Hi everyone! Today, I’m sharing a review of ColourPop’s Flutter By palette. I feel like for most of 2019, I wasn’t into any of ColourPop’s palette releases. They released a ton of their monochromatic 9-pan palettes which weren’t up my alley because they were too colourful for me. In November, they released the Going Coconuts palette, and I felt like that’s when the floodgates opened for my ColourPop purchases. A week after the Going Coconuts palette, ColourPop announced the release of the Flutter By palette a week later, and I immediately wanted that one, too. After not hauling from them for most of the year, I suddenly made two hauls in two weeks!
I left this palette untouched for the longest time, because it arrived right before I left for vacation. When I came home, I didn’t have time to take photos of it, so I left it sitting for weeks! I only started using it after the holidays passed, and I’ve finally tested it long enough to give it a proper review. Read on if you have been curious about this palette!
The Flutter By palette is a palette containing 12 cool-toned shades that center around mauvey tones. It contains 5 matte shades, 4 shimmers, 2 mattes with glitter (I guess what Tati Beauty considers a “sequin” finish), and 1 pressed glitter. The Flutter By palette is made in the USA, and is cruelty-free. It retails for $18 USD and can be purchased on the ColourPop website as well as Ulta.
The packaging is consistent with every 12-pan palette that ColourPop has released thus far; a cardboard palette with no mirror, and the names printed next to the shades as well as on the back. The packaging of the palette looked really pretty when I saw the press photos, but it’s even more gorgeous in person. I wish my photos could do it justice! It has a purple butterfly/flower motif going on, with raised areas containing iridescent glitter that give it a lot of depth. I used to have books with illustrations like this when I was little (that glowed in the dark!), and the packaging makes me feel so nostalgic for these books!
Just imagine – Icy pink-toned champagne
Wild Wing – Pale pink-taupe matte
Made to Last – Neutral mauve matte
Gotta Fly – Shimmery cranberry
Sunflare – Shimmery icy pink with a blue-purple flash
Overpacked – Lavender glitter
Mariposa – Matte mauve with violet glitters
AngelBB – Red-toned matte brown
Lush – Matte cream
Ch-Ch-Changes – Matte taupe
Getaway – Silvery taupe shimmer
Float On – Cool brown matte with silver glitters
Cool toned palettes are a rarity in the makeup industry these days, and mauves even more so. There are a lot of unique shades in this palette that I don’t already have in my collection. Mariposa, Wild Wing, and Sunflare are frontrunners of being special shades in this palette – I love the duochrome effect of Sunflare especially. Everything else I find to be fairly dupeable, but it’s nice to have everything together in a single palette.
The asterisks next to the shade names indicate shadows that are not meant for use in the immediate eye area. There are a total of three shades with an asterisk – two pressed pigments and one pressed glitter. At first, I was annoyed – a quarter of the eyeshadow palette is not meant for the eye area? What am I supposed to use them for, then? However, after doing some research, I found out that brands will label eyeshadows as “pressed pigments” when they are made of ingredients that are approved for use on the eyes in the EU, but not approved by the FDA. This is why ColourPop calls this palette a pressed powder palette instead of an eyeshadow palette. This makes me feel better, considering the FDA’s research is long outdated, and there are many ingredients that are deemed safe for the eyes by the EU but are not yet approved by the FDA.
With that being said, I feel like the whole thing is misleading. I own a bunch of pressed pigments from several different brands and always thought of them as pigments that are pressed into a pan with not much difference from eyeshadows, but apparently I was wrong . Brands that release “pressed pigments” should warn consumers that they are approved as eye safe in the EU but not by the FDA; likewise, ColourPop’s warning of “not for use in the eye area” for both pressed pigments and glitters should give the same warning for clarity.
As much as I realize that “not safe for eye use” products are generally safe for the eyes, I still don’t feel comfortable using the pressed glitters on the eyes. Overpacked is so chunky, and the inclusion of these glitters in the palettes is partly why I barely bought any ColourPop palettes last year. My eyesight is really bad, so I take my eye health seriously, and I don’t want to put anything on my eyes that may run the risk of scratching my corneas when I take my makeup off.
In general, the quality of the shadows in the Flutter By palette are fantastic. All of the shades last all day, with minimal fading. While the mattes in the Going Coconuts palette seemed a little more tightly packed than what we have come to expect from ColourPop, I felt like the formula of the shades in the Flutter By palette returned to the brand’s usual buttery soft formula. My favourite shades in terms of performance are the shimmer shades. They’re incredibly buttery and with gorgeous colour payoff, and they last all day on the lids without creasing. However, some of the shimmer shades are so soft that they might result in a little bit of fallout when you are placing it on your lids, so ensure that you tap the excess off your brush first being applying.
The two shades I found to be more tightly packed and drier than the rest were Wild Wing and Lush; however, this didn’t affect the performance of the shades, as they can be built up to be just as pigmented as the shadows that are softer in formula.
What I was a little disappointed about was that the two “sequin” shades (matte with glitter) show up more as mattes on the eyes. Even with a glitter glue, the glitters don’t quite translate onto the eyes, which is unfortunate because Mariposa, the mauve shade, is such a unique shade, and even more so when it contains the glitters.
As I mentioned, I was not interested in putting the pressed glitter (Overpacked) onto the eyes, so it was just a no-go for me, which I already knew going into this palette. It’s sheer, it’s chunky, and results in more glitter under the eyes than on the eyelids. Hard pass!
As usual, I did three looks with this palette. I find that all the shades kind of look similar in the photos, but I swear they all look unique in real life!
Look 1 is a halo look featuring some of my favourite shades of the palette. I ran Made to Last through the crease as the transition shade, then applied Angel BB on the outer and inner third of the eye. Lastly, I patted Just Imagine in the middle of the lid.
For look two, I ran Made to Last through the crease as the transition shade, then Flat On in the outer third of the lid. I applied Gotta Fly into the middle of the lid, and Sunflare to the inner third of the lid.
Look 3 features Ch-Ch-Changes in the crease, Angel BB in the outer third of the lid, Mariposa in the middle of the lid, and Getaway in the inner third of the lid. I was hoping Mariposa would have more glitter to make a more seamless transition between the shimmer shade and the crease shade, but I still like the way it turned out. I probably should have blended Getaway out more, but I was in a rush to finish taking photos because the sun was setting!
- Affordable price
- Shadows are soft with great colour payoff
- Unique shade selection
- Cohesive colour story that allow for complete looks
- The sequin shades perform more like mattes
- Some shades are soft and have a little fallout
Overall, if you are a fan of cool tones or of mauves/plummy shades, this palette is right up your alley. The formula is stellar and you can get a lot of complete looks just using this palette. I’m super happy that I bought this – it’s more unique than your average neutral palette, but it contains a lot of wearable shades. It’s a palette I can see myself going back to again and again.
Do you own this palette, or see yourself using something like this?