I succumbed to the pressure and finally placed my very first Colourpop order; there were way too many recommendations from bloggers whose opinion I know I can trust. As it turned out, Shaanxo x Colourpop bundle became my gateway drug and now I’m practically obsessed with this inexpensive makeup line.
Colourpop has a whole bunch of bundles and single pans available on their site, but Shaanxo set had all the colors I would have picked for myself. It’s a nice mix of matte and shimmery neutrals that I could start using right away without having to practice any looks in front of the mirror first.
Colourpop Super Shock Shadow singles all have a unique bouncy whipped cushion texture, and should be used with your fingers for the best effect. I also used a flat synthetic eyeshadow brush to help blend the color in the crease.
“XO is perfect for highlighting the inner corner. Rebel is the most amazing Khaki shade It looks gorgeous all over the lid or lower lash line. Deluxe is gorgeous blended all over the lid for a darker bronze smokey eye. Selfie is an amazing transition shade to use in your crease, or all over the lid for a natural sunkissed glow!” – Shaaanxo
I’ll start with my less used shades – Rebel and Selfie, which are both labeled on the site as mattes. Rebel is a lovely warm khaki green, that shows up olive when sheered out. IMO, it’s a bit flat to be used as an all-over color, but it works really well as a crease shadow, providing definition with its intensely pigmented formula.
Selfie is described as a mid-tone peachy brown, but to me it looks like a warm brownish orange. It’s a tricky shade to pull off, and I wouldn’t wear it on its own, but I made it work by using it as a transition shade. It looks great paired with Rebel!
My most used shades are Deluxe and XO, in fact, I already hit pan on the latter, and who hits pan on eyeshadows within a month of buying them? Consider me obsessed, because I use XO, like, every single day, even on my lazy days in. I slap on some BB cream and mascara, dip my finger in this pot of shimmery pearly champagne goodness, and rub it on my lids for 2 seconds – voi la, all of a sudden I look nice and pulled together 😉 XO works great as an all-over color on its own, in the inner corner to brighten up your eyes, in the center or the lid to add depth, as a base for other colors, under the brow bone, and even on top of my cheekbones – this stuff is pretty universal.
Deluxe is a deep shimmery bronze, and the shimmers are so densely packed, the finish is almost metallic. It’s drop dead gorgeous! I mean, wow, it’s seriously one of the prettiest bronze shadows I’ve ever seen, and if you like wearing warm brown shimmery makeup, you will love this one as much as I do.
Ingredients – CosDNA: Cyclopentasiloxane, dimethicone, trimethylsiloxysilicate, isododecane, boron nitride, c30-45 alkyl cetearyl dimethicone crosspolymer, synthetic fluorphlogopite, cucumis sativus (cucumber) fruit extract, mangifera indica (mango) seed butter, aluminum calcium sodium silicate, calcium sodium borosilicate, dimethicone/vinyl trimethylisiloxy silicate crosspolymer, calcium aluminum borosilicate, silica, disteardimonium hectorite, propylene carbonate, phenoxyethanol, ethylhexylglycerin, tin oxide, glycine soja (soybean) oil. [ +/- aluminum powder (ci 77000), bismuth oxychloride (ci 77163), black 2 (ci 77266), blue 1 (ci 42090), blue 1 lake (ci 42090), bronze powder (ci 77400), carmine (ci 75470), chromium oxide greens (ci 77288), copper powder (ci 77400), ferric ammonium ferrocyanide (ci 77510), ferric ferrocyanide (ci 77510), green 5 (ci 61570), iron oxides (ci 77491), iron oxides (ci 77492), iron oxides (ci 77499), manganese violet (ci 77742), mica (ci 77019), red 40 lake (ci 16035), titanium dioxide (ci 77891), ultramarines (ci 77007), yellow 5 (ci 19140), yellow 5 lake (ci 19140)].
On my lids, the staying power varied from shade to shade, with some lasting longer than others. The shimmers outperformed the mattes in terms of ease of application, I guess that’s because shimmery colors are generally easier to blend out with nothing but a finger. The mattes however ended up being more resistant to creasing, even though none of these four creased badly. If you have deep creases and oily lids like I do, you’ll be happy to know that the creasing on these is almost non-existent, even after 10 hours of wear.
Swatch reference: My skin tone is between MAC NC15 and NW15 with neutral undertones. Sometimes I can wear NW20 in the Summer. I thought this would be useful to know, since all screens show colors differently, and I also don’t have a studio setup with consistent lighting. Hope that helps!
After trying and falling in love with this set, I seriously wonder how can Colourpop afford to provide such high quality formulas and packaging at low cost? I mean, it’s lower than a drugstore, but better than most department store brands! I anticipate they will rise their prices eventually.
Do you need this? I loooove this set, it’s like Colourpop made it for me! The shimmers are especially amazing, because both of them have that multidimensional depth so they can each be worn on their own and never look flat. These four have everything – the staying power, the pigmentation, the blendability, which combined with low cost makes it a steal. I’d say, grab them while you can, because who knows how long these low prices will last.
WHERE TO BUY: $20 USD for 1 bundle. Available at Colourpop.
Have you tried Colourpop makeup yet? What’s your favorite way of applying cream eye shadows? Let me know in the comments?
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