Colourpop has been a very popular brand for quite some time now. One of their first products I knew about were their Super Shock Shadows. Everyone was raving about them and they were supposed to be really amazing. I never got around ordering some of them back in their prime, but back on Black Friday I did finally get the chance to do so. I ended up buying five shadows and today I’m reviewing all five of them. If you’re interested in finding out whether or not I think they are worth the hype, make sure you continue reading this post! I’m really excited about this one!
Okay, let’s just immediately start off with the first one, because we have a lot to discuss today. The first shadow I decided to pick up is called I Heart This. This was the first one to catch my attention while I was looking for some shadows on the Colourpop website. I don’t know it for sure, but I’d totally understand it if this is one of their more popular or best selling eyeshadows. I feel like ‘I Heart This’ is a very versatile and easy to use colour. Whether you’re a pro at makeup or a starter, it’s a shade pretty much anyone could use.
According to Colourpop the shade I Heart This can be described as a taupe with a silver ultra-glitter sparkle. I think that this is partly a proper description, but partly off as well. I definitely don’t see this shade as a taupe. I actually think that this is more of a shimmery champagne colour. It might have a bit of a brown tone to it in a specific light, but not in a taupy way. I really do think that they are drawing the wrong image calling this a taupe, but well, that’s their decision.
The main thing I do agree with in Colourpop’s colour description is the fact that they call it ultra-glittery. This definitely is one of the most glittery eyeshadows I’ve seen so far. I do like that about it, because I think an intense shimmery shade like this can really light up your complexion. I hope that it’s as sparkly on the lid as it looks like in the pot.
Colourpop I Heart This Super Shock Shadow – $5
The main thing I remember thinking about these Colourpop eyeshadows before I got them is that they have an amazing formula. You know those pictures of used Colourpop shadows where it looks like they are almost creamy?! I really love the way that looks and that made me get my hopes up pretty high if I can be honest about that.
The risky thing of getting your hopes up very high is that you’re easily disappointed. And even though I really wanted to be super excited about this shadow and totally in love with it, it did disappoint me quite a bit. As you can tell on the swatch the colour looks quite different on the swatch than it does in the jar. That’s not something I really don’t like about it because I do like the colour on the swatch a little better than the colour in the jar, but there’s something else about it that disappointed me a bit.
When you promise someone ultra-glittery shimmer you expect ultra-glittery shimmer. And that’s not what this is. Yes this shadow definitely has a lot of shimmer to it, but on the eyes it doesn’t stand out at all. Normal glittery shades really light up the eye area as they reflect light. This shadow doesn’t. It’s quite dim for what it claims to be and it doesn’t really ‘pop’ on the lid. It might if you use a ton of setting spray and use your fingers or whatever other techniques there are, but I like my shadows to be easy and quick and it’s just not. I’m actually quite disappointed with this shadow.
Moving on to the second eyeshadow I bought. When I was ordering these Super Shock Shadows from Colourpop I was trying to get a couple of shades that would work really well together. Like, a couple of shades that could form an entire look. When I was looking for a nice medium brown shade to act as a transition colour I did experience some difficulty. There are only a few shades available that qualify for this purpose in my opinion and most of them were out of stock at the time. This lead to the purchase of my second shade, called Bill.
According to Colourpop Bill is a dusty matte mauve colour. In this case I agree more with their description than I did when reading about I Heart This. All though it does say that it’s a mauve on the website, I didn’t expect it to be this pink in real life. But it is. It’s very pink. It’s almost more pink than it is brown.
Another thing that surprised me about this shade when I first saw it in real life is that it’s quite dark. Especially if you’re expecting more of a light to medium tint that could work as a transition shade. I’m not saying that this shade is way too dark for that purpose, but it’s a lot darker than I initially expected.
