ColourPop Alchemy Super Shock Shadows Reviews, Photos, Swatches

ColourPop Alchemy Super Shock Shadow
ColourPop Alchemy Super Shock Shadow

ColourPop Alchemy Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “translucent peachy tone.” It’s a light-medium, peachy-orange with warm undertones and a sparkling, glittery finish. It has a “Glitter Sheer” finish, which is nice to read, because it explains the coverage level of this particular shade well–it’s semi-sheer. It was somewhat buildable to semi-opaque coverage, but it is a shade that could be patted over another eyeshadow for a glittery finish or worn all-over the lid as a sparkling wash. I liked it near the inner tear duct for its brightening effect. It wore well for nine and a half hours before creasing slightly, and there was minimal fall out over time (but still, there was a bit). Dose of Colors Just a Kiss (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Nude Beach (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Frog (P, $5.00) is cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Pop (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Natasha Denona Galaxia (112K) (PiP, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Inspiration (LE, ) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). MAC Starry Eyed (LE, $17.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). NARS Alhambra I (PiP, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Kaja Champagne Cream (PiP, ) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Falling Up (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Sephora Tulle (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Every Day is Sunshine (P, $22.00) is cooler (85% similar). NARS Amanecer (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Soleil (LE, $12.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Angel Fire (PiP, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Azure Sun (Eye Color) (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). NARS Silk Road I (PiP, $19.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Sailor (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Sephora What Happens in Vegas (283) (P, $8.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). Sephora Enchant (PiP, ) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Knight Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “soft, silky black.” It’s a medium-dark black with subtle, cool undertones and a satin finish. It had a thin, lightly velvety texture that glided across the skin well without losing its intensity/opacity. On me, it was still going strong after ten hours of wear. Rouge Bunny Rouge Volcano Fairy Wren (P, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Free Spirit No. 19 (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC A Waft of Grey #4 (PiP, $21.00) is warmer (95% similar). LORAC Onyx (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, warmer (95% similar). Chanel Tisse Ombre de Lune #4 (PiP, ) is lighter (95% similar). Ulta Night Sky (P, $10.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Black Sands (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Giorgio Armani Obsidian (01) (P, $39.00) is darker (95% similar). Chanel Tisse Jazz #4 (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Gameplayer (PiP, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Lancome My French #9 (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Chanel Tisse Smoky #4 (PiP, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Black Market (PiP, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty About Last Night No. 16 (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Stallion (LE, $4.50) is darker, brighter (90% similar). MAC Sense of Doubt (LE, $17.00) is warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Midnight Curfew (LE, $4.50) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Nude Awakening #7 (PiP, ) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Nutcracker (LE, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Night Breed (P, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Vanity Fair Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “cool-toned silvery taupe.” It’s a medium-dark taupe-brown with subtle, warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It was richly pigmented with a creamy, smooth texture that blended beautifully on the skin without losing its initial intensity. The color was still fade- and crease-free after ten hours of wear. MAC Earthly (LE, $21.00) is cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Underground (DC, $18.00) is darker (90% similar). Illamasqua Mystify (PiP, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). LORAC Tails & Top Hats #3 (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Ring-a-ling (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). LORAC Chrome (PiP, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). Cle de Peau Satin Moon #3 (PiP, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Viseart Platinum (Cashmere #6) (P, ) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). NARS L'Amour, Toujours L'Amour #3 (DC, $25.00) is less shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Pat McGrath Substance (PiP, $25.00)(85% similar). MAC Force of Nature #1 (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Natasha Denona Lavender Gray (40M) (P, $29.00) is warmer (85% similar). Kat Von D Sanctuary (LE, ) is cooler (85% similar). Chanel Blurry Mauve #2 (PiP, ) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Make Up For Ever I550 Olive Gray (DC, $21.00) is less shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop HZRD (LE, $4.50) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Tarte Sinful (LE, $14.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). bareMinerals Treasure Hunt (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Satin Taupe (P, $17.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Bad Habit Altered State (PiP, ) is darker (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA OVERVIEW | ColourPop Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is more like a cream-powder hybrid than traditional cream eyeshadow. If you touch it, the product feels more like a sponge or stiff mousse, as there is light give, but it doesn’t have the same emollient or thickness of traditional cream products. The texture is thinner and is manipulated on the skin more like a powder. The brand says that using fingertips yields the greatest pigmentation, and if you prefer, synthetic brushes, but I find synthetic brushes to work well for applying and still getting great pigmentation out of the majority of shades (typically the very glittery shades are ones where fingertips really do improve them).

