Big eyeshadow palettes with a wide array of colors can be a lot of fun to use, but they can also be overwhelming. It’s not always easy to know which shades will work well together. Smaller eyeshadow palettes, especially ones that are monochromatic, take the guesswork out of the equation. If there is a certain color you enjoy wearing on your eyes often, you may love monochromatic eyeshadow palettes!
Colourpop offers several 9-pan monochromatic eyeshadow palettes, in just about every color you can imagine. I have a couple of them, but my favorite of the two is the Colourpop Lilac You a Lot palette. It’s one of two purple-themed palettes Colourpop offers (the other one is “It’s My Pleasure”), but this one is more subtle and cool-toned overall.
Purple (especially lilac) is one of my favorite shades to wear on my eyes. Some purples are too intense for me, but the shades in the Lilac You a Lot palette are perfect. It’s also great for spring! Really it’s fun to use any time of year, but I plan on pulling this palette out more often than usual this season.
Colourpop Lilac You a Lot product claims directly from Colourpop.com
A whole lotta lilac in our dreamiest palette yet. Create your best looks with our lilac monochromatic palette that features buttery matte shadows and eye catching metallics. One swatch is all it takes to fall in love.
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Other product details
- Price: $14.00 on Colourpop.com or $18.86 from Amazon.com
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- Net weight: 0.36 oz. | 9 g
- Made in the USA
- 9 shades (Colourpop was kind enough to provide these lovely shade descriptions:
- Cloud: icy lavender with a golden flip (metallic)
- Imagine That: pastel lavender (matte)
- Ghostin’: vibrant pinky lilac (matte)
- Wake Me: orchid with duochrome hot pink flip (metallic)
- Fluff: icy metallic violet with gold and silver accent (metallic)
- Trainwreck: soft lavender with a pink duochrome flip (metallic)
- Zoned Out: dusty pinky mauve (matte)
- Iffy: cool-toned purple (matte)
- Filtered: red plum (matte)
- Overall rating: 8.8/10
- Inclusivity: 10/10
- Texture: 7/10
- Pigmentation: 8/10
- Staying power: 9/10
- Price: 10/10
Please note that I am not a makeup artist. The opinions expressed in this review are my own, as a regular person that loves makeup.
Colourpop has a wide variety of eyeshadow palettes, from subtle and neutral to bold and colorful. There is something for every preference! The Lilac You a Lot palette is not one of the boldest, but it’s definitely colorful. One thing I like about this palette very much is that its shades will work for people with many different skin tones.
I have fair skin, and every shade in this palette works for me. The two deepest shades are Iffy and Filtered. I have to be careful with those, but they are not so bold that I’m unable to use them. I created a few different eye looks this week using the Lilac You a Lot palette. In the bottom photo, I used the shade Filtered in my outer corners and blended it into the crease. In the middle photo, I used the shade Iffy to deepen my crease. In all three looks, I used shimmers on my eyelids. I tried to use most or all of the shades in this palette so you can have a good idea of what these eyeshadows can do.
The eyeshadows in a lot of palettes are too light to show up well on medium to deep skin tones, but that’s not the case with these. There are a couple that may take significant building to be visible on darker skin tones, but I believe the others would work well for everyone. Colourpop actually provides arm swatches of every shade on light, medium, and dark skin. If you’re unsure of any of the shades, I encourage you to take a look! 🙂
There are five matte and four metallic shades in this palette. I’ve found that both the mattes and metallics are inconsistent in texture. I’m not saying any of them are bad, but some are definitely better than others!
There are some specific things to keep in mind with certain shades:
- Imagine That and Ghostin’ (mattes) are very powdery, so it’s important to tap off excess before applying with a brush.
- Fluff (metallic) is flaky, so it should be patted on carefully to avoid fallout.
- Filtered (matte) is patchy which can make it difficult to work with. I use this shade in moderation, and blended with other shades it works well enough.
Overall, the mattes are smooth and blend easily. While the mattes aren’t bad, the metallics are really the shades that stand out most. All of the metallics are gorgeous and apply smoothly with a finger. I sometimes use a brush to apply them, but I’m always happier with the result when I use a finger instead of a brush.
