US Beauty Haul & First Impressions


It's been absolutely ages since I did one of these US-themed hauls but I recently did an order or two and wanted to share my thoughts so far on the products I picked up!





I always order ColourPop directly from them - I feel like I end up repeating myself on stuff like shipping and customs, so I'll be as brief as possible. Essentially, if you only want 1 or 2 products then you'll pay $10 for shipping and no customs (just ensure your order stays under £15 in value). If I'm going to spend more than that then I just go all out and spend the $50 needed to get free international shipping, though that means paying customs. This is £8 (a pesky 'handling fee' from Royal Mail) + 20% of the value of your order (VAT). So make sure you understand how much this will cost you before you order.

Your order will be shipped from US to UK by courier but then passed to Royal Mail to deliver, so if your tracking info drops off; don't panic! I don't think I've ever waited more than a week between dispatch and delivery, which is pretty good, though at busy times when there are big launches ColourPop can take a while to actually send out your order! I've never had any problems and usually pay via PayPal.

I was a huuuuuge fan of the original KaePop collection so really wanted to check out the new additions, plus I wanted the Yes Please palette after it sold out in minutes on its original launch.

ColourPop x Karreuche FemRose She Eyeshadow Palette | $16 | What really attracted me to this palette was the interesting duo chrome finish of several of the shades. The first half of the top row is a bit of a 'much of a muchness' to me; I don't think it's necessary to have 3 similar light-coloured highlighting shades. All of the mattes are neatly arranged on the bottom row and they all work nicely with the warm rose-mauve colour theme going on here. The only shade that's a little tricky to work with is Gal. It's odd because it's billed as 'metallic', which is the same as most of the other shimmers but it's more like a pressed glitter pigment that you have to pat on with a flat shader brush. Overall, I really like the shades and the formula is a lot nicer than the original single shadows I tried from ColourPop. They blend very smoothly, including the mattes, and have great colour payoff. The longevity is decent but not the best. However I still think this will be a favourite of mine going into autumn.



ColourPop x Karreuche Fem Rosa Ultra Glossy Lip in Polished | $6 | This was actually a free gift when you spent a certain amount on the collection. It's such an interesting product but I have no idea how I'll wear it yet... It's a gloss but is very pigmented and opaque. The colour itself is a warm brown-bronze with a subtle golden shimmer. I'll keep you posted once I've experimented a little. 

ColourPop x Karreuche Fem Rosa Ultra Satin Lip in Mrs | $6 | I love the Ultra Satin Lip formula; it's like a liquid lipstick but less drying! They're very long-wearing and I'm happy that they've brought back the old doe foot applicator. This is described as a 'deepened coral', though it's definitely brighter than I expected. That's not necessarily a bad thing though, as I think it'll look great when I'm on holiday!



ColourPop Gimme More Highlighter Palette | $18 | I really didn't need this but curiosity got the better of me! I actually don't find the formula to be the same as in the pressed powder duos, which was a little disappointing, as I did thought that they were slightly smoother and more pigmented, however for the price it is still pretty good. The shade Total Package is slightly glittery, but otherwise, these add a nice dewy sheen to the skin.  My favourite so far is Bigger and Better, a champagne-gold. One drawback is that I can't imagine anyone who would use every single shade on their face. For me, I can wear them all except Upgrade, which I use as an inner corner eye highlight. The other shades are really pretty and warm-toned too, plus look very similar to the Anastasia Nicole Guerriero palette.



ColourPop Yes Please Eyeshadow Palette | $16 | This is a super-affordable rumoured dupe of the Natasha Denona Sunset palette. The shades are colourful, without being anything too crazy, so were perfect for dipping my toe out of my comfort zone. I've had mixed fortunes with ColourPop's powder shadows; these are pigmented and they blend smoothly. I haven't played with every single shade yet but none of them seem to be duds so far! I do still think that they aren't as long-wearing as they could be. I use my usual primers with them and I still feel like things look slightly faded and muddy by the end of the day. I also think this palette is in desperate need of a darker liner colour and a shimmery champagne highlighting shade. The pan size is quite small and I also don't like the white packaging as it stains easily. However, for the price-point, I do still think this is a lovely collection of warm shadows and I can't wait to use it for some fun, summery makeup looks!



Small Empty Palette | $7 | Colourpop eyeshadow pans are actually very slightly smaller than most, so I wasn't sure how this would work but decided to give it a go! Luckily, this is perfect for any standard eyeshadow pans (I have a mix of MAC, Makeup Geek and Anastasia Beverly Hills in the below image) and it's so compact. It also looks a bit prettier than most of these kinds of magnetic palettes, whilst remaining very affordable.



Frustratingly, literally a day after ordering from Juvia's place (after weeks of deliberation), BeautyBay announced they were stocking their products! With the shipping and customs, I only paid about £8 extra as I had a discount code (the delivery is just like ColourPop's, as is the website's interface, which had me wondering if the two are in some way affiliated) but of course I've linked BeautyBay down below now. I love what this brand stands for and it's great to support black-owned beauty brands when so many of the household names are still far from inclusive. 

The Nubian palette was my natural ally within the collection, however I just wanted to try something that was different from all the other eyeshadow palettes I own. There are a lot of really colourful palettes that Juvia's Place create, however I wanted something that was still going to be sort-of within my comfort zone.

