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ColourPop Forever Freshman Super Shock Shadow Set Review, Photos, Swatches

ColourPop Forever Freshman Collection
ColourPop Forever Freshman Collection

ColourPop Forever Freshman Collection ($30.00 for 0. oz.) is a set of six cream eyeshadows in shades of the 90s, and they continue to deliver what we’ve come to expect from ColourPop’s cream formula: good pigmentation and long-wear. The set works well together, and you can easily use two or three at a time to get even more versatility out of the combination. On one hand, they’re all loose pots so it’s not as convenient as a palette, but on the other hand, they’re readily incorporated with whatever other eyeshadows you own.

90210 is described as a “greyed out taupe softly sprinkled with pink and gold glitter in a satin luxe finish.” It’s a soft, medium-dark taupe brown with strong, warm brown undertones and gold and copper sparkle over a matte finish. The cream formula makes it so the sparkles actually bind/adhere with the base color, so you can actually get the sparkles to appear on the eye. I do get some fall out if I do a lot of blending, but the sparkles that are still left on seem to stay on pretty well throughout the ten-hour wear time. Urban Decay Low (LE, $19.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Rouge Bunny Rouge Umber Fire Finch (P, $19.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Jackpot (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Viseart Cool Matte #5 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Smashbox Moss (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Adios (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Viseart Cool Matte #4 (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Jagged (LE, $19.00) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

