Monday, April 20th, 2015

ColourPop Bonus Super Shock Cheek
ColourPop Bonus Super Shock Cheek

ColourPop Bonus Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone true peach in a matte finish.” It’s a brightened pop of orange with warm, reddish undertones and a very fine gold micro-shimmer. Colour Pop Tonic (P, $8.00) is darker. NARS Frenzy (Right) (P) is more shimmery, powder. Guerlain Petrouchka #9 (LE) is a powder, darker, redder. Makeup Geek Summer Fling (P, $9.99) is powder. MAC Ocean City (LE, $32.00) is redder, powder. NARS Exumas (P, $39.00) is similar. theBalm Swiss Dot (P, $22.00) is darker, more muted, powder. Illamasqua Expose (P, $26.00) is darker, powder. Chanel Frivole (P, $45.00) is darker, powder. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The Super Shock Cheek formula is supposed to offer buildable coverage that is most intense when applied with fingertips and sheerer when applied with a stippling or duo fiber brush. It is a cream-based blush that feels more like a kind of clay, as it will indent if you press it, and you can almost mold it into a shape, if desired, so it’s not as emollient or as wet as your typical cream blush. It tends to look, feel, and behave more like a powder blush when applied to the skin, as there is no slip, but it is blendable and diffuses easily across the skin. For the easiest, quickest application, I’ve had the best luck applying with fingertips and merely skimming the side of the fingertip pad across the cheeks, which gives color and spreads it out well without disturbing base products. If you need more intensity, tap the color into place and then lightly skim on top. I also like using a stippling brush, which works just fine for my medium coloring with the medium to dark-hued shades and doesn’t feel like it takes forever to build by any means. Bonus had good color payoff that was buildable from semi-sheer to fully opaque (about two layers, depending on how heavy-handed you are). It wore well for ten hours before fading slightly.

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Saturday, April 18th, 2015

ColourPop x Kathleen Lights Where the Light Is Set
ColourPop x Kathleen Lights Where the Light Is Set

ColourPop x Kathleen Lights Where the Light Is Set ($20.00 for 0.28 oz.) includes four shades of warm-toned eyeshadows in beige, brown, copper, and bronze. Three of the four shades were really lovely and easy to use, while Glow is a bit drier, so it needs some extra work to really blend it down on the skin. All of them lasted for twelve hours without any fading or creasing, and they were easy to combine together in a look. Three of the four eyeshadows are very easily duped, but they’re primarily duped by powder options, so it is good to see those shades in cream versions.

Glow is described as a “creamy vanilla with a matte finish.” It’s a brightened, light white-beige with subtle warm undertones and a matte finish. It appears darker and warmer in the pan, but it is much whiter applied and has more semi-opaque coverage. The texture is a little drier and more prone to applying unevenly, though it is blendable enough that you can smooth it out, but it skips a little initially. I think really fair skin tones may not notice any chalkiness, but for sure on my medium skin tone, it was really stark and chalky enough that I had to mix and blend in Cornelious quite a bit to make it work. It may potentially be a good base shade for brightening powder eyeshadows that need some help. It wore well for twelve hours without fading or creasing. Tarte Compassionate (LE) is brighter, powder. Givenchy Delicate #4 (P) is powder. Too Faced Coconut Crème (P, $16.00) is powder. Tarte Super Mom (LE) is cooler-toned, powder. Too Faced Turtle Dove (LE, $16.00) is lighter, powder. Anastasia Vanilla (P, $12.00) is powder. Make Up For Ever M500 Ivory (P, $21.00) is powder. Too Faced Meow (LE, $16.00) is powder. Too Faced Rockabilly (P, $16.00) is powder. Kat Von D Lifelike (P) is powder. Laura Mercier Buttercream (P, $23.00) is powder. Too Faced Egg Nog (LE, $16.00) is powder. Too Faced Cream Colored Ponies (LE, $16.00) is powder. Too Faced Snow Angel (LE, $16.00) is lighter, powder. Urban Decay Anonymous (LE, $18.00) is powder. MAC Vanilla (P, $16.00) is brighter, powder. Inglot #355 (P, $6.00) is powder. Bobbi Brown Bone (P, $22.00) is powder. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Cornelious is described as a “mid-tone warm caramel with a matte finish.” It’s a soft, medium brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had great pigmentation with a soft, velvety texture that blended well on the skin. It hadn’t faded or creased over a twelve-hour period. Becca Ombre Nudes #2 (P) is lighter, powder. Tarte Force of Nature (LE) is a powder, cooler-toned. LORAC Sepia (LE) is darker, powder. Stila Individual (P) is warmer, powder. MAC Rose Cloud (LE, $16.00) is darker, powder. Kat Von D Glasswing (P) is yellower, powder. Makeup Geek Latte (P, $5.99) is darker, powder. Makeup Geek Creme Brulee (P, $5.99) is warmer, powder. MAC Layin’ Low (LE, $18.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

