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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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    With it being #EarthDay, I thought I would share some on my sustainable cleaning products. Everyone has to clean, but supermarket cleaning products don’t tend to be very eco-friendly. Here I’ve got my @ecomaxbrushes Bottle brush which is made from coconut waste products and can be composted at the end of its life – it will just leave the wire which can be recycled. There’s my Safix biodegradable scrub pad made from organic coconut fibers which can be composted when you are finished with it. And @retrokitchenaustralia biodegradable dish cloth in a cute dog print. It’s made from cotton and cellulose and can be composted when worn out. I use them with the @koalaeco Natural Multipurpose Kitchen Cleaner which is cruelty free, vegan and palm oil free and comes in 100% post consumer recycled bottles that can be recyclable when finished. I get the big refill bottles and just fill up my spray bottle. I bought all the above from @floraandfaunaau and they’re actually having 15% off eco items today, so all of these are discounted. Don’t forget to use my #floraandfaunaau affiliate code on my blog if you ever make a purchase, it helps me out. There’s lots of other ways to make regular household chores better for the environment. It can feel overwhelming to charge, but just start with small steps. When one product runs out you can replace it with a more sustainable option. One of the last things I need to change is is my laundry detergent so I’m thinking I’ll try @thedirtcompany one. I would love to hear what you think of their products if you’ve tried them. Also let know what eco swaps you’ve made in your home so that I can get more ideas. #EcoSwaps #LoveAlinta

    Love, Alinta
    6 months ago
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    7/9
    I have some news. I’m engaged! As a kid/teen I never thought this would happen as I didn’t believe in love - then I got sick and worried that no one would see past my illnesses. But I have found someone who loves me for me, faults, illnesses and all and I can’t wait to marry him. 
We spent yesterday afternoon attempting to take our own engagement photos in the yard with a tripod and this is the result. Having a photographer would be so much easier but my immune system wouldn’t appreciate that. 
Oh and I’ll tell you all about my ring in another post as I designed it ☺️#engagedtomybestfriend #lovealinta

Photo 1 description: close up of the torsos of two people in dark colours standing side by side with arms stretched to the ground and holding hands. One hand over both arms showing silver coloured ring. 
Photo 2 description: man hugging female from behind with his arm around her chest. Her hands are on his arm showing ring. Both smiling at camera with greenery in background.
    I have some news. I’m engaged! As a kid/teen I never thought this would happen as I didn’t believe in love - then I got sick and worried that no one would see past my illnesses. But I have found someone who loves me for me, faults, illnesses and all and I can’t wait to marry him. 
We spent yesterday afternoon attempting to take our own engagement photos in the yard with a tripod and this is the result. Having a photographer would be so much easier but my immune system wouldn’t appreciate that. 
Oh and I’ll tell you all about my ring in another post as I designed it ☺️#engagedtomybestfriend #lovealinta

Photo 1 description: close up of the torsos of two people in dark colours standing side by side with arms stretched to the ground and holding hands. One hand over both arms showing silver coloured ring. 
Photo 2 description: man hugging female from behind with his arm around her chest. Her hands are on his arm showing ring. Both smiling at camera with greenery in background.

    I have some news. I’m engaged! As a kid/teen I never thought this would happen as I didn’t believe in love – then I got sick and worried that no one would see past my illnesses. But I have found someone who loves me for me, faults, illnesses and all and I can’t wait to marry him.
    We spent yesterday afternoon attempting to take our own engagement photos in the yard with a tripod and this is the result. Having a photographer would be so much easier but my immune system wouldn’t appreciate that.
    Oh and I’ll tell you all about my ring in another post as I designed it ☺️#engagedtomybestfriend #lovealinta

    Photo 1 description: close up of the torsos of two people in dark colours standing side by side with arms stretched to the ground and holding hands. One hand over both arms showing silver coloured ring.
    Photo 2 description: man hugging female from behind with his arm around her chest. Her hands are on his arm showing ring. Both smiling at camera with greenery in background.

    Love, Alinta
    6 months ago
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    8/9
    It’s been a while since I posted makeup, so here’s some makeup 🙃 the @meccamax Off Duty BB Cream made it into my 2020 faves blog post, and it’s still my favourite base to use on the rare occasion that I put makeup on. I’ve just been too tired to wear makeup the last couple of months. The #meccamax Off Duty BB Cream is cruelty free and vegan. It however only comes in 5 shades. I use the lightest shade Vanilla, which has a good undertone for me, but I have to mix it with the same amount of white concealer to make it light enough to use. @MeccaMaxima have said they will extend the shade range of their home brands for years now, but they still don’t sell a single base shade that I could use by itself, and I’m sure that’s the same for dark skin tones. The other criticism I have of this product is the packaging. The lack of pump makes it hard to control the amount that comes out, and I would really prefer if it were in glass as that would be easier to recycle. The actual cream itself is amazing though. The formula works so well on my skin. It’s easy to blend with a brush and doesn’t cake up or feel heavy. Have you tried this BB cream? Do you have another favourite cruelty free and vegan BB cream? #meccabeauty #crueltyfreebeauty #veganbeauty #lovealinta

    It’s been a while since I posted makeup, so here’s some makeup 🙃 the @meccamax Off Duty BB Cream made it into my 2020 faves blog post, and it’s still my favourite base to use on the rare occasion that I put makeup on. I’ve just been too tired to wear makeup the last couple of months. The #meccamax Off Duty BB Cream is cruelty free and vegan. It however only comes in 5 shades. I use the lightest shade Vanilla, which has a good undertone for me, but I have to mix it with the same amount of white concealer to make it light enough to use. @MeccaMaxima have said they will extend the shade range of their home brands for years now, but they still don’t sell a single base shade that I could use by itself, and I’m sure that’s the same for dark skin tones. The other criticism I have of this product is the packaging. The lack of pump makes it hard to control the amount that comes out, and I would really prefer if it were in glass as that would be easier to recycle. The actual cream itself is amazing though. The formula works so well on my skin. It’s easy to blend with a brush and doesn’t cake up or feel heavy. Have you tried this BB cream? Do you have another favourite cruelty free and vegan BB cream? #meccabeauty #crueltyfreebeauty #veganbeauty #lovealinta

    Love, Alinta
    6 months ago
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    9/9

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