May 7, 2015

Colourpop Super Shock Highlighter Review & Swatches

Colourpop Super Shock Highlighter Tasty

I picked up a Colourpop Super Shock Highlighter ($8) when they recently launched. Yeah, I know, “Only one!?” but I’m not much of a highlighter fangirl so I only grabbed the shade I THOUGHT could also double up as a blush and lucky enough I was right as it did work as a blush.

Yay me!

Let’s take a look!

Colourpop recently launched Super Shock Highlighters in 15 shades for $8. Colourpop reminds me of NYX or Make Up For Ever. They do nothing half ass. When they do a launch they do a big launch so you have plenty of a color variety. Sometimes that can be overwhelming but I, for one, am not complaining as I do so like variety. On top of variety you get budget friendly prices, excellent customer service, and quality makeup. Nothing not to like about this indie brand.

Just like the Colourpop Super Shock Cheek Blush the Colourpop Super Shock Highlighters come housed in a chunky white compact that quite reminds me of a larger variation of the pots that the MAC Electric Cool Eyesahdows came in. These pots hold 0.15 oz of highlighter each and Colourpop reminds you to screw them tightly back up after each use. I only ordered one so I’m not sure if this is a known issue but it deserves mentioning….after a single use my highlighter kinda cracked and now it’s sorta wibbley wobbly in the pot. Could be a fluke but I thought I’d mentioned it just in case.

Colourpop Super Shock Highlighter

Colourpop Super Shock Highlighter (Tasty)

Colourpop Super Shock Highlighter swatches

Colourpop Super Shock Highlighter Swatches (Tasty)

Love, love this texture. I think it’s much more softer and easier to manage than the blush range. I have this crazy theory that it’s because the surface is smooth and they didn’t do that ridge embossing they favor for both their blush and eyeshadow range. The texture seems way softer than both the eyesahdows and the blush.  You gotta ask yourself how that’s even possible because both those formulas are super soft already! But indeed, this is a very soft clay-like consistency that has a squishy feel but does NOT retain it’s shape so once you press into it, it won’t be bouncing back to shape. The texture of both the highlighters and the blush range are most comparable to Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush or L’Oreal Visible Lift Color Lift Blush.

I expressed some issues with application of the Super Shock Cheek formula. I had a little patchiness with those and felt I really needed to hunt out the perfect brush to apply them otherwise I had clown cheeks going on. I don’t have that issue with the highlighter formula. There’s really no learning curve with this formula. It applies and blends beautifully with a soft, even finish on skin that has a radiant glowing finish. Colourpop recommends fingers for application for the best coverage and I agree as with a brush you get more of a sheered out finish sans color. My shade, Tasty, applies great with fingertips and I could easily use it as a blush shade. But if I applied it with a brush the color sheered out considerably so it wasn’t so much a blush anymore but more a glow. So you have options here! Personally I prefer fingers. I find the formula very buildable but you do have to be careful as it is easy to overdo and get a little too much of a shimmery look on your face. To me it looks like there might be very fine pearlized shimmer in the formula but it is very, very fine. The color doesn’t stick or adhere to drier areas on my face which leads me to believe it should not accentuate pores but obviously more is less with anything shimmery if you have visible pores. My main issue with the formula is the fact it wears a shorter time on me. The luminous finish begins to fade at around the two hour mark and color is gone by hour three on my skin. I find the blushes wear way, way longer.

I wore Tasty two straight days in a row. I love the color. It’s this gorgeous coral pink that reflects orange! It’s very pretty.

Aside from the shorter wear I absolutely adored the Colourpop Super Shock Highlighter formula. I want to get a few more of the deeper shades and see if I can use those as blushes the way I did Tasty. If you’re a highlighter junkie you’re sure to love the pretty sheen these blushes give to cheeks!

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Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Mel

    Do they dry down or they stay wet and slippery all the way? Thank you for the first decent swatch I’ve seen of those highlighters <3

    • Isabella Muse

      oh my pleasure! That’s a good question. They aren’t wet but they do have a very slight slippery feel on my face. If I touch my cheek right now it almost feels like I didn’t blend it out fully. Does that make sense?

  • Zovesta

    I’ve never really used a highlighter before… going to be daring and try this line. 😀 I ALMOST got Tasty to use as a blush, but decided against it, and now I kinda regret it! But the wet feeling is a bit of a detractor…

  • Gillie

    Holy wow, that color is beautiful on you! I am really tempted by this one…I’m not big on blush, but this one is sheer and very pretty.

    • Isabella Muse

      thank you! 😀 bet it would lovely on you Gillie!

  • KissMySparkle

    I bought one highlighter from ColourPop, received it on Thursday, and have already gone back for more. 🙂 I think they’re an incredible formula and are just so, so gorgeous. I am going to have to put Tasty on my ColourPop wishlist now. It’s so pretty!

  • Ali

    Ahh this may be a shot in the dark but do you remember what lip color you’re wearing here? Thanks! Love your blog btw

    • Isabella Muse

      I don’t! I’m so sorry Ali! I do so many looks a day I tend to forget what I used. I’m sorry Ali! If it comes to me I’ll post back! Thank you xoxoxo!