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ColourPop Super Shock Cheek/Highlighters

ColourPop Super Shock Cheek/Highlighters ($8.00 for 0.15 oz. each) launched fifteen shades ranging from cooler beige to icy lavender to warm purple. It’s a cream-based formula that is similar in feel to their Super Shock Shadows and Cheeks, but the formula is slightly more emollient than most of the original blush range but comparable to their more metallic eyeshadows. In general, the finishes range from luminous to metallic, with a few shades having more noticeable sparkle that sits on the skin but doesn’t seem to migrate to parts unknown. The pigmentation was mostly opaque when applied with fingertips, and then more buildable from semi-sheer to opaque when applied with a brush (as described). Personally, I enjoyed these more than the blush range, as they were really, really easy to apply (no learning curve!), long-wearing, nicely pigmented, and several were duochromes, which is hard to find in a blush formula. My personal favorites were Highly Waisted (A), Monster (A), Butterfly Beach (A+), and Sticky Sweet (A), but I enjoyed them all.

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ColourPop Most Necessary Super Shock Cheek

ColourPop Most Necessary Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “soft copper with rosy gold highlights.” It’s a medium, orange-toned brown with warm undertones and a frosted pink and gold sheen.
Colour Pop Highly Waisted (P, $8.00) Clinique Nude Pop (P, $21.00) NARS Jubilation (Right) (P) Kevyn Aucoin Starlight (P, $44.00) MAC Uplifting (LE, $27.00) MAC Highlighter (LE, $30.00) Becca Guava/Moonstone (P, $27.00) Becca Fig/Opal (P, $27.00) Maybelline Nude Rebellion (201) (LE, $8.99) Becca Rose Gold (P, $38.00) MAC Trace Gold (P, $21.00) See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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ColourPop Most Necessary Super Shock Cheek
Colour Pop Super Shock Cheek Most Necessary
A
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
93%

ColourPop Mondays in Malibu Super Shock Shadow Set

ColourPop Mondays in Malibu Super Shock Shadow Set
ColourPop Mondays in Malibu Super Shock Shadow Set

ColourPop Mondays in Malibu Super Shock Shadow Set ($30.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a set of six cream eyeshadows that range from gilded bronze to warm green to red-brown. The set is limited edition, and the shades aren’t available individually. Overall, it was high-performer set of shades, and they worked well together. The set does run on on the shimmery side, so if you prefer more matte shades, then this might not be a good fit for you. I did notice that a few of these are similar to other shades from the brand, so you may want to check your stash.

Gecko is described as a “soft opalescent silvery green with pink duochrome finish.” It’s a muted, light gray with a flash green to pink duochrome, which is subtle on its own. It can get amplified when blended over a deeper shade or layered over a black base (as duochromes often play well with). I couldn’t tell you why, but I have found great difficulty in capturing in the duochrome finishes of ColourPop’s cream products, no matter what angles I’ve tried to twist my arm, the duochrome is hard to see in a photo. It’s a weaker duochrome in person, but it is visible in person, just not a strong one. The texture was smooth, lightly creamy, and blendable on the skin and lasted for ten hours. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Snakebite is described as a “mid-tone warm gold with an ultra-metallic finish.” It’s a brightened, light-medium golden copper with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It is extremely reflective and one of the more metallic shades I’ve tried from the brand. The color payoff was true-to-pan and intense, while the consistency applied with smooth, even coverage that blended well. It wore for ten hours without fading or creasing. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Sand Swoon is described as a “true pastel pink softly sprinkled with gold flecks in a satin luxe finish.” It’s a light-medium, warm-toned pink with a mostly matte finish and then a dusting of gold sparkle that sits more on top of it. It had good color payoff that went on smoothly and evenly. The texture is a smidgen drier compared to the more metallic shades like Snakebite, but it wasn’t dry. The color lasted for ten hours without fading or creasing, but it seemed like most of the glitter had dropped. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Prickly Pear is described as a “warm-toned plum with tons of gold and pink glitter in a metallic finish.” It’s a muted, pinky plum with warm, brown undertones and gold, mauve, and copper flecks of shimmer and larger gold and pink glitter. It had semi-opaque coverage from its base color with a healthy dose of glitter, which did have some fall out when you worked with it (particularly when blending out an edge — if I patted it on, I didn’t see fall out). The texture was a little more emollient, and this shade sheered out a bit more readily than others. It lasted for nine hours without fading or creasing, but there was a little bit of fall out over time. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Mirage is described as a “soft sage green with a champagne gold sheen in a pearlized finish.” It’s a medium, golden green with a pearly shimmer-sheen finish. The texture was lightly creamy with some slip and felt more emollient (or “wet” to the touch) as seems to be a trend with the pearlized/ultra-metallic finishes. It had nice pigmentation that was easy to blend and apply to the lid. It stayed put for ten hours with no fading or creasing on me. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Hot Tamale is described as a “reddish brown with soft copper sparkles in a satin luxe finish.” It’s a rich, dark brown with warm, red undertones and a soft dusting of copper and gold shimmer. It was intensely pigmented with a beautifully creamy, easily blended consistency that covered well and lasted for ten hours without fading or creasing. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Colour Pop Super Shock Shadow Set Mondays in Malibu
A
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
9.5
Application
5
Total
96%
Limited Edition
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ColourPop Smokin’ Whistles & Stole the Show Super Shock Cheeks