The pigmentation of most of the eyeshadows in the Lilac You a Lot palette is great. In fact, with most shades, “what you see is what you get.” However, there are a couple of shades that have lower than average pigmentation and one that is too pigmented.
Looking at the mattes first, the shades Imagine That and Zoned Out are not very pigmented. These two shades may not work well on medium to deep skin tones. However, on my skin they are buildable and can look very pretty. If you use this palette alone for an eye look, Imagine That is the perfect crease/transition shade!
The one shade I mentioned that is actually too pigmented is Filtered. That shade stains my skin every time I use it (even when applied over my trusty Milani Eyeshadow Primer), so I don’t use it often. I also plan ahead to wear eyeshadow again the next day when I use it, to cover the pink stain that’s left behind.
Moving on to the shimmers! All four shimmer shades are perfectly pigmented to build quickly. I love these because they take so little effort (except for Fluff, due to the chunky texture) to apply. With these, you don’t have to keep dipping back into the pans for more product because you only need a little for perfect coverage.
Many beautiful eye looks can be created with the Colourpop Lilac You a Lot palette, and it would be a shame if they faded or smudged! Fortunately, I’ve never had that problem with any of these eyeshadows. The most common problem I have with longevity of eyeshadows is creasing, but I never experience that with this palette as long as I use it with eyeshadow primer.
The one shade in this palette that may not stay in place as well as the others is Fluff. That one is prone to fallout, but the risk is greatly minimized if very little is used and applied carefully.
The Colourpop Lilac You a Lot palette (and the other 9-pan eyeshadow palettes) is a bargain at only $14.00 (or $18.86 from Amazon, but there’s a convenience factor there to consider)! This probably comes as no surprise as Colourpop is always affordable. Since this is a 9-pan palette, each eyeshadow shade is $1.56. That’s a great deal, especially for the quality of these eyeshadows!
Some of Colourpop’s larger palettes are a better value on a per eyeshadow basis, but I enjoy the small size of the 9-pan palettes. The limited shade options make it easy to put together beautiful cohesive eye looks.
Eyeshadow palettes, including both drugstore and high-end, vary greatly in price. At the drugstore, there are definitely some palettes similar in size to Lilac You a Lot offered at lower prices. However, I don’t think most of them are as high-quality as this or other Colourpop palettes. I prefer Colourpop’s formulas over some high-end ones I’ve tried. Speaking of high-end, those brands will never be able to compete with Colourpop on price!
I’m not factoring the packaging of this palette into its overall rating, but I usually like to mention it. Some people are swayed to buy or not buy a product based on many aspects of a product’s packaging, so I think it’s nice to include this information.
The Colourpop Lilac You a Lot palette packaging is plastic with a snap-closure. There is a large mirror that takes up the inside of the lid. I don’t usually use mirrors in palettes, but this one is great for those that do!
While this palette isn’t the sturdiest I’ve ever seen, I think it’s great for travel. The closure is secure and the eyeshadows are well-protected. The size is quite small (about 4 x 4 inches, or 9.5 x 9.5 centimeters), so it would be very easy to slip this palette into almost any bag, including a purse.
Lastly, shade names. They are clearly labeled, found printed next to each of the pans. For checking shade names when the palette is closed, they are also printed on a sticker on the back of the palette. I appreciate that Colourpop made it so easy to find and identify shade names.
The Colourpop Lilac You a Lot palette quickly became one of my favorite colorful palettes when I bought it last year. I love purples, so I have a lot of fun playing with these shades. The shimmers especially are absolutely gorgeous!
I can’t keep track of Colourpop’s monochromatic eyeshadow palettes anymore since there are so many now, but Lilac You a Lot remains my favorite of the bunch. If you enjoy lilacs and other purple shades, I can almost guarantee that you’d enjoy this palette. While the colors are all in the same family, this palette can be used for both bold and subtle looks.
Have you tried any of Colourpop’s monochromatic eyeshadow palettes? What about other Colourpop products? Please share your thoughts with me in the comments below!