Colourpop Bare Necessities Palette

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There is something about a well-blended neutral eye look that just looks so effortless and pretty. I think this is why there are so many neutral palettes on the market right now. I decided to try out one of Colourpop’s larger 30 pan palettes and started with the Bare Necessities. If you have never heard of Colourpop, they are a fairly affordable brand. Colourpop is available at Ulta, Target and on their website. I got this particular palette on their website. At one point Ulta did carry this palette, however, Colourpop has come out with so many new things that they no longer carry it. This palette retails for $35 for 30 shades which breaks down to $1.17 per shade.

The packaging is a study cardboard packaging. There is no mirror contained in the palette. There is a magnetic closure which will help protect the palette. The color story on this palette is very neutral without being boring. To Colourpop’s credit, I didn’t see any repetitive shades in this palette. It does have some colors that lean mauve, wine colored or even dark purple. There are warm neutrals and some cool toned neutrals. This palette truly has something for everyone. There is a white matte shade and a black matte shade. There are all different depths of brown shades to fit different skin tones. For this look I used the shade “hot gossip” (mid-tone matte brown) in the crease, “prix fixe” (shimmery brown) on the lid, and a mix of “tabloid” (mid-tone matte warm brown) and “velveteen” (deeper cool-toned matte brown) to deepen the outer corner.

The performance on this palette is solid for the price point. The shades are pigmented but not overly pigmented. These won’t be shades that pack an instant punch but can be built up. I had to use a couple layers of prix fixe in order to build it to the color on my lid. There is a lot of kickback with this palette but given that it’s a $35 palette it’s not a big deal. The shades have good lasting power. I would always recommend an eyeshadow primer under eyeshadow. The shades are easy to blend together. I was able to blend the matte shades on the outer corner seamlessly with the lid shimmer without either one blending away.

This makes an excellent beginner palette. First off, it’s not a super expensive palette which makes it great for beginners who don’t want to spend a lot of money on makeup. Second, it’s not overly pigmented and easy to blend. This means that anyone who is new to blending will be able to easily work with this. Third, this has a wide range of colors to play with and see what works best with your skin tone and facial features. This would also be a great palette for anyone who wants a wide range of options in the neutral family but doesn’t necessarily want (or have the space for) a large number of separate palettes. This palette will give you a wide range of neutral type shades while still only being one palette. I wouldn’t suggest this palette for travel because of the size of it and the fact that there is no mirror.

All in all, I can’t imagine who this palette wouldn’t be for. I have yet to meet someone who doesn’t like neutral tones of some kind at all. I feel like this palette has enough versatility to provide value in almost everyone’s makeup collection in some way. You could even use some of these colors on your face as a highlighter or in your brows.

Bible Verse of the Day:

Proverbs 31:10-11

Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies. The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her so that he shall have no need of spoil.

I thought since there are 31 days in October, I would write about Proverbs 31. Proverbs 31 is a guide for women of what God says to aspire to. This topic is important to me because as women it seems the world is constantly throwing out various messages (that change all the time) about what a woman “should be”. Therefore, for some clarity, I wanted to go back to God’s word and see what God says. As is always the case, God’s word has never and will never change.

Proverbs 31 was written as a guidance for men as to what they should be looking for in a woman and the type of woman they need to strive to be worthy of.

The first characteristic I see is in this chapter is that the virtuous woman needs to be trustworthy. This is being discussed in the context of a marriage which makes sense. The virtuous woman would not seek validation from other men (or the world for that matter) because the virtuous woman would find her validation in knowing who she is in Christ. The virtuous woman would act in a way that inspires trust from others as well. This makes sense because the virtuous woman is meant to serve as an example of what Christian men should be looking for in a woman. Trust needs to be foundational in any relationship let alone marriage. If a woman isn’t trustworthy then that lack of trust will spill into her marriage and undermine the union that God has brought together.

At the end of the day, God is much more concerned with the inner heart condition of a woman than he is with all the noise that the world tries to convince us is “so important”. God doesn’t care how much more makeup you have or wear than your neighbor does. God doesn’t care how many people liked your last Instagram post. God is much more concerned with the inner condition of your heart.

Until next time,

Samantha XOXO