Broken ColourPop Pans

Recently, ColourPop entered a distribution arrangement with Sephora.  Now, its more accessible to the masses who didn’t want to only order directly from ColourPop, pay shipping, etc. If you have Sephora Flash, you don’t pay shipping at all past the $10 annual fee.

Heard it Secondhand

Seeing as I have enough eyeshadow to probably last my entire life, I’m not looking to add any to my collection even if they’re cute and accessible and inexpensive. So this isn’t my experience. I’ve never used ColourPop in my life.

A colleague of mine was looking for a pretty, low-effort shade that could be quickly swiped across the lids in the morning. Like me, she doesn’t have time (or the bothers to give) for a full face every.single.day. She ultimately chose a Colorpop shade.

DOA

What’s more sad than a shattered pan of eyeshadow?

A shattered palette well, also true but a brand new shattered pan of eyeshadow.

Disappointed in her broken ColourPop shadow, she reached out to Sephora. They pleasantly chirped that they’d send another out. At what seemed like long last, that other arrived…

…also shattered.

Quality Control

I wasn’t sure if the broken ColourPop shadows were a thing or if it was just bad luck. I took to the internet to see what other consumers were saying.

–unfortunately, it’s a thing.

That, “thing,” predates ColourPop’s relationship with Sephora. Blogs and Reddit are awash with tales similar to hers. Some customers had tales of remarkably unfortunate customer service from ColourPop themselves. There are YouTube videos dedicated to, “How to Fix ColourPop Shadows!” in the first few Google results if you search, “shattered colourpop pans,” which is mindblowing.

Shameless Fripperies has a nice photo demonstrating the type of carnage my colleague received. Check out her review here.

What gives, ColourPop? I know the shadows retail for like $5. That’s awesome! But if you can count on more pans arriving damaged than not, that is a major quality control issue.

The Bottom Line

It’s nice to know it isn’t Sephora’s fault. I don’t understand, though, why they’d strike up a distribution deal with a company whose product is so fragile. Frankly, it’s embarrassing.

As for me, I wasn’t in the market for eyeshadow anyway – but reading all of these disappointing accounts doesn’t make me eager to buy one. I never want to buy a product expecting to have to do repair work!

Have you tried ColourPop eyeshadows? Do you find them to be worth it in spite of these clear quality control issues?

July 2016 Favorites

July 2016 Favorites
July 2016 Favorites
1. Threshold Hair Wrap Duo, $8 / 2. NYX Cream Blush, $6
3. Maybelline Color Tattoo – Creamy Beige, $6 / 4. Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector, $20

Details on my July 2016 Favorites, clockwise from top, after the jump.

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Urban Decay Naked Basics

So my approach with Urban Decay Naked Basics was a little backwards, having bought Naked2 Basics first. Don’t judge. I’ve really been feeling matte neutrals lately. My energy’s been zapped lately, so I need foolproof…and mattes are exactly that. Let’s be honest – you know what the packaging looks like, so let’s jump right into it.

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Urban Decay Naked Basics isn’t a new palette. I’m not going to hold your hand through it. But even though it isn’t new, I AM excited about it.

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Lorac PRO Palette 3 Review, Swatches, & GIVEAWAY

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Hello PRO Palette my old friend,
I’ve come to purchase you again.

I say, “again,” but that’s misleading. Until I got exceptionally lucky on May 28 (who said being an Ultamate Rewards Platinum member was without perks?!), I had never purchased the Lorac PRO Palette 3 before. I do own both of its predecessors, and shared similarly when Lorac PRO Palette 2 came out a couple years ago.

 

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I’m tickled. I saw Tati’s swatches on May 12 and was like, “YEP, my body is definitely ready for this.” It seemed, for a while, that Lorac was focusing on other things – the Alter Ego Lipsticks, the blushes. In my view, the Lorac PRO Palette 3 is long overdue. It launches:

  • Online at Ulta.com: June 12, 2016
  • Ulta Stores: June 26, 2016
  • Everywhere Else: July 3, 2016

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Prices have gone up since the last time I purchased a PRO palette; up to $44 from $42, falling in line with Urban Decay’s similar $2 increase but still a whole $10 less than a Naked palette. All the PROs, including the Lorac PRO Palette 3, cost this much. Like its siblings, Lorac PRO Palette 3 comes with the sixteen-shade palette and a deluxe sample tube of their Behind the Scenes eye primer.

Some are salty because they feel that this feels too similar to Lorac Unzipped – although it definitely is similar, the shadow formulation DOES differ between the palettes…and you get more shades out of this one. If you already own Unzipped I probably wouldn’t bother, but if you’re debating? Get this one for sure.

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Let’s jump right into it (swatches and giveaway details after the jump!)

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May 2016 Haul

Alright, I was supposed to be on a No Buy through June. I screwed that up. But we all benefit!

I wound up getting a promotional thing from eBates – on top of that day’s 8% cash back from Macy’s, there was a $25 back on $100 spent on Cosmetics. That’s easy. Responsible? Questionable, but I decided to treat myself because these last several months have kicked. My. Ass. Then, I had a gift card to get my brows waxed at Ulta (another great experience with Benefit) and had some extra, so I got something silly and gimmicky for fun. Here’s what’s new from my May 2016 Haul:

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