ColourPop Smokin’ Whistles Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “cool-toned pink champagne with silver highlights.” It’s a light beige with a hint of pink and a metallic sheen. I think on cooler-toned skin with stronger pink undertones, this will actually look more pink-based. It’s only when I look at it against more distinctively warm-toned shades side-by-side that the pink comes through against my undertones. It had excellent color payoff that was easily sheered out if desired. This is one of the more metallic finishes in the range, but it didn’t emphasize pores (I was really surprised). It is a strong sheen, so it may not be everyone’s cup of tea. It lasted for eight hours on me. MAC Mystery Princess (LE, $26.00) is more sparkly. Cle de Peau Delicate Pink (14) (P, $55.00) is less metallic. NARS Devotee (LE, $29.00) is a touch pinker. Urban Decay Luminous (P, $29.00) is warmer. Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight (P, $44.00) is less metallic, more beige. MAC Snowglobe (LE, $26.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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ColourPop Smokin' Whistles Super Shock Cheek
Colour Pop Super Shock Cheek Smokin' Whistles
A
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
94%
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ColourPop Summer 2015 Super Shock Shadows

ColourPop Flipper Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “soft tangerine sprinkled with silver and pink glitter in a metallic finish.” It’s a light-medium, golden orange with warm, yellow undertones and silver and pink glitter. The texture has a very smooth, emollient feel to it, though it tended to thicken when applied to the lid unless applied as a sheer wash of color. I didn’t notice more than a few stray sparkles when I was working with it during application, and then there were a few more that fell during wear, but it was negligible. The underlying color still looked the same nine hours later. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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ColourPop Summer 2015 Super Shock Shadows
Colour Pop Super Shock Shadow Flipper
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
8.5
Application
4.5
Total
86%
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ColourPop Birthday Girl Super Shock Shadow

ColourPop Birthday Girl Super Shock Shadow (Gift with Purchase) is a slightly muted, medium-dark brown with lighter gold and bronze shimmer and bronze glitter. YSL Aquatic Copper (07) (P, $30.00) is darker, less red-toned. Hourglass Exposure #3 (P) is lighter, more shimmery. Makeup Geek Grandstand (P, $9.99) is less sparkly. Kat Von D Nephilim (LE) is more golden. Dior Cuir Cannage #4 (P) is less sparkly. Tarte Keepsake Frame (LE) is less sparkly, darker. Make Up For Ever ME612 Silver Brown (P, $21.00) is less sparkly. Make Up For Ever I538 Pearly Gray Beige (P, $21.00) is lighter, less sparklly, cooler-toned. Too Faced Tiger’s Eye (LE, $16.00) is darker, less sparkly. LORAC Unattainable (P) is less sparkly. MAC A Harvest of Greens #1 (P, $21.00) is less sparkly. MAC Her Cocoa #3 (LE, $16.00) is darker, less sparkly. NARS Fez (P, $24.00) is darker, less shimmery/sparkly. MAC Day Gleam (P, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Coil (LE, $21.00) is darker, less sparkly. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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ColourPop Birthday Girl Super Shock Shadow
Colour Pop Super Shock Shadow Birthday Girl
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
Total
84%
Limited Edition