Review: ColourPop Super Shock Shadows & Highlighters

Hi everyone! Over the last eight or nine months, I’ve started collecting a few ColourPop Super Shock products. I currently own six of their shadows and two of their highlighters, and today I’m doing a review of the shades I have. It’s tough to choose between everything that ColourPop has to offer, but I think that so far, the Super Shock products are one of my favourite products that I’ve tried from the brand. The formula is easy to use and the pigmentation is generally great (more details later on), not to mention the texture is quite interesting. Read on for more details!

THE BASICS

I ordered these straight from the ColourPop website; the company offers free shipping for purchases over $30 USD within the United States, and for international customers like me, shipping is free for orders over $50 USD, otherwise you pay $9.99 USD for shipping. I did not have to pay customs for either of the orders.

The Super Shock Shadows retail for $5 USD and the Super Shock Cheeks retail for $8 USD. Both the shadows and the cheek products are made in the USA. The Super Shock products are supposed to be metallic and bold, with no creasing or fading.

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow Weenie Game Face So Quiche

THE PACKAGING

All of the Super Shock products are housed in a circular pan with a lid that screws on and off. What I do love is the little window at the top of each lid so that you can see the shade inside. In terms of the packaging quality, I was surprised the first time I received my ColourPop order, because the packaging of the Super Shock products felt a bit cheap and plastic-y to me. I think that all of the ColourPop products in the white packaging feel like this. I’m not too annoyed by this considering how inexpensive the products are, but I just wanted to throw it out there that I envisioned the packaging being weightier than they actually are.

THE FORMULA

What drew me most to try the Super Shock products was the texture. I heard that it was different from other cream products out there, which piqued my curiosity. The texture of the Super Shock products is indeed quite interesting – it’s a bouncy cream, not quite a traditional cream product, yet not a powder either; ColourPop describes it as a cream-to-powder formula, which I would agree with.

I’ve found my favourite way to apply these products, whether on the eyes or cheeks, is with my fingers. The warmth of the fingers helps to melt the product and blend it into the skin. For the eyes, I find that using my fingers allows me to better layer the colour onto the lid compared to a brush.

Below is a more detailed review of each of the shades:

SUPER SHOCK EYESHADOW

 

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So Quiche

Sorry – I totally forgot to take close-ups of the first three eyeshadows I purchased before using them! I kind of like the way they look once they’ve been used though, haha. So Quiche is a dirty taupe with purple glitter – the shade is super unique, which is hard to come by when you’ve owned so many shadows in your lifetime. It’s one of ColourPop’s glitter shadows, so it’s chock full of glitter. I actually had anticipated it to be a shade I could wear to work, but it’s too sparkly for the workplace. The base colour is very pigmented, but I get a little bit of glitter fallout from this when I try to blend it out with a brush. I’ve found the best way to apply this shade is to first finish the rest of my eyeshadow look, then apply So Quiche to the lid space in thin layers and patting with the fingers to blend so that you won’t have to go in with a brush. If it’s not quite opaque enough, I’ll go back in and pack the areas I want the most punch. I can avoid using glitter glue when I apply So Quiche this way. This wears really well throughout the day; after a full day of wear, the base colour is still there, and there is no fallout under the eyes.

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Weenie

Weenie is a true rose gold with a metallic finish. This shade was released as a collaboration with Kathleenlights, and is by far my favourite shade out of all three of the Super Shock Shadows that I purchased. I find myself reaching for it the most often, because it’s perfect for work or for going out. I was really impressed with the pigmentation; one swipe is all that is needed. Out of all the shades I own, this needs the least building up. It also wears well all day with little to no fading or creasing.

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow Game Face

Game Face

Game Face is a bright copper with a metallic finish. I’ve heard great reviews about this particular shade, so I was a bit surprised when I found that this didn’t perform as strongly as others. It’s a little patchy and not as opaque as the other two, and I find that when I try to build the colour up, sometimes it does the opposite of what I want, and ends up taking more product off. I really love this shade, but it’s definitely fussy to work with so I don’t use it as much as I would like. When I do use it, I love pairing this with a warm brown on the outer lid. Even though the application process requires more work,  once Game Face is on the eyes, it stays on and doesn’t fade. Unfortunately, this shade has been discontinued since I purchased it.

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow Nillionaire

Nillionaire

Nillionaire is also a glitter shadow, and it reminds me of a straight-forward version of So Quiche. It’s a bronze with gold and bronze glitters running through it. It’s pretty and swatches well, but I find that there is more glitter than colour pigment when you apply it to the eyes. Strangely enough, the glitter must adhere to the base colour better than So Quiche, because I don’t really have issues with fallout when wearing Nillionaire; even so, I still prefer applying it the same way as So Quiche by leaving it for last. Like the other shades, it wears well all day. While I do like it, it’s not my favourite.

