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ColourPop Element of Surprise Eyeshadow Palette | Swatches

Today I have one of the two newest ColourPop pressed shadow palettes to share with you, the Element of Surprise Eyeshadow Palette. This palette is currently in stock on the ColourPop website, and I hope my swatches help you decide it you want to pick it up or not. 

The ColourPop Element of Surprise Eyeshadow Palette is $16 and seems to be the last of the no-mirror palettes. The You Had Me At Hello palette launched the same day as this palette and that one has a mirror and costs $18. I do like the addition of the mirror and the fact that ColourPop only raised the price by two dollars, still making these palettes incredibly accessible. 

When I saw that ColourPop was launching two palettes at the same time, I wasn't sure that I needed both and this is actually the palette that I almost skipped on. Now I am glad that I got them both. I really wasn't sure about the shade opulent, a bright fuchsia, but that shade actually gives the rest of the palette a nice pop of color. I will probably never use that shade, but it def brightens up the entire palette. 

It's quite a pretty palette isn't it? I was most excited for the matte shades as well as the purple shimmer (Subdue), which is really nice! 

Feels: metallic soft opalescent pink
Late Night: metallic copper with gold duochrome
Silk Street: matte purple-fuchsia
Rayon: metallic dark coral with blue-green duochrome

Go With the Flow: matte true peach
Subdue: metallic lavender with blue-green duochrome
Opulent: metallic bright true fuchsia
Labyrinth: matte dusty pink

Blank Canvas: matte deep maroon
Sea Stars: matte medium yellow brown
Details: matte smoky burgundy sprinkled with hot pink glitter

Peace of Mind: metallic bright burgundy

Subdue is definitely my favorite shade in the palette followed by Labyrinth, Sea Stars and Blank Canvas. There are three shades I think could be better - Silk Street swatched a bit patchy and isn't very pigmented.  Then there is Feels which again lacks pigmentation and is not as buttery or shimmery as other shades like Subdue. That shade actually looks quite pretty in the sun, it has a beautiful shift to it, but in regular light it doesn't look great. Details is supposed to be a smoky burgundy but it looks more brown than burgundy, plus it's not very pigmented and matte shadows with glitter pieces are just never my favorite. 

Overall I am happy with the ColourPop Element of Surprise Eyeshadow Palette. While I don't think a few of the shades could be more pigmented, it's an overall solid palette. I've used it a handful of times now and have really enjoyed it - ColourPop's eyeshadow palettes are just easy to work with and I like that. They don't make you feel like you're an failure at eyeshadow, you know? 

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