First Impressions + Swatches: Colourpop Nectar Collection

Ok – I don’t own the *entire* Nectar Collection by Colourpop, but I do own a few of the ultra satins, a lippie stick, the pressed powder duo, and the pressed powder shadow palette, so I do own like 40% of the collection, so if you want to see my first impressions and some swatches on ~40%~ of the Colourpop Nectar Collection, keep on reading!


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I’m happy to report two things today: the first being that my Colourpop addiction is still going strong, and the second being that I am continuing my foray into the wonderful world of peach (or “nectar,” as Colourpop has branded it)!

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In a world of pure peach 🎵

Monochrome is apparently ~in~ this year (at least according to Colourpop it is, and who am I to question Colourpop?), and the ever-dedicated consumer that I am, I’ve decided to *cough* ….invest in it.  On a completely unrelated note, has anybody ever seen that meme about Spiders Georg who is single-handedly skewing the average number of spiders consumed per year? Yeah, well, I think I’m Colourpop Georg.

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Alright.  As you may have already read, I don’t technically own the entire collection, but I do own a fair amount of it.  Along with a few of the lip products, I also got the pressed powder duo and the pressed powder shadow palette, which I was super excited to try since these are the first pressed powder-type products I’ve ever tried by Colourpop!

WARNING: This post is probably going to be fairly long, might go off topic for a bit due to a ~mini investigation~, and will contain a lot of Willy Wonka .gifs/references (the OLD classic – not the new mockery), partially because I just watched the movie for the umpteenth time, and partially because they somehow fit really well while I was writing this (this wasn’t pre-meditated I swear).  Now, without further ado, let the games begin!

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1. Pressed Powder Face Duo – The Knockout ($16)

First up is one of the rookies, which is the Pressed Powder Faced Duo in the shade (? can I call it that) “The Knockout”.  This retails for $16, which is probably the most I’ve ever spent on any one product (or maybe this counts as two) from Colourpop.  The statement made by Colourpop about this duo is the following:

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Hmm… ok

Before I get to the actually product itself, can I just say that the packaging on this is super cute? The actual duo itself comes in a white cardboard-ish palette with a magnetic clasp that kind of feels like the NARS packaging in terms of velvety-rubberness (not that I actually own anything by NARS – my NARS knowledge comes from me longingly caressing products in Sephora).  I really like the look of it, but I’m also slightly terrified that this’ll just get filthy right away, because I am not the most…

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Me, diving headfirst into the mess that is life.

…graceful person.

As the name “duo” suggests, you get two shades here: “Excuse My French,” which is the matte blush on the left that’s described as a “soft peach” and “Like to Watch,” the “pearlized” highlighter on the right that’s described as “peach with a duochrome gold flip.”

Texture-wise, I’m pleasantly surprised at the way these feel.  They don’t seem chalky or powdery at all – instead, they feel rather creamy, as if – dare I say? – Colourpop took their usual cream shadows and produced them in powder form.  Revolutionary!

The swatches above are one swipe of the product.  “Excuse My French” is indeed a matte peach, as stated, and “Like to Watch” is definitely more of a pearlized highlighter (again, as stated) instead of a glittery one, which is what I prefer in a highlighter.  I’d say that they’re both pretty pigmented without being overly garish.

OVERALL FIRST IMPRESSIONS: I’m pretty stoked with this nifty little duo! I must admit I was a bit skeptical at first about Colourpop and the whole pressed powder thing – I feel like when a company is good at one thing (i.e. cream shadows) and try to venture into another thing (i.e. powder shadows), it doesn’t always work out very well, but by George, I think Colourpop has done it!

I definitely feel the whole “golden, nectar glow” thing, but did send me flying in the literal sense? No, but perhaps it’s for the best.

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REAL TALK: DID THIS SCENE LITERALLY STRESS ANYBODY ELSE TF OUT?

