Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

ColourPop Super Shock Cheeks (Bronzers)
ColourPop Super Shock Cheeks (Bronzers)

ColourPop Bon Voyage Super Shock Cheek (Bronzer) ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “soft tan in a matte finish.” It’s a muted, light-medium brown with subtle, warm, yellow undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had good pigmentation with a lightly velvety texture–a little drier than the highlighter formula but on par with the matte blushes–that is easily blended on the skin. The color wore well for nine hours on me. Colour Pop Skinny Dip (P, $8.00) is warmer. MAC Golden Rinse (LE, $35.50) is lighter, warmer. MAC Matte Bronze (LE, $70.00) is less shimmery, warmer. Tarte Park Ave. Princess #2 (LE, ) is more shimmery, warmer. MAC Aphrodite’s Shell (LE, $33.00) is warmer. Tom Ford Beauty Terra (P, $65.00) is darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty Close-Up #2 (LE, ) is lighter. MAC Matte Bronze (P, $25.00) is lighter. Benefit Hoola (P, $28.00) is darker, warmer. Make Up For Ever #20M (P, $36.00) is less shimmery, cooler. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Carry-on Super Shock Cheek (Bronzer) ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “soft bronze in a matte finish.” It’s a brightened, medium brown with warm, yellow undertones and a semi-matte finish. The pigmentation was mostly opaque, while the texture had a velvety, smooth feel to it without really being “wet” to the touch. It applies more like a powder product and doesn’t lift any base products unless you really rub it on with fingertips. On me, the color wore well for nine hours before fading. Urban Decay Naked on the Run Bronzer (LE, ) is lighter. Clarins Splendours (LE, $35.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer. MAC Bronzer (LE, $30.00) is lighter, warmer. NARS Vientiane (P, $39.00) is darker, warmer. NARS Altai (P, $39.00) is warmer. MAC Hibiscus Kiss Bronzer (LE, $25.00) is darker, warmer. Make Up For Ever #25I (P, $36.00) is less shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Happy Hour Super Shock Cheek (Bronzer) ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “deepened bronze in a matte finish.” It’s a rich, medium-dark, red-toned brown with a matte finish. The texture was slightly more emollient compared to the other two bronzers in this review, which made it easier to work with. It blends on nicely (more like a powder product), and it lasted for nine hours before fading slightly. NARS Vientiane (P, $39.00) is warmer. Colour Pop Swift (P, $8.00) is brighter, warmer. NARS Cappadoce (P, $39.00) is warmer. Le Metier de Beaute Sun Drenched (P, $55.00) is more shimmery. MAC Hibiscus Kiss Bronzer (LE, $25.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer. MAC Billionaire Bronze (LE, $29.50) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Monday, May 25th, 2015

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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Monday, May 25th, 2015

ColourPop Most Necessary Super Shock Cheek
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.

Here we are at last: the final highlighter! ColourPop’s highlighter formula is really just a different finish (“pearlized”) of the Super Shock Cheek formula (which initially came out with mostly matte shades). This particular shade could be used as a blush, bronzer, or highlighter, depending on your skin tone. The texture is shimmery enough that the sheen translates to the skin, but it isn’t as metallic as it looks heavily swatched once it is blended out on the cheeks. It doesn’t emphasize pores, but it’s not going to smooth them out either. The texture has a lightweight, lightly creamy consistency that’s thin but pigmented and easily blended on the skin. It can be applied with fingertips or a brush, though I prefer working with brushes (in general), so I’ve been reaching for a stippling brush to apply a lot of these for testing. It lasted for eight and a half hours on me.

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Sunday, May 24th, 2015

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.

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Sunday, May 24th, 2015

ColourPop Smokin' Whistles Super Shock Cheek
ColourPop Smokin’ Whistles Super Shock Cheek

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.

ColourPop Stole the Show Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “light cool-toned gold with luminous flashes of pink, silver, and gold.” It’s a cool-toned white with a light gold shimmer-sheen finish with pink and gold sparkle. This shade had a more noticeably sparkly finish, so there was some visible sparkle applied, but I didn’t notice actual emphasis of pores or the skin’s natural texture. The texture was a little drier compared to most shades in the line-up, though it was still lightly creamy and applied easily to the skin without being difficult to blend. It lasted for eight hours on me before fading. Tarte Champagne Pink (LE) is similar. Becca Pearl (P, $38.00) is whiter. Chanel Camelia de Plumes (LE, $76.00) is cooler-toned. NARS Albatross (P, $29.00) is a powder. Illamasqua Aurora (P, $24.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Friday, May 22nd, 2015

ColourPop Summer 2015 Super Shock Shadows
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.

ColourPop Nillionaire Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “warm bronze with a ton of gold and multi-coloured glitter in a metallic finish.” It’s a muted, bronzy brown with khaki undertones and copper and pink glitter over a metallic finish. It had mostly opaque color payoff with a smooth, lightly creamy consistency that was move around, but the larger glitters seemed to turn the base a little patchy as they moved against the base color. This one seemed to be more prone to having sparkle fall out during application, though once I was done, I only saw two or three sparkles drop during the ten hour wear time. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Shark Attack Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone warm coral with gold duochrome finish in a pearlized finish.” It’s a light-medium, pink-leaning coral with a fine, golden sheen. It had good color payoff with a lightly emollient texture that seemed like it would apply really well, but I struggled a lot with this. It swatched so nicely, but it was difficult to apply as smoothly and as evenly on the lid. It seemed like if you have really, really smooth, taut eyelids, it might go on more smoothly, but it always looked a little patchy on me. I tried applying in five separate times with fingertips and various brushes. A flat, synthetic brush still seemed to work the best for me, and it applied better to the outer third of my lid than the inner or middle of my lid. It lasted for nine hours before fading. I was surprised as I have had the best luck with the pearlized finishes in the range. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Plunge Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “light warm beige with a golden sheen in a pearlized finish.” It’s a light-medium, golden beige with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had fairly good pigmentation with a lightly creamy, blendable texture that deposited color evenly and smoothly. I had no trouble with this one, and it was so easy to use. The color lasted for nine and a half hours without creasing or fading. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop High Tide Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “pale champagne gold in a pearlized finish.” It’s a light gold with warm undertones and a soft, frosted finish. It appears lighter applied, as it has a fairly reflective finish. The texture was blendable, lightly creamy, and adhered well to the skin. It had nice pigmentation and lasted for nine and a half hours. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Coconut Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “bright peacock teal in a pearlized finish.” It’s a medium-dark, blue with a hint of green and a pearly sheen. It has hints of green and blue pearl in it that gives it a “warmer” look than your typical true blue, but it still leans quite blue. The texture was lightly creamy that felt “wet” to the touch, but it was thin, blendable, and easily spread on the lid. It went on with good color payoff, and with a brush, it seemed even more opaque when I was applying it in practice. It wore well for nine and a half hours without fading or creasing. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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