Big news (well for me anyway) – my local Ulta has finally started carrying ColourPop products! I really haven’t written much at all about ColourPop before, besides a much earlier post I did on their interesting business history. I never really experimented with many of their products before as for the most part they are an e-commerce brand. (I’m not a huge online makeup shopper; I think to swatch, play and see colors IRL before shelling money out.) While their partnership with Ulta was announced a few years ago, I had given up all hope as the years ticked by with no sign of the brand anywhere in stores near me. But then last month, voila, an end-cap display! Joy! Of course, I had to pick up a few little bits in celebration so I want to talk a bit about the ColourPop Super Shock formula today.
Full disclosure: this is not my first time at the rodeo with either ColourPop or the Super Shock formula. Years ago my mom treated me to a now discontinued collaboration set that they did with beauty influencer Kathleen Lights. It included four Super Shock Shadows, but only half of them survived decluttering. I liked using them well enough, but I never really connected with them (as crazy as that sounds) or gave them enough attention in my routine. Perhaps at the time I was just more interested in other products, I’m not sure.
So in this post, I’m going to disregard those earlier purchases and just focus on the newer items in my collection. I’ll talk a little about the texture of the Super Shock products if you’re unfamiliar with what they are, and then go into the colors I recently bought.
THE COLOURPOP SUPER SHOCK FORMULA – WHAT IS IT?
ColourPop describes the Super Shock formula as “A vibrant and creamy formula that delivers maximum payout for an intense look…a creme-powder pigment with a unique bouncy texture delivers maximum pigmentation…in one swipe without creasing, fading or fallout.”
They offer this formula in eyeshadows, blushes and highlighters; I’ve never tried any of the blushes, I should say.
It’s a really unique texture in that it’s creamy to pick up and apply, but as you start blending it out across the eye or cheek it becomes powdery and sets for long-wear. I use my fingers exclusively when both applying and blending these products, since I prefer that method when using creams. I’m sure you could also try using a flat brush as well.
I can certainly attest to the long-wear of the Super Shock formula. I hardly ever notice any creasing or fading throughout the day on my eyes or cheeks; I never use a primer on my eyes before applying them either. I’m not always a fan of cream-to-powder formulas since they can catch and become a bit dry on my already-dry skin. However, the ColourPop Super Shock formula strikes a perfect balance between cream and powder in my opinion.
They’re just a joy to use and apply, and they come in dozens of colors and finishes. And at the time of writing this post there seems to be a 40% sale on all Super Shock products, which is insane! The eyeshadows are only $3.60 right now on ColourPop’s website – craziness! I’m sure it won’t last long, so if you’re interested get on that quickly!
SUPER SHOCK SHADOW IN SAILOR
I’m totally in love with this color! It’s a oyster-kinda shade with very fine blue/green and silver glitter flecks. Totally gorgeous. Unfortunately I couldn’t quite capture all the multi-dimensional effects in these photos, but trust me they’re there! Since this does contain glitter you may notice a little fall-out throughout the day but nothing too obvious or offensive. Just make sure not to rub your eyes while you wear it, otherwise you’ll have a hot mess on your hands!
Shop this product on the ColourPop website or at Ulta.
SUPER SHOCK HIGHLIGHTER IN SMOKE N’ WHISTLES
This was actually the first product I bought when I noticed the ColourPop display at Ulta. I was initially looking for Flexitarian or Lunch Money, two shades that have gotten a lot of hype over the years with bloggers and influencers. Both colors were out-of-stock in store, so I picked up Smoke n’ Whistles instead. I was immediately attracted to its pinky champagne tone, and I’m sooo happy I ended up getting it.
It has a beautiful silver pearl shift to it, and I’ve used it as both an eyeshadow and a highlighter. I have to say, I probably prefer it as a shadow since the pearl can be a little obvious on my cheeks at times. For reference, it’s definitely a bit chunkier than the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector or the Ohii Wake Up Pen in Pearl. But the texture is super smooth, even smoother than the Super Shock Shadow. It doesn’t fade at all throughout the day, but I did notice a tiny bit of creasing on my eyes when I used it as a shadow. No big deal though.
Shop this product from the ColourPop website or at Ulta.
What do you think of the ColourPop Super Shock products? Have you tried this formula before? I’d love to know!
I love the Smoke ‘n Whistles color! That’s a great price, too!! Looks like I’ll be heading to Ulta this weekend. 😀 I don’t like to shop makeup online either. In the past when I’ve done that the colors are not at all what I wanted. I need to see it in person plus make sure that it goes well with my skin tone.
I totally agree! I will occasionally take a chance and order color products online (like with Glossier for example), but that’s definitely not the standard for me. You take the risk that you’ll have to return something that doesn’t work, and I HATE to return stuff!
Smoke n Whistles is soo lovely! Swatch it in store and see if you like it!
I haven’t used the products before … But adore the colours and that shine! Love how creative the names are too, I always appreciate the little things like that x
I’m just starting out with ColourPop myself, but their highlighters really shine! I don’t think they have many subtle ones, ha!
Very pretty shades! I think I’d enjoy the super shock blush formula, I enjoy cream blushes. I don’t need to but I’d love to try more eyeshadows in the super shock formula too 🙂
I’ve actually never tried any of their pressed shadow palettes. For some reason, I have almost zero interest in them! But the Super Shocks, totally different story. I love creams so they really speak to me. Maybe one day I’ll get a blush!
I haven’t bought any ColourPop products in a long time since like you said they’re mainly an online store so shipping + customs fees makes it too expensive to ship to Denmark. I do love the two shades of shadow & highlighter you bought though!
Tales of Belle
Oh thank you! I love them too 😊. I totally understand, shipping & customs adds a whole other headache onto online shopping!
Pretty eyeshadows! Colourpop produces great quality cosmetics.
I’m just starting to experiment with them, but I like what I’ve seen so far 😉.
Looks pretty, I have never heard of it before so thanks for the information!
I wonder if the Ulta near me carries CP in store. I need to hop on this bandwagon!
I was so thrilled to see it in mine suddenly! I almost squealed! 😆
Stephanie & Sydney says
Wow! I can’t get over how pigmented this make up is! I really need to look into this brand. I’ve heard of it before on Instagram, but never really researched anything about it.
I’m just starting to experiment with their products myself. They have soooo much to choose from – probably too much so it’s very overwhelming! Thanks so much for reading!