Apr 28, 2015

REVIEW & SWATCHES | Heaps O' ColourPop Super Shock Shadows

For maximum coverage: Use fingertip and tap shadow onto eye lid. A flat, fine tip synthetic brush will work fabulously as well and is actually better for a more detailed application close to the lash line. However, your fingertips make for the most intense application. To blend: Use a fluffy brush that has good movement, dip tip of the brush into the shadow and blend with a “wind shield wiper” movement throughout the crease of the eye. This will make your shadow softer and more diffused (like a total pro). When finished, close that sucker up tight! Don’t leave the jar opened for long periods of time, you may lose some of the magic that makes the Super Shock Shadow so amazzzing.

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Size: 0.11 oz

Price: $5 each

The ColourPop Super Shock Shadows are priced at $5 each for ) 0.11 oz. of product.

These shadows are closely priced to drugstore brands - think NYX Cosmetics, Milani, etc. But they contain more product - 0.11 oz vs. 0.05 oz or 0.07 oz - than a typical sized eyeshadow on the market. At $5 each they are worth a look.


The ColourPop Super Shock Shadows are sold exclusively online at www.ColourPop.com. 

Free shipping on orders of $30 or more in the US

Now shipping to Canada, Australia + New Zealand, Puerto Rico, Guam, US Virgin Islands, and APOs

They are also working on expanding the list of countries they ship to (sign up for their newsletter to keep up on announcements). 

The ColourPop Super Shock Shadows are are sold exclusively in cyber land on ColourPop.com.


The ColourPop Super Shock Shadows currently come in 74 shades which changes as they add new shades and discontinued others. There is a large range of neutrals, bright colors, neons, pastels and deep shades available that I think will give the makeup lover enough variety to create a multitude of looks.

Texture and Fininshes
The ColourPop Super Shock Shadows are available in 6 different finishes as indicated below:

Matte (24 shades) – The matte shades are the trickiest finish to work with. They are not like typical matte powder eyeshadows as they have more of a moist texture. The lighter shades are the pastels do not work well with a primer/base and can come off patchy on the eyelids. These shades have the potential to create a crepe-y look on the eyelids when used with a brush and/or eyeshadow primer/base.

The darker shades do work much better and blend into a demi-matte skin-like finish. Because they are a creamier formula they are lightweight almost gel type look on the eyelids. 

Satin (7 shades) – The satin shades are also a bit finicky to work with. They tend to be sheer and have the potential to create a crepe-y look on the eyelids when used with a brush
and/or eyeshadow primer/base.

Metallic (23 shades) – Hello! Here is where it gets good. This texture features a semi-opaque base color jam-packed with multidimensional glitter. These shades are highly reflective with glitters that actually adhere well to the skin.

Ultra-Metallic (2 shades) – This texture is more refined than Metallics. The glitter is mor finely milled and these will give a high-shine metallic look rather than a glitter party on the eyes.

Pearlized (11 shades) – This is an interesting finish as the texture varies between shades. Some are satin shades with fine glitter while others are more shiny and frosty in finish.

Pressed Pigment (7 shades) – These are similar to Metallics again but the base colors are fun neon shades....these are where you will find shades that are "not for eye use".

The pigmentation of the ColourPop Super Shock Shadows vary by shade and finish. The highlight and lighter shades obviously will have sheerer pigmentation versus the deeper rich shades.

Application & Wear
The ColourPop Super Shock Shadows are meant to be applied with your fingertips...but if you are anything like me, then you don't like using your fingers for eyeshadows. In that case, they still work very well with synthetic fibre bristles - Real Techniques and It Cosmetics have great synthetic brushes. Fingers work BEST for great color payoff but you can also build up the intensity with your brushes. To blend it is best to use a fluffy brush.

I also find that the shades don't work very well with creamy primer/base products. They tend to apply patchy and create a crepe-y look on the eyelids. I stick to plain ol' eyeshadow primer such as the Smashbox 24 Hour Photo Finish Shadow Primer, Urban Decay Primer Potion or M·A·C 'Prep + Prime' 24-Hour Extend Eye Base.

Another trick is to use a liquid mixing medium to dampen your brush before applying these to the lids. This will intensify the pigmentation as well as help the glitter really stand out.

These wear well for me on my (very oily) lids without a primer for 6+ hours while with a primer I get 8+ hours of wear without creasing or fading.

The ColourPop Super Shock Shadows are fun eyeshadows (even though the shadow allows for non-eye safe shades as well) with a different formula than the usual powder or cream. If you like bold glittery shades then you have found your new love in ColourPop. I am not too fond of the lighter matte shades or even the neon satin shades since they are trickier to work with. But...the rich glitter shades? iDie....well almost....these shades are so great to work with!

Have you tried these shadows?  What do you think? Interested?

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