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow Bae Closeup

Bae

This shade is SO pretty but I’ve been struggling to work with it. Bae is described as an eggplant with blue glitter. I tried to wear this on its own and the base colour is really patchy – all I get is glitter. The only way I’ve found that this works on the eyes is to layer it over a deep plum or purple shadow; the only issue is that I don’t own many shadows in those types of shades, so I haven’t really been able to test the best shadows to pair it with. This also stained my arm when I did swatches, but I didn’t seem to have the same problem on my lids.

 

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Wattles

This shade looks boring as heck in the pan, but it’s ridiculously gorgeous. ColourPop describes it as a dusty beige pink satin, which I think it’s the perfect description. The satin finish is so lovely! There’s something about the shade that I don’t really quite love when it’s on my eyelids – I think it’s just not the most flattering shade on my skin tone, but I’m warming up to it.

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From left to right: ColourPop Super Shock Shadows in Bae, Wattles, Weenie, Game Face, So Quiche, Nillionaire

SUPER SHOCK HIGHLIGHTERS

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Hippo

When I was first going through the ColourPop highlighters deciding on which ones to get, I was interested in trying a coloured highlighter as I already have too many champagne highlighters to justify buying yet another champagne/gold highlighter. Hippo is a light lavender, and it’s unique to my collection as I don’t own any colourful highlighters other than pink. The bouncy cream texture is the same as the Super Shock Shadows. When it arrived, I was worried that this would be too purple and cool-toned on my skintone, but it actually looks very flattering. I just find it hard to pair with a look, but I’ve been enjoying wearing it with a bright pink blush.

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Flexitarian

Flexitarian is described by ColourPop as a white champagne. Out of all the highlighter shades out there, most of the ones I own are some variation of shampagne. Next to the rest of my highlighters, this one looks more white-silver. Flexitarian has quite a cult following online, and after using it for the last two months, I can totally see why. This highlight is BLINDING, which is exactly what I want in a highlighter.

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From left to right: TheBalm Mary Lou-Manizer, ColourPop Super Shock Highlighter in Flexitarian, Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Opal, Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Poured in Moonstone
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From left to right: ColourPop Super Shock Highlighter in Hippo, Makeup Geek Highlighter in Luster, Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Parisian Lights

One con of these Super Shock products is that I have heard it dries out after a while. I’ve owned all of these products for less than a year so this hasn’t happened to me yet, but you never want to hear that your makeup will eventually dry out, even if you only paid $5 for it.

Here are a few looks I’ve done with these colours:

LOOK #1:

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UD Naked as a transition shade, UD Buck to deepen up the crease, Weenie all over the lid, Tarte Dreamer (from the Tarte Tartelette palette) in the outer corner of the lid, UD Virgin as a browbone highlight

 

LOOK #2

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Urban Decay Naked as a transition shade, Urban Decay Buck to deepen the crease, Wattles all over the lid, Tarte Rebel (from the Tartelette in Bloom palette) to deepen the outer lid, UD Virgin as a browbone highlight.

LOOK #3

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To be honest, I don’t love this look, but I’m still trying to experiment with Bae. I ended up pairing this shade with the Too Faced Just Peachy Mattes palette, and layered Bae over Just Ripe, which is a wine shade.

Overall I really love the Super Shock formula, and am already looking forward to collecting more of the metallic shades. Have you used the Super shock products, and if so, what are your thoughts?

 

 

 

 

 

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14 thoughts on “Review: ColourPop Super Shock Shadows & Highlighters

  1. I have about a dozen of the Super Shock shadows & I like the formula. They’re fun to play with. I’ve found applying with a sponge tip applicator works pretty well & mimics what your finger can do (and no getting product on your fingers). If they still make Partridge I suggest trying that shade in the future.

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    • Interesting, I never thought about using a sponge applicator to apply these! Hopefully I still have a few of those lying around so I can try! Unfortunately, they don’t sell Partridge anymore – it would have been one of the first ones I bought if it was still available!

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    • So the shipping process ended up being pretty much the same as everything I’ve ordered online – I’m pretty sure it went through Canada customs once it got here from LA. In the past, I’ve heard other bloggers say that they were charged customs charges for it – anywhere from $10+ depending on the value of the package. But I’ve ordered from them twice and did not get charged anything. I hope that helps!

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  2. I personally love both Weenie and Wattles! Up until recently I had a collection of probably 30 SSS, but I decided to declutter all of them but Wattles, and I may have kept La La (metallic rose gold). I just wasn’t reaching for them anymore and they had all likely dried out by then anyways. I totally agree that the shimmers/metallics apply best with a finger. But remarkably, I actually find that the mattes/satins apply great with a brush too! I love your pictures, as always!! Hope you are having fun on your trip 🙂

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