Shayla x Colourpop: Perception Eye Shadow Palette

I know this post is a little late, but right about the time it restocked, I got a puppy and haven’t had a much time to work on the blog and write since then! Every item in the collection is currently in stock, so you can get your hands on this palette, as well as everything else. If you want to see the reviews for the rest of the collection, just click the links below:

Shayla x Colourpop: Neat Freak Ultra Glossy Lip

Shayla x Colourpop: C’Mon Sis, Oouuuu!, and Quickie Lux Lipsticks

Shayla x Colourpop: Boomin’ and Pose Luster Dust Loose Highlighters

The Perception palette is on par with all of the other eye shadow palettes from Colourpop as far as quality goes, and contains a wide variety of colors, so you can do a natural look, smoky eye, or even something with a bright pop of color. I feel like these things would make this palette appealing to everyone, and also suitable for all ages and skin tones, since none of the shadows are too bright, too cool, too warm, too sparkly… You get the idea. I’m pretty sure I could come up with a new look every day for the next few months at least, using the Perception palette. Because there’s such a big variation of color with these shadows, I also feel like it’s challenged me to step out of my comfort zone of warm neutrals, so that’s always fun, and if you’re just getting into makeup, you will learn so much by getting a palette like this that you can really play around with!

I’ll get into more detail about each shade in the individual rundowns below, so keep scrolling if you’d like to see those reviews!

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Note:   If some of the photos look like they were taken in different lighting, or if some were taken AFTER I started using the palette, I’m so sorry! My camera battery officially died while I was in the middle of shooting this collection, so I had to go back and redo some photos so they would all be as accurate as possible and represent the colors of the shadows properly.

Also, ALL shadows are tested over a primer, so keep that in mind when reading the reviews.

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Photo taken indoors using a ring light/studio lighting.

The Shayla x Colourpop Perception eye shadow palette can be purchased on www.colourpop.com. It sells for $23 by itself, or you can get then entire collection for only $59 as a kit, which includes this palette, both Luster Dust Loose Highlighters, all three Lux Lipsticks, and the Ultra Glossy Lip. As you can see, this palette has a whopping 16 shadows, each of which contain 1.1g / 0.039oz of product, for a total product weight of 17.6g / 0.624oz (as shown on the packaging… On the website it says it contains 16 x 1.0g / 0.035oz per shadow for a total of 16g / 0.56oz). That’s actually a teeeeeny bit larger than the shadows contained in other Colourpop palettes, plus this palette is WAY cheaper than most other brands, so I consider this a steal as well as a must-have!

Colourpop is a cruelty-free company, and this particular product is mostly vegan. ❤ I say “mostly” because a few of the shadows do contain Carmine, but according to the website, it’s only found in Shade, Revenge, and September. For a full listing of ingredients, you can check out the link above to their website.

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The box for this palette features the matte black, purple, and rose gold colors as seen with the rest of the collection, and it has a drip design. It also features the names of each color on the back, just like the palette itself does.

The packaging for the palette also features the matte black with purple and metallic rose gold accents, with the splatter pattern you see on the packaging of the rest of this collection. It also shows the names of the colors on the back, even though they’re also printed below the shadows themselves.

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The formula for these shadows is amazing! The pigmentation, coverage, and selection of colors makes this palette a must-have to me, and I feel like it’s perfect for anyone, really. Especially if you’re tired of digging for palettes or having to use more than one for a makeup look. The Perception palette contains everything you need!

I’ll get into more details about each shadow in the individual rundowns below, so keep scrolling down to see those!

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Photo taken outdoors in direct sunlight. Shadows swatched on MAC NC20-ish skin.

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Unbothered:   This shadow is described as a “metallic ivory with a peachy flip”. It’s a light ivory with warm, almost yellow/champagne undertones and a finish that’s a soft type of metallic… Kind of like somewhere between a satin and a frost. It’s a great color for a highlight on the inner corner or brow bone, but it also works as a light lid color.

