There’s nothing like limited availability to make something desirable, and for us in the U.K., Colourpop has traditionally been almost impossible to get hold of. They now do international shipping and I finally got to satisfy my curiosity about the supposedly unique eyeshadow formula and the amazing liquid lipsticks. The fact that they’d done a collection featuring Hello Kitty didn’t hurt either…
I’d heard rumours of shipping to the U.K. being extortionate but when I placed my order it was only $9.99. I had to pay £13.85 in customs fees when it arrived a week later, which was annoying but expected. It does make the brand less of a bargain than it is in the U.S. but it still only came to about £6.75 an item – definitely comparable with Makeup Geek or anything you’d pick up in Boots.
For my first experience of Colourpop I wanted to make sure I tried one of each of their most hyped products, so got the Hello Kitty ‘quad’ of Super Shock Shadows in Mama’s Apple Pie, one of the the Hello Kitty Ultra Matte Lips in Milk Bottle, an Ultra Satin Lip in Alyssa, and a matte Lippe Stix in Baewatch. There are items I prefer and although I don’t hate anything I bought, there’s one thing that I’m a bit disappointed in.
The products I’ve had the best luck with are the eyeshadows. The formula Super Shock Shadows is a bit bizarre – not quite cream, not quite powder, but definitely bouncy – and it’s so lovely to use. I find it easiest to whack on with a finger and then blend out the edges with a semi-fluffy brush, as I don’t think a brush would pick up much pigment (plus it’s oddly satisfying to prod the shadow…). My favourite shades are the Friendship File, the peachy brown shimmer, and Small Gift, the reddy-pink pearl, both of which are great for a super quick one-shade look. Rainbow is pretty but a bit too glittery for most days, although sometimes you just need a bit of sparkle. School Bus is a gorgeous sapphire which I haven’t used yet but which I have plans for. All in all, I love the formula, which doesn’t crease on me (a bit of a miracle), and will definitely be getting a few more colours.
The lip colours I’m a bit less enthusiastic about. I love the colours but both the Ultra Satin and Ultra Matte formulas leave a bit to be desired, to be honest. Oddly, I actually prefer the Ultra Matte, which lots of people say is far too drying for them to use. It does dry down to be extremely matte (funny that…) but it’s no drier than the Kat von D liquid lipsticks and I prefer the way that it fades. The colour is a lot more vivid than it looks in the swatch on the Colourpop website but, thankfully, I really like it. I also love the Lippie Stix in Baewatch. The formula is smooth and non-drying and, whilst it doesn’t dry down completely, it also doesn’t have any shine. Again the shade is brighter than you’d expect and is a bright cool-toned raspberry, not a million miles away from Nars Audacious lipstick in Vera.
The Ultra Satin Lip, which everyone seems to rave about, is my least favourite. The shade Alyssa, from the Katherine Lights collab, is pretty close to Lolita but the formula is odd – it dries down to a sheen but fades awkwardly and gunks up slightly at the edges of my mouth, which is my personal bugbear when it comes to lipsticks.
I’m glad to have satisfied my curiosity about Colourpop and will be getting more shadows, as well as trying the blushers which look like the same formula, but I won’t be getting any more lip products other than Lippie Stix.
Have you tried Colourpop yet? What are your favourites?
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