REVIEW: ColourPop × Disney Designer Crème Lux Lipsticks – Ariel, Belle & Tiana

Hello there.. I’ve been on hiatus for far too long 😝 *inserts work rambles* 

But fret not, the wallet remained hard at work to feed my makeup addiction and keep the stash updated with the latest products. Scores of beauty collections might have come and gone during my absence from the blogosphere, but that doesn’t mean I am not allowed to talk about them! Plus, according to a recent poll I did on my Instagram, many of you don’t seem to mind reviews on past collections, so here goes 😁

Last September, The Walt Disney Company and ColourPop teamed up on limited-edition fairy tale-themed collection featuring some of the original Disney princesses in their Premiere Series forms (don’t know about you but I’m just not diggin’ this style 🤷‍♀️) gracing the packaging of their respective kits. The line-up consists of a 15-pan eye shadow palette (It’s a Princess Thing – seriously meh choice of shades), six Crème Lux Lipsticks (Belle / Ariel / Snow White / Tiana / Jasmine / Cinderella – each designed to match the skin tone of the featured princess), three Ultra Glossy Lips (Bibbidi / Boo / Bobbidi), six Super Shock Shadows and two Super Shock Highlighters (each with name inspired by the soundtrack of the movie in which the princess was starred).

ColourPop x Disney Designer (those scribbles on the tubes are actually the princesses' autograph!)

ColourPop x Disney Designer (those scribbles on the tubes are actually the princesses’ autograph!)

ColourPop x Disney Designer

ColourPop x Disney Designer

ColourPop x Disney Designer

ColourPop x Disney Designer

ColourPop x Disney Designer

ColourPop x Disney Designer

Due to popular demand, this collection was restocked several times and I only managed to get the lipsticks during its second run because procrastination happened 🙊

#1 Ariel

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Ariel (US$8)

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Ariel (US$8)

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Ariel

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Ariel

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Ariel

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Ariel

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Ariel

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Ariel

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Ariel

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Ariel (I’ve moved to a place that doesn’t allow me to have a workroom, so hopefully this explains the background 🤣)

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Ariel

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Ariel

Ariel is described as a peachy beige nude with a Crème finish. Unlike the swatches provided by ColourPop, this has more coral undertones than depicted (i.e. more orange than dusty rose) so I did not find it very flattering on my yellow skin tone. Otherwise, this hydrating, highly pigmented MLBB shade is perfect for daily wear – even without a full face of makeup – as it blends nicely into the lips while still intensifying the natural lip colour so as to draw attention to the lips. The formula, as with other Crème Lux Lipsticks, has a buttery smooth texture and has a nice slip when applied. However, it tends to bleed a little, and reapplication is definitely needed after a few hours of wear as it is not transfer-proof.

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Ariel (swatch comparison)

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Ariel (swatch comparison)

#2 Belle

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Belle (US$8)

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Belle (US$8)

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Belle

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Belle

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Belle

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Belle

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Belle

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Belle

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Belle

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Belle

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Belle

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Belle

Belle is described as a rosy berry with a Crème finish. Despite the darker hue, this medium reddish mauve with brown undertones is extremely wearable in actual life and would look absolutely flattering on any skin tone. It is vibrant enough to make a subtle statement but when paired with bold looks, it totally screams rocker chic. Belle delivers full-coverage pigment with a creamy consistency and is lightly matte in appearance. It is slightly more long-lasting so it tends to be more drying (still bearable nonetheless) than the other shades.

#3 Tiana

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Tiana (US$8)

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Tiana (US$8)

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Tiana

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Tiana

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Tiana

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Tiana

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Tiana

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Tiana

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Tiana

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Tiana

Tiana is described as a deep oxblood red with a Crème finish. Silky smooth in application and soft and lightweight (akin to a lip balm!) in texture, this cool reddish purple (more red undertone than purple in my opinion) gives an amazing colour pay-off (the colour matches that of the bullet too!) that does not bleed into the fine lines. Tiana isn’t very dark from a neutral perspective and certainly complements any skin tone, but I must say it would look best on medium to dark ones. has an impressive staying power which is such a rarity for matte-ish deep berry shades like this (M.A.C, are you taking notes?). But once it does wear off (I’m talking about at least 6 hours of wear), it fades to an even pretty tint. I can’t recommend this beauty enough!

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Belle & Tiana (swatch comparison)

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Belle & Tiana (swatch comparison)

Despite the affordable prices, ColourPop has never been one to disappoint when it comes to quality, and I am glad that even after four years in the business and getting all that recognition, this hasn’t changed a bit. And this collection is just another example to add to the list. Psst.. I can’t wait to try their expanded line of eye products!

What do you think about this collaboration? Let me know your views in the comments below, or take a quick poll!

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ColourPop × Disney Designer is now available on ColourPop.com.