Colourpop Bill Super Shock Shadow – $5
Even though the colour and the darkness of Bill did surprise me quite a bit when I first saw it, I do like the quality of this shadow. I think that at the top of the swatch you can really tell that this shadow has a very creamy formula. The formula feels very rich and it’s easy to get a very pigmented swatch with it. When using it with a brush it’s obviously a little less pigmented compared to when you’re using your finger, but that’s more than obvious. Anyway, even when used with a brush I think that the colour pay-off is great. It doesn’t need to be build up and therefore it’s a quick and effortless shade to use.
In terms of blending I think it’s a mediocre shadow. Considering the fact that this formula is rather creamy I could have expected that it wouldn’t blend as easily and effortlessly as a more silky, satiny kind of shadow would. This creamy formula obviously sticks to the skin better. Even though it doesn’t blend super, super easily, I do think it’s still a nice shadow to work with. I don’t think it’s impossible to blend, but I do think I have other eyeshadows that are easier to blend.
All in all I think Bill is a great eyeshadow. The formula is rich and creamy and the colour is okay to blend. I think it’s a bit dark and pink to act as a transition shade, but you can definitely make it work if you want to.
Moving on to the third Super Shock Shadow I bought already. This is going rather quick. This shade is called Pretty Lucky and it’s another matte shadow. I bought this shadow thinking this was going to be the shade I’d use to darken up the look and to use in the outer corner of my eyelid. I also think that this shadow could work great as a powder liner. Sometimes, when I want to accentuate my lash line a little bit more, I like to use a shadow to darken that area up in a natural way.
According to Colourpop their Pretty Lucky eyeshadow is a natural deep brown shade and that’s exactly what this is. I think this is a really good shade and a staple in any makeup collection. I like that it’s matte and also that it’s that deep. The neutral undertone makes it easy to combine this shade with pretty much any other eyeshadow and it makes it a great shade for literally everyone, no matter what undertone you have in your skin.
All in all I think this is one of the best shade choices I have made in this entire Colourpop order. It’s definitely a shade I’d use on a regular basis, whether I’m using my other Colourpop shadows or not.
Colourpop Pretty Lucky Super Shock Shadow – $5
Looking at the swatch I think we can conclude that the quality of this shadow is just as great as the colour itself. I mean look at it. The swatch is very even, it’s pigmented throughout the entire swatch and it’s nice and intense. Getting a deep, matte shade like this one right is definitely not an easy thing and I do want to give Colourpop credits for that. They did an outstanding job creating this shadow. If you take the price point this shadow is at in consideration, I think it’s even more amazing Colourpop pulled this off. I have multiple high-end shadows in a similar shade that are definitely not as well-formulated as Pretty Lucky is.
In terms of blending I think this shadow is just fine. Just like the other two shadows I’ve discussed already it’s not the most easy to blend eyeshadow, but it’s also not like it’s a terrible hustle to get this eyeshadow blended. It’s just right in the middle. Normally this could actually be a bit of a dealbreaker for me since I already have so many eyeshadows, but considering the fact I like this colour and the pigmentation of this shadow so much, I think I’m going to forgive it for the blending thing.
In conclusion I think Pretty Lucky is one of my favourite shades out of the five I ended up getting. I think it’s very versatile, it’s a staple in any collection and the quality is really amazing.
Having discussed two matte shadows, I think it’s time to start talking about a shimmery shadow next. This shade is called So Quiche and it’s something completely different. It’s another very shimmery shade and on the website it seemed to be a coppery shadow. Once I received and saw it in real life for the very first time I noticed it was a lot different than I expected to be. Throughout this whole review I’m starting to notice that more shadows are different in real life than they are when you look at them on the website and I do think this is a problem. Especially with So Quiche because this difference is just massive. It’s a completely different shade. This makes it almost impossible to pick out the shades you will really like in real life and that’s a big bummer.
In real life So Quiche is a lot more cool toned, green and purply than it is on the website. The shadow is brown with a green tone to it and the shimmers seem to be purple or red. It’s a very unique combination of colours and I do like the creativity that was used to assemble this shade, but I just didn’t expect this to be it.
