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. NARS Corcovado (P, $24.00) is brighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Sinful (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Sleek MakeUP Sunset #5 (P, $9.99) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). Gucci Beauty Oro (P, $37.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (90% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Triptych (P, $14.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Waking Dawn (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Goldmine (P, $16.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Sunny Outlook (DC, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). LORAC Unlimited (P, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Fortune Teller (P, $9.99) is cooler (90% similar). Chanel Poudre d'Or (34) (P, $30.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Tarte Hussy (LE, $14.00) is lighter, more muted (85% similar). Natasha Denona Sundazed (128K) (LE, ) is more shimmery, more muted (85% similar). Makeup Geek Lemon Drop (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). Make Up For Ever ME400 Buttercup (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). Sephora Wendy G (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (85% similar). Chanel Codes Elegants #1 (P, ) is lighter, more muted (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Pleather Python (P, ) is darker, more muted (85% similar). Inglot #403 (P, $6.00) is lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Just In Time (P, $5.00) is lighter, more muted (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. Too Faced Friendspiration (LE, $16.00) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). NYX Liquid Gold (P, $6.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Sephora Some Like It Dot (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). LORAC Nude #2 (LE, $19.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). NARS L'Amour, Toujours L'Amour #6 (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Anastasia Wine (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). LORAC Cider (LE, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). LORAC Illusion (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Anastasia Bellini (LE, $12.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). NARS Belle-Ile (P, $28.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Anastasia Penny (P, $12.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). LORAC Unleashed (P, $19.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). YSL Scandal #4 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #7 (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever ME728 Copper Red (P, $21.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Kylie Cosmetics Duchess (LE, ) is cooler (90% similar). Natasha Denona Cool Bronze (31M) (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Kat Von D Hieroglyph (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Dog Roses (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Anastasia Glisten (P, $12.00) is 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. Marc Jacobs Beauty Cause a Fuss (P, ) is lighter (95% similar). BH Cosmetics Club Tropicana #16 (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pink Haze (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Quite Yummy! (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Makeup Geek Hocus Pocus (P, $12.00) is darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Nude Dip #2 (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals Bare Skin (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). NARS Hammamet (Right) (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty About Last Night No. 06 (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Reward Yourself (LE, $16.50) is darker (90% similar). Viseart Tym (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). LORAC Unbelievable (P, $19.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). NARS Rigel (P, $29.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (90% similar). Viseart Melonie (P, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Coloured Raine Who Me (P, $6.99) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Adore (P, ) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Catnap (-, $5.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). bareMinerals Imagine (P, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Kat Von D Quartz (LE, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Geek Grandstand (P, $9.99) is warmer (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). Sephora Rosewood (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Dainty (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% 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). Inglot #399 (P, $6.00) is cooler (85% similar). MAC After Dusk (P, $16.00) is lighter (85% similar). Buxom Wild Nights (P, $12.00) is cooler (85% similar). Sephora Rose (LE, ) is lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Buzz (P, $19.00) is lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Come and Get It (P, $5.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Smashbox Posh (P, ) is lighter (80% similar). Make Up For Ever I838 Slate Pink (P, $21.00) is more muted, cooler (80% similar). Gucci Beauty Azalea (Right) (P, ) is darker, cooler (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. Ciate Fierce (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Too Faced Sprinkles (Holiday 2016) (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Viseart Bijoux Royal #9 (LE, ) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). LORAC Sunset (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Anastasia Sangria (P, $12.00) is more muted (90% similar). Colour Pop Lit (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery, darker, more muted (90% similar). Urban Decay Alchemy (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker (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. Anastasia Pink Sapphire (LE, $12.00) is darker (95% similar). Makeup Geek Enchanted (P, $12.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Kat Von D Queen (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Anastasia Sangria (P, $12.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). NARS Desdemona (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pink Glow #3 (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). Gucci Beauty Azalea (Right) (P, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP A Vow in Venice (LE, $9.99) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Gucci Beauty Autumn Fire #3 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Cle de Peau Les Annees Folles #1 (LE, ) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Plummed (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Star Violet (P, $16.00) is lighter, more muted (85% similar). MAC Heritage Rouge (P, $21.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Tarte Plum Away With Me (LE, ) is darker, more muted (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Pharaoh
Pharaoh
A-

Permanent

9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total
A-

Permanent

9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total
A-

Permanent

9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total
Ladylike
Ladylike
A-

Permanent

9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total
A-

Permanent

9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total
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
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City Color Cheers to Life Shimmer Shadow
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City Color Cheers to Life Shimmer Shadow
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City Color Cheers to Life Shimmer Shadow
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City Color Homecoming Queen Shimmer Shadow
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City Color Homecoming Queen Shimmer Shadow
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City Color Homecoming Queen Shimmer Shadow
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City Color Homecoming Queen Shimmer Shadow
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City Color Ladylike Shimmer Shadow

City Color Ladylike Shimmer Shadow
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City Color Ladylike Shimmer Shadow
City Color Ladylike Shimmer Shadow

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