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REVIEW: ColourPop × Shayla – Perception Pressed Powder Shadow Palette & Crème Lux Lipsticks in OOUUUU!, Quickie & C’mon Sis

Hello everyone!

With nearly every makeup product imaginable already being sold on the market, brands are at risk of losing their footing if they don’t innovate. From packaging revamp to striking up a collaboration with high-profile figures, companies such as M·A·C have been employing numerous marketing strategies to shake the somewhat stagnant beauty industry to great success, and it sure didn’t take long for emerging brands like ColourPop to learn the tricks of the trade and follow their footsteps.

Being a (largely) e-commerce brand, the decision to book social media influencers to front their beauty campaigns is a no-brainer for ColourPop. But what makes them more relatable than any other brands (apart from their low costs) is how they have been promoting a sense of inclusivity by putting the spotlight on people of colour – Latinas (Kathleen Lights, ILuvSarahii), Asians (Jenn Im, Hello Kitty 😂) and now the third African-American after Ellarie and Karrueche, MakeupShayla.

For the unfamiliar, MakeUpShayla (whose real name is Shayla Mitchell) is a beauty guru with nearly 600,000 subscribers on YouTube and over 2 million followers on Instagram. As part of her larger goal to make brands more diverse, she jumped at the chance to collaborate with ColourPop to come up with makeup that would complement darker skin tones.

Her collection, which comprises Crème Lux Lipsticks (OOUUUU! / Quickie / C’mon Sis), Luster Dust Loose Highlighter (Boomin’ / Pose), Ultra Glossy Lip (Neat Freak) and a Pressed Powder Shadow Palette (Perception), is a throwback to the emo era with paint splatters (albeit emblazoned in gold foil) all over the black packaging. You could buy the entire collection in a bundle for five bucks less, or simply get the eye shadow palette and another seven-dollar item to enjoy free domestic shipping. Since I’m not residing in the U.S., I would have to fill my shopping basket with more products to have them shipped to me at no cost. So lucky you – more of ColourPop in this review!

Perception Pressed Powder
Shadow Palette 

ColourPop × Shayla Perception Pressed Powder Shadow Palette (US$23)

ColourPop × Shayla Perception Pressed Powder Shadow Palette (US$23)

ColourPop × Shayla Perception Pressed Powder Shadow Palette

ColourPop × Shayla Perception Pressed Powder Shadow Palette

ColourPop × Shayla Perception Pressed Powder Shadow Palette

ColourPop × Shayla Perception Pressed Powder Shadow Palette

ColourPop × Shayla Perception Pressed Powder Shadow Palette (click to enlarge)

ColourPop × Shayla Perception Pressed Powder Shadow Palette (click to enlarge)

With 16 bold yet versatile shades for creating day-to-night looks, Perception is a refreshing change from the neutral and rose gold palettes that have been sprouting up everywhere like mushrooms. At just US$23, you are essentially paying about US$1.50 per gram of eye shadow (for comparison, M·A·C charges about U$4 per gram).

Despite the low price, it still comes with a mirror (covered by a protective film)! Having a mirror in your eye shadow palette is like realising your dress has pockets – they are little bonuses that you never know when will come in handy, so that certainly contributed to the positive first impression. Besides, a lot of attention was paid to the overall aesthetics of the palette as can be seen from the gold-scripted names underneath each pan. For the record, printing the names of eye shadows isn’t a common practice of ColourPop!

The following palettes were selected for comparison purposes due to their similarities to Perception: Kat Von D 10th Anniversary · Kat Von D Saint and Sinner

Unbothered is described as a metallic ivory with a peachy flip. This cream contains ivory gold micro-shimmer that lends a radiant (yet not too obtrusive) shine to the eyes. It has a smooth and silky application (almost like Satin finish) and is finely milled to provide deeper coverage. The texture adheres to the lid very well without appearing streaky and blended out very easily even in wet state. For comparison swatches, please scroll down to the review on Spill The Tea.

TF is described as a metallic true gold. Upon application, this eye shadow luxuriously envelops the lids like the finest silk (because the texture is so smooth!) with a high-shine gold shimmer-infused (somewhat muted) warm gold colour. When used dry, it goes on slightly sheer on first pass but is buildable to full opacity but the payoff becomes richer and more intense once it comes in contact with water. There was no fallout and edges were relatively easy to diffuse. For comparison swatches, please scroll down to the review on Strut ‘n Slay.

Titus is described as a metallic gunmetal. To be more explicit, it is a grey with purple undertones which has small yet sparse predominantly silver shimmer particles. It has semi-sheer payoff which improves slightly when used with a dampened brush. Although the texture was smooth (as with majority of the shades in this palette), it took me a bit of effort to diffuse the edges and after awhile, it became patchy on my lid. On top of that, I noticed that it started to settle into my crease about two hours into wear.

