Colourpop Super Shock Eyeshadows

by Sarah

Confession: this post was supposed to be up last week…BUT, I was so impressed with the first round of Colourpop Super Shock shadows I received, that I had to order a second round. Of course it took a few extra days for them to get here but now that my set is complete (for now), I’m happy to announce…we have a winner on our hands!

Colourpop is now shipping to Australia, New Zealand and Canada!

Colourpop Super Shock Eyeshadows

For those of you who may not have heard of Colourpop, they’re a new brand fresh out of LA and entered into the beauty scene like a tornado! Featuring super pigmented eyeshadows as well as lipliners and lipsticks (stay tuned for my post on the lip products soon), what caught everyone’s attention with Colourpop was:

1. Every single product is $5. That’s it!; 2. The products are crazy pigmented…and I mean CRAZY pigmented.; 3. They’re made in LA so there’s no cheap imports here if you’re wondering about the price point; 4. They’re cruelty free; 5. The company’s approach is so fun and casual that you feel like you’ve been friends for years.

After hours of going through their products, I ordered 14 eyeshadows; and some lip pencils and lippie stix (lipsticks). Being a fan of neutral colors, the below Super Shock shadows were my first round preference but the full line features stunning shades from the most metallic silvers, to the brightest fuchsia, orange, teal, yellow  as well as newly released earthy mattes.

Colourpop Super Shock Eyeshadows

 ROW 1: Mittens, On The Rocks, Empire, 3 / ROW 2: Desert, Hammered, So Quiche, Sequin

ROW 3: Lace, Game Face, Friskie, Mooning / ROW 4: Amaze, Hanky Panky


Colourpop Super Shock EyeshadowsThe texture of these shadows are very different. They’re actually quite similar to Loreal Infallible pigment shadows review here

They’re not powder, nor cream. They have a squishy spongy texture and feel damp – if that makes sense. They’re like a love child of loose pigment and gel. *One of the tips mentioned on the info card the products come with is that the lid of the pots should be tightly closed when not in use, otherwise the shadow will dry out and crumble.

The pigmentation is insane! and the formula itself feels very smooth and buttery. They’re also long lasting – in fact, darker colors left a stain on the back of my hand when swatching.

I find the easiest way to use these shadows is by packing on the color by pressing the product onto lids with my finger and buffing out with a blending brush. This ensures maximum transfer of color.

The shadows come in different finishes such as matte, satin, metallic, shimmer/sparkle. The website has a pretty good category system as you can search for products by color family or finish. They also release packs and special collections which make for great gifts or if you simply can’t choose from the amazing variety of colors.

How pretty do these look! and yes they’re really this vibrant (if not more) in person

Colourpop Super Shock Eyeshadows

I know you’re all eagerly waiting for the swatches and we have quite a bit to get through. I was able to capture the exact color of the products both in the pots and swatches so I won’t include individual description of the shades.

I positioned my hand so the left side of the swatch reflects the shimmer component and right side shows the undertone of each shadow.

Colourpop Super Shock Eyeshadows - Mittens  Colourpop Super Shock Eyeshadows - On The Rocks  Colourpop Super Shock Eyeshadows - Empire

Colourpop Super Shock Eyeshadows - 3  Colourpop Super Shock Eyeshadows - Desert  Colourpop Super Shock Eyeshadows - Hammered

Colourpop Super Shock Eyeshadows - So Quiche  Colourpop Super Shock Eyeshadows - Sequin  Colourpop Super Shock Eyeshadows - Lace

Colourpop Super Shock Eyeshadows - Game Face  Colourpop Super Shock Eyeshadows - Friskie  Colourpop Super Shock Eyeshadows - Mooning

                                        Colourpop Super Shock Eyeshadows - Amaze  Colourpop Super Shock Eyeshadows - Hanky Panky

At $5 a pop, being cruelty free, made with love in LA (as the company says), these shadows well surpassed my expectations. Stay tuned for my review of Colourpop’s lip products; they’re just as gorgeous! Colourpop also released their first line of blushes just last week. They’re double the size of the eyeshadow pots and therefore $8 each but going by the quality of what I have so far, it won’t be long before I place my next order ;)

What do you guys think of these Colourpop shadows? Any favorites? xx


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sunita February 16, 2016 - 3:48 pm

hey sarah
i recently bought the forever freshman eyeshadow palette. i would love to hear a few ideas or suggestions on how to use these colors on brown eyes. i am anxious to get started.
I recently found your site & i am loving all you make up blogs

