After being thoroughly impressed with Colourpop’s I Think I Love You palette over the summer, I decided to expand my collection. Colourpop makes a solid eyeshadow, hosts a variety of shades, and lands at a price point I find laudable. I was immediately drawn to the Good Sport palette, sixteen shadows perfectly suited for autumn with warm jewel tones and metallic shades. It remains unlike any palette I’ve seen. Seriously, how has no one thought to pair purples, oranges, and green eyeshadows together? Honestly…
Good Sport retails on Colourpop’s website for $16 (USD). The site offers free shipping within the US on purchases of $30 or more and free international shipping on purchases of $50 or more.
Colourpop’s palettes are built solidly. I’ve traveled with a few of them by car and plane and they have held up to my checked bag without sustaining damage to either the exterior or the shadows inside. I don’t love the Good Sport aesthetic: the mix of leopard print with ruddy pinks and purples makes it virtually impossible to see the gold lettering on the front. There’s also not enough of a colour distinction between the pigments used. Minor irritation, I know, but this is a review, not an objective summary about the palette’s appearance.
One thing I love about this packaging is that the shadow names are clearly printed on the inside of the palette, next to the actual shadows. My I Think I Love You palette only includes the names of the shadows on the back, which is aggravating to try and read. This way I always know the colours to which I am referring.
Some generalizations before I break down the shadows individually: Colourpop’s matte shadows are very tightly pressed. As a result, they are difficult to apply evenly with a stiff shadow brush. I have had a lot of luck applying them with fluffier brushes; they blend beautifully.
The metallic shadows in Good Sport are all buttery and smooth. I noticed very little fallout even when wearing them without Fix+ or another fixing spray.
Rookie is a copper eyeshadow with white reflects. I have a love-hate relationship with copper eyeshadows, so that this one stands-out to me is a testament to its quality. It’s a beautiful shadow that wears well on its own or with other shadows.
Flow, High Hopes, Hooky, Reckless, and Trophies are the best mattes in the palette. Layer them one on top of the other for a brilliantly dimensional smoky eye or simply aim to incorporate one or two. These shadows are buildable, so they can be worn on their own at full opacity, or smoke them out for an eye that asphyxiates.
Wild Out is a great shadow to apply all over as a wash or a highlight. Pop it all over the lid to lighten up the eyes, even. It’s just an all-around good eyeshadow.
Licious is a bright gold shadow. It wears like every other bright gold shadow you’ve ever owned. Next.
Ebb does not wear as beautifully as it does in the pan. I wanted this colour because I love me a good lime-green metallic eyeshadow. I thought this would be perfect over top of a smoky crease made of Reckless. I was disappointed. Ebb isn’t strong enough on its own; it takes on the ruddiness of the rest of the colours and looks muddled on the eye. Of course, this does mean it can be toned down for more neutral looks.
That’s kind of strong language: it’s not that these shadows are bad, it’s that they didn’t make as much of a mark as the others. Either I find them difficult to use or they don’t wear the way they should.
Hooked confirms my belief that an ashy green shadow will just never work. It fizzles on the lid, neither bright enough to be a highlight nor distinctive enough to pop.
Sista and Trooper might be a matter of skin tone; they make me look bruised. However, they don’t seem to have the colour payoff to stand out against the other colours either.
With a base, I can get my usual 8-10 hours of wear out of these shadows. They build well, including the mattes, so they can be worn at opacity on the lid. The metallics generate very little fallout. Despite the seeming wildness of this palette, not to mention how dark some of these colours get, the ruddy undertones make this palette suitable for daytime wear. I can’t say it suits every season – this is most assuredly an autumn palette – but even the colours that disappointed me did not disappoint me in terms of their wear.
I also have to praise the diverse looks that can be created with this palette. I mean it when I say it’s a very different collection of colours. This is one of those palettes that works as an intermediary between neutrals and pop colours.
So far I’m three for three on Colourpop palettes (I also have the Dream St. palette and will be reviewing it soon. Spoiler alert: I love that one too). They’re cruelty-free and offer a wide range of shades. Their formulas, while a little overpressed for the mattes, wear beautifully for hours and can be used to create a diverse range of looks. The price is also a selling feature: twelve reliable eyeshadows with great colour payoff with a colour story that lends itself to play. Even if Good Sport isn’t the palette for you, I guarantee Colourpop has something that you’re looking for.