I have to say, I’m doing a pretty good job of working through my 8 brands to try in 2021 – who knew that I loved to shop so much. Yeah…never mind, don’t answer that.
Copacetic was on my list and I’m excited to finally get around to trying it out with the specific palette that I called out in the video: the Companion palette, a collab with MJONES5018. I did also buy a bundle of shadows but I haven’t had a chance to swatch those shadows yet so you’ll just have to be on the lookout for a part 2!
The palette is apparently inspired by our animal companions…I think. The site doesn’t have much information about who MJONES5018 is or what the palette is all about, but I’ve heard a lot of people talking about the palette in their videos, so I hope I have that correct. The shades are all names (again, apparently the names of pets) and there is a dedication to two pets that have passed away is on the back of the palette. I really would love more information about how the collab came about, but the colors are a really pretty collection of shades that are right up my alley and I was excited to dive in!
Obviously anything with at least three green shades is going to appeal to me, and I love that these are all more blue-leaning greens – my favorite! The purples are gorgeous and I love the pops of pink and peach. The swatches I did were all done over the Ulta Matte Eye Primer with a finger swatch on the left and a finger swatch on the right. The top photo is under my studio lighting with no flash, and the bottom photo is under the same lighting with a flash.
L to R: Nina, Lexi, Zoey
Nina is a flaky shadow that has a sheer lilac base with a bright pastel lavender glittery shimmer. It’s a little chunky and was a little bit of a struggle with a dry brush – but more on that later. The middle shade, Lexi, is a gorgeous green shimmer with a nice pigmentation, a silky texture, and a golden reflect. Zoey is another flaky shade, creamsicle orange with a strong silver metallic shine.
L to R: Kaylie, Meagen, Olivia
Kaylie is a light pearly white with subtle mint shift and some notes of pink. Meagen is a bright emerald green metallic shimmer that is a little sheer when applied with a finger but gets good opacity with a brush. Olivia is a bit of a mess. It’s a chunky white flaky base with some subtle red/hot pink notes. This was really hard to use. It was almost impossible to pick up with a dry brush, and with a finger you could get coverage but not consistency: chunk city! This is often a problem with flaky formulas, but this shade in particular was a pain to try to use.
L to R: Alexa, Jessica, Robin
Alexa is a bright coral pink with peachy duochrome shift. Jessica is a pale spring green with golden lime shimmer. Robin is a very similar shade to Nina, but it’s more of a solic metallic application, and has a touch more of a red undertone.
To be fair, I’m rarely of a fan of very flaky shadows, and these flakies reminded me of why: they are hard to work with unless you like wetting them and applying them foiled. I don’t like to do that for reviews since that’s not how I typically like to apply them, but I may have to revisit that for part two. Oh, did I not mention that the bundle I bought was the “summer flakies bundle?” Yeah, I know, I’m a whole ass clown. These are a real challenge with a dry brush, so I will probably do an extra swatch with each of the flakies so you can see a wet, foiled application. I’ll bring back the flakies from this palette as well so you can see how the swatches compare.
What’s frustrating for me is that I’m not sure why they do so many flakies: their other shimmer formulas are abso-freaking-lutely GORGEOUS! They have great opacity, a silky, creamy application that is heavenly, and the shimmer and reflects are absolutely top notch. When you can make shimmer shades that good, why make these other, more frustrating shades? I just don’t understand it.
I’m excited to try the summer flakies bundle, because the colors really are stunning, but I’m not sure if Copacetic is destined to become a “must have” in my collection. They’ve piqued my interest, and I’m definitely willing to buy from the brand again, but I just want my eyeshadows to be a bit easier to work with than these. It’s a good formula, but I just can’t say that it’s (crossdressing) man’s best friend.