This is going to be a mixed review.
When I first tried these Jelly Much eyeshadows from ColourPop I was in love. The formula is totally unique in my collection. They are like a stiff mousse – thick, smooth and creamy on the brush and so shiny and beautiful on the eyes. They were, in fact, the coolest and prettiest things I had tried in a long time.
I own four shades and initially found them super easy to use. I’d throw a quick matte into my crease and then you just swipe on the Jelly Much with a brush. You can literally ‘cut the crease’ with these or you can swipe them on and blend out the edge gently and they just look beautiful. I had no issue blending these over powder shadows and on my eyes they neither creased, cracked nor faded. I will note though that I have a friend with hooded eyes who said they really didn’t work for her eye shape so that is worth considering. I do work one eye at a time as once these are dry they are totally set and won’t budge.
Of the four I own the duo chrome blue to purple shade called ‘Hallucinogenius’ is the most sheer but it is still very pretty. The bronze called ‘short circuit,’ peachy coral called ‘morning light’ and duo chrome burgundy to orange called ‘once and floral’ are really opaque and super reflective.
If I had done a review of these as soon as I purchased them my thoughts would have basically ended here. If you like cream shadows, these are beautiful. They are fun, unique, wear well, are fuss free and look very impactful without much effort.
these dry out.
And I mean really fast. I have owned the first two I purchased from the holiday 2018 collection for less than 6 months and the formula has changed so much already. They are clumpy, drier and stiffer and a bit tricky to pick up on the brush and spread on the eyelid in a thin and consistent way. Hallucinogenious in particular is hard to work with now and you can see from the swatch that I ended up with a very wide strip of product because I had to work out the lumps.
I have always kept my Jelly Much shadows tightly sealed and stored in a dark drawer so I really don’t think there is an explanation as to why mine are drying out so quickly other than it is a formula that won’t last. It is such a shame because I do really love the way these perform when you first purchase them.
Don’t get me wrong, mine still work and they do look nice but it is clear to me the formula has changed. As they dry out more I will probably experiment with a mixing liquid like duraline and see if that helps but for now I’m using them as much as I can to enjoy them while they still perform ok on their own.
I suppose my take away from all this would be if you want to try these I can certainly say they are beautiful but my advice would be don’t buy too many as they will dry out before you get to use them up. I think the ColourPop super shock shadow formula lasts MUCH longer in the pot and their metallics can be just as shiny and beautiful so although I love the idea of the jelly much and the fact they initially apply so beautifully with a brush (super shocks work better with your finger), I won’t be purchasing any more.
If you have had the same issue with your Jelly Much shadows drying out and you have a trick for reviving them, please share in the comments.
Have a wonderful day!