ColourPop Below the Sea, Arabian Nights, I See the Gentle, A Dream is a Want… Tremendous Shock Shadows Critiques & Swatches

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ColourPop Under the Sea Super Shock Shadow is a cool, minty green with a satin sheen. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a tendency to sheer out as it seemed to have too much slip, which also resulted in it looking uneven.

I had the best luck applying it with a fluffier brush for a sheerer layer of color but couldn’t use it as a more opaque product well. It lasted decently for nine hours before fading a bit.

FURTHER READING:
Formula Overview
for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

  • City Color Hint of Mint (P, $6.99) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar).
  • Terra Moons Dragonfly (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar).
  • ColourPop HWY (LE, $4.50) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar).
  • Natasha Denona Golden Aquamarine (86P) (PiP, $29.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar).
  • Make Up For Ever S314 Nile Green (P, $17.00) is darker (90% similar).
  • Give Me Glow Electric Mint (P, $7.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar).
  • Makeup Geek Abracadabra (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar).
  • Lethal Cosmetics Sigil (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar).
  • NARS Ecstasy (P, $22.00) is more shimmery, lighter, more muted (85% similar).
  • NARS Zambezi (P, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar).

Formula Overview

$6.00/0.07 oz. – $85.71 Per Ounce

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow is a cream-based formula that comes in a multitude of shades and finishes. The more metallic shades have the most slip to them (they have a “wetter” feel), while the more matte ones have a firmer, more clay-like consistency. Almost every shade I’ve tried from ColourPop has been exceptionally long-wearing (10+ hours of wear, usually there until I remove, even 14 hours later). The pigmentation can vary from shade to shade, but the average shade is quite pigmented.

From feedback I’ve seen from readers, many love them but some don’t like them at all. They aren’t a traditional cream eyeshadow, as they are denser (more sponge-like), and they apply best with flat, firm, synthetic brushes (I like the MAC 242 and 249) for me. The brand recommends using fingers for the most pigmented application, but I’ve only felt that fingers were necessary on a few shades (usually the super glittery ones).

The more matte shades can be on the drier side and vary from medium to opaque in coverage, though they’re often buildable.  They can be a little hard to diffuse the edges of, though some are lovely to work with.

The more glittery shades have been the weakest to me, as they can be sheerer or harder to apply.  Sometimes, they are more pigmented and work like the other finishes in the formula, but often, they are sheerer and only function well patted on top of more pigmented eyeshadows to add glitter.  They do, however, tend to have little fallout over time with the occasional shade having a more moderate amount of fallout (but still less fallout than most powder eyeshadows with glitter).

Browse all of our ColourPop Super Shock Shadow swatches.

Ingredients

Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Aluminum Calcium Sodium Silicate, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Isododecane, Boron Nitride, C30-45 Alkyl Cetearyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Silica, Cyclohexasiloxane, Dimethicone/Vinyltrimethylsiloxysilicate Crosspolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Alumina, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Tin Oxide, Propylene Carbonate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract; MAY CONTAIN: Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090), Bronze Powder (CI 77400), Carmine (CI 75470), Chromium Oxide Greens (CI 77288), Copper Powder (CI 77400), Ferric Ferrocyanide (CI 77510), Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide (CI 77510), Iron Oxides (CI 77019, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Mica (CI 77019), Red 40 Lake (CI 16035), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Ultramarines (CI 77007), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140).

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at the time of publishing. Please always check product packaging, if it exists, for the ingredient list applicable
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ColourPop Arabian Nights Super Shock Shadow is a light-medium blue with subtle, cool undertones and warmer flecks of gold sparkle over a satiny sheen. It had sheer pigmentation, which wasn’t buildable, and the product applied unevenly.

The texture did not feel dried down and still retained the spongy feel associated with the formula, but it just did not have the same coverage or application as most shades have had for me. There was fading visible after eight hours of wear.

FURTHER READING:
Formula Overview
for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

  • Sydney Grace Narrow Path (P, $5.00) is darker (90% similar).
  • Fenty Beauty Cosmic Ocean (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar).
  • MAC Steamy (P, $17.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar).
  • Natasha Denona Cloudy Blue (17M) (PiP, $29.00) is darker (90% similar).
  • Kevyn Aucoin Amp (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar).
  • ColourPop Flower Shop (LE, $6.00) is cooler (90% similar).
  • Anastasia Venice (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar).
  • Tarte Art Deco (LE, ) is more shimmery (90% similar).
  • MAC Bikers & Babes (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar).
  • Pretty Vulgar Fancy (PiP, ) is cooler (90% similar).

Formula Overview

$6.00/0.07 oz. – $85.71 Per Ounce

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow is a cream-based formula that comes in a multitude of shades and finishes. The more metallic shades have the most slip to them (they have a “wetter” feel), while the more matte ones have a firmer, more clay-like consistency. Almost every shade I’ve tried from ColourPop has been exceptionally long-wearing (10+ hours of wear, usually there until I remove, even 14 hours later). The pigmentation can vary from shade to shade, but the average shade is quite pigmented.

From feedback I’ve seen from readers, many love them but some don’t like them at all. They aren’t a traditional cream eyeshadow, as they are denser (more sponge-like), and they apply best with flat, firm, synthetic brushes (I like the MAC 242 and 249) for me. The brand recommends using fingers for the most pigmented application, but I’ve only felt that fingers were necessary on a few shades (usually the super glittery ones).

The more matte shades can be on the drier side and vary from medium to opaque in coverage, though they’re often buildable.  They can be a little hard to diffuse the edges of, though some are lovely to work with.

