ColourPop SWAK Eyeshadow Palette Review & Swatches

by Jeremy


ColourPop SWAK 5-Pan Pressed Powder Palette ($10.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a new, limited edition five-pan palette that includes two true mattes, one sparkly matte, and two shimmer shades. The palette performed consistently with recent eyeshadows released by the brand, such that the mattes were a little more powdery and shimmers weren’t as cream-like (instead, they were looser). The majority of the shades were applied without a lot of effort and were pigmented.

colourpop swak 001 palette

Besos is a light, yellowy gold base with flecks of pink and peach shimmer throughout a more frosted finish. The texture was slightly thicker, resulting in some emphasis on lid texture when applied dry, so using it with a fingertip or a dampened brush helped smooth it out and make it appear metallic but less frosted. It had opaque color coverage paired with a soft, more loosely-pressed texture that had light fallout during application. It stayed on nicely for seven and a half hours before fading a bit.

FURTHER READING: Formula Overview for details on general performance and characteristics (like the scent).

Formula Overview

$4.50/0.05 oz. – $90.00 Per Ounce

The new Pressed Powder Shadow formula is supposed to be “highly pigmented” with an “ultra-velvety and silky” texture that is “long-wearing” and “adheres easily to the eyes.” Most of the shades have semi-opaque to opaque pigmentation that applies well to bare skin, blends out without issue, and lasts for seven to eight hours. The matte eyeshadows tend to be a little more powdery, though soft and finely-milled, in the pan, while the shimmers have a creamier, dense consistency. Occasionally, the more sparkly or metallic shades apply better with fingertips or a dampened brush.

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