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Best Eyeshadow Brushes for Colourpop Super Shock Shadows

14/03/2017

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I get asked frequently which are my favourite makeup brushes to use with Colourpop Cosmetics Super Shock Shadows. The cushiony formula, that is unique to Colourpop, works best with fingers, but a lot of people want to know which brushes they can use with them anyway. So today I’ll share with you the best eyeshadow brushes to use with Colourpop Super Shock Shadows.

Best eyeshadow brushes to use with Colourpop Super Shock Shadows
Best eyeshadow brushes to use with Colourpop Super Shock Shadows

Every brush I use is cruelty free and synthetic/vegan. I choose not to use animal hair brushes because they can be classed as cruelty free despite animals suffering before the hair harvesting. If you do use animal hair makeup brushes, you will probably want synthetic ones to use with Colourpop Super Shock Shadows anyway. Colourpop Cosmetics have brought out three eyeshadow brushes to be used with their formula, I own all three but I will mainly be discussing their Shader Brush as that is the main brush that replaces the use of fingers.

Colourpop Cosmetics makeup brushes L-R Angled Eyeliner Brush, Shader Brush and Blending Brush
Colourpop Cosmetics makeup brushes L-R Angled Eyeliner Brush, Shader Brush and Blending Brush

I have a large makeup brush collection, so I went through and tested most of the eyeshadow brushes to see which ones worked best. I haven’t included anywhere near the full amount of eyeshadow brushes that I own as that would take so long, instead I have included the ones the work the best and a couple that people requested I put in. You will see that the best sort of brush for the Colourpop Super Shock Shadows is a very flat concealer type brush. They are able to pick up the cream pigment the best and disperse it on the lid without skipping on the lid or clumping up. The fluffier the eyeshadow brush, the less likely it is to work with the Super Shock cushion formula. The brushes I have included in this comparison are Colourpop Cosmetics Shader Brush, Furless Purple Concealer Brush PM2, Furless Must Have Pro Extended Concealer Brush PRO4M, Morphe Elite Pointed Lip E19 (older version), Morphe Chisel Shader MB16, Furless Purple Fluffy Eyeshadow Brush PE2, Furless Must Have Pro Eyeshadow Brush PRO8E, Furless Black Beauty Eyeshadow Brush ME5, Real Techniques Base Shadow Brush, Furless Must Have Pro Precision Brush PRO2M and Morphe Elite Mine Detail Lip E39 (older version). I didn’t use any primer for my swatches as this is the only eyeshadow formula that I don’t need to use an eyeshadow primer with. You may find that it lasts a bit longer with a primer or that it creases less with one, but that hasn’t been the case for me.

Colourpop Cosmetics Wattles swatched to compare how each brush works with Super Shock Shadows
Colourpop Cosmetics Wattles swatched to compare how each brush works with Super Shock Shadows

I used Colourpop Cosmetics Wattles Super Shock Shadow and did two swipes using each brush to show the colour pay off. It didn’t show up as clearly on camera as I would have liked, so instead I will explain how they each applied. The Colourpop Shader Brush, Furless PM2 and Furless PRO4M all applied the Super Shock Shadow very smoothly without skipping over any skin. The Furless PRO4M is longer than the other two brushes, but all are very comparable with the application. Morphe E19, Furless PRO2M and Morphe E39 are all smaller brushes that apply the Super Shock Shadow formula nicely. I included these as you often need a small brush to do certain parts of the eye makeup and all of these will work well for that. The Morphe MB16, Furless PE2, Furless PRO8E and Furless ME5 are all standard base eyeshadow brushes that can apply the Super Shock formula, just not as nicely as the concealer type brushes. I tested a lot of my other base eyeshadow brushes and found those 4 were the best for application. I also included the Real Techniques Base Shadow Brush as a lot of people asked whether or not Real Techniques works with the Super Shock Formula, and I have to say, it doesn’t. The Real Techniques bristles just aren’t dense enough to pick up enough product and spread it evenly. You could use it if you wanted a really light wash of colour on the lid, but I still think you would be better off using a light hand with one of the other standard eyeshadow brushes I mentioned.

