Saturday, May 9th, 2015

ColourPop Spoon Super Shock Cheek
ColourPop Spoon Super Shock Cheek

ColourPop Spoon Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “light silver champagne with multi-dimensional silver flecks.” It’s a very light, champagne-beige base with a lot of multi-colored sparkle that flash pink, silver, and teal paired with a metallic sheen. This shade is particularly complex, because the more metallic sheen seems to give a brighter, almost pink-champagne color when I look at swatched in person, dead-on, but if it’s angled at all, it flashes warmer to the point where it blends into my skin tone completely. At other times, the sparkle seems to disappear, and other times, it is at the forefront. Colour Pop Smokin’ Whistles (P, $8.00) is lighter, cooler-toned. Colour Pop Lunch Money (P, $8.00) is lighter, less sparkly. Colour Pop Double Dip (LE, $8.00) is warmer. Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is darker. Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is warmer. Estee Lauder Courreges (LE, $32.00) is lighter. MAC Mystery Princess (LE, $26.00) is powder. MAC Born to Dazzle (LE, $28.00) is powder. NARS 413 BLKR (P, $30.00) is more metallic. Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is a powder. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

This is one of the more sparkly shades in the line-up where the sparkles are noticeable on the skin, which may or may not be your cup of tea. It’s not smoothing out pores, but it’s not emphasizing them, despite how sparkly and metallic it is on the skin, but the sparkles scatter a bit as the color is blended on the skin, though they don’t seem to migrate–after eight hours, I wasn’t seeing stray sparkles on my chin, around my nose, or anywhere except the cheek bone that I applied it to. The texture is very smooth, lightly creamy, and the underlying color glides on effortlessly and blends well on the skin. It’s highly reflective on the skin when it catches the light, and at other times, almost imperceptible on my medium skin tone. It had opaque coverage if applied with a fingertip, and then sheerer coverage when applied with a stippling brush. When I tried applying with a stippling brush, it seemed to get more sparkle than color, so I preferred application with fingertips or a denser brush. On me, it lasted eight hours before breaking down.

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Friday, May 8th, 2015

ColourPop Teasecake Super Shock Cheek
ColourPop Teasecake Super Shock Cheek

ColourPop Teasecake Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “pale pink with gold and pink duo chrome finish.” It’s a lightly pink-toned peach with soft beige that gives it a more toned down look paired with pearly shimmer that from gold to pink. Colour Pop Highly Waisted (P, $8.00) is much yellower. Colour Pop Double Dip (LE, $8.00) is lighter, more golden. MAC Coupe d’Chic (LE, $28.00) is pinker, powder. Kevyn Aucoin Starlight (P, $44.00) is darker, powder. Bobbi Brown Pink Glow (LE, $45.00) is powder, lighter. Urban Decay Aura (P, $29.00) is lighter, powder. Tom Ford Beauty Highlighter (Softcore) (LE, $55.00) is lighter, powder. Urban Decay Streak Highlighter (P) is pinker, powder. Maybelline Nude Rebellion (201) (LE, $8.99) is darker. bareMinerals The Many Splendors #2 (LE) is pinker, powder. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The texture is very smooth and creamy with a “wet” feel, but it’s still the signature texture that’s springy and bouncy (think clay or PlayDoh) that goes onto skin like a powder and sits like a powder. It had buildable coverage from semi-sheer to semi-opaque, with fingertip application yielding semi-opaque coverage. With the more duochrome sheen, I think it is prettier and more complex in person than in photos, as you can see how it shifts as your face moves and the light hits the cheeks in different ways. On me, it doesn’t show up with much color until I tilt or move, but on fairer skin tones, I think you’ll get subtle color out of it as well. The texture has a frosted sheen that just slightly emphasized pores after about two and a half hours of wear (initially, it didn’t), though it didn’t worsen over the rest of the time I wore it. This shade wore well for eight and a half hours before fading on me.

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Thursday, May 7th, 2015

ColourPop Sticky Sweet Super Shock Cheek
ColourPop Sticky Sweet Super Shock Cheek

ColourPop Sticky Sweet Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “deep violet with pink duo chrome finish.” It’s a plummy purple with warm, reddish plum undertones and cooler-toned pink and violet micro-shimmer to give a more pearly, metallic sheen. Urban Decay Rapture (P, $26.00) is lighter, warmer, less shimmery. Tarte Embraced (LE, $26.00) is lighter, pinker. IT Cosmetics Magical in Mauve (P, $24.00) is darker, less shimmery. theBalm Cabana Boy (P, $21.00) is darker, less shimmery, warmer. MAC Plum Foolery (P, $21.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

You know that I had to go for the purple shade first, right? (It also helped that as the darkest shade, it was the one I naturally swatched last — always swatch lightest to darkest to avoid staining of the skin!) The new highlighters appear to be the Super Shock Cheek formula, just with a “Pearlized” finish. It’s a cream blush formula with more of a cream-powder hybrid texture, as the product is spongy but not conventionally creamy nor does it have the slip of your traditional cream blush formula. The texture of the Pearlized shades of the Super Shock Cheek formula seemed to have a more emollient feel to them compared to the other Super Shock Cheek shades, which is actually similar to how I feel about the more pearly/metallic finishes in their cream eyeshadow range as well–they just have a wetter feel, even though they still feel and look more like powder once the product hits the skin. The coverage is supposed to be buildable, and you’ll get the “highest amount of coverage” by applying with fingertips and the sheerest when applied with a duo fiber brush.

