Colourpop Super Shock Cheek Blush ($8) released in an array of gorgeous shades earlier this Spring and as I love of blushes I knew I had to try these. Colourpop Super Shock Cheek Blush at a glance appears very innovative just like Colourpop’s incredible line of eyeshadows however, after trying them they did quite remind me of another formula (more on that in a bit!).
The appealing aspect of Colourpop Super Shock Cheek and well, all of Colourpop’s offerings is the very inexpensive price tag of a mere $8 each for 0.15 oz. I mean pigmentation, an incredible formula, and a cheap price tag? Yes, please. I don’t know about you but discovering indie brands like Colourpop is equivalent to winning a small lotto! They have great packaging, a stream of steady releases, outrageous and tamer shades of color, and great prices! It’s a brand that sets standards for indie makeup.
Let’s take a look at Colourpop Super Shock Cheek Blush and see what the word is!
Colourpop Super Shock Cheek comes housed in a chunky white compact that holds 0.15 oz of product. The packaging is simple, basic, yet really quite nice and mid-range looking and feeling for an indie brand. I’ve compared the packaging of Colourpop Eyeshadows to the MAC Electric Cool Eyeshadows and the blush compacts are the same design just a little bigger in size.
Super Shock Cheek Blushes are available in twenty permanent shades so there is plenty of variety to be had here. Colourpop runs sales from time to time and also offers Free Shipping on a minimum order so there’s always a deal to be had. But really, at $8 each, you’re already getting a fab deal.
At a glance I think this formula could be considered quite innovative but when using them Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush does come to mind as these have a very similar clay-like creamy texture. However, Colourpop has the advantage here as where Dream Bouncy Blush fails in the pigmentation department, Colourpop brings their A game.
Colourpop Super Shock Cheek Swatches (Holiday, Pie, Tonic)
Colourpop Super Shock Cheek Swatches (Early Birthday, Fox, Fruit Stand)
Colourpop Super Shock Cheek Swatches (Bonus, Birthday Suit, Clutch)
According to Colourpop the Super Cheek formula offers customizable, buildable coverage so you can enjoy an intense look or a softer one depending how little more how much you apply. As I mentioned above it does have a clay texture and when you press into it you’ll see it indentation. It does NOT bounce to shape but can easily be molded! It’s unusual and kinda fun to feel. Although creamy in texture it does have all the characteristics of a powder blush however, with a far more seamless finish. You can use either fingers or a strippling or fiber brush of sort for application. Word to the wise, fingers don’t seem to work for me! I find the blush applies incredibly patchy when I’m using my fingers for application and I can’t get the shades to build up well using this method.
Colourpop Birthday Suit Super Shock Cheek
Colourpop Bonus Super Shock Cheek
Colourpop Clutch Super Shock Cheek
Colourpop Early Bird Super Shock Cheek
Colourpop Fox Super Shock Cheek
Colourpop Holiday Super Shock Cheek
Colourpop Pie Super Shock Cheek
Colourpop Tonic Super Shock Cheek
I suffered a lot of trial and error when testing these brushes and I had a difficult time getting the right brush to apply them with. I didn’t like the sheerness when applying with a fiber brush nor did I feel like I had control over application using a brush with lighter, fiber brushes. I find they apply best and easiest with a densely bristled brush. I started using the Ecotools Complexion Collection Skin Perfecting Brush but this is a little scratchy but I haven’t yet found a better brush so I’m continuing on with this one as I test further brushes. The Ecotools Brush is dense with shorter bristles and I feel I can blend out shades easily and also build color as well with this brush. With the wrong brush I felt like I had clown cheeks or the blush looked patchy on. Once you find the right blush you’ll find yourself ranting a lot less about the blush. At one point I became so frustrated I tossed this in my drawer and just didn’t want to deal with them. The formula is great, it’s just you really need a GOOD brush to apply them for the best finish. Also, keep in mind, it’s important to clean your brush after using each shade as you’ll find the color from your previous shade will morph the shade you’re currently using so washing your brush after each color is pretty important!
Once you do find the perfect brush you’ll adore this formula. Unlike Maybelline’s formulation these are SUPER pigmented and very long wearing. I can get 10 hours of wear from the shades which is unheard of when it comes to cream blush on my cheeks. But as I said these act more as a powder once applied! The finish is definitely powder-like and very satiny on cheeks. The color is a lot more seamless than powder though as it melds with cheeks and looks very natural and smooth. The smoothness translates to me as a very natural blush look where as powder can sometimes cling to drier areas or accentuate pores this is a perfectly flawless, smooth finish! Of course, as I mentioned above, the technique and brush used when applying does make a huge difference in the finish.
Colourpop Super Shock Cheek isn’t without a few headaches and a bit of application learning curve but I think the pros outweigh the cons! Once you do find the perfect tool for applying these you’ll be absolutely delighted with the color range and gorgeous selection of shades. It’s truly a beautiful blush formula that’s well worth indulging in with a kill price, awesome shade range, and beautiful formulation!
Colourpop Super Shock Cheek Blush is available now at colourpop.com.