Swatch comparison for Titus

Swatch comparison for Titus

Stallion is described as a matte black with blue glitter. Like Titus, this bluish-black contains shimmer that scatters all over the skin when applied. But in terms of application, this performs much worse due to its slightly grainier texture which refuses to adhere to my lid, thereby causing some fallout issues. Although pigmented, it tends to become patchy once it is blended out (which is also a difficult task). Generally, I find this shade to be rather messy – there was never a time when the area around the pan would be spotless after use because of the kickback. For comparison swatches, please scroll down to the review on 14.

Spill the Tea is described as a metallic warm taupe. This warm rose gold has a finish more metallic than the ones mentioned before this because of its densely packed shimmer. It has a smooth but uneven consistency which doesn’t blend out very well. A lot of the product tend to congregate at one spot, leaving the other areas sheer. But I realised the application got better when used with a dampened brush.

Swatch comparison for Spill the Tea and Unbothered

Swatch comparison for Spill the Tea and Unbothered

Diva is described as a metallic amber. This finely milled deep copper is densely packed with shimmer of the same colour, rendering it a true metallic effect. It is a darker, warmer and certainly a more pigmented version of TF. Loosely pressed and moderately creamy in texture, a lot of product comes off the pan easily in a powdery soft form with just a small dab of the brush. As kickback is expected for this shade, it would be advisable to pick up the pigment with a light hand. When applied, it yields a smooth and intense pigmentation even in its wet state (which makes it suitable to be used as a liner too) without fallout. Diva is certainly one of the better performers in the palette. For comparison swatches, please scroll down to the review on Strut ‘n Slay.

I.E. is described as a metallic olive. This muted army green is flaked with gold micro-shimmer and it applies pigmented on the lid with minimal fallout when patted on top of a primer. However, it quickly loses its intensity upon being blended out, becoming a patch of muddy grey with an uneven texture. I found the colour payoff and consistency to be much better when applied with a dampened brush. For comparison swatches, please scroll down to the review on Sassy.

14 is described as a metallic navy with closely packed blue shimmer that provides a uniform shine with every application. Fairly smooth in texture, it has an even consistency and a nearly opaque pigmentation. But it was a bit challenging for me to blend out the harsh edges without causing them to become blotchy in the process. I prefer applying this wet to maximise its intensity.

Swatch comparison for Stallion and 14

Swatch comparison for Stallion and 14

Strut ‘n Slay is described as a metallic rosy copper with a name inspired by Shayla’s signature tagline. The colour payoff is mostly opaque in a single layer, and despite it being of a shimmery finish, this shade does not catch as much light as the other metallic ones in this palette. Furthermore, the product did not seem to adhere very well to my skin as there was a reasonable amount of fallout during application. However, it blends out seamlessly without losing much intensity.

Swatch comparison for TF, Diva and Strut 'n Slay

Swatch comparison for TF, Diva and Strut ‘n Slay

Culture is described as a matte soft brown. Moderately pigmented, this muted orangey brown has a sheer-to-medium coverage with a soft and smooth texture that doesn’t feel dusty or dry. The product doesn’t have much fallout and its edges can be diffused easily without sheering out too much. Contrary to the other shades, I found Culture more suited to be applied dry because the colour on its own is gorgeous and the original finish gives a soft touch to the eyes. For comparison swatches, please scroll down to the review on Thic.

Sassy is described as a metallic eggplant with a teal flip. This intriguing shade has a strong teal presence in the pan but applies medium brown on the lid. When more product is piled on, only then will the teal shift be more apparent. The first layer rendered a rather streaky consistency but it gradually evened and smoothed out with a couple more pats. To maximise its potential, use Sassy with a dampened dense brush.

Swatch comparison for I.E. and Sassy

Swatch comparison for I.E. and Sassy

September is described as a metallic pinky violet. This mulberry pink is finely milled with densely packed shimmer. It applies semi-opaque with a rather weak intensity at first, and takes about three layers to build to full coverage and achieve the same degree of vibrancy as in the pan. The product adheres fairly well to my lid and I was able to diffuse the edges easily.

Swatch comparison for September

Revenge is described as a matte red brown. This shade is rather loosely pressed in the pan so my brush was able to pick up a lot of product with only a light touch on the surface. Needless to say, there was a decent amount of kickback in the pan. Almost velvety in texture, Revenge appears burnt red when applied, but turns slightly more brownish when blended out. When used wet, it also becomes a bit patchy. For comparison swatches, please scroll down to the review on Shade.

Thic is described as a matte vibrant orange. This warm orange feels much drier as compared to other mattes, thereby rendering it a slightly grittier texture (but it isn’t rough on the lid so not to worry). It applies pigmented but sadly doesn’t blend very well over a large surface area. The intensity and pigmentation of this shade remain largely unchanged regardless of wet or dry application.

