I love discovering new makeup brands and ColourPop has been on my radar for a few months. After watching a couple swatch videos and doing some research on formulas, I decided to place an order. Shortly after receiving that order, I placed another one. And then another one. Yikes.

I think I have a ColourPop problem. Unlike Sephora or Ulta, ColourPop does not take returns. Therefore, I basically tried their different formulas in segments – waiting until there was a sale or a new product – and then trying each formula at a time. Hence the multiple shipments.

Anyway, this month has been the MONTH OF COLOURPOP and I’ve been loving playing all these new products every day. I’m going to do some separate posts to dive into each of the shades a little further, but to start, I wanted to give you guys my first impression of the brand and products I tried.

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ColourPop Haul

The Brand + Background

I feel like ColourPop was a brand created for someone like me. It’s whimsical and cute, while still being relatively inexpensive and on-trend. I did some research on the brand itself and found that it shares a factory with Kylie Cosmetics. Some people have compared the formulas but personally, I think they’re pretty different. 

Just as stores like Zara and H&M are “fast fashion” – delivering runway-inspired trends to the masses – ColourPop is a “fast makeup” model. Which explains why shades are constantly going out of stock and being replaced.

ColourPop is TRENDY. Are you looking for a galactic ultraviolet highlighter? They have twenty. Want a grungy matte lip? Yep, they got ’em. Warm red eyeshadow palettes? YES. Whatever your jam may be, ColourPop makes sure to stay on top of what’s trending in the makeup world.

The brand does not sell any foundations (foundations are boring) but excels in lipsticks, eyeshadows, blushes, and highlighters. All my favorites.

It’s also worth noting to check out the awesome collabs that ColourPop does with “it girls,” youtubers, and other brands. I’m currently lusting over the Karreuche collab as well as the My Little Pony collection.

The Products (Prices + Quality)
Super Shock Eyeshadows ($5.00)
ColourPop Super Shock Shadows

From top to bottom: Frog, Twitterpated, Set to Stun, Revolution, Muse, Lightning Bug

I’m obsessed with these eyeshadows! Creamy, but not greasy, plush little pots of glimmering magic. I don’t know how else to describe them, but they are just gorgeous. On my slightly oily eyelids, they last about 6 hours. If you want them to last longer, I’d suggest using a primer. I’m trying to stop myself from buying every single one. HOLD ME BACK!

These eyeshadows come in Mattes, Satins, Metallics, and Ultra Glitters. Most of the ones I have are glitters but I have a couple metallics as well. I’d recommend both formulas but can’t speak to the matte or satin shades.

Super Shock Highlighters ($8.00)
ColourPop Super Shock Cheek

From top to bottom: Teasecake, Wisp, Flexitarian, Rocket Science, Over The Moon, Spellbound

These are similar to the super shock eyeshadows above, but instead of glitter, most of them are iridescent. I really enjoy using these, and have been reaching for them as my everyday highlighter of choice. Their shades range from the everyday glowy, champagne shades (“Flexitarian” or “Wisp”) to more trendy ultra-violet shades (“Rocket Science”, “Over the Moon”, “Spellbound”).

Beware that some of the shades are glittery like “Spellbound” and “Over the Moon”. Read the description on ColourPop’s website to be sure of what you’re getting and make sure to scroll through the images to check out all their swatches.

Pressed Powder Highlighter ($8.00)

ColourPop Here Kitty Kitty Highlighter

I only bought one shade of the pressed powder highlighters and again, I was sold by the name. “Here, Kitty Kitty” is a beautiful pale, neutral, gold highlighter that would probably work on most skin tones.

Note that these highlighters are sold as pans. The compact is an add-on. Make sure you select the compact option if you’re only buying 1. The pans on their own are $7.

If you’re trying to decide between the Super Shock Cream Highlighters and these pressed powder ones – I would say it just depends on your preference. I like to switch back and forth between the two formulas based on whatever I’m in the mood for that day.

The pressed powder version seems to last a little longer but they’re both great formulas that will take you through a work day or night out without issue.

Yes, Please Eyeshadow Palette (Cute AF) ($16.00)

ColourPop Yes Please Eyeshadow Palette

This is the palette that started my obsession with ColourPop. I first saw it on Beauty with Mi and she looked so awesomely dope in the yellow eyeshadow. Given that I’m somewhat similar in coloring to her, I decided to give it a go. It’s definitely not the most flattering shade on me but I love it for something different.

In terms of formula, this palette features 12 eyeshadow of varying formulas including 7 totally matte shades. You’ll definitely find everything you need in this palette to create a complete eye look. I love that ColourPop did their own take on a typical “warm brown eyeshadow palette” and threw in that funky bright yellow and gold. It’s one of those makeup products that just makes you feel happy when you use it.