The formula for Unbothered felt smooth, but not as buttery as I would have imagined from something that’s supposed to be metallic. It felt a little powdery at times too, but not dry… That seems to depend on what brush I’m using to apply it, though. Color payoff looks nearly the same as it does in the palette once it’s applied, but because everyone has different skintones and undertones, this can look warmer/cooler, or lighter/darker, depending on who is wearing it. Coverage is easily made fully opaque if you apply this to the lid using a dense, flat brush or even your finger, but you can also sheer it out by dusting it on with a fluffier brush (like as a brow highlight). As far as wear time goes, I always apply my shadows on top of a primer like a MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot, so I got about 10 hours of wear on the lid before I noticed any fading.

Overall Rating:   4.7 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   3

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Value:   5

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I rephotographed this shadow after using it because I thought it showed the true color better, as well as the texture of the shadow.

TF:   TF is a “metallic true gold” with a true metallic/frosted finish. You can apply this shadow dry or damp, but it will be MOST metallic if applied damp. It’s a medium, very bright gold with warm undertones and like I said, a very metallic finish. This makes the perfect lid color when used with pretty much any other shadow in the Perception palette!

The texture of TF is nice and smooth and applies well with a flat brush, but as you can see above, it does have some little bitty particles to it, which add to the metallic-ness. Color payoff looks just like it does in the palette, and because the finish and type of shadow this is, that should apply to everyone who wears it. It’s fully opaque using VERY little product, especially when applied damp or with your finger. Wear time was around 8 hours before any fading occurred, and that was just on the area closest to the crease (I wore this color on my lid).

Overall Rating:   4.7 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Value:   5

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Photographed straight on, using a ring light.

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Photographed at a slight angle, using natural sunlight, so you can see the colors of the reflect particles.

Titus:   Titus is a “metallic gunmetal” with a satin to frosted/metallic finish, depending on how you apply it. Like the previous two shadows, you can use dry or damp application. Titus is a medium-dark to dark gunmetal color, with cooler blue undertones, but it can actually show up more brown/blue on different people, in different lighting, and with different application techniques. It also has gorgeous, multi-dimensional, pink, teal, and silver reflects so it was quite hard to capture in a photo!

Also, if you’re a follower of Shayla, you probably know why this shadow is named Titus and it may or may not make you tear up a bit… It’s the same color as her precious little French Bulldog who left this world far too soon, and I think it’s a very sweet tribute to the little guy (I’m not crying, YOU’RE crying).

The texture for this shadow is very smooth and almost creamy feeling, which makes it apply like a dream whether you pack it onto the lid for a smoky look, or buff it into the crease or outer corner to darken your shadow a bit. Even though it’s considered a metallic finish, it works and wears well in both areas. Color payoff is fantastic, but as I mentioned, it will pull warmer/cooler or more blue/brown with different lighting and on different people, which is kinda cool IMO. Coverage is perfectly opaque without having to apply much product. Wear time was about 7 to 8 hours before I noticed any fading when I wore this in my crease, and 9 to 10 hours when I wore it on the lid.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Value:   5

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I accidentally stabbed this shadow with my nail… Oops.

Stallion:   Stallion is a “matte black with blue glitter” and has an overall matte finish, but it does look much more shimmery than it actually is when seen in the pan/palette. Once applied, it’s exactly what Colourpop describes it as. While it’s definitely a dark, very matte black, it’s also a softer type of black which looks a little less bold due to the blue glitter, but that’s a good quality in a black shadow sometimes! It makes it less harsh and more wearable, both on the lid and in the crease.

Stallion’s texture is smooth, but a bit on the drier side since it’s matte. It still applies well, but if you don’t want any patchiness when applying it to the lid, make sure you use a dense, flat, preferably natural fiber brush and apply it over a primer that you’ve set with a powder! Color payoff is, of course, different than it looks in the pan/palette, but it’s still great for a matte black and looks gorgeous! Coverage, as I brought up, can be a little patchy but that’s really only if you use your finger (like I did to swatch), or a brush that’s too fluffy. However, I do recommend a fluffier brush for a crease application. Wear time is between 8 and 9 hours in the crease and 10 and 11 hours on the lid.

