One of the reasons I finally made my ColourPop purchase was a set from the holiday collection, Not a Box of Chocolates. I had my eye on a lot of colors in their permanent range, but I was too indecisive to make a rational decision, a.k.a. not buy all of them, so I relied on the convenience of a set. Part of me wishes I had gone with their late holiday release, Barely Blitzed, but that is just a small part.
Not a Box of Chocolates features 6 limited edition shades of ColourPop's Super Shock Shadows in 4 different textures/finishes: satin luxe, metallic, pearlized, and matte. They come in this super-cute box—not unlike a box of chocolates—that feels really festive.
The box looks really luxe, but it's just a really thick board and a mosaic-like sticker sheet over some foam with holes cut out for the shadows themselves. It doesn't look cheap, necessarily. I'm just saying, don't expect stained glass or anything like that.
If you've heard anything at all about these eyeshadows, I'm sure it's about the weird-ass texture. These are a type of cream-mousse hybrid that feels wet to the touch but apply like a powder. (I'm serious.) This explains the screw-top packaging… you need to close these babies up tight as they're prone to drying. The company is very upfront about this issue, so just to reiterate: CLOSE THESE AS WELL AS YOU CAN.
This is how they look with minimal pressing… hehe. It's really fun to press into these! They're also supposed to be applied with a finger, if you want maximum color payoff. Applying with a brush will result in a sheer wash of color, so that's great if you plan to use it as a crease or transition color.
Halo is a pale gold in a satin luxe finish. It's an amazing lid color, especially for anything festive! Tinsel is a grey-lavender with a smattering of silver glitter; it is metallic. Partridge is a blue-brown duochrome in a pearlized finish. I absolutely love this shade. Sleigh is a golden pear shade with flecks of shimmer and a metallic finish. Drift is a cranberry red with a pearlized finish. Lastly, Doe-a-Deer is a blackened purple with a matte finish—perhaps my favorite of the bunch.
These swatch really, really well but you have to work with them quite a bit to use on the lid. The metallic shades have a bit of fallout, so that's kind of annoying. They do blend nicely, though, and work well on top of a base or primer.
I also think they nailed the holiday theme of the set, as these shades call to mind the holidays with it being so typical or blatantly obvious. I think I'd love to see Partridge, Sleigh, and Doe-a-Deer as part of the permanent range.
Have you tried any of ColourPop's Super Shock Shadows? Tell me your faves!