KathleenLights is described as a “bright golden copper with a pearlized finish.” It’s a bright copper with warm, red undertones and a strong, gold, metallic shimmer finish. It was intensely pigmented with a creamy consistency that blends out really well, but it’s so metallic that it can sometimes bunch up on itself and create texture on the lid. Though I used a brush to apply it in the look, I later tried patting it on with a fingertip, and the application was smoother. I prefer brushes, so the best method was to initially apply with a brush and then smooth it out with my fingertip (rather than using the brush to blend so much) on the larger area, then going back to the brush to blend out edges. The finish is really metallic and brightens the eye a lot. On me, it wore well for twelve hours without fading or creasing. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Lover #5 (LE) is less metallic, powder. MAC Bao Bao’s Jewels #3 (LE) is darker. Sugarpill Penelope (P, $13.00) is redder, powder. Urban Decay Heat (LE, $18.00) is lighter, powder. LORAC Unleashed (P) is a powder. Urban Decay Lucky (LE, $18.00) is powder. Ardency Inn Copper (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter, powder. Make Up For Ever ME728 Copper Red (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, powder. LORAC Nude #2 (LE) is lighter, powder. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #3 (LE) is less metallic, powder. Kat Von D Dog Roses (LE) is darker, less metallic, powder. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #10 (P, $9.99) is lighter, powder. LORAC Gold (P) is darker, powder. Urban Decay Half Baked (P, $18.00) is lighter, powder. MAC Amber Lights (P, $16.00) is slightly darker, powder. MAC Campfire (LE, $32.50) is more metallic, powder. bareMinerals Louder (LE) is similar, powder. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Blaze is described as a “coco bronze sprinkled with multi-dimensional glitter [with a metallic finish].” It’s a brightened, medium-dark golden bronze with warm undertones and a metallic sheen with a smattering of gold micro-glitter. The texture was very soft, creamy, and a little more emollient than other shades in this formula (though the more metallic shades tend to have a wetter feel than the mattes in general). It applied with rich color payoff and blended easily on the skin. It wore well for twelve hours without creasing or fading, and I didn’t notice any fall out over time either. Guerlain Les Precieux #4 (LE) is cooler-toned, powder. Colour Pop On the Rocks (P, $5.00) is darker, warmer. Colour Pop Eve (LE, $5.00) is slightly brighter. Makeup Geek Pretentious (P, $5.99) is warmer, powder. Kat Von D Depeche (LE) is darker, powder. Anastasia Gilded (LE, $12.00) is warmer, powder. Too Faced Cinnamon Sugar (LE, $16.00) is darker, cooler-toned, powder. Too Faced Biscotti (LE, $16.00) is darker, powder. MAC Pretty It Up (LE, $21.00) is more sparkly, darker, powder. Hello Kitty Chocolate Chip (LE) is powder. Anastasia Topaz (P, $12.00) is redder, powder. Makeup Geek Poker Face (P, $6.99) is warmer, powder. Make Up For Ever ME658 Golden Brown (P, $21.00) is more metallic, powder. Make Up For Ever ME644 Iced Brown (P, $21.00) is warmer, powder. Make Up For Ever D640 Golden Snake (P, $21.00) is less metallic, powder. LORAC Nude #6 (LE) is powder. Chanel Mirage (95) (P, $36.00) is more sparkly, lighter. Too Faced Buttered Rum (LE, $16.00) is powder. Chanel Initiation (827) (LE, $36.00) is darker, more sparkly. Urban Decay Radar (LE, $18.00) is darker, powder. Maybelline Downtown Brown (P, $6.99) is lighter, powder. Urban Decay Deeper (LE, $18.00) is darker, powder. Urban Decay Snakebite (LE, $18.00) is darker, powder. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Saturday, April 11th, 2015

