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. Colour Pop Big Banks (PiP, $4.50) is less shimmery, more muted (90% similar). Milk Makeup Mermaid Parade (P, $24.00) is darker (95% similar). Colour Pop Left on Thread (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). BH Cosmetics Club Tropicana #2 (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Melt Cosmetics Sweet Tooth (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Huda Beauty Emerald #5 (LE, ) is darker, more muted, warmer (90% similar). Sydney Grace The Shallows (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes 2 #28 (PiP, ) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (85% similar). Make Up For Ever #52 (LE, $23.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Colour Pop Up Shot (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Emerald Dream (LE, $4.50) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Special Delivery (P, $5.00) is more muted, warmer (85% similar). Sephora Keytar (LE, ) is less shimmery, brighter (85% similar). Make Up For Ever ME304 Emerald (P, $17.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Urban Decay Big Sky (PiP, $19.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). Kat Von D Leafar (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Natasha Denona Emerald Green (16M) (PiP, $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 (PiP, )(100% similar). Kat Von D Smoke (Define) (PiP, ) is lighter (95% similar). Giorgio Armani Obsidian (01) (P, $39.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Cookies and Cream (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M100 Black (DC, $21.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). theBalm Serious (P, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Beg For It (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Licorice Rope (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Le Metier de Beaute Onyx (LE, $30.00) is cooler (95% similar). Urban Decay Blackjack (PiP, $19.00) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). Colour Pop Night Dream (PiP, $4.50) is more shimmery, warmer (95% similar). Make Up For Ever S102 Onyx (DC, $21.00) is darker, cooler (95% similar). NARS Black Valley (P, $25.00) is glossier (95% similar). Tarte Punk (PiP, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Carbon (P, $17.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Sephora Obsidian (PiP, ) is lighter (95% similar). Milani Bella Black (12) (P, $4.49) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Cinderblack (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Pat McGrath Xtreme Black (PiP, $25.00) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Silhouette (LE, ) is warmer (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. Huda Beauty Electric #8 (PiP, ) is darker (95% similar). Buxom Schmooze (P, $12.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). NARS Grand Large (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Make Up For Ever D206 Celestial Blue (P, $17.00)(90% similar). NABLA Cosmetics Virgin Island (P, $12.00) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Double Dip (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Denim Genes (PiP, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Fenty Beauty Igloo Bloo (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). BH Cosmetics Club Tropicana #18 (LE, ) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Divine Blue (LE, $20.00) is more muted (90% similar). Pat McGrath Blitz Aquamarine (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Sydney Grace Hydra (P, $6.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Sleek MakeUP Acid #6 (PiP, $9.99) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Giorgio Armani Jade Reflection (35) (P, $39.00) is lighter (85% similar). Make Up For Ever I210 Light Turquoise (DC, $21.00) is lighter (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty TFX8 (LE, $36.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). Pretty Vulgar Fancy (PiP, ) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Haight (P, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Fenty Beauty Evil Genie (PiP, ) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Shattered (P, $19.00) is warmer (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. 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. NARS Zambezi (P, $19.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Viseart Coy #10 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Under the Sea (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes #4 (PiP, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Jealous Girl (LE, $22.00) is warmer (90% similar). Melt Cosmetics Blue Dream (LE, ) is cooler (90% similar). YSL Indie Jasper #5 (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). NYX Glass Slipper (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Huda Beauty Emerald #3 (LE, ) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Soleil et Lune #4 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (85% similar). Sydney Grace Springtime (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). NABLA Cosmetics Atmosphere (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Big Sky (PiP, $19.00) is darker, more muted (80% similar). Buxom Room Service (P, $12.00) is lighter (80% similar). Colour Pop Special Delivery (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (80% similar). Guerlain Coup de Foudre #3 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (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. Urban Decay Dive (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (95% similar). Stila Lapis (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Fenty Beauty Igloo Bloo (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Mad About U (PiP, $4.50) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). BH Cosmetics Club Tropicana #4 (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). Milani Bella Cobalt (25) (P, $4.49) is less shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Two Piece (P, $4.50) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Makeup Geek Blue My Mind (P, $9.99) is darker (90% similar). Smashbox Nile (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever ME216 Electric Blue (P, $17.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes #25 (PiP, ) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Fenty Beauty Midnight Bolt (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Fyrinnae Purride (P, $7.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Fenty Beauty Glacier Gang (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Viseart Neptune (GPV2 #19) (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Sydney Grace Swimming Swans (DC, $6.00) is lighter (85% similar). LORAC Blue Quartz (LE, $19.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop The Water Bearer (LE, $6.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Estee Lauder Fired Sapphire (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (85% similar). Sleek MakeUP Acid #5 (PiP, $9.99) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. 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. Urban Decay Ground (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Buxom Black Tie (LE, $12.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Pat McGrath Black Metal (PiP, $25.00) is lighter (95% similar). Estee Lauder Black Myrrh (LE, $45.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP 1001 Nights (LE, $9.99) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Lancome My French #9 (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). L'Oreal Eternal Black (P, $7.99) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Sugarpill Stella (P, $13.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever 28 Anthracite Black (P, $21.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Lancome The New Black (P, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever D104 Black Diamond (P, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever I102 Onyx (DC, $17.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tarte Steel the Show (P, $22.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Estee Lauder Burnt Anise (LE, $36.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Ulta Night Sky (P, $10.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Natasha Denona Full Metal Black (LE, $28.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Chanel Noir LamΓ© (908) (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Dior Moonlight #5 (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Tarina Tarantino Diamond Dusk #5 (DC, ) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Soleil Neige #4 (LE, ) is more shimmery, warmer (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. 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.

