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ColourPop Lo-Key Pressed Powder Shadow Palette [Swatches + Review] by Jinra Ilustrisimo on Feb 13, 2017

Obviously, we couldn't call it a day after reviewing ColourPop's Hi-Maintenance Pressed Powder Shadow Palette. We also had to get in on it's sibling, the Lo-Key Pressed Powder Shadow Palette. Is it really 'lo-key'? Read on, friends.


Product information from the official ColourPop web site:

"Warm palette filled with orange and red shades in mixed finishes to create a fresh and trendy look."

About Pressed Powder Shadow:

"Highly pigmented shadow that applies evenly and feels ultra-velvety and silky. This long wearing formula contains a unique combination of softer powders which adheres easily to the eyes, gives a soft focus effect, and blends smoothly and evenly."


The Lo-Key Palette features four Pressed Powder Shadows that can easily be removed from the palette and popped into a Z-Palette. The palette itself is made of a sturdy cardboard that features a magnetic closure and a magnetized bottom to securely hold the Pressed Powder Shadows in place. It's rectangular and is about 4 x 2 in. Each Pressed Powder Shadow is 1.40 g / 0.05 oz, so overall it's pretty light. It's easy to use, so no complaints here.


The Pressed Powder Shadows in the palette are described:

Take It Slow: metallic warm champagne

I Owe You: matte mid-tone orange

Running Late: matte creamy orange

Criss Cross: matte brick orange

The shade descriptions are super accurate. The finishes are also as described. Unlike the Hi-Maintenance Palette, Lo-Key features all matte finishes and one metallic. I would've wanted half and half, but I suppose they're keeping to the lo-key theme by not featuring half metallic finishes. As far as texture goes, I found all of the shadows to be very soft, smooth and not too powdery. They blend and build nicely over primed lids and do not produce a lot of fallout.

As far as pigmentation goes, I found Take It Slow to be exceptionally pigmented. The matte shades are decent for soft washes of color in the crease but do require some packing for intensity and adding depth to the eyes.

Swatches in Natural Indoor Lighting:

In Action

Here I have Running Late as a transition shade, Criss Cross in the crease, I Owe You on the lid and Take It Slow in the inner corner of my eye.




For $18, the ColourPop Lo-Key Pressed Powder Shadow Palette is a great deal. The one metallic shade is very pigmented and the matte shades are of decent working quality if you wear a good eyeshadow primer. If you combine this palette along with the Hi-Maintenance Palette, you have yourself a low-budget Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance palette without sacrificing much in terms of quality. If you're really into warm eyeshadows, especially of the burnt orange variety, Lo-Key is definitely for you.

Availability:, $18

Disclaimer: This review was provided to me for review purposes only. The opinions in this review are 100% my own.

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