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ColourPop Meow, So Quiche, I ♥ This, Pop Rocks swatches, reviews, photos

ColorPop eyeshadow review

The products: ColourPop Cosmetics Super Shock Shadows in Pop Rocks (Tie Dye), So Quiche (Metallic), I ♥ This (Metallic), and Meow (Tie Dye)

In the world of Instagram beauty brands, there’s no one bigger than ColourPop. Their products are cheap ($5 each!!), high-intensity, and super-hyped by heavy-hitting makeup aficionados, and the brand’s founders rarely give out interviews — which media publications like Fashionista are so completely dumbfounded by that they’ve decided there’s some sort of weird conspiracy going on.

I made a tiny little ColourPop haul a year or two ago, but I’ve been campaigning hard for the title of Tardiest Blogger Ever, so obviously I had to drag my heels on this one for as long as I could.

ColorPop eyeshadow review packaging

ColorPop eyeshadow review packaging label

The formula: The ColourPop Super Shock Shadows are the product that really put ColourPop on the map, but they’re not actually the brand’s biggest seller anymore — that title now belongs to the ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip Creams (which I haven’t tried yet). The Super Shock formula is a moist-pressed-eyeshadow one, with lots of cyclopentasiloxane (which will evaporate out) and dimethicone to give smoothness to some seriously high-intensity shadows.

Because of this, the Super Shock Shadows will slowly dry out over time (hence the twist-cap pots). It’s a formula that I happen to really like, however — the dampness means that each swipe of eyeshadow applies as if it’s been foiled, whether you apply with a finger or an eyeshadow brush.

Colorpop So Quiche Super Shock review swatches photos

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow in So Quiche (Metallic)

Colorpop I Heart This Super Shock swatch review photos

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow in I <3 This (Metallic)

Colorpop Super Shock Shadow review texture

All four of these eyeshadows (post-swatch brush cleaning). See those little flakes?

What I will say about the Super Shock formula, however, is that some of the shades can be a little too glittery/chunky. I had this problem with Meow in particular, so it’s probably a good thing that the Tie Dies were discontinued (see below), but I saw more chunkiness in all of these than I’d have liked. I’ve always been more of a smooth satins + separate fairy glitter kind of gal, though (thank you, Shu Uemura and Clarins)!

If you loved the original Urban Decay eyeshadow range (AKA glitter, fallout, and colour central), then you are going to LOVE the ColourPop Metallics. For a “nothing” look, though, you’re going to have to go with ColourPop’s Mattes — the Metallics look super-smooth when swatched, but they won’t buff down the way you’d expect them to. (Instead, you’ll just see a lot of wishy-washy colour speckled with lots of chunky shimmer, so go with the shade you want, not the shade you want to blend out!)

Colorpop Meow Super Shock swatch review photos

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow in Meow (Tie Die)

Colorpop Pop Rocks Super Shock swatch review photos

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow in Pop Rocks (Tie Die)

The shades: I ordered two neutral Metallic Super Shock Eyeshadows and two Tie Dye Super Shock Eyeshadows, but the Tie Die line (I’M SO SORRY) has been discontinued since I made my order. I’m glad that I have them, though, and I still wanted to share them with you guys! Tie dye products get me every. damn. time.

Pop Rocks, the blue and purple Tie Die shadow that was the whole reason behind my order, is a periwinkle blue with plenty of blue, white, and violet glitter. Meow, the pink, white, and black Tie Die shadow, is a medium-toned grey with white and pink glitter. And you know what? Swatching each shade for the first time made the whole order worth it, even though they’re discontinued now and I rarely wear either. That’s how much I absolutely adore multicolour products.

ColorPop I heart This Meow swatch review

ColourPop Super Shock Eyeshadow swatches: Pop Rocks, So Quiche, I <3 This, and Meow

ColorPop So Quiche Pop Rocks swatch review

ColourPop Super Shock Eyeshadow swatches: Pop Rocks, So Quiche, I <3 This, and Meow

I loved the novelty of the Tie Dies, but the Metallics really got me. While their finish is definitely still glitter on top of a smooth metallic base (rather than what I think of as a traditional metallic), they were easier to work with than the Tie Dies, and a little more wearable. 

I <3 This is a gorgeous, super casual light taupe (I like describing this kind of shade as a “wheat taupe,” if that makes sense), and So Quiche (still available!) has just the most stunning yellow-gold/pink duochrome finish on top of an olive-khaki base.

ColorPop I heart This Super Shock Eyeshadow swatch review

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow (Metallic) in So Quiche

ColorPop I heart This swatch review

Also ColourPop Super Shock Shadow (Metallic) in So Quiche. Look at that duochrome!!

The verdict?

At $5 per shadow, I would be tempted to recommend Super Shock Shadows as it was — but knowing just how well they work, I’m not just tempted to do so, but I’m happy to. They’re a great way to build up a starter eyeshadow collection, but they’re pigmented enough that they’d be a fun haul for someone with a huge makeup stash, too.

The one thing that I’d warn about ColourPop eyeshadows is that, while they’re great for $5, they don’t feel like a high-end eyeshadow. The shades with shimmer will look a little Instagram-y and will give you some glitter fallout, so if you prefer a “natural” makeup look, make sure you opt for their mattes instead. But, at $5, these guys are awesome! 

