ColourPop x Kathleen Lights Super Shock Eyeshadow V/S MAC Amber Lights | Review+Swatches & Comparison

ColourPop x Kathleen Lights Super Shock Eyeshadow V/S MAC Amber Lights | Review+Swatches & Comparison

 ColourPop’s Super Shock Eyeshadow – Kathleen Lights has long been hailed as a “even better” dupe for the cult favourite MAC single – Amber LightsHere is a quick swatch attached comparison of the two. 😇

Kathleen Lights, named after the colour creater herself,  is a bright golden copper eyeshadow mono that comes in a cream formulation.
Amber Lights, on other hand, is arguably the most loved eyeshadow mono from MAC Cosmetics. The colour is yet again a golden copper with more of the warmth of copper and less of gold.
When kept side by side, they look pretty similar to the eyes, but on a second look you can see the obvious difference where Kathleen Lights seems more metallic and more gold toned than the slightly deeper and more warm Amber Lights.

In terms of application, the MAC eyeshadow is easier to work with – whether you want to use it with any eyeshadow brush or pat it on with a finger.
In case of Kathleen Lights – you need to preferably use your fingers. If you want to use a brush, you will need some kind of a detailer brush (à la MAC 239) to really be able to pick the eyeshadow and pack it up on your eyelids. Normal eyeshadow brush barely picks up this cream based pigment.

I wouldn’t call Kathleen Lights an exact dupe for MAC’s Amber Lights. That being said, they are defiantly similar in colour and that whole coppery-gold thing.

Kathleen Lights comes in  a screw cap pot and is cream based.
Amber Lights is a powder based eyeshadow that you can purchase as a mono or a refill.


Both are equally good when considered in terms of branding, longevity, price, staying power. Kathleen Lights defiantly has a smaller shelf life. The both stay all day over your eyelids. Although Amber Lights is much more expensive, mine is 3-4 years old and is still going strong. Whereas, a few others of my ColourPop eyeshadows, that I have been using for a year have started to go bad in a weird way. So it is really up to you which one is better. If you use up your eyeshadows quickly – then ColourPop takes the cake, else stick to MAC.😇😇

Kathleen Lights – ⭐⭐⭐⭐
MAC Amber Lights – ⭐⭐⭐⭐