ColourPop Super Shock Cheek - Flexitarian, Bardot, Perilune and Pegacorn Swatches & Review

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ColourPop Super Shock Cheek - Flexitarian, Bardot, Perilune and Pegacorn Swatches & Review

ColourPop's cheek products have been in heavy rotation around here lately (with a special nod to Flexitarian). Their stellar colour payoff and longevity, not to mention the wallet-friendly price of $8USD a pop, makes them all too easy to love. Four of my recent acquisitions are swatched and reviewed for your viewing pleasure today.

Formula overview:
The Super Shock Cheek blushes and highlighters share the same wet clay texture as ColourPop's Super Shock Shadows. Because of this consistency, it's important to keep the jars tightly closed when not in use to prevent them from drying out.
ColourPop recommend applying their Super Shock Cheek products with fingers for fuller coverage, or with a flat synthetic shader brush or duo fibre brush for a sheerer finish. I like using ELF's duo fibre stipple brush for a really airbrushed effect with the blushes and it works well for the highlighters too, but if you're craving maximum shine, try a dampened Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge or Beauty Blender. So. Much. Glow.

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Flexitarian

ColourPop Super Shock Cheek Pearlized - Flexitarian Highlighter Swatches & Review

ColourPop Super Shock Cheek Pearlized - Flexitarian Swatches & Review

ColourPop Super Shock Cheek Pearlized - Flexitarian Highlighter Swatches & Review

Flexitarian is described as an 'intense white champagne'. Intense is right, this is the highlighter you pick if you want people to see your highlight from space! It's insanely, spectacularly glowy; needless to say, this is not one for people who prefer their highlighter to be understated. A solid wear time of eleven hours has further cemented Flexitarian's place in my makeup bag, it looks a little faded after nine hours but all in all, holds up well. 

ColourPop Super Shock Cheek Pearlized - Bardot Blush Swatches & Review

ColourPop Super Shock Cheek Pearlized - Bardot Blush Swatches & Review

ColourPop Super Shock Cheek Pearlized - Bardot Blush Swatches & Review

Bardot is described as a 'rusty red copper'. I must admit that when I pulled Bardot out of the box for the first time and saw just how dark it is in the pan, I was wondering what the heck I'd been thinking when I ordered it. Once applied, though, it's actually very wearable, I really had nothing to worry about! The formula is excellent, both in application and longevity, clocking twelve hours wear on me. I highly recommend giving Bardot a chance if you've been on the fence. 

ColourPop Super Shock Cheek Pearlized - Flexitarian, Bardot Swatches & Review

Here I've paired Flexitarian and Bardot with the Makeup Revolution contour palette. 

ColourPop Super Shock Cheek Pearlized - Flexitarian, Bardot Swatches & Review

Perilune

ColourPop Super Shock Cheek Pearlized - Perilune Highlighter Swatches & Review

ColourPop Super Shock Cheek Pearlized - Perilune Highlighter Swatches & Review

ColourPop Super Shock Cheek Pearlized - Perilune Highlighter Swatches & Review

Perilune is described as a 'sheer opalescent pearl with green and gold glitter'. Unlike most of ColourPop's highlighters, Perilune has more glitter to it than base colour and offers more sparkle than glow. The blendability and lasting power are true to form, though, it lasted nine hours on me. It isn't going to be for everyone but I think it's such a fun shade and more wearable than you might expect. 

ColourPop Super Shock Cheek Pearlized - Perilune Highlighter Swatches & Review

I'm wearing Perilune with an unnamed Napoleon Perdis gift with purchase cream blush in this look.

ColourPop Super Shock Cheek Pearlized - Perilune Highlighter Swatches & Review

Pegacorn

ColourPop Super Shock Cheek - Pegacorn Blush Swatches & Review

ColourPop Super Shock Cheek - Pegacorn Blush Swatches & Review

ColourPop Super Shock Cheek - Pegacorn Blush Swatches & Review

Pegacorn (discontinued) is described as a 'deep violet' and has a Satin finish. It's a medium fuchsia pink with fine pink shimmer. I stumbled across this baby at a bargain price on Trade Me and was thrilled to add it to my collection. You know me and my discontinued/limited edition goody hoarding! Although Pegacorn looks incredibly (and potentially intimidatingly) bright in the jar, it applies and blends superbly to give you a natural flush, as though you've just been outside on a cold winter's day. It wore for ten hours in total on me but was very faded after seven.

ColourPop Super Shock Cheek - Pegacorn Blush Swatches & Review

I'm wearing Pegacorn with Lunch Money highlighter, Hourglass Dim Light, Hourglass Radiant Light and the Essence Shape Your Face Contour Palette in this look.

