I Tried Disney's Colourpop Collection and It Opened up a Whole New World

I've never really been invested in makeup before, except back in my modeling and pageant days when others would apply it for me. My morning routine consists of snoozing my alarm clock repeatedly and finally rolling out of bed 15 minutes before I need to head out the door; makeup is the last thing on my mind. That is until Disney announced a Colourpop Collection—then it was goodbye lazy and hello princess.

Woman holding the Disney Colourpop Collection Palette with a blue background photo

Why I Absolutely Needed This Set

First, three facts you should know about me:

1. I am a Disney nerd; legit, I'm listening to a 200-movie-song playlist as I write this piece.

2. I had never spent more than $15 on any cosmetic before.

3. I had been considering investing in more "grown up" makeup before the Disney Colourpop collaboration was announced.

That is exactly why I decided to stay up until 2 a.m. on September 28, 2018, the day the collection launched. I couldn't find the exact time, but figured midnight (PDT) was standard in fairy-tale land. Plus, I knew the collection was going to sell out immediately. Well, I was right about it selling out (like 10 minutes after it launched it was bibbidi-bobbidi-gone), but I was wrong about the time by 12 hours. Frustrated, I fell asleep and constantly checked my computer at work until at 2 p.m. the clock struck and the line was available. I hurried to place my order on Colourpop's website, but by checkout time, everything I wanted was gone. Instead of giving up, I headed to Disney's shopping website and scored EVERYTHING, including an extra lipstick set for my best friend.

I could not wait for my new Coloupop palette, shadows, lipsticks, highlighter, and lip glosses to arrive—it would be my first try with a palette that didn't come from the $5 section at Walmart. After a week it finally arrived, so I grabbed my palette, pulled up a tutorial, and headed to the mirror. I started with "Chip," which is a matte, almost nude color. I then added "Abu" (a burnt orange brown) to my crease, and dotted "Enchanted Rose" in the corner. I may not know a lot about makeup, but I do know purples look best with my green eyes. I really liked the look, but more importantly I noticed how easy it was to apply. The eyeshadows have a creamy base that glides on smoothly. And the pigment! I didn't need to add layer after layer. One swipe for the matte and two for the purple, and I was good to go.

I haven't had a chance to use all the different colors yet, but I am excited to keep experimenting—especially with the bolder hues like gold ("One Kiss") and deep brown ("Beast"). My verdict: I am obsessed with this princess palette. I love the range of color options, and the quality was way better than I expected. Also, I may be wearing "Chip" every day now—turns out it only takes about 30 seconds to give myself the "I am awake and alert" face.

Disney Colourpop Collection lipsticks: Ariel, Cinderella, Jasmine, Tiana, Belle, Snow White in a collage of images photo

Testing the Princess Lipsticks

While I love the princess palette, I was more excited to try the six lipsticks. I like wearing a neutral during the day and swiping on plum shades for a night out. That's exactly why my favorites "Belle" (bottom middle) and "Tiana" (bottom left) did not surprise me one bit. What did surprise me: How smoothly they go on—one swipe for the lighter shades and two for the darker—and how long they last. I drank some tea at my desk, and though "Ariel" left a mark on the lid, it did not disappear from my lip; and I had to scrub to remove "Snow White" (bottom right) after wearing it for a night out.

Overall, I like the versatility this set offers. I love that I can switch between three neutrals and three bold options depending on my mood. I also love the confidence boost I get from the different shades. Though she's a good princess, the "Tiana" shade makes me feel like a total villain (Maleficent would be proud), whereas "Ariel" (top left) brings out my bubbly, silly side. My least favorite? "Cinderella" (top middle). To put it bluntly, that slipper just does not fit. The bubble-gum pink makes my pale complexion look dull; however, it looks amazing on my best friend, so it's all about finding the right match.

Sadly the entire collection is sold out everywhere—except for the eyeshadow pack—but this trial was about way more than just having Disney fun. For me, this experience opened my eyes to an entire new world of makeup. I understand now that quality products change the game. Sometimes spending $20 on a palette instead of $5 is totally worth it. I can see why makeup-lovers head to Sephora or Ulta for their beauty buys (not that you can't get high-quality products at drugstores, too). I also understand why it's important to take some time for yourself in the morning. I won't change my entire routine (sleep is just too good) but a little lipstick and eyeshadow can go a long way—and that ready-for-anything confidence is worth losing those five extra minutes in bed.

Love the colors? Here are some lookalikes to make your fairy-tale dreams come true:

Princess Palette: Colourpop Fortune Pressed Palette or Fame Pressed Palette, $22 each; ulta.com

Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo lip gloss: Wicked Trick Lip Bundle, $16; ulta.com

Ariel: Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in Safe Word, $18; sephora.com

Cinderella: Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Primrose, $8; ulta.com

Jasmine: Rouge Cream Lipstick in Call Girl, $7; sephora.com

Tiana: NYX Matte Lipstick in Siren, $6; ulta.com

Belle: Colourpop Crème Lux Lipstick in Lay Over, $7; utla.com

Snow White: Colourpop Crème Lux Lipstick in On Display, $7; utla.com