Colour Pop is a relatively new brand that has taken the beauty world by storm, especially over the past year or so. The hype is intense, and with good reason. This is one of those cases where the hype is well and truly deserved.
But before we get to the good stuff, here is some background information on the brand. Colour Pop describes itself as makeup for the cool kids. They are edgy and trendy. I mean look how quick they came out with a strobing kit. All their products are made in the USA, they say they do not test on animals, and most of their products are vegan. There is a list of non-vegan products on the website. Customer service is top-notch. I love the fact that they swatch on different skin tones so that you have a general idea of what the product will look like on you. I think it’s cool how they collaborate with bloggers. I’d love to see them work with Jackie Aina or BeautybyJJ.
I love the fact that they include handwritten notes in your packages, it adds a personal touch. Even now that they’re getting bigger and getting more orders, it’s remarkable that they still take time to do that.
Quality: Their products have really good quality. The eye shadows are very pigmented and creamy. The lip liners are amazeballs, the highlighters are pretty much perfect, the blushes are great, and even though I’ve seen some not-so-great reviews of the liquid lipstick, the ones I have are alright.
Packaging: For the price point, the packaging is pretty cool. I love the lip pencil and lippie stix packaging. I wish the shadows could be de-potted because they are a little bulky, but they need to be in airtight packaging or they will dry up so there’s really nothing to be done about that.
PS: ColourPop states that their supershock shadows (and also their blushes, highlighters, and bronzers, I think) can last up to three years, if unopened, but once opened, they must be used up within one year, because they will dry up after that.
Price: This is the best part. The prices are awesome. Eye shadows, lippie stix and lip pencils are all 5 USD! Liquid lipsticks are 6 USD, blushes and highlighters are 8 USD. I can’t complain.
Shipping: this is the only gripe I have with them. They don’t ship to the UK. 😒😢 and many other countries. They only ship to a handful of countries which are : USA, Canada, Australia, and a bunch of other countries I can’t remember. Full details are on their website. I have ordered from them a few times, sometimes delivery is fast, sometimes it is slow. Update: They have launched international shipping. They now ship everywhere except Turkey and China.
I’ve tried a whole bunch of their products so I will be sharing my favorites, pictures, swatches, and thoughts.
Their eye shadows are called Super Shock Shadows. They have an unusual bouncy, soft creamy texture. I find that I don’t need a primer with them. They don’t crease on my oily eyelids, and they last all day. They’re very buttery and very pigmented. Colour Pop recommends using your fingers or a flat synthetic brush to apply this, for best results. Because I can only use my fingers or specific types of brushes to apply these shadows, I prefer to use them as lid colours, to add a pop of colour to my eye shadow look, than as a base color or a crease/transition colour. So I’d use my normal matte, powder shadows, then use the colour pop shadows as a lid colour. But that’s just me.
I also find that the best formulations are the pearlized, metallic, ultra-metallic, and satin. Pretty much everything but the mattes. I find that the mattes are not as creamy/bouncy as the other formulations. This doesn’t mean that they are bad, they are just not as creamy as the other ones. Here are swatches of my favourite shadows from them.
Their lip pencils (or Lippie Pencils as they are called) are very creamy and pigmented and not tacky/sticky. They work well with Colour Pop liquid lipsticks too. You know how sometimes some lip pencils alter the feel of liquid lipsticks? Yeah, these don’t do that. I have three: BFF3, Creature, and Ellarie. Ellarie is supposed to be a dupe for the famous MAC Nightmoth.
Highlighters and Blushes
Highlighters: I have Avalon and Sticky Sweet. Don’t ask me what I was thinking, getting a purple highlighter. Jackie Aina made me do it. Sticky Sweet is surprisingly wearable. It is not as scary on the face as it is in the pan. The quality of their highlighters is good and the pigmentation is just right for highlighters. Love it, especially Avalon. That’s my fave! It is a little similar to Becca Blushed Copper but Blushed Copper is a little more red/coppery. So if you’ve been eyeing Blushed Copper and you wish it was less pigmented and less expensive, you might want to give Avalon a try.
Blushes: I’m new to blushes and I am definitely scared of very bright colours. I got Swift which is more my kind of colour. It is supposed to be a dupe for MAC’s Raizin.
I got two of their liquid lipsticks in Tulle and Beeper. These were the only colours I knew I’d wear a lot plus I have nothing like these in my collection, and after seeing the great reviews on these particular shades on Temptalia, I was sold. I’ve only just swatched them on my lips so I couldn’t say how long they’ll last. Update: they feel powdery and not as smooth or comfortable as some of my favourite matte liquid lipsticks, but what they lack in quality, they make up for in price.
Beeper is really similar to Coloured Raine’s Mars, at 10 dollars less. I find that I need to pair Beeper with a lip pencil, so I use BFF3, also by ColourPop with this lipstick.
Tulle is like a slightly more burgundy version of Kat Von D’s Lolita. I read someone describe it as “Lolita for brown girls.”, and I can’t disagree.
Some shades of their liquid lipsticks are great and some are not. It’s worth reading the reviews before you decide which to purchase.
I also picked up their Lippie Primer. It comes in the same packaging as their lippie stix. which is like the MAC Prep and Prime Lip, but once again, far cheaper. Their lippie primer is great if you want to prime your lips before applying their liquid lipsticks. It works really great with the Colour Pop liquid lipsticks. It doesn’t feel tacky or weird or heavy. I am really impressed with this one. I actually prefer it to the MAC prep and prime lip.
So that’s it. I am obviously a huge fan of the brand and their products.
Have you tried any Colour Pop products? Which are you faves?
(All pictures but the very last one were taken in natural light, with no flash, and no filter, to give an accurate depiction of what the colours really look like. )
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