The more glittery shades have been the weakest to me, as they can be sheerer or harder to apply.  Sometimes, they are more pigmented and work like the other finishes in the formula, but often, they are sheerer and only function well patted on top of more pigmented eyeshadows to add glitter.  They do, however, tend to have little fallout over time with the occasional shade having a more moderate amount of fallout (but still less fallout than most powder eyeshadows with glitter).

Browse all of our ColourPop Super Shock Shadow swatches.

ColourPop I See the Light Super Shock Shadow is a medium, pinky-lavender with flecks of gold and cooler lavender sparkle throughout. It had medium to semi-opaque color coverage, which did not build up as well due to the texture being chunkier and more prone to clumping up when layered.

I would recommend using this as more of a wash of color rather than as an intense eyeshadow. It stayed on well for 10 hours with light fallout over time.

FURTHER READING:
Formula Overview
for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

  • ColourPop Subdue (PiP, $4.50) is darker (95% similar).
  • ColourPop Low Rise (LE, $6.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar).
  • ColourPop Gale (LE, $4.50) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar).
  • ColourPop Goodish (LE, $6.00) is warmer (90% similar).
  • ColourPop Cloud (PiP, $4.50) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar).
  • Huda Beauty Twilight (PiP, ) is darker, warmer (85% similar).
  • ColourPop Sunflare (LE, $4.50) is lighter, warmer (85% similar).
  • Tom Ford Beauty TFX16 (LE, $36.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar).
  • ColourPop Skydancer (LE, $4.50) is less shimmery, cooler (85% similar).
  • Clionadh Chelle (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar).

Formula Overview

$6.00/0.07 oz. – $85.71 Per Ounce

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow is a cream-based formula that comes in a multitude of shades and finishes. The more metallic shades have the most slip to them (they have a “wetter” feel), while the more matte ones have a firmer, more clay-like consistency. Almost every shade I’ve tried from ColourPop has been exceptionally long-wearing (10+ hours of wear, usually there until I remove, even 14 hours later). The pigmentation can vary from shade to shade, but the average shade is quite pigmented.

From feedback I’ve seen from readers, many love them but some don’t like them at all. They aren’t a traditional cream eyeshadow, as they are denser (more sponge-like), and they apply best with flat, firm, synthetic brushes (I like the MAC 242 and 249) for me. The brand recommends using fingers for the most pigmented application, but I’ve only felt that fingers were necessary on a few shades (usually the super glittery ones).

The more matte shades can be on the drier side and vary from medium to opaque in coverage, though they’re often buildable.  They can be a little hard to diffuse the edges of, though some are lovely to work with.

The more glittery shades have been the weakest to me, as they can be sheerer or harder to apply.  Sometimes, they are more pigmented and work like the other finishes in the formula, but often, they are sheerer and only function well patted on top of more pigmented eyeshadows to add glitter.  They do, however, tend to have little fallout over time with the occasional shade having a more moderate amount of fallout (but still less fallout than most powder eyeshadows with glitter).

Browse all of our ColourPop Super Shock Shadow swatches.

ColourPop A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes Super Shock Shadow is a pale, bluish-white with cool undertones and a metallic sheen. The texture was a little more emollient than ideal, but it applied fairly evenly and was buildable and blendable, so it didn’t end up being too difficult to work with. It had mostly opaque pigmentation that lasted well for 10 hours before fading.

FURTHER READING:
Formula Overview
for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

  • Chanel Architectonic #5 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar).
  • Make Up For Ever ME202 Iceberg Blue (DC, $17.00) is darker (95% similar).
  • Dior Parisian Sky #4 (LE, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar).
  • Coloured Raine Flashing Lights (DC, $6.99) is darker (90% similar).
  • ColourPop Hot Copic (LE, $4.50) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar).
  • MAC Dark Energy #2 (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar).
  • Urban Decay Winterfell Snow (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar).
  • Dior Blue Beat #3 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar).
  • Juvia’s Place Yemoja (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar).
  • Sephora Atlantis (PiP, ) is less shimmery, darker, less pigmented (85% similar).

Formula Overview

$6.00/0.07 oz. – $85.71 Per Ounce

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow is a cream-based formula that comes in a multitude of shades and finishes. The more metallic shades have the most slip to them (they have a “wetter” feel), while the more matte ones have a firmer, more clay-like consistency. Almost every shade I’ve tried from ColourPop has been exceptionally long-wearing (10+ hours of wear, usually there until I remove, even 14 hours later). The pigmentation can vary from shade to shade, but the average shade is quite pigmented.

From feedback I’ve seen from readers, many love them but some don’t like them at all. They aren’t a traditional cream eyeshadow, as they are denser (more sponge-like), and they apply best with flat, firm, synthetic brushes (I like the MAC 242 and 249) for me. The brand recommends using fingers for the most pigmented application, but I’ve only felt that fingers were necessary on a few shades (usually the super glittery ones).

The more matte shades can be on the drier side and vary from medium to opaque in coverage, though they’re often buildable.  They can be a little hard to diffuse the edges of, though some are lovely to work with.

The more glittery shades have been the weakest to me, as they can be sheerer or harder to apply.  Sometimes, they are more pigmented and work like the other finishes in the formula, but often, they are sheerer and only function well patted on top of more pigmented eyeshadows to add glitter.  They do, however, tend to have little fallout over time with the occasional shade having a more moderate amount of fallout (but still less fallout than most powder eyeshadows with glitter).

Browse all of our ColourPop Super Shock Shadow swatches.

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