City Color Shimmer Shadows Reviews, Photos, Swatches (Part 1)

City Color Pharaoh Shimmer Shadow
City Color Pharaoh Shimmer Shadow

City Color Shimmer Shadow ($6.99 for 0.13 oz.) is supposed to have “intense color payoff” with a “heavy metallic finish” that also has “long-wear.” There are 16 shades in the range, and this post features six of them. The majority of the shades in the formula have a very dense, thick, and cream-like consistency–I have best results using a firmer, flatter and synthetic brush than I do with a really soft, natural hair brush, though natural brushes offer a little more control over how metallic the finish gets and my MAC 239s were just fine with it (and those are natural hair). They are intensely pigmented, and they blend out and apply well to bare skin. The formula wore for around eight to eight and a half hours on me with very slight creasing. A few of the very frosted, metallic shades seemed to emphasize the natural texture of parts of my lid and need a little extra blending to smooth out. These reminded me of Makeup Geek Foiled Eyeshadows (but City Color’s are much denser) as well as Sleek’s more metallic eyeshadows.

City Color Pharaoh Shimmer Shadow ($6.99 for 0.13 oz.) is a bright, yellow gold with warm undertones and a frosted, slightly metallic, finish. It had intense color payoff with a cream-like, dense consistency that applied well to bare skin. It blended out without issue and wore for eight hours. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #5 (P, $9.99) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). NARS Corcovado (P, $24.00) is brighter (95% similar). Gucci Beauty Oro (P, $37.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (90% similar). Makeup Geek Fortune Teller (P, $9.99) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Goldmine (P, $16.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Waking Dawn (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). LORAC Unlimited (P, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Triptych (P, $14.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Sunny Outlook (DC, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tarte Hussy (LE, $14.00) is lighter, more muted (85% similar). Make Up For Ever ME400 Buttercup (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). Inglot #403 (P, $6.00) is lighter (85% similar). Makeup Geek Lemon Drop (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

City Color Cheers to Life Shimmer Shadow ($6.99 for 0.13 oz.) is a medium-dark copper with warm, reddish-orange undertones and a metallic sheen. It was richly pigmented with a very dense, thick consistency that blended out well but can emphasize the texture of the lid (particularly the inner lid for me). The eyeshadow lasted for eight hours before creasing very slightly on me. Sephora Some Like It Dot (LE) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop KathleenLights (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Natasha Denona Cool Bronze (31M) (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). LORAC Nude #2 (LE, $19.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). NYX Liquid Gold (P, $6.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Ciate Shine Bright (LE) is cooler (90% similar). Make Up For Ever ME728 Copper Red (P, $21.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). YSL Scandal #4 (LE) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Lucky (LE, $19.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Stila Rose Gold (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Too Faced Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #7 (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). LORAC Unleashed (P, $19.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Anastasia Penny (P, $12.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #3 (LE) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Too Faced Butterscotch (LE, $16.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Anastasia Bellini (LE, $12.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). bareMinerals Louder (LE) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). LORAC Cider (LE, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Anastasia Glisten (P, $12.00) is lighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Hieroglyph (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

City Color Homecoming Queen Shimmer Shadow ($6.99 for 0.13 oz.) is a muted, medium coppery-brown with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had totally opaque color payoff with a smooth, creamy texture that was dense and thick. I feel like the thicker consistency should make it hard to work with, but as long as I treat it more like a cream eyeshadow (so using it with a synthetic brush), everything maneuvers and blends on the skin nicely. This shade wore well for eight hours on me. MAC Quite Yummy! (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Catnap (-, $5.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). LORAC Unbelievable (P, $19.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Viseart Tym (P) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals Imagine (P) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty About Last Night No. 06 (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Adore (P) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). MAC Reward Yourself (LE, $16.50) is darker (90% similar). NARS Hammamet (Right) (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). bareMinerals Bare Skin (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Viseart Melonie (P) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). NARS Rigel (P, $29.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Nude Dip #2 (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pink Haze (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop La-La (LE, $5.00) is warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Trick (P, $19.00) is darker (85% similar). Makeup Geek Grandstand (P, $9.99) is warmer (85% similar). City Color Yas! (P, $6.99) is darker (85% similar). Sleek MakeUP Sunset #11 (P, $9.99) is warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Weenie (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

