ColourPop Throws It Back Fall 2015 Super Shock Shadows (Part 1)

ColourPop Super Shock Shadows

ColourPop Supermodel Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “soft golden ivory.” It’s a brightening, light-medium golden beige with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had nice pigmentation with a soft, blendable, and smooth texture that applied easily to the lid and didn’t emphasize the skin’s natural texture. It was still going strong after ten hours of wear. Guerlain White Sand (LE, $32.00) is warmer (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury The Rebel #1 (P) is more shimmery (95% similar). NARS Shade IV (LE, $25.00) is darker (95% similar). Anastasia Blush (LE, $12.00) is darker (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Fallen Angel #1 (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). bareMinerals Mixologist (P) is lighter (95% similar). Tarina Tarantino Elektron (P) is cooler (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Nude Dip #1 (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Fabulous Three #1 (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Dior Cuir Cannage #2 (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Amberluxe #1 (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Femme-Fi (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Makeup Geek Shimma Shimma (P, $5.99) is lighter (95% similar). Inglot #395 (P, $6.00) is cooler (90% similar). Tarina Tarantino Fantastical #3 (P) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever I514 Pink Ivory (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Smashbox Flirt (P) is darker (90% similar). Estee Lauder Halo (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Kat Von D Galore (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Soie (P, $20.00) is cooler (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop I Spy Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “soft yellow peach.” It’s a light-medium orange with warm, yellow undertones and a satin sheen. It had good pigmentation, but the texture was drier and more challenging to apply as the color would turn patchy and just sit on the lid very unevenly. I couldn’t get it to look as smooth on the lid as it did on the skin, even when patting it on with fingertips. Colour Pop Just a Sip (LE, $5.00) is darker (95% similar). Makeup Geek Peach Smoothie (P, $5.99) is less shimmery (95% similar). Kat Von D Ludwin (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Kat Von D Geek (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Dreamer #5 (P) is lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals Shhh... (P) is lighter (90% similar). Wet 'n' Wild To Muse and Carouse #1 (LE, $2.29) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M720 Apricot (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker, brighter (90% similar). MAC Satin Ochre (Right) (LE) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Inglot #368 (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, brighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Selfie (P, $5.00) is darker (90% similar). Anastasia Orange Soda (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker, brighter (90% similar). Anastasia Soft Peach (P, $12.00) is lighter (85% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Newport Nights #5 (LE) is less shimmery, darker, brighter (85% similar). Tarte Peach Poppy (LE) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Boy Band Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “intense red copper.” It’s a muted, medium-dark bronzy brown with warm, yellow-orange undertones and pink and gold shimmer. The consistency is soft, smooth, and extremely blendable on the lid without losing its intensity. It had fantastic color payoff and was fully intact after ten hours of wear. MAC Gravitational (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Guerlain Petrouchka #4 (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Makeup Geek Blitz (P, $6.99) is darker (90% similar). Makeup Geek Brown Sugar (P, $5.99) is less shimmery (90% similar). Milani Bella Bronze (24) (P, $4.49) is warmer (90% similar). Kat Von D Synergy (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). LORAC Maroon (LE) is darker (90% similar). MAC Antiqued (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Clarins The Essentials #9 (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). NYX Bedroom Eyes (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). MAC Eclair (LE, $18.50) is darker (85% similar). Make Up For Ever I634 Praline (P, $21.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Divine Decadence (P, $16.00) is less shimmery (85% similar). Surratt Beauty Cuivre (P, $20.00) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Sable Riche (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). NARS Fez (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop On the Rocks (P, $5.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). Kat Von D Depeche (LE) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). Make Up For Ever ME612 Silver Brown (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Stereo Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “blackened burgundy with copper and pink violet duo chrome glitter.” It’s a deepened, burgundy-brown with warm undertones and lighter gold and plum sparkle. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a more emollient, thin consistency compared the average ColourPop eyeshadow. It applied better with fingertips or patted on in two to three layers for truer-to-pan intensity in practice. It wore well for ten hours with minimal fall out but no fading or creasing. Too Faced Pop (P, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). theBalm Alice Copper (P, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Sensuous (P, $5.99) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Black Forest Truffle (P, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #311 (DC, $20.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Cle de Peau Silver Eclipse #2 (P) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). MAC Modern Majesty (LE, $19.50) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Sleek MakeUP Sunset #7 (P, $9.99) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Tinsel (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (80% similar). Urban Decay Roach (P, $18.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Colour Pop Super Shock Shadow Supermodel
A
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
10
Application
5
Total
93%
Limited Edition
Colour Pop Super Shock Shadow I Spy
B-
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7
Longevity
9
Application
3.5
Total
80%
Limited Edition
Colour Pop Super Shock Shadow Boy Band
A+
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
10
Application
5
Total
100%
Limited Edition
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Kat Von D Piaf, Nayeon, Plan 9 Studded Kiss Lipsticks

