City Color Shimmer Shadows Reviews, Photos, Swatches (Part 2)

City Color All Eyes On Me Shimmer Shadow
City Color All Eyes On Me Shimmer Shadow

City Color Bubble Bath Shimmer Shadow ($6.99 for 0.13 oz.) is a slightly muted, light-medium peachy-beige with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had great color payoff with a cream-like, dense, and smooth consistency that adhered well to bare skin. The eyeshadow wore well for eight hours before creasing slightly. Chanel Tisse Ombre de Lune #3 (PiP, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Heat Wave (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Solar Exposure #2 (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Too Faced Sparkling Cider (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Colour Pop Unsupervised (LE, $4.50) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Chanel Codes Subtils #1 (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Clarins Nude #1 (PiP, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Inglot J409 Cosmic Glow (LE, $25.00) is warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Sin (P, $19.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Huda Beauty Smokey #9 (PiP, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Last Sin (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Friendship File (LE, $5.00) is darker (90% similar). Inglot J301 Pink Satin (LE, $10.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Huda Beauty Mauve #3 (PiP, ) is cooler (90% similar). Hello Kitty Apple Pie (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Forward March (LE, $23.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Sephora Twinkle Twinkle (362) (P, $8.00) is more muted (90% similar). Too Faced Cheers! (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes 2 #1 (PiP, ) is lighter (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Seductive Beauty (Brighten) (LE, ) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

City Color New Year, New Me Shimmer Shadow ($6.99 for 0.13 oz.) is a bright, light yellowed white gold with warm undertones paired with a metallic sheen. It was richly pigmented with a creamy, dense texture that applied with opaque coverage to the lid, but it was easy to over-apply and emphasize the texture of the lid itself. This shade started to crease after eight hours on me. Make Up For Ever ME512 Golden Beige (P, $17.00) is darker, more muted (95% similar). Milani Bella Chiffon (28) (P, $4.49) is darker (95% similar). Becca Moonstone (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Coloured Raine Glisten (P, $6.99) is less shimmery (95% similar). NARS L'Amour, Toujours L'Amour #5 (DC, $25.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC What's the Pointilism (PiP, $17.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). NARS Mythos (DC, $25.00) is lighter (90% similar). Chanel Rรชve d'Orient #2 (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Vinyl (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Kat Von D Babs (LE, ) is less shimmery, more muted (90% similar). Huda Beauty Moon Dust (Remastered) (PiP, ) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Too Faced Beamin' (LE, $16.00) is cooler (90% similar). Chanel ร‰clat ร‰nigmatique #1 (LE, ) is more muted (90% similar). Sephora White Gold (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Pat McGrath Skinshow Divine Glow (PiP, $25.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Best Makeup (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Now and Zen (P, $4.50) is more muted, cooler (90% similar). Ciate Drawn That Way (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Chanel Codes Elegants #2 (PiP, ) is more muted (90% similar). MAC Dust Off (LE, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

City Color Spring Fling Shimmer Shadow ($6.99 for 0.13 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark purple with subtle, warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a dusty, drier consistency that sheered out easily and had some fall out while applying. The color started to fade noticeably after seven hours of wear. Sephora Getaway (DC, $10.00) is darker (90% similar). Sephora Rockstar (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Clinique Grape Pop (P, $17.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Chanel Tisse Rhapsodie #3 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Lilac Dream #4 (PiP, ) is cooler (90% similar). Cle de Peau Champagne Supernova #2 (PiP, ) is more muted (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Daydream #4 (PiP, ) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Buxom Patent Leather (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, more muted, cooler (85% similar). NARS Jardin Perdu (Right) (DC, $25.00) is darker (85% similar). Urban Decay Hoodoo (LE, $19.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Dior Garden Roses #3 (LE, ) is darker, brighter (85% similar). NARS Flowers 1 #2 (DC, $25.00) is more muted (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

