Monday, October 2, 2017

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow in So Quiche

Let's talk about ColourPop for a second. I shared my first impressions almost three years ago, back when online-only brands that used a fast-fashion production model were rare enough to seem sinister. These days, though, I feel more blasé about that aspect of ColourPop's identity. Yes, it's a bit sad that online-only brands with accelerated production cycles have largely done away with the concept of the "holy grail" product. (When was the last time you heard a makeup YouTuber use that term?) But there are problems with that concept, too, and let's face it: novelty is fun and ColourPop makes some genuinely good stuff. Ironically, their highlighter in Lunch Money is a holy grail of mine. I'm also impressed with the four powder shadows I've tried so far (haven't gotten around to reviewing those, sorry).

A few of my favorite CP products. I'm proud of that pan on Lunch Money!

However, I've mostly stopped visiting ColourPop's site, for the simple reason that they release too many fucking products. Too many formulas, too many colors, too many concepts. I don't know how people who keep up with the brand's launches have time for anything else. I'm as susceptible to novelty as the next makeup lover, but enough is enoughI get decision fatigue after about a minute on the site. Granted, I am an older millennial, and I wonder if younger makeup shoppers are less turned off by the constant flood of new releases. After all, the strategy is clearly working on someone! And I'll admit, there's a certain genius to it. When a brand offers such an enormous array of products, it's easy to feel relatively virtuous when you add just one product to your cart...okay, maybe two...but this rose-quartz priming spray looks interesting...and suddenly your checking account is $50 lighter. "But I'm buying so much less than I could buy," you think, "so I'm doing fine!" ColourPop's site is a satanic whirlpool of consumerism, and I find it a lot simpler to just not go there. (Plus, they don't even offer returns. Come on.)

Sometimes, though, ColourPop comes to me, and that's a lot less overwhelming. Earlier this year, a kind reader sent me some gently used makeup, including three ColourPop Super Shock Shadows: Hammered, Partridge, and So Quiche. Though I like them all, So Quiche is by far my favorite. In fact, it's quickly become one of my favorite single eyeshadows, period.


Despite my usual love for cream eyeshadows, I wasn't terribly impressed when I first tried the Super Shock formula back in 2015. The shimmer shades applied smoothly but were too glittery for my usual taste, while most of the mattes had a patchier, less blendable formula. And both the mattes and the shimmers dried out within a year or so, which didn't exactly make me want to stock up. So I was pleased to be able to play with three new shades this time, but I didn't expect to fall in love with any of them. Yet here I am, enamored of a grayish olive green crammed with fine fuchsia glitter. How?


What I enjoy most about So Quiche is the sheer weirdness of that color combination: a muddy, warm base color with a bright jewel-toned shift. It's like the classic blue-brown duochrome, but even more offbeat. There's something liminal about it: disco meets grunge, Guy Bourdin meets Kevyn Aucoin. In natural light (above), the base color is more prominent, but in artificial light (below), the pink pops into view.

Out of focus to show off the glitter.

So Quiche may look bizarre in the pan, but I find it surprisingly wearable. The base color isn't fully opaque, so it works well as a casual all-over lid color. And because the glitter isn't big and chunky, it reads as more of a shimmer when worn. Here it is swatched in shade (above) and sun (below):


Here it is alone on my eyes, applied over the bare lid (I don't like using primer with cream shadows). For a smokier effect, I like adding a matte shadow like ABH Warm Taupe in the crease, but I'm of the rather old-fashioned persuasion that not every eye look needs a matte crease color.


Fuzzy closeup of my eye, to bring out the glitter and unibrow:


I do get a tiny bit of fallout when I wear So Quiche (what's the deal with that name, by the way?), but not enough to be noticeable. (I don't own a glitter primer, but I'm curious how that would work with these sparkly ColourPop shadows.) To apply So Quiche, I use my finger to swipe a thin layer of product all over my lid, then build up more color with a patting motion. A black base under So Quiche makes the glitter more visible, though I've never actually worn it this way. Here's a lazy swatch of SQ over NYX Jumbo Pencil in Black Bean:


Finally, a full face. I haven't had much time for makeup experimentation recently, so I've been sticking to what I suppose is my signature look: a neutral shimmery eyeshadow all over the lid (with a matte shade in the crease and pencil liner on the upper lashline if I feel like it); a light application of blush and sometimes highlighter; and a lip that's slightly more striking than a straight-up MLBB. Below, once again, we have So Quiche on its own, plus a bit of black mascara. My other color makeup is Illamasqua Zygomatic blush, ColourPop Lunch Money highlighter, and Urban Decay Roach lipstick.


I swear I never go more than 48 hours without washing my hair, but after 36 it starts looking like I haven't washed it in a week.


And, hey, I wrote a blog post! On days when I don't have to teach or submit applications, I'm trying to be more aggressive about self-care. Last week I barely stopped working, didn't get enough sleep, and of course caught a cold from the gross undergrads in the library and had to teach with a fever for two days. It was a useful reminder that my body really will break down if I don't take at least a little time for myself every day, whether by blogging, reading a short story, or just watching a vapid haul video on YouTube. Given that my dissertation is literally about the experience of time, you'd think I'd be better at time managementor not.

12 comments:

  1. Ooh! First commenter! I feel like this look is very chic! Or, you might say, quiche - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2D09p2oNYu4

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    1. Ohhh, so that's where it comes from! Hilarious. I was so baffled for so long. That's kind of a deep cut, isn't it? Especially for an American brand...

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  2. Your descriptions are on point and you've inspired me to dig this out of my collection to wear again this weekend.

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    1. I love inspiring people to wear things they already own! Even more than I love enabling people to buy new things, haha.

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  3. I'm completely in agreement, Colourpop releases so many products that I can't keep up. I'll browse the site, end up overwhelmed by all the new items and how quickly they sell out. So Quiche is a really great unique shadow! I'm also a fan of Bae (the name makes me furrow my brows so hard) and Cricket.

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    1. I used to have Bae (sigh), too. It was a beautiful shade, but I destashed it eventually--it was a little too dark for me to wear as an all-over lid shade, but too sparkly to put anywhere else. I just looked up Cricket and ooh, I may have a new lemming (do people use that word anymore?)...

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  4. I have this shade too, I am wearing it today with CP Tang. I don't get CP names in general, So Quiche just makes me think of...well, quiche. Cheese and broccoli to be precise.

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    1. As Faryal pointed out above, it's a reference to an Australian TV show from the mid-'00s, which...cool, I guess? I wonder if they've got an Australian making up some of their names. Tang is such a pretty plum, but again, not the color I'd associate with that name...

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  5. I have no idea how anyone keeps up with Colourpop either. It's so much, all the time. Plus they keep getting nailed for duties when coming into Canada now, so forget it.

    But I still want to know what those crystal setting sprays are like.

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    1. And I'm still tempted by the crystal lip balms. My 29-year-old self is like "but do you ACTUALLY want to walk around with blue-shimmered lips" and my 12-year-old self from 2000 is like "HELL YES."

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  6. I love So Quiche! Your post inspired me to use mine more. I think the name is from Mean Girls.
    I also love my Colourpop powder eyeshadows... Colourpop is one of the select brands I'm still interested in when it comes to eyeshadows, as I've got a huge eyeshadow collection, and it takes a lot for the brand to interest me at this point.

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    1. I wouldn't say my eyeshadow collection is huge, exactly, but it's large enough (and my repertoire of looks is small enough) that I'm pretty choosy about what I buy. But I can see ColourPop becoming my go-to for new matte shades. $5, cruelty-free, made in the US, and a great selection of colors? Hard to go wrong.

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