The shadows don’t have the best longevity on my oily eyelids but without a primer will last around 5 or 6 hours without creasing. I use these with a MAC paint pot as a base.

Pretty Much Eyeshadow Palette ($12.00)

ColourPop Pretty Much Eyeshadow Palette

This eyeshadow palette is super pigmented and the shades complement each other beautifully. Like the Yes, Please palette, they crease on me before the workday is over but nothing a little primer can’t fix. At $12 a pop, these shadows are definitely worth it. Trust me, you can’t find shades and pigment like this in any eyeshadow palette at the drugstore.

In terms of wearability, other than the metallic ultraviolet shade in the top center of the palette, all the colors are fairly neutral and wearable. The palette includes 3 matte shades, 2 metallics, and 1 of what ColourPop calls a “dimensional pearl.”  I’d basically just refer to it as a frost formula.

Ultra Glossy Lip ($6.00)
ColourPop Ultra Glossy Lip

Charming (top), Moonchild (bottom)

Lip gloss is making a comeback. I’m trying to fight it but I’ve started to reach for glosses for the gym, “no makeup” days, and running errands. My first ultra glossy lip from ColourPop came in the “You’re a Gem” trio. “Charming” is a true champagne color but sheer enough to work on most.

After falling in love with the moisturizing formula, I picked up “Moonchild.” I mainly bought it for the name – I’m a sucker for anything celestially themed. Moonchild is a sort of taupe/peach hybrid. I normally don’t go peachy with my lip colors but this one is sheer and neutral enough to work.

Both of the ultra glossy lip glosses I bought have a slight shimmer to them. I’m not sure if all the ColourPop glosses do, but keep that in mind. If you don’t like shimmer, you may not like them. That being said, it’s pretty understated. You could easily wear it to work.

Ultra Satin Lip ($6.50)

These are the lippies that reignited my love for liquid lipsticks. Smooth, easy to apply, and semi-matte in formula without the super drying feel of a matte liquid lipstick. The shades are amazing, super pigmented, and long wearing. I’m obsessed with these and have been having a blast wearing them over the last week or so.

Ultra Matte Lip ($6.50)
LUX Lipsticks ($7.00)

The fact that these lipsticks are only $7 is SHOCKING. First off, the packaging lives up to the name. It’s LUX. It feels heavy and the gold tube with decorative stars is sophisticated with a touch of cute. The formula itself is somewhere between satin and matte and feels heavenly on the lips. They aren’t drying at all and fade evenly in case you get to reapply after a meal. I’m sold on these babies. I’m curious to see if ColourPop comes out with more shades since this is a new formula for them.

Matte Lippie Stix ($5.50)

These matte lippies are definitely matte. They come in a thin tube with a rounded tip which makes them a little trickier to apply than your average pointed tip bullet but still easier than your average liquid lip. The formula feels super waxy and thick but is matte without drying. They sort of remind me of a more pigmented version of the E.L.F. Matte Lip Colors. Those were basically sheer so I definitely prefer these. That being said, that waxy feel isn’t my favorite.

Pros + Cons
Pros:

1. Trendy shades with fun names like “Twitterpated,” “Lightning Bug,” “Snowfleek,” and “Over The Moon.”

2. Awesome quality products (for the most part) for super low prices.

3. Frequent sales. I saw a 40% off promo come through during the holidays. Sign up for their emails and wait for a sale if you want a deal.

4. Unique formulas and finishes – the bouncy, cushion feel of their super shock products is one I haven’t seen elsewhere. Their finishes include glitter, metallic and satin formulas that feel luxurious enough to be 4 times their price.

5. 100% Cruelty-Free. Unlike some of the bigger brands out there, ColourPop does not do ANY testing on animals and has many entirely vegan formulas. To learn more about it, and to see a complete list of vegan ColourPop products, check out this handy blog post from Cruelty-Free Kitty.

Cons:

1. Shipping time. Each order takes up to 5 business days to process and for me, since I live on the East Coast, about another 5 days to ship. Expect to wait two weeks after ordering.

2. Colors go out of stock quite frequently. I noticed when I was doing my research that a lot of popular shades from the past are either out of stock or discontinued. I suspect that this is attributed to their “fast fashion” makeup model.

Although “fast fashion” is a concept that works great for clothing – an item that is not consumable – it doesn’t work great for makeup if you ever want to re-order a favorite. I don’t mind this too much since I love trying new products. Plus, it does seem like they have a few core shades in each line that have never been discontinued so there’s still hope.

The Gist

If you’re a makeup enthusiast or collector like me, you’ll love ColourPop. Their reasonable prices and frequent sales make it easy to pick up a lot of products for a low price. The formulas and packaging are great quality for the price and the shades are so on-trend.

