When I first found out that Colour Pop was releasing a Sailor Moon collection I wrote my best friend, “911,” as if it were a real emergency. This long-awaited collaboration drew global attention and most of the items sold out in just minutes. I was lucky enough to get my hands on everything I wanted, but did Colour Pop triumph over evil – or at least over the competition? Let’s review.
Colour Pop released a total of (9) unique products with this collection, outlined below. The full Sailor Moon x Colour Pop Collection Set retailed for less than $90. Here’s what it included:
- The Pretty Guardian Shadow Palette, 12 shades
- (2) Individual blushes
- (2) Ultra Blotted Lips
- (2) Ultra Glossy Lips
- (2) Gliterally Obsessed glitter gels
I set a calendar reminder to purchase these items right on launch time at 10AM on Thursday, February 20th and it was the first time in a long time that Colour Pop’s website was showing launch day wear and tear. None of their recently released collaborations have required a checkout queue, but I waited more than (20) minutes before I could complete my purchase. Even so, I should be grateful because many fellow fans are patiently awaiting the restock to try out any of these goodies.
My order shipped out on the 28th and I received my items Monday, March 2nd. I used a 10% off discount code and total spent $74 dollars. Here’s what I got:
- Pretty Guardian Shadow Palette, $20
- Daylight Lip Kit, $15
- From the Moon Blush, $12
- Cat’s Eye Blush, $12
- Moonlight Legend Glitter Gel, $9
- Sailor Moon Ultra Glossy Lip, $8
When trying these products for the first time, I was reminded of Nikkie Tutorials’ review. To echo what she said, most of the colors translate very well onto the skin. There’s definitely quite a bit of pan fallout, though most of it doesn’t fall to the face. And while I do appreciate the variety in finishes, some of the more exciting pan colors don’t totally translate with full intensity on the eyes. All in all, the palette is certainly worth the money and a real collector’s piece, IMO. I can see myself using this palette often, reaching for at least most of the shades if not all of them. I’ll be working the other products I picked up into my weekly beauty fun as well.
Let’s Talk Performance
Typically with candy-colored shades like those in this Sailor Moon collection, pigmentation and quality are real concerns. Thanks to CP’s thorough website swatches (shown below) I felt confident that the eyeshadow colors would translate well on my skin, but I was able to confirm that for myself when testing out almost all the eyeshades for this featured look.
What are your thoughts on the color selection? I especially love the warm pinks above, though I don’t typically use these shades due to a pigment allergy. In any case, these sunset shades are perfect for spring and summer, and work well for a single wash of color over the lid or creating more colorful applications.
While the colors go on well with and without a base, I do think the palette is lacking a color to add real depth. It would have been nice to see a deep plum, navy blue or a “tuxedo” black to be able to create more dynamic or intense looks. Still, the colors perform well and true to color on the skin, which speaking as someone with a richer skin tone is a great accomplishment.
My last note on this palette is the obvious lack of a mirror. Colour Pop offers a range of 9-pan eyeshadow palettes retailing for $12 all with mirrors. I think the inclusion of a mirror, even a small one, ideally a moon-shaped mirror, would have really pushed this palette over the top.
Overall eye palette rating: 8 of 10
If you have never tried the Ultra Blotted Lip formula, they are similar to the NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams in that they have a whipped texture, but CP’s version definitely dries down to a full matte with longer, less transferring wear.
Of the (4) lip products, again it would have been wonderful to see a bit more variety. CP released (2) pink blotted lips and (2) “nude” glosses – perhaps a peach blotted lip, or a red blotted lip (Tuxedo Rose, perhaps) would have rounded out the collection. Let’s hope they expand the range in the restock!
I purchased just one of the blotted lips, Usagi via the Daylight Lip Kit which also included the Moon Tiara gloss. Usagi wore well, even under the Sailor Moon gloss which I wore on the outer rims of my lips, focusing Usagi in the center. Both products looked and felt great.
Overall lip products rating: 9 of 10
While I’m not one of those girls that swear by blush, I do wear it just about every day and all my blushes are either pink or peach. With that said, I am so in love with both the blushes in this range, though From the Moon performs slightly better as there’s less shimmer in the formula.
Though both the blushes are now sold out if you’re planning to snag anything in the restock, blush would be ideal. You can use these on the eyes and cheeks, and the compacts come with a mirror. I also forgot to touch on the packaging, but the hologram/lenticular images on the covers make these products a true keepsake for Sailor fans and collectors.
Overall blushes rating: 9 of 10
The last product I tried was the Moonlight Legend glitter gel. I should mention these glitters are *not* technically eye-safe, though I did wear them on my inner corners and over the little moon under my left eye.
The texture is a bit sticky but dries relatively quickly. Though the gel appears pink in the tub, it goes on more sheer with a tint to the glitter particles. Though I loved the moons and stars in the other glitter, I just couldn’t see myself wearing that shade, so I passed.
If you’re a regular glitter wearer, or if you want to create some exciting looks for festival season then this glitter could be for you. I wouldn’t consider this super relevant for Sailor Moon fans alone unless they came out with a finer glitter that could be worn on the face as a highlighter.
Overall glitter rating: 9 of 10
I’d be a hater if I didn’t say that the packaging alone makes this collection drool-worthy and to die for, and certainly makes up for any application disappointments I had. I think this was a beautiful first swing at giving us real-life Sailor Moon beauty.
In particular, I think we’d love to see products including the rest of the sailor scouts. I personally think this collection is dying for a highlighter – why did they leave that out?! And I hope we see a crème liner and maybe a peach or red blotted lip.
Overall, I love everything I purchased and can’t wait to keep using everything. I do hope Colour Pop builds on this collection to create a full range for all of the pretty guardians out there.