Swatch comparison for Thic and Culture

Swatch comparison for Thic and Culture

Played Out is described as a matte chocolate brown. This deep cocoa brown can be simply described in one word: problematic. Smooth with great pigmentation and a nearly opaque payoff on the first sweep, this shade was off to a promising start.. until I blended it out – a great deal of intensity and opacity was lost in the process and the finish actually separated on my lid. The harsh edges were a pain to diffuse too. I thought it would be a lot better when applied wet, but it became patchy so.. 🤷🏻‍♀️

Shade is described as a deep matte purple with violet glitter. This maroon brown contains mostly silver but sparse shimmer. Like Revenge, it has a considerable amount of kickback in the pan due to it being loosely pressed, but it is drier in texture and more coarse to the touch. It goes on slightly streaky on the lid, coating it with a semi-opaque and streaky colour (some of which landed on my face). More product was piled up to build it to full opacity, but to little success. And once it was blended out, it instantly sheered out. That said, Shade may yield better results when used wet.

Swatch comparison for Titus, Revenge, Played Out and Shade

Swatch comparison for Titus, Revenge, Played Out and Shade

APPLICATION & SUGGESTED LOOK

Culture sets the stage

Culture sets the stage

Applying Culture all over my lids

Applying Culture all over my lids

Played Out goes next

Played Out goes next

Defining the eyes a little with Played Out

Defining the eyes a little with Played Out

Followed by 14

Followed by 14

Further defining the outer V with 14

Further defining the outer V with 14

Stunning Diva picks up the baton

Stunning Diva picks up the baton

[Pardon my crazy eye] Diva for an added pop on the inner corners

[Pardon my crazy eye] Diva for an added pop on the inner corners

Pick up some I.E. with a finger

Pick up some I.E. with a finger

Apply I.E. to the centre of the lid

Apply I.E. to the centre of the lid

Now, going over to Shade..

Now, going over to Shade..

Adding some depth along the crease

Adding some depth along the crease

Dabbing the brush in Stallion

Dabbing the brush in Stallion

Giving some attention to the lower lash line with Stallion

Giving some attention to the lower lash line with Stallion

Extending the application to the next 40% of the lower lash line

Extending the application to the next 40% of the lower lash line

And finally, TF as the finishing touch

And finally, TF as the finishing touch

TF on the inner corners

TF on the inner corners

Without eye shadow → with eye shadow

Without eye shadow → with eye shadow

A full frontal shot of me rocking Perception!

A full frontal shot of me rocking Perception!

Lipstick: OOUUUU!

ColourPop × Shayla Lipstick in OOUUUU! (US$7)

ColourPop × Shayla Lipstick in OOUUUU! (US$7)

ColourPop × Shayla Lipstick in OOUUUU!

ColourPop × Shayla Lipstick in OOUUUU!

ColourPop × Shayla Lipstick in OOUUUU!

ColourPop × Shayla Lipstick in OOUUUU!

ColourPop × Shayla Lipstick in OOUUUU!

ColourPop × Shayla Lipstick in OOUUUU!

ColourPop × Shayla Lipstick in OOUUUU!

ColourPop × Shayla Lipstick in OOUUUU!

ColourPop × Shayla Lipstick in OOUUUU!

ColourPop × Shayla Lipstick in OOUUUU!

OOUUUU! is described as a warm peach with Crème finish. This satin lipstick glides with ease to saturate the lips with a lustrous reddish salmon (orange) colour which is  quite a letdown for me because it appears way too peachy than what is depicted in the tube, and anything too peachy makes me look jaundice. Like the other Lux Lipsticks, this is infused with a faint chocolatey scent. Although moisturising, it feels excessively creamy, making it prone to transfer and not as long-wearing as I would like it to be. On top of that, it also tends to leave gaps on the lips and cling onto rough patches.

Swatch comparison for OOUUUU!, against the orange lipsticks I have

Swatch comparison for OOUUUU!, against the orange lipsticks I have

Lipstick: C’mon Sis

ColourPop × Shayla Lipstick in C'mon Sis (US$7)

ColourPop × Shayla Lipstick in C’mon Sis (US$7)

ColourPop × Shayla Lipstick in C'mon Sis

ColourPop × Shayla Lipstick in C’mon Sis

ColourPop × Shayla Lipstick in C'mon Sis

ColourPop × Shayla Lipstick in C’mon Sis

ColourPop × Shayla Lipstick in C'mon Sis

ColourPop × Shayla Lipstick in C’mon Sis

ColourPop × Shayla Lipstick in C'mon Sis

ColourPop × Shayla Lipstick in C’mon Sis

ColourPop × Shayla Lipstick in C'mon Sis

ColourPop × Shayla Lipstick in C’mon Sis

C’mon Sis is described as a soft pinky brown with Crème finish. This gorgeous medium brownish-red has the right amount of slip to blanket the lips effortlessly with a moisturising coat of colour that instantly brightens up the face. Richly pigmented, it is opaque in one pass without emphasising the lip lines. A great everyday lip colour for medium skin tones especially, C’mon Sis goes well with any occasion and stays on the lips much longer than OOUUUU!.

