Colourpop has been blowing up the beauty industry recently and I’m almost scared to admit that the five products I have to review for you today are the first and only five products that I have ever tried from their brand. It seems like everywhere you look, everyone has at least half of Colourpop’s entire collection. I waited as long as I could and finally gave in during one of their sales to see what the hype was all about. I ordered three eyeshadows, two blushes, and a bronzer. After having these for almost two months and testing them with various different techniques, I think it’s safe to say that I am the only person that cannot stand these products...
Colourpop is known for being a very affordable brand with a signature mousse-like texture to their products. They are an online only company, so it may take some time to work your way through their website looking at swatches, reading reviews, and comparing shades. The Super Shock Shadows come with 0.07 oz of product and retail at $5 each. The Super Shock Cheeks have 0.15 oz and come in at $8 a piece. As far as only being available online and the amount of product you get for the price, it’s very similar to Makeup Geek. You can read my review on their brand here and compare the size of products for yourself.
The three eyeshadows that I got (as shown left to right in the pictures below) are: I ♥ This, Wattles, and Bill. I ♥ This has a metallic silver finish with a few olive undertones. I’ve seen completed looks created with Colourpop’s metallic shades and was so excited to have something as pigmented as these appeared. Wattles is a dusty pink shade with a satin finish and Bill is a matte muted plum.
As you can see below, they swatch incredibly well. Where the problem comes in is that they only swatch well with your finger. Once you try to pick up the product with a brush, you can forget it and better prepare yourself to be there all day. I thought it was a real shame for the crease shades that I like to apply with a blending brush, but still held out hope that I’d at least be able to apply the lid shades with my finger. I have absolutely no idea what happens, but no matter what I do the pigment will not come off of my finger and onto my eye. It just won’t. Not unless I sit there and dig my brush into the shadow, essentially wasting both my time and the product, and then pack it on the lid for five minutes. No, thank you.
The Super Shock Cheek shades that I purchased (from left to right below) are: Birthday Suit, Between the Sheets, and Aphrodisiac. Birthday Suit is a brighter neutral pink with a satin finish. Between the Sheets is a matte muted beige pink. Aphrodisiac is the shade I got as a bronzer and is a matte soft beige. Talc is not listed anywhere on the ingredients list for these products and I had high hopes that they’d be another high-quality, talc-free blush I could add to my list of recommendations.
I had the same exact problem with these as I did with the eyeshadows. They swatch beautifully on the hand or arm, but only when swatched with your finger and not a brush. They’re all gorgeous shades, but I don’t have the time to search for specific brushes that I need to set aside that will work with these products. I’ve never had this problem with any other makeup item before and I don’t think these are really that special to require so much extra effort.
I understand that Colourpop was trying to go for something different and stand out from other makeup companies. I will also agree that they have very soft, very smooth products. However, those same smooth textured, mousse-like products is the exact reason I won’t be purchasing anything else from them or recommending their items. I don’t need something special with bulky packaging when I’m getting ready. I need products that are going to be easy to store and easy to use. Colourpop just doesn’t offer that.
It’s taken me so much extra time in my routine to try and get these products to show up on my face that it’s left me angry, frustrated, and late. I would much rather reach for my convenient, customized Ofra palette that houses my favorite Makeup Geek blushes, bronzers, and eyeshadows, and be ready in half the time. I tried to like these products, I really did. I read so many reviews, articles, application tips, everything I could to get a better understanding of these products and nothing seemed to work. I don’t appreciate having to put in so much unnecessary effort and really don’t think these products are worth my time or money.
I’m sure this isn’t the review you probably wanted to see especially since these are such “hot” items in the beauty community right now, but I didn’t see any warnings about the negatives of these products and I really thought it was something important that needed to be said. I will never fake a review or pretend to like something I don’t truly adore. I hope my honesty and transparency has helped you to be more informed before you spend your hard earned money. If you have any other questions, please leave them for me in the comments and I hope you have a beautiful day! xoxo
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