ColourPop’s constant releases are news to absolutely no one. They have released an entire rainbow of 9-pan palettes this year, none of which I have been interested since I knew I would never use them. However, the second they announced the release of the Going Coconuts collection, I knew I “needed” it. Yes, it’s just another boring neutral palette, but in a lot of ways, it makes more sense for me to buy a neutral palette than an “interesting” palette, because I go for neutrals 98% of the time. It seems that the majority of neutral palettes in the last few years have been very warm-toned and red-based, so the Going Coconuts palette is a nice change.
The ColourPop Going Coconuts palette is the brand’s neutral answer to all of its colourful 9-pan palette releases this year. It consists of cooler-toned neutrals, and retails at $12 USD. It can be purchased on the ColourPop website or at Ulta.
Like all of ColourPop’s 9-pan palettes, the Going Coconuts palette is housed in a square plastic palette and includes a mirror. I know it’s nice that the packaging is in line with the other monochromatic palettes and that having a mirror is nice, but it would be awesome if ColourPop would consider releasing only cardboard palettes going forward, to help minimize the waste going into the environment.
The Going Coconuts palette consists of nine shades of neutrals in various finishes. The colour story leans cool, and is generally what I would think of as a true neutral palette. It contains 4 mattes, 3 shimmers, and 2 mattes with glitter dispersed through it.
Shredded – matte yellow-toned cream with silver microshimmers
Palm Reader – bright white-gold shimmer
Coolada – matte medium cool-toned taupe
Lovely Bunch – matte medium camel
Coco Crush – metallic rosy taupe
Shell Yeah – matte red-based ginger
Get Crackin’ – Matte cool brown with silver glitters
Da Coco – Shimmery taupe with purple microshimmers
Nutty – Dark Cool brown
I absolutely LOVE the colour story of the Going Coconuts palette. I’ve mentioned that a lot of recent neutral palettes have been too warm and red-based for work. What I love about the shade selection of the Going Coconuts palette is that it contains truly neutral shades, leaning ever so slightly cool. I feel completely comfortable wearing these to any occasion, whether it’s work, going out on the weekend, or to a special event. This palette also contains the right shades to make up a complete look – there’s a transition shade, a shade to deepen the crease, a few choices for all-over lid shades, and a highlighting shade.
For those of you that don’t like ColourPop’s pressed glitters, you’ll be happy to note that this is their first palette in quite a while that doesn’t include a pressed glitter! I dislike pressed glitters to the point where I’ve avoided buying any of the ColourPop palettes that include that formula, even if the rest of the palette appeals to me. The fact that Going Coconuts doesn’t have a glitter shade was an even bigger reason for me to buy it!
Overall, the quality of this palette is fantastic. All of the shades blend well and have amazing colour payoff.
While the performance of the shades are wonderful, I find that three of the shades take a little more time to work with. The first one is Palm Reader, which is made in a formula that I’ve seen in almost all of the ColourPop palettes I own, and it’s one I’m not a huge fan of. It’s not glittery, but it’s a shimmer that’s very loose and crumbly, so it can be hard to deposit onto the lids without dealing with a fair bit of fallout. I tend to use this as an inner corner highlight and stamp it on with my finger so there’s not as much fallout compared to if I use it as a lid shade.
The second shade is Coco Crush. Everyone drools over this shade, and for good reason – it’s SO shimmery and metallic, and the rosey gold is gorgeous. It’s my favourite shade in the palette! Its formula is not as crumbly as Palm Reader, but I do still get some fallout from it, which is why I consider it as one of the shades that takes more work. I find it that fallout is minimized if I dip my brush into the pan, tap away the excess powder, then spritz my brush with MAC’s Fix+ before applying it on my lids.
The last one is Da Coco, which performs perfectly fine, but feels stiffer and more tightly packed compared to the other shades in the palette. It doesn’t give off immediate colour payoff like the other colours, but the formula is buildable and nothing a little bit of Fix+ can’t fix. I also find that applying with my fingers really helps.
I’ve been asked if this palette is coconut scented, and it actually isn’t, which may be a good or bad thing depending on your preferences!
I’ve done three looks using this palette, and I have tried to utilize all of the shades in the palette within these three looks.
Look 1 is a halo eye using Lovely Bunch as a transition shade, Nutty in the inner and outer third of the lid, Coco Crush in the middle of the lid, Palm Reader as the inner corner highlight, and Shredded as a highlight shade. Coco Crush seriously pops in a halo look!
Look 2 is a typical every day look that I do, with Coolada as a transition shade, Nutty in the outer third of the lid, Da Coco all over the lid, Palm Reader as the inner corner highlight, and Shredded as a highlight.
Look 3 is a smokier look, with Shell Yeah as the transition shade, Get Crackin’ all over the lid, Nutty to create some dimension in the crease, Palm Reader as the inner corner highlight, and Shredded as the browbone highlight.
- High quality, pigmented eyeshadows
- Provides options for a complete look
- Not the most exciting colour story
- Plastic compact packaging
I know this looks like a very standard neutral palette, but there’s something so special about this. I own so many neutral palettes, and I have absolutely no regrets buying this – it’s different from all of the ones I own! It has become one of my favourite palette purchases in the last two years, and I can definitely see myself reaching for this regularly in the future.
Have you bought this palette, or are you thinking about it? If you own it, what are your thoughts on it?