Without a doubt, the ColourPop x Disney Midnight Masquerade Palette, is one of the biggest releases from the brand this Fall. But does the Midnight Masquerade Palette live up to the hype? Is the newest Disney Designer collection palette just a bunch of pretty packaging?
Please keep reading for an in-depth review of the ColourPop x Disney Designer Collection Midnight Masquerade Palette.
What is ColourPop all about?
ColourPop creates affordable, high-quality, “luxury” beauty for everyone. The brand’s direct-to-consumer business model enables the brand to react quickly to market trends.
Although ColourPop often gets its inspiration from prestige and luxury brands, it is not a “dupe brand.” ColourPop goes beyond imitating luxury goods. The brand creates new-to-market products in uniquely stylized packaging.
The pressed powder shadows promise to apply evenly, blend smoothly, and last all day. Additionally, the pressed pigments promise to provide a maximum color payout in a vibrant, creamy formula. Finally, the two pressed glitters promise to provide a multi-dimensional, reflection in a self-adhering formula that lasts all day.
ColourPop x Disney Designer Collection Midnight Masquerade
Packaging & Price
The Midnight Masquerade Palette is the prettiest of the three collaboration palettes created in the ColorPop x Disney Designer Collection. Midnight Masquerade’s packaging is a vibrant, royal blue color featuring a dreamy, detailed depiction of some of Disney’s most beloved princesses.
The Midnight Masquerade palette is made out of sturdy, lightweight cardboard material. Also, the shades are clearly labeled. The colors are organized from lightest to darkest. However, I wish that this palette came with a mirror.
The Midnight Masquerade Palette retails for $22.00. This breaks down to approximately $1.47 per pan or $1.63 per gram of product.
Although not tested on animals, the Midnight Masquerade Palette is not Vegan. Carmine is used in the shades Spinning Wheel, Damsel, Pip, Enchanted, Mama Odie, Djali, Frog & Wife, Nutmeg, New Dream, Quasimodo, and Merryweather.
Many of the shades in the Midnight Masquerade Palette contain Mica and Talc. However, Mica and Talc are not the top ingredients in each shade.
Additionally, the shade Gaston is a pressed pigment. As such, it is not considered safe for the immediate eye area. Pressed pigments can stain the skin. Also, pressed pigments may contain potential eye irritants that are not yet FDA approved. To avoid irritation, consider patch testing Gaston on your skin.
Finally, the pressed glitters, Floating Lantern and Royal Ballare not considered safe for use in the immediate eye area. Moreover, ColourPop does not include cosmetic-grade glitter in the glitters. In fact, this formula is far chunkier than cosmetic glitters. This thick, chunky glitter can cause abrasions or irritation if it lands in the eyes.
ColourPop x Disney Midnight Masquerade Palette Swatches
Although swatches are not the most accurate indicator of quality, they can provide clues about a shadow’s pigmentation, ability to blend, and ability to last on the eye.
Please see the below finger swatches of the ColourPop x Disney Midnight Masquerade Palette. Each swatch was done using my finger on a bare arm. I did not use a primer. Each swatch represents two swipes of color.
ColourPop x Disney Designer Midnight Masquerade Palette Swatches
Within the Midnight Masquerade palette there are seven matte shadows, five metallic shadows, two pressed glitters, and one pressed pigment.
I was surprised to find how fluffy the pressed glitters felt. These are self-adhering glitters that feel wet to the touch without feeling slimy. However, it should be apparent from the above photo that these glitters produced a ton of fallout on my arm.
Floating Lantern – rosy copper with lavender glitter
Royal Ball – white gold with multi-dimensional glitter
Pressed Matte Shadows
Damsel, Pip, and Enchanted felt creamy. The shades almost felt wet to the touch. These colors glided across my arm with ease but did produce a fair amount of kick up.
Damsel – dusty rose
Pip – peachy nude
Enchanted – warm coral
However, I’m not sure if I received a dud palette, but the bottom row of dark matte shadows was extremely dry. In fact, I had a difficult time building the swatches evenly to full opacity on my arm.
Nutmeg – a true terracotta
New Dream – warm dusty violet
Quasimodo – muted deep brown
Merryweather – deep navy blue
Pressed Metallic Shadow
The metallic shadows felt smooth and were pigmented without feeling crumbly. Moreover, the colors looked rich and dimensional on the arm.
Spinning Wheel – opal with a pinky flip
Mama Odie – soft peach with a duo-chrome green flip
Djali – soft copper with a pink flip with a duo-chrome flip
Mrs. Potts – antique yellow gold
Frog & Wife – hunter green
Although the metallics swatched fine, they lacked range. In other words, Spinning Wheel and Mama Odie provided a similar effect. Also, Djali and Mrs. Potts look rather similar in tone, too.
Gaston, the pressed crimson pigment felt more creamy than the dark-toned mattes. As such, this shade swatched much better compared to the other colors in the bottom row.
Application & Wear-Time
I received compliments every time I’ve created looks with the Midnight Masquerade Palette. Yet, I still have mixed feelings on the palette.
The lighter colored matte shadows in the palette feel creamy. The light neutral shadows are pigmented. They blend like a dream and last all day long.
Also, the metallic shadows look wet and glide across the eyes. They do not fade nor crease, even after a long day of wear.
Despite looking varied in color range, the palette’s color story feels limited. There is a lack of colorful metallics in the Midnight Masquerade Palette. More specifically, the palette would have benefited from at least one more metallic.
Additionally, the metallics crumble. In fact, this is the first ColourPop palette I’ve used where the metallic shadows produce just as much fallout as the mattes.
Second, the deep matte colors blend away into nothing. They need to be packed onto the eyes. Any rubbing or blending will cause the shadows to fade. Also, if additional colors are blended on the crease, the deep mattes need to be reapplied.
Third, the matte formula is powdery. The slightest touch produces kickback in the pans. Even worse, the matte shadows crease. The shadows fade to the point where they look patchy on the eyes.
Finally, the glitters are not as self-adhering as advertised. They make a mess. Glitter fallout lands everywhere on the face. For example, I nearly got glitter in my eye! Even after double cleansing, masking, and showering, I still had glitter remnants on my face.
Sadly, this palette is not up to par compared to other ColourPop palettes in my collection. The magic is certainly missing from this collection.
Where can you buy the ColourPop x Disney Designer Collection Midnight Masquerade Palette?
ColourPop x Disney Designer Collection Midnight Masquerade
Final Thoughts on the ColourPop x Disney Midnight Masquerade Palette
Honestly, the best thing about the ColourPop x Disney Midnight Masquerade Palette is the packaging. Disney’s design team did a wonderful job of creating a magical, visually stunning design that Disney lovers are sure to love.
Packaging aside, the palette leaves a lot to be desired. More than half the palette is sub-par. Both the glitters and deep matte shadows did not impress. If you have young children, keep this palette out of their reach.
Overall, I only recommend this palette to Disney lovers who want to collect this limited edition packaging. Finally, if you love Disney and are willing to put in the work, this palette may be worthwhile.