Thoughts on the Colourpop x Zoella Brunch Date collection

When Zoella announced that she was collaborating with Colourpop cosmetics, AND that it was coming out two days after our birthday, we decided that there was no better excuse to order the whole collection and give colourpop a try for the first time as a bithday gift from us to us. Completely rational of course, since we definitely need more nude matte lips and neutral shadows...haha. 

As colourpop is an American brand, the shipping does take a little longer. For some perspective, we ordered on the 27th Feb, it was dispatched on the 8th March and then it arrived to us on 13th March. To make sure that we didn't receive a customs charge colourpop also adds 20% onto the total and, since we spent over $50, shipping was free, so overall it wasn't too bad as the makeup is affordable anyway. The full PR kit costs $89 and we ended up paying $100.80 (£75.83) after the 20% customs charge, which isn't bad as you do get a lot of products which I know I will use to death. 



The Brunch Date palette - $18 or £13.55


Swatch of 'Brunch Club' 
Swatches from left to right - Sundae Funday, Mimosa, Skinny Latte. 

This palette comes with 5 mattes and 7 shimmers (if I can count), which have INCREDIBLE pigmentation and blend gorgeously. I know that some reviews have slated it for not having a very adventurous colour range, which I do understand, but I actually love the range of neutrals that are really wearable, with the pop of colour in the shade 'brunch club'. I can imagine this looking gorgeous underneath the eye with some of the golds on the lid, for example. Especially in summer. 


Look using 'Brunch Club' with 'Mimosa' and 'French Toast' in the crease. I also added 'Hello' from the James x Morphe palette on top to add shimmer. ft. unruly brows

Supernova liquid shadows in 'OG' and 'Bellini' (can be bought together in the group hug set here) - $7 each or £5.27.

Left - OG, Right - Bellini 

Being big lovers of the Stila Magnificent Metals I was really looking forward to trying these, and let me say that, for $7, I was SHOOK. Both are really glittery and easy to use, either being great for a night look or a day look, just using less and blending out with your finger. Honestly, these probably will be replacing my Stila ones, and, given that they cost me £23 EACH, that is a revelation. These look absolutely gorge over the top of a neutral smoky brown look, and are a really easy way to create a cut crease. 

Creme Gel Liners - Sincerely Yours and XOXO: $5 each or £3.77

XOXO - Black  // Sincerely yours - Brown 

I'm not generally an eye liner wearer and I generally blame it on me 'having the wrong shaped eyes', yet I'm certain that it's probably just my bad skills. I either end up looking like an Amy Winehouse tribute or Superluv Shane Dawson, so generally give it a miss. (No offense to those two legends of course). These two liners perform really nicely though, and are a great consistency to smoke out. 

Lip kits in 'My day ones' and 'Give us the goss' - $11.50 or £8.66. 

 'My day ones' 
'Give us the goss'

These lip kits come with a lip liner and a liquid lip, as the original Kylie ones did that kicked off the lip kit craze. Both perform amazingly, and are really lightweight and non drying, so are comfortable. Honestly, this is probably the best liquid lip formula I have EVER used, up there with the Jeffree Star liquid lips, so I will definitely order some more shades off colourpop. They are so nice that it is worth paying a bit more to get them over here, trust me. 

Though we ordered the full PR kit, which also comes with the highlighter, blush and another lip kit, we decided not to swatch these as the colours didn't look like something we would like. This way, we were able to pass these on to someone brand new and that is why they didn't feature in this post. <3. 

Have you tried colourpop? Do you like the look of the Brunch Date collection? Let us know x 

Natasha & Emily x 

The Beauty Crop Espresso Yourself Eyeshadow Palette - Free with your first February Birchbox x

The Beauty Crop is a 100% cruelty free cosmetic brand that before this month's Birchbox, I hadn't heard of before. If you order your first box this month you will receive this palette for free, meaning that you get 5 beauty products and a palette for  just £12.95. Baring in mind the palette retails for £23 alone, it's an absolute steal. Therefore, even though we already have a subscription to the box and don't need any more makeup, we made the entirely rational decision to make another account just to get the bargain...obviously. Valentines present from me to me <3




(The brush above was also part of the February Birchbox, and is the Luxie 205 tapered blending dreamcatcher)

The palette comes with 21 shades which are made of caffeine, antioxidants and coffee extract which claim to reduce puffiness and dark circles, whilst brightening and tightening the skin. These are bold claims for an eye shadow, making it even more intriguing. The coffee extract also makes the palette scented, reminding me of the Too Faced Chocolate Bar palettes, and, even though I don't like coffee (shock horror), I love it. The scent is enough to notice without being too over powering, which I'm all there for.

The above shades left to right are: Chai, Cinnamon Cream, Gold Roast and Java Chip. 

All the shades are wearable, and, from swatching, they are highly pigmented and smooth. There didn't seem to be much fall out either, which is a win win. One downfall in my opinion though is that the individual pans are quite small, but with the amount of eye shadows we own I don't think there is a concern of us hitting pan any time soon.

Have you tried this palette? Are you subscribed to Birchbox? Let us know!

Natasha & Emily xx