Overall Rating:   4.6 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Value:   5

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Photo taken outdoors in direct sunlight. Shadows swatched on MAC NC20-ish skin.

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Spill the Tea:   Spill the Tea is a “metallic warm taupe” with a very frosted to metallic finish, which appears more metallic with a damp application. It’s a light-medium, warm toned, nude-taupe with pinky/champagne tones and a very reflective, metallic finish. You don’t even have to apply this damp for it to be quite metallic, but it will add a little extra somethin’ to it if you wish to use a damp application. I find that the damp application is best on the lid and inner corner, but is unnecessary on areas like the brow bone.

This shadow feels nice and buttery, but can have a very small amount of dry fallout, probably due to the super shimmery particles. That hasn’t been much of an issue for me, though, and I still use this shadow all the time. Color payoff is superb and shows up true to pan color, no matter what your skintone or undertones may be. Coverage is almost opaque with a dry application, but is best when layered, applied over a primer, or damp. I had no creasing or fading occur until well after 10 hours of wearing Spill the Tea.

Overall Rating:   4.7 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Value:   5

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I photographed Diva after using it so I could stir up the shadow and show you all the texture.

Diva:   This shadow is described as a “metallic amber” and is a medium, coppery-gold with warm undertones and a toned down type of metallic finish that’s shinier and more reflective with a damp application or when packed on with a flat, synthetic brush or your finger. It’s a gorgeous lid color when paired up with just about any shadow combination in this palette!

Diva’s texture is smooth and almost creamy for the most part, but can feel a little powdery at times… Mostly because the shimmery particles. They cause more kickback in the palette than they do fallout, which I wanted to show you in the photo so you weren’t surprised by it! I feel like Diva is the most “fluffy” of all the shadows in this palette in that regard. It still applies easily and pretty evenly, though. The color payoff is excellent and looks just like it does in the palette… Perhaps a little darker if it’s applied damp or with a finger (since it mixes with the oils on your skin that way). Coverage is even and opaque without having to apply much shadow at all. Wear time was between 8 and 10 hours on the lid before I noticed any fading.

Overall Rating:   4.7 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Value:   5

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The ring light picked up the golden tones in this a lot for some reason :/   The color is true in the swatch, though, and in the photo of the whole palette. Sorry about that!

I.E.:   This is described as a “metallic olive”, which is spot on! It’s a medium-dark olive color with mostly neutral to cool undertones, but as you can see in the photo of the shadow itself, it picks up more golden in some lighting. That may be because it has a hint of multicolored, multi-dimensional reflects to it. Like the other metallic shadows in this palette, you can apply I.E. damp or dry. This shadow also works well on both the lid and in the crease, since it’s a less intensely frosted type of metallic finish.

The texture of I.E. is really smooth, which makes it apply easily and evenly. Color payoff is great and looks just like it does in the pan (the photo of the whole palette is more accurate btw). Coverage is nearly opaque when quickly swiped on with your finger like in the swatch, but fully opaque when it’s properly applied with a brush. I got about 8 hours of wear when I popped this into my crease, and closer to 10 hours when I wore it on the lid.

Overall Rating:   4.9 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Value:   5

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14:   This shadow is described as a “metallic navy”… It’s a medium-dark, bright navy blue with cool undertones and a frosted finish. I don’t feel like this is all that metallic unless it’s applied damp. It’s very pretty, though, as well as versatile. This makes for a gorgeous pop of color under the eye, a fun crease color, or a great all over lid color, but I definitely recommend wearing it over a primer. You can even wear this on top of a black cream shadow or gel/cream liner to make the blue REALLY pop!

