ColourPop Hi-Maintenance Pressed Powder Shadow Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

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ColourPop Hi-Maintenance 4-Pan Pressed Powder Shadow Palette
ColourPop Hi-Maintenance 4-Pan Pressed Powder Shadow Palette
ColourPop Hi-Maintenance 4-Pan Pressed Powder Shadow Palette
ColourPop Hi-Maintenance 4-Pan Pressed Powder Shadow Palette
ColourPop Hi-Maintenance 4-Pan Pressed Powder Shadow Palette
ColourPop Hi-Maintenance 4-Pan Pressed Powder Shadow Palette
ColourPop Hi-Maintenance 4-Pan Pressed Powder Shadow Palette
ColourPop Hi-Maintenance 4-Pan Pressed Powder Shadow Palette
ColourPop Hi-Maintenance 4-Pan Pressed Powder Shadow Palette
ColourPop Hi-Maintenance Look | Look Breakdown
ColourPop Hi-Maintenance 4-Pan Pressed Powder Shadow Palette
ColourPop Hi-Maintenance Look | Look Breakdown
ColourPop Hi-Maintenance 4-Pan Pressed Powder Shadow Palette
ColourPop Hi-Maintenance 4-Pan Pressed Powder Shadow Palette
ColourPop Hi-Maintenance 4-Pan Pressed Powder Shadow Palette
ColourPop Hi-Maintenance 4-Pan Pressed Powder Shadow Palette
ColourPop Hi-Maintenance 4-Pan Pressed Powder Shadow Palette
ColourPop Hi-Maintenance 4-Pan Pressed Powder Shadow Palette

Hi-Maintenance

ColourPop Hi-Maintenance Pressed Powder Shadow Palette ($18.00 for 0.20 oz.) includes four eyeshadows (that can be removed) in a slim, cardboard palette. The eyeshadows can also be purchased individually for $5 each. This palette was a miss for me, as the two matte shades were rather powdery and under-pigmented.

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.” For me, the new eyeshadow formula has been hit or miss with the more shimmery shades tending to perform better than the mattes, as their major downside was the lack of pigmentation, but they were buildable, so that made them workable. I felt like, on average, ColourPop’s powder formula wore shorter than most formulas on me with more noticeable fading. Primer definitely helped but still seemed to be shorter than other brands (over the same primer).

Hi-Maintenance

LELimited Edition. $18.00.
B-
B-
8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
82%
Total
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ColourPop Just In Time Pressed Powder Shadow
ColourPop Just In Time Pressed Powder Shadow
ColourPop Just In Time Pressed Powder Shadow
ColourPop Just In Time Pressed Powder Shadow
ColourPop Just In Time Pressed Powder Shadow
ColourPop Just In Time Pressed Powder Shadow

Just In Time

Just In Time is a light-medium gold with warm, yellow undertones and a frosted finish. The pigmentation was fantastic, while the texture was smooth, creamy without being too powdery or too dense, and easy to blend out on the lid. It wore well for just over seven and a half hours before fading on me.

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.

Ingredients

TALC, DIMETHICONE, BORON NITRIDE, LAUROYL LYSINE, MAGNESIUM STEARATE, NYLON-12, ZINC STEARATE, OCTYLDODECANOL, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, SILICA, DIMETHICONOL, PHENOXYETHANOL, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, HEXYLENE GLYCOL, SYNTHETIC FLUORPHLOGOPITE, IRON OXIDES (CI 77491), IRON OXIDES (CI 77499), MICA (CI 77019), TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891).

Just In Time

LELimited Edition. $4.50.
A
A
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total
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ColourPop High Strung Pressed Powder Shadow
ColourPop High Strung Pressed Powder Shadow
ColourPop High Strung Pressed Powder Shadow
ColourPop High Strung Pressed Powder Shadow
ColourPop High Strung Pressed Powder Shadow
ColourPop High Strung Pressed Powder Shadow

High Strung

High Strung is a medium-dark, coppery brown with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had good color coverage with a slightly drier, looser consistency that applied well to bare skin but didn’t diffuse along the edges as seamlessly as a better performing eyeshadow. This shade started to fade after seven and a half hours of wear.

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.