Juvia's Place The Saharan Palette | £28 | This palette is just beyond beautiful! It does come in cardboard packaging but it feels sturdy I like that the shades all have names that fit in with the feel of the brand and that they're printed beneath each eyeshadow. The colour and design is stunning and so unique in my collection. I'm so impressed with the formula of these eyeshadows; they're just so beautifully pigmented and there's not a single dud in here! (But annoyingly Katsina is pretty much the same colour as my skin tone, thought's fine as a transition.) It's actually quite a well-balanced palette, though there are more shimmers than mattes. The shimmers have such a gorgeous, almost foiled effect and the mattes are nice and easy to blend. Although the shades are colourful, they're also pretty wearable and I can't wait to try more looks with them! So far, I've found the longevity to be pretty good (if 5/10 is average, I'd give these a 6.5) and there isn't much fallout.



Have you tried any of these products? Are any of them on your wish list?



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42 comments

  1. The color pop palette is gorgeous for summer !
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  2. I have the Yes, Please palette and I like it but the eyeshadows aren't the best I've tried, although for the US price they're definitely great!
    The Juvia's Place palette looks impressive! x

    Mummy's Beauty Corner

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  3. The colourpop palette is beautiful!

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  4. Colourpop is a brand that I really want to try, but the costums and the time it takes to arrive to Portugal is terrible. I have to wait a month (or more) and then I have to pay a lot if I pass 22€. One day I will take the risk!
    Juvia's Place eyeshadow palettes are in my wishlist, now that they are at Beauty Bay I will definitely buy them!

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  5. The Juvia's Place eyeshadow palettes are absolutely stunning! Colourpop is a brand that I've always wanted to try but I feel like it's such a hassle and the shipping charges are unnecessary in my opinion. Nonetheless, their products will always be on my wishlist xx Nikita

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  6. I really want to take the plunge and order a few things from Colourpop after these reviews. I love the look of Ultra Lip satins, I actually really like that shade polished even if it is a little unusual!
    Juvia's Place eyeshadows have been catching my eye on Beauty Bay too, so typical you bought from their website and then they announced it, things like that always happen to me too haha!
    Jen, Velvet Spring x

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  7. These look amazing!! The Fem Rose is right up my street, it looks gorgeous x


    Abi | abistreetx

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  8. I really want to make another Colourpop order, and I'm hoping they do free international shipping soon so I can do loads of little orders rather than one massive one.
    Alicia x
    Aesthetic Obsessed

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  9. So glad that BeautyBay do Colourpop now, I've been wanting to try this brand for ages x

    Wonky Lauren

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  10. I was thinking of getting that Yes Please palette but when Dagmara said that they weren't the best quality, I was happy to skip it! I have my eye on one of the Juvia's Place palettes xx

    Beautylymin

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  11. The Femrose palette is absolutely gorgeous, I tend to find that witha lot of metallic shades that I need to use a flat brush to pack on the pigment. I can't believe I'm yet to try any of the pressed shadows from Colourpop, I really want to make my own Z palette of Makeup Geek and Colourpop shadows! xx

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    1. The finish of the shades in FemRose are so unique xx

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  12. I really want to get a Juvia's Place palette, they look so pigmented! x

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  13. So excited that Juvias place is coming to beauty bay! I had no idea until I read this haha

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  14. I love the look of the Color Pop palette. I'm SO desperate to try something from them!

    Meghan | The Lipstick Philosopher

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  15. Ah how annoying about Juvia's Place being stocked on BeautyBay straight after you placed your order. That's the kind of thing that always happens to me haha! The palette looks insanely pigmented xxx
    UmmBabyBeauty

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  16. How Annoying about JP palettes! I got one for my birthday, i can't wait to have play with it. I got the whole Fem Rosa collection and i love it! I've been reaching for the eyeshadows everyday! I also go yes please, I haven't had a chance to play with probably yet though xx

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  17. I'd never heard about the brand Juvia's Place before, and reading the comments here I feel like I'm the only one haha. The eyeshadows are pretty impressive though, the Saharan palette is gorgeous. Not sure I'd get much use out of it because the shades are quite vibrant, but you could come up with super pretty looks with it!

    Julia x
    www.juliaspeaksbeauty.blogspot.fr

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  18. I absolutely love Colourpop eyeshadows! You got amazing stuff!

    xx, The Makeup Feed

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  19. I need to do a colorpop order already, I am missing out big time by not owning anything from them, I need to change this asap! So happy to see Juvia's Place on Beauty Bay though, it is SO good! :)

    Erin || MakeErinOver

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  20. What an amazing haul! I am really interested in the ColouPop FemRose palette and the highlighting palette, I have had my eye on them since they were launched, they look so pretty! x

    Chantalle | www.ceceandgrace.blogspot.com.au

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  21. The first and second palette is gorgeous!

    Lauren x Huggled

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  22. I love Colourpop, they're such an amazing brand! The Yes Please palette is right up my street, very tempting...

    The Makeup Directory

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    1. It's a gorgeous collection of warm tones xx

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  23. Lovely swatches Jasmine! That last colourpop palette us so pretty!

    -Sophie xx
    Cherries & Perfume 

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  24. I have heard so much about Juvias place palettes, they look gorgeous, I am waiting for the one I want to come back in stock on beautybay

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  25. I adore Colourpop. I want it all!

    http://thebookwormbeauty.com

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  26. You have convinced me into doing a haul, I really need to try some of these out!

    Danielle xx
    http://www.fashionbeautyblog.co.uk/

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  27. I haven't tried anything from ColourPop yet and am dying too. Just debating over what to get. x

    franklyflawless.com

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    1. I'm a sucker for all their new releases haha xx

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  28. Oh my god! All these shades are stunning.

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  29. Colour pop has been killing it with their new releases, I recently picked up their highlighter kit and I've been loving it. I'm curious to try more of their new releases. I'm also obsessed with the colour pop pressed shadows. Between them and makeup geek I am in eye shadow heaven!

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  30. I'm really keen to try out Juvias place shadows-they look amazing!

    Beekeyper - Latest: Surratt Grisaille

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  31. Thank you for your comments :) xx

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