Alchemy
Alchemy
A

Limited Edition

9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total
Knight
Knight
A

Limited Edition

9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total
Vanity Fair
A+

Limited Edition

10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total
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ColourPop Alchemy Super Shock Shadow
ColourPop Alchemy Super Shock Shadow

ColourPop Alchemy Super Shock Shadow
ColourPop Alchemy Super Shock Shadow

ColourPop Alchemy Super Shock Shadow
ColourPop Alchemy Super Shock Shadow

ColourPop Alchemy Super Shock Shadow
ColourPop Alchemy Super Shock Shadow

ColourPop Knight Super Shock Shadow
ColourPop Knight Super Shock Shadow

ColourPop Knight Super Shock Shadow
ColourPop Knight Super Shock Shadow

ColourPop Knight Super Shock Shadow
ColourPop Knight Super Shock Shadow

ColourPop Knight Super Shock Shadow
ColourPop Knight Super Shock Shadow

ColourPop Vanity Fair Super Shock Shadow
ColourPop Vanity Fair Super Shock Shadow

ColourPop Vanity Fair Super Shock Shadow
ColourPop Vanity Fair Super Shock Shadow

ColourPop Vanity Fair Super Shock Shadow
ColourPop Vanity Fair Super Shock Shadow

ColourPop Vanity Fair Super Shock Shadow
ColourPop Vanity Fair Super Shock Shadow

ColourPop Flutes Super Shock Shadow
Alchemy (inner corner), Wattles (middle of lid), Flutes (outer lid), Vanity Fair (crease), Belladonna Lilly (inner lower lash line), Flowershop (middle of lower lash line), Luckfully (outer lower lash line)

ColourPop Flutes Super Shock Shadow
Alchemy (inner corner), Wattles (middle of lid), Flutes (outer lid), Vanity Fair (crease), Belladonna Lilly (inner lower lash line), Flowershop (middle of lower lash line), Luckfully (outer lower lash line)

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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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Alchemy is the clear winner here, even though all 3 perform splendidly. I love the idea of having a sheer topper to other less lively eye shadows to give them a punch of fairey dust! The other 2 are duped MANY times over in my stash, however.

Do you find Alchemy do be similar to the Urban Decay glitter shadows like Cosmic? I’ve been eyeing UD Cosmic but $5 is much more reasonable for something so sheer.

Knight looks beautiful! I sometimes have trouble with fully matte blacks–I’ve had some weird skin conditions that’s left my eyelids a little more textured than the average college student so they’re often patchy or less pigmented within a few hours of wear. So excited to see a satin black in the ColourPop range perform well! Now I’m just debating whether or not to get this or City Color’s Black Widow!

I may have to grab Knight the next time I want enough to make up a CP order. I don’t remember the name of the last black shadow I tried from the brand, but I remember struggling with it… this one just might be the thing!

I love these. I recently tried my first Colourpop Super Shock Shadow and was so impressed with the formula. I definitely plan on putting in another order for some more shadows when they restock the Dopey satin matte lip color (it sold out a second time -__-).

Is it just my iPhone or is the Vanity Fair skin swatch not here??
I wish they could come out with more glitter finishes since Alchemy seems so pretty

I finally got Alchemy and Knight; haven’t used Knight yet but Alchemy is like perfect for the sheer, minimalist days where I just do brows and gloss. They seriously need to do more of this finish.

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