As If is described as a “mid-tone cool taupe in a matte finish.” It’s a muted, medium brown with warmer undertones and a matte finish. It had mostly opaque pigmentation with a fairly soft and smooth texture, but it wasn’t quite as creamy (more velvety) in texture. It lasted for ten hours without creasing or fading. Becca Cognac (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Laura Mercier Café au Lait (P, $23.00) is lighter (95% similar). Inglot #337 (P, $6.00) is darker (95% similar). LORAC Taupe (P, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Becca Ombre Rouge #4 (P, ) is warmer (90% similar). Gucci Beauty Tuscan Storm #3 (P, ) is lighter (90% similar). Viseart Jasper (P, ) is cooler (90% similar). Chanel Charming #2 (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). IT Cosmetics Adore (P, ) is lighter (90% similar). Sephora Brown Sugar (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Stone (LE, $22.00) is darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M646 Latte (DC, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). Lancome Voyage (P, $19.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Milk Chocolate (P, $16.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Girl's Night (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). LORAC Unspoken (P, $19.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Chanel Candeur et Experience #1 (P, ) is darker (90% similar). NARS Maya Bay (DC, $25.00) is lighter (90% similar). LORAC Lt. Brown (P, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Tyranny (LE, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Baby T is described as a “deep blackened blue in matte finish.” It’s a rich, navy blue with fine lighter blue pearl. It was nicely pigmented with a creamy consistency that applied evenly and smoothly, but it did have a tendency to sheer out slightly due to the amount of slip. Once on, the color didn’t show signs of fading even after ten hours of wear. Colour Pop School Bus (LE, $5.00) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). Pretty Vulgar Wing It (P, ) is lighter (95% similar). Givenchy Bleu Soie (4) (P, $23.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Chanel Metamorphose (44) #4 (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). NARS Glenan (P, $28.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Aphrodisiatic (LE, $22.00) is more muted (90% similar). Burberry Midnight Blue (DC, $29.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Etiquette (LE, $5.00) is lighter (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Night Sky (Cream) (LE, $45.00) is darker (85% similar). Cle de Peau Serenity (Left) (P, ) is lighter, more muted (85% similar). Stila Vivid Sapphire (P, $24.00) is lighter (85% similar). NABLA Cosmetics Baltic (P, $8.00) is lighter (85% similar). Kat Von D Estrella (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Pat McGrath Underworld (LE, ) is more muted, warmer (85% similar). MAC Erogenous Zone (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter, glossier (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Blue Onyx (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Giorgio Armani Minuit (02) (P, $39.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Crimper is described as a “soft gold with multi-dimensional gold glitter in a metallic finish.” It’s a light-medium, yellow gold with warm undertones and gold sparkle. It had good pigmentation with a soft, blendable texture that was easy to work with and apply (even with a brush). It wore well for ten hours with minor fall out. Stila Starlight (P, $24.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Seasonal Spirit (LE, $17.00) is lighter (95% similar). Smashbox Champagne (P, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Take It Slow (P, $5.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Beam (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Colour Pop Peekaboo (LE, $5.00) is cooler (95% similar). Colour Pop CREAM (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Anastasia Chic (LE, $12.00) is lighter (95% similar). Dose of Colors Suz (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Solar Exposure #1 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Tarte Baby It's Gold Outside (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). theBalm #41 (P, $6.50) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Until Dawn #2 (LE, $21.00) is darker (90% similar). Dior Gold Highlighter (P, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Dior Golden Shock #5 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Estee Lauder Blonde Cumin (LE, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Dearest (P, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Famous (LE, $5.00) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Disco (LE, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). NARS Dirty Talk (DC, $25.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Koosh is described as an “icy silver taupe with an ultra-metallic finish.” It’s a light-medium, bronzy beige with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had fairly good pigmentation with a really creamy, smooth texture that felt wet but dried down without being stiff or clingy. It wore well for ten hours on me. Too Faced Café au Lait (P, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Viseart Chroma #4 (P, ) is darker (90% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Mushroom (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Silver Mirage (18) (LE, $39.00) is cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Arc de Triomphe (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Fabulous Three #2 (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Natasha Denona Glaze (12M) (P, $29.00) is cooler (85% similar). Buxom Champagne Buzz (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Chantecaille Seashell (P, $34.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Soie (P, $20.00) is lighter (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #2 (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Cheers! (LE, $16.00) is darker (85% similar). Tarte Crystal Spark (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Last Sin (LE, $19.00)(85% similar). MAC Ice (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Orchid Haze #1 (P, ) is darker (85% similar). MAC Pure Bred #2 (LE, $21.00) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Champagne Bubble Bath (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Divergent Humble Sheen (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Inglot #397 (P, $7.00) is darker (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Melrose is described as a “true rust in a matte finish.” It’s an intense, medium-dark copper brown with warm, orange-red undertones and a semi-matte finish. It was incredibly pigmented with a lightly creamy consistency that blended out easily but never lost its vibrancy on the skin. It was still going strong after ten hours of wear. Make Up For Ever M738 Auburn (DC, $21.00) is more muted (90% similar). Colour Pop Hooky (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Sienna (P, $12.00) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Nuts About U (LE, $16.00) is lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Summer Side (P, $5.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). LORAC Spice (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Kat Von D Cleopatra (P, ) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Kylie Cosmetics Duke (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Kat Von D Malice (LE, ) is lighter (85% similar). Kat Von D Wrath (P, ) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop No Promises (P, $5.00) is cooler (85% similar). Chanel Candeur et Experience #3 (P, ) is more muted, cooler (85% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Fit for a Queen #3 (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker, more muted (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

A

Limited Edition

9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total
90210
90210
A+

Limited Edition

10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total
As If
As If
A

Limited Edition

9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total
Baby T
Baby T
A

Limited Edition

9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
93%
Total
Crimper
Crimper
A

Limited Edition

9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total
Koosh
Koosh
A

Limited Edition

9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total
Melrose
Melrose
A+

Permanent

10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total
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ColourPop 90210 Super Shock Shadow
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ColourPop 90210 Super Shock Shadow
ColourPop 90210 Super Shock Shadow

ColourPop 90210 Super Shock Shadow
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ColourPop As If Super Shock Shadow

ColourPop As If Super Shock Shadow
ColourPop As If Super Shock Shadow

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ColourPop As If Super Shock Shadow

ColourPop As If Super Shock Shadow
ColourPop As If Super Shock Shadow

ColourPop Baby T Super Shock Shadow
ColourPop Baby T Super Shock Shadow

ColourPop Baby T Super Shock Shadow
ColourPop Baby T Super Shock Shadow

ColourPop Baby T Super Shock Shadow
ColourPop Baby T Super Shock Shadow

ColourPop Baby T Super Shock Shadow
ColourPop Baby T Super Shock Shadow

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ColourPop Crimper Super Shock Shadow