Brushes compared L-R - Colourpop Cosmetics Shader Brush, Furless Purple Concealer Brush PM2, Furless Must Have Pro Extended Concealer Brush PRO4M, Morphe Elite Pointed Lip E19, Morphe Chisel Shader MB16, Furless Purple Fluffy Eyeshadow Brush PE2, Furless Must Have Pro Eyeshadow Brush PRO8E, Furless Black Beauty Eyeshadow Brush ME5, Real Techniques Base Shadow Brush, Furless Must Have Pro Precision Brush PRO2M and Morphe Elite Mine Detail Lip E39
Brushes compared L-R – Colourpop Cosmetics Shader Brush, Furless Purple Concealer Brush PM2, Furless Must Have Pro Extended Concealer Brush PRO4M, Morphe Elite Pointed Lip E19, Morphe Chisel Shader MB16, Furless Purple Fluffy Eyeshadow Brush PE2, Furless Must Have Pro Eyeshadow Brush PRO8E, Furless Black Beauty Eyeshadow Brush ME5, Real Techniques Base Shadow Brush, Furless Must Have Pro Precision Brush PRO2M and Morphe Elite Mine Detail Lip E39

Overall, my favourite brushes to use to apply Colourpop Super Shock Shadows are: the Colourpop Shader Brush, Furless Purple Concealer Brush PM2 and Furless Must Have Pro Extended Concealer Brush PRO4M. I tend to gravitate towards using Furless PM2 as it just works the best for me but the other two work well with the cream formula too. If I need to cover a smaller area of my eyelid then I use Morphe Elite Pointed Lip E19, Furless Must Have Pro Precision Brush PRO2M or Morphe Elite Mine Detail Lip E39. The Morphe E19 is slightly bigger than the other two so I choose what to use depending on what I’m doing. I have the older version of the Morphe Elite range, but the new replacements should be very similar to the ones I have. The best way to work with any of these brushes is to do a dabbing motion onto the lid. If I’m going for a simple look (which is pretty much always) then I do tend to just use my fingers as its really easy to blend the Super Shock Shadows into the crease and then pat on more pigment to the lid with just my fingertips. The best sort of brush to use in the crease with this formula tends to be a slightly denser blending brush. Colourpop have their own Blending Brush, but I have found Furless Black Beauty Blending Crease Brush ME3, Furless Purple Angled Eyeshadow Brush PE1 and Morphe Oval Shadow Fluff E13 to work, and little pointy brushes like the Furless Must Have Pro Blunt Blending Brush PRO3M, Morphe Bullet Crease E24 and Morphe Detail Crease E36 are good for placing the pigment in the crease where you want it before blending it out. The Super Shock Shadows have a one year expiry after they are opened, I have found they last longer than that if the lids are tightly closed after every use, but they do start to dry out and application with brushes becomes harder. If you want a full review and swatches of my large Colourpop Super Shock Shadow collection then let me know below in the comments. I already have a review and swatches up of the Colourpop Ultra Satin Lips and the Colourpop Highlighters you can check out.

Colourpop Cosmetics Super Shock Shadows
Colourpop Cosmetics Super Shock Shadows

If you already have lots of makeup brushes, then see if you have any in your collection that work well with the Super Shock Shadow formula. If you don’t have any that work or are new to makeup brushes, then the Colourpop makeup brushes are a good start but the Furless Purple Power Makeup Brush Set and Furless Must Have Professional Makeup Brush set are amazing quality. Both have brushes that you can use with the Super Shock Formula as well as brushes for normal pressed powder eyeshadows and brushes for your base (foundation, powder etc). I have previously reviewed the Furless Couture Base Essentials Kit and the Furless Couture Body Contour Kit and I’ll try to have reviews up of the Purple and Pro sets soon. I have an affiliate link for Furless because I love this cruelty free brand so much. If you use my affiliate link you can also use the code 15ME at checkout to get 15% off – you don’t have to use it but I do appreciate it if you do as it helps to cover all the costs of running this blog. I hope this review and comparison has helped you. I would love to hear what brushes work best for you with the Super Shock Shadow formula. If you have a flat synthetic concealer brush lying around, then I suggest you try that and see if that works well them. Don’t forget to sign up to email updates so that you know when new posts go live. I will have more Colourpop posts coming up as well the the Furless brush set reviews.

See posts from other beauty bloggers at Fabulous and Fun Life’s linkup.

Love, Alinta

16 Comments

  • Toni Edwards 15/03/2017 at 9:41 pm

    I love this post. I always thought fingers were best haha

    • Alinta McMurdo 20/03/2017 at 7:42 pm

      Yeah they are, there are just a lot of people who complain about using fingers – not me though 😛

  • Emma 15/03/2017 at 10:29 pm

    I didn’t even know that Colourpop made brushes. I’ve found that most of my synthetic brushes work well for the Supershock Shadows but the denser ones are better. Great post 🙂

    Emma | Rosy Disposition

    • Alinta McMurdo 20/03/2017 at 7:42 pm

      They’re fairly new but yes, synthetic brushes are the way to go 🙂

  • Dig Hu 16/03/2017 at 9:14 am

    Love that you use cruelty free and synthetic brushes! It’s good to know Colourpop do synthetic. Thansk for sharing 🙂
    Bella | http://www.digyhu.com

  • Kez | acaciasdreams 16/03/2017 at 9:15 am

    I’ve only ever used fingers with my Colourpop products, its just so easy, but I had no idea that Colourpop had their own brushes, I love the pink handles, they are so cute!