This makes me even more excited to try…

2. Pressed Powder Shadow Palette – Blow Me Away ($18)

Ok, right away, I lied: the powder duo wasn’t the most expensive thing I’ve ever bought from Colourpop, it’s this eyeshadow palette.  Technically, I guess it isn’t one thing but a concatenation (haha Excel term!!!) of four things, but still.  Let us not dwell on that, but the fact that the packaging on this is similar in feel, has the same magnetic clasp, and is equally as cute as the aforementioned powder duo!

As just stated, you get four shades here: “Take a Break,” which is a “duochrome peach with a subtle gold flip” (sounds a lot like the highlighter from before), “Issues,” a “matte pastel peach,” “Centerfold,” a “matte vibrant coral,” and “Slim Fit,” a “matte hot red coral.”  Looking on the website, it seems that “Centerfold” and “Slim Fit” have an asterisk at the beginning of their names, and reading the fine print, I found that…

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UM, excuse me, what??

I’m not really sure what constitutes as the “immediate eye area,” so I did some Googling, and found this enlightening answer:

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“Thank you”

Ok, it seems pretty silly to me that Colourpop would put two shades in a four shade EYEshadow palette (key word: “eye”) that are not intended for use in the immediate eye area – that’s like, half the palette right there! What am I supposed to do now?

After some further Googling, it seems like this wordage of “not intended for use in the immediate eye area” has actually been used before on such products such as the Urban Decay Electric Palette.  Commenters on the thread state that this is due to the fact that “the colors contain dyes and pigments that have a higher incidence of allergic reaction around the eye area than others.  The US standards deemed that level of incidence as the cutoff for eye products, other countries use a different cutoff level so it meets their standards but not the US ones,” as well as the fact that due to the higher pigmentation, they might stain the lids.  On this particular palette, some people experienced staining, some experienced reactions, and some experienced neither… or even both!

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All joking aside, I’m actually a trash person and have already used this even though I’m telling you all these are my FIRST impressions.  I’d also like to say that I used ALL of the shades on my immediate eye area (including the ~poisonous~ last two) since I literally just read the fine print and didn’t know about the fact that you weren’t supposed to and have not experienced any staining OR any irritation, and I have pretty sensitive skin.  Still, in my infinite wisdom, I would say to use this at your own risk! I guess you could use them as blush or something??

In terms of texture, these have the same creamy feel that the powders in the duo did, so I’m glad to see that the formulas seem consistent.  I would like to point out that the second shadow, “Issues,” while equally as creamy as the rest, did this weird clumping thing when I swiped my finger in the pan.  It felt a little crumbly, yet still smooth, similar to what it feels like when you’re baking bread and are still trying to incorporate all the flour into the dough, but it’s not yet all mixed – is that a strange comparison? Idk.

I was happy to see that “Issues” didn’t swatch strangely, so I actually had no issues with it (haha)!  These shadows are uber pigmented and pretty true to their descriptions on the website.

OVERALL FIRST IMPRESSIONS: With the exception of the weird “not intended for use in the immediate eye area” clause, I’m very happy with these shadows.  They’re pigmented, very pretty, and I personally haven’t experienced anything weird with my eyelids being stained or getting irritated by the last two shadows.  Still, I’ll probably proceed with caution, and probably won’t use them on the entirety of my lid (last time I used them I just put them in the crease and outer corner).  Maybe next time I’ll read the fine print before trying new products out.

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I’m sorry Colourpop/Mr. Wonka!!

3. Lip Products – Oversized ($5) / Jacquard ($6) / Exaggerated ($6)

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Ok, I’m grouping these three lip products into one category, because I’m both lazy and aware of the fact this post is getting L O N G.

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“Oversized” is one of their Lippie Stix in a creme finish described as, “like that one hoodie you’ll never throw away, you’ll always stay comfy in this vibrant yellow peach in a Crème finish, “Jacquard” is an Ultra Satin Lip described as, “we’ll never be Royals, but we can sure feel like them in this true coral,” and “Exaggerated” is also an Ultra Satin Lip, described as “we’re not being extra when we say you’re gonna look on point in this true peach.”