One thing I do have to admit is that Colourpop does describe this shade as an olive with violet and gold sparkles, so that does give away that this isn’t going to be a copper tone. However, they are very inconsistent with their colour descriptions and the colour description of So Quiche does end with ‘this shade is hotter than hot’ which does give me the idea that it’s not going to be cool toned. So there is something to say about both sides of the story, but all in all I don’t like that the colour descriptions, the colours that are being shown online and the colours in real life aren’t very coherent.
Colourpop So Quiche Super Shock Shadow – $5
On the swatch So Quiche looks even more green and cool toned than it does in the pan. The colour is very pigmented and I like the way the shimmers look in this shade. I do appreciate the fact that they went with violet coloured shimmer instead of the basic silver or gold. It does make this a more unique eyeshadow, but it also makes it a shade I’m probably not going to wear on a daily basis if I’m being completely honest. It’s a bit too unique for me in a way. I do think that this colour can give your rather neutral eyeshadow look a more unique twist, without being too bright or out there. It’s not super crazy wild but it’s also not the type of shade I’d use in an everyday look.
Quality wise I’m definitely not disappointed with So Quiche. I think it’s a very smooth feeling eyeshadow with a nice formula. I do like the fact that both the shimmery shades as well as the matte ones are nice quality shadows and I do think that it says a lot about the brand. Their formulas are very consistent.
All in all I think that So Quiche is the most unique shade out of the five I bought. It’s a completely different shade than I expected it to be and it’s probably not going to be a shade I’d be using an awful lot. But in terms of quality I do think it’s really nice.
After discussing four Colourpop Super Shock Shadows we’re down to our very last one. The fifth and most special shadow of the bunch. The reason why I call this last one the most special is because this is from a limited edition collection called ‘Disney Designer’. I don’t know for how long this limited edition will be available, but I feel like there’s no need to rush. I ordered my shadow back in November and as I’m writing this post the collection is still available. But still, it’s more unique than a shadow from the regular collection.
One thing that helps with the unique feel of this eyeshadow is the fact that the packaging is a little different. Instead of the standard white jar, this jar is black. And instead of the clear middle being decorated with the name of the brand, this shadow has the Disney tower in the middle. In gold. How cute does that look?! I personally really like the way it looks. I think it’s very unique and special.
The Disney Designer collection from Colourpop is filled with quite a lot of products, including a couple shades of eyeshadow. The shade that interested me the most, which is the one I bought, is called ‘So This Is Love’. I find this a very Disney-proof name and the shade is really pretty too.
Colourpop Disney Designer So This Is Love Super Shock Shadow – $5
According to Colourpop So This Is Love is a soft pink shade with a frosted finish. On the website it did look like a frosted pink, but a very powdery pink. In real life it’s a lot more vibrant and warm toned than I expected. It’s another example of the difference between what their shadows look like on their website compared to in real life. I don’t hate the way this shadow looks at all, but I just think that they are giving their costumers the wrong idea and that’s wrong.
Anyway, in terms of quality I do really like this eyeshadow. I think that this shadow still has that super creamy and rich feel to it, but that it’s a little bit more satin or smooth than the other four shadows I have reviewed today. I feel like that makes it easier to work with and it gives the shadow a more smooth finish. In terms of pigment I think this shadow is really amazing. It’s a very pigmented shadow and it also applies very evenly. I really have nothing to complain about when it comes to the quality of So This Is Love.
All in all I think that So This Is Love is my most special and highest quality shadow from Colourpop. I really like the smoothness in the texture and I love how even and pigmented it looks. I do think it’s a little disappointing that this shade also isn’t exactly what it looks like on the picture, but aside from that I do think it’s really nice.
In conclusion I definitely think that the Colourpop Super Shock Eyeshadows are great, especially considering how affordable they are. They have tons of fun colours, they are pigmented and they actually do have a really nice formula. I do think that it’s a bit of a shame how most colours are quite different in real life than they are online, but aside from that these are definitely great shadows. Not the best in the world, but the best in their price-range for sure.
With that being said I’m going to end today’s review. It was a rather long one so thanks for bearing with me, and be sure to let me know which one of the shadows is your favourite!