Friday, 6 May 2016

Colourpop Super Shock Cheeks – As good as the Shadows?

As previously discussed, Colourpop Super Shock Shadows, Cheeks, Lippie Stix and Ultra Matte Lips have received ALL OF THE HYPE. 

As such, I, personally, have found it hard to find a review which has not been at least a little influenced by being sent a tonne of products. The other thing that has been in the back of my mind regarding Colourpop (and many other!) products in general, is that beauty vloggers/bloggers tend to mention them in one post or video, and then they are never seen again in another tutorial. 

Now, I am sure this is partially due to sheer volume of products that these beautiful ladies and gents need to get through – but are we all just running round on a hamster wheel of hype? Are they worth it?

Colourpop Super Shock Cheek Jelly Fish

I've just got one Super Shock Cheek to show you here (Soz. I’m in the middle of nowhere in Madagascar for the next couple of weeks. I have limited supplies. Normal service shall be resumed shortly!) But swatching of others can be added at a later date. This shade is Jelly Fish – a super summery, terrifyingly bright coral-red in a Pearlized finish. There is a noticeable pink-gold pearl when blended out. It is unbelieveably pigmented – a little goes a very long way – but it’s not in the least difficult to blend, and even on fairer skin-tones I think a little of this could be really flattering. I'd definitely recommend a synthetic brush for applying this – and a light hand. It’s extremely buildable and longevity is good, even on oily complexions – I get about six to seven hours of wear. You can see from the swatch how easily this blends out!

Colourpop Super Shock Cheek Jelly Fish Swatch

Sadly, this particular shade has been discontinued – but there are plenty of super bright, super pigmented blushes available on Colourpop's website, as well as more conventional pinks and peach tones. I find the texture to be very similar to the eyeshadow – bouncy, weird-but-pleasant - and generally conducive with the described finish. As described in my last Colourpop related post, the mattes of this range are not generally completely matte – there’s a very fine pearl to the formula. I don’t think this is a problem particularly for a cream-to-powder blush like this, as it stops the blush from looking completely flat-matte and gives some life to the complexion.

Once again, for the money, these are a bargain. Normally I am not at all a cream/cream-to-powder blush fan, as most formulations of cream blush just slide right off my face (nice), but these have bucked the trend.

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