Availability: $5 each at ColourPop.com. (Yes, really, $5!)

Colorpop Pop Rocks swatch review photos

ColourPop PopRocks Super Shock Shadow

Colorpop Meow swatches review photos

ColourPop Meow Super Shock Shadow

ColorPop I heart This SuperShock Eyeshadow review

ColourPop I Heart This (I <3 This) Super Shock Shadow

Colorpop So Quiche review swatches photos

ColourPop So Quiche Super Shock Shadow

The ColourPop Super Shock Shadow ingredients: 

Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Isododecane, Boron Nitride, C30-45 Alkyl Cetearyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Cucumber Fruit Extract, 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, Soybean Oil. +/- colourants (see individual shades for more info)

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  • esharp1978

    There is a taupe one called Mixed Tape I need desperately!
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  • On my first Colourpop order, I really found myself unimpressed with the metallics, but now I'm a little bit in love with the Ultra Metallic finish and the deeper toned Mattes. I agree completely about the chunkiness of the glitter.
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    • Ooh, I'll have to try the Ultra Metallics and Mattes, then! Are the Ultras smoother?

  • I bought So Quiche as part of my first haul and it is the prettiest thing ever. When I feel too lazy but still feel an urge to go glam, I swipe this on the eyes. and done. The other ones I bought were Hanky Panky and To a T…both neutral matte shades that can be used everyday…I don't though.
    Their Ultra Matte Lip Creams are amaaaazing, last such a long time…but like all super mattes, you have to moisturize/exfoliate beforehand…but it's good…
    I also got their gel liner pencil…
    So far I haven't regretted any buy from CP…and I have had my eyes on their blushes and highlighters for quite some time…but their shipping charges to Canada means that I had better haul one big lot instead of smaller ones over time…and seeing how they release something new so very often…

    • Yes!! I made my order through my aunt to avoid shipping fees (my mom was visiting at the time and offered to bring stuff back for me), so that's definitely something that I take into consideration, too. But their highlighters look just gorgeous — I'm really tempted to make anther order, shipping prices be damned!

  • I have several glittery metallic finish shadows and never see fallout. As long as I do them as a last step (crease first) or keep them from being hit by a brush, they apply wonderfully and wear all day. But I'd say most things with actual glitter has similar issues being blended with a brush. I think they really work best with fingers! I do wish they had more satin or non-glitter shimmer finishes because these won't fade or crease on me without needing a primer which is pretty amazing, so it's definitely something I reach for when doing something quick and easy. But I do worry about them drying out quickly, I have a feeling they won't last long.
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    • Do you have the ColourPop Metallics in particular, Nicole? I find I have the most trouble with fallout with their formula!

      I've had these for two years now and they're definitely still wet enough to be used ;) They have dried out some, but it's not like using a dried up cream eyeliner or something — they're not a hard chunk of product by any means!

      • Nicole

        I do! I have the Forever Freshman set and a couple other Metallics because I was so impressed with the Metallics in the set! They were all bought rather recently, so I do wonder if the formula changed from the initial launch. One of my mattes is already noticeably less moist but I'm using them quite regularly.

        • Oh wow, okay! I've heard from a couple other people that they find the metallics to be a little too sparkly as well, so I'm wondering if it's just a preference thing — I can be pretty picky about my particle size, lol :P

          • Nicole

            Yeah, I mean I think they should rename them because they are just straight up glitter shadows! Calling them metallic is pretty misleading. :) I mainly use them as a light topper over another color. I don't get fallout on my cheeks but they do sometimes travel into my crease a bit.

          • YES! Ten kinds of yes. "Shimmer" (Or Super Shock Shimmers, perhaps?) would have been a much better descriptor for these shadows!!

  • Meh, for five bucks you really can't leave 'em!
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    • Right?? I'm trying to be a good girl, but I'm just dying to make another order!

  • I have a similar experience with the Super Shock Shadows: they're an insanely fantastic value and generally awesome, but application can be a bit problematic and I have a ton of fallout with some shades.
    They're definitely a high impact kind of product, but definitely not flawless – which is kind of what I expected (silly of me, I know) after reading so many raving reviews never mentioning such issues. They crease on me if I don't use primer, and they're hard to blend. It took me a while to find the best way to apply them!
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    • Yes!!! I think people just have a tendency to get so wrapped up in the price and hype that they (unintentionally) give these shadows a free pass for their faults — which is really too bad, because I honestly think I would have felt more fond of these if my expectations hadn't been set so high!

  • meganjoy

    Meow looks so different swatched than it does in the pot! I agree," I <3 This" is such a beautiful shade. I had a few of the matte super shock eyeshadows but as you mentioned they dried out after about a year and I had to toss them. Def need to invest in some new ones, especially at only $5 a pop!
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  • Timarra

    Does anybody know where I could find a Pop Rocks?? I've been searching eBay, Depop, and Mercari but I can't seem to get my little paws on one. It's breaking my heart! Any help would be appreciated, ladies!! Thanks!!! Xoxo