Kevyn Aucoin Electropop Palette

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I was huge into minimal makeup in 2017, but ended the year a little disappointed that I didn’t play with color as much as I did in previous years. I think part of my reincarnated color obsession came to life when I saw the Kevyn Aucoin Electropop Palette*. I neeeeeded some shimmery pops of color in my life again!

Electropop

What it is: A limited-edition, curated eyeshadow palette with 12 high-impact eyeshadow shades.

There are several different finishes in the palette, from sheer shimmers to high-intensity metallics. Shades are housed in a hard plastic case. I love the packaging, though I wish the shade names were listed next to the shadows in the pans.

Shades + Swatches

There are 12 shades (all shimmery, except 1) that I will attempt to describe in words:

Light – light pearly gold

Beam – medium gold

Ultraviolet – muted pink/purple shift

Charge – bronze

Switch – cool pink

Laser – warm pink

Heat – coppery red

Fuse – taupe-plum

Amp – teal

Impulse – greenish blue

Hardwire – cobalt blue

Blackout – black (satin)

Swatches below are on my arm in direct sunlight:

Kevyn Aucoin Electropop Palette Swatches L-R: Light, Beam, Ultraviolet, Charge, Switch, Laser, Heat, Fuse, Amp, Impulse, Hardwire, Blackout

Formula

When I touched these with my fingers, I immediately noticed how soft and creamy they were. Some chunks picked up as well. These shadows are thick – practically pigments, so only a soft touch is needed.

The shadows pick up decently well on synthetic brushes, but again, there is some mess left behind in the pan. They show up intensely on eyes, with the exception of Beam, Ultraviolet, Laser, and Hardwire, which are on the sheer side.

The first time I used this palette, I used my NARS Smudgeproof Base as primer. This is my go-to primer that works with pretty much everything, including pigmented shadows, like Natasha Denona’s. I was a bit surprised and disappointed that my shadow had creased within about an hour.

I pretty much have to use Too Faced Glitter Glue to get these to stay put and last. With the strong primer, I really enjoy how some of the shades look on my eyes.

Blackout is a very nice black – super rich and pigmented. It doesn’t blend very easily for me though, probably because it’s so thick. It’s beautiful as a deep base to intensify other shadows.

Thoughts

I was in love with this palette at first, but when I sat down to write this review, I realized I was pretty much only using Fuse and Light. Sometimes Blackout and Charge.

All in all, I like this palette, but I just don’t love it. Heat and Amp are nice, but not my colors. The other shades require too much effort or are poor quality – not good enough for me to justify this palette. If I had purchased this palette myself, I’d have returned it.


The Kevyn Aucoin Electropop palette retails for $57. It is limited edition and available at Sephora.

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