Super Shock Shadow is ColourPop’s cream to powder eyeshadow formula, made famous by its bouncy texture and affordable price tag. These little pots deliver bold hues, metallic shine and fine glitter in one swipe. According to the brand itself, the shadows are “luxury formulas priced for experimentation” and I couldn’t agree more.
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Tested December 2020
I have a love hate relationship with ColourPop. I love their affordable prices and the BFF Liquid Liner (check out that review here), but I hate their body care products (see my review of their Glow Oil here). Super Shock Shadows land somewhere in the middle for me. I love scrolling through all of the colors and watching fun YouTube swatch videos. It’s easy to amass a collection of these single eyeshadows since even the most expensive, limited edition shades are only $7.
Unfortunately, they do dry out rather quickly and some (but not all) shades have chunky glitter that is neither comfortable to wear nor age appropriate. Super Shock Shadows are a product for which I find swatches HUGELY helpful. So without further ado, here are the three I currently have (and some shades that Liz owns swatched at the end for good measure).
The first Super Shock Shadow I ever purchased was in the shade Weenie. I believe this was originally a Kathleen Lights collaboration and she describes it as the perfect rose gold. I love the metallic color payoff, which is especially intense when applied with a finger. I can buff the edges out with a brush and there are zero chunks of glitter or fall out. The bronze undertones make this shade incredibly wearable. I find that pink eyeshadow sometimes makes me look unwell, which is definitely not a goal of mine. Fortunately, Weenie doesn’t have that effect at all.
Sadly, it appears ColourPop is no longer offering this shade. In an attempt to replace Weenie I recently purchased DGAF. Unfortunately, DGAF does not live up to the hype and does have an unflattering pink undertone. I tried to tone that down with a cooler brown crease shadow and I just couldn’t make it work. I remember now why this Super Shock Shadow shade has sat in the back of a drawer unused.
Along the same vein, Frog is another “iconic shade” that disappointed me. This is VERY sparkly, too sparkly. I had big flecks of glitter all around my eyes, even after removing my makeup. The base color of this shadow is sheer, so for someone like me, trying to camouflage eyelid pigmentation/darkness, this offers no assistance. It is a wash of glitter that I think would be best used as an eyeshadow topper. On me, this looks like I’m trying (and failing) too hard.
Regardless of the shade/finish, all of the Super Shock Shadows have incredible staying power. I never bother with primer when I wear them and they always last all day. The formula feels like a mousse in the pot but glides on like a powder. They play nicely with other shadows too, so I find it easy to work them into looks. My favorite way to use Super Shock Shadows is as a last step, right at the center of the lid for a fun pop of vibrant, metallic color.
Liz also owns a few Super Shock Shadows in the shades Moonwalk, Wattles and Sailor, and we wanted to include those swatches too so you can see a few additional color options.
I love the bounce of Super Shock Shadows and for six bucks they’re a fun way to try new colors. Unfortunately, ColourPop seems to cycle through shades pretty quickly and they do dry out over time. So use it or lose it and don’t fall in love with a shade you likely won’t see again. Also, unless you’re going to a NYE party or are under the age of 25, stick to the metallics, those truly do shine.
If you’re considering trying Super Shock Shadows for the first time, I highly suggest starting with the Furriends Forever kit. This set of two new shades is a steal at $10, and ALL of the net profits from the purchase will be donated to Best Friends Animal Society®. Your donation will help save the lives of dogs and cats in America’s shelters and bring our country to no-kill by 2025.