If you’re someone who likes basic makeup, or just sticks to bare bones classics, ColourPop probably won’t tickle your fancy. Try something like MAC, NARS, or Bobbi Brown – brands that excel at foundations and other makeup bag basics.

But if you want to have some fun, try ColourPop. I can’t wait to see what collections the brand comes out with next!

Have you tried ColourPop? Comment below with your favorite products and shades!

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Guys, this has been a loooong time coming. I’ve been hearing about Fenty Beauty for what feels like forever (but has actually only been since September). I didn’t feel compelled to buy anything at first…but then she came out with the Stunna Lip Paint and the Mattemoiselle Lipsticks. You know I can’t pass up on a good red or matte lipstick…

I was pretty restrained for my first time around. I heard good things about the foundation so I decided to pick up that plus the primer. It took ages for my shade (120) to come back in stock on Sephora!

I’m a highlighter junkie but have tons of powder highlighters so I went for the matchstick cream highlighter in the iridescent “starstruck” shade.

I wanted to try all the Mattemoiselle shades but finally settled on “Freckle Fiesta.” I didn’t want to buy two red lipsticks and although I was SO drawn to “Griselda,” I wanted to try something a little more neutral and wearable for everyday. (Not that I wouldn’t wear a vampy lip shade every day but ya know…the world isn’t ready.)

I’m not much of a gloss person but I’d heard so much about Gloss Bomb, the universal Fenty Beauty lip gloss, that I decided to give it a go.

And of course, I had to give Stunna lip paint a try.

Check out my full review of everything I bought below!

Fenty Beauty Haul

Pro’Filter Instant Retouch Primer

This is a lovely primer. It mattifies my skin but also feels light, airy, and slightly moisturizing. I’ve been getting into primers more over the last year or so and this is one of the nicest I’ve tried. Most mattifying primers feel thick and occlusive but this one feels like nothing. I’m not sure if it actually makes my foundation last any longer but I’ve tried it with a few of my cushion foundations and find that it layers nicely under most formulas. This would be my go-to for work, long nights, or any event where I need to look matte for a long time.

Pro’Filter Soft Matte Longwear Foundation

Okay, I’m not gonna lie to you. This foundation is MATTE. It’s borderline drying on my normal-to-dry winter skin. That being said, it’s a true medium coverage that can be applied more sheerly with a beauty blender or blended in with a foundation brush for extra coverage. 120 is a pretty perfect match for my NC20 skin and the shade range for this foundation is awesome. I’m pretty sure most people would be able to find a match here.

It is worth noting, however, that because it’s so matte, it dries down a little darker than it initially looks on a swatch. If you’re ordering online and you’re between two shades, I’d go with the lighter one.

I’m hanging onto this foundation for the summer but I doubt I’ll be reaching for it much this winter. My skin tends to get hella oily in the warmer months so I look for more mattifying products during that time of year.

Match Stix Shimmer Skinstick in Starstruck

Fenty Beauty Match Stix in Starstruck

This is a cream highlighter but it’s actually a little dryer than, say, Glossier Haloscope. Which is sort of a trend I’m noticing with Fenty Beauty – it’s a brand for oily skinned gals. If you have dry skin, at least with the current product range, you may have trouble finding formulas you like.

That being said, I love the shade and longevity of this highlighter. I wore it all day last Saturday (10+ hours) and found it was still hangin’ on by the time I took my makeup off. Pretty impressive for a cream highlighter.

It’s pigmented but fairly natural looking on me. I can’t wait to try more shades! Got my eye on “Confetti”…

Mattemoiselle Lipstick in “Freckle Fiesta”

Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Lipstick in Freckle Fiesta

The formula of this lipstick is pure gold. It’s super pigmented and smooth. The finish is more of a demi-matte than a complete matte but it dries down and becomes more matte with wear. And obviously, you could blot it if you’re looking for a totally matte look.

Like any bullet lipstick, it’s not transfer-proof but I find that it lasts fairly well and fades evenly. So if you don’t reapply after lunch, no worries. You’re not gonna end up with a patchy, crusty mess.

Shade-wise, I’m not sure “Freckle Fiesta” is a home run for my cool skintone. I’m not sure what I was expecting since I knew it was a warm-toned lipstick when I bought it but oh well. I’m going to play with it a bit more since I had a yellow/gold eyeshadow on the first time I wore it. I’m thinking that if I paired it with a mauve or plum eyeshadow, it would be a bit more flattering.

Stunna Lip Paint

Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint

This lip paint has been all over Instagram for the last few months and now, I feel like one of the cool kids. It’s hard to imagine how this lip color WOULDN’T look amazing on anyone. It’s a TRUE RED, no cool or warm undertones to speak of – just totally neutral, bold, a little bright…perfection.

