Though ColourPop's Lippie Stix and Super Shock Shadows might get a lot of attention in beauty magazines and on social media, there's another product from this buzz-worthy brand that's also contender—its Super Shock Cheek products. They're the company's blush offerings, and their Matte finish has the goods to earn our highest rating.
Super Shock Cheek – Matte Blush is packaged like many other ColourPop products, in a white pot with a screw-top lid. Much like the Super Shock Shadows that get so much hype, the blushes appear to be powder in the pan, but once you touch them, you notice that they have a creamy, almost sponge-like consistency.
ColourPop recommends using your fingertips to apply these blushes, and that method definitely works best in our experience, allowing for more control of the color. If you use a regular powder brush, you won't be able to pick up as much product due to its creamy texture, and it will take longer to see results. We did, however, find that using a stippling brush with firm (though not hard) bristles was just as successful as using our fingers, so that's a bonus if you'd prefer using a brush.
Whether you use your fingers or a stippling brush, this blush is easy to both apply and blend. You can use just a little bit for subtle color, and it's not difficult to build up the intensity. The Matte finish is truly matte, with no hint of shimmer or sparkle, though it's not flat, either. The result is an attractive glow that doesn't highlight large pores or imperfections (making this a great option for those with oily skin). It also comes in a great range of shades for light to deep skin tones—score!
Super Shock Cheek – Matte Blush wears well throughout a standard workday, retaining its color without fading. Despite its tenacity, it was also easy to remove with makeup remover or facial cleanser, and it's fragrance-free, too.
If you're looking for a matte blush that can stand the test of time, delivers great results, and won't break the bank, then ColourPop's Super Shock Cheek – Matte Blush is definitely one to consider.
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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