ColourPop Cosmetics Golden State of Mind Palette - Review and Swatches

Hi, friends! How is your December going so far? Is it cold where you live? I miss living in Japan and actually having different seasons throughout the year. Not that I’m complaining about living in Hawaii or anything! But, having a white Christmas is definitely something I’ve always dreamt about!

For today’s post, let’s take a look at the Golden State of Mind Eyeshadow Palette from ColourPop. I haven’t heard much about this palette after it was released or have seen many reviews on it, but I know I sure fell in love with it as soon as I saw the first photos of it!

The palette is described on Sephora as:

A palette of 15 super-pigmented pressed powder shadows with a glitter finish.

Inspired by the place ColourPop calls home, Golden State of Mind features 15 exclusive Pressed Powder Shadows. The unique formula gives multidimensional luster and shine to the eyes with one-stroke metallic intensity.

Each pan is 0.035 oz. (0.98 g) and the shadows are formulated without parabens, sulfates, and phthalates. ColourPop is also a cruelty-free brand (PETA certified) and has many products that are vegan. However, this palette is on their non-vegan product list. (See entire list here

The palette costs $26 dollars, making each shade about $1.73. That’s a pretty good price if you ask me!

Shade list and description (L-R, Top-Bottom):

Golden Egg: pinky beige with turquoise glitter
Pay the Piper: icy blue
GRLFRND: pink with violet glitter
Zero Clue: vibrant warm yellow
Watch Out: golden ivory with pink glitter
Drizzle: icy baby pink
Uptight: rose gold
Can’t Stop: icy champagne ivory
Sparkler: silvery bronze
Unsupervised: pink champagne
Lust in Time: medium cool rose
Mind Trick: icy blackened purple
Wing Woman: red brown with green and gold glitter
Heads or Tales: icy cranberry
Tinker Time: blackened antique gold with blue glitter

ColourPop Cosmetics Golden State Of Mind Palette - Review and Swatches

Shade names are printed on the back


(photos taken in two different types of light - indoor light and in front of window with sunlight)

Top row: L-R

Top row: L-R

Middle row: L-R

Middle row: L-R

Bottom row: L-R

Bottom row: L-R


How beautiful are those shades?! This is an all shimmer palette, which means you probably can’t do an entire look with it. That’s definitely not a con for me because I have so many other eyeshadow palettes I could use for matte shades. But, if you’re looking for a one-stop palette, this probably isn’t going to be it.

I have to admit that my expectations were pretty high with this palette because ColourPop always does such a good job with both their pressed powder shadows and their SuperShock Shadows. And I definitely was not let down! Spoiler alert… I love this palette!

In addition to every single shade being beautiful, so many of the shades are new to me. I don’t have a pinky beige with turquoise glitter shade or a blackened antique gold with blue glitter shade. Like whaaaaat, who came up with these?!

There is such a good mix of classic shimmer shades that can be used for everyday looks and unique shades for when you’re feeling more adventurous.


The formula of the shadows is good, like all ColourPop shadows. I wouldn’t say they are amazing, but they’re good. Some shades feel a bit chalkier than others – the two white ones for sure. Maybe it’s harder to make white shades feel super smooth? I don’t know, I’m not an expert when it comes to actually making makeup. 

But even if they are a bit rough, you’re still able to work with them. Also, as you can see in the photos, some of the shadows can get a bit flaky, which will result in fallout.

There is a bit of fallout with all the shades, but it isn’t anything out of the ordinary and is to be expected with shimmer/glitter powders – a quick swipe with a fluffy brush will take care of that. (Just be sure to set your face with powder first or do your eyes before your face!)

I know some people were expecting the formula to be like a pressed glitter, so they were disappointed with this palette. But if you expect it to work like a pressed powder, it’s great. 


I’ve found that these shadows are best put on with a fingertip. I normally don’t like applying any makeup with my hands/fingers, so when I first tried it, I used a flat packing brush to place the shadow on my lid. And I’ll be honest, I was underwhelmed.

he color and shimmer payoff when using a brush doesn’t even come close to what you see in the photos of the swatches. Then, I tried wetting the brush and it was a lot better, but I still was kind of underwhelmed.

The following day, I realized that if I wanted the shadows to look like the swatches when applying them on my eyes, I should use my finger! Like duhhh, you used your finger for the swatches, use your finger on your lids! And this worked BEAUTIFULLY. Never going back to using a brush with this palette.


Every day for the last week or so, I’ve been trying to use a different shade from this palette on my eyelid. I’ve been keeping the rest of my eye look the same – a neutral smoky eye – so the lid shade can really stand out.

And so far, I seriously love almost every single shade so much! My favorites are definitely Sparkler and Wing Woman. They both amp up my everyday work makeup so much, without taking it overboard.

The two white shades see a little less action just because they’re a bit too icy for my preference to use on my lids, but they’re great for an inner-corner highlight. I also think the shades are perfect to create holiday looks – those gold-toned shades and that cranberry! Ugh, perfect for the holidays! 

Final thoughts:

Overall, I definitely recommend this palette if you’re looking for something to accompany other shadows you already have, especially if you don’t have many shimmer shades in your collection, and you want to start experiment with some sparkle!

For me, the shades of this palette perfectly suit my taste and I can see myself reaching for this palette because I know a handful of the shades work amazingly for me.

But, I don’t think it’s a palette that is a must-have if you already have some shimmer shades in your collection because the formula isn’t outstanding (especially if you have the Jaclyn Hill Palette, which has a ton of beautiful shimmers with amazing quality), and besides a few unique shades, you probably already have similar shades in your collection.

Side note: 
Yes, it arrived with Golden Egg broken. :( But, thumbs up to Sephora for sending me a replacement when I informed them it was broken, no questions asked! 

ColourPop Cosmetics Golden State Of Mind Palette - Review and Swatches

And that’s it for this post, guys! Do any of you have this palette? Love it? Hate it? I’d love to know what you think about it! Happy holidays and thanks for reading! Until next time. <3

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Unfortunately, this palette is no longer being sold by ColourPop or Sephora. :(


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