Colourpop Make-Up Review: The Darth Vader Eyeshadow Palette

Following on from a review I did about The Mandalorian Collection from Colourpop, the company later released a follow up eye shadow palette based on the colours of the main villain, Darth Vader.

If you think Sith, you think dark colours. If you think make-up, you then think a mix of shimmers and mattes.

And this palette doesn’t disappoint on either!

I’ll walk you through some of the key things I look for in an eye shadow:

The final decision then rests with you!

Colour Choices

This is a 9-colour palette, and the colours reflect the Darth Vader theme very well.

The first colours I tend to think of when I think of Darth Vader are black and red.

One of the most common comments I saw when this palette was first announced was that this palette doesn’t give you a straight up dark black shade, but – unpopular opinion alert – I really don’t mind this!

If you favour a darker eyeshadow range, you probably already have a black within your collection and it can be an overdone colour. This palette really doesn’t seem like it would benefit from black being an option.

Black is also a tricky colour to work with and can result in a lot of fallout, but I’ll come to this when I look at the texture of the eyeshadow.

Instead, this palette has more of a lean towards a deep silver. There is one in a matte finish and one in a shimmer, so you could use one as a base and one as a topper.

You also have the option of a shimmery red which is perfect to highlight your eyelid!

There are also some neutral tones which work well both as base colours but also to help carve out eyebrows (if that is your preference) or deepen corners if you don’t want to use the dark greys.

Overall, this palette has a great balance of neutral and bold shades which, in turn, means that the style combinations are multiplied. Every time I look at this palette, I can think of a new combination.


As with The Mandalorian Collection, this palette continues the tradition of the Colourpop eyeshadows being satin in texture.

It glides on very smoothly and can be built up to the intensity you desire without heading to the realms of being overbearing.

My preference is to apply all the colours with an eyeshadow brush, but if you just wanted a subtle topper colour, there’s nothing stopping you from using your finger to tap the product lightly onto your eyelid!

There is a little bit of fallout from this product, but it really isn’t something that bothers me a great deal. I understand where it could be annoying, but if you start your makeup routine with making sure your eyes are done first, you won’t run the risk of wiping foundation off repeatedly thanks to fallout from the eyeshadow.

The bonus with this formula is that the fallout is rather minimal. I have used equivalently priced products with far more fallout than this one, so for the price point, it’s fine!


This is where I start to have a bit of a wobble in my confidence in this product.

I have tried this eyeshadow with 2 different eye primers:

  1. E.l.f Putty Eye Primer
  2. Revolution Prime and Lock Eye Primer

And I have also tried wearing it without an eye primer.

I will always advise to use an eye primer alongside your eyeshadow! If you find a good one for your skin type, your eyeshadow is unlikely to move all day!

However, this eyeshadow palette did have a little bit of a flaw here.

I feel that the creases in my eyeshadow were quite noticeable after a only couple of hours of wear.

I don’t want to condemn the eyeshadow itself right away though as I do have slightly hooded eyelids which may be causing some of the problem.

Unfortunately, I did feel that the creasing was noticeable enough that I think I would have to reapply the shadow in certain areas if I went out and about.

This would mean taking a couple of brushes and the product out with me, and who has time to top up their eyeshadow when they’re busy with errands, am I right?

I’m not one to give up lightly though!

I did find, after a couple of tries, that building up the eyeshadow a bit more not only gave a better pigmentation of colour, but also helped it to last that little bit longer.

I think that the wearability of this palette will largely depend on the type of skin you have, whether you have hooded eyelids or not, and what sort of eye primer you use if you have one.

I did try using this without applying an eye primer, but I found that the pigment was not as strong, so I wouldn’t recommend using it without one.

When it comes to wearability, trial and error seems to be the order of the day. It’s a bit of a shame as the palettes that came with The Mandalorian Collection didn’t seem to have the same issue, but different colours can sometimes make formulas act differently so I’m not totally surprised.


At the time of writing this, the cost of the palette is $16, or about £12.23 if you’re in the UK.

I think that’s perfectly reasonable!

The quality of the packaging and the product itself are high! I ordered a couple of bits at the same time as ordering this palette and the order was clearly packed with care! There was no damage at all and the packaging was recyclable which is always a positive in my eyes!

Colourpop Darth Vader Palette without box

If you are ordering from the UK, as I did, it would be advisable to order a few pieces in one go if you are interested in more than one item. This makes the customs charges and postage much more worthwhile.

If you are only looking for this item, that’s fine, as I think the price of the palette is very worth it.

To summarise

Yes, this palette is worth the price!

The quality and careful packaging of the order itself was worth it.

Just be aware that it may take some time to understand how the product sits on your eyelids and how much of the product works well for you.

Just remember that all important eye primer!

Diary Of Discovery

19 thoughts on “Colourpop Make-Up Review: The Darth Vader Eyeshadow Palette

  1. Thank you so much for sharing such an in-depth review on this palette lovely. I’ve been wanting to try colourpop for a while now as I’ve heard great things about their quality. I love the colour theme of this palette, it looks great. Xo

    Elle –

  2. I rarely use eye shadow so haven’t kept up with brands and trends, etc but I am a huge Star Wars fan so this got me interested to give it a try (I have hooded eye lids too so may encounter the same issue). Thanks for the review!

  3. I had no idea these themed pallets existed, so cool! That shimmery red really caught my eye. I never tried red eye shadow. I always go with browns, pale pinks, and black. Boring, I know! Your post inspired me to be more out of the box next time I buy eye shadows 🙂 xx

  4. These colours are amazing 😍 I am so sick of every palette being warm-toned neutrals. I love how ColourPop creates such unique and gorgeous colour combos! Great post!

  5. I’ve only tried ColourPop’s smaller 4 pan palettes, so it was great reading a review of one of their 9 pan palettes. I love the Darth Vader theme and I do believe the shades fit the theme well even though there isn’t a true black. I also agree eye primer is a must!

  6. Thank you for sharing such an honest review of this eyeshadow palette. I love ColorPop and have been using them for a while. I was actually interested in this palette but was worried about if all the colors were extremely dark.

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