    Kez | acaciasdreams.com

    • Alinta McMurdo 20/03/2017 at 7:43 pm

      Yeah, I love the colour of them. They’re only new, they may bring out more soon 🙂

  • Aleena 17/03/2017 at 3:16 pm

    Great post, so informative

  • Lena 20/03/2017 at 8:14 am

    I mostly use my fingers with my colourpop eyeshadow but sometimes I use one of my Bdellium tools blending brushes at the edges.

  • marisarobinsonmua 20/03/2017 at 9:31 pm

    This is so good to know! I had some of these shadows and struggled a little with the application but from now on I will be reaching for some of these brushes for sure 🙂 x

    • Alinta McMurdo 01/04/2017 at 10:10 pm

      Thank you, yes some work with brushes a lot better than others do 🙂

  • kats (@katshepsutt) 25/03/2017 at 11:43 pm

    Such useful information Alinta – thanks so much! I adore Colourpop eyeshadows, but they are a bit tricky to apply – I’ve never used my fingers, but have success with a flat compact kind, like the one in your photo. I won’t bother trying any of the others now xxx

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Also tomorrow is my birthday and a present I would love is photos of people attending the reproductive rights rally in Melbourne. Please go tomorrow, wear a mask, and take a photo of yourself and send it to me 😉 best birthday present ever. 
#elate #elatecosmetics #elatebeauty #loveelate #lovealinta
    I know I promised a blog post on these a very long time ago but that didn’t happen so here’s some swatches instead. These are some of @elatecosmetics cruelty, vegan and sustainable pencils. There’s the 4 EyeColour Pencils Gleam, Mystic, Evolve and Merit which are buildable and easy to blend. I’m so pale that Gleam and Mystic and almost my skin colour but I still use them for highlights. Then there’s Hearth the EyeLine pencil which is a neutral brown. And finally the LipColours Enigma and Ardent which I’ve shown you how to use as lipstick and blush previously in a video. I probably get the most use out of Mystic and Ardent. Mystic is a good neutral shade on me and Ardent is one of my fave lip colours. Which one is your fave? Anyone who wants to buy Elate in Aus can head to the Flora and Fauna website (affiliate link on my blog). Also tomorrow is my birthday and a present I would love is photos of people attending the reproductive rights rally in Melbourne. Please go tomorrow, wear a mask, and take a photo of yourself and send it to me 😉 best birthday present ever. #elate #elatecosmetics #elatebeauty #loveelate #lovealinta
    3 months ago
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    Here’s a video of Bonsai’s recovery from cruciate ligament surgery this year. He ruptured his cruciate just before my wedding, and then had surgery shortly after.  As well as repairing the ligament, the vet also created a deeper groove in his knee so to give his knee more stability. This is his second knee surgery as he had his other one done a year earlier. It’s very common for the second knee to be injured within a year of the first. His surgery and recovery were complicated by his IBD and heart failure, but as you can see his leg is doing really well now. I’ve been updating you in my stories about his heart failure. He doesn’t have much much time left with us, so I thought I would upload this so you can see that knee surgery is worth doing. I know lots of people are scared of the recovery period because crating can be demanding on your time and stressful for the dog, but giving them proper use of their leg back is worth it. I’ve seen dogs in rescue that are forced to go years without this surgery and the results are heartbreaking. The recovery can be hard, especially if there are other medical issues at play, like with Bonsai, but a good vet will try to make the dog as comfortable as possible for the recovery period. Humans get help when they rupture their ACL so please do the same for your dog. If you’re wondering how Bons is going today, he’s recovered from yesterdays sedation and is happily sitting on my shoulder - as per usual. There’s no way of knowing when his time will be up, so he’s being spoilt and loved until that day does come. He’s my little shadow who I love very much 🌒
#rescuedog #crutiate #crutiateligament #dogsofmelbourne #chihuahua
    Here’s a video of Bonsai’s recovery from cruciate ligament surgery this year. He ruptured his cruciate just before my wedding, and then had surgery shortly after. As well as repairing the ligament, the vet also created a deeper groove in his knee so to give his knee more stability. This is his second knee surgery as he had his other one done a year earlier. It’s very common for the second knee to be injured within a year of the first. His surgery and recovery were complicated by his IBD and heart failure, but as you can see his leg is doing really well now. I’ve been updating you in my stories about his heart failure. He doesn’t have much much time left with us, so I thought I would upload this so you can see that knee surgery is worth doing. I know lots of people are scared of the recovery period because crating can be demanding on your time and stressful for the dog, but giving them proper use of their leg back is worth it. I’ve seen dogs in rescue that are forced to go years without this surgery and the results are heartbreaking. The recovery can be hard, especially if there are other medical issues at play, like with Bonsai, but a good vet will try to make the dog as comfortable as possible for the recovery period. Humans get help when they rupture their ACL so please do the same for your dog. If you’re wondering how Bons is going today, he’s recovered from yesterdays sedation and is happily sitting on my shoulder - as per usual. There’s no way of knowing when his time will be up, so he’s being spoilt and loved until that day does come. He’s my little shadow who I love very much 🌒 #rescuedog #crutiate #crutiateligament #dogsofmelbourne #chihuahua
