City Color Shimmer Shadows Reviews, Photos, Swatches (Part 3)

City Color Beach Cottage Shimmer Shadow
City Color Beach Cottage Shimmer Shadow

City Color Beach Cottage Shimmer Shadow ($6.99 for 0.13 oz.) is a bright, light-medium green with cooler undertones and warmer, green shimmer paired with a metallic finish. It was very, very pigmented with a creamy, dense texture that worked best with a flat, synthetic brush (rather than natural hair brushes). It applied well, blended out easily, and wore for eight hours. Make Up For Ever #52 (LE, $23.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Sephora Keytar (LE) is less shimmery, brighter (85% similar). Natasha Denona Emerald Green (16M) (P, $29.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Anastasia Isla (LE, $12.00) is more muted (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

City Color Black Widow Shimmer Shadow ($6.99 for 0.13 oz.) is a dark black with a semi-matte finish. It was richly pigmented with a creamy, smooth consistency that applied well and blended out surprisingly easily. It wore well for eight and a half hours before fading slightly. Viseart Chroma #3 (P)(100% similar). Kat Von D Smoke (Define) (P) is lighter (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M100 Black (P, $21.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Stiletto (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Blackout (P, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). MAC Beg For It (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). theBalm Serious (P, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Roulette (P, $5.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Cinderblack (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Makeup Geek Corrupt (P, $6.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Le Metier de Beaute Onyx (LE, $30.00) is cooler (95% similar). Giorgio Armani #01 (P, $32.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Nehru (Guo Pei) (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Milani Pitch Black (P, $5.99) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Make Up For Ever S102 Onyx (P, $21.00) is darker, cooler (95% similar). Kat Von D Black Metal (LE) is darker (95% similar). Sugarpill Bulletproof (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Chanel Rêve d'Orient #4 (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Blackjack (P, $19.00) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). NARS Black Valley (P, $25.00) is glossier (95% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

City Color Breezy Shimmer Shadow ($6.99 for 0.13 oz.) is a light-medium, sky blue with a frosted, metallic finish. It had good color payoff with a really thick, almost cream-like texture, but it was harder to work with than some of the other shades as it was thick without the slip of other shades, so it tended to separate a little when applied to the skin (you can see it in the swatch). It lasted for eight hours before creasing. Buxom Schmooze (P, $12.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Divine Blue (LE, $20.00) is more muted (90% similar). Urban Decay Haight (P, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Urban Decay Unhinged (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Make Up For Ever I210 Light Turquoise (P, $21.00) is lighter (85% similar). Sleek MakeUP Acid #6 (P, $9.99) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Urban Decay Shattered (P, $19.00) is warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

City Color Hint of Mint Shimmer Shadow ($6.99 for 0.13 oz.) is a light-medium green with warm, golden shimmer and a metallic finish. The texture was slightly thicker and denser, which resulted in it easily adding texture to the lid. It applies best with a flat, synthetic brush and in one layer (more layers can add thickness and make it appear uneven in texture). It had great color payoff and wore for eight hours before creasing. MAC Jealous Girl (LE, $22.00) is warmer (90% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes #4 (P) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). YSL Indie Jasper #5 (LE) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Guerlain Coup de Foudre #3 (LE) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). Buxom Room Service (P, $12.00) is lighter (80% similar). Fyrinnae Electric Stardust (P, $6.80) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

City Color It’s a Boy Shimmer Shadow ($6.99 for 0.13 oz.) is a bright, medium blue with cool undertones and a metallic sheen. It had really good color payoff with a creamy, dense consistency that spread across the skin well and wore for eight hours before creasing. Milani Bella Cobalt (25) (P, $4.49) is less shimmery (90% similar). Smashbox Nile (LE) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Stila Lapis (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes #25 (P) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Estee Lauder Fired Sapphire (LE) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (85% similar). LORAC Blue Quartz (LE, $19.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Sleek MakeUP Acid #5 (P, $9.99) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (80% similar). Make Up For Ever ME216 Electric Blue (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