ColourPop Super Shock Cheek - Pegacorn Blush Swatches & Review


What I liked:
  • Great colour payoff
  • They last for nine-twelve hours on me
  • Smooth, easy application
What I didn't like:
  • Nothing!
Where to buy:
Have you tried any of these blushes or highlighters?

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ColourPop All Nighter Quad Swatches & Review

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ColourPop All Nighter Quad Swatches & Review

One look at my Instagram feed is enough to tell you that I have a bit of an infatuation with a warm bronze eye, the sparklier the better. So of course, I was all over the ColourPop All Nighter quad when it released late last year! 

ColourPop All Nighter Quad Swatches & Review

Formula overview:
ColourPop's Super Shock Shadows have a malleable consistency like wet clay - should you press a finger into the eyeshadow you'll leave a hollow, it doesn't spring back or cling like a mousse, nor does it resist like a cream or powder. And of course, it's endlessly amusing to prod at! Because of the wetness of the formula, it is important to keep the lid tightly shut to prevent the product drying out. Even so, they have a fairly short official shelf life, with ColourPop advising that their eyeshadows will last three years unopened and a year after being opened. I've now had these for over a year and there appears to be no difference in quality than when I first got them, so it seems ColourPop are being pretty conservative.

There are eight different finishes in the SuperShock range: Ultra-Glitter, Glitter Sheer, Satin, Matte, Metallic, Ultra-Metallic, Pearlized and Pressed Pigments. All Nighter is a mixed bag of finishes: Pearlized, Satin, Metallic and Matte.  
The Metallics are pretty much what they sound like: a super sparkly base, often with the addition of the glitter, while the Pearlized shades have varying degrees of shimmer which is finer than in the Metallics or Ultra-Metallics. The Mattes are my new love; they blend incredibly well and true to the Super Shock formula, they last forever on me. I've found the Real Techniques Deluxe Crease Brush to be excellent for working with these, it blends them out seamlessly. Oddly, I didn't like ColourPop's own blending brush so much for the task!

Packaging:
The term 'quad' might lead you to think that these come in a palette but the Super Shock Shadow formula will dry out if not housed in their screwtop jars. What you actually get are the four eyeshadow pots in a box with a slide off cover.

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Smash

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow - Smash Swatches & Review

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow - Smash Swatches & Review

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow - Smash Swatches & Review

Smash is described as a 'neutral satin beige with a soft golden sheen' and has a Satin finish. This is a great 'one-and-done' type of shadow, the kind you can't go wrong with. It's easy to work with and has medium-buildable colour payoff.
Smash is available separately too.

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow - Smash Swatches & Review

I used Small Gift on the outer half of the lid here, with Smash on the crease and lower lashline, Kennedy for the transition, Keeper on the outer V, Cheap Date on the inner half of the lid and Femme Fatale Kitten Mittens on the inner corner. The lashes are Ardell Demi Wispies.

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow - Smash Swatches & Review

Vega

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow - Vega Swatches & Review

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow - Vega Swatches & Review

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow - Vega Swatches & Review

Vega is described as a 'cool-toned taupe gold sprinkled with gold, pink and violet glitter'. It has a Metallic finish and is exclusive to the All Nighter set. This glitterbomb is what sold me on the quad! It's intensely sparkly, mesmerizingly so and I am completely in love. Vega is best patted on with your fingers to avoid fallout, the glitter adhered well when I applied it this way.

To-A-T

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow - To-A-T Swatches & Review

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow - To-A-T Swatches & Review

To-a-T is described as a 'mid-tone warm brown' in a Matte finish. I've been singing the praises of the Super Shock Mattes in recent reviews and you better believe I'm not about to stop now. They're SO easy to work with, providing a seamless blend and they've rapidly become my go to for crease and transition shades. To-a-T used to be part of the permanent range, I believe, but currently it's exclusive to this set.

Mooning

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow - Mooning Swatches & Review

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow - Mooning Swatches & Review

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow - Mooning Swatches & Review

Mooning is described as a 'blackened plum with a violet sheen' in a Pearlized finish. Errrr, what? I'm pretty sure ColourPop have mixed up a description somewhere along the way because the description given when Mooning was originally released was 'rich blackened bronze with pearlized glitter'. Far more accurate, I think you'll agree. Mooning was one of my first ColourPop shadows so I have a total soft spot for it even though I must admit I haven't used it as often as I'd like. I used my now two-year-old original jar for the look below rather than crack into the double up and was pleased to find that it's still just as creamy as it was when brand new - ColourPop really are being conservative when they say their Super Shock Shadows last for a year! Mooning is easy to blend out and the glitter adheres well, although it can sheer out during blending, in which case you'll just need to pat a little more on where needed.
This shadow is available separately, too.

