Tested on animals:No
ColourPop has a reputation for frequently adding new product types to their line, but it is their signature product, Super Shock Shadow, that consistently lives up to expectations. Like the other finishes, Pearlized really is a high-performance product, and although it has some slight limitations that caused it to narrowly miss our highest rating, it's still commendable.
Similar to the brand's other Super Shock Shadows (and with what appears to be a nearly identical formula save for the different coloring agents), the Pearlized version is also fragrance free and housed in a round pot with a screw-top lid. Texture-wise, in the pot, its aesthetic is also reminiscent of the other finishes: it looks like a powder, but feels like a spongy cream.
When it comes to applying this, ColourPop recommends using your fingertips for best results, and we agree. Using the tips of your fingers allows for picking up the cream-powder product with the greatest ease, and applying it smoothly across lids. If you don't like using your fingers to put on shadow, a dense, flat eyeshadow brush works OK (but we stress, in our experience, fingers definitely work best).
Though this shadow has a creamy texture, it sets to a powder finish. Where Pearlized falters slightly (compared to the other Super Shock Shadows), is that some of the shades ("Plunge", for example) have less color payoff on initial application. Across the board, the lighter shades appeared more sheer when applied, regardless of if an eyeshadow primer was used or not. The darker and visibly bold shades (such as "Lace") were much more pigmented. Because this shadow is easily blendable, buildable, and so affordable, however, we think it's worth checking out. (As long as you're okay with putting forth the extra work for that "oomph").
We also noticed the Pearlized finish wore somewhat inconsistently among shades. All shades lasted through a standard workday but some had more noticeable creasing than others. None flaked, but when we went to wash our face that night, we noticed some of the shades faded in really weird, almost "splotchy" patterns on our eyelids. This was more of an issue with those with oilier eyelids; on second try, a good eyeshadow primer helped with this issue.
Overall, as long as you're okay with potentially ending up with a shade that goes on sheerer than you might want (so more time is needed to build to desired intensity), Super Shock Shadow – Pearlized is one that we recommend for its wide range of (mostly) pigmented shades, blendability, cost, and fragrance-free formula.
- Wide range of colors suitable for most skin tones.
- Most shades are very pigmented and bold.
- Fragrance free.
- Blends smoothly + easily.
- The best application is done with fingertips, which isn't won't be to everyone's preference.
- Inconsistent performance among shades – some apply very sheer, some fade in patches.