ColourPop's eyeshadows and lipsticks are among the brand's better-known offerings, but its cheek products are noteworthy as well—particularly its Super Shock Cheek — Pearlized Highlighters. With a variety of colors that suit just about every skin tone and performance that matches its higher-priced peers, this is a highlighter that easily earns a "glowing" review.
Super Shock Cheek — Pearlized Highlighters has much in common with its sister product, ColourPop's Super Shock Cheek blushes. Like the blushes, this comes in white pot with a twist off lid. It also shares the same unique texture—an appearance that looks like powder, but feels creamy and somewhat spongy to the touch.
The brand recommends applying these highlighters with fingertips and we agree as it's the best way to get optimal color control on skin. If your prefer brushes, however, a stippling brush with firm (but not hard) bristles works just as well.
Super Shock Cheek — Pearlized Highlighter's consistency is smooth, and easy to pick up whether you use fingertips or a stippling brush. Because each shade is very pigmented, a little goes a long way. You can use just a small amount for a subtle highlighting effect, or build the results for a more intense look. We found this works on bare skin or over foundation, with the formula wearing throughout the workday without fading.
This fragrance-free highlighter provides a glowing, radiant finish without obvious glitter or sparkle. Some shades have more shimmer than others do (and the amount of shimmer is fairly accurately described on ColourPop's website), so to avoid the undesired sort of shine, those with oilier skin might want to be more selective about how and where these are applied.
Speaking of shades, there are a lot! Currently there are more than 15 colors available, with a range that extends from very fair to very deep skin tones. Among the options are the standard neutral highlighting shades, but there are also colors that work just as well as bronzers, blushes, and eyeshadows, making this a true multi-tasker!
Because of its performance, price, and versatility, ColourPop's Super Shock Cheek — Pearlized Highlighter gets a big thumbs up from us!
Dimethicone, Isononyl Isononanoate, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Ethylhexyl Isononanoate, Isopropyl Myristate, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Stearalkonium Hectorite, Ethylhexylglycerin, Propylene Carbonate, Aluminum Calcium Sodium Silicate, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Sodium Potassium Aluminum Silicate, Silica, Alumina, Tin Oxide. [+/- Red 7 Lake (Ci 15850), Red 7 (Ci 15850), Red 30 Lake (Ci 73360), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Iron Oxides (Ci 77492), Iron Oxides (Ci 77499), Red 6 (Ci 15850), Red 28 Lake (Ci 45410), Red 28 (Ci 45410), Red 27 Lake (Ci 45410), Red 21 (Ci 45380), Red 21 Lake (Ci 45380), Manganese Violet (Ci 77742), Yellow 10 Lake (Ci 47005), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140), Yellow 6 Lake (Ci 15985), Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090), Mica (Ci 77019), Bismuth Oxychloride (Ci 77163), Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Bronze Powder (Ci 77400), Copper Powder (Ci 77400), Red 33 (Ci 17200), Carmine (Ci 75470), Red 40 Lake (Ci 16035), Red 36 (Ci 12085), Orange 5 (Ci 45370), Red 6 Lake (Ci 15850), Red 22 (Ci 45380)].
*Note: Ingredients May Vary Based On Individual Shade/Finish.
If you haven’t heard of the makeup brand ColourPop yet, chances are you will soon. A favorite of beauty bloggers and fashion columnists, this Los Angeles-based makeup company has made a splash thanks to its seemingly endless offering of color products, bargain prices, and savvy use of social media. The brand certainly captured our attention, and we were glad it did!
ColourPop’s sticking point is that the brand is something of an enigma in this age of instant information; very little is known about its owners and origins, save that its parent company is a brand called Seed Beauty. We also know that all aspects of its production are centered in the Los Angeles area (which is why the brand claims its turnaround in creating new products can be as short as a month).
At the time of this writing, ColourPop’s focus is strictly on makeup, particularly eye, lip, and cheek-area products (there are no complexion products yet, like foundation). ColourPop’s chief claim to fame, according to its website, is that it offers “luxury formulas at prices that won’t break the bank.” For the most part that description is, pardon the pun, right on the money!
The brand’s signature products are their Super Shock Shadows, which feature a bouncy cream/powder texture, and as a whole perform brilliantly with an impressive color payoff, great wear, and a price that’s right around $5 each. ColourPop also does well with its Super Shock Cheek blushes and highlighters, which have the same distinctive texture as the shadows.
Despite our obvious enthusiasm, not to say every product from ColourPop is top-tier. While most of its lip products are good, there are a few that didn’t apply evenly and had haphazard performance. Overall though, this is a line that has quite a bit to offer, and with the biggest ticket item costing only $8, most can afford to try a few different options to see what they like best—and you’re highly likely to find some bona-fide beauty bargains that outperform much more expensive makeup.
Note: The company does not provide a phone number on their website, but they do provide an email address and promise to reply to messages within 2 business days.
The Beautypedia and Paula’s Choice Research teams have one mission: To help you find the best products for your skin, whether they’re from Paula’s Choice or another brand. By combining efforts, we’re able to share scientific research and remain committed to the highest standards based on our decades of experience objectively reviewing thousands upon thousands of skincare and makeup formularies in all price ranges.
Beautypedia cuts through the hype to bring you product insights and recommendations you won’t find anywhere else!