There has been a lot of hype over Colourpop products on the beauty scene. With collaborations featuring beauty gurus and celebrities, including Karrueche, as well as their affordable prices and simple yet sleek packaging, it’s very hard to overlook the brand.
I finally decided to take the plunge and treat myself to a few Colourpop goodies over the holidays. They were having some amazing bundle set deals, and so I decided it would be a great way to test out the brand for myself before purchasing any full-sized items. They offer free international shipping for orders $50 and over, and shipping took just about 14 days, which is fairly decent for international shipments from the USA to Jamaica.
I purchased a set of 5 mini liquid ultra matte lipsticks called “It’s Vintage“, a set of 3 highlighters which were in a bundle called “Cake”, a Super Shock Cheek (Bronzer), and one of their Super Shock Shadows.
So let me just admit: I have an obsession with matte liquid lipsticks. I am especially drawn to deep reds and pinks, so this It’s Vintage set was right up my alley. From left to right we have Bianca, Tulle, Love Bug, LAX, and Notion. They come in a clear tube which features the Colourpop logo, and all have a doe-foot applicator. While all the colours are highly pigmented, I found the formulas to be a bit different for each. Bianca, a ‘soft mauve” has the creamiest formula in the batch and dries fairly quickly, while Tulle, a ‘dusty burgundy’ takes a bit longer to dry. Love Bug, a ‘rich mahogany’, has the worst formula of them all. It is thick and flakes off after about an hour and a half, even though I only applied a single layer. LAX, a ‘vampy red’, has a tendency to bleed, so I’d highly recommend a lip liner. I was a little worried that Notion, ‘a deepened raspberry’ would be patchy after reading reviews, but I did not have this problem.
I’m looking forward to trying more of their shades, especially their deep browns, so I will keep you updated on that when I do.
The ‘Cake’ highlighter trio was $20 at the time and is said to be more suitable for medium skin tones. It includes the shades Butterfly Beach, Wisp, and Candyman. Butterfly Beach, a ‘warm peach with highlights of silver’ goes on as a very muted rose gold shade. Then there’s Wisp, described as a ‘golden champagne with gold pearls’, though it was a bit more on the golden bronze side to me, and Candyman, a ‘metallic rich gold’, which is deeper than the rest, and is more on the coppery side with warm red undertones and a gold metallic sheen. They all have a nice silky texture which is very easy to blend. Personally, I like to apply with my fingertips since it provides the highest amount of coverage. When it comes to the staying power, I’d say around 6-7 hours.
The last two items I purchased was their Super Shock Cheek (Bronzer) in Happy Hour and their Super Shock Shadow in Fairfax. Happy Hour is a deep warm bronze with a matte finish, and I use it to contour. It can be built up since it is moderately opaque, and no need to set thanks to its cream-to-powder formula. Fairfax is a more cool-toned chocolate brown eyeshadow which works well for a more subtle smokey eye look. Unfortunately these two are no longer available on the site.
Do you use products from Colourpop? What are your thoughts?