Wow, I really slowed down on posts for a while here! The funny thing is that I’ve continued to take pictures of products and edit them, I just haven’t put them into any blog posts yet… so I have a whole backlog of writing to do. Not to mention the fact I’ve also been thinking of other posts I have in mind and want to put together that aren’t so much dedicated product reviews but actually comparisons of similar products, etc. So many ideas, so little time, but I’ll get to all of them eventually!
With that being said, today’s post is all about ColourPop and one of their highlighter trios! Click through to read more about this little set, starting with the basics, some swatches, and then my review.
The ColourPop Super Shock Cheek “Waffle” Highlighter Trio contains three full-sized Super Shock Cheek Highlighters and retails for $20 USD on their website… but, when I bought this trio back in April it was $16 USD, and even now–at the time of this blog post–it is listed for $16 USD. (I don’t know if that means it is being discontinued, if it’s on sale again and it’s just serendipitous timing, or if it’s clever price marketing. Since their Super Shock Cheek Highlighters normally retail for $8 each, the $16 price tag is basically like buying two and getting one free.)
The three shades are:
- Scrumptious: pearlized silvery baby pink (limited edition)
- Glazed: Tie Dye soft ivory gold (limited edition)
- Flexitarian: pearlized intense white champagne (permanent)
Each individual highlighter contains 4.2 g / 0.15 oz of product. The ingredients for each are listed below for reference.
SCRUMPTIOUS: DIMETHICONE, ISONONYL ISONONANOATE, TRIMETHYLSILOXYSILICATE, DIMETHICONE CROSSPOLYMER, ETHYLHEXYL ISONONANOATE, VINYL DIMETHICONE/METHICONE SILSESQUIOXANE CROSSPOLYMER, ISOPROPYL MYRISTATE, PHENOXYETHANOL, SYNTHETIC FLUORPHLOGOPITE, STEARALKONIUM HECTORITE, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, PROPYLENE CARBONATE, CARMINE (CI 75470), IRON OXIDES (CI 77491), MICA (CI 77019), TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891).
GLAZED: DIMETHICONE, ISONONYL ISONONANOATE, TRIMETHYLSILOXYSILICATE, DIMETHICONE CROSSPOLYMER, VINYL DIMETHICONE/METHICONE SILSESQUIOXANE CROSSPOLYMER, ETHYLHEXYL ISONONANOATE, ISOPROPYL MYRISTATE, PHENOXYETHANOL, SILICA, SYNTHETIC FLUORPHLOGOPITE, STEARALKONIUM HECTORITE, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, PROPYLENE CARBONATE, TIN OXIDE, CARMINE (CI 75470), IRON OXIDES (CI 77491, 77499), MICA (CI 77019), TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891).
FLEXITARIAN: DIMETHICONE, SYNTHETIC FLUORPHLOGOPITE, ALUMINA, ISONONYL ISONONANOATE, TRIMETHYLSILOXYSILICATE, DIMETHICONE CROSSPOLYMER, ETHYLHEXYL ISONONANOATE, ISOPROPYL MYRISTATE, VINYL DIMETHICONE/METHICONE SILSESQUIOXANE CROSSPOLYMER, PHENOXYETHANOL, TIN OXIDE, STEARALKONIUM HECTORITE, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, PROPYLENE CARBONATE, IRON OXIDES (CI 77491), MICA (CI 77019), TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891).
ColourPop states on their “About” page that they are cruelty-free by saying, “We test our products in the nicest way possible, leaving fur babies to be fur babies and experimenting on people instead.” After sifting through their FAQ, their products are also gluten-free, and most are vegan but there are exceptions (which they list on this page, scroll down to the vegan question).
I will say that some of the verbiage and choice of wording on their FAQ was a bit frustrating to me. I was able to get the gist of what they were saying for the most part, but I was trying to be certain they weren’t attempting to be clever for the sake of avoiding answering any questions directly.
Photos & Swatches
ColourPop Super Shock Cheek Highlighter in Flexitarian (arrived broken)
ColourPop Super Shock Cheek Highlighter in Glazed
ColourPop Super Shock Cheek Highlighter in Scrumptious
The swatches were taken in natural light (indirect) with no flash, applied with a bare finger to bare skin. While these pictures don’t truly capture how pale I really am, due to the indirect lighting, just know I am someone who normally wears the lightest foundation shade available from each brand, and those are still sometimes too dark for me.
ColourPop does recommend that one should use a flat synthetic brush for more color payoff, or use a duo fibre brush for a more sheer and airbrushed effect.
