After months and months of seeing tantalizing Colourpop swatches all over social media, I finally had to stop resisting and place an order so that I could see what all the hype is about for myself and share my thoughts and review with you guys! Their products are mostly priced between $5 – $8 so they’re quite affordable.
The company is very cutesy, has a huge social media presence and one hell of a marketing team. They also send out quirky handwritten letters in each package which many people apparently think is endearing. Now, I like handwritten messages just as much as the next person but it looses 100% of its charm factor when I see 2000 people a day posting photos of the exact same “unique” message that I received on Instagram all like “Aw, they thought of me! How sweet!” I’d honestly just rather get a “Thanks, Ashley!” because that seems way more sincere but I digress. I ended up with 7 eyeshadows, 1 blush, 2 lippie stix (I feel so silly saying this), 1 lip pencil and a highlighter sample.
I was so, SO excited to get these in the mail! I mean, you’ve seen the swatches. They look like a million bucks, huh? Well the way these swatch might just be the best thing about them.
Let’s start at the beginning. I have never felt another makeup product that has the consistency and texture of ColourPop products so it’s difficult to describe what they feel like. It’s like a mousse meets fluffy marshmallow cloud meets firm memory foam pillow. Silly description but that’s really the best way I can describe these. They feel so lovely, soft and smooth under your fingers.
Now here is where the problems begin. ColourPop says that these shadows will do their best when applied with your fingers. Yes, fingers. I haven’t applied eyeshadow with my fingers since I was like 13. There is nothing inherently wrong with it but I simply do not like it because you just can’t be anywhere near as precise with your fingers as you can with brushes so using your fingers is really only ideal when doing very, very simple eyeshadow looks.
Despite really not liking to use my fingers, I did try to do a look patting these babies on with my fingers anyway because it wouldn’t be fair to judge their products without first trying their suggested method of application. The color payoff was certainly there but like I said, so very imprecise. I ended up getting my shades in all the spots I wasn’t trying to get them.
So how about a brush? Mehhh. A dense, flat or fine tipped brush can pick up these shadows decently but they just don’t apply with the same amount of color payoff that I had hoped. In addition to that, sometimes the shadows would pill up leaving me with little balls of shadow on my brushes.
So how do they blend? Mehhh. A few of the shadows blended decently with a blending brush while others took me ages to try to blend out and then they still looked patchy.
Okay, now this might be the one thing about these eyeshadows that irritates me the most. The metallic shades that I received, as well as a pressed pigment, are fucking glitter bombs and not in a good way. In the process of blending these shades it seems as though even as the color is blending and fading away, the glitter is still there full force! Like, it’s extremely unflattering to just have the tiniest wash of color but GLITTER GLITTER GLITTER! I straight up love me some glitter but this just looks unintentional (it is) and bad. And it’s not just where you put it originally. Oh no, this stuff has a way of taking over your whole face and I don’t even know how. Like, I swear I know how to apply eyeshadow but these glittery ColourPop shadows were hard to try to save. I can seriously do a whole eyeshadow look using loose glitter and not get a speck out of place (Lit Cosmetics adhesive is everything!) but I just couldn’t deal with these.
So many of these shades were just so much of a dud to me that I’m not even going to share an eyeshadow look using them with you guys. Mainly because I couldn’t do anything just using these eyeshadows that I would want to share with the world.
Now some people are like “Oh, well they’re way better if you use a white base, or a glitter adhesive or if you stand on your head, cluck like a chicken, say your great-grandmothers name three times and kiss a white rabbit on the mouth!” No. Just no. A multitude of products shouldn’t be necessary just to make this not look like a mess.
I practically never return makeup. Even if a product doesn’t really work out for me, I usually just say it was useful for a blog post and cut my losses but I was so disappointed by these shadows that I wanted my money back. Well jokes on you, suckers because ColourPop doesn’t take returns OR exchanges! Go figure, huh? It’s almost like they could have predicted people would want to return these products.
Okay, so now that we’ve got through this massive rant, is there anything at all redeeming about these shadows since I’m stuck with them? Yes. The lighter shades make quite nice highlighting shades. You can pack them in the inner corner of your eye (I especially love Sequin & Girly for this) or even dab a little under your brow bone and not have to worry too much about blending them out. I could see some of these also being nice for people who want to quickly dab some color on their lid before running out the door. And in addition to that, I’ll probably be trying to find uses for these shadows for the lid portion of cut crease looks since you can just pack it on and not have to worry about trying to blend it.
Despite that fact that I can find some uses for these shadows, I don’t think they offer any real advantage over powder shadows. I do agree that the color payoff with these it significantly better than with most $5 eyeshadows that I’ve came across but the extra effort to try to deal with these just isn’t worth it to me.
At the time of my order everyone was receiving a free sample of their new highlighters and the one that ended up in my package is Stole The Show. This highlighter is actually quite nice! It blends well on my face and in addition to highlighting areas of your face such as your cheekbones, it also looks nice in the corners of your eye, under brow, cupids bow and even the center of your lip if you’re feeling dazzly! This highlighter is quite shimmery, though. I, for one, love a good shimmery highlighter and although it’s very easy to control the amount of product your apply, if you just want to look naturally glowy and dewy, Stole The Show might not be the highlighter for you.
The blush I ordered is Aphrodisiac. I quite like shades of brown lately and thought this might be a nice shade of blush since I don’t have any other similarly colored blushes. While I still think the color is nice, I do not like trying to apply this with my fingers. Just like many of the shadows, this blush does not blend well and I shouldn’t have to spend 5 minutes trying to blend this into my face while simultaneously screwing up my foundation. However, it does work quite well with a stippling brush so if you have a stippling brush, I definitely wouldn’t rule out ColourPop’s blushes!
On to the Lippie Stix & pencils! ColourPop has a lot of really gorgeous, and some very unique, shades of lip colors. Each of the Lippie Stix can also be bought with a matching pencil so that’s always a plus! The Lippie Stix that I choose were Tootsi and Wet plus a pencil in BFF.
The Lippie Stix were actually quite nice for the price of $5 and I could see myself ordering more of them. They smell like a delicious vanilla cake, apply smoothly, have nice color payoff and are perfectly comfortable. The wear time on these is pretty average with about 3-5 hours depending on what you’re doing. If you’re eating, you’ll almost certainly need to touch these up afterwards. They aren’t the most long lasting lip color that $5 can buy you (check out the Maybelline Creamy Mattes!) but their certainly worthy of a spot in my collection and they have several more shades that I would love to have.
I also really like my BFF pencil. It’s a lovely shade and a fantastically versatile pencil that pairs perfectly with nearly all of your nude lipsticks. It glides easily over your lips and while it does hold up pretty well throughout the day, it isn’t as long lasting as my MAC pencils. It also comes in BFF 2 and BFF 3 for medium and dark skin tones.
So that sums up my experience with ColourPop. While I can definitely see myself picking up a few more of these $5 lip products, I’ll be staying far away from their shadows. I know some people love them but I’m just not one of them.
Have you tried ColourPop yet? I’d love to hear what you think of their products!