City Color All Eyes On Me Shimmer Shadow ($6.99 for 0.13 oz.) is a medium-dark tuape brown with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It was intensely pigmented with a creamy, dense consistency that applied well to bare skin, but it is pretty thick and firm in the pan (not in a stiff way) that I highly recommend using a flat, synthetic brush. It blended out well, which was a surprise, since it was a thicker/denser product. On me, it wore well for eight and a half hours before creasing slightly. Makeup Geek Mesmerized (P, $9.99) is more shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Chocolate Crumble (P, $12.00) is warmer (95% similar). Viseart Platinum (Cashmere #6) (P, ) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Mugshot (PiP, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). Milani Come-Hither (PiP, $5.99) is lighter (90% similar). Chanel Tisse Rivoli #1 (PiP, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Tisse Gabrielle #3 (PiP, ) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Sydney Grace Rover (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Cool (Winter 2016) Eyeshadow #3 (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Sephora Don't Get Me Wrong (DC, $10.00) is darker (90% similar). Illamasqua Acute (PiP, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Lituation (LE, $12.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Dior Terra #5 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). Jouer Magic Hour (LE, ) is darker (85% similar). MAC In My Genes (PiP, ) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). Anastasia Libra (LE, $12.00) is lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Mind Tricks (LE, $4.50) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). Urban Decay Dreamweaver (PiP, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (80% 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.

Bubble Bath
A-

Permanent

9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total
New Year, New Me
A-

Permanent

9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total
Spring Fling
C

Permanent

7
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
7
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4
Application
76%
Total
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total
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City Color Bubble Bath Shimmer Shadow
City Color Bubble Bath Shimmer Shadow

City Color Bubble Bath Shimmer Shadow
City Color Bubble Bath Shimmer Shadow

City Color Bubble Bath Shimmer Shadow
City Color Bubble Bath Shimmer Shadow

City Color Bubble Bath Shimmer Shadow
City Color Bubble Bath Shimmer Shadow

City Color Bubble Bath Shimmer Shadow
City Color Bubble Bath Shimmer Shadow

City Color New Year, New Me Shimmer Shadow
City Color New Year, New Me Shimmer Shadow

City Color New Year, New Me Shimmer Shadow
City Color New Year, New Me Shimmer Shadow

City Color New Year, New Me Shimmer Shadow
City Color New Year, New Me Shimmer Shadow

City Color New Year, New Me Shimmer Shadow
City Color New Year, New Me Shimmer Shadow

City Color New Year, New Me Shimmer Shadow
City Color New Year, New Me Shimmer Shadow

City Color Spring Fling Shimmer Shadow
City Color Spring Fling Shimmer Shadow

City Color Spring Fling Shimmer Shadow
City Color Spring Fling Shimmer Shadow

City Color Spring Fling Shimmer Shadow
City Color Spring Fling Shimmer Shadow

City Color Spring Fling Shimmer Shadow
City Color Spring Fling Shimmer Shadow

City Color Spring Fling Shimmer Shadow
City Color Spring Fling Shimmer Shadow

City Color All Eyes On Me Shimmer Shadow
City Color All Eyes On Me Shimmer Shadow

City Color All Eyes On Me Shimmer Shadow
City Color All Eyes On Me Shimmer Shadow

City Color All Eyes On Me Shimmer Shadow
City Color All Eyes On Me Shimmer Shadow

City Color All Eyes On Me Shimmer Shadow
City Color All Eyes On Me Shimmer Shadow

City Color All Eyes On Me Shimmer Shadow
City Color All Eyes On Me Shimmer Shadow

City Color All Eyes On Me Shimmer Shadow
City Color All Eyes On Me Shimmer Shadow

City Color All Eyes On Me Shimmer Shadow
City Color All Eyes On Me Shimmer Shadow

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Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). For more matches, please read our full Foundation FAQ. For more information on our review process, please read our Review FAQ.