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow - Mooning, To-A-T, Vega Swatches & Review

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow - Mooning, To-A-T, Vega Swatches & Review

For this look I used Vega on the inner half of the lid, Mooning on the outer half of the lid, To-A-T on the crease and Un on the inner corner. I also used White from the LORAC Pro palette on the browbone, MAC Pro Longwear Waterproof Colour Stick in Frisky Blue on the waterline and Hello Waffle Cosmetics 16th on the lower lashline. The lashes are Nouveau Lashes Volume Style 1. 

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow - Mooning, To-A-T, Vega Swatches & Review

What I liked:
  • Great colour payoff
  • Easy to apply and blend
  • No fallout
  • Incredibly long-wearing, I experience no creasing or fading with this formula
What I didn't like:
  • Nothing!
Where to buy:
What do you think of the All Nighter quad?

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Darling Girl Blushes - Tartelette, Koalification, Blushing Heart, Mermaid's Dream, Passionate Poppy, Love's True Kiss and To Love A Beast Swatches & Review

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Darling Girl Blushes - Tartelette, Koalification, Blushing Heart, and To Love A Beast Swatches & Review

Are you a bit of a blush fiend, or are you blush shy? I think it's safe to say that I fall firmly in the former camp but when I was first buying indie brands, the idea of loose powder blush definitely intimidated me. The mess, the possibility of picking up way too much powder on my brush, clown cheeks that would never blend out... eeek!
Curiosity obviously won out and I'm happy to say that my fears were unfounded! Well, it is still possible to make a mess (although my klutzy self hasn't yet spilled one - knock wood) and you can pick up too much on your brush, but these Darling Girl blushes are so darn blendable, I've been able to buff out some near-disasters easily.

Formula overview:
Most of these blushes are in the 'Inner Glow' formula. Here's what Darling Girl say about it:
Our Inner Glow blushes impart a soft halo of color onto your cheeks with this delicate powder that subtly reflects the light and casts a luminous glow. From soft golden sheens to a funkier green glow, don't worry these are very soft sheen that you give you that "Inner Glow"
The colour payoff is typically very pigmented but supremely blendable; I always go in with an extremely light hand (as I mentioned, it is easy to pick up too much product with a loose powder blush) and build the colour to my desired intensity. They are shimmery but in a subtle, flattering way, as described.
The Soft Focus blushes have the same blendable texture and excellent pigmentation but have a satin finish, with minimal or almost imperceptible sheen. I get eight-nine hours wear time with both formulas (tested on bare skin, I am combination-oily) and they all fade evenly on me.

Swatch notes:
Swatches are done on bare skin under daylight bulbs. On the left side the blush is swatched heavily and on the right, it is sheered out.

Packaging:
Full sizes are packaged in 10g jars with approximately 1.5 tsp of product and have a sifter ($7.75USD). Petits are packaged in 3g jars with approximately 1/4 tsp of product ($3.25USD). There are also sample baggies, which can be purchased in a sample set (4 x 1/8th tsp samples of your choosing for $5USD).

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Tartelette

Darling Girl Inner Glow Blush - Tartelette Swatches & Review

Darling Girl Inner Glow Blush - Tartelette Swatches & Review

Tartelette is described as a 'neon coral pink with golden green sheen'. Don't let that fluorescent goodness intimidate you, Tartelette can be worn sheerly for a very natural flush or built up for more intensity. I love coral blushes and this is one I use quite often so I'm going to need a full size for sure. It lasts for nine hours on me.

Darling Girl Inner Glow Blush - Tartelette Swatches & Review

In this look, I'm wearing Tartelette with On Fridays We Wear Pink Spectral Shift. 

Darling Girl Inner Glow Blush - Tartelette Swatches & Review

Blushing Heart

Darling Girl Inner Glow Blush - Blushing Heart Swatches & Review

Darling Girl Inner Glow Blush - Blushing Heart Swatches & Review

Blushing Heart (discontinued) is a medium pink with slight plum tones and fine copper shimmer. Unfortunately, this one has been discontinued now thanks to suppliers no longer making the right pigments, so I'll have to conserve my wee sample baggie! Blushing Heart lasts for eight hours on me.