Kat Von D Piaf Studded Kiss Lipstick

Kat Von D Piaf Studded Kiss Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “cool chocolate with purple shimmer.” It’s a deepened red-toned brown with fine violet shimmer. The shimmer is what makes it harder to dupe. It’s a chameleon of a color as the undertone seems to shift a lot depending on the natural light; sometimes it looks cooler, sometimes it is warmer, and sometimes it appears very dark and other times more of a true brown. The texture had some slip, and it applied without tugging, though the consistency has some tackiness to it applied. It didn’t apply evenly, and it only had semi-opaque coverage. The lipstick lasted for six hours, was lightly drying, and settled into lip lines noticeably after four hours of wear. Kat Von D Damned (P, $20.00) is less shimmery, less glossy (90% similar). MAC Chestnut (P, $17.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). MAC Antique Velvet (P, $17.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Living Legend (LE, $17.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Anita (P, $18.00) is less shimmery, brighter, glossier (85% similar). Bite Beauty Elderberry (LE, $24.00) is less shimmery, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Kat Von D Nayeon Studded Kiss Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “pitch black with gunmetal shimmer.” It’s a dark, charcoal black with l ighter silver and gray shimmer with a neutral-to-warm undertone (the base pulls a bit brownish on me). The texture of the lipstick has a noticeable “grit” from the sparkle, though it isn’t sharp or painful to use, but you can tell the lipstick is packed full of shimmery bits. It is one of the better-applying black lipsticks I’ve tried, as it didn’t tug on the lips at all, and there was enough creaminess that it covered well without streaking. This shade was mostly opaque, lasted for six and a half hours and was just a tiny bit drying. MAC Hautecore (LE, $17.00) is less shimmery, darker, glossier (90% similar). NYX Chambord (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #50 (P, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker, glossier (85% similar). Kat Von D Slayer (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter, less pigmented (85% similar). NYX Cold Hearted (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Kat Von D Plan 9 Studded Kiss Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as an “opaque, deep sea foam green.” It’s a muted, medium-dark emerald green with cool undertones and a fine emerald green pearl. It had semi-opaque color payoff with light slip so it didn’t tug on the lips. It could have applied more evenly, though, and it may be a shade where a good lip liner or lip pencil may take it the rest of the way. It does stain the lips quickly, though the color lasted for six hours on me and was neither drying nor hydrating. NYX Risque (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Cosplay (P, $18.00) is less shimmery, brighter, more pigmented (85% similar). Colour Pop Bunny (P, $5.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA SUMMARY | Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.10 oz.) is supposed to have “bold color” with “long-lasting wear and luxe comfort.” I reviewed several of these shades when they were first released, and a lot of them were so dry that they were stiff to the point of dragging, tugging, and were nearly painful to apply, though not all. I was completely surprised by the recent release of new shades (all permanent), as many of them were surprisingly creamy, comfortable to apply, and really felt like a major departure from a lot of the ones I had tried from the initial release. They are fairly pigmented, long-wearing, and vary from not drying to slightly drying.

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Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick Piaf
B-
Product
7
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
8.5
Application
4
Total
80%
Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick Nayeon
A-
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
10
Application
5
Total
91%
Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick Plan 9
B
Product
8
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
9
Application
4.5
Total
86%

Top 5: Plum Blushes for Fall 2015

Plum is one of my favorite cheek colors to wear (right after coral!), because they can run cool or warm in tone, so they work with a lot of looks. It’s also a great shade to pair with the deeper lip colors that we often see in fall and winter. What are your favorites?

  1. Urban Decay Rapture — a purply-plum with subtle pearl
  2. theBalm Cabana Boy — a cooler-toned plum with sheen
  3. IT Cosmetics Radiant in Rose — a rosy plum with a luminous finish
  4. Sleek Pomegranate — a brightened, berry-plum with a frosted sheen
  5. NARS Oasis — a warm plum with gold pearl

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Sephora Flirt It Up (06) Colorful Blush

Sephora Flirt It Up (06) Colorful Blush

Sephora Flirt It Up (06) Colorful Blush ($15.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a brightened, medium pink-coral with warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. NYX Peach (P, $5.00) is cooler (95% similar). Tarte True Love (P, $26.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Hipness (LE, $21.00) is more muted, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced How Deep is Your Love? (P, $26.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Tarte Crave (LE, $26.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Fearless (P, $26.00) is cooler (90% similar). Gucci Beauty Coral Flower (P, $49.00) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Melt Into Spring (LE) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Your Love is King (P, $26.00) is darker (85% similar). Tarte Irreplaceable (LE, $26.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). NYX Pinched (P, $5.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Early Bird (P, $8.00) is cooler (85% similar). Makeup Geek Love Affair (P, $9.99) is darker (80% 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. Flirt It Up had semi-sheer to semi-opaque pigmentation with a soft, silky texture that was just a smidgen powdery. It’s one of the brighter shades I’ve tried from the range, but it was still fairly blendable on the skin and diffused without a lot of work. The color lasted for seven and a half hours on me before fading.