Swatch comparison for C'mon Sis

Swatch comparison for C’mon Sis

Lipstick: Quickie

ColourPop × Shayla Lipstick in Quickie (US$7)

ColourPop × Shayla Lipstick in Quickie (US$7)

ColourPop × Shayla Lipstick in Quickie

ColourPop × Shayla Lipstick in Quickie

ColourPop × Shayla Lipstick in Quickie

ColourPop × Shayla Lipstick in Quickie

ColourPop × Shayla Lipstick in Quickie

ColourPop × Shayla Lipstick in Quickie

ColourPop × Shayla Lipstick in Quickie

ColourPop × Shayla Lipstick in Quickie

ColourPop × Shayla Lipstick in Quickie

ColourPop × Shayla Lipstick in Quickie

Quickie is described as a peachy nude with Crème finish. Touted as the perfect nude lipstick for Black women, this salmon beige goes on smooth to deliver a nearly opaque colour (but buildable to full coverage) with a moisturising sheen on the first swipe. But due to the overly creamy and slippery texture, the product moves quite a bit during application and, of course, doesn’t last very long on the lips.

When I swatched it, the colour seemed lot lighter than what was shown in the swatches provided on the ColourPop website so naturally, I didn’t expect to like it on my lips. But surprisingly, it doesn’t wash me out and it actually complements on skin tone. If you’re planning to amp up the eye makeup, this also makes an ideal lip colour to keep it as the focus. That said, this shade may still be too pale on some skin tones so I recommend pairing it with a mocha brown lip liner to create some depth.

Swatch comparison for Quickie

Swatch comparison for Quickie

I am not going to lie – the preposterous amount of beauty influencer collaborations in the market has tamped down my interest in them entirely but this ColourPop × Shayla partnership has definitely brought in some interesting and unpredictable products (I’m so over those warm palettes) – with great value, no less. If there’s anything I’d recommend from this collection, it would be the Perception palette which is probably the most diverse palette ColourPop has ever released.

What are your thoughts about this collection? For those with darker skin tones, do these products really work for you? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below. Otherwise, simply take a quick poll!

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ColourPop × Shayla is now available on ColourPop.com.

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REVIEW: ColourPop Lux Lipsticks – Maxed Out, Getty, Trill Seeker, Confetti Cake, Mind Trick & Money Moves

Hello everyone!

The rise of social media has prompted trends to move faster than ever, pushing brands to be more adaptive and innovative with the styles, options and products they offer to consumers. But unfortunately, this also means that we have to constantly update our stash of makeup in order to keep up with the speed of change, and doing so can certainly take a toll on our wallets. In this regard, drugstore brands are our saviours – but, admit it, they may not always yield the most satisfactory results.

Hence, to fill the void of affordable yet reliable (and cruelty-free!) cosmetics on the market, Seed Beauty – the same mastermind behind Kylie Cosmetics – developed ColourPop which has been positioning itself as the Forever21 of makeup to enable anyone to follow the latest beauty craze and indulge in quality beauty products without breaking the bank. But as a full-fledge cosmetics company, I’ve always found it strange that ColourPop didn’t have its own line of traditional bullet lipsticks (if you don’t consider the skinny Blotted Lip products as one) – a staple in most makeup bags – until recently when it finally decided to launch the Lux Lipstick range!

My ColourPop Lux Lipstick haul

My ColourPop Lux Lipstick haul

With over 40 shades to choose from in Crème (creamy-matte) and Matte (velvety-matte) finishes, ColourPop instantly puts established brands that offer far fewer variety to shame. Designed to appeal to our obsession with all things cute, these lipsticks are encased in a star-printed rose gold plastic cylindrical tube (which feels hollow and cheap but I guess that is a trade-off most of us would be willing to accept for affordability) with starry details debossed on the bullet as well.

On top of that, they are also enriched with a wholesome medley of antioxidant-rich extracts such as açaí, jojoba and pomegranate seed butters in the Crème formula, and pomegranate, goji fruit and green seed in the Matte to protect the lips against environmental stressors and premature aging. What’s more, at only US$7 each, you will hardly feel the pinch even if you fill your cart with every shade of the lipstick. So, who says you can’t get A-grade yet non-toxic makeup on a budget?

Note: All swatches (with the exception of comparison swatches) were done with at least 3 passes for opacity check.

