Colour Pop ‘Element of Surprise’ Palette

Hello there you beauties! Being that I am a total colour pop addict (and I currently have over 9 of their palettes) I thought I better get a move on with the colour pop reviews! I am a die-hard fan of their powder eyeshadows and their massive shade range. So before I just yammer on and on about my colour pop love, I’m going to dive straight into the review!

Let’s go!

Shade selection: The shade range is quite unique! While filled with many neutral shades that are very versatile and can be used in many eye looks the two shades at the centre of this palette are bright and colourful. One is a shimmery lilac colour while the other is a bright pink.

Pigmentation: Being that this palette is from colour pop, of course, the pigmentation is very awesome! Every single shade is super pigmented and easy to work with. Even the transition shades are wonderful (though transition shades never swatch good – they work amazingly well for any eye look!

Is there any fallout? The colour pop pressed powder shadows do have a lot of kickback when you dip your brush into the pan. This doesn’t make it difficult to do your makeup with their shadows and I can do my eye looks after applying foundation without any concern about my foundation being wrecked. If anything the kickback allows the brush to pick up lots of product and transfer onto the eye super pigmented.

Do they blend well?: True to form with the colour pop pressed powder, they are smooth, blendable and glide onto the eye without any issues. These shadows make blending so easy I know the eye look will turn out awesome (if you find your eyeshadow skills are at a beginner level – the colour pop eyeshadows are hands down for you!)

Daytime/ nighttime appropriate? I use this palette for daytime looks all the time but I can definitely use this palette by itself to jazz up a night time look or two. There are at least two dark matte shades that can be used to deepen the crease.

Finish of the shades: There are 5 matte shades, 1 matte shades with subtle shimmery flecks throughout it. There are 5 shimmery shades and the bright pink shades has more of a pearl/satin finish.

Availability: Colour pop Website

Price: $16 USD

Wearability: Aside from the two (more colourful) shades in the centre of the palette, every other shade is super wearable and pretty. The other shades, while on the neutral side are still wearable and pretty but unique as well. I particularly love the shade “feels” which is the first shade on the top row from the right. It’s this light tan/beige shade that’s shimmery and has subtle lilac/blue flecks throughout it. It’s so wearable on the lid yet so unusual and pretty.

Packaging: Standard sleek, slim packaging all the colour pop palettes. It has a cardboard outer casing and is purple in colour with decorative circles covering the palette. None of the palettes have this colour/pattern so this palette sticks out from the others (handy when you own a lot of their palettes)

Pros: Super pigmented, blendable, a smooth formula, the shades are very wearable but also unique, a very affordable palette.

Cons: I have no complaints (I don’t use the bright pink shade much) but other than that, it’s an awesome palette.

Rating: 8.5/10

Overall thoughts: This palette is awesome, while it has so many wearable shades, they are also unique and pretty and give you options to be creative and be out there with your eye looks (while still having them be wearable and daytime appropriate).

Would I repurchase this? I do see myself repurchasing this colour pop palette (I can’t think of one colour pop palette I don’t want to repurchase). Though with colour pop, they constantly have new releases and with that they discontinue products because there are only so many products they can make at once. So this palette may get discontinued before I can repurchase it.


And that wraps up this post! Have you guys tried any colour pop products or their awesome powder eyeshadows? Drop a comment and let me know! I hope you all have an awesome day and I’ll see you in the next post!

You Might Also Like


  1. Siobhán

    August 18, 2018 at 1:47 pm

    That is some serious pigmentation!! Colour Pop shadows are amazing quality for the price! xx

    Beautylymin| AnastasiaBeverlyHillsNorvinaPaletteGiveaway

    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      August 18, 2018 at 9:34 pm

      They really are! I’m obsessed with their palettes and their single shadows!

  2. Melissa Kacar

    August 18, 2018 at 11:19 pm

    I love Colourpop palettes! My favorite one is “Yes, Please!” – this one looks so gorgeous I’m definitely gonna have to pick this one up next time I make an order on this website! Thanks for sharing!

    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      August 19, 2018 at 1:09 am

      Yes please is definitely the palette that triggered everyone’s obsession with colour pop palettes, I have that one and love it!

  3. Serene

    August 18, 2018 at 11:36 pm

    This palette is beyond beautiful!

    Serene XO

    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      August 19, 2018 at 1:05 am

      It really is, colour pop can do no wrong!

  4. Mica

    August 19, 2018 at 12:51 am

    That is a cute palette! I love the shades, and it’s good they apply well! 🙂 Fingers crossed they do still stock it when you want to repurchase!

    Hope that you are having a great weekend! It’s another quiet one here as yet another winter bug is making its way through the family!

    Away From The Blue Blog

    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      August 19, 2018 at 1:08 am

      It will be a long time before it needs to be repurchased as I have a shocking amount of eyeshadow palettes but it’s such a lovely option. I’ve been trying to be super vigilant to avoid getting sick but I usually catch the cold early spring which is making me paranoid right about now haha.

  5. Annie

    August 19, 2018 at 11:49 am

    This palette looks stunning! It has so many gorgeous shades! Xx

    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      August 19, 2018 at 9:37 pm

      It really does, I lover every single shade

  6. Nicole

    August 19, 2018 at 7:45 pm

    I love how colourful this palette is! Even though I don’t regularly use a lot of bold colours, I do think this is a very pretty palette.

    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      August 19, 2018 at 9:37 pm

      It’s colourful yet still super wearable!

  7. Alyssa

    August 20, 2018 at 5:58 pm

    Those shades looks amazing! This is why I love Colourpop, highly pigmented and good quality product for its price 🙂 great review!

    xx Alyssa | STYLE VANITY

    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      August 20, 2018 at 9:50 pm

      I know, colour pop is absolutely amazing, they keep coming out with endless amazing products. x

  8. Radi

    August 21, 2018 at 6:43 am

    Ohh these colors are so pretty! Definitely love a little color pop 🙂

    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      August 21, 2018 at 9:37 pm

      You can never go wrong with some colour pop! x

  9. jade bevan

    August 21, 2018 at 3:27 pm

    i love those shades!! amazing blog post! i love your style!


    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      August 21, 2018 at 9:37 pm

      Thank you lovely. x

  10. Hannah

    August 21, 2018 at 11:09 pm

    I have wanted to try a ColourPop palette for the longest time, and this one looks great! The formula sounds amazing, I just wish the customs weren’t so extreme!xx

    Hannah | luxuryblush

    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      August 22, 2018 at 12:56 am

      I never use to order from colour pop back when their shipping fees were extreme, I’m glad it’s free shipping after $50 for international shipping.x

  11. Yiota

    August 22, 2018 at 5:26 am

    You have 9 Colourpop palettes? Wow that’s huge!!! I placed 2 orders from them a while ago when they had crazy discounts and free shipping and I am waiting for when they will have free shipping again to place another one!x


    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      August 22, 2018 at 5:36 am

      Girl the amount of eyeshadow palettes I have in general is ridiculous and over the next 2 months it will be growing even more. I need to go to makeup rehab haha.

  12. Katya

    August 27, 2018 at 4:02 am

    This sounds really promising and worthwhile. I like how this seems to be effective and convenient to use. The colors are fabulous.

    StyleSprinter Blog by Katya Bychkova

    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      August 27, 2018 at 9:03 am

      It really is, you can’t go wrong with colour pop eyeshadow palettes. x

Leave a Reply