Sephora I’m Shocked (09) Colorful Blush

Sephora I'm Shocked (09) Colorful Blush

Sephora I’m Shocked (09) Colorful Blush ($15.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “flashy fuchsia.” It’s a right, brightened fuchsia-magenta with strong, cool undertones and a satin sheen. Colour Pop Pie (P, $8.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Savage (P) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Homie (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Pegacorn (P, $8.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). LORAC Unashamed (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Se Pomponner (P, $32.00) is brighter (90% similar). NARS Coeur Battant (LE, $30.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Colorful Blush formula is supposed to be long-wearing, buildable, and have a lightweight texture. My experience with the formula has shown that they’re soft, lightly powdery at times (some are worse than others) with semi-sheer to semi-opaque color coverage that blends fairly well and lasts seven to eight hours. There is some variance between shades, but there are some gems in the range. I’m Shocked is easily the most pigmented and intense shade that I’ve come across in the Colorful Blush line-up. It had semi-opaque to opaque coverage, but it was a harder blush to sheer out unless used with a very feathery brush and light touch. The texture was firm without being dry or powdery, while the blush blended out without too much trouble, it isn’t foolproof. It has a natural finish where it doesn’t read shimmery on the skin, but it doesn’t have a flat, matte finish either. It wore for nine hours before fading on me.

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Sephora Collection Colorful Blush I'm Shocked (09)
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
9.5
Application
4.5
Total
90%

I’d like to see brands make more realistic claims or be more forthcoming with what a formula is supposed to do. I’d like to see ingredient lists posted as the standard across all retailers and brand websites–I don’t want to have to email and wait six weeks to get a list from the brand. I’d like to see greater diversity in marketing and base products, and I’d like to see less “this is universal” when it is clearly for fair to light skin tones.

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MAC Azalea Blush

MAC Azalea Blush

MAC Azalea Blush ($17.00 for 0.21 oz. pan-only) is described as a “bright iridescent blue pink.” It’s a bold, brightened, medium-dark fuchsia pink with cool violet pearl that gives it a luminous finish. Colour Pop Pegacorn (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, more muted (95% similar). MAC Full Fuchsia (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Colour Pop More, Please (LE, $8.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). NARS Coeur Battant (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Pie (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Jilted (P) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Narcissist (LE, $55.00) is warmer (80% similar). MAC Rhubarb (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC’s Powder Blush formula is supposed to be easy to apply, long-wearing, and have “fantastic colour.” It’s hard to generalize for MAC’s blush formula, because it varies a lot from shade to shade, even within different types of finishes! Some of them are very good, others are so-so, and a few are complete misses. The more frosted/shimmery shades tend to have the softest and smoothest textures and are easier to apply and blend out on the skin, while more satin and matte shades can sometimes be powdery, firm, or stiff, which makes blending more challenging. The wear is typically between six and nine hours but closer to seven to eight hours on average. Azalea is intensely pigmented with a soft, finely-milled texture that is easily blended on the skin and can be sheered out if desired. You’ll want to use a feathery brush or a very light hand if you prefer light coverage, but it’s certainly doable–it does lend itself more towards a very pigmented initial application. On me, the color lasted for nine hours with minimal fading.

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MAC Powder Blush Azalea
A
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
9.5
Application
5
Total
94%

MAC Electric Cool Eyeshadows (2015)

MAC Black Sands Electric Cool Eyeshadow

MAC Black Sands Electric Cool Eyeshadow ($22.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “black with green pearl.” It’s a medium-dark black with light blue and green pearl paired with neutral-to-cool undertones. It had semi-sheer coverage, and it was really patchy/difficult to blend as it never looked even. It lasted for seven hours before creasing. Lancome My French #9 (LE) is darker (95% similar). Tarina Tarantino Diamond Dusk #5 (LE) is more shimmery, darker, more pigmented (90% similar). Buxom Black Lab (P, $18.00) is darker (90% similar). Rouge Bunny Rouge Volcano Fairy Wren (P, $19.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Dark Soul (P, $21.00) is darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever D104 Black Diamond (P, $21.00) is darker, more pigmented, better quality (90% similar). Chanel Mirifique (P, $32.00) is more shimmery, darker, more pigmented (90% similar). Sugarpill Stella (P, $13.00) is darker, more pigmented, better quality (90% similar). Colour Pop Raven (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery, darker, better quality (90% similar). CoverGirl Molten Black (300) (P, $4.99) is more shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Shameless (P, $5.00) is darker, more pigmented, better quality (90% similar). MAC Black Tied (P, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Emerald Power Electric Cool Eyeshadow ($22.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “emerald green.” It’s a muted, medium-dark emerald green with neutral-to-cool undertones and a pearly sheen. There was a lot of slip to the texture, which resulted in more uneven, patchy coverage. The color wore for eight hours at least! Make Up For Ever ME304 Emerald (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Buxom Saint Bernard (P, $18.00) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Indo (P, $18.00) is darker (90% similar). Sugarpill Midori (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Sephora Collection Walk on the Wild Side (08) (P, $13.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Buxom Pre-nup (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Milani Green Safari (P, $6.49) is warmer (85% similar). Make Up For Ever #52 (LE, $23.00) is lighter, brighter, glossier (85% similar). Estee Lauder Extreme Emerald (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Kat Von D Iggy (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (80% similar). Disney by Sephora Fins (LE) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC In Orbit Electric Cool Eyeshadow ($22.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “light warm neutral.” It’s a sparkling, golden copper with warm undertones and a pearly sheen paired with copper sparkle. It had semi-sheer pigmentation that was somewhat buildable. This was the better-applyling shade out of the four, but it added a noticeable texture to the lid due to the chunkier consistency. I had some fall out over the eight hours it lasted. MAC Gilded Thrill (LE, $22.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Tarte No Champagne, No Gain (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Natural Vigor #2 (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Stila Vitality (P) is more shimmery, brighter (90% similar). Dior Golden Shock #3 (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Dirtysweet (P, $18.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Vision (LE, $32.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC I Like 2 Watch (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Buxom Gold Status (P, $12.00) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Creative Copper (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Electric Illumination Electric Cool Eyeshadow ($22.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “bright silver.” It’s a bright, very light silver with lighter white and silver sparkle. It had semi-sheer color payoff, and the texture was noticeably chunky, so it didn’t apply evenly and the glittery bits often clumped together. I had some fall out over time, though the “color” didn’t seem to crease for eight hours. Bobbi Brown Tinsel (LE) is darker (95% similar). Sleek MakeUP Pretty in Paris (LE, $9.99) is less shimmery, brighter (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Ice Queen #2 (P) is darker (95% similar). MAC Bleuluxe #1 (P) is darker (95% similar). MAC A Party of Pastels #1 (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). bareMinerals Silver Dollar (LE, $14.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC A Waft of Grey #2 (P, $21.00) is darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever ME202 Iceberg Blue (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, brighter (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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MAC Electric Cool Eyeshadow Black Sands
C-
Product
7
Pigmentation
7
Texture
7
Longevity
7.5
Application
3.5
Total
71%
MAC Electric Cool Eyeshadow Emerald Power
C+
Product
7
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7.5
Longevity
8
Application
4
Total
79%
MAC Electric Cool Eyeshadow In Orbit
D+
Product
6.5
Pigmentation
6
Texture
7
Longevity
6.5
Application
4
Total
67%
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ColourPop Throws It Back Fall 2015 Super Shock Shadows (Part 2)

