Ayy, this was a disappointment, and THAT, ladies and gents, is an understatement. I mean, overall, the quality of the shadows in this Colourpop 'You Had Me at Hello' palette is mostly on par with what I have come to expect from Colourpop's pressed shadow formula. However, this is a far cry from being anywhere close to a *mauve-toned* palette that the brand is insinuating it to be. Lime Crime Venus 3? Dose of Colours Marvelous Mauves? Now THOSE are mauve toned palettes. This Colourpop palette is just a warm-toned basic brown palette with *not* a lot of versatility. It was nice that they decided to throw in a duochrome warm pink/gold, for good measure...but for what purpose? The duochrome pink shade has a terrible, crumbly formula (the worst in the palette, and the only major dud in the palette) and it doesnt really go with any of the other shades. Sooo, why bother? Also, the shade FBO, described as a pink violet, just looks like a dull, muddy satiny reddened bronze with just a hint of a pink undertone. The metallic purple shade in the Fem Rosa palette (I think it's the shade called 'Empress') is MUCH better than this FBO shade, and pulls more purple and more cool toned, and less red, on me than FBO ever would.
The shade 'Mauve' and any other corresponding shade in the color family is supposed to pull as cool toned on ANY complexion. Any other shade, and it wouldn't match the color description or the color family of 'mauve.' Thus making this glorified warm toned brown palette very inaptly named, as it is anything BUT mauve.
That being said, the majority of this palette actually pulls VERY warm toned on my wintery complexion, (contrasting to the 'mauve' claims), save for a few shades: and those shades are the beautiful deep boysenberry purple shade called 'Look See', the deep cocoa brown shade called 'Sparks Fly', and the metallic silvery taupe called 'DTR'. The rest of the shades in this palette don't really pair that well with the three aforementioned cool toned shades, since they're so warm, thus making this a palette I just don't understand at all, and therefore making it one that I just dont reach for that often.
I know a thing or two about color combinations just from studying makeup at workshops, and in no way did I ever hear the shade 'mauve' being classified as 'warm brown with pink undertones.' Just....excuse me, what? 'Rustic' mauve comes to mind with one shade in this palette, maybe (which is what I would classify the shade 'Winning Ticket' to be). But this palette definitely needs a matte berry pink or a matte mid-toned mauvey pink or grey/purple or something to give it more versatility and just.....SOMETHING to work with. I'm just not inspired at all when I look at this palette. I think some brands (not just Colourpop) need to go back to the drawing board and review actual shade descriptions that have stayed true to themselves all throughout the history of art and color mixing, and not just make up something as they see fit (i.e. Colourpop's thought process when creating this palette: 'Ahhh theres ONE purple in this palette! Lets surround it with a bunch of uncomplimentary warm colors, and just call it a 'mauve/pink/purple' palette!' JUST....NO.
I know that Colourpop doesnt claim to be an artistry brand, but makeup brands and companies in general just need to start learning to curate their products with multiple colors to have, y'know... actual "complimentary" colors, and some sort of a cohesive color STORY, along with a semblance of a working knowledge of color theory and knowledge of basic color descriptions, before releasing a product and marketing it. Just my $0.02. No, I would not recommend this palette to anyone who wants a 'mauve-toned' palette. Or even a cohesive neutral palette, for that matter. It is anything BUT mauve, anything BUT cool-toned, and you probably have shades like this, already. The formula is for the most part creamy and easy to blend (albeit with a TON of powder kick-up, no matter how careful you are). Since the formula is so soft on the mattes, I can see anyone who is just a hair above being light-handed, hitting pan on these shades rather quickly. Definitely cant get more than 3 different looks TOPS with this palette, which is why I originally was going to give it a 2, but the overall quality bumped it up to a 3.