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Sephora Collection Colorful Blush Flirt It Up (06)
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
Total
87%

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ColourPop Cruel Intentions, Never Been Kissed, Girl Power Super Shock Cheeks

ColourPop Cruel Intentions Super Shock Cheek

ColourPop Cruel Intentions Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “warm rose.” It’s a lightly brightened, medium pink with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had buildable coverage, and it applied with the most pigmentation with fingertips (exactly as described), but I had no problems using a stippling brush and using two layers for color. The texture was lightweight and blended out easily, more like a powder in that respect, and it wore for nine and a half hours on me. Tarte Irreplaceable (LE, $26.00) is darker (95% similar). Chanel Crescendo (250) (LE, $45.00) is lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #310 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is darker, warmer, glossier (90% similar). Too Faced Your Love is King (P, $26.00) is brighter (90% similar). MAC Hipness (LE, $21.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Love Affair (P, $9.99) is more shimmery, darker, brighter (90% similar). NYX Peach (P, $5.00) is brighter (90% similar). NYX Mauve (P, $5.00) is lighter (85% similar). LORAC Underrated (LE) is lighter (85% similar). NARS Love (LE, $30.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Early Bird (P, $8.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Sand Pink (P, $26.00) is darker, more muted (80% similar). Laura Geller Guava (P, $26.00) is more shimmery, darker, brighter (80% similar). Laura Geller Rosewater (P, $26.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Never Been Kissed Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “dusty coral.” It’s a muted, medium coral with a hint of pink and warm undertones paired with a matte finish. The texture was smooth, blendable, and felt like a powder as soon as it hit the skin. The color payoff was buildable, just as described by the brand, and you’ll get the most opaque coverage with fingertips while brushes will yield less coverage, but the payoff is buildable in two to three layers. This shade wore for nine hours before fading on me. Milani Coral Cove (05) (LE, $7.99) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). MAC Autoerotique (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Chanel Malice (71) (P, $45.00) is more shimmery, more muted (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #410 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is glossier (90% similar). Edward Bess Secret Affair (P, $43.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Clinique Ginger Pop (01) (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Ex (LE, $5.00) is lighter (90% similar). Chanel Intonation (69) (LE, $38.00) is cooler (90% similar). Illamasqua Dixie (P, $26.00) is cooler (90% similar). Smashbox Geranium (LE) is darker, more muted, cooler (90% similar). Illamasqua Sleek (P, $26.00) is more muted (85% similar). Colour Pop Fruit Stand (P, $8.00) is darker, brighter, cooler (85% similar). Tarte Pampered (LE, $26.00) is lighter (85% similar). Dior Corail Bagatelle (763) (LE, $43.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Girl Power Super Shock Pressed Pigments ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “bright red orange.” It’s an intense, medium-dark orange with warm red undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had good pigmentation with a smooth, blendable texture. It is a Pressed Pigment, and they are “not intended for use in the immediate eye area.” I’ve tested and used it as a blush, where it performed well–it blended out without issue and lasted for nine and a half hours. Colour Pop Squint (LE, $5.00) is brighter (95% similar). NYX Cinnamon (P, $5.00) is less pigmented (95% similar). Colour Pop Tonic (P, $8.00) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Bang (P, $26.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Optimistic Orange (LE, $21.00) is glossier (90% similar). Maybelline Coral Burst (LE, $5.99) is more shimmery, brighter (90% similar). NARS Rotonde (LE, $41.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). theBalm Swiss Dot (P, $22.00) is more muted (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #515 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is warmer, glossier (85% similar). Colour Pop Get Leid (P, $8.00) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

All three shades are limited edition and will launch on August 27th with ColorPop’s fall collection.

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Colour Pop Super Shock Cheek Cruel Intentions
A
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
10
Application
5
Total
97%
Limited Edition
Colour Pop Super Shock Cheek Never Been Kissed
A
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
9.5
Application
5
Total
96%
Limited Edition
Colour Pop Super Shock Pressed Pigments Girl Power
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
10
Application
5
Total
92%
Limited Edition