Among ColourPop's incredible number of products available (seemingly more every day), its Super Shock Shadow is a standout. There's a good reason for this—it really is a high-performance product, and its Metallic finish option is no exception.
Like all of this brand's Super Shock Shadows, the fragrance-free Metallic formula comes in a round pot with a screw-top lid. The most distinctive aspect of this shadow is the one you'll notice first, its texture. Though it looks like a powder, when you touch it you'll notice it has a bouncy, almost cream-like feel.
ColourPop recommends using your fingertips for best results when it comes to applying this, and we agree. Using the tips of your fingers allows for picking up the cream-powder product with the greatest ease, and applying it smoothly across lids. If you don't like using your fingers to put on shadow, a dense, flat eyeshadow brush works OK (but we stress, in our experience,, fingers definitely work best).
Though this shadow has a creamy texture, it has a powder finish. It's got rich color—a little goes a long way—and it blends remarkably well. As advertised, this formula has a high-sheen, metallic finish, though it doesn't flake or transfer.
The most impressive aspect of Super Shock Shadow – Metallic is its performance once it's applied. It doesn't fade or crease throughout its wear time, no primer needed. We wore it for more than 8 hours and found that it held up incredibly well, without showing obvious signs of wear, making it comparable to much higher end shadows that cost several times more.
Because of its top-notch performance and the fact that it's a bona fide beauty bargain, ColourPop's Super Shock Shadow – Metallic easily earns our highest rating.
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.
Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Isododecane, Boron Nitride, C30-45 Alkyl Cetearyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Aluminum Calcium Sodium Silicate, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Dimethicone/Vinyl Trimethylisiloxy Silicate Crosspolymer, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Silica, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Propylene Carbonate, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tin Oxide, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil. [ +/- Aluminum Powder (Ci 77000), Bismuth Oxychloride (Ci 77163), Black 2 (Ci 77266), Blue 1 (Ci 42090), Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090), Bronze Powder (Ci 77400), Carmine (Ci 75470), Chromium Oxide Greens (Ci 77288), Copper Powder (Ci 77400), Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide (Ci 77510), Ferric Ferrocyanide (Ci 77510), Green 5 (Ci 61570), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Iron Oxides (Ci 77492), Iron Oxides (Ci 77499), Manganese Violet (Ci 77742), Mica (Ci 77019), Red 40 Lake (Ci 16035), Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Ultramarines (Ci 77007), Yellow 5 (Ci 19140), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140)].
*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.
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