I’ve been enjoying an adorable palette lately, and I hadn’t gotten my review up yet when it suddenly went on sale for half price. So, of course I had to immediately share my review of the Hello Kitty Pop-Up Party Eyeshadow Palette* with you so you could grab it from Sephora at this amazing discount.
I previously reviewed the Hello Kitty Ruby Compact Mirror, An Apple A Day Trio Lip Balm Set and Kawaii Nail Set, but my favourite product from the 40th anniversary releases is definitely the Hello Kitty Pop-Up Party Eyeshadow Palette. It is a heavy duty cardboard that opens up to reveal the pop-up party, while the eyeshadows themselves slide out with the red bow.
I think the Hello Kitty Pop-Up Party Eyeshadow Palette packaging is adorable, but not as functional as I would have liked. There are twenty shadows in a variety of neutrals and brights, but the shade names are only on the box and the plastic insert–which I do recommend keeping because of the slide-out packaging. The box also doesn’t slide out completely, leaving the top row of shadows a bit close to the top. I also had my bow fall off after using this palette, although there is still a tab to pull it out with.
In terms of the shadows themselves, overall I really like the ones in the Hello Kitty Pop-Up Party Eyeshadow Palette. There are enough neutral shades that I am comfortable with it, but it is definitely still a colourful palette with a lot of shadows and possibilities. In general, the shadows are buttery, sometimes the point of being a bit too soft, and quite shimmery with a few matte exceptions. There are a couple more chalky shades, and the shades aren’t incredibly long-lasting, but they are highly pigmented and blend wonderfully.
Happy is a matte medium purple with cool pink undertones that was one of the more chalky shades. Playdate is a matte dark taupe grey that was slightly powdery but very pigmented. Dear Daniel was a standout shade for me, as it was a bright medium blue with shimmer. Milk was a basic satin white that works well on the brow bone. Celebrate was easily a favourite shade, it was a brown-ish burgundy satin shade that was very creamy and pigmented.
Supercute was a royal lavender was is gorgeous but quite powdery. Friendship was a smooth, creamy pale pink with an iridescent finish. Kitty-Chan is another very unusual shade, a dark satin navy with rose gold sparkle. Apple Pie was a definite favourite, a light, satin peach with great pigmentation and an even application. Bow was another shade I loved, a rosy pink with a satin finish that unfortunately faded easily.
1974 was a matte dark grey that was a bit uneven but buildable. Kawaii was one of the less successful shades, a light satin teal that was a bit dry. The Original was another favourite, a very pigmented dark satin brown. Hot Cocoa was a very lovely light matte brown that is a very creamy neutral shade. Bright was an incredibly shimmery metallic white.
Three Apple was a gorgeous emerald green with a a lovely formula. Anniversary was a matte black with green sparkle to it that applies a little uneven but might be nice for a night-time look. Cookie was another favourite neutral, a very creamy satin grey gold. Mimmy was a pale yellow that is definitely unique my collection and I have no idea when I would wear it, but it’s kinda cool. Chocolate Chip was a gorgeous golden bronze with a flawless, creamy and pigmented formula–an obvious favourite.
I used the four shadows on the far right of the Hello Kitty Pop-Up Party Eyeshadow Palette (Celebrate, Bow, Bright and Chocolate Chip, along with a bit of Milk and Apple Pie–this sounds like a yummy party!) to create the above look, and I really love it. I was a little nervous about wearing a pretty red eyeshadow like Bow, but darkening out the crease with Celebrate and adding Bright to the inner corner made it very fall-appropriate. That’s Smashbox Cherry Smoke Be Legendary Bing Lipstick on my lips and L’Oreal Visible Lift Color Lift Blush in Pink Lift on my cheeks if you’re interested.
Overall, the Hello Kitty Pop-Up Party Eyeshadow Palette isn’t flawless, but I think it is a really nice palette with a ton of pigmented shades that blend well and are a great chance to experiment a little with colour. Plus, it’s pretty adorable, and only costs about $30 at the moment! What do you think of the Hello Kitty Pop-Up Party Eyeshadow Palette?