Over the course of the summer, I could not stop reaching for the Kathleen Lights X ColourPop Dream St. palette. It is an enchanting mix of neutrals, subtle duo-chromes, and vibrant pops that make this palette both versatile and exciting for the adventurous makeup lover. Although it was released last December, I wanted to share my review for a special reason. I recently placed an order for ColourPop’s latest collaboration with Kathleen Lights, the Zodiac palette! As I anxiously wait for my package to arrive, I couldn’t help but to start out with ColourPop’s first eyeshadow palette collab with Kathleen.
Let’s get right into it!
If you’re familiar with ColourPop, you know that their products are incredibly affordable. At $16 for 12 shadows (0.85 grams of product per pan), the Dream St. palette is no exception. It can be purchased on ColourPop’s website (here) or online at Ulta (here). So, if you’re looking to up those Ulta points, you might consider purchasing it there.
As gorgeous as its marbled, rose gold packaging looks in pictures, Dream St. is even more beautiful in real life. It is composed of a sturdy but lightweight cardboard, and the magnetic enclosure is strong. The only downside is that the cardboard does tend to stain when some of the darker shadows get onto it.
Dream St. is a largely neutral- to warm-tone palette that includes a mix of matte, metallic, satin, and shimmer finishes. However, the deep teals and the shimmery silver beige duo-chrome (Kaleidscope) are cooler-toned. All of these shades work fabulously together, and allow for a wide range of looks. The quality of these shadows is just as good as my single ColourPop shadows, as I’ve talked about here and here. Here are some of my favorites in the palette:
This pastel peach makes a lovely transition for any warm-toned look. Even though it’s subtle, it can be built up to a much brighter version of itself that can look gorgeous as a matte color all over the mobile lid.
This type of metallic, shimmery rose gold is right up my alley. It has more of a neutral undertone and can be used with either warm or cool transition shades in the crease. The formula for this one is particularly smooth, and it applies beautifully with one swipe.
The reason I purchased this palette. Teals and turquoise shades have had sort of a heyday in the last year or so, it seems. This particular version is everything I want a teal to be–deep, rich, almost murky in tone. It’s surprising how nice the formula for this one is, given the affordability of ColourPop. Blue and green eyeshadows are notoriously difficult to make for even the most expensive brands, but Water Bearer is smooth and blends out nicely.
I wasn’t too excited about this one when I ordered Dream St., but boy did it take me by surprise! I might even call Spark my favorite shade in the whole palette because not only is it just the juiciest matte watermelon, but it applies like a dream. Like Magical, it can be fluffed in the crease for a subtle transition, or it can be built up to an almost neon effect.
This is arguably the most unique shade in Dream St. It is a duo-chrome that shifts between silver and nude. I love this sort of shade, and the formula is spot on. It applies evenly and pigmented, adding a gorgeous sheen to the inner corner or across the lid.
Honestly, I’m a sucker for anything moon-related, so I knew this one would have my heart. It’s just like a beam of moonlight falling upon your eyelid or brow bone–my favorite spot to apply this magical little number.
Although these are my favorites, I still like every other shade in the palette, with the exception of one. As pretty as Sweet Dreams–a golden peach duo-chrome–is when swatched, it does not apply well on my eyelid. It’s always a little patchy and almost too subtle. I think it’s almost meant to be a topper, but I would like it more if it applied like Kaleidoscope, since they appear to be the same type of formula.
Here’s the look I created using the Dream St. palette. I wanted to show how the two brightest colors–Water Bearer and Spark–actually go really well together. Additionally, I used Magical as a transition shade before Spark, Kaleidoscope on the inner third of my eyelid, Twinkle in the middle of my eyelid, Mermaid Boy on the outer third of my eyelid, and Moony on my inner corners. So, basically, all of the shades I love most.
Thanks so much for reading! Carly and I truly appreciate it. If you have any thoughts about this palette, let us know in the comments. We’re always up for a discussion on makeup 🙂
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