I can so vividly remember the first time I was presented with a makeup product. I was turning 13 and my friend thought it was about time I put something on my face so she bought me the L’Oreal Telescopic mascara. Easy to say, I had no idea what I was doing with it and my lashes looked like spider legs with big clumps all over it for a long time. Then came the era of an orange foundation and it seemed like a crime to even consider blending it into your skin properly. Who even did that back then? And now here we are, over 10 years later, and I’m sitting on the sofa looking at my brand new eyeshadow palette.
If you’ve been living under a rock, Zoella (aka Zoe Sugg) did a collaboration with Colourpop and created her very own brunch inspired makeup collection. Because makeup and brunch are two things I really like, I jumped on the bandwagon and purchased ONE item from the collection. I was very tempted to buy everything, but deep down I knew I really didn’t need more makeup in my life. No, scratch that, I always need makeup. I’m just running out of space to store it all. As soon as I bought it, negative comments started to flood my Twitter feed making me feel like I’ve made a wrong choice. So now, after approximately a month of testing the Brunch Date palette on myself, I can, with a hand on my heart, give an honest review of it myself. Hopefully, after this, you’ll be able to make your own decision if it’s worth investing in or not.
Let’s start from the outside. Brunch Date comes in a cute packaging covered in pancakes, waffles, and heart-shaped fried eggs. Quite unusual from any other theme available in beauty stores, but somehow it still works. The packaging doesn’t have this high-end look or feel to it, but I didn’t expect it to. Lightweight and small, it can easily fit in my cosmetic pouch without adding much weight to my already very heavy bag. It comes equipped with a small mirror which is great if you do plan on taking it out of the house or do not own a makeup mirror. Aka me.
The palette comes with 12 shades, 5 matte and 7 shimmery ones – including a little pop of blue everyone keeps talking about. And, unlike the common misconception says, the rest is not the same shade of brown. They may look like that in the photos, but when you swatch them each shade is definitely different. You get shades of orange, brown and pink put together with different shades of glitter. The shimmery shades quite literally took my breath away. I’m a proud owner of too many eyeshadow palettes and in not one of them have I come across so much shimmer packed in one product. My personal favourite is Sundae Funday – a brown eyeshadow with pink shimmer in it. There’s so much pink glitter in it you can’t even tell there’s a brown eyeshadow underneath it!
Now let’s talk about THAT blue shade. I’m going to be honest, I wasn’t looking forward to it. It seemed a bit random and a little bit like a waste of space in a very warm nude orientated palette. I couldn’t see myself using it very often, if at all. It took me forever to even think of a combination of shades to use it with since I wasn’t keen on blue eyeshadow on its own. Surprisingly, it didn’t look horrible applied along my lower lashline and combined with pink shades. It worked. And I got many compliments from people that day about my makeup and how well it went together. Most importantly, I really liked it myself despite being so apprehensive about it.
I have read a lot of mixed reviews about the whole range and while I cannot comment about other products, I can definitely have an opinion about this palette. I have never purchased from Colourpop before and I have been surprised by the great quality of the eyeshadows. They’re very pigmented and easily buildable and blendable. A little goes a long way but you don’t end up with eyes of a clown and that’s a lot coming from a person who doesn’t know how to apply makeup. It also doesn’t break the bank – it’s a lot cheaper than many other makeup products whilst delivering a very similar quality.
When it comes to the range of shades, no, it’s not the biggest variety you can get – but it’s really good to use for everyday makeup with the possibility to build it up for a more dramatic look in the evening. It did remind me a bit of Urban Decay Naked Heat palette, however, after using it religiously for the past month I can say that I can definitely see myself using Brunch Date more throughout the year, whilst Naked Heat finds itself useful only in Autumn.
To sum up, the palette is a good value for money if you’re looking for an addition to your everyday makeup looks. It doesn’t break the bank, the quality you get is immaculate and the shimmery shades are outstanding. It’s not the best makeup palette you can get out there, but for the price, it feels like a steal. Whilst it doesn’t have that lush look other high street brands provide, it’s still quite adorable and the brunch theme just works with it.
Can you get other, similar looking palettes? Of course, you can. But to receive the same quality Brunch Date offers, you’d have to spend nearly double the same amount. So the choice is yours.
Let me know in the comments if you’ve used this palette and/or your thoughts on it!
Until next time xx