Shocking is a bright, medium-dark fuchsia pink with moderate, cool blue undertones and a matte finish. The texture was slightly dry, thin, and a struggle to work with over bare skin or over foundation--unless it was fully matte or set. I try formulas a variety of ways so I can learn what does and doesn't work, if anything, but applied over bare skin, the powder did not want to diffuse or spread, which meant I had to apply more to get color all-over my cheeks.
The more I tried to blend or spread it, the more the pigment looked like it sank into my pores and gave my skin a pitted appearance when it does not have a pitted appearance to begin with! I tried using different brushes--including the brand's brushes!--but did not feel there was a major improvement until it was applied over powdered skin (whether bare or over a foundation). I would also use the leftover foundation on my brush to soften and diffuse the edges, while tamping down any brightness to bring it down to whatever one's preference was.
This is a common issue that I've had with more matte blushes: they often stick wherever they are first applied and are challenging to diffuse, and occasionally, they seem to sit in pores and look like polka dots all over my cheeks. It was also extremely pigmented where a little went a long way--rather than buildable or sheerer as described--but lasted for nine hours.
FURTHER READING: Formula Overview, which is a detailed review of the range as a whole.
Smooth-glide powder formula creates a featherlight veil on top of skin that blurs the look of pores, fine lines, and texture. Weightless, microfine pigments blend and build up effortlessly for streak-free color that lasts all day.
Talc, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Magnesium Myristate, Boron Nitride, Phenoxyethanol, Octyldodecyl Stearate, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Caprylyl Glycol May Contain: Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Red 28 Lake (CI 45410), Ultramarines (CI 77007).
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