As someone who has loved the beauty scene since I was a pre-teen, it should go without saying that I’ve amassed a pretty huge beauty collection over the years. Whether I’m reading trade pieces from beauty publishers, watching YouTube commentary, or catching up on my friends’ blog posts, I am always tempted by the latest releases to hit the market.
Despite this temptation to shop, in 2020 I’ve been working hard to use up more of what I own and to be more mindful of my purchases. As a way to keep myself accountable, I’ve embarked on a journey to chronicle my beauty collection.
In today’s post, I will be sharing my ColourPop Super Shock Shadow Collection! Unlike the previous posts in this series, I will not be ranking my ColourPop Super Shock Shadow Collection. Instead, I’ll be swatching each shade and sharing tips on how to find the right ColourPop Super Shock Shadow for you!
What is a Super Shock Shadow?
Super Shock Shadows are ColourPop’s famous creme-to-powder eyeshadow formula. These potted Super Shock Shadows are well-loved and well-known for their unique, bouncy texture that delivers bold color in a single swipe. The Super Shock Shadows promise to last on the eyes without creasing, fading, or producing fallout.
Super Shock Shadows come in four finishes: matte, satin, ultra glitter, and ultra metallic.
How do you use a Super Shock Shadow?
The ColourPop Super Shock Shadows can be used in a variety of ways depending on the desired effect and the finish of the shadow. As someone who is a fan of the satin, glitter, and metallic finishes, my preferred way to use the Super Shock Shadows is to use them as an inner corner highlight, an all-over lid shade or as a sheer eyeshadow topper.
Using your fingers is the best way to apply a Super Shock Shadow. Not only does this provide you with the best color payoff, but it reduces the chance of creating any mess. However, if you hate to apply eyeshadow with your fingers, flat brushes can be used to pack one of the satin, glitter, or metallic Super Shock Shadow finishes onto the eyelids.
Although it may seem odd, a matte Super Shock Shadow can be used similarly. Finger application provides the best color payoff. However, it is possible to pack, blend, and diffuse a matte Super Shock Shadow on the lids if using a dense blending brush.
When worn over an eyeshadow primer, Super Shock Shadows will last for more than 12 hours on my oily lids. Even if I’ve applied a glitter Super Shock Shadow in my crease, I experience no creasing, fading, transfer, or fallout when wearing my Super Shock Shadows.
Although ColourPop Super Shock Shadows have a bad reputation for going bad quickly (i.e. drying out), I’ve never had any issues with the shelf life of my Super Shock Shadows. According to the ColourPop website, Super Shock Shadows will last up to three years if left unopened. Once Super Shock Shadow is opened, they will last up to one year if they are properly stored and sealed after each use.
Despite owning so many Super Shock Shadows, I’ve never had any issues with my shadows prematurely drying out. At this point, I’ve owned most of the below shadows for over a year and have not had any issues with any shade drying out.
RELATED: ColourPop introduced its first Super Shock Shadow inside a pressed powder palette within the Sweet Talk Palette. Does it compare to the traditional Super Shock formula? Read my review here.
How much do Super Shock Shadows Cost?
Super Shock Shadows regularly retail for $6.00 individually. However, there are three ways to save money when purchasing a Super Shock Shadow:
Use a Discount Code | Many beauty influencers have 10% off discount codes that can save you money. Using one of these codes would bring the Super Shock Shadow price to $5.40.
Wait for a Sale | ColourPop regularly offers 25% off sales on its website. If you wait for one of these sales, a Super Shock Shadow will only cost $4.50.
Buy a Bundle | Taking into account the short lifespan of a Super Shock Shadow, a bundle may ~not~ be the option you desire. However, buying a Super Shock bundle typically brings down the cost per shadow.
How many Super Shock Shadows are there in my collection?
I own 57 Super Shock Shadows. Yes. You read that correctly. How did I amass so many Super Shock Shadows? I am a frequent buyer of the Super Shock Shadow bundles. Currently, I own the following bundles:
Best of Bundle (contains 10 Super Shock Shadows)
ColourPop x Halo Top Mint Chip Bundle (contains 2 Super Shock Shadows)
ColourPop x Halo Top Strawberry Bundle (contains 2 Super Shock Shadows)
Double Rainbow Bundle (contains 6 Super Shock Shadows)
Heavy Metal Trio (contains 3 Super Shock Shadows)
Sunshine State Bundle (contains 4 Super Shock Shadows)
Super Shock Shadow Vault (contains 25 Super Shock Shadows)
RELATED:Click here to read my review of the Double Rainbow Bundle.
57 Super Shock Shadow Swatches
ColourPop Best of Super Shock Shadow Bundle Swatches
Best of Super Shock Shadows Bundle Swatches
Within the ColourPop Best of Super Shock Shadow Collection bundle, my favorite shades are Frog, Amaze, Ritz, Sequin, and Party of Five. These shades work perfectly as an all-over-the lid shade or as an inner corner highlight.
ColourPop x Halo Top Swatches & ColourPop Double Rainbow Swatches Swatches
ColourPop Sunshine State Swatches & Heavy Metal Trio Swatches
Top: Sunshine State Bundle, Bottom: Heavy Metal Trio
Within the Heavy Metal Trio, the shade Liberty is my absolute favorite. How high shine does that silver look?!
RELATED: More of a princess than a villain? Click to read my review of the ColourPop x Disney Designer Midnight Masquerade Palette
Super Shock Shadow Vault Swatches
Within the first set of Vault Swatches, my favorite shades are Moon, Swoon, and Millennium.
Within the second set of Super Shock Vault Swatches, my favorite shades are Voila and Sleep Tight.
Within the last set of Super shock Shadow swatches, In Axis, Dreamlover, Shook Up, and Nocturnal are my favorite shades.
In reviewing my ColourPop Super Shock Shadow Collection swatches, I realized that I unintentionally purchased duplicates of the same colors. Beyond the literal duplicates, I realized just how often ColourPop recycles nearly identical shades with different names. For example, Very Berry, Roy G. Biv, and Nocturnal are very similar looking.
Moving forward, I will need to be way more critical when expanding my ColourPop Super Shock Shadow collection.
Final Thoughts on My Super Shock Shadow Collection
I love my Super Shock Shadows because they are a unique formula with a high shine finish that adds a little bit of OOMF to any look that I create. Moreover, these are so easy to use for one-shadow looks on the days I’m in a rush or want a more low-key look.
Additionally, as someone with a huge collection, I like that I have more of a possibility of finishing these little Super Shock Shadow pots than traditional powder shadows. However, for buyers with small collections, the smaller amount of product included in each pan could be a con.
Given the price point, variety of finishes, and versatility on the eyes, I highly recommend that everyone try at least one Super Shock Shadow.
Disclaimer:I am in no way intending to brag about my beauty collection or to show off any wealth. I work hard to buy what I own and so much of what is in my collection has been purchased at a discount or given to me as a gift. Moreover, these items have been garnered over the years.
Have you tried any ColourPop Super Shock Shadows? How do you feel about bulky packaging or the formula? Let me know in the comments below.