ColourPop Ballad Eyeshadow Palette Review & Swatches

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ColourPop Ballad 5-Pan Pressed Powder Palette
ColourPop Ballad 5-Pan Pressed Powder Palette
ColourPop Ballad 5-Pan Pressed Powder Palette
ColourPop Ballad 5-Pan Pressed Powder Palette
ColourPop Ballad 5-Pan Pressed Powder Palette
ColourPop Ballad 5-Pan Pressed Powder Palette
ColourPop Ballad 5-Pan Pressed Powder Palette
ColourPop Ballad 5-Pan Pressed Powder Palette
ColourPop Ballad 5-Pan Pressed Powder Palette
ColourPop Ballad 5-Pan Pressed Powder Palette
ColourPop Ballad 5-Pan Pressed Powder Palette
ColourPop Ballad 5-Pan Pressed Powder Palette
ColourPop Ballad 5-Pan Pressed Powder Palette
ColourPop Ballad 5-Pan Pressed Powder Palette
ColourPop Ballad 5-Pan Pressed Powder Palette
ColourPop Ballad 5-Pan Pressed Powder Palette
ColourPop Ballad 5-Pan Pressed Powder Palette
ColourPop Ballad 5-Pan Pressed Powder Palette

Ballad

ColourPop Ballad 5-Pan Pressed Powder Palette ($10.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a new palette that contains one true matte, two sparkle mattes, and two shimmers. The color story worked as a standalone palette as there was a mix of depths and finishes at a high-level, though it may require one to bring in preferred transition shades.

I felt that Novel was particularly warm-toned and should have been more neutral-toned or cool-toned to suit the rest of the palette. The quality was decent, and as long as one doesn’t mind the fallout and imprecision of the brand’s sparkly mattes, I imagine it would live up to expectations. If those are deal-breakers, this palette includes two of them!

Ballad

LELimited Edition. $10.00.
B+
B+
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total
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ColourPop Novel (Ballad) Pressed Powder Shadow
ColourPop Novel (Ballad) Pressed Powder Shadow
ColourPop Novel (Ballad) Pressed Powder Shadow
ColourPop Novel (Ballad) Pressed Powder Shadow
ColourPop Novel (Ballad) Pressed Powder Shadow
ColourPop Novel (Ballad) Pressed Powder Shadow

Novel (Ballad)

Novel (Ballad) is a very light peach with warmer undertones and a metallic sheen. The consistency was slightly drier with a tendency for the shimmer to separate a bit from the base, so there was light fallout during blending. It had opaque color coverage that sheered out to more semi-opaque pigmentation, so I’d recommend using a dampened brush to work with this shade. There were signs of wear after seven and a half hours.

FURTHER READING: Formula Overview for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

Formula Overview

$4.50/0.05 oz. - $90.00 Per Ounce

The new Pressed Powder Shadow formula is supposed to be “highly pigmented” with an “ultra-velvety and silky” texture that is “long-wearing” and “adheres easily to the eyes.” Most of the shades have semi-opaque to opaque pigmentation that applies well to bare skin, blends out without issue, and lasts for seven to eight hours.

The matte eyeshadows tend to be a little more powdery, though soft and finely-milled, in the pan, while the shimmers have a creamier, dense consistency. Occasionally, the more sparkly or metallic shades apply better with fingertips or a dampened brush.

Browse all of our ColourPop Pressed Powder Shadow swatches.

Novel (Ballad)

LELimited Edition. $4.50.
B
B
8
Product
10
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total
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ColourPop Epic Pressed Powder Shadow
ColourPop Epic Pressed Powder Shadow
ColourPop Epic Pressed Powder Shadow
ColourPop Epic Pressed Powder Shadow
ColourPop Epic Pressed Powder Shadow
ColourPop Epic Pressed Powder Shadow

Epic

Epic is a medium beige with muted, slightly warm undertones and a matte finish. It had opaque pigmentation with a soft, blendable consistency that was more velvety, though still a little powdery in the pan. It wore well for seven and a half hours before fading noticeably.

FURTHER READING: Formula Overview for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

Formula Overview

$4.50/0.05 oz. - $90.00 Per Ounce

The new Pressed Powder Shadow formula is supposed to be “highly pigmented” with an “ultra-velvety and silky” texture that is “long-wearing” and “adheres easily to the eyes.” Most of the shades have semi-opaque to opaque pigmentation that applies well to bare skin, blends out without issue, and lasts for seven to eight hours.

The matte eyeshadows tend to be a little more powdery, though soft and finely-milled, in the pan, while the shimmers have a creamier, dense consistency. Occasionally, the more sparkly or metallic shades apply better with fingertips or a dampened brush.

Browse all of our ColourPop Pressed Powder Shadow swatches.

Epic

LELimited Edition. $4.50.
A-
A-
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total
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ColourPop Drama Pressed Powder Shadow
ColourPop Drama Pressed Powder Shadow
ColourPop Drama Pressed Powder Shadow
ColourPop Drama Pressed Powder Shadow
ColourPop Drama Pressed Powder Shadow
ColourPop Drama Pressed Powder Shadow

Drama

Drama is a light-medium taupe with cooler undertones and slightly warmer, more olive metallic sheen. It had rich color coverage with a smooth, moderately dense texture that was soft without being powdery, so it had good adhesion to bare skin but blended out well along the edges. It stayed on nicely for eight hours before fading visibly.