Sticky Sweet is buildable from semi-sheer to mostly opaque with a very blendable consistency that diffused nicely when skimmed across the cheeks. There’s a noticeable sheen in person that is somewhere between pearl and metallic, but it somehow managed not to emphasize the skin’s texture (though it’s not going to smooth it out!). On me, it wore well for nine and a half hours before fading. It’s another winner for ColourPop, and I’m very much looking forward to working my way through the rest of the Pearlized blushes/highlighters to see if they all hold up as well. Now, if only they’d do eyeliner next!

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Thursday, May 7th, 2015

ColourPop Super Shock Cheek

ColourPop Super Shock Cheeks sees the addition of fifteen Pearlized shades, which consists of more traditional highlighting shades as well as more highlighting blushes. My order just arrived, so I haven’t had much chance to test yet, but here are some swatches for now :)

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Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

ColourPop Empire Super Shock Eyeshadow
ColourPop Empire Super Shock Eyeshadow

Here are reviews for eight of ColourPop Super Shock Shadows ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) — a few of these are discontinued/were limited edition, but they were incorporated into the looks initially, so hopefully the dupes will help or otherwise inspire you on how to wear them if you picked them up during the holidays. Perhaps we’ll see a few come back this holiday!

ColourPop Sugar Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “metallic silvery blue with … glitter.” It’s a light-medium, silvery-gray with a bluish-tint and sparkle that has a more metallic finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that went on fairly smoothly, though it didn’t build too well as it tends to thicken up on the lid when layered. It lasted for ten hours without creasing but had some fall out. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Snow Flurry Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is an antique gold with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had mostly opaque color coverage that was fairly smooth and blendable on the skin. On me, it wore well for ten hours without creasing or fading. This shade was limited edition. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Empire Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “fiercely rich emerald green.” It’s a medium-dark, emerald green with subtle warm undertones with cooler-toned green sparkle. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that was buildable to mostly opaque coverage. It was a little more emollient than other shades, so it was more prone to sheering out. The color lasted for ten hours without fading or creasing. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Rex Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “black drenched with multiple shades of blue glitter.” It’s a medium-dark black with light blue and navy blue micro-glitter. It had so-so color payoff–the black base was noticeably sheer. The upside is the cream-based formula holds the glitter better than a powder would have, but this shade was difficult to work with as it tended to look uneven applied. I had noticeable fall out over time with this shade, though the color didn’t crease for ten hours. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Sleigh Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “icy sage sprinkled with tons of multicolored glitter.” It’s a muted, light-medium antique gold with silver and gold micro-glitter. It had good color payoff and applied easily, though it is pretty glittery so it doesn’t go on quite as smoothly as other shades. The color stayed in place for ten hours but had some fall out over time. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Krinkle Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “smoky blue loaded with silver and gold glitter in a metallic finish.” It’s a muted, medium-dark gray-ish blue with gold and silver glitter. The texture of this is creamier than a lot of the other shades in the formula, but it is very sparkly, which gives it a more textured feel and a tendency to apply a little unevenly. The effect is pretty cool in person, but it’s one of those textures that doesn’t photograph as well. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that is best applied with only light blending or else the glitter gets everywhere. The underlying bluish coloring lasted for ten hours, but I had some fall out over time. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Etiquette Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “true royal blue in a pearlized finish.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark navy blue with a pearly sheen. It had mostly opaque pigmentation that went on smoothly and evenly, while the color stayed on for ten hours without creasing or fading. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Friskie Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “rich black doused with high levels of silver glitter and hints of pink glitter.” It’s a medium-dark black with silver glitter. The base was semi-sheer, which made this shade difficult to apply evenly. When blending, the glitter tended to lift and clump together at times. This was one that really was better applied by patting on with a fingertip rather than a brush. I had some fall out over time, though I didn’t have any creasing over ten hours. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Sunday, May 3rd, 2015

ColourPop Between the Sheets Super Shock Cheek
ColourPop Between the Sheets Super Shock Cheek

ColourPop Between the Sheets Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone beige pink in a matte finish.” It’s a muted, pink-coral-brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. It’s lighter and pinker than a peach-brown, but it’s so muted, that it doesn’t read coral either. Tarte Fame (LE, $26.00) is brighter, warmer, powder. Colour Pop Quarters (P, $8.00) is darker. Chanel Jersey (80) (P, $45.00) is browner, powder. Surratt Beauty Parfait (P, $32.00) is more shimmery, powder. Illamasqua Flirtatious (LE, $26.00) is similar. Make Up For Ever #215 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is pinker, lighter. bareMinerals Swoon (LE, $19.00) is powder. MAC Melba (P, $21.00) is powder. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The Super Shock Cheek formula has buildable coverage that ranges from light-medium to fully opaque, depending on your choice of application. According to the brand, fingertips will yield the greatest amount of coverage, which holds true, and then using a duo fiber brush (often the go-to for a cream-based blush) will have the sheerest coverage, which also holds true. I really love how consistent the formula has been for me: the pigmentation is exactly as described, and the wear is excellent at ten hours. The texture is lightweight, like a cream-powder hybrid with some give that you’d expect in a cream, but it lacks the slip and shine of the average cream blush formula. It tends to feel and act more like a powder product once you apply it to the skin. I think there’s a bit of a learning curve when working with these, but once you figure out the best method for you, they become really easy to use.

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