Colourpop Super Shock Cheek In Lunch Money: A Love Story

You guys. I recently just bought Colourpop Super Shock Cheek highlighter in Lunch Money, and I would advise you all to do the same, ASAP! (If you haven’t already, because these have been all the rage since last year, and as always I am late with my purchase.)

Says Colourpop:

Lunch Money

Soft light gold with a reflective golden duo chrome finish – lunch $$ well spent.

$8.00 USD

Fingertips will provide the highest amount of coverage. Brush suggestions: Use a flat synthetic cheek/ foundation brush or a duo fiber brush; flat synthetic brush will give more coverage and the duo fiber brush will give a more sheer, air brushed effect. WHEN FINISHED: Close that sucker up tight! Don’t leave the jar opened for long periods of time; you may lose some of the magic that makes the Super Shock Cheek Pearlized so amazzzing. Colour builds from natural to a more intense look. … Build to your heart’s desire!

Honestly, after trying this shade, I want to buy more. In the same color. And then in other colors. Let me tell you right now: the hype about these is totally justified.


The shade

Lunch Money is a sublime pale gold which looks absolutely ethereal. It has a radiant, dewy glow, sans any visible shimmer. It is, in a word, perfect.

You get 4.2 g of cream (cream to powder, I guess, but more cream than powder) highlighter for $8. Compare that with Essence Soo Glow (4.5 g for a dollar price I’m not sure of) and MAC Cream Color Base in Pearl (3.2 g for $21). I’ve compared the latter two here.

Honestly, Lunch Money may just have dethroned Pearl as my HG…

The yay

Where do I start?

  • The shade is love itself.
  • The formula. OMG, now I know why people rave about this “bouncy” formula all the time. It is a dream to use; my finger glides over the product and easily picks it up. It is creamy, buttery, emollient. Honestly, I feel like swirling my finger in this all the time.
  • Colourpop says fingertips are best for application, and they work well! Saves you the time of finding/using a brush (unless brushes are your jam).
  • Money well spent. This is inexpensive yet superior in quality to a lot of high-end brands I have tried, such as Inglot.
  • Gives you a gorgeous lit-from-within, I’m-sitting-by-candlelight kinda glow.
  • Lasts for 5-6 hours on me on its own, after that it fades gradually while retaining a faint, even glow.
  • Can be built up for a slightly stronger highlight.
  • Cute packaging.

The meh

  • Not any obvious meh, but if you like a strobed effect/a strong highlight, this cannot be insanely built up. (You’re welcome to try, though.)
  • Also, you have to screw/unscrew the lid, which may not exactly be a time saver.
  • Only available online.


I apply this to my cheekbones using my fingertips.

Click on the images in this post to enlarge.

Do I recommend this product?



Online on Colourpop.



18 thoughts on “Colourpop Super Shock Cheek In Lunch Money: A Love Story

  1. Jani V says:

    I am dying to try colour pop and with their new Ultra Satin Lips coming out this week I might place an order soon. Of those, The Rabbit seems like it would be an almost exact dupe for UDxGS Firebird! Great and detailed review and I loved your pictures.


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  2. Mahnoor Tariq says:

    Hi can you please tell me that lunch money is a dupe for mac cream colour base in pearl or not and if it is similar to essence one because essence has discontinued their soo glow highlighters? It would be a great help Thank you so much

    Liked by 1 person

    • M says:

      Mahnoor, lunch money is more gold compared to Pearl. Pearl has a cool tone and more white in the shade. Lunch Money looks a little more good next to pearl. If you are on Instagram, you can send me a message (my username is in the right sidebar) and I will send you pictures. xx


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