If you have been on Instagram and YouTube recently, you have probably heard the hype around ColourPop Cosmetics. They are a new California company that make pigment intense eyeshadows called Super Shock Shadows, lip colour sticks called Lippie Stix and lip pencils called Lippie Pencils. I am not usually one to succumb to online hype, which can actually completely turn me off certain brands and products. However, the $5 price tag was too good to be ignored and they pulled at my lip-loving heartstrings so I gave them a chance. I am happy that I did because these products are flippin’ fantastic! I picked up 2 Super Shock Shadows, 4 Lippie Stix and 4 Lippie Pencils and here are my thoughts on them.
It was TOUGH to decide on colour choices for the lip products. Trust me when I say that I was online (hashtags on Instagram were very helpful) for about 2 hours looking at swatches and deciding on colours to purchase. My Lippie Stix choices were narrowed because I only wanted to try those in the Matte formula. I decided on 4 bright colours: Clique, Frenchie, I ❤ This and LBB. My Lippie Pencil choices were more varied because the formula was the same through out the line. I tried to pick up colours that were missing from my lip pencil collection and decided on: Fancy, Frida, Heart On and Trixie. In hindsight, I should have purchased corresponding Lippie Stix and Lippie Pencils but I wanted to try out a wider variety of colours. In an ideal world, I would own the WHOLE collection.
ColourPop Lippie Pencils
From left to right: Fancy, Frida, Heart On and Trixie
Swatches from the top: Fancy, Frida, Heart On and Trixie
*All swatches taken with flash for the best colour accuracy (the natural lighting in my bathroom was making shades appear brighter/more neon)*
The Lippie Pencils are much creamier than many other lip pencils but without being too slippery. Those who find lip liners hard to wear because of their dry texture will love these ones by ColourPop. They remind me of twist-up lip pencils, which are typically creamier than those of the typical wooden pencil variety, although they do have to be sharpened. The Lippie Pencils helped prevent feathering and made my lip lines look nice and precise. All in all, a great product and a total STEAL to help build up a lip liner collection to pair with different lip colours.
ColourPop Lippie Stix
From left to right: Clique, Frenchie, LBB and I ❤ This
Swatches from the top: Clique and Frenchie
Swatches from the top: I ❤ This and LBB
While the Lippie Pencils were impressive, The Lippie Stix blew me out of the water. When I hear the term ‘matte’ used by beauty companies, I am always a little hesitant. It seems that matte is the new buzzword used to market lip products, even though the product may not truly reflect the characteristic (eg. Bite Beauty Matte Crème Lip Crayons and their actual satin/cream finishes). I understand that many brands do not want to release dry, uncomfortable matte formulas but there is a way to make comfortable lip products without shine. Although I am not the best person to make judgments about matte lip products, because fortunately my lips are able to handle even the driest of formulas, I can make judgments when a so-called ‘matte’ lip product is too shiny and slippery to represent the term accurately. Fortunately, this was not the case with these Lippie Stix. They applied without skipping and displayed a truly matte finish. I put them on before a lunch consisting of greasy Chinese dim sum and they lasted amazingly through out the meal. I was expecting them to slip around because I did not give them much time to set but at the end of my lunch, much of the colour was still in tact. I wore the Lippie Stix in I ❤ This and did not experience any feelings of dryness. At the end of the day, when it was time to remove my makeup, the lip colour left behind a bit of a stain.
ColourPop Super Shock Shadows
The Super Shock Shadows I decided on were Cricket and Mooning. I did not have as hard as a time deciding on colours because when it comes to eyeshadows, I’m a neutral kind of gal. I did want to pick up some colours that I did not already own in my collection and figured these dark glittery eyeshadows would be perfect for night/going-out looks.
From the left: Mooning and Cricket
Swatches from the top: Cricket and Mooning
Over a primer, I was able to get average eyeshadow wear time from these Super Shock Shadows. I generally do not have problems with eyeshadow creasing, so long as I wear a good primer such as the one by NARS. I am not much of an eyeshadow connoisseur so I do not have as many thoughts of these eyeshadows as I did on the lip products. All in all, they are pigmented, creamy, shimmery and PRETTY AS HECK. Seriously. It is like having little duochrome galaxies on your eyelids, so what is not to love?
I would love to make another order, especially for more Lippie Stix and Lippie Pencils but the high shipping costs to Canada is deterring me from doing so. For this order, I was able to send them to a relative in California and eventually have it forwarded to me. As for now, I will enjoy the goodies I do have in my possession… or at least until my next ColourPop order (spoken like a true makeup addict).