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Oh, the KathleenLights x Colourpop Dream St palette. I don’t even know what to say about it at this point.
Kidding. I do know what to say about it. I have lots to say about it. What I meant is my opinion changed so drastically on it that I just don’t know what to say.
Is that an expression other people use? Or just me?
So on my other, just-for-fun-now-defunct blog, I wrote an extremely negative review of the palette. I did not like the palette. At all. And it was not just a first impression, but after a few uses.
But somehow since then, I’ve been using it a lot more, and I changed my mind.
I actually kinda like it.
One shimmer shade still gives me lots of issues, which is the shade I was hardest on in my review. But the other shimmers that I thought were not pigmented and did not work all started working a lot better. It could be there was a harder layer on top that had to be gotten through/scraped off (which is a thing that happens sometimes for some reason. I don’t understand why, but there you have it.)
(Have what, nobody knows. But there you have it.)
Something to keep in mind is that the palette is really small. Here it is in comparison to the Carli Bybel palette:
It’s like an itty bitty baby.
It has really cool packaging, though, and a magnetic closure that I wasn’t expecting on a cheap palette.
The shades in the Dream St. palette
So let’s get into the individual shades, what I thought of them then, and what I think of them now:
Dream St Palette, Row 1
Shooting star: as you can see, the mattes in the palette are a bit patchy and dusty. I was, and still am, a bit surprised by this, since so many people rave about Colourpop palettes and how awesome they are.
Magical: at first this looks kinda blah but it can be built up to a really nice peachy color
Star dust & twinkle: these are really pretty. Not much else to say about them, tbh
Dream St Palette, Row 2
Sweet dreams: this is the shade that made me really not like the palette initially. I had such a hard time getting any pigment on my eye, even when spraying my brush with setting spray or using my finger. It’s more like gold glitter with no real base color as opposed to a shimmery golden shadow. I still don’t really like it.
Water bearer: another shade that was a big disappointment, but only because I was expecting it to be something else. For some reason, based on pictures of the palette online, I thought this was a deep blue color. It is really a very dark teal, almost black. I was really upset about that, since I am a bit obsessed with blue eyeshadow. Once I got over that disappointment, I can admit that this is a nice, pigmented shade. It has lotsa fallout and is hard to clean up, though (see the stain on the palette where I tried to wipe up some fallout with a makeup wipe?)
Potion: kinda patchy matte. So-so.
Spark: it’s red, which is very in nowadays with all the warm tone palettes, but it’s not a typical warm tone red you would find in other places, which is nice. I didn’t think I would like it or have much use for it, but I do.
Dream St Palette, Row 3
Kaleidoscope: this is the hidden gem of the palette. It doesn’t show up so well on camera, but it’s a greeny-goldy duochromey type thingy (let’s add some more “y”s to the ends of words where they don’ty belongy, becausey why noty). This is one of the shades that did not show up well at first, but once I got past the top layer, it started working really well.
Elfish: eh. Kinda patchy dark brown. Don’t really like.
Moony: very light shimmer. You can barely see it on my skin tone.
Mermaid boy: this was another initial disappointment, because I thought it was a shimmery blue, but it’s really a shimmery blackened teal. Once I got over that, I can appreciate that this is a cool color. But buyers beware: it’s not blue.
So should I buy the Dream St palette or not?
Good question. Unfortunately, I don’t have a good answer. There are some really pretty shimmer shades, and some decent matte shades. 16 bucks for 12 shadows is a pretty good price, but then again, you can buy a wet n wild Color Icon Eyeshadow 10 Pan Palette for five bucks. And the quality of the Wet ‘n Wild might actually be better.
Bottom line: If you love some of the shades and can see yourself using them, this is not a bad palette to buy. You definitely do not have to run out and buy it, though.
And that was a very clear and helpful answer, wasn’t it?
Product grade: B, maybe B-
Up next: easy cheesy (ooey gooey) Mozzarella sticks. Stay tuned!