I’ve realized that ColourPop is one of those great brands that a lot of people don’t know about. Before some of you beauty junkies tell me what I am crazy, what I mean is that unless you are really into beauty products/watch youtube videos, ColourPop is not one of those brands you may be familiar with. It is relatively new, and it is not sold in stores. So their main source of advertising is word of mouth. Or for some of us, youtube.
But its crazy considering how great and affordable their products are.
For those of you who may not be as familiar with this brand, ColourPop is an LA based Company that is cruelty and paraben free. And most of their products are vegan (you can find a list of which ones aren’t on their website). They are most well known for their Lippie Stix and Super Shock Shadows.
I have placed two orders of products and tested them over the last 4-5 months. The verdict is below.
Super Shock Shadows in Truth & Cornelious
I could write three pages about why I love these shadows. But to spare you from my rambling I will attempt to summarize.
The formula of the ColourPop shadows is so hard to describe. Its like a cushiony cream texture? it feels like a crème shadow, but when you apply its almost like a powder. That probably isn’t helping anyone, but they are more like a mousse/cream texture and are best applied with your finger.
Truth is a light beige/gold color that looks beautiful all over the lid or as a under the brow highlight.
Cornelious is a warm light brown shade. It is slightly darker than my skin tone so it works really well on the crease.
I love the combination of these two shades. But my favorite part about ColourPop shadows is that you can just apply them with your finger and they magically look perfectly blended. Its sooo easy. And guys, they are $5 each. YES, $5.
If you are a beginner, or you don’t want to spend a lot of time doing your make up, I would HIGHLY recommend these shadows. You can just pick one shade and use it as an all over lid color. Less than 30 seconds and you are done.
Similar to the shadows, I could write pages about these. I have recommended them to so many friends and everyone has loved them. There are different types of Lippie Stix (Matte, Satin, Sheer, etc), but the shape is the same for all. I honestly don’t understand know why all lipsticks aren’t this shape. It’s sooo much easier to apply lipstick with a thinner tube. And they too are $5 each (!!!!)
Lumiere and Bichette are matte shades. The formula of these is very creamy and pigmented, and they stay on for a surprisingly long time.
Lumiere is a mauve pink that would suit pretty much any skin type. It is a very wearable shade and perfect for someone who is just getting into lipsticks and doesn’t want to start out with a very bright or dark shade.
Bichette on the other hand is a deep wine shade. It is perfect to take your look to the next level. And the best part is that it doesn’t seem to bleed as much as other lipsticks that are such an intense color.
Kiddo is a sheer formula so it is similar to a tinted lip balm. This color is a warm nude and given the sheer nature of the formula you don’t even need a mirror to apply it. I wish I had one to keep in every handbag. I love it.
The only reason these products are in the like section is just because of shade preferences.
Super Shock Shadows in Mittens, Central Perk & Smash
My favorite part about ColourPop shadows is that I can apply them with my fingers. However, Mittens & Central Perk are both pretty dark browns. They are colors I would usually only use in my crease or as an eyeliner. I can’t get a precise enough application with my fingers in order to do this, so I lose one of my favorite part about the shadows.
Ultimately, the colors are great, but personally I haven’t used them as much because they require a brush and I haven’t had much success using a brush with this formula.
As I mentioned above, the texture of the shadows is very different and I haven’t been able to get a good application with a brush. I find that the product does not apply evenly. I have read a few people suggest using a synthetic brush to apply the shadow, but I haven’t mastered this technique yet. I can still pull them on if I am very careful with my finger.
Lippie Stix in Bossy
Same as with the shadows, I don’t love the shade on me. This is a blue hued red. Blue hues usually make your teeth look whiter compared to yellow hued lipsticks. But for some reason this one feels more yellow hued to me. The formula is great and I know it would look great on a lot of people. But I don’t reach for it as often as the other ones.
Ultra Matte Lip in Tulle
The Ultra Matte Lips are ColourPop’s version of liquid lipsticks. You apply one thin coat and they stay on for hours. Although liquid lipsticks are generally very drying, I found this formula to be extremely uncomfortable to wear. My lips feel so dry that I usually end up applying some lip balm within an hour. Those of you liquid lipstick wearers know that any lip balms/oils will ruin the liquid lipstick. I prefer the formula of other liquid lipsticks.
I know that liquid lipsticks are very much a matter of preference and how dry your lips tend to be, so these will work for other people. Also, these run at $6 each so if you are wanting to try a liquid lipstick but don’t want to spend $20 on a higher end one, you could try one of these. Just make sure you exfoliate and moisturize prior to applying.
In a nut shell, I really love ColourPop. With the exception of the Ultra Matte Lips, the formulas of the items I have tried are amazing. The color selection is insane and the prices blow my mind. Whether you are a beginner or a make up enthusiast like me, do yourself a favor and try these out, even if its just one shadow and one lippie. You can get $5 off your first purchase if you sign up for their newsletter.
Their line also includes highlighters, bronzers, blushes, eye liners, brow products, etc. On that note, I need to end this post so I can place an order and try out some more products…