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Thanks again for reviewing these Christine!! After the budget busting Natasha Denona shadows, it’s nice to have some wallet-friendly options. Out of this bunch, I do have Spring Fling (purple), and it does fine with primer, even on my super oily lids. It is definitely a very different formula than the other colors –it’s much thinner, drier, less pigmented, feels more like a traditional powder shadow. But with primer, I didn’t get any fall out, and it lasted about 9 hrs before some fading, but my lids are oily. With a cream base, I can pack on more, and I can get it to last about +10 hrs. If you’re looking for a bold purple, you’ll be disappointed, but it’s a nice softer, cool-toned purple for spring and will go well with bolder purples. I’m also eyeing New Year, New Me — love my golds and it looks like a real eye brightener ๐Ÿ™‚ And for anyone interested, if you sign up for their emails, City Color has 25% sales all the time and value packs, you will never have to pay full $7 price for these, free shipping with $25 order, they ship fast and pack everything very well, and they usually throw in free full size lipstick or shadow with every order, but due to low cost of products, will only accept returns/exchanges for unopened items.

As always, beautiful look! I just got mine in yesterday – I bought the 8 warm neutral shades, but then changed out Marsala for All Eyes On Me. Interesting texture, I will have to get the hang of the best way to apply but I love the colors and finish. I de-potted them all immediately (way easier than I thought it would be) and you were right when you said the pans were HUGE! They are the same size as a lot of blushes. Unfortunately the pans are aluminum, but nothing the z palette stickers won’t fix. Thanks for the heads up on this new-to-me brand!

Christine—you look great as always firstly. It seems from reading your blog as well as other ones, that people really want cool-toned purples and eggplants (I am warm toned, but this is a digression) These colors always seem to disappoint . Is there a technical reason, anyone, as to why these colors always are a let-down?

No idea, really! It might just be the types of pigments/dyes available to be used in eye products vs. blush or lipstick.

I wore all eyes on me yesterday. I Love it! It’s my favorite of all the city color shadows I purchased.

How does New Year, New Me compare to Kat Von D’s Thunderstruck? It looks more yellow, but I can’t tell how much. The Metal Crush eyeshadows are amazing, but the price isn’t as friendly as these are.

Thunderstruck has more of a pink sheen to it – something that is totally absent in New Year, New Me, IMO!

Oooh, another fantabulous eye look!!! I love wearing warm peachy shades with rich browns like these together myself. ?
Ok, so now I MUST have New Year, New Me! I definitely have dupes for the other 3 shades, although this Bubble Bath shade looks so good, I may get it anyway.?

Nice to see how finely milled the shadows are. I was hoping the purple would be decent but it’s not brilliant. I like the pale pink, I have a dupe in Stila’s Kitten, so I’m pleased. I’m impressed with how the dark brown (All Eyes on Me) performed, and surprised at how close it is to Anastasia’s Chocolate Crumble and MUG’s Mesmerized.

These are seriously gorgeous colours, the kind of colours that if they were in a large palette, you would probably use them up more than any other colour. Apart from Spring Fling, the ratings are excellent for the price. Another great look Christine.

Oh, yes, these are definitely products that I think work best as a complement to a stash vs. all used together!

Christine, where is Part 1 of this review? I’ve been meaning to request for years that when you do a multi-part review, maybe you could put links to the various other parts (I think you sometimes used to do this before the site was revamped). I was hyperventilating over All Eyes On Me – such a beeee-yooo-teee-ful shade and then I saw that I’ve got at least 3 dupes for it. I’m in sort of a rut…if it looks like this sort of shade or Bare Minerals Flicker or Eureka, I want it. I have to stop!

I wonder why they included it in this formula, since the majority of the shades in this formula are so different in texture!

I really like New Year, New Me (but already have NARS L’Amour, Toujours L’Amour) and All Eyes on Me (but don’t need more brown eyeshadows). It’s so nice to see this good quality (of most of the shadows, at least — Spring Fling is a disappointment) at this price!

I bought 13 of these eyeshadows, every shade but Spring Fling, It’s A Boy and Breezy, after you posted the sneek peak. They are gorgeous!

Ok so I ordered the eyeshadows I didn’t get yet and all the matte blushes, bronzers and highlighting powder before the brand isn’t available anymore in my country. Because I’m super impressed by this brand and heard great things about those face products.

Wow, those are all nice. Even though spring fling is not the most pigmented I think it would make a nice wash.

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