Super Shock Shadow Pearlized
ColourPop has a reputation for frequently adding new product types to their line, but it is their signature product, Super Shock Shadow, that consistently lives up to expectations. Like the other finishes, Pearlized really is a high-performance product, and although it has some slight limitations that caused it to narrowly miss our highest rating, it's still commendable.
Similar to the brand's other Super Shock Shadows (and with what appears to be a nearly identical formula save for the different coloring agents), the Pearlized version is also fragrance free and housed in a round pot with a screw-top lid. Texture-wise, in the pot, its aesthetic is also reminiscent of the other finishes: it looks like a powder, but feels like a spongy cream.
When it comes to applying this, ColourPop recommends using your fingertips for best results, 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 sets to a powder finish. Where Pearlized falters slightly (compared to the other Super Shock Shadows), is that some of the shades ("Plunge", for example) have less color payoff on initial application. Across the board, the lighter shades appeared more sheer when applied, regardless of if an eyeshadow primer was used or not. The darker and visibly bold shades (such as "Lace") were much more pigmented. Because this shadow is easily blendable, buildable, and so affordable, however, we think it's worth checking out. (As long as you're okay with putting forth the extra work for that "oomph").
We also noticed the Pearlized finish wore somewhat inconsistently among shades. All shades lasted through a standard workday but some had more noticeable creasing than others. None flaked, but when we went to wash our face that night, we noticed some of the shades faded in really weird, almost "splotchy" patterns on our eyelids. This was more of an issue with those with oilier eyelids; on second try, a good eyeshadow primer helped with this issue.
Overall, as long as you're okay with potentially ending up with a shade that goes on sheerer than you might want (so more time is needed to build to desired intensity), Super Shock Shadow – Pearlized is one that we recommend for its wide range of (mostly) pigmented shades, blendability, cost, and fragrance-free formula.
- Wide range of colors suitable for most skin tones.
- Most shades are very pigmented and bold.
- Fragrance free.
- Blends smoothly + easily.
- The best application is done with fingertips, which isn't won't be to everyone's preference.
- Inconsistent performance among shades some apply very sheer, some fade in patches.
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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