Ingredients

DIMETHICONE, BORON NITRIDE, SYNTHETIC FLUORPHLOGOPITE, LAUROYL LYSINE, MAGNESIUM STEARATE, SILICA, DIMETHICONOL, PHENOXYETHANOL, TALC, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, HEXYLENE GLYCOL, TIN OXIDE, BISMUTH OXYCHLORIDE (CI 77163), BRONZE POWDER (CI 77400), IRON OXIDES (CI 77491), IRON OXIDES (CI 77499), MICA (CI 77019), TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891).

High Strung

PiPPermanent in Palette. $4.50.
B+
B+
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total
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ColourPop Get Out Pressed Powder Shadow
ColourPop Get Out Pressed Powder Shadow
ColourPop Get Out Pressed Powder Shadow
ColourPop Get Out Pressed Powder Shadow
ColourPop Get Out Pressed Powder Shadow
ColourPop Get Out Pressed Powder Shadow

Get Out

Get Out is a muted, medium pinky-red with subtle, warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had medium, buildable color payoff with a lightly dusty texture. While it felt smooth and finely-milled, there was just a lot of excessive powder that loosened from the surface with even a light touch. I highly recommend tapping off excess prior to applying to the lid, as there was quite a bit of fallout otherwise. The powder applied evenly to my bare lids and lasted for seven hours before fading on me.

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.

Ingredients

BORON NITRIDE, TALC, SYNTHETIC FLUORPHLOGOPITE, LAUROYL LYSINE, MAGNESIUM STEARATE, ZINC STEARATE, DIMETHICONE, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, SILICA, PHENOXYETHANOL, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, DIMETHICONOL, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, HEXYLENE GLYCOL, MICA (CI 77019), RED 40 LAKE (CI 16035), ULTRAMARINES (CI 77007), TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891).

Get Out

PPermanent. $4.50.
C
C
7
Product
7
Pigmentation
7
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
73%
Total
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ColourPop Cute Alert Pressed Powder Shadow
ColourPop Cute Alert Pressed Powder Shadow
ColourPop Cute Alert Pressed Powder Shadow
ColourPop Cute Alert Pressed Powder Shadow
ColourPop Cute Alert Pressed Powder Shadow
ColourPop Cute Alert Pressed Powder Shadow

Cute Alert

Cute Alert is a medium-dark brownish burgundy with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque, buildable pigmentation with a soft, powdery consistency that kicked up a lot of excess product in the pan. I had some fallout when I worked with it during application, but it seemed to be less than I expected, given how much showed in the pan. It was fairly blendable and lasted for seven hours on me.

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.

Ingredients

TALC, SYNTHETIC FLUORPHLOGOPITE, BORON NITRIDE, LAUROYL LYSINE, MAGNESIUM STEARATE, ZINC STEARATE, DIMETHICONE, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, SILICA, PHENOXYETHANOL, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, DIMETHICONOL, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, HEXYLENE GLYCOL, IRON OXIDES (CI 77499), MANGANESE VIOLET (CI 77742), MICA (CI 77019), RED 40 LAKE (CI 16035), TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891).

Cute Alert

PPermanent. $4.50.
C-
C-
7
Product
7
Pigmentation
7
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4
Application
72%
Total
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Christine Mielke is the editor-in-chief and has been reviewing products for over 14 years.

She has normal-to-dry skin with occasional dryness on cheeks and nose. She has a light plus skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones (view her foundation matches here).

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I’m disappointed… I was hoping to see them do this really well. Also with the red/orange eyeshadow trend continuing 🙁

I think I will mainly stick to ColourPop’s Super Shock Shadows. They are truly something unique and special compared to other brands’ formulas, and these seem mediocre by comparison. However, since the price is right, I wouldn’t hesitate to pick up some unique colors to fill out my collection if need be.

Some are nice, some are duds. They’re not as consistent as the Super Shock Shadows (which are usually pretty good – a few misses but I feel like the ratio of good-to-bad is better there).

The look that you created with this small palette is stunning, but I’m secretly glad that it did not score better, because I didn’t want to have to buy it. Thank you for the review so I can stop thinking about it now! I’m really not excited by ColourPop powders. Their Super Shocks are what drew me to them, and I’m puzzled by their move to powders.