ColourPop Super Shock Shadows

ColourPop Mixed Tape Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone cool grey.” It’s a medium, purple-taupe with cool undertones and a pearly sheen. It had good pigmentation with a soft, blendable texture that was easy to use and applied very true-to-pan. The wear was fantastic–there was no fading or creasing after ten hours of wear. Sephora Collection Swell (P, $13.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Too Faced Nashville (P, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). YSL Taupe Drop (03) (P, $30.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Bluff (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Aristocratic Aura (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Rouge Bunny Rouge Delicate Hummingbird (P, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Laura Mercier Pearl Fantasy (LE, $24.00) is lighter (85% similar). Inglot #420 (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, brighter, cooler (85% similar). Tarte Up Too Slate (LE) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Too Faced Candied Violet (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). MAC Dangerous Cuvee (P, $18.50) is darker, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Party Time Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “dusty mauve grey.” It’s a muted, medium-dark purple-taupe with a sprinkling of very, very fine shimmer over a matte finish. It had fairly good color payoff, while the texture had the drier (but smooth) consistency of a lot of the ColourPop’s mattes, but it wasn’t too dry; the eyeshadow still spread out without losing intensity and was easy to apply on the lid. It wore well for ten hours without fading or creasing. Too Faced Mulberry (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). theBalm B3 (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Laura Mercier Plum Smoke (P, $23.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Be You (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). NARS Charade #2 (P, $24.00) is darker (90% similar). Tarte I Think I Cannes (LE) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Guerlain Les Tendres #4 (LE) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). LORAC Stone (LE) is less shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Cle de Peau Baby Universe #3 (P) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Straight Trippin’ Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “deep black with a slight hint of a violet hue.” It’s a purpled burgundy with warm, plummy undertones and a satin finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a fairly blendable texture, but it ran a little drier, so it needed extra blending to ensure it didn’t look uneven or patchy when applied. The color lasted for ten hours without any fading or creasing that I could see. Tarte Glamorous (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Jet (LE, $5.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Boudoir Noir (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Dior Eclectic #5 (LE) is darker, more muted (85% similar). Tarte My Own Cotes de Rhone (LE) is lighter (85% similar). Tarte Power Plum (LE) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Too Faced Jungle Love (LE, $16.00) is cooler (85% similar). Disney by Sephora Wonder by Wonder (LE) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Tarina Tarantino Deep Dahlia (LE) is lighter, brighter, warmer (80% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Enchanted #4 (LE) is warmer (80% similar). Colour Pop Doe-a-Deer (P, $5.00) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Plaid Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “deep blackened olive.” It’s a deepened olive green with subtle, warm khaki undertones and fine khaki and green shimmer. It was intensely pigmented with a really creamy, blendable texture that still applied with full intensity to the lid. At this point, I sound like a broken record, but after ten hours of wear, it still looked as good as it did initially applied. Urban Decay Cobra (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Clarins Forest #3 (LE) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Shade V (LE, $25.00) is lighter (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Smoky Emerald (P) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Make Up For Ever ME310 Fir Tree Green (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Dior Bonne Etoile (384) #1 (LE) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (80% similar). theBalm #42 (P, $6.50) is lighter, more muted (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Colour Pop Super Shock Shadow Mixed Tape
A
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
10
Application
5
Total
93%
Limited Edition
Colour Pop Super Shock Shadow Party Time
A-
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
10
Application
5
Total
90%
Limited Edition
Colour Pop Super Shock Shadow Straight Trippin'
B
Product
8
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
10
Application
4
Total
86%
Limited Edition
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