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The Zodiac Collection, Kathleen Lights x Colourpop

colourpop the zodiac collection review

What happens when you mix Taurus, Scorpio and Gemini?

Foreword: Astrology & Human Psychology

The answer is - you get moi! One thing that not many of my readers know is that I am quite into astrology. And I don't mean those [silly] daily predictions in your local newspaper; I mean birth charts, ascendants and the whole shebang. I often hear people say "oh, I don't believe in astrology", while the truth is - they don't really know how to interpret the valuable information.

Astrology is powerful; it is a great tool to learn more about a person's character (even your own). If you guys are into topics like this, let me know in the comments and I will make sure to dedicate a special post to it in the future (+ share my knowledge).

About the Collection

The minute I saw Kathleen's video about her upcoming collaboration with Colourpop, I knew that I would place an order right away. The Zodiac collection includes: eyeshadow palette, two lipsticks, two highlighters and two liquid eyeshadows. I have four products in front of me, so without further ado, let's talk makeup!

The Zodiac Eyeshadow Palette

colourpop the zodiac eyeshadow palette review

The Zodiac Eyeshadow Palette (18 USD; Made in USA) is the brand's traditional 12-pan eyeshadow palette that offers all exclusive new shades. It has a soft-touch, navy blue packaging with metallic rose-gold illustrations of zodiac signs all over it.

Columns represent elements (fire, earth, air, water) and rows follow a chronological time order starting 21st of March ("Spring Equinox" - Astrological New Year; a day when day and night are equal in length). You also get a decently sized mirror here and considering this palette's dainty "physique", I would say that it is incredibly portable and travel-friendly.

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Colours & Finishes: you get a nice ratio of warm vs. cool tones here; while you may or may not agree with Kathleen's astrological shade selection (many people were hoping The Aries would be a red or The Gemini a duochrome), I personally find that these shades make great friends and you can create a ton of looks with this little palette alone. You also get a good selection of various finishes: mattes/satins, metallics, foiled shadows/pressed pigments and even matte-meets-glitter (The Capricorn). The Pisces and The Aquarius are the most unique shades in the palette (and for Colourpop as a brand).

Texture & Quality: I feel like this palette is much better than All I See Is Magic (review here). However, there are a few shades here that require a bit of finessing: for example The Virgo is more like a sheer brown, so you do have to dip your brush quite a few times to make it look opaque. I wish it was a bit more rich in terms of pigment, because the tone itself is gorgeous.

Favourites: The Taurus, The Gemini, The Cancer, The Libra, The Scorpio and The Sagittarius. Foiled shadows in particular are very buttery smooth and delicious. Mattes are pigmented, but a bit dry to the touch (except The Taurus and The Libra).

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As always my swatches are unedited and raw to give you the best idea of what everything looks like in real life

Application: certain shades need to be layered in order to look more or less opaque (The Aquarius, The Virgo, The Libra), while some are best applied with fingers (The Pisces, The Gemini). From my experience colours did not oxidize; they blended easily into each other and for the most part had a great colour payoff. I did not have to deal with patchiness, excessive kick up or anything like that. The only naughty shade here is The Capricorn (perhaps the driest too); while it is incredibly pigmented, it does have a lot of fallout. So, if you want to create a black smokey eye, do your eye makeup first and base second.

Wear: these wear really well on the eye; I would say up to 6-8 hours before they begin to fade. I do use something like MAC's Paint Pot as a primer and normally experience zero creasing.

Verdict: I am very glad that I purchased The Zodiac Eyeshadow Palette. You can create a plethora of basic neutral and fun party makeup looks with this guy alone. I haven't tried that much from the brand, but this is certainly one of my top favourite discoveries this year (as far as affordable makeup goes). If you like the shade range, I would highly recommend it. Solid A here.

Supernova Shadow, Super Shock Cheek

colourpop the zodiac collection review

Super Shock Cheek in the shade On The Cusp (8 USD; Made in USA) is a gorgeous neutral-toned champagne highlighter, that (colour-wise) reminds me quite a bit of Becca's Opal (which you all know is my HG). Texture here is unlike anything else I have tried in the past: it is bouncy, creamy and smooth. It sets to a natural-creamy finish on the skin, does not accentuate texture/pores. It will not slide around/move either. There is a lot of micro-shimmer here, which reflects the light in the most beautiful way. If you are into that glass/wet skin trend, then you will absolutely love On The Cusp. On me (NC20) it is a perfect highlight shade; but if you have a deeper skin tone, then you might want to go for a slightly more warm shade called Fire.

Fun [yet irrelevant] fact is that all of my ex boyfriends were born on the cusp; in other words they were born during the week, when Sun was moving from one neighbouring sign to another, which is why they had personality traits of two drastically different signs (something that would drive me crazy at times).

Verdict: although mine arrived shattered, thanks to its creamy texture, I managed to easily fix it by smooshing it back into the pan. Despite this product's rather fragile nature, I say YE