Darling Girl Inner Glow Blush - Blushing Heart Swatches & Review

Here I'm wearing Blushing Heart with Koalification for my contour and April Showers Spectral Shift as a highlight.

Darling Girl Inner Glow Blush - Blushing Heart Swatches & Review

To Love A Beast

Darling Girl Inner Glow Blush - To Love A Beast Swatches & Review

Darling Girl Inner Glow Blush - To Love A Beast Swatches & Review

Darling Girl Inner Glow Blush - To Love A Beast Swatches & Review

To Love a Beast is described as a 'light apricot with gold sheen'. This is so beautiful on warm skintones, especially when paired with bronzer for a summery look year-round! It lasts for eight hours on me.

Darling Girl Inner Glow Blush - To Love A Beast Swatches & Review

I've paired To Love A Beast with the Makeup Revolution Ultra Contour Palette for this look.

Darling Girl Inner Glow Blush - To Love A Beast Swatches & Review

Love's True Kiss

Darling Girl Inner Glow Blush - Love's True Kiss Swatches & Review

Darling Girl Inner Glow Blush - Love's True Kiss Swatches & Review

Darling Girl Inner Glow Blush - Love's True Kiss Swatches & Review

Love's True Kiss is described as a 'warm peachy pink with soft green to pink shift'. It's more shimmery than some of the other Inner Glow blushes but the sheen is still fine enough that it's not going to look like you tripped and fell into a vat of glitter (can you imagine, though?!). It wore for nine hours on me, although it looked somewhat faded after six.

Darling Girl Inner Glow Blush - Love's True Kiss Swatches & Review

I'm wearing Love's True Kiss with Thankstini Spectral Shift in this look. 

Darling Girl Inner Glow Blush - Love's True Kiss Swatches & Review

Passionate Poppy

Darling Girl Inner Glow Blush - Passionate Poppy Swatches & Review

Darling Girl Inner Glow Blush - Passionate Poppy Swatches & Review

Darling Girl Inner Glow Blush - Passionate Poppy Swatches & Review

Passionate Poppy (discontinued) is a bright coral with pink and gold shimmer. Darling Girl really do corals well, and though I'm sad that Passionate Poppy is no longer available, 7,7,7,7! from the Friends Central collection is pretty close (just with heavier gold shimmer - see swatches here). Passionate Poppy wore for nine hours on me. 

Darling Girl Inner Glow Blush - Passionate Poppy Swatches & Review

I've used Passionate Poppy with Squat & Cough eyeshadow as a highlighter and the Essence Shape Your Face contour palette for this look.

Darling Girl Inner Glow Blush - Passionate Poppy Swatches & Review

Koalification

Darling Girl Soft Focus Blush - Koalification Swatches & Review

Darling Girl Soft Focus Blush - Koalification Swatches & Review

Koalification is described as a 'grey blush', suitable as a contour shade for fair to medium skin tones. This is a really nice option for fair skintones, especially those with very cool leanings. Koalification's grey-lilac tone will mimic shadowing far more naturally than the warm tones that are generally on offer in standard contour palettes and the finely-milled, ultra blendable texture makes it very easy to work with. It lasts around ten hours on me. 

Darling Girl Soft Focus Blush - Koalification Swatches & Review

Here I've used Koalification as my contour, with Tartelette blush and Birdcage Theater eyeshadow as a highlighter.

Darling Girl Soft Focus Blush - Koalification Swatches & Review

Mermaid's Dream

Darling Girl Soft Focus Blush - Mermaid's Dream Swatches & Review

Darling Girl Soft Focus Blush - Mermaid's Dream Swatches & Review

Darling Girl Soft Focus Blush - Mermaid's Dream Swatches & Review

Mermaid's Dream is described as a 'bright reddish orange coral'. This became my favourite DG blush as soon as I tried it and I quickly ordered a full-size jar! I've used it often since and love the satin finish and that it has no obvious shimmer to compete with my highlight. Speaking of highlights, my favourite combo is this with Here Come the Meat Sweats Spectral Shift, which you can see below. I just keep coming back to it, it's glowy perfection! Mermaid's Dream wears for nine hours on me.

Darling Girl Soft Focus Blush - Mermaid's Dream Swatches & Review

In this look, I've used Mermaid's Dream with Here Come the Meat Sweats Spectral Shift as my highlight and the Makeup Revolution Ultra Contour Palette. 

Darling Girl Soft Focus Blush - Mermaid's Dream Swatches & Review

Darling Girl products can be found on their website. I highly recommend the Darling Girl Glitter Haven Facebook group for sneak peeks and all the latest news and updates.

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