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 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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Monday, May 18th, 2015

ColourPop Boba Super Shock Cheek
ColourPop Boba Super Shock Cheek

ColourPop Boba Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone true pink with golden highlights.” It’s a light-medium, cool-toned pink with lighter gold shimmer. Applied, the finish looks more like a luminous sheen than a frosted or overtly shimmery highlighter. This shade is more like a highlighting blush, as it gives color as well as highlights the skin. The texture was smooth, lightly creamy, and very blendable. On me, it wore well for eight hours before fading. MAC Please Yourself (LE, $27.00) is darker. MAC I’m a Lover (P, $23.50) is less shimmery. MAC Just a Wisp (P, $27.00) is lighter. Makeup Geek Head Over Heels (P, $9.99) is less shimmery. NARS Adelaide (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery. MAC Well Dressed (P, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Pearl Blossom (LE, $26.00) is lighter. Illamasqua Morale (P, $26.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Lunch Money Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “soft light gold with a reflective golden duochrome finish.” It’s a light, golden beige with a frosted sheen and warm undertones. It had good color payoff that yielded full coverage applied with fingertips, but the lightly creamy, emollient consistency blended out well so it could be sheered out with fingertips or applied sheer from the get-go with a brush. The finish may seem frosted in a swatch, but on the skin, it’s a luminous glow that doesn’t emphasize pores, but it does have very slight sparkle that is sometimes visible (depends on the angle), though it doesn’t seem to migrate. It lasted for eight hours on me. Estee Lauder Courreges (LE, $32.00) is a powder. MAC Perfect Topping (Lightness of Being) (LE, $30.00) is more beige. MAC Born to Dazzle (LE, $28.00) is more sparkly. Tarte Champagne (LE) is similar, powder. Urban Decay Craze (LE) is lighter, powder. Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is powder. theBalm Solid Gold (P, $24.00) is darker. Illamasqua Aurora (P, $24.00) is a touch lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Saturday, May 16th, 2015

ColourPop Tasty Super Shock Cheek
ColourPop Tasty Super Shock Cheek

ColourPop Tasty Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “candy coloured coral with multi-dimensional pink and copper duochrome.” It’s a slightly muted, medium orange with a pink to gold shimmer-sheen. Colour Pop Bonus (P, $8.00) has a similar color but is matte. NARS Frenzy (Right) (P) is more shimmery, lighter, powder. Makeup Geek Summer Fling (P, $9.99) is less shimmery, powder. MAC Modern Mandarin (P, $21.00) is darker, powder. Sleek MakeUP Pink Mint (P, $6.99) is powder. Fyrinnae Nordic Angel (P, $6.50) is less shimmery, powder. Chanel Presage (62) (LE, $38.00) is brighter, less shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

It was richly pigmented and applied with full coverage when tapped on with a fingertip, but you could apply even less or simply blend out, as it blends effortlessly on the skin. You could also use a stippling or duo fiber brush to get sheerer coverage with little work. I find the Pearlized finish to be extremely forgiving, and it is very hard to overdo as a result. Though it appears slightly frosted when swatched heavily, as it is blended out, the finish becomes more of a pearly sheen, and as a result, it is actually one of the subtler shades with respect to the finish. I can see a definite shift to pink as I turn my head in the mirror, so depending on the angle, it can look more or less orange-coral. This shade lasted for eight and a half hours on me before fading.

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Sunday, May 10th, 2015

ColourPop Butterfly Beach Super Shock Cheek
ColourPop Butterfly Beach Super Shock Cheek

ColourPop Butterfly Beach Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “soft peach with highlights of gold and silver.” It’s a rich, coppery bronze with warm, reddish undertones and a metallic sheen. It was intensely pigmented and applied easily with fingertips or a duo-fiber stippling brush. Despite the really metallic sheen, it didn’t emphasize pores, but it may be too reflective/shiny for some. This shade wore exceptionally well and seemed to stay in place for nine and a half hours with barely any fading detected. Laura Geller Ballerina (P, $24.00) is a powder, less metallic. MAC Superb (LE, $30.00) is darker, not quite as warm-toned. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Wisp Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “golden champagne.” It’s a golden bronze with warm undertones and a golden, metallic sheen. It had good color payoff–opaque with fingertips and then sheerer depending on how feathery/dense your brush is–and as described. The texture is lightly creamy, smooth, and extremely blendable on the skin. It wore well for eight and a half hours on me before fading. Colour Pop Most Necessary (P, $8.00) is more orange. Colour Pop Butterfly Beach (P, $8.00) is darker, more red-toned. Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment (Original) (P, $26.00) is lighter. Colour Pop Double Dip (LE, $8.00) is lighter. Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is less shimmery. NARS Frenzy (Left) (P) is lighter, powder. Kevyn Aucoin Tropical Days (P, $48.00) is darker, powder. Too Faced Snow Bunny (P) is warmer, powder. Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is a powder. Urban Decay Gilded (P, $26.00) is darker, powder. MAC Global Glow (P, $30.00) is darker, powder. MAC Whisper of Gilt (LE, $30.00) is lighter, powder. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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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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