In this post, I’ll be taking a closer look at the five new “Supernova shadow’s ” from Colourpop cosmetics. The “supernova shadows” are basically liquid eyeshadows, that have a metallic and shiny finish. They are comparable to the “glitter and glow” and “shimmer and glow” liquid eye shadows from Stila cosmetics.
I was really excited about this release, because I ‘ve for a long time been hoping, that more companies will make some affordable dupes, for the liquid eye shadows from Stila. I will also mention, that my skin is not sensitive and my eye lids are not oily.
Where to get them
You can purchase these liquid eye shadows from Colourpop’s website, which is https://colourpop.com. They do have global shipping, so hurray for that.
Each of these liquid eye shadows contain 4,7 g / 0,17 oz product and they cost 7 USD each.
The shade range
The new shade range includes; “lucky penny,” “prelude”, “over again”, “from the valley” and “now or never”. I believe this is the second or third shade range of the “supernova shadows”, so there are more pretty colors available on their website. Please see swatches from this collection below. I have applied two layers of the product to get the opacity.
What the products claims to do and how to use it
The are a few suggestions on Colourpop’s webstite on how to use these liquid eye shadows: “… This water-infused, super longwearing liquid shadow is extremely versatile and can work for so many looks, whether you want an all over base color, a touch of glitter, or extreme metallic foil. This high coverage and high impact shadow will send you into hyperspace….no fall out included. ”
As a base:
For extra oily lids, apply an additional primer first
Use the applicator to apply a small amount of product onto the lid
Use your finger or a our Small Shader Brush to quickly blend the product to create an even, thin layer
Follow up with your favorite ColourPop shadow
They do also mention different suggestion on how to use the products. I’ll be testing all of theses suggestions with every eye shadow from this collection.
The “supernova shadows” are cruelty free, vegan and do not contain Parabens. The preservatives used in the products are Benzyl alcohol, Chlorphenesin and Dehydroacetic Acid, which can unfortunately cause contact dermatitis in some people. Chlorphenesin ia actually a muscle relaxant, used to treat muscle pain and spasms. It works by blocking nerve impulses traveling to the brain, but today is almost only used as a preservative. It should not be toxic, due to the concentration restriction when used in cosmetic products. *
The “supernova shadows” are packaged in a transperent, plastics lip gloss/ liquid lipstick tube with an applicator wand. Please see the picture below.
I have read many reviews about the “supernova shadows” and they are very different. Some people love them and some don’t , and that’s of course normal, because we all have different expectations for how our cosmetics should perform. We do also have different skin types, which can have a huge impact on how the product wears and looks on our skin.
First of all, I find the shade range to be perfect. I love the colors so much and 7 US $ per piece, is just so affordable. The packaging is also very nice, and it was easy to pick up the product from the tube, except for one of the shades that is called “now or never”. I don’t know if it was just the one eye shadow tube, that wasn’t filled up correctly, but I had to use a cue tip to dig out the product, so I could try it out and also make the swatch. You can tell on the picture above, that there’s barely any product on the wand.
Although I think that Colourpop is an awesome brand, I do not love these liquid eye shadows, even that I wanted to so much. The formula is just unfortnately not right for me, and I think they are difficult to work with. The coverage, that the liquid eye shadows provide is not full. You’ll need at least 2- 3 coats of product, to get the full coverage effect, but the problem is, they can be quite challenging to layer. I have tried to use the product on top of an bare eye lid, and also on top of my eye lid primed with Mac’s paint pot, but there was not really a difference. When applied with a flat make up brush, it was for me impossible to get an even and non patchy layer of the liquid eye shadow. The product dries fast, and if the applied layer is too thick, then it’s going to look flaky and very dry, and it makes it very difficult to apply another layer for more opacity. I have also tried to apply some of the product as a topper on top of an regular powder eye shadow, but it did start to flake off, when it dried. The only way, I could make the product work, was to apply it with my finger tips. I’ve started with putting some regular powder eye shadows in the crease and leaving a bare space on my eye lid. I have then applied the “supernova shadow” on the bare space, not with a tapping motion, but more with a spreading out/smudging technique, so the first layer was very, very sheer and almost transparent. After the product dried down, I’ve repeated the previous step. With this technique, the eye shadows were wearable, but my eyelids didn’t look as smooth as I wanted them to. Don’t get me wrong, the eye shadows looked very shiny and sparkly, I just don’t like that my eye lids looked much more textured, and the shadow looked like it could flake off any time. When I have applied two layers, the eye shadows lasted about 4 hours, before they started to flake off and go everywhere. I’m not sure how the “supernova shadows” will work on people with hooded eyes, because if you’ll gently rub the eye lid, the shadow will start to flake off. I think that the formula is the same in all of the shades, except “lucky penny”. This one had some white clumps that were a bit challenging to smooth out.
Compared to the “glitter and glow” liquid eye shadows from Stila, the “supernova sahdows” are more shimmery than glittery. They do not have the chunky glitter particles, and they are also much more shiny than Stila’s “shimmer and glow” liquid eye shadows. Therefore they are not a great dupe.
While I was playing around, I found another way, the “supernova shadows” could be used. They work out very nice as a more chunky and super shiny liquid highlighter. I really like how “prelude” and “lucky penny” look on top of the cheek bones, but for some people, this might look a bit extreme.