FURTHER READING: Formula Overview for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

Formula Overview

$4.50/0.05 oz. - $90.00 Per Ounce

The new Pressed Powder Shadow formula is supposed to be “highly pigmented” with an “ultra-velvety and silky” texture that is “long-wearing” and “adheres easily to the eyes.” Most of the shades have semi-opaque to opaque pigmentation that applies well to bare skin, blends out without issue, and lasts for seven to eight hours.

The matte eyeshadows tend to be a little more powdery, though soft and finely-milled, in the pan, while the shimmers have a creamier, dense consistency. Occasionally, the more sparkly or metallic shades apply better with fingertips or a dampened brush.

Browse all of our ColourPop Pressed Powder Shadow swatches.

Drama

LELimited Edition. $4.50.
A-
A-
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total
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ColourPop Fate Pressed Powder Shadow
ColourPop Fate Pressed Powder Shadow
ColourPop Fate Pressed Powder Shadow
ColourPop Fate Pressed Powder Shadow
ColourPop Fate Pressed Powder Shadow
ColourPop Fate Pressed Powder Shadow

Fate

Fate is a medium-dark, purple-taupe with cooler undertones and faint sparkle over a more matte finish. It had mostly opaque, buildable pigmentation with a lightly powdery texture that was slightly thin. There was light fallout during blending, and it was hard to keep the sparkles in place, so they tended to diffuse over other areas of the eye. It lasted decently for seven and a half hours before fading a bit.

FURTHER READING: Formula Overview for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

Formula Overview

$4.50/0.05 oz. - $90.00 Per Ounce

The new Pressed Powder Shadow formula is supposed to be “highly pigmented” with an “ultra-velvety and silky” texture that is “long-wearing” and “adheres easily to the eyes.” Most of the shades have semi-opaque to opaque pigmentation that applies well to bare skin, blends out without issue, and lasts for seven to eight hours.

The matte eyeshadows tend to be a little more powdery, though soft and finely-milled, in the pan, while the shimmers have a creamier, dense consistency. Occasionally, the more sparkly or metallic shades apply better with fingertips or a dampened brush.

Browse all of our ColourPop Pressed Powder Shadow swatches.

Fate

LELimited Edition. $4.50.
B
B
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
83%
Total
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ColourPop Prose Pressed Powder Shadow
ColourPop Prose Pressed Powder Shadow
ColourPop Prose Pressed Powder Shadow
ColourPop Prose Pressed Powder Shadow
ColourPop Prose Pressed Powder Shadow
ColourPop Prose Pressed Powder Shadow

Prose

Prose is a medium-dark black with cooler undertones and a moderate amount of silver and greenish-teal sparkle over a more matte base. The texture was smooth, more velvety with light powderiness, so it wasn’t as prone to fallout as it might have been, but when blended, the sparkles displaced so readily that it was hard to retain precision without using very minimal blending and smaller tools. It had opaque color coverage that stayed on well for seven and a half hours but had fallout over time.

FURTHER READING: Formula Overview for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

Formula Overview

$4.50/0.05 oz. - $90.00 Per Ounce

The new Pressed Powder Shadow formula is supposed to be “highly pigmented” with an “ultra-velvety and silky” texture that is “long-wearing” and “adheres easily to the eyes.” Most of the shades have semi-opaque to opaque pigmentation that applies well to bare skin, blends out without issue, and lasts for seven to eight hours.

The matte eyeshadows tend to be a little more powdery, though soft and finely-milled, in the pan, while the shimmers have a creamier, dense consistency. Occasionally, the more sparkly or metallic shades apply better with fingertips or a dampened brush.

Browse all of our ColourPop Pressed Powder Shadow swatches.

Prose

LELimited Edition. $4.50.
B
B
8
Product
10
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
84%
Total
We hope you'll consider supporting Temptalia by shopping through our links below. Thanks!

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I like this palette more than I thought I would, especially Drama’s olive taupe, and Fate being a cool toned purple taupe. Sadly the fallout means it would probably be more aggravating then enjoyable to use it.

also mildly irritated that the palette is named “Ballad” but mostly the names are other literary mediums and not like subsets/attributes of ballads? idk

My first reaction was “Oh no – not another Natasha Denona mini palette I have to find an excuse for buying” – as I and others said yesterday, this (and the others in this release) looks uncannily like ND’s mini palettes.

This was my reaction too. These are an almost shameless attempt to dupe the Natasha Denona palettes… Is Colourpop aspiring on becoming the new IKEA of makeup? 😘

Not horrible, but not noteworthy either. As long as I have ND Glam, MUFE Purple Taupe and Viseart Chroma, I do believe I can get a super similar look.
As to the $’s per oz. I wonder what CP is thinking!

Aside from being like ND’s Minis – it is sadly not the same quality. Whoever is making decisions at CP regarding the finishes of their shades needs to raid the company’s own archives to make the beautiful finishes that the brand use to have. The matte shades here are average and the inclusion of sparkles in some of the shades is less than ideal when using them.
The standout shade here is Drama – a beautiful colour and finish.

I actually really love this color selection for a handy, easy quint. Fate is a gorgeous shade. I don’t need it, but it’s prettier than I expected.

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