ColourPop Olive Super Shock Cheek
ColourPop Olive Super Shock Cheek

ColourPop Olive Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “true baby pink in a matte finish.” It’s a light-medium pink with soft, cool blue undertones and a satin finish. (And in case you were wondering, the product is named after a dog, not the color olive.) Colour Pop Mochi (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, slightly cooler-toned. Colour Pop Prenup (P, $8.00) is darker. Physicians Formula Rose (P, $12.99) is similar, powder. MAC I’m a Lover (P, $23.50) is powder/ Makeup Geek Head Over Heels (P, $9.99) is powder. Dior Rose (001) (LE, $56.00) is powder. Make Up For Ever #210 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is less shimmery. Urban Decay Blush (P) is more matte, powder. Givenchy It-Girl Purple (P, $44.00) is powder. theBalm Down Boy (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, powder. MAC Well Dressed (P, $21.00) is lighter, powder. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The finish is definitely not matte–there is a shimmer you can see in the swatch, which is less noticeable applied to the cheeks and blended out. I don’t find it gives a real sheen, but it keeps the finish from looking flat. The Super Shock Cheek formula is a cream-based one that is supposed to have buildable coverage that will have the most payoff when applied with fingers and less color coverage when used with brushes. It had a smooth, velvety consistency with just a little creaminess to it–these feel more like clay than your traditional cream blush–that is very blendable on the skin as it blends more like a powder, so it doesn’t look streaky. The coverage was semi-sheer to semi-opaque at best but never fully opaque. On me, it wore well for eight and a half hours before fading.

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Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

ColourPop Rain Super Shock Cheek
ColourPop Rain Super Shock Cheek

ColourPop Rain Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone lavender in a matte finish.” It’s a lightly pink-tinged, medium lavender with subtle, cooler undertones and a semi-matte finish. Urban Decay Bittersweet (P, $26.00) is darker, cooler-toned. Clinique Pansy Pop (P, $21.00) is a smidgen lighter. Makeup Geek Secret Admirer (P, $9.99) is lighter. Sephora + Pantone Universe Radiant Orchid (LE) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

This is a cream-based formula that is billed as having buildable coverage with the greatest coverage achieved by applying with fingertips and the least by using a stippling brush. It was sheer to semi-opaque, depending on your application and how much you layered, but it always appeared slightly lighter applied than it did in the pan–I think the pink tone comes through more. The texture was lightly creamy, fairly blendable, and sat well on the skin, while it lasted for almost nine hours on me. This one wasn’t quite as blendable as other shades I’ve tried in the formula, but it wasn’t too difficult to use. It is a good option for someone wanting to try purple blush but doesn’t want to break the bank!

