If you’re even slightly interested in indie-beauty, you’ve probably heard the buzz about Los Angeles-based ColourPop Cosmetics, the brand known for shockingly pigmented shadows and awesome colorful matte lips. Speaking of lips, word on the street is that their sister company produces the Kylie Lip Kits. I recently picked up a bunch of ColourPop products to test out, keep reading to find out if I’m totally digging this line or not so much…
Okay, let's chat cheeks first. these have to be the softest most creamy blushes I have ever felt without actually being a cream formula. I guess they can be categorized as a liquid or cream powder? The best way to apply these is with your fingers, unless you use a dense, synthetic brush, but the most color payoff comes when using fingers to apply. I picked up the shades Birthday Suit, a sweet rosy pink, and Between the Sheets, a matte peachy nude pink. Both shades are super pretty and very natural looking. Of course I had to try a highlighter, Lunch Money, which is a gorgeous soft light gold with the perfect amount of reflective shimmer.
I'm extremely picky with my highlighters and while I feel like I pick up a lot of pigment on my finger, I will say that I don't feel that it transfers as well. Maybe I just need to play around with it more though or maybe I need to try another shade or two. You know, research.
Like the blushes and highlighters, the shadows ($5 each) are incredibly soft and have a cream-like feel. As with the blushes, they apply best using your finger, which is so weird to me because I am a loyal brush user. It definitely takes some getting used to, but if I use an extremely dense brush, I am able to blend. I picked up the shades Vanity Fair, a very pretty dark grey/taupe pearlized shade, Wattles, a pearlized dusty beige pink that is definitely more pink than beige, and Mittens (in honor of our late Mittens), a gorgeous deep reddish brown matte shade. All these shades are insanely pigmented and blend out easily. I've been using Vanity Fair as a liner as well.
For lips, I picked up Ultra Satin Lip ($6 each) in Echo Park, a dark peachy nude and in Littlestitious. a soft pale dusty nude-pink, I also picked up a few Lippie Stix ($5 each)- Frida (satin), a fun nude pink, Lady (matte), a dark brownish-burgundy, and Cami, a pretty mauve-pink from the new matte x collection.
Not only are the Lippie Stix and Satin Lip shades gorgeous, the color payoff and staying power is amazing as well. The Lippie Stix, which are available in a variety of finishes, glide on easily and stay put most of the day. I wasn't sure how the mattes would look on my lips, especially since my lips are perma-dry, and matte finishes on dry lips is just a no. Surprisingly these are pretty moisturizing for being matte and didn't make my lips look dry and patchy at all (CP does recommend to start with their Lippie Primer, I just used a little Carmex). Same with the Ultra Satin Lips (which are the ones comparable to the Kylie Lip Kit formulas). Plus those prices, total win!
|Eyes: Wattles on lid, Mittens in crease, Vanity Fair as liner and in outer corner, Lunch Money to highlight|
Cheeks: Birthday Suit, Lunch Money
Color me impressed. Overall this line gets an A+++ from me—I love the vast array of different shades for each product (seriously, the only con is trying to choose what to get!), the crazy pigmentation, the unique formulas and textures, and let’s not forget about those wallet-loving prices and the fact that the line is 100% cruelty-free. ColourPop has definitely made a fangirl out of me.
PS- Score FREE shipping on all orders $30+ AND get $5 off on your first order when you sign up for the ColourPop.com email list. Cha-ching!
Have you tried ColourPop? Let me know what you think— along with your product recs— below!