photo: Blake Newby

Not to brag, but I'm a busy woman. My beauty-filled days often come with a plethora of events to attend, and by the end of it all, I'm usually exhausted. So with that lifestyle, I have to have makeup I can depend on, a task that hasn't been the easiest. As you can imagine, makeup launches, especially when it comes to eye shadows, aren't always what they're cracked up to be, and they don't stay on my large eyes the way I'd like. 

Here enters ColourPop's Uh-Huh Honey Palette, the golden and yellow shadow curation that's received quite the buzz on social media. I wanted to put it to the test myself, but not just to see what looks I could pull off. Nope, I wanted to put it to a real test, seeing whether the shadows could withstand one of New York City's busiest days

Ahead, check out whether CP remains the top dog in the eye shadow game, or whether one of its newest releases is just a bunch of hype.

Full transparency: When it comes to eye shadow, I usually like to keep it simple. 

In fact, I basically do the exact same thing every day. I dip into my Marc Jacobs O!Mega Bronzer Coconut Perfect Tan, to be exact, and dust it into my creases with a fluffy blending brush. Next, I take my Fenty Beauty Match Stix Shimmer Skinstick in Sinamon and lightly dab it on my lids for a little added shimmer. Then I swipe on some eyeliner, and I'm off! In other words, less is more for me, and I've repeated the same routine so many times that it's basically down pat at this point. 

But I have made an exception for ColourPop's Honey palette.

In the name of makeup — and of course my obsession with gazing at the recent launch — I woke up a little earlier than usual to create a look using the yellow-packed palette and took it on a nonstop 14-hour day during Fashion Week that was filled with four shows, several train rides, one Uber, and finally, a happy hour to wind down the evening. 

So first things first …

ColourPop Honey Palette
photo: Blake Newby

This here is that magical palette you've seen all over your Instagram feed. Of course, in person, the colors aren't quite as vibrant without the gleam of heavy professional lighting, but make no mistake: It's just as pigmented as it appears. I have to admit, the color yellow, especially for a long day of fairly casual work, was a little intimidating to me. But I had two options: Either I could step out of my comfort zone, channel my inner Maddy Perez, and go with the some bright liner variation, or I could work this somewhat unconventional palette into my everyday routine.

And after much deliberation, I decided to go with the latter.

ColourPop Honey Palette
photo: Blake Newby

This, my friends, was the finished look. Instead of going into my crease with my usual bronzer, I used the shade "Buzz Kill" first. Next, I took Dandy onto a packing brush and draped it all over my lid. 

Warning: Dandy is super pigmented, more than I was expecting. And while normally that would be a good thing, as I wasn't trying to look like a pot of gold all day, I realized that like most ColourPop products, a lot goes a long way. After getting that almost-mishap out the way, I dipped into "Totally Buggin" to blend everything seamlessly together. 

So yep, only three colors were needed to create this look. Of course, I couldn't leave the house without a lash, so I quickly applied my go-to strip lash and was out the door.

Then, I hit the town. 

Christian Cowan NYFW
photo: Blake Newby

My first stop of the morning was an early show with young and talented designer Christian Cowan and his Spring/Summer 2020 showcase. Pretty appropriate that I was wearing shimmer as you can see some serious over-the-top eye looks were being crafted backstage.

After a few more hours, a lot more movement and some train rides, and the look was holding up strong. 

ColourPop Honey Palette
photo: Blake Newby

It was holding up way stronger than me, at that moment, at least. I was visibly exhausted, and my lip liner, lipstick, gloss trio had already gone caput. However, the eye shadow still remained on my eyes. I saw little to no creasing, and the shimmer still sustained its shine and reflective qualities while not moving all around the eye space as many glitter-filled colors do. 

But still, my day wasn't done. 

ColourPop Honey Palette
photo: Blake Newby

After many more shows and tons of walking, I had far exceeded all three of my movement goals on my Apple Watch. I was in an Uber and headed to a Fashion Week happy hour. And while  you may not see it on my face, I was actually super excited about the thought of mezcal margaritas and the fact that my eye shadow was withstanding the chaos of the day. 

So here are my thoughts …

ColourPop Honey Palette
photo: Blake Newby

Though it's pretty downright mesmerizing to look at, and enticing to buy, this is not a palette to attack if you haven't had a lot of prior experience with eye shadow. In other words, the colors aren't quite the most neutral selection, and without some kind of knowledge of color pairing, I could see it turning a little chaotic — and quickly.

Now that we have that down, let's talk about application. The eye shadows are extremely smooth and required very little forcing to place the product exactly where you'd like. If we're discussing the feel of the formulas, it gets a strong 9.5/10. But what we all want to know: Do they wear well? In short, yes. For the sake of being able to give you all the real tea on the Honey Palette, I used no eye shadow primer, simply did my typical foundation routine, and applied right on top. 

As you can see, I have tons of lid space to work with, so I expected lots of fallout and creasing, but instead, what I was got was shadows that stood firm all the way through the not-so-forgiving streets of New York City in the heat of Fashion Week. And above all, it looked pretty damn great too! It was a little heavier than I was typically used to, but if I'm headed for a night out or have a big event, I know what I can turn to. Beauty babes, I'd recommend. 

ColourPop Uh-Huh Honey Palette ($12)

This yellow monochromatic palette features every shade of yellow under the sun. The pigmented shades make achieving any bright shadow look a breeze. 

>> Get it here