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Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

ColourPop Hello Super Shock Shadow
ColourPop Hello Super Shock Shadow

ColourPop Hello Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “soft pastel yellow in a matte finish.” It’s a brightened, light yellow with a white base and matte finish. It had semi-sheer pigmentation and had a drier texture that tended to pill. It didn’t feel dried out per se in the pot, but it just didn’t have the same blendability or slide of the majority of the range. I couldn’t get the color to go on completely smoothly, unfortunately. It started to crease after eight hours of wear. Colour Pop One & Done (LE, $5.00) is more beige. Makeup Geek Mirage (LE, $5.99) is darker. NARS Misfit #1 (P, $24.00) is darker, more beige. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop In a Pickle Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “pastel coral pink in a matte finish.” It’s a softened, light-medium pink-coral with warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that went on evenly, but it was a little drier in how it looked on the skin where it almost balled up in places and wasn’t as blendable. It wore well for nine hours before creasing. Hourglass Monochrome #3 (P) is lighter. Make Up For Ever S800 Grenadine (P, $21.00) is slightly darker. Chanel Palpitation (104) (LE, $29.50) is darker, cooler-toned. Chanel Quadrille #3 (LE) is slightly darker. MAC Early Bird (LE, $16.00) is brighter, darker. MAC Dear Cupcake (LE, $16.00) is pinker. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Daddy Super Shock Pressed Pigment ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “cool-toned vibrant violet in a matte finish.” It’s a lightly brightened, medium-dark purple with cool undertones and a matte finish. It had decent pigmentation but wasn’t fully pigmented. I didn’t realize this was a Pressed Pigment (which means it is “not intended for use in the immediate eye area”) until I went to write up the review–it just didn’t seem vibrant enough to make me double check–so I went back and swatched/tested it as a blush as well (after having mistakenly used it as an eyeshadow). As a blush, it was fairly blendable but doesn’t feel quite as velvety and easy to use as the actual Super Shock Cheek formula. It lasted for eight and a half hours on my cheeks. Colour Pop Liaison (LE, $5.00) is darker. Maybelline Painted Purple (P, $6.99) is cooler-toned. Inglot #379 (P, $6.00) is darker. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Monday, March 30th, 2015

ColourPop Acorn Super Shock Shadow
ColourPop Acorn Super Shock Shadow

ColourPop Acorn Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “light cool-toned beige with subtle flashes of silver and gold in a pearlized finish.” It’s a light pinky-beige with cool undertones and a silver sheen. It had good pigmentation that applied evenly and smoothly while remaining blendable. The product was long-wearing and wore for ten hours without fading or creasing. Guerlain Les Tendres #1 (LE) is pinker, powder. Chanel Seduction #2 (LE) is similar, powder. MAC Smoked Cocoa #1 (LE, $16.00) is similar, powder. MAC Star Crystal (LE, $32.50) is darker, powder. Chanel Raffinement #2 (P) is darker, powder. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Hanky Panky Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “soft cool toned taupe with a matte finish.” It’s a light-medium brown with warm, peachy undertones and a satin-matte finish. It had excellent color payoff with a soft, velvety texture that was fairly blendable on the skin. The color stayed on well for ten hours. Hourglass Infinity #2 (P) is more matte, powder. Tarte Force of Nature (LE) is powder. LORAC Dusty Rose (LE) is darker, cooler-toned, powder. Makeup Geek Barcelona Beach (P, $5.99) is darker, cooler-toned, powder. LORAC Lt. Brown (P) is darker, powder. Tarte View from the Taupe (LE) is a powder.Too Faced Cookie Dough (LE, $16.00) is a powder. MAC Kid (P, $16.00) is a powder. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Downtown Super Shock Pressed Pigment ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “deep cool-toned taupe in a matte finish.” It’s a dark, cool-toned taupe brown with more khaki-like undertones and a matte finish. It was richly pigmented with a smooth, velvety texture that blended well when I applied to the eye. On me, the color didn’t crease or fade over a ten-hour period. Hourglass Atmosphere #5 (P) is darker, powder. Giorgio Armani #08 (P, $32.00) is darker, powder. MAC Lofty (LE, $16.00) is a powder. MAC Persuade (LE, $16.00) is slightly darker, powder. MAC Ashbury (LE, $16.00) is a powder. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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