ColourPop is one of the most hyped-up online beauty brands due to the company’s high-quality, affordable products. Although the brand now boasts a wide range of goodies from skincare and base products to mascara and liners, ColourPop originally made their mark with the release of their Super Shock Shadows, a unique creme-to-powder shadow. When the Super Shock Shadows were released, there weren’t any eyeshadow formulas quite like this available on the market.
ColourPop promises that the creme-to-powder shadows included in the Double Rainbow Kit will be “super creamy” and “insanely pigmented” with one swipe of the finger. Also, the brand promises that the just one swipe will provide full pigmentation without producing any fallout. Finally, CP promises that these shadows will be long-lasting on the eye.
For best results, CP recommends applying directly with a finger or a flat shader brush.
Price & Packaging
ColourPop’s Double Rainbow Shadow kit retails for $25.00 USD. Given that ColourPop Super Shock Shadows normally retail for $5.00 USD, buyers essentially receive a free shadow when purchasing this kit. Each shadow included can be purchased individually in ColourPop’s standard, white Super Shock Shadow packaging.
The 6-pan kit comes in a minimalist, holographic package. While the holographic box is cardboard, the outer sleeve of the kit is plastic. Each shadow comes in the brand’s iconic, twist-top Super Shock Shadow case, but with a colorful, limited edition twist! The individual packaging comes in a unique color for each shadow included in the set. I love the contrast between the color of the packaging compared to the color of the shadows.
However, it is important to note that this packaging is bulky and needs to be tightly closed after each use otherwise the shadows will quickly dry out.
Ingredients & CF Status
One of my favorite things about the ColourPop Super Shock formula is that it does not contain Talc. I have been growing weary about this common cosmetic ingredient. Although the FDA (US Food and Drug Administration) approves Talc for cosmetic use, there has been rising concern over the use of this ingredient in personal care products due to how it is mined alongside Asbestos (a harmful mineral known for causing Cancer and Mesothelioma). Most mining companies claim that they rigorously test their mines for Asbestos contamination, but in recent years inspectors have found contaminated beauty products being sold to children.
As always, ColourPop does not test on animals.
My forever disclaimer: Swatches are not a perfect indicator of eyeshadow performance. However, they do provide a clue as to a shadow’s pigmentation and ability to blend.
Per usual, I’ve swatched each eyeshadow on my inner arm without any primer. Each color was swatched using a finger (top) and brush (bottom). Each swatch represents one swipe of color.
Eyeshadows (top to bottom in below swatch photo) | Falling Up (icy taupe with pink and blue glitter), ZZZ (metallic copper with rosy flip), Roy G. Biv (warm pink with gold duochrome flip), Milky Way (pinky violet with blue flip), REM (periwinkle with lavender and silver glitter), and IRL (Yellow-Green with bronze duochrome shift)
As you can see by this photo, each shadow included in the Double Rainbow kit swatches perfectly with a finger but is essentially nonexistent when swatched with a brush. Every shade included within the kit is high shine and impactful without looking super chunky.
Even though I don’t tend to wear a ton of light colored eyeshadows, the colors that I reach for most are Falling Up, Roy G. Biv, and ZZZ. These are the most “wearable” shades for my daily life. Also, these three shadows are wonderful for one-shadow looks because they make my eyes look huge!!
Application & Wear-Time
As expected and as noted by the brand, the Super Shock Shadows are best applied to the eye with your fingers. A flat brush will work, but applying with my fingers provided the best color payoff. That being said, in order to get the true pigmentation, I needed to press into each pan quite firmly and pat two layers of product onto the eyes. As a result, the shadows did crumble slightly and produce some fallout.
Also, despite only owning these shadows for 3-4 months, I’ve already hit pan in the shade Falling Up. Although the shadows look quite bulky due to the packaging, there is actually very little product in each pan. When factoring the pressure needed to build up pigmentation and the amount of actual product in the pan, it is not hard to go through these shadows. As someone with a large collection, this doesn’t bother me. In fact, this is somewhat of a good thing for me, because I love being able to work through makeup.
Overall, I was very pleased with how these shadows performed on the eyes. When worn with a primer, the shadows stayed in place without fading or creasing for 10-hours+… an impressive feat for my oily lids. When worn without a primer (not a common habit for me), the shadows only lasted 4-5 hours before creasing and fading.
Currently, this kit is only available on ColourPop’s website even though it’s sister palette, Chasing Rainbows, is available at Ulta.
Despite some minor flaws, I love the Super Shock Shadow formula and I am super pleased with the Double Rainbow kit. I wholeheartedly recommend this kit to anyone who loves playing with colorful eyeshadow. However, if less than four shades in the kit speak to you, I recommend purchasing single shadows in the standard packaging instead because the cost would not be worth it.
Looking for more on ColourPop? Check out my ColourPop Collection/Haul.
Thinking of ordering from ColourPop for the first time? Please consider using my referral link for $5.00 off your first order. If you make a purchase, I’ll also receive $5.00 off my next purchase. Please note, I’ve purchased all of the aforementioned items.
Have you tried ColourPop’s Super Shock Shadow formula before? Do you like creme shadows? Let me know in the comments below.