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Among ColourPop's incredible number of products available (seemingly more every day), its Super Shock Shadow is a standout. There's a good reason for this—it really is a high-performance product, though in the case of its Pigment, it might be a bit too much of a good thing, which is why it doesn't quite reach our highest rating (we'll explain why in a moment).
Like all of this brand's Super Shock Shadows, the fragrance-free Pigment formula comes in a round pot with a screw-top lid. The most distinctive aspect of this shadow is the one you'll notice first, its texture. Though it looks like a powder, when you touch it you'll see it has a bouncy, almost cream-like feel.
ColourPop recommends using your fingertips for best results to apply this, and we agree. Using the tips of your fingers allows for picking up the cream-powder product with the greatest ease, and applies 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 these shadows feel creamy, they dry to a powder finish. Super Shock Shadows come in a variety of finishes, from matte to metallic, so what makes Pigment different? We asked ColourPop why some of its shades are labeled as "Pigment," and the brand says they are "intensified" eye shadows that contain more pigments than their other offerings. We can attest that this is the case, though the extra pigment isn't without some drawbacks!
Super Shock Shadow – Pigment blends onto lids remarkably well; you only need the slightest amount to get a lot of color. It performs well throughout the day, with no smudging, flaking, or creasing. Once you put it on, it stays put! And that's part of the issue…
When it's time to remove this shadow, we used makeup-removing wipes, waterproof makeup remover, and a creamy cleanser, and we still had a light stain left behind! The stain is most pronounced on those with fair to light skin tones, but even medium to deep skin tones might see the effect depending on which color you use (such as the blue, yellow, or orange shades). We contacted ColourPop and they confirmed that "Because pressed pigments are so intensified they may stain." The good news is, by the second day after use, the stain was gone, so it can be removed…eventually!
The "stain effect" of this shadow can be mitigated to a certain extent if you use primer underneath. You won't need the primer to intensify the color or wear time of this shadow, but it will help create a barrier between your skin and the pigment so that staining isn't an issue.
Note: ColourPop advises not using this for lining the inner rim of your eyes (waterlining) because of its tenacity, which is why it comes with a "Not for use in the immediate eye area" notice.
Overall, Super Shock Shadow – Pigment is a good eyeshadow owing to its impressive performance. Just keep in mind you might wind up wearing it (or at least traces of it) a little longer than you intended!
- Rich color quality.
- Blends easily.
- Wears well without fading or creasing.
- Unique texture allows for quick fingertip application.
- Fragrance free.
- Using fingertips is the best way to apply this, but that technique isn't for everyone.
- Can lightly stain skin if worn without a primer.