Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Product Review -- ColourPop Super Shock Cheek Highlighters

Note: So over the next week or so, there are going to be a few ColourPop posts. I placed an embarrassing amount of orders over the past month and a half, and I've got a ton of new products and shades that I just have to share because I'm crazy in love. But just to be clear -- I paid for all of these items myself so the ColourPop obsession I clearly have is the real and genuine article. I don't know that I've fallen this hard for a brand since my early days with The Balm. Seriously.

I've been on the hunt for a cream highlighter that I could really love.

I've tried plenty that have come close, but I haven't found one that combines a formula I love with the shade I'm looking for (something cool-toned but not too pink).

That's why I was so excited when I heard that ColourPop was coming out with a line of highlighters.

I've a big fan of their Super Shock cream formula -- which really isn't like any cream formula I've tried before -- for both their eye shadows and blushes and I was intrigued by the prospect of a highlighter that has the same texture.

There are 15 shades in the line, though not all of the colors are what one would traditionally think of as highlighters (depending on your skin tone, of course) so they work best as blushes.

I've picked up nine of them -- I didn't get them all at once, though; I ordered a few, fell in love, and had to order a bunch more -- which range from traditional highlights to shades that can only be used as a blush on my super fair skin.

The highlighters come in the same white plastic packaging as the shadows and blushes. They contain 4.2 grams of product, which is the same size as the blushes, and they all have what ColourPop calls a pearlized finish, which is shimmery without chunks of glitter.

I purchased Stole the Show, a light white gold with flashes of pink and silver; Lunch Money, a pale yellow-y gold; Spoon, a pale champagne with silver flecks; Monster, a pale pink with a lavender duo chrome finish; Hippo, a pale lavender; Teasecake, a light golden pink with a gold duo chrome finish; Smoke N Whistles, a cool pink champagne with silver flecks; Butterfly Beach, a peach with gold and silver flecks; and Most Necessary, a soft copper.

Top row (l. to r.): Stole the Show, Lunch Money, Spoon. Bottom row (l. to r.): Monster, Hippo

From l. to r.: Stole the Show, Lunch Money, Spoon, Monster, Hippo

Top row (l. to r.): Teasecake, Smoke N Whistles. Bottom row (l. to r.): Butterfly Beach, Most Necessary

From l. to r.: Teasecake, Smoke N Whistles, Butterfly Beach, Most Necessary

First of all, I give ColourPop major credit for coming with several unique highlighter shades -- I don't think I've ever come across colors like Hippo and Monster before. But they still have traditional shades like Stole the Show, Lunch Money, and Spoon if you're going for a more classic look.

The shades also come in different depths, so there should be an option for every skin tone without darker skinned folks having to worry about looking ashy.

(For a point of reference, I can only wear Butterfly Beach and Most Necessary as blushes. They're just too dark on pale skin to work as highlighters.)

Secondly, the formula is as good as it is for the blushes, meaning despite its creamy texture, these highlighters don't disappear after a couple of hours. They actually have really good staying power --I can typically get 5 to 6 hours of wear without much fading.

And they really do catch the light like nobody's business! I feel so glow-y and pretty whenever I'm wearing these babies.

I like to apply the highlighters with my finger and then blend them out if necessary with an e.l.f. Small Stipple Brush.

At $8 a piece, they're a pretty great bargain -- and I feel like there's probably at least one shade that everyone should have in their collection.

You can pick them up at ColourPop's website.

Have you tried the ColourPop Super Shock Cheek Highlighters? Which shade is your favorite?


  1. I placed my first ColourPop order over the weekend. I can't wait for it to arrive!!! I got a little bit of everything...a few shadows, a couple of highlighters, and a blush. Thanks for the review.

    1. Oh, I can't wait to hear what you think! I hope you enjoy your goodies as much as I do. :)

  2. Why must you post such a review after I just closed the tabs to my personal wishlist items by colourpop?! XD I was really unsure about Monster and Teasecake - the swatches on other blogs were soso, but this... ugh... do you think teasecake could look nice on a fair skin with pinkish undertone?
    Monster reminds me a bit of that duo shadow from the Glinda UD palette... aura was the name I think...

    1. My fair skin has slight pink undertones and I absolutely love Teasecake. It blends into my skin really nicely, so I think it would definitely work for you. And good eye! Monster is pretty similar to Aura from the UD Glinda palette. Monster is slightly purple-r while Aura is a tinge more pink, but they're very close (which is I hadn't noticed before). I really don't think you can go wrong with most ColourPop items, so I'm sure you've got a pretty good wishlist. :)


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