ColourPop “Waffle” Highlighter Trio swatches
L to R: Flexitarian, Glazed, Scrumptious
ColourPop Super Shock Highlighter in Flexitarian – swatch
ColourPop Super Shock Highlighter in Glazed – swatch
ColourPop Super Shock Highlighter in Scrumptious – swatch
Review & Final Thoughts
Let’s address the broken Flexitarian highlighter issue first before moving into performance. I placed my order on April 26th, and received an email that it was scheduled for shipment on April 28th. My order arrived on May 1st, which was within ColourPop’s 3-5 business days time frame for shipping. Being fairly busy, I didn’t open my package until May 12th, which is when I noticed that “Flexitarian” was broken.
I reviewed ColourPop’s policy on damaged products, and found they give you 14 days from receipt of your package to contact them about it. (Thank goodness I finally opened my package–I was pushing the end of that two week window!) I contacted them through email with the photo, my order #, and so forth, and received a response on May 16th. The customer service representative apologized for the issue and sent out a replacement for Flexitarian. I received an email on May 22nd that my replacement Flexitarian was scheduled for shipment, and then received the package on May 24th, with a new one that was undamaged.
My experience was essentially painless. Aside from the tight 2 week time frame you need to stay within to replace damaged goods (which is very short compared to what many other brands offer), the process was hassle-free, so I commend ColourPop for that positive customer service experience.
Product Feel & Performance
The ColourPop Super Shock formula for eyes and cheeks are known to be creamy (not powdery in the slightest), and have the quality of being very blendable and long-wearing. This trio specifically gave about medium coverage out the gate and can be sheered out or built up depending on the look you are going for.
I have owned several ColourPop Super Shock eyeshadow and blushes, which have sort of a quilted pattern pressed into the top, but as you saw in the photos above, these highlighters have a traditional press. What’s interesting to me is how incredibly soft (kind of spongy) and creamy these highlighters are, when compared to the blushes which are technically still “soft”, but not as soft, you know what I mean?
I never use my fingers to apply these, as I like the effect and finish a synthetic brush offers. I feel a brush allows me to apply and blend the highlight without disturbing any other makeup I have already laid down.
Every time I wear a ColourPop highlight, someone makes a comment about them! The first time I wore Glazed (which has a nice sort of white gold effect if we wanted to do a jewelry comparison), I built it up a bit for a nice glow and went out for an evening with friends. Three different people commented on how nice my highlight looked and asked what I was wearing. When built up these don’t look greasy, although they can impart a wet look and be high shine. On this particular night, the shine from Glazed looked just right when the light hit it ~in such a way~.
I don’t wear Flexitarian even though it is incredibly beautiful and looks amazing on other people. I happen to be pale enough that it is a highlighter that is actually too dark for my skin and leaves sort of a weird cast on my cheekbone. (It’s the same issue I have with Essence’s “Pure Nude” highlighter, which breaks my heart to this day because it. is. so. pretty.) Sure, when the light hits it, it would be passable… but I live in the real world where I have a desk and office lighting and Flexitarian just sits on my cheekbones in an obvious, slightly gold-bronze manner, where I’m sure people wonder if I looked in a mirror before coming into work.
Scrumptious is the cool-toned pink highlighter which actually reminds me a lot of Hippo (another one from ColourPop that I own). They are very similar, with Hippo just being ever-so-slightly a more blue-toned pink than Scrumptious. I don’t find them different enough to justify having both, but Scrumptious is limited edition and Hippo is permanent, so in my opinion you would be fine going out and getting Hippo as an alternative when this trio is gone for good, or just buying Hippo on its own if Scrumptious was the only color you were really interested in.
Would I recommend it?
I did go a few weeks with the ColourPop highlighters as my dedicated Highlighter Of Choice™, wearing them in a variety of situations and different looks. Sometimes I really do want that blinding and dewy effect that their creamy formula can provide, but other times I don’t. I know you can always wear it a bit more sheer, but I think due to the reflect these provide, it’s inevitable that they will emphasize any unseemly texture you may have. Truth be told, I am not reaching for these as often as I reach for my powder highlighters, which I prefer on a day-to-day basis because of the softer effect they can give me. For a night out on the town, these come out to play and they are ready to party for the whole night.
TL;DR: I like these, I don’t have any problems with application or wear time. I think they are easy to use and even if you don’t want this trio, there is literally a shade for everybody available from ColourPop’s website–plus, the price is just right, you won’t break the bank. They are not my daily highlight, only my “night out” highlight. I prefer powder highlighters for a more diffused glow, but I’m happy to have this trio in my collection when I really want my cheeks to pop.