Monday, 2 February 2015

ColourPop Super Shock Shadows - review

Hi Sweets - Lets welcome in Feb!

Are they a cream, are they are powder, are they a mousse…no they’re Colourpop’s Super Shock Shadows!  If you haven’t heard about these magical pots of mysterious pigmented enchantment, than you must be living under a non-internet accessing rock!!  They have been clogging up my Instagram and YouTube feeds for months, tempting me with their pigmenty goodness and magical formulas and have finally started shipping to NZ and Aus.

Colourpop, is an American brand that is based “under the warm sunshine and shady palms trees of Southern California”, the shadows sell for an incredibly reasonable $5USD (total steal), with each pan containing a generous 2.1g (0.07 oz) of product…  And bonus, they are a cruelty free company who declare that good ‘ol humans are their lab rat of choice. 

When Colourpop announced they were going to start shipping  to NZ, I hopped on to their website and immediately went Lippie Pencil and Stix crazy (more to come on that).  As we know lipsticks are my jam, however, I was really intrigued by their Super Shock Shadows, but didn’t want to commit to a full set.  I decided to go with two matte neutral shades that looked right up my alley.  I got To-A-T, which is a medium warm brown and Mittens, which is strongly pigmented and is a rich chocolate brown with a red undertone and subtle shimmer.  Mittens is a perfect Marsala shade and made my hazel eyes pop.

The shadows come boxed with a sticker that has the shadow name and finish, ingredients and an information card that gives all you the tips and tricks you could need, when first using these striking pots of colour. Additionally, each shade provides a super opaque, bold, vivid shadow that comes encased in a sturdy twist top pot.  The packaging and presentation alone is mind blowing (for the price), but it’s when you actually get to ‘feeling up’ these beauties that will really send your makeup senses tingling. 

As many people have commented the Super Shock Shadows have an almost butter like texture, smooth and velvety to the touch, with a very easy to blend texture.  As soon as you touch the shadow your fingertip is coated with an intense colour and as you pat it over the lid, you are left with phenomenal colour payoff after two layers.  I found the longevity of these shadows was remarkable, with minimal fading/muddying and no primer or base needed (though I always use a base from habit), lasting a good 5.5 hours before some fading occurred.  Also, I was able to blend the shadows with a synthetic brush, but needed to build the colour to get my desired intensity in the crease and lower lash line.  I am in love with the combination of To-A-T in the crease and Mittens boldly patted on the lid.  One thing is for sure, I need to buy more!

Have you got any of these magically obscure shadows?  Which ones are you looking forward to trying or do you like the most??   
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