    3 months ago
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    With it being #pridemonth, we are going to talk about the A in LGBTQIA+ (while you look at some of my rainbow-ish nails from over the years). The A stands for Asexual, or Aromantic, or Agender,, but not Ally. Asexuals are people who don’t experience sexual attraction to others (or only do in certain circumstances, like those who are grey or demisexual). It’s a spectrum, we’re all different. Many aces still have relationships, whether romantic, sexual or queer-platonic. Asexuality is about attraction, not relationship status. Aces are frequently erased from the queer community. Last pride was particularly bad for ace erasure and hate. Aces belong in the queer community. Many aces have a hard time coming to terms with being ace in our hyper-sexualised society, and then they have to deal with erasure from their own community too. I personally would have been saved years of worrying that something was wrong with me if someone had just explained the difference between sexual and romantic attraction to me as a teen. There are so many amazing aces out there who deserve to be supported, especially by the queer community. So, don’t forget to include the A if you’re going to use the LGBTQIA+ acronym, and show for aces, whether you’re in the community or an ally. 
#pride #asexualpride #LGBTQIA #pridenails #rainbownails
    With it being #pridemonth, we are going to talk about the A in LGBTQIA+ (while you look at some of my rainbow-ish nails from over the years). The A stands for Asexual, or Aromantic, or Agender,, but not Ally. Asexuals are people who don’t experience sexual attraction to others (or only do in certain circumstances, like those who are grey or demisexual). It’s a spectrum, we’re all different. Many aces still have relationships, whether romantic, sexual or queer-platonic. Asexuality is about attraction, not relationship status. Aces are frequently erased from the queer community. Last pride was particularly bad for ace erasure and hate. Aces belong in the queer community. Many aces have a hard time coming to terms with being ace in our hyper-sexualised society, and then they have to deal with erasure from their own community too. I personally would have been saved years of worrying that something was wrong with me if someone had just explained the difference between sexual and romantic attraction to me as a teen. There are so many amazing aces out there who deserve to be supported, especially by the queer community. So, don’t forget to include the A if you’re going to use the LGBTQIA+ acronym, and show for aces, whether you’re in the community or an ally. 
#pride #asexualpride #LGBTQIA #pridenails #rainbownails
    With it being #pridemonth, we are going to talk about the A in LGBTQIA+ (while you look at some of my rainbow-ish nails from over the years). The A stands for Asexual, or Aromantic, or Agender,, but not Ally. Asexuals are people who don’t experience sexual attraction to others (or only do in certain circumstances, like those who are grey or demisexual). It’s a spectrum, we’re all different. Many aces still have relationships, whether romantic, sexual or queer-platonic. Asexuality is about attraction, not relationship status. Aces are frequently erased from the queer community. Last pride was particularly bad for ace erasure and hate. Aces belong in the queer community. Many aces have a hard time coming to terms with being ace in our hyper-sexualised society, and then they have to deal with erasure from their own community too. I personally would have been saved years of worrying that something was wrong with me if someone had just explained the difference between sexual and romantic attraction to me as a teen. There are so many amazing aces out there who deserve to be supported, especially by the queer community. So, don’t forget to include the A if you’re going to use the LGBTQIA+ acronym, and show for aces, whether you’re in the community or an ally. 
#pride #asexualpride #LGBTQIA #pridenails #rainbownails