Maxed Out

ColourPop Matte Lux Lipstick in Maxed Out (US$7)

ColourPop Matte Lux Lipstick in Maxed Out (US$7)

ColourPop Matte Lux Lipstick in Maxed Out

ColourPop Matte Lux Lipstick in Maxed Out

ColourPop Matte Lux Lipstick in Maxed Out

ColourPop Matte Lux Lipstick in Maxed Out

ColourPop Matte Lux Lipstick in Maxed Out

ColourPop Matte Lux Lipstick in Maxed Out

ColourPop Matte Lux Lipstick in Maxed Out

ColourPop Matte Lux Lipstick in Maxed Out

ColourPop Matte Lux Lipstick in Maxed Out

ColourPop Matte Lux Lipstick in Maxed Out

Maxed Out is described as a vibrant fuchsia with a matte finish. Contrary to the dry and gritty texture of the bullet (which, I admit, kinda made me suspicious of the result at first), this cool-toned darkened pink actually provides a smooth and even coverage across the lips without stripping away the natural moisture. It has a minimal sheen to it (almost appearing flat), and one swipe is all it takes to give an opaque payoff that doesn’t emphasise the lip lines. This lipstick (as well as the other Mattes I’ve gotten from this line) does smell slightly plasticky when I take a whiff directly from the bullet, but thankfully it dissipates as soon as I apply it to my lips.

Swatch comparison for Maxed Out - Intoxica is lighter and warmer and Catfight is deeper and cooler

Swatch comparison for Maxed Out – Intoxica is lighter and warmer and Catfight is deeper and cooler

Getty

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Getty (US$7)

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Getty (US$7)

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Getty

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Getty

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Getty

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Getty

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Getty

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Getty

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Getty

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Getty

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Getty

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Getty

Getty is described as a deepened teal, and it is the only one in this review with Crème finish because I hadn’t planned on getting anything from that category until I spotted this unusual shade as I was looking to add another shade to my cart to satisfy the minimum order requirement for free international shipping. Scanning through the swatches on the ColourPop website, I had my reservations about how it wears, but this turns out to be one of my best buys from the brand.

Apart from being absolutely stunning with a faint chocolatey scent, the slip of this bluish-teal is fantastic. Gliding on like a dream, it delivers a full, even coverage with a lustrous appearance which reflects light, making imperfections less visible while moisturising the lips. If the sheeny wet look isn’t your cup of tea, it can be blotted off without taking too much intensity away from the colour or cause it to look blotchy. It does, however, settle deep into the lip lines and leave a subtle blue stain upon removal, so I would advise against using this anywhere else besides the lips. In terms of longevity, this definitely doesn’t last as long as the Mattes.

And no, your eyes didn’t play tricks on you – this lipstick really is longer than the Mattes by about 0.3 cm even though they have the same net weight.

Trill Seeker

ColourPop Matte Lux Lipstick in Trill Seeker (US$7)

ColourPop Matte Lux Lipstick in Trill Seeker (US$7)

ColourPop Matte Lux Lipstick in Trill Seeker

ColourPop Matte Lux Lipstick in Trill Seeker

ColourPop Matte Lux Lipstick in Trill Seeker

ColourPop Matte Lux Lipstick in Trill Seeker

ColourPop Matte Lux Lipstick in Trill Seeker

ColourPop Matte Lux Lipstick in Trill Seeker

ColourPop Matte Lux Lipstick in Trill Seeker

ColourPop Matte Lux Lipstick in Trill Seeker

ColourPop Matte Lux Lipstick in Trill Seeker

ColourPop Matte Lux Lipstick in Trill Seeker

Trill Seeker is described as a true periwinkle with a matte finish. This mid-tone lavender blue has a powdery smooth texture which goes on pigmented and evenly on the lips without any causing any patchiness or drawing attention to the lip lines. The payoff is slightly sheer on the first swipe, but it is buildable to full opacity upon the third. It contains the right amount of wax and oil to create such flat yet non-drying effect. However, the colour tends to skip on smaller surface so it was a bit challenging for me to line my cupid’s bow and inner corners.

Swatch comparison for Getty and Trill Seeker

Swatch comparison for Getty and Trill Seeker

Confetti Cake

ColourPop Matte Lux Lipstick in Confetti Cake (US$7)

ColourPop Matte Lux Lipstick in Confetti Cake (US$7)

ColourPop Matte Lux Lipstick in Confetti Cake

ColourPop Matte Lux Lipstick in Confetti Cake

ColourPop Matte Lux Lipstick in Confetti Cake

ColourPop Matte Lux Lipstick in Confetti Cake

ColourPop Matte Lux Lipstick in Confetti Cake

ColourPop Matte Lux Lipstick in Confetti Cake

ColourPop Matte Lux Lipstick in Confetti Cake

ColourPop Matte Lux Lipstick in Confetti Cake

ColourPop Matte Lux Lipstick in Confetti Cake

ColourPop Matte Lux Lipstick in Confetti Cake

Confetti Cake is described as a vibrant teal with a matte finish. Like Trill Seeker, this cool turquoise isn’t for the faint-hearted but if you’re feeling a little ballsy, this will turn out so gorgeously on the lips, especially when blended into Getty! Non-drying with just a hint of sheen, it evenly deposits a soft and smooth layer of product on the lips without emphasising the lines. This shade also effortlessly gives a highly pigmented and opaque coverage which makes achieving clean, crisp lines around the lips a cinch.

