If you’ve been following my blog for a while, then you know my weakness is blush. So, when ColourPop announced they were releasing Super Shock Cheek Colours I was ready to buy them before I even saw the shades. I know, I have a problem. What can I say, some women like shoes and some women like jewelry, I love me some colorful cheeks – ok, who am I kidding I love shoes too! 😆
Like most anticipated makeup releases, this one caused quite a frenzy. But once the commotion died down, I was able to browse their site and pick from the twenty gorgeous shades offered. Retailing for just $8, you can find these on colourpop.com in a variety of shades from bright red to light nude.
Like ColourPop’s eyeshadows, these all have a very unique texture that’s squishy and soft. They don’t feel like a traditional powder, but they aren’t exactly a cream either. Because of this consistency, they are best applied with a synthetic stippling brush or by using your fingertips. ColourPop also suggests closing the pots really tight, and advises against leaving the lids off for long periods of time.
Since I’m pretty predictable with my cheek colors, it’s probably no surprise that I chose four easy to wear nudes in the shades Fox (warm coral), Trickery (pastel peach), Birthday Suit (neutral pink), and Between the Sheets (mid-tone pink beige).
Fox is a satin finish with tiny silver shimmers. It required a small amount of layering, but the pigmentation is easily buildable. The shimmers, while subtle, are noticeable on the face though so I would keep that in mind if you aren’t a fan of sparkle.
Trickery is also a satin, but the shimmers are far less noticeable. Sadly, this shade was pretty problematic for me. It required a lot of layering, and once I built up the color it looked cakey and settled into my pores. Applying it with my fingers helped to reduce cakiness, but overall this color was a disappointment. Boo!
Birthday Suit is another satin with hardly any shimmer. It also applied sheer and required some work to build up its intensity. The finished look is soft and airbrushed, not dry and cakey like Trickery.
Between the Sheets is a matte, and again it required a lot of layering in order to build up the color payoff. It blended really easily though, and like Birthday Suit the finished look is natural and effortless.
Another unique thing about these blushes, is they look better the longer you wear them. At first, they can look a little heavy (thanks to the layering), but after an hour they melt into the skin for a really natural “just left the gym” sort of flush. The finish reminds me a lot of a cream blush, without the tackiness.
With a name like “Super Shock Cheek” I was surprised by how sheer these shades applied. In the pan they appear so vibrant, but on the skin they aren’t much of anything at all. If you’re a dark skinned beauty, definitely stay away from the nudes, but if you’re around my skin tone and you’re into a more natural look, then I say give these a try – just don’t expect amazing color payoff.
*I’ve seen some reviews of the brighter shades, and people have raved about their pigmentation. So it seems not all of them are like this!*
What do you think of these blushes? Did you cave and buy any? Let me know!
All items mentioned in this post were purchased by me.