I’m a huge, huge fan of the Super Shock Shadows, but there are a lot of people who don’t like them or find them impractical to use. I don’t know if it’s just a formula I get on with well (I also love Dior’s, Chanel’s, MAC’s etc. versions of the same type of product), but I usually have no trouble using them together like I would a powder eyeshadow. However, I know for others this is the big issue – that they feel like they can only use it with fingertips or one or two shades at a time. I think if that was the case, I’d be less impressed / less likely to reach for them!

Thus, if a good portion of their demographic isn’t keen on the cream formula, then it makes sense to expand to powders!

I get it. From their perspective, they want to be our all-in-one, while to me they are just part of an array, trying to capture a bigger portion of pie. I’m trying hard not to buy any new shadows anyway!

I noticed the fading too! I bought a deeper red (called Stay Golden) and applied it, and by the time I finished my eye look the color had already faded to a lighter, more coral shade. It was a nice foray into the brand but, honestly, I think a few of their ingredients are beyond what I like to include in my palette (I love Flexitarian but it has aluminium oxide in it — pass!). I think the time may be coming for me where I move away from Colourpop — and that’s okay, because what I have from them I like and will use and we had a good run together.

I have had that happen with some mattes/satins – where they don’t seem to retain the intensity after that initial application. I wonder what causes that!

This is refreshing, a lot of people seem to be saying these are just as good as ABH shadows but colourpop gets so overhyped that I never know what to believe. Thanks for your consistency as always, Christine 🙂

I like some, but there are some that could be better. This particular “quad” was lackluster, but they have some great mattes in the line that I’ll have reviewed shortly.

I think they’re as good as ABH – I bought 20 of the pressed powders and mine are all consistently good, with excellent pigmentation and texture. Some of the mattes do have a drier feel to them and aren’t as creamy as the shimmers but I think that’s pretty much expected across brands overall… I’ve had some ABH eyeshadows that have disappointed me but so far, I think these are pretty nice! Not as amazing as Super Shock, but still… 🙂

My pan of Get Out isn’t nearly as dusty, though I do use primer for everything so maybe that’s the difference?

I agree. I’ve worn mattes the last two days, and my experience has been great. In particular, “cute alert” was gorgeous, pigmented, easy to blend and long lasting for me. After buying 22 shades, I went back and bought all but the blue ones.

Definitely stoked to see that I’ve got a dupe for all 4 shades, because I do love this eye look you did with it, but not the overall quality of those 2 mattes. I’m a sucker for great warm eye looks and do them fairly often myself!
(Yep, I do know there’s a dusty purple in this look, too! I’ll sub KVD Ribbon or something else like it.)

Wow that’s so weird Christine. My high maintenance quad is SUPER pigmented. Especially the mattes so pigmented that I just barely dip my brush in the pan. Have you heard anyone else speak about the inconsistency?

So, after 10+ years of naked/nude/neutral palettes, I guess we’re now in for 10+ years of palettes loaded with red, orange and terracotta shades. Those are really not great shades for me so I guess I’ll save a few toonies here and there!

Though it’s a total bummer for anyone who doesn’t dig the shades, what I do find cool is seeing the impact of the Modern Renaissance palette on the market. The last time I can remember a palette setting off such a prevailing trend was Urban Decay’s Naked palette.

Whoa. That just blew my mind. Hahaha, I’m not a big fan of russet cranberries either but I have enough of an eye shadow collection that I can wait out the trend if need be (although not sure what I’ll do to feed my “need new things” fix, LOL).

Darn, I thought this might be a reasonable alternative to the Viseart petit pro. Which I like but might only use half of regularly. This had a similar vibe, to me anyhow.

Bummer. I’ve had this set in my cart for a couple of days but haven’t managed to pull the trigger. I think I’ll instead grab similar shades from their Super Shock Shadows.

I love the first two shimmery shades, but the mattes are under performing and they seem fairly similar in shade, not enough contrast.
Beautiful eye look Christine.

Was really hoping the powder mattes would be better than average 🙁 Still prefer the mattes in their hybrid cream-powder formula more

The look you did is so beautiful. Pity the little palette didn’t perform better.
I have an order from Colour Pop that I’m going to pick up today. I can’t remember what I ordered. I know it was only singles and probably mostly the Super Shock ones. I will let you know, come Friday.
As for this palette, I’ll just skip it and use what I have to borrow your look, tweaking it for my older, hooded lids.

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