shows up exactly as it’s described. It’s a unique shade that’s not readily found in other makeup lines. Because of my warm skintone with yellow undertones, corals and orangy-reds often make my skin look sallow and jaundiced…not a good look. I found this to be true during my pale winter complexion as well as after a bit of a tan after spending a week in Florida. I wished this beautiful color worked for me! This shade is definitely not for the faint of heart (note: NEON). I can imagine it looking amazing on someone with a deeper complexion or those with neutral undertones.

In all honesty, if given the choice, I would have passed on all three lip products. Moon Child and Rever do not suit my skin tone. Dreamy is nice but I already own similar shades. However, I truly enjoyed the lightweight, full pigmented formula of the Ultra Satin Lip that I would consider purchasing one in my preferred shade (after my no-buy/Project Pan, of course).

All right, those are my final thoughts. Let me know if you’ve purchased this collection or anything else from ColourPop that have worked well for you. Be sure to subscribe below to get new blog posts (every Friday!) delivered straight to your inbox. Until next week…

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