Back in my Black Friday Haul I showed you guys I got my first ever Colourpop highlighter. I’ve been wanting to try a couple of products from Colourpop for so long now, so I was really happy I finally found the opportunity to do so without splurging on a brand that is supposed to be affordable. One of the products from Colourpop I really wanted to try is their Super Shock Cheek Highlighter. It was so hard for me to decide what shade to get, but after googling for a bit I found out that the shade Flexitarian was going to be the best for my skintone. So, I ordered it, gave it a try and today I’m reviewing it. If you’re interested in finding out if this Super Shock Highlighter in Flexitarian is worth the buy, make sure you continue reading this post!
The Colourpop Super Shock Cheek Highlighter comes in this classic Colourpop packaging. It’s a round little jar with made out of white plastic and a clear part in the middle. I really like the look of these little compacts. I think they are cute and I also think they have a charm to them. It’s not a super unique packaging, but they carried it out just right in my opinion. This little compact is surrounded by a salmon coloured box. I think that looks really cute as well. It’s not a box I’d keep because it’s the prettiest box ever, but I do think it adds a luxurious feeling.
The size of the jar is quite nice too. I also got some Super Shock Eyeshadows and those come in a similar packaging but smaller. This jar is actually quite big for what it is. It comes with 4.2 grams of product. That’s definitely a lot less than you’d get in for example a MAC Mineralized Skin Finish, but then again, this is so much more affordable and the packaging is much more compact than the ones from the MAC MSF’s. Even though the amount of product you get isn’t similar to what you’d get in other famous highlighters, I still think you get a fair amount of product. A little bit of highlighter goes a long way, so I do expect to be using this for a very long time.
All in all I really like the look of the packaging. It feels really nice and well made and a lot better than I expected from such an affordable brand. Colourpop is really changing the game here and showing us affordable products can look just as good as luxurious products do!
Colourpop Super Shock Cheek Highlighter in Flexitarian 4,2 grams – $8 (approx. €7)
Colourpop has a very wide array of shades available and they change up the shades they stock pretty regularly. Therefore it was hard to find what shade to get based on reviews, because most shades I liked in reviews weren’t available anymore. The one shade I could find a lot about is Flexitarian, which is the one I ended up buying. This is a bestselling shade and according to what I’ve read this is supposed to be one of the best shades for pale skinned people like me.
On the Colourpop website they do give us a brief description about this shade. They say that the finish is pearlized and that the shade is ‘champagnes, silvers’. I think that’s like categories they have, I suppose. But for me this information told me the shade is probably going to be more of a cool-toned shade. I have a neutral undertone so both warm and cool-toned products look decent on me, but in terms of highlighter I actually do prefer more cool tones. Since I’m very pale I just think that’s what looks best on me.
If I had to describe this shade I’d say it’s the perfect highlight shade that will look good on anybody. It’s a very standard shade but with that I don’t mean that it looks basic or isn’t special. It is. It’s just a really nice champagne highlighter with silver shimmer to it. It’s rather light in a way it looks good on pale skinned girls, but I also think it’s going to be flattering on more tinted skin tones. I really like this shade a lot. It’s a great staple shade to have in your collection. And by the way, I also think this could look really good on the eyes!
Okay, enough about the shade. Let’s talk about the quality. I feel like Colourpop is known for their amazing and super creamy formulas. According to them this Super Shock Cheek Highlighter has a bouncy texture that creates the ultimate glow. They say that it’s buildable, blendable and buttery soft. It’s supposed to be long-wearing, blendable and it should leave your skin looking smooth and healthy. Colourpop also gives us some information about the way you should apply this. They say that for the most coverage you should use your fingertips, but you can also sweep it across your cheeks using a brush. My preferred way is by using a brush because I think that will result in a way more natural and more blended look, but if you really want to get that blinding glow I could see why using your fingertips would be a thing.
But okay, let’s look at what’s really important here. The key things Colourpop claim is that this highlighter is super soft and that it’s intense. I do think that the super soft thing is true. I have heard a lot of people say this before, but it’s hard to imagine how soft the formula is if you have never touched it yourself. It’s actually so soft that if you press too hard, you’ll leave a dent in the formula. It almost feels like a cream product, but then again it’s also a powder. It’s so weird and unlike anything I’ve ever tried. I have seen these ‘putty’ products around and I think it could be comparable to that, but in a more powder kind of way. You know what, you just have to feel it. Whatever I’m going to say won’t make my point more clear.
Because the formula has a rather creamy touch to it I was worried that the highlighter was going to be a bit difficult to blend. I mean this is a powder so I do use this after powdering my face, and cream products don’t blend well on top of powder. In the end I realised I was worried about nothing. On the skin this product acts as a powder so it blends like one too. Nice and easily.
Looking at the swatch I think it’s clear that the intense claim is true. This highlighter is definitely out there. By the way, don’t mind the brown swatch next to it, it’s from a bronzer. On the other hand Colourpop claims that this highlighter is buildable, which should mean that it’s not as intense to start with. They did say that applying it using your fingertips was going to be the way to get the most coverage out of it and I did use my fingertips for this swatch. When you apply it using a brush it’s surprisingly less intense. I actually was a little bit disappointed by its intensity at first. You do really have to build it up to get to that level where it’s showing up, but not in a super blinding kind of way.
In terms of staying power I do think this highlighter is nice. It stays in place for a good couple of hours. It can lose intensity throughout the day a little bit, but not too much. If you apply a proper amount in the morning you’ll still shine around the end of the day. So I don’t think it’s too impressive but I’m definitely not mad at it either. It’s just okay.
All in all I’m not as surprised or impressed by this Colourpop Super Shock Cheek Highlighter as I thought I would be, but I’m not disappointed either. I think it’s a great shade and the pigmentation is nice. It’s just an okay product. It didn’t wow me all too much and I don’t think it’s necessarily going to be a go-to product for me, but it’s definitely a great highlighter considering the price you pay for it. I do think that it could compete to more high-end alternatives for sure! So if you really like this shade and want to try one of the Colourpop highlighters I definitely think you should do so because it is a nice product. I’m just not completely in love with it.
And that’s pretty much all I have to say about it. Thank you guys so much for reading today’s post and be sure to let me know what you guys think of the Colourpop highlighters!