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). Viseart Cool Matte #5 (PiP, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Smashbox Moss (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). ColourPop Adios (LE, $6.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Jackpot (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Viseart Cool Matte #4 (PiP, ) 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. Inglot #337 (P, $6.00) is darker (95% similar). Laura Mercier Café au Lait (PiP, $23.00) is lighter (95% similar). Becca Cognac (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Sephora Brown Sugar (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Stone (LE, $22.00) is darker (90% similar). IT Cosmetics Adore (P, ) is lighter (90% similar). LORAC Unspoken (PiP, $19.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Milk Chocolate (PiP, $16.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Gucci Beauty Tuscan Storm #3 (DC, ) is lighter (90% similar). Lancome Voyage (PiP, $19.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Chanel Candeur et Experience #1 (PiP, ) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Girl's Night (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). LORAC Taupe (PiP, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M646 Latte (DC, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Maya Bay (DC, $25.00) is lighter (90% similar). Chanel Charming #2 (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Viseart Jasper (PiP, ) is cooler (90% similar). Becca Ombre Rouge #4 (PiP, ) is warmer (90% similar). LORAC Lt. Brown (PiP, $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. ColourPop School Bus (LE, $6.00) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). Pretty Vulgar Wing It (PiP, ) is lighter (95% similar). Givenchy Bleu Soie (4) (P, $23.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). NARS Glenan (P, $28.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Aphrodisiatic (LE, $25.00) is more muted (90% similar). Burberry Midnight Blue (DC, $29.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Chanel Metamorphose (44) #4 (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). ColourPop Etiquette (LE, $6.00) is lighter (85% similar). Stila Vivid Sapphire (P, $24.00) is lighter (85% similar). NABLA Cosmetics Baltic (P, $8.00) is lighter (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). Pat McGrath Underworld (PiP, $25.00) is more muted, warmer (85% similar). Sydney Grace Rendezvous (DC, $8.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Night Sky (Cream) (LE, $45.00) is darker (85% similar). Sydney Grace Moonlit Kingdom (PiP, $6.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Cle de Peau Serenity (Left) (PiP, ) is lighter, more muted (85% similar). ColourPop Illusional (LE, $6.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Kat Von D Estrella (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Giorgio Armani Minuit (02) (DC, $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. Tom Ford Beauty Solar Exposure #1 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). ColourPop Take It Slow (PiP, $4.50) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Baby It's Gold Outside (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). ColourPop Peekaboo (LE, $6.00) is cooler (95% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Beam (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Smashbox Champagne (PiP, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Seasonal Spirit (LE, $17.00) is lighter (95% similar). ColourPop CREAM (LE, $4.50) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Dose of Colors Suz (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Chic (LE, $12.00) is lighter (95% similar). theBalm #41 (P, $6.50) is less shimmery (95% similar). ColourPop Famous (LE, $6.00) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Nude Beam (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Viseart Flirt (LE, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). Cle de Peau Champagne Supernova #1 (PiP, ) is lighter (90% similar). Estee Lauder Blonde Cumin (LE, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Dior Rivage #4 (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Sephora Minx (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Dior Contraste Horizon #2 (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). ColourPop Ray (LE, $4.50) is more shimmery, warmer (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. Viseart Chroma #4 (PiP, ) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Café au Lait (PiP, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Mushroom (LE, ) is warmer (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). Giorgio Armani Silver Mirage (18) (LE, $39.00) is cooler (90% similar). Natasha Denona Glaze (12M) (PiP, $29.00) is cooler (85% similar). Buxom Champagne Buzz (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Surratt Beauty Soie (P, $20.00) is lighter (90% similar). Chantecaille Seashell (P, $34.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #2 (PiP, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Pure Bred #2 (LE, $21.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Summer Honey (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Inglot #397 (P, $7.00) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Last Sin (LE, $19.00)(85% similar). Too Faced Cheers! (LE, $16.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Trophy (LE, $16.50) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Champagne Bubble Bath (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Fizz the Season (LE, ) is lighter (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Orchid Haze #1 (PiP, ) is darker (85% 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. ColourPop Hooky (LE, $4.50) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Melt Cosmetics Rule Breaker (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Huda Beauty Nude Rich #7 (PiP, ) is less shimmery, more muted (90% similar). ColourPop Nutmeg (LE, $4.50) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M738 Auburn (DC, $21.00) is more muted (90% similar). Natasha Denona Ripe (253CM) (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Anastasia Sienna (P, $12.00) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Nuts About U (LE, $16.00) is lighter (85% similar). LORAC Spice (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Kylie Cosmetics Duke (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Viseart Zest (11) (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Kat Von D Cleopatra (PiP, ) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Kat Von D Malice (LE, ) is lighter (85% similar). Huda Beauty Nude Medium #3 (PiP, ) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). ColourPop No Promises (P, $6.00) is cooler (85% similar). Kat Von D Wrath (DC, ) is lighter (90% similar). ColourPop Summer Side (PiP, $6.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Chanel Candeur et Experience #3 (PiP, ) is more muted, cooler (85% similar). NARS Rock Freak (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (80% similar). Tarte No Fox Given (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Forever Freshman

LELimited Edition. $30.00.
A
A
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total

90210

LELimited Edition. $6.00.
A+
A+
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total

As If

LELimited Edition. $6.00.
A
A
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total

Baby T

LELimited Edition. $6.00.
A
A
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
93%
Total

Crimper

LELimited Edition. $6.00.
A
A
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total

Koosh

LELimited Edition. $6.00.
A
A
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total

Melrose

PiPPermanent in Palette. $6.00.
A+
A+
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total
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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
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ColourPop Koosh Super Shock Shadow
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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!

Wow fantastic rating! I was hoping you would review this! 😀 This is fantastic news especially since I just ordered this! 😀 Thanks for the review Christine!!! 😀

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?

I usually look at the color in the pot and the color on skin, and unless it’s sheer, my skin tone won’t actually change the swatch itself.

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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