First day of Spring and I’m ready to switch gears, welcome the sun back in my life ans start wearing corals and peaches. The weather isn’t collaborating but I have some fun new Spring makeup to play with! Let’s welcome the Colourpop Nectar collection to the family!
This year Colourpop is dividing their Spring release in three monochromatic phases: Phase 1 is Nectar, Phase 2 is Pink and Phase 3 is Sand. Now let me start with MY first reaction to this announcement was boredom and disappointment, and I know many other colour-fanatics were expecting more exciting pairing with maybe some teals. Nevertheless, I picked up a few things and here are swatches and my opinions on them.
As usual, you can check out the video above for review and a mini tutorial and here I’ll have some comparisons with other similar shades in my collection.
Starting with the most interesting bit of the collection, The Knockout face palette contains a pressed blush and a pressed highlighter. We saw the launch of pressed face powders in the Colourpop x Alexis Ren collaboration with the Topaz palette and I’m excited to see that they’re here to stay.
The shades contained in The Knockout palette (bottom one in the photo above) are definitely nectar/peachy, with a peachy orange blush and a yellow gold highlighter with a peachy undertone. You can see them compared to the Topaz palette (top one in the photo), which has a warm toned bronzer and a darker gold highlighter. I mentioned in my video (here) that the highlighter in the Topaz palette is too dark for my skin (great for medium and dark skin) and I am glad that the new one is lighter and looks great. However, I am not the fairest person and so far there is a lack of lighter shades. You can see it in action in the video above, both on my eyes and on my cheeks.
Moving on to eyeshadows, I picked up only 2 pressed shadows because I felt they were mostly a repeat of the ones released previously (see all the swatches here). I was really in love with some of the previous shimmers so decided to pick up Sauvage, a peach with a pink shift. This is definitely not the same formula as Mili or Pinky Promise (which I love), still decently pigmented but you can see in the video that I struggled to make it show up. Also, it is a shade that is completely dupeable by Makeup Geek Mai Tai and Urban Decay Fireball.
The second shade I got from the Colourpop Nectar collection is Slim Fit, a very bright, neon coral. I could have avoided this one as well honestly, because it is very close to Colourpop Making Moves, but even more neon, and having Wait For It and Makeup Geek Poppy, i could definitely live my makeup life without it. The quality of this matte shadow is on par with all their other mattes: blendable, very pigmented and doesn’t stain the lids. You can see a live swatch on the video.
Moving on to the only lip product I purchase from the Colourpop Nectar collection, the Ultra Satin Lip Jacquard. I am super excited that Colourpop is releasing more ultra satin lips because that is my favorite liquid lipstick formula: super comfortable and still last a very long time. However, for this collection jacquard is the darkest of the shades released and it is definitely too light for my skin tone still. Granted, I tend to “eat up” dark colors but this is really just straight up light neon coral. The formula is a bot fiddly because of the high amount of white pigment and it can be a bit streaky and need work to apply in a uniform layer. So overall I wouldn’t repurchase it because it doesn’t really suit me.
The Colourpop Nectar collection is for sale on their website right now. What do you think of this collection? Did you pick anything up?