Formula wise, it’s super thin and liquidy. The applicator is unusual – a sponge tip with a weird little round top. It took some practice the first few times I used it but I’m jiving with it now.

Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint

Be forewarned tho, if you aren’t used to applying liquid lipsticks – you may not like this. It’s definitely a little tricky to apply and because it’s so thin and liquidy, it got ALL over my teeth the first time I tried it. Not a cute look.

In terms of finish, it’s also a demi-matte but dries down to a more flat matte with wear. I tend to blot it since I love a matte finish on my lips.

Unlike most liquid lipsticks, this is not transfer-resistant. But honestly, I’m used to reapplying lipsticks after eating so that’s not such a big deal to me. It fades evenly and gracefully unlike most liquid lipsticks and leaves my lips intact, without feeling bone dry.

It’s not the easiest red lippie out there. If you’re in a rush and need a swipe of something quick and easy, this may not be it. But the packaging is GORGEOUS and the shade is probably one of the best reds out there. I’m happy to have this beauty in my collection and have already worn it several times.

Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer

Fenty Beauty Glossbomb

Just like her red lippie, this is another shade that is shockingly universal. It’s a perfect neutral peachy, rosy, gold lip gloss with just the right amount of sheer shimmer without being tacky. The packaging, like the rest of Fenty Beauty, is super lux and the applicator and formula of this gloss is pure butter. If you’re a gloss lover, you gotta try this.

Phew! That was a doozy. Have any of you tried Fenty Beauty? Comment below with your favorite products!

I’m hoping to try some of the powder highlighters (Metal Moon, Fire Crystal) and the Griselda lippie next. Stay tuned!

 

It’s the most wonderful time of the year – the long-awaited Sephora VIB sale. Sephora only does these sales two times a year so it’s wise to get while the gettin’ is good.

After attempting to clean out my makeup storage just last week (and promptly giving up after 20 minutes), I tried to be a little more judicious this year than usual. Here are my very carefully chosen top picks from the Sephora VIB sale.

1. Tarte Tartelette Toasted Eyeshadow Palette
TARTE Tartelette Toasted Eyeshadow Palette

I need another warm-toned eyeshadow palette like I need a hole in the head but I couldn’t resist this one. I already own and love the Tartelette Original and Tartelette in Bloom palettes so I know I love the formulas. The colors in this one are perfect for this time of year and sort of remind me of my favorite shades from the Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette which has been a favorite of mine for the last few months.

2. Ouai Texturizing Hairspray
Ouai Texturizing Hairspray

I got a mini sample of this last time I went to Sephora just to test it out. I’m usually pretty devoted to my Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray but it’s soooo expensive and I used up my last spritz over a month ago. I really like how this Ouai one has a fresh minty scent and I decided to give it a go for the upcoming holiday season.

3. Kat Von D Liquid Lipstick in Bow  Arrow and Lolita II

Kat Von D Liquid Lipstick

Lolita II

Okay, so you guys know I’m obsessed with the shade “Sanctuary” from Kat Von D.  It’s a great autumnal, 90s cool-toned brown. But what I really fell in love with was the formula of these babies. I actually thought I wasn’t a liquid lipstick person until I found these. (I had to return the Anastasia ones because they were so difficult to apply and dried up on my lips.) So I decided to pick up two more neutral shades, Bow N Arrow is a best-seller and Lolita II. I own the original Lolita in the now-discontinued Studded Kiss formula and love the shade. This slightly tawnier version seemed perfect for an everyday winter lip color.

4. First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Instant Oatmeal Mask
First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Instant Oatmeal Mask

With cooler weather comes dryer, more irritated skin. I saw that this mask was given 5 stars on Beautypedia so I decided to give it a go. I would have loved to buy a ton of new skincare products but I’m still on a bit of a skincare detox (check out my how-to) and I wanted to keep it simple for awhile. Yay, sensitive skin.

5. Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Mysterious Red

Mysterious Red

Mysterious Red

I love a matte lip. I really wanted to get a new matte red for the holidays (the unofficial red lip season) and it seemed like a lot of the lipstick formulas at Sephora had some sort of shine to them. I used to love, and I mean, LOVE the Nars Cruella lip pencil from this line so when I realized that there was a red shade in that same formula that I hadn’t tried yet, I knew I had to have it. I love the name (so mysterious) and the color itself was described as a “crimson” on Sephora’s website. While I plan to break out my rediscovered and much beloved “Cruella” this year, I’m pretty stoked to test out a new shade of this super matte formula.

That’s all, folks! Very restrained for me…

Anyone else partaking in the Sephora VIB Sale this year? Let me know what you bought below!