Drugstore Makeup,  Eyeshadow

Not a Box of Chocolates Palette Swatches

Colourpop’s new eyeshadow palette called Not A Box Of Chocolates is an all brown, monochromatic pallete of 16 shades with one of those being a pressed glitter.

Colourpop Not A Box Of Chocolates Inside palette view of the eyeshadow pans

This palette can be purchased at both Colourpop and Ulta. I purchased this palette at Ulta using a 20% off coupon which brought the price down to $19.20.

Click the images to see each section of the palette as a larger image:


These were swatched in the shade using finger swatches on dry skin. No primer used.

Colourpop Not A Box of Chocolates palette swatches on fair/pale/light skin tone

Check out my Instagram post if you’d like to see video swatches.


The palette packaging is cardboard with no mirror. The ingredients are printed on the outer cardboard packaging and are really hard to read. The palette is marked cruelty free.

Colourpop Not a Box of Chocolates palette open showing lid and eyeshadow pans
Not a Box of Chocolates Outer cardboard box packaging with ingredients

Compared to Other Palettes

Are any of these palettes dupes for each other? Clearly lots of really close shades among these palettes.

Brown Neutral eyeshadow palettes comparison includes: Colourpop Not a box of chocolates, Colourpop Bare Necessities, Natasha Denona Mini Glam, Dior Backstage Warm Neutrals, Wet n Wild Always Naked, and Patrick Ta Major Dimension
Colourpop Not a box of chocolates (bottom left), Colourpop Bare Necessities (bottom right), Natasha Denona Mini Glam (far left center), Dior Backstage Warm Neutrals (middle), Wet n Wild Always Naked (top right), and Patrick Ta Major Dimension (top left)

I see a remarkable resemblance between the Colourpop Not a Box of Chocolates and the Wet n Wild Always Naked palette. I feel that the shimmers on Not a Box of Chocolates seem more textured than the ones in Bare Necessities; I’d have to do some swatch experiments to be sure.

Formula Review

Colourpop is probably my favorite “affordable” eyeshadow formula. This palette holds up to Colourpop’s reputation for good quality eyeshadows at a not-too-high price. The mattes blend nicely, and the shimmer shades are impactful.

I wore a combination of the shades Drizzle Me This and Amaretto. It made a really cute look that lasted well through the day. Towards the end of the day (9+ hours) the Drizzle Me This shimmer was starting to look a bit patchy/creasy and worn out.

Colourpop pressed glitter formula compared in Not a Box of Chocolates Palette and Off Melrose palette.
Pressed glitter in Not A Box of Chocolates compared to the glitter in a different Colourpop palette Off Melrose.

Glitter. When purchasing this palette online, I thought that it did not have any glitter. Now that I have it in person, I can tell that the shade PB Brittle is a glitter. It is a finer glitter with smaller particles than other palettes I have seen from Colourpop in the past. Also, I do not see any eye safety warning anywhere on the packaging. The first ingredient of this shade is Polyethelene Terephthalate. The Off Melrose palette does have an eye safety warning (see photo above for comparison of particle size)

Colourpop Not A Box Of Chocolates eyeshadow palette.

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