Beach Cottage
A-

Permanent

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

Permanent

9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total
Breezy
Breezy
B

Permanent

8
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total
Hint of Mint
B+

Permanent

8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total
It's a Boy
A-

Permanent

9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total
Oh So Naughty
A-

Permanent

9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total
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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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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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Don’t know the particulars/exact cost about shipping to the UK, but the company sells from ebay and say they ship internationally. citycolorcosmetics is the name of their store. I just bought Beach Cottage and Spring Fling. Beach Cottage is very pigmented. I mean a little goes a long way. But it’s a gorgeous green. I love it. Spring Fling seems quite pigmented as well and is lovely. Keep in mind, they just got here today and I’ve only swatched, not tried on my eyes. They also sent me a full size lip balm in a neutral color, free. That was nice!

Hello, I’ve just bought quite a few of them from boozyshop.nl. Currently there’s a 50% sale on these shimmer shadows. Hope it helps

What a pleasure to see such nicely-performing eyeshadows at this price point! Of course I want Hint of Mint and It’s A Boy. Breezy and Beach Cottage might lean a bit turquoise for me, but I want them anyway. And Oh So Naughty is absolutely gorgeous, though I rarely wear black eyeshadow. I see a City Color order in my near future!

I will, Christine! I’m a bit slow to order right now because I’m having so many other expenses and not working while I get ready to start school…

If you do order, sign up for their emails, as they have sales all the time, 25% off or BOGO. And they ship fast, everything was well packed, and they usually throw in a free, full-sized product as gift, I didn’t even ask for it. One time I got a lipstick and other time a shadow trio. Hope you enjoy!

Out of this bunch, I have 3. Hint of Mint is my fave absolute fave color –it’s a mint with metallic gold duo chrome undersheen, like they took sunlight and infused it with mint, a very unique color, just perfect for spring. I also love It’s A Boy, very bold and bright, nice pop of color. And I got Oh So Naughty, thinking it was a navy, but it’s a shimmery black and whoaaaa, it’s cray cray pigmented. That along with Black Widow are the most pigmented blacks I’ve EVER seen for shadows. I think I will pick up Beach Cottage next. And thanks again for swatches and reviews!

Wow! Love the look you did. These look to be much better value than the Natasha Denona shades. Shame though that CC don’t ship to the UK ?.

It rare to see so many high rating from a drug store level shadows. Just these are not sold in-store in the US? I’ve only seen a few random items at Winner here in Canada.

In the USA, I’ve only seen their products online at their website, but they do ship to Canada for flat fee. I’m in the USA, ordered 2x, and they do a good job with shipping, they ship fast and everything was well-packed.

They are! I think they’re a great, budget-friendly alternative for someone interested in MUFE’s Artist Shadows. They definitely aren’t 100% the same, but they have a similar application and density.

Oh goodness, I have GOT to get Beach Cottage and Hint Of Mint!!! These are amazing, complex greens. And this formula at this price point sounds like a dream come true. Oh So Naughty looks good, too!

Oh my goodness, you must get Hint of Mint! I have it, and it has the most amazing golden duo- chrome under sheen, so hard to capture on camera. When you swatch on your hand and tilt your hand back and forth, it’s like they took a ray of sunlight and just infused it with mint. Okay, okay, I will stop raving for now. If you want to order, sign up for their emails, they have 25% off sales all the time, BOGO, you will never have to pay $7 full price for these.

I have GOT to sign up with them, Katherine. So glad that you brought this eyeshadow brand to our collective attention! Because these 2 greens are to die for; minty duochromes for summer!

Black Widow and So Naughty are perfect. It’s often hard to find blacks with pigment and blendabality! The finish on Black Widow is perfect. I don’t like flat matte shadows and that demi-matte is utter perfection.

interesting- have used their blushes and eyeshadows in the past but wasn’t wowed… can you list where are these are made? i try to stay away from PRC products… otherwise I will try them based on your review!

Isn’t it interesting that PRC products have such a bad track record with QC on so many products, but their Asian neighbors Korea and Japan have leading edge, quality products? I used to try to be a NFC consumer (except for human food, then tried to by American made Chinese ingredients, but US doesn’t really have the variety) …. Until I had to get an instant thermometer. All from there. Everywhere. LE to HE. Certain ‘American’women’s sportswear lines were also mfg there, exclusively. Now, only one firm NFC rule: NO PET TREATS FROM PRC. One has to be vigilant about makeup products, to follow an NFC rule.

Just love those stunning greens and blues. The mint one would be my favourite. Such great ratings for the price – now why can’t Chanel do this?
Love your eye look Christine – it is beautiful.

I’ve just noticed–why the heck is there fragrance in these? lol. What do they smell like?? o_O Someone else said their was a slight scent…

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