This summer saw the launch of another new palette onto the market, as Ireland’s sweetheart, Pippa O’Connor, teamed up with the Irish brush company Blank Canvas Cosmetics, to create this multi functional eye and face palette that has the beauty world in a frenzy. With glowing reviews all over the internet, I decided it was time I not only gave the palette a spin, but shared my thoughts on whether the palette lives up to the hype that surrounds it.
On first glance the Pippa Palette looks really beautiful. It comes in a heavy-duty cardboard pink palette, with a cardboard sleeve for extra protection and a decent size mirror on the inside. Don’t be put off my the cardboard design, as it seems very durable, but only time will tell just how sturdy it is. The palette is lightweight and slimline and perfect for travelling with. Personally I think that palettes with bulky packaging is a bit of a space waster, so the slim design of the Pippa palette makes it easy to store.
Inside the palette there are 6 matte eyeshadows, a blusher, highlighter and contouring powder. On first impression, the colours were right up my street! The eyeshadows in the palette are perfect for creating both day and night looks. The pigmentation of the eyeshadows vary from colour to colour, with the lighter two colours lacking a little on pigmentation side. I found that the lighter colours take a while to build to something you can see on the eye. However, Tobi, Susu, Dodo and Kd pack a little more pigmentation and were more vibrant on the eye. I do find however, that they shadows need a some work to blend into your desired look. I found that I needed to keep blending to get them to work for me. It was a series of adding product and blending to build up colour. In say that, once I had worked with them a little bit, the finished result was beautiful and they wore really well. In fact, I can get through a full days work wearing these with little or no wear down on the shadows. My favourite colour has to be Tobi, this colour works as a transition , crease and lid colour. I love wearing this all over the lid and blended up into the crease. It is the perfect work colour with a little winged liner! There is some fall out with these shadows, but nothing that can’t be fixed with a little bit of a clean up with your brush.
Ok so what about the face products? The blusher is a peachy pink shade, that works very well with Irish skin tones. I am not normally a fan of a matte blusher, but I found this was ok and it gives the cheeks a hint of colour.
The contour powder is actually really lovely. It is a the perfect colour for creating a naturally contoured look. When picking a contour shade, you want to try and avoid the orangey toned colours and instead pick something a little more ashy. The colour Pippa picked for the palette is exactly what we all need in our lives.
Finally lets talk about Lulu. This is 100% the stand out item from the palette for me. This is an absolutely beautiful highlighter that gives your cheeks the most beautiful highlighted glow. I normally find it difficult getting highlighter to show on my skin, but this really shows up so well. I have nothing but good things to say about Lulu and I really feel that Pippa should consider bringing this out as an individual product, as it would be sure to become a firm favourite of many makeup lovers.
Over the past number of weeks people have asked me what I really thought of the Pippa palette. At first I thought “Yeah it’s ok”, and the more I use it, i realise that it really is just ok, nothing amazing. The colours lack pigmentation and while you can get them to work with extra effort, I personally don’t have time for effort like that. I will say that the finished looks are really beautiful and last really well throughout the day and don’t even get me started on the beauty that is the highlighter and contour powder.
I do feel that the price point is a little high at €34.99, but at the same time I have spent more on palette thats I rarely use. You can buy the Pippa Palette here for €34.99