Like all of their Lippie Stix, “Oversized” is a traditional bullet applicator, and Jacquard and Exaggerated both have doe-foot applicators.  On first glance, they look the same; however, nothing is always as it seems…

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THEY’RE ACTUALLY *gasp* DIFFERENT! Jacquard has a fuzzier doe foot, while Exaggerated’s is more “tame,” I guess you could say.  I’ve experienced this with other lip products from Colourpop before, chronicled in my first impressions on their black ultra matte lip in “Friday,” as well as more of an in-depth exploration in my first impressions on the KathleenLights collab (wow, I do a LOT of first impressions on Colourpop products)!

After using all these products for a bit, I’ve updated my views (I think I didn’t really mind the difference in my previous posts) and decided that I actually don’t really like the fuzzier applicators – this is mostly because I find that they gather way too much product (spoiler: I ended up having to scrap off a good amount of the product on Jacquard before doing my lip swatches), as well as make it a lot harder to get a crisp line.  This is probably all personal preference, but I just thought I’d point this out in case anybody was actually curious.

In terms of pigmentation, they’re all super opaque on one swipe.  As you can see, Jacquard has a bit of a more “feathery” edge on the swatch, which I think is due to the applicator! Am I placebo-ing myself here?

Oversized

On my lips, I’m not sure if “Oversized” is the color for me.  I kind of hesitate when it comes to peach-colored lip products because they have the tendency to make me look like some kind of neon clown baby, and this shade is DEFINITELY giving me neon clown baby vibes.  It also seems a little too milky on me, but I feel like if you have a lighter or darker skintone than me (see: any skintone OTHER than mine), it would look a lot better.

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My color choices, obviously.

My poor choices in lip color aside, I also don’t think I’m that much of a fan of the finish.  It’s easy to work with and get this opaque, but I personally prefer more of a matte finish, and since I usually wear mattes, I’m definitely not used to the slipperiness of this creme finish.  Maybe it’ll just take a bit of getting used to on my end, but this is a little too slippy slidey for me.

Jacquard

“Jacquard” is definitely way more up my alley in terms of being a much more flattering shade, but again, I can’t get over the applicator! As I spilled earlier, I had to scrape a lot of product off the doefoot before applying it to my lips, and I still feel like I didn’t have as much control as I do on the other, less fuzzy applicators.  Still, it’s not like it’s that big of a deal or anything – it’s definitely not that inconvenient, it just takes much more patience, of which I possess very little.

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I’m not a bad egg 😦

On the lips, “Jacquard” feels comfortable and is pretty opaque, but it took two coats for me to get it to be completely un-streaky.  I think this is my favorite out of the trio because…

Exaggerated

No exaggeration here (someone please laugh I’m obviously really trying here), but “Exaggerated” and “Oversized” seem reaalllyy close in terms of shade:

Ok, maybe they’re not exactly the same, and maybe “Oversized” is a tad bit darker, but what I’m trying to say is that if you want to save a few buckaroos,  you might want to go for one over the other, because they give basically the same effect from farther away.

That being said, I much prefer “Exaggerated” to “Oversized” in terms of formula, mostly because it doesn’t have the same slip that “Oversized”  has.  Still, since it is similar in color, it still makes me look like a neon clown baby, albeit a neon clown baby whose lipstick might last a bit longer.  I guess that’s a good thing.

OVERALL FIRST IMPRESSIONS: Not really feeling the color on “Exaggerated” and “Oversized” on me (that’s my own fault tbh), but I do really love “Jacquard” (despite its stupid fuzzy applicator), and all three of them are super pigmented.  I’m still not sure if peach lipstick is a good look for me even though I am warming up to peach shadow and blush, but maybe I need to start with darker shades, like “Jacquard,” and baby-step my way into this wonderful world of peach.

If you made it this far, thanks for reading! I bet you’re all relieved this is finally over.

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You, sarcastically, as I prepare to end this post and sign off.

Has anybody else tried these or other products from the Nectar Collection? Did anybody have any negative experiences with the shadows?


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*Disclaimer: I purchased all above product(s) with my own money and am not affiliated with or compensated by any of the brands mentioned (I wish!).  As always, all thoughts & opinions are my own (unless stated otherwise)!

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