I finally caved to ColourPop.
I’d known for quite some time that I was going to, eventually, but it wasn’t until seeing the Super Shock Cheek in Rain on AB’s blog that I was ready to take the plunge. I’m surprised it took me so long, actually. I’ve known about ColourPop for quite some time now – I think I first heard of them when I was in the UK, so that’ll be over a year now. (Sunday will a year since I left – time truly flies.)
Anyway, like AB, I’d been on the hunt for a good lavender or lilac blush for quite some time. Not wanting to commit to $30+ for what could turn out to be deeply unflattering or merely a novelty item, this search had been drawn out for quite some time. But then I saw Rain, and before I knew it I was heading over to ColourPop’s website to stick it in my basket. Of course, with the Canadian shipping rate I had to buy a few things to make it worth it – with the shipping, an $8 blush becomes a $20 blush, which defeats the purpose. So I also picked out the Super Shock Eyeshadow in Beverly and two of the Ultra Satin Lips, in Marshmallow and Prim. ColourPop also threw in a free Matte X Lippie Stix in Poppin’, which was a sweet bonus.
Because I’m already wordy at the best of times, today I’m going to focus on the two cream products, and then talk about the three lip products in a separate post.
Super Shock Eyeshadow in Beverly
When I placed my order, I had no idea that the Super Shock Eyeshadow in Beverly was part of a collaboration with Karrueche Tran. I just liked the colour – and the description of the colour as a “deepened blackberry”. I was also pretty sure, from the photo on the ColourPop website, that I had nothing like it in my collection.
Now, I would not call this a “deepened blackberry”, and it’s not quite as different as I’d expected. In the pan, it does indeed look like a deep, cool purple, which is appealing to me. But swatched, it’s more of a burgundy. This isn’t displeasing, because I do love a good burgundy eyeshadow. It’s just, you know, I kind of wanted that deepened blackberry.
It’s also worth noting that this is not entirely matte; when viewed in direct sunlight you can see that it’s more of a satin finish. From my reading it seems that ColourPop is generally unable or unwilling to produce fully matte eyeshadows. This doesn’t bug me, but it’s worth noting.
Beverly is a lot more properly red than the other burgundies I have on hand (which often blend out to a warm brown), so I’m happy I have it. Here it is swatched alongside theBalm Alice Copper (from the Balm Jovi palette) and Stila Pigalle (from the Spirit palette):
Both Alice Copper and Pigalle pull more brown than red, and Alice Copper is clearly a lot darker. I got rid of my Maybelline Color Tattoo in Pomegranate Punk awhile ago, but I think it would swatch fairly similarly to both Alice Copper and Pigalle: though it looks quite red in the pan, when applied it looked like a (very) warm deep brown, burgundy in direct sunlight. So, I’m pretty satisfied that Beverly is actually filling a hole in my collection – it’s more of an intense true burgundy than anything else I have!
I tested it out without primer the first time I wore it, and I didn’t notice any creasing after six hours – which is actually really impressive for a cream product. My hooded eyelids eat cream products like nobody’s business. I conducted an eight-hour test over primer, because I always wear primer regardless so it seemed reasonable to test under regular conditions. Allowing for lighting changes, here are the results:
Overall, there was very minimal fading and absolutely no creasing in an 8-hour period – which is incredible for a cream product on my eyelids. Big thumbs up!
Here’s one way I wore Beverly:
My blush is Mood Exposure by Hourglass (which is possibly my favourite blush of all time), and on my lips I have the Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Chianti, which is another new purchase. (I told myself I was going to stop buying liquid lipsticks, but my mom had Optimum points and said I could use some, and Chianti is my ideal dark purple, and, and, and.)
As you can see from this second set of swatches, one layer of Beverly makes for a pretty nice colour, but it’s very layerable. I do prefer to build it up to two layers to really get that colour payoff, but it’s really pretty sheered out, too, and potentially more wearable for somebody who’s a bit shy about reddish-burgundy eyeshadow. (For the record, I think it’s a pretty wearable colour, actually, and that’s coming from someone who avoids colour on her lids.)
All in all, I’m pleased with Beverly and would consider purchasing more “matte” eyeshadows from ColourPop. Not sure about the other finishes, though.
The ColourPop Super Shock Eyeshadows are $5 USD for 0.07oz. That’s $71.43 USD per oz, which at the current exchange rate is $94.05 CAD.
Super Shock Cheek in Rain
As for Rain, it looks like a somewhat intimidating medium lilac in the pan, but on the face it’s not necessarily so obviously purple. Here’s how I wore it:
Once it’s blended in, it still retains its essential purpleness without looking particularly shocking. I paired it here with purple Lancôme shadows and L’Oreal Infallible lipstick in Violet Parfait for a cool/warm purple dichotomy.
And here’s how Rain wore throughout the day:
Accounting for differences in lighting, I think it wore quite well – I didn’t really notice any fading over the course of 8 hours. That said, it is a very sheer blush to begin with, so it’s not like it was especially noticeable at the beginning or end of the day. I think for a colour that’s somewhat special I’m more willing to put in the work to build up multiple layers – but I probably wouldn’t put in that effort for a more ordinary blush colour. It’s also worth noting that the need to add a few layers to get this blush to show up very well also leads to some slight patchiness; I had to go in and add even more layers in certain areas. I’m not sure if Rain is particularly sheer or if this is standard for ColourPop blushes. I’ll definitely continue to use it because I like the colour, which is unique to my collection, but I probably won’t order any more of the Super Shock Cheek blushes. (I’m not really a huge cream blush person in general, though.)
So, I’m really impressed with the Super Shock Eyeshadow in Beverly. The colour, though not quite what I expected, is right up my alley, and the wear time is fantastic. (I accidentally ordered two Beverlys and my roommate has been enjoying the second one as well.) I’m less impressed with the quality of the Super Shock Cheek in Rain, but it’s not terrible by any means and I will certainly get use out of it.
Next time: three lip products.