ColourPop Crimper Super Shock Shadow
ColourPop Crimper Super Shock Shadow

ColourPop Crimper Super Shock Shadow
ColourPop Crimper Super Shock Shadow

ColourPop Crimper Super Shock Shadow
ColourPop Crimper Super Shock Shadow

ColourPop Koosh Super Shock Shadow
ColourPop Koosh Super Shock Shadow

ColourPop Koosh Super Shock Shadow
ColourPop Koosh Super Shock Shadow

ColourPop Koosh Super Shock Shadow
ColourPop Koosh Super Shock Shadow

ColourPop Koosh Super Shock Shadow
ColourPop Koosh Super Shock Shadow

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ColourPop Melrose Super Shock Shadow

ColourPop Melrose Super Shock Shadow
ColourPop Melrose Super Shock Shadow

ColourPop Melrose Super Shock Shadow
ColourPop Melrose Super Shock Shadow

ColourPop Melrose Super Shock Shadow
ColourPop Melrose Super Shock Shadow

ColourPop Melrose Super Shock Shadow
ColourPop Melrose Super Shock Shadow

ColourPop Melrose Super Shock Shadow
ColourPop Melrose Super Shock Shadow

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About the Reviewer

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 information, please check the FAQ.)

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Wow, Colour Pop continues to impress! I only want this set for Baby T – I have dupes for some of the other colors and the rest aren’t flattering on me. So hard to find good navy blues and the name is so “90s! Guess I will settle for Etiquette

Same! I really just want Baby T, I have dupes for all the others except Melrose… Hell I’ll probably buy the set anyway. I’d rather go for Baby T because it performs better than Etiquette. Does anyone else think it’s weird that all CP’s LE stuff now routinely out-performs their permanent collection?

If I make another CP order before this sells out, it’s definitely on the list! Melrose is so my speed, and I’ve been wanting a good navy blue like Baby T, and 90210 is just so unique! And I’m always game for a few good highlight shades, and As If looks like a great transition shade. This is one of the few palettes/sets where I can really see myself using every single shade a lot.

Yeah! I bough this upon release and with CP’s 2 week shipping to Ohio it just got here today. I’m getting to the point where I expect top notch from CP. Maybe I shouldn’t. Can’t beat it ! The eye look is gorgeous!

So…I didn’t think I needed this, or would even want it, but after reading your review and seeing accurate swatches, I do now! Thank you for reviewing this set, because other swatches I’ve been seeing haven’t sold me on this, but yours did.

Christine, with your ColourPop reviews, I’ve noticed that a lot of the time when they label something as cool-toned, your write-up identifies it as warm. Is CP wrong a lot or do these colors just read warmer on your skin?

Love, love and love that beautiful navy blue colour Baby T – it is divine and could have been in your top 5 favourites of navy. It is gorgeous. The other colours are lovely too. But blue is generally one colour that most brands just don’t get right. For $5 – this is amazing (I hope Dior is looking at this!).

Hey Christine, I really appreciate your thorough and thoughtful reviews, they’re a delight to read. Having never used a cream-to-powder formula before, I was wondering if Colourpop shadows can be used well with powder shadows, and how you would go about combining the different formulas. Thanks for all your hard work, this site is quickly becoming one of my favorites!

Yes, they can work with powder eyeshadows! It can depend on the powder formula as if it is too thin, it may not work next to the cream shadow as much, BUT you can layer it over the cream eyeshadows easily! 🙂

Between Colour Pop and Makeup Geek and one UD palatte, I think all my eye shadow needs are met.

What brush do you find picks up the color best? I have tried a couple different ones, but it’s still far better with my finger. That doesn’t give me the control I want though….if I could only find a good brush!

I really want this set! Their fall sets are the first sets where I loved pretty much every shade. I already knew the quality was going to be divine after finally getting my hands on a few of their products. Looks like it’s time to add it to my cart. I need 90210 and Baby T asap!

How do you apply these?? I bought some and i totally forgot that they were cream when they arrived. Gosh their colors are wonderful!!! I love them and really want this collection but i’m not going to purchase it unless I know for sure I can apply it well

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