    With it being #pridemonth, we are going to talk about the A in LGBTQIA+ (while you look at some of my rainbow-ish nails from over the years). The A stands for Asexual, or Aromantic, or Agender,, but not Ally. Asexuals are people who don’t experience sexual attraction to others (or only do in certain circumstances, like those who are grey or demisexual). It’s a spectrum, we’re all different. Many aces still have relationships, whether romantic, sexual or queer-platonic. Asexuality is about attraction, not relationship status. Aces are frequently erased from the queer community. Last pride was particularly bad for ace erasure and hate. Aces belong in the queer community. Many aces have a hard time coming to terms with being ace in our hyper-sexualised society, and then they have to deal with erasure from their own community too. I personally would have been saved years of worrying that something was wrong with me if someone had just explained the difference between sexual and romantic attraction to me as a teen. There are so many amazing aces out there who deserve to be supported, especially by the queer community. So, don’t forget to include the A if you’re going to use the LGBTQIA+ acronym, and show for aces, whether you’re in the community or an ally. #pride #asexualpride #LGBTQIA #pridenails #rainbownails
    3 months ago
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    Plastic packaging and beauty products. What can one change do? When @trilogyproducts changed from plastic spatulas to bamboo ones, they stopped producing 208,000 plastic spatulas a year. For me, that means I now won’t be adding to my very large pile of plastic spatulas that I have accumulated over the years by using the Trilogy Replenishing Night Cream every day. No other night cream compares for me, so I’m glad I won’t add to that pile. I kept them all hoping that I would find a use for them but that has yet to happen 🤷‍♀️ A lot of beauty brands market that their plastic can be recycled, but many of those products can’t be put in curbside recycling. When they can go into the recycling bin it doesn’t mean customers are actually doing that, and even when the plastic does make it into the recycling bin, it doesn’t mean it’s actually recycled. There’s a huge amount of plastic in recycling centers that never gets made into something new. So I appreciate it when brands do make changes like this because I can see the result as a consumer. That doesn’t always mean the change is automatically better for the environment, because there’s no way of knowing if the brand uses more materials or greenhouse gases to make the new version. Beauty brands can be very cagey about their greenhouse gas emissions, particularly their scope 3 emissions. Therefore as consumers we can often only make best guesses as to which brands and products are the most sustainable choice. Changing plastic packaging is however a very obvious difference for customers, because we see the difference in where our waste goes. So as a customer I do like seeing brands moving to products that aren’t plastic, or at the very least using plastic that is easily curbside recycled. Many beauty brands have a long way to go before their products are easily recycled, but Trilogy is one of the brands who have made an effort to change this. So long story, short, I love Trilogy skincare products and appreciate that they are trying to make the brand more eco-friendly. What’s your opinion on this? Do you have a weird plastic spatula pile, or is it just me? 
#trilogy #trilogyskincare #discovertrilogy #lovealinta
    Plastic packaging and beauty products. What can one change do? When @trilogyproducts changed from plastic spatulas to bamboo ones, they stopped producing 208,000 plastic spatulas a year. For me, that means I now won’t be adding to my very large pile of plastic spatulas that I have accumulated over the years by using the Trilogy Replenishing Night Cream every day. No other night cream compares for me, so I’m glad I won’t add to that pile. I kept them all hoping that I would find a use for them but that has yet to happen 🤷‍♀️ A lot of beauty brands market that their plastic can be recycled, but many of those products can’t be put in curbside recycling. When they can go into the recycling bin it doesn’t mean customers are actually doing that, and even when the plastic does make it into the recycling bin, it doesn’t mean it’s actually recycled. There’s a huge amount of plastic in recycling centers that never gets made into something new. So I appreciate it when brands do make changes like this because I can see the result as a consumer. That doesn’t always mean the change is automatically better for the environment, because there’s no way of knowing if the brand uses more materials or greenhouse gases to make the new version. Beauty brands can be very cagey about their greenhouse gas emissions, particularly their scope 3 emissions. Therefore as consumers we can often only make best guesses as to which brands and products are the most sustainable choice. Changing plastic packaging is however a very obvious difference for customers, because we see the difference in where our waste goes. So as a customer I do like seeing brands moving to products that aren’t plastic, or at the very least using plastic that is easily curbside recycled. Many beauty brands have a long way to go before their products are easily recycled, but Trilogy is one of the brands who have made an effort to change this. So long story, short, I love Trilogy skincare products and appreciate that they are trying to make the brand more eco-friendly. What’s your opinion on this? Do you have a weird plastic spatula pile, or is it just me? #trilogy #trilogyskincare #discovertrilogy #lovealinta
    4 months ago
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