Swatch comparison for Confetti Cake

Swatch comparison for Confetti Cake

Mind Trick

ColourPop Matte Lux Lipstick in Mind Trick (US$7)

ColourPop Matte Lux Lipstick in Mind Trick (US$7)

ColourPop Matte Lux Lipstick in Mind Trick

ColourPop Matte Lux Lipstick in Mind Trick

ColourPop Matte Lux Lipstick in Mind Trick

ColourPop Matte Lux Lipstick in Mind Trick

ColourPop Matte Lux Lipstick in Mind Trick

ColourPop Matte Lux Lipstick in Mind Trick

ColourPop Matte Lux Lipstick in Mind Trick

ColourPop Matte Lux Lipstick in Mind Trick

ColourPop Matte Lux Lipstick in Mind Trick

ColourPop Matte Lux Lipstick in Mind Trick

Mind Trick is described as a brick red with a matte finish. A superb alternative to boring reds, this warm orangey brown lays down a load of pigment in just one swipe, providing a smooth and even consistency that remains hydrating over time. Creamy and velvety in texture, this shade has an opaque coverage which, even though feels like a lot of product, sits comfortably on my lips without gravitating towards the lines.

Swatch comparison for Mind Trick

Swatch comparison for Mind Trick

Money Moves

ColourPop Matte Lux Lipstick in Money Moves (US$7)

ColourPop Matte Lux Lipstick in Money Moves (US$7)

ColourPop Matte Lux Lipstick in Money Moves

ColourPop Matte Lux Lipstick in Money Moves

ColourPop Matte Lux Lipstick in Money Moves

ColourPop Matte Lux Lipstick in Money Moves

ColourPop Matte Lux Lipstick in Money Moves

ColourPop Matte Lux Lipstick in Money Moves

ColourPop Matte Lux Lipstick in Money Moves

ColourPop Matte Lux Lipstick in Money Moves

ColourPop Matte Lux Lipstick in Money Moves

ColourPop Matte Lux Lipstick in Money Moves

ColourPop takes a leaf out of Cardi B’s book to produce Money Moves, a medium reddish-brown described as a muted terracotta with a matte finish. In case you’re not in tuned with pop music, this lipstick is named after the lyrics of her (no offence) awfully-sounding chart-topping single “Bodak Yellow”. But as much as I hated that song, Money Moves is another shade I have to sing praises for because of how smoothly it applies across the lip to give a rich and opaque colour payoff. Lightweight and long-wearing, this shade has a creamy and velvety texture like the rest of the lipsticks mentioned in this post, and works fabulously well on all skin tones.

Swatch comparison for Money Moves

Swatch comparison for Money Moves

Wow.. just wow. I don’t know how ColourPop does it but the formula for the Lux Lipstick line is beyond ah-ma-zing for the price. I have no particular favourite from this haul because practically every one of them (especially the more unconventional shades since I’ve had terrible experiences with similar ones by other brands in the past) has exceeded my expectations. The Mattes took me by surprise their non-drying yet insanely pigmented finish, and the colours on the lip are true to the colours in the tube. And at only US$7 each for all the R&D involved in formulating these gems? I’m starting to wonder if ColourPop is deliberately making a loss to save us from the overpriced makeup out there!

What are your thoughts about the Lux Lipsticks? Let me know your views in the comments below or take a quick poll!

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REVIEW: ColourPop × My Little Pony – Pressed Powder Highlighter in Starflower & Trickles, Ultra Matte Lip in Lemon Drop & Pin Wheel

Hello everyone!

Continuing from where the previous ColourPop × My Little Pony collection review ended last week, here’s the second post where I will talk about some of the face and lip products from the same haul.

Let's begin with the highlighters!

Let’s begin with the highlighters!

Housed in a purple compact with an integrated mirror and a magnetic closure, the highlighters in the ColourPop × My Little Pony collection are about the size of an adult palm with a net weight of 6.5 g (0.23 oz) each. Made in the U.S. with stars embossed on the surface, the highlighters are available in two shades – Starflower and Trickles – and I’ve got them both here in this review.

Like the eye shadow palette, the motifs on the compact don’t quite appeal to me and I find the workmanship for this collection to be rather shoddy and lazy. In particular, Starflower arrived with slight dip in the bottom bit of the product as if it was not properly filled and pressed in the pan. Loose product was scattered all around the pan when I opened the case and it even dirtied the mirror. That said, I must consider myself lucky enough for not receiving a totally shattered ColourPop highlighter considering how fragile they are according to the reviews on their website!

The names of the highlighters are also printed in black on see-through stickers that are pasted on the most inconspicuous part of their respective boxes (not the compact). Hence, unless you manually write them on the compact, you’d need to keep referring back to the boxes for their names (and you cannot lose them).

