I was so excited when I spotted a purely pink palette from Colourpop, for anyone new – the little nine pans are probably some of my favourite makeup items ever, and I’d been longing for some additional options in their monochromatic theme, Pink is one of my favourite colours to wear on the eyes and I snapped this up immediately alongside the purple and green ones which had recently released at the time.
This has had a fairly long road test and one I’ve used 2-3 times a week whilst my camera was in for repair, I’m at this point very familiar with this palette and know it’s good points, as well as where I’d tweak the palette slightly.
Just like the others from the nine pan range, they are a small square size that are great for travel whilst still giving plenty of variety. What I like about these is that you can throw a couple of these in your makeup bag if travelling and not be burdened by heavy packaging. They’re slimline, light and have a great sized mirror in too.
Ooh La La is a perfectly pink palette, featuring swirling pink chrome letters adorning the top. Unlike some of the other palettes which edge out to similar colours (e.g the purple palette has a few mauve and lavender pink tones), this palette is top to toe pink carrying a blue undertones most of the way through the palette. Just like the others there’s a variety of mattes, shimmers and toppers – but this one is more of a matte palette than the others.
For me, that’s been immediately the bad part of this palette, I’m a girl who loves my shimmers and glitters – and this one has one proper shimmery colour, one topper (which spoiler, I don’t particularly like) and a shimmer which is so subtle it pays off matte on the eye. The shimmer and the topper are both paler pink shades and I feel like it doesn’t give me the same variety of looks that other palettes do. I’m crying out for a bright pink glitter, or a raspberry foil in this and it’s just not there. That’s not to say that I don’t like this palette and I’m still glad that I got it, but I’ve found I’ve got way more go to looks with the other palettes, I find myself pretty much creating the same look with this.
Lets get into the swatches…
Ooh La La Swatches
Tickled – A very fine microglitter sparkle shade in a soft baby pink, has a tendancy to look even lighter against the richer pink tones. It applies well with a finger as well as a dense brush.
Soft Core – The best matte colour in the palette in my opinion, a really glorious soft pink shade – does seem to end up looking a little pinker once on the eye than it does in the pan.
Big Sugar – Candyfloss pink with a very fine shimmer, this reminds me of an eyeshadow I might have had in a cheap palette when I was younger.
Opulent – A bright pink shade that has a slight shimmer to it that doesn’t pay off particularly well on the eye, it does have good pigmentation and the base pink picks up well, the shimmer seems to get lost with blending.
Sandbar – A bright matte pink shade – slightly darker than Opulent, both did not need to be in the palette as they look near on identical on the eye. This formula is a little drier, so I tend to reach for opulent rather than Sandbar.
Trove – A gorgeous raspberry toned matte shade, good pigmentation, very buildable which helps for using to build up crease colour carefully.
Caddy – A very pink toned violet matte shade, not great pigmentation but it is buildable – I like this best as an accent under lashes, but can be used to darken up the crease. Works very well with the It’s My Pleasure palette too!
Moonstruck – Topper finish that looks like a really subtle creamy pink in the pan, but it adds a soft pink shimmer. Shows up best over dark colours, applies best with fingers but does have a tendancy to look a little patchy.
Colourpop Ooh La La Palette Looks
Shades Used: Soft Core, Poodle, Tickled, Trove
Method: First blend Soft Core through the crease, using Poodle though the mid to outer corner, then layering over the top with Trove, using a mixture of Trove and Poodle lightly under the bottom lashes. I then pat on Tickled from the inner corner to 1/2 of the way across doing a soft cut crease effect, before beginning to blend out over the top of the darkness in the outer corner.
I tone this look up and down with either more or less of the shade Trove, depending on how deep I want it to be, but the method is the same regardless.
Shades Used: Soft Core, Poodle, Big Sugar, Caddy
Method: I applied Soft Core through the crease and applied all over the lid, I used a little of Poodle towards the crease on the outer corner.I then use Big Sugar all over the lid, blended all the way through right into the inner corner. I finish by smoking Caddy all under the bottom lash for a complimentary pop of purple.
Shades Used: Soft Core, Opulent, Sandbar, Tickled, Trove, Moonstruck
Method: Soft Core blended through the crease then using Sand bar to brighten up on the mid to outer crease, before placing trove towards the outer corner. Trove dragged underneath the bottom lash line, I then placed Opulent all over the lid, and on the inner third of the eye placed a mixture of Moonstruck and Tickled. I then pulled a little bit of tickled on the bottom lashes on the inner third.
So whilst this isn’t my favourite from Colourpop and I’m wishing that we’d seen a few different shades in here, if you’re after a pink palette and you don’t want to spend masses on one, this is still a great option. There’s a mixture of shades from light to bright and a variety of different finishes to allow you to get creative. I’ve still got the green “Just My Look” palette to review, and the new nine pan blue and watermelon red palettes are on their way now!
If you’re interested in these palettes you may want to read the following posts:
Purple Palette – It’s My Pleasure Review, Swatches & Looks
Orange Palette – Sol Review, Swatches & Looks
Blue & Brown Palette – Mar Review, Swatches & Looks
Yellow & Peach Palette – Yes Please Review, Swatches & Looks
Have you tried the Colourpop Nine Pans? Which are your favourites? Let me know in the comments!