City Color Oh So Naughty Shimmer Shadow ($6.99 for 0.13 oz.) is an inky, deep black with charcoal shimmer. It was richly pigmented with a creamy, smooth texture that applied on the skin like a cream eyeshadow but didn’t lose any intensity. The edges were easily blended out, while the color wore well for eight hours. Lancome My French #9 (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Sugarpill Stella (P, $13.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP 1001 Nights (LE, $9.99) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Lancome The New Black (P, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Ulta Night Sky (P, $10.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tarina Tarantino Diamond Dusk #5 (LE) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA OVERVIEW | 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 Shimmer Shadow Beach Cottage
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
92%
City Color Shimmer Shadow Black Widow
A
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
9
Application
5
Total
96%
City Color Shimmer Shadow Breezy
B
Product
8
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8
Longevity
8.5
Application
4.5
Total
86%
City Color Shimmer Shadow Hint of Mint
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8
Longevity
8.5
Application
4.5
Total
87%
City Color Shimmer Shadow It's a Boy
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
91%
City Color Shimmer Shadow Oh So Naughty
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
92%

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City Color Beach Cottage Shimmer Shadow
City Color Beach Cottage Shimmer Shadow

City Color Beach Cottage Shimmer Shadow
City Color Beach Cottage Shimmer Shadow

City Color Beach Cottage Shimmer Shadow
City Color Beach Cottage Shimmer Shadow

City Color Beach Cottage Shimmer Shadow
City Color Beach Cottage Shimmer Shadow

City Color Beach Cottage Shimmer Shadow
City Color Beach Cottage Shimmer Shadow

City Color Black Widow Shimmer Shadow
City Color Black Widow Shimmer Shadow

City Color Black Widow Shimmer Shadow
City Color Black Widow Shimmer Shadow

City Color Black Widow Shimmer Shadow
City Color Black Widow Shimmer Shadow

City Color Black Widow Shimmer Shadow
City Color Black Widow Shimmer Shadow

City Color Black Widow Shimmer Shadow
City Color Black Widow Shimmer Shadow

City Color Breezy Shimmer Shadow
City Color Breezy Shimmer Shadow

City Color Breezy Shimmer Shadow
City Color Breezy Shimmer Shadow

City Color Breezy Shimmer Shadow
City Color Breezy Shimmer Shadow

City Color Breezy Shimmer Shadow
City Color Breezy Shimmer Shadow

City Color Breezy Shimmer Shadow
City Color Breezy Shimmer Shadow

City Color Hint of Mint Shimmer Shadow
City Color Hint of Mint Shimmer Shadow

City Color Hint of Mint Shimmer Shadow
City Color Hint of Mint Shimmer Shadow

City Color Hint of Mint Shimmer Shadow
City Color Hint of Mint Shimmer Shadow

City Color Hint of Mint Shimmer Shadow
City Color Hint of Mint Shimmer Shadow

City Color Hint of Mint Shimmer Shadow
City Color Hint of Mint Shimmer Shadow

City Color It's a Boy Shimmer Shadow
City Color It’s a Boy Shimmer Shadow

City Color It's a Boy Shimmer Shadow
City Color It’s a Boy Shimmer Shadow

City Color It's a Boy Shimmer Shadow
City Color It’s a Boy Shimmer Shadow

City Color It's a Boy Shimmer Shadow
City Color It’s a Boy Shimmer Shadow

City Color It's a Boy Shimmer Shadow
City Color It’s a Boy Shimmer Shadow

City Color Oh So Naughty Shimmer Shadow
City Color Oh So Naughty Shimmer Shadow

City Color Oh So Naughty Shimmer Shadow
City Color Oh So Naughty Shimmer Shadow

City Color Oh So Naughty Shimmer Shadow
City Color Oh So Naughty Shimmer Shadow

City Color Oh So Naughty Shimmer Shadow
City Color Oh So Naughty Shimmer Shadow

City Color Oh So Naughty Shimmer Shadow
City Color Oh So Naughty Shimmer Shadow

City Color It's a Boy Shimmer Shadow
City Color It’s a Boy Shimmer Shadow

City Color It's a Boy Shimmer Shadow
City Color It’s a Boy Shimmer Shadow

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