The texture of 14 felt smooth, but also a little dry at the same time. Fortunately, that’s not  something that makes it impossible to work with, it just might take some finessing or extra blending for certain applications. Color payoff is nice, but not as bright on the eye as it looks in the palette. However, applying it over a darker base or primer fixed that. Coverage was honestly a bit patchy for me, both on the lid with a flat brush, and in the swatch. I had to layer it or apply it damp to get full opacity. The wear time for 14 was great! I didn’t notice any fading in the crease until hour 8-ish, and it lasted about 10 hours on the lid.

Overall Rating:   4.3 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   3

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Value:   5

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Photo taken outdoors in direct sunlight. Shadows swatched on MAC NC20-ish skin.

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Strut ‘ Slay:   Strut ‘n Slay is a “metallic rosy copper”… It’s kind of the more rosy version of Diva and Spill the Tea’s lovechild, and it is a medium to medium-dark, rosy copper with warm undertones and loads of frostiness. It’s stunning as a lid color, and would make a gorgeous inner corner and brow highlight on dark to deep skin tones.

This shadow feels SO buttery and glides on like a dream! Since I just use this on my lid, I like to apply it with a dense, flat brush, preferably one make of synthetic fibers, or my finger. You can also apply it damp for a true metallic finish. The color payoff looks just like it does in the palette once it’s applied, and coverage is fully opaque, even when used dry with little product. Wear time was 11-12 hours when worn over a primer before I noticed any fading.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Value:   5

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Culture:   Culture is a “matte soft brown” and IT IS EVERYTHING! It’s a medium, warm toned brown that is THE perfect blending/diffusing/transition color for ALL skin tones, and you can use it with any look or combination of shadows from this palette! It’s also great as just a quick, soft crease color if you’re in a hurry and have primed and powdered your lids, and just need a little something else to add dimension to your eyes.

The texture of Culture is wonderful! Even though it’s matte, it’s very soft and blends out so easily. Color payoff is the same as it looks in the pan, but of course has a softer payoff once blended out. It may also look warmer/peachier on some people… When I’m not spray tanned and am a MAC NC15 or lighter, it definitely looks warmer but I still use it every day! Coverage is fully opaque if you’re using it all over the lid, and you don’t need to apply much shadow to achieve that kind of opacity. Wear time for me was about 11 hours on the lid and actually over 12 in the crease!

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Value:   5

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Sassy wanted to be blurry AF up close because of the shift it has… I’ll get the hang of this camera soon enough, I hope.

Sassy:   Sassy is a “metallic eggplant with a teal flip”, which is really hard to tell unless you see this in person and can move the palette and see all the different colors that live inside this pretty little eye shadow. It’s a medium-dark to dark, plummy, bronze, teal with  a really gorgeous, multidimensional shift and metallic finish. It’s an absolutely stunning color all over the lid and smudged along the lower lash line. You can play with this color by applying different colors of primers/cream eye shadows underneath. If you apply a black, brown, blue, teal, purple, red, neutral… ANY different color underneath Sassy, it’s going to transform it each time. Personally, I love to use this shadow for a different twist on a smoky eye. Oh, and if you’re familiar with or a fan of MAC’s Club Eye Shadow or Blue Brown Pigment, you’ll LOVE Sassy!

Sassy felt extra buttery and smooth and applied really well for me whether I used it dry or damp, or with my finger or a brush. Color payoff and coverage are both superb using little product. This shadow is like Culture as far as wear time goes… I didn’t notice any fading on my lid until after hour 11 or 12, and no creasing or fading when worn in my crease until hour 9 or 10!

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Value:   5

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September:   This shadow is described as a “metallic pinky violet”, which is pretty much what it is! It’s a medium to medium-dark, rosy purple of sorts, with cool undertones once it’s applied. I feel like this could pull warmer or cooler, depending on your own skintone and also what you pair this with. Like most of the other shadows in this palette, September can be applied damp or dry, and will appear the most metallic when applied damp.