City Color Ladylike Shimmer Shadow ($6.99 for 0.13 oz.) is a medium-dark, rosy plum with warm, copper undertones and a frosted finish. It had great pigmentation with a creamy, smooth texture that was one of the shades that seemed to look a little thick on the lid. The color lasted well for eight and a half hours. Anastasia Sangria (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pink Glow #3 (LE) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Dior Fusion (764) (P, $29.50) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Urban Decay Buzz (P, $19.00) is lighter (85% similar). Buxom Wild Nights (P, $12.00) is cooler (85% similar). MAC After Dusk (P, $16.00) is lighter (85% similar). Inglot #399 (P, $6.00) is cooler (85% similar). Gucci Beauty Azalea (Right) (P) is darker, cooler (80% similar). Make Up For Ever I838 Slate Pink (P, $21.00) is more muted, cooler (80% similar). Smashbox Posh (P) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

City Color It’s a Girl Shimmer Shadow ($6.99 for 0.13 oz.) is a medium-dark, berry-red with subtle, warm undertones and a frosted sheen. The consistency was smooth in the pan with a dense, cream-like feel that blended out well without actually losing its intensity. This shade lasted a bit longer than most at eight and a half hours. I didn’t notice any staining. Too Faced Sprinkles (Holiday 2016) (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Ciate Fierce (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Viseart Bijoux Royal #9 (LE) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Alchemy (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Anastasia Sangria (P, $12.00) is more muted (90% similar). Colour Pop Porter (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (80% similar). Buxom Wild Nights (P, $12.00) is lighter, more muted, cooler (85% similar). Sleek MakeUP Marry in Monte Carlo (LE, $9.99) is cooler (85% similar). LORAC Merlot (LE, $19.00) is darker, more muted (80% similar). MAC Plum Dressing (P, $16.00) is darker (80% similar). Gucci Beauty Azalea (Right) (P) is darker, more muted (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

City Color Marsala Shimmer Shadow ($6.99 for 0.13 oz.) is a medium-dark plum with warm, orange-brown undertones and a pearly sheen. This was one of the shades that was much thinner and slightly powdery–it felt noticeably different in the pan as well as when applied to the lid compared to the other shades in this review. It felt more like a traditional powder eyeshadow. It had good pigmentation and blended out well but sheered out slightly. This one wore for eight hours. Makeup Geek Enchanted (P, $12.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Pink Sapphire (LE, $12.00) is darker (95% similar). Kat Von D Queen (LE) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Plummed (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pink Glow #3 (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Cle de Peau Les Annees Folles #1 (LE) is cooler (90% similar). NARS Desdemona (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Gucci Beauty Autumn Fire #3 (P) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Anastasia Sangria (P, $12.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP A Vow in Venice (LE, $9.99) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Gucci Beauty Azalea (Right) (P) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Plum Away With Me (LE) is darker, more muted (85% similar). MAC Heritage Rouge (P, $21.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). MAC Star Violet (P, $16.00) is lighter, more muted (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

City Color Shimmer Shadow Pharaoh
Pharaoh
Pharaoh
A-

Permanent

9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total
City Color Shimmer Shadow Cheers to Life
A-

Permanent

9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total
City Color Shimmer Shadow Homecoming Queen
A-

Permanent

9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total
City Color Shimmer Shadow Ladylike
Ladylike
Ladylike
A-

Permanent

9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total
City Color Shimmer Shadow It's a Girl
A-

Permanent

9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total
City Color Shimmer Shadow Marsala
Marsala
Marsala
B+

Permanent

8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
88%
Total
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City Color Pharaoh Shimmer Shadow
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City Color Cheers to Life Shimmer Shadow
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City Color Cheers to Life Shimmer Shadow
City Color Cheers to Life Shimmer Shadow

City Color Cheers to Life Shimmer Shadow
City Color Cheers to Life Shimmer Shadow

City Color Homecoming Queen Shimmer Shadow
City Color Homecoming Queen Shimmer Shadow

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City Color Ladylike Shimmer Shadow
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City Color Marsala Shimmer Shadow
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City Color Cheers to Life Shimmer Shadow

City Color Cheers to Life Shimmer Shadow
City Color Cheers to Life Shimmer Shadow