Sarah February 17, 2016 - 4:48 am

Hi Sunita!! The Forever Freshman kit has some gorgeous colors and you’re very lucky to have brown eyes as most colors look amazing against brown eyes. You can use colors such as Melrose, 90210 or As If as transition colors in the crease or all over the mobile lid. The metallic shades are great for a pop of shimmer in the center of the lid or on the inner corners of the eyes which will brighten them. The dark blue shade which I believe is called Baby T? is a stunning color to do a smoky eye with. Or, you can use the brown colors all over the lids and smudge the blue shade on the lower lash line to add some extra color. I also have a post on how to make your natural eye color stand out, which you can check out here:

Hope these help :)

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Trisha March 17, 2015 - 7:28 pm

My order is placed, can’t wait….! : )

Sarah March 19, 2015 - 5:47 pm

Ooohh!! I’m excited for you!! What colors did you get, I’d love an update on what you think of them :) xx

Trisha March 21, 2015 - 3:58 pm

Hi Sarah – Hope all is well with you and your doing something fun this weekend, maybe you are organizing using the SNUPPS app : ) so gonna check that app out.

Here is what I ended up ordering – Megan Naik palette which includes four eye colors – Amira, Onai, Farrah & Lectra, Homie & Pegacorn blushes and Yasmin & Frenchi lippies with their corresponding lip pencils.

It was shipped from CA, I am in FL so just a few more days……talk soon

Sarah March 21, 2015 - 10:44 pm

Hi Trisha, I’m in Hawaii at the moment so I’m soaking up the sun and sand and working as always :) How about you? Oh you got some gorgeous pieces from Colourpop!! I really contemplated the Megan Naik palette but I had couple of colors which were too similar so I passed. I haven’t got any of the blushes yet so let me know what you think of them. Hope you’re having a great weekend!! xx

Naomi March 11, 2015 - 6:04 am

I keep going to the Colourpop site and filling my cart up with their lipsticks. They don’t mail to my country so these are purely trial runs that I’m having way too much fun with.

Now looking at their shadows I’m in more pain over the shipping restrictions! Damn it, colourpop, open worldwide shipping!

Anyways, the shadows do look AMAZING. I have Makeup Geek’s foiled eyeshadows (and all other eyeshadows) and they look incredibly similar, both in formulas and shades (for example MUG’s Flame Thrower and CP’s Game Face) . What do you think?

Sarah March 11, 2015 - 6:21 am

Hi Naomi, oh that sucks about shipping – what country are you from? Colourpop have been pretty good in expanding their shipping locations so I’m sure they’ll make it available worldwide soon. In the meantime, you can use a freight forwarding company like You can purchase from any US site and they forward your purchases to you wherever you are in the world. The website has all the details if you want to check it out ;)

Regarding finish and colors, I agree, Makeup Geek has very similar eyeshadows and I really love their products too. The only difference is texture. Makeup Geek shadows (foiled ones too) are still considered powder – but very finely milled so they go on smooth and buttery. Colourpop texture is a mix between powder and gel. When you press your finger onto the product, it actually feels damp which is why they warn about keeping the lid on tightly when not in use. It’s hard to explain but I’m sure you’ll get your hands on them soon and you’ll get to experience for yourself. I have my fingers crossed for you :)

I’m currently working on review and swatches of the Colourpop lip products so stay tuned for the post ;) xx

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Rosa February 24, 2015 - 12:33 pm

Best swatches ever! I was gonna get 3 and Amaze and now I added most of the others you have to my list LOL They’re so gorgeous! Thank you for a wonderful review Sarah.

Diana February 20, 2015 - 3:21 pm

OMG! I looked all over the internet for proper swatches of these shadows and finally I found your site. You covered the five main colors I was interested in so thank you for making it easy for me. Your site is amazing btw! going to place my colourpop order now.

Sarah February 21, 2015 - 6:12 am

Thanks Diana, welcome to the blog and I’m glad you found this post helpful. Enjoy your Colourpop shadows!! xx

Trisha February 19, 2015 - 11:42 pm

Wow……………and only $5!! I am so getting some of these, cruelty free too, right up my alley as well. Your the best, thank you for the info and for the swatch of the colors, that helps so…much. : )

Sarah February 20, 2015 - 5:11 am

my pleasure Trisha :) Their color range is so exciting…yet overwhelming. Let me know if you need help, I practically memorized their whole line lol xx


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