Super Shock Cheek Matte Bronzer
Among its growing number of fans, ColourPop is famous for its uniquely textured makeup products—and Super Shock Cheek – Matte Bronzer follows suit. Housed in round pot with a screw-top lid, this bronzer looks like a powder but has a bouncy, almost cream-like feel to the touch. How well it performs depends greatly on what you use to apply it, but if you find the right tool, the results can be beautiful. Let us explain…
For ideal application, ColourPop suggests, "Fingertips will provide the highest amount of coverage. Brush suggestions: Use a flat synthetic cheek/ foundation brush or a duo fiber brush; flat synthetic brush will give more coverage and the duo fiber brush will give a more sheer, air brushed effect. "
We agree with their assertion that fingertip application provides the highest coverage, but we found it extremely difficult to achieve smooth, even results with that method…especially when you're trying cover larger areas. Simply put—it can look choppy.
For brushes, it took quite a bit of experimenting to find the right one. We ended up getting the best results with a dense, synthetic, short-hair brush. Fluffier and longer-haired brushes didn't pick up the product as well, nor did they blend the bronzer out as smoothly.
That said, once you find the right brush, the results are impressive. It takes a bit more blending than a traditional powder bronzer, but you get pigmented, smooth, buildable color in a fragrance-free formula that lasts remarkably well throughout the workday!
Shade-wise, there are currently four "matte" options for light to dark skin tones. We put matte in quotes because in the right light, these actually have a slight (non-shimmery) sheen. That's not a negative though—in fact, it helps this bronzer have a natural finish, as it melds with skin rather than looking cakey or chalky.
In the end, we knocked off one star for ColourPop's Super Shock Cheek – Matte Bronzer due to the fact that finding the right brush takes some detective work, and, unlike the easier-to-use powder bronzers, there's a learning curve to applying it. Otherwise, this is a budget-friendly, long-wearing bronzing option to consider.
- Pigmented, buildable color that lasts well throughout the workday.
- Natural finish melds with skin rather than looking cakey or chalky.
- Shades for light to deep skin tones.
- Fragrance free.
- It takes some experimenting to find the right brush to apply this with.
- Requires a bit more blending than a normal powder bronzer.
If you havent 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!
ColourPops 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 wont break the bank. For the most part that description is, pardon the pun, right on the money!
The brands 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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