The texture of this shadow is very smooth and almost creamy, so it applies very easily and evenly. Color payoff is great and it looks just about the same on the eye as it does in the palette, but like I said, it may pull warmer or cooler on some people. Coverage is full and opaque with one swipe of a brush, and wear time is excellent! On the lid, I got nearly 10 hours of wear before I noticed any fading. I haven’t tried this in the crease yet.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Value:   5

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Photo taken outdoors in direct sunlight. Shadows swatched on MAC NC20-ish skin.

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Revenge:   Revenge is a “matte red brown” and is one of my favorite shadows in this palette! It’s a medium-dark, terracotta type of reddish brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. Warm, matte neutrals are my jam, so I was so happy to see a color like this in the Perception palette… It can be worn with pretty much any look!

Revenge feels smooth, although a bit dusty at times… I say dusty more than powdery because it’s more of a dry, potentially patchy vibe if it’s not applied over a primer, but it’s still a nice shadow that’s pretty easy to use. Color payoff is actually quite good and it looks the same on as it does in the palette. Coverage, like I said, *can* be patchy at times, but that’s really only on the lid, and if you don’t use a primer and/or flat brush to pat it on with. Wear time is awesome, and when worn in the crease, I don’t notice any fading until around 11 hours. On the lid, I haven’t seen any fading occur until about hour 9 or 10.

Overall Rating:   4.6 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   3

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Value:   5

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Thic:   Thic is described as a “matte vibrant orange”, and is a bright, medium to medium-dark orange with warm undertones and a very matte finish. While it’s a bright orange, the matte finish makes it softer looking and more wearable.

Like Revenge, Thic feels smooth but a wee bit dry… However, unlike Revenge, it doesn’t make it patchy. Color payoff is a little softer than it looks in the palette once it’s been applied, but no less bright, if that makes any sense. Coverage is almost fully opaque with one quick layer of shadow, but if you want to wear this on the lid and use a natural fiber flat brush, you can just keep gently patting it on to get full coverage. Wear time on the lid was a little over 9 hours for me before I saw any fading occur, and about 10 hours in the crease.

Overall Rating:   4.6 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Value:   5

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Played Out:   Played Out is a “matte chocolate brown” and is another one of my favorite shadows in this palette. It’s a dark, slightly reddish/almost plummy brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. This color is really pretty buffed into the crease with a look using other shadows like Culture, Thic, and Revenge, or you can wear this all over the lid for a different, warm twist on a smoky eye.

Played Out feels soft and smooth, and isn’t quite as dry as Revenge and Thic are. Color payoff seems a bit darker on the skin than it is in the palette, but that’s not unusual with some matte shadows. Coverage is fully opaque without having to do any layering as long as you pat it all over the lid with a flat, dense brush (if that’s what you’re doing with this shadow, anyway). Wear time on the lid is around 8 to 9 hours before any fading occurs, and is actually longer in the crease, at around 10 to 11 hours before I noticed any fading or creasing.

Overall Rating:   4.9 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Value:   5

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Shade:   Shade is a “deep matte purple with violet glitter”… It’s a dark, brownish-eggplant type of purple that has pretty warm undertones, with violet glitter that actually reflects almost golden at times. This color is stunning to use all over the lid for a smoky eye, but is also great in the crease and buffed out under the lower lash line for a little added drama.

Shade has a very nice, smooth texture that doesn’t feel all that dry, despite the matte finish. Color payoff is maybe a little lighter on the skin than it is in the palette, but not by much… It’s actually very close to how it looks in-pan. Coverage is full and opaque without having to use much shadow at all, and it’s not the least bit patchy! Wear time on the lid (over a primer, as usual) is 8 to 9 hours before it starts to fade on me, and over 10 hours in the crease.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Value:   5

 

For tips and tricks on how to apply damp or dry……. I’ll be making a post about TONS of different shadows later this month! I’ll cover damp and dry application tricks, as well as my favorite brushes and setting sprays to use with them!

 

This post expresses my own honest opinion. I purchased these with my own money and did not receive any type of PR or compensation for this review.

 

 

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