Now, onto the critique of the products themselves. 

#1 Pressed Powder Highlighter in Starflower

ColourPop × My Little Pony Pressed Powder Highlighter in Starflower (US$8)

ColourPop × My Little Pony Pressed Powder Highlighter in Starflower (US$8)

ColourPop × My Little Pony Pressed Powder Highlighter in Starflower

ColourPop × My Little Pony Pressed Powder Highlighter in Starflower

ColourPop × My Little Pony Pressed Powder Highlighter in Starflower

ColourPop × My Little Pony Pressed Powder Highlighter in Starflower

ColourPop × My Little Pony Pressed Powder Highlighter in Starflower

ColourPop × My Little Pony Pressed Powder Highlighter in Starflower

ColourPop × My Little Pony Pressed Powder Highlighter in Starflower

ColourPop × My Little Pony Pressed Powder Highlighter in Starflower

ColourPop × My Little Pony Pressed Powder Highlighter in Starflower

ColourPop × My Little Pony Pressed Powder Highlighter in Starflower

ColourPop × My Little Pony Pressed Powder Highlighter in Starflower

ColourPop × My Little Pony Pressed Powder Highlighter in Starflower

ColourPop × My Little Pony Pressed Powder Highlighter in Starflower (two swipes)

ColourPop × My Little Pony Pressed Powder Highlighter in Starflower (two swipes)

ColourPop × My Little Pony Pressed Powder Highlighter in Starflower

ColourPop × My Little Pony Pressed Powder Highlighter in Starflower

Starflower is described as a peachy gold with a finish being more metallic than glittery. Finely milled, this highlight is mostly sheer with very limited buildability. Also, perhaps because it is rather similar to my natural skin colour, it isn’t very prominent on my skin. This would be ideal if you are going for a soft glow or prefer something that isn’t too blinding. But personally, I was a little underwhelmed by it 😫 The first swipe rendered little to no reflective quality and it appears a bit chunky on my cheekbones as it tends to emphasise the pores and texture of my skin. This probably will work better on darker skin tones.

#2 Pressed Powder Highlighter in Trickles

ColourPop × My Little Pony Pressed Powder Highlighter in Trickles (US$8)

ColourPop × My Little Pony Pressed Powder Highlighter in Trickles (US$8)

ColourPop × My Little Pony Pressed Powder Highlighter in Trickles

ColourPop × My Little Pony Pressed Powder Highlighter in Trickles

ColourPop × My Little Pony Pressed Powder Highlighter in Trickles

ColourPop × My Little Pony Pressed Powder Highlighter in Trickles

ColourPop × My Little Pony Pressed Powder Highlighter in Trickles

ColourPop × My Little Pony Pressed Powder Highlighter in Trickles

ColourPop × My Little Pony Pressed Powder Highlighter in Trickles

ColourPop × My Little Pony Pressed Powder Highlighter in Trickles

ColourPop × My Little Pony Pressed Powder Highlighter in Trickles

ColourPop × My Little Pony Pressed Powder Highlighter in Trickles

ColourPop × My Little Pony Pressed Powder Highlighter in Trickles

ColourPop × My Little Pony Pressed Powder Highlighter in Trickles

ColourPop × My Little Pony Pressed Powder Highlighter in Trickles (one swipe)

ColourPop × My Little Pony Pressed Powder Highlighter in Trickles (one swipe)

ColourPop × My Little Pony Pressed Powder Highlighter in Trickles

ColourPop × My Little Pony Pressed Powder Highlighter in Trickles

Trickles is described as a lavender with pink opal duochrome flip. This was added to my cart on a whim to meet the minimum threshold for free international shipping but I ended up enjoying it more than Starflower. Trickles has a soft and metallic finish and is fairly blendable on the skin. It does not share the same formula as the Super Shock Highlighter so expect neither a blinding glow nor an intense pigmentation from it. However, if you prefer a more subtle dewy look, this is the shade you should pick up.

Trickles appears more luminous than Starflower and adds a subtle bounce of light to the cheekbones. For me, I do not have to build up much to see the holographic shift (and besides, my room isn’t the most well-lit of places so to be able to even see colour payoff from any highlighter is already a massive plus). Without having to scrape the top layer, I just need to sweep the brush over my cheekbones twice for the highlighter to pop. I recommend this stunner over Starflower any day!

Compare ColourPop Starflower and Trickles with other highlighters

Compare ColourPop Starflower and Trickles with other highlighters

Moving on to the lips..

#3 Ultra Matte Lip in Lemon Drop

ColourPop × My Little Pony Ultra Matte Lip in Lemon Drop (US$6)

ColourPop × My Little Pony Ultra Matte Lip in Lemon Drop (US$6)

ColourPop × My Little Pony Ultra Matte Lip in Lemon Drop

ColourPop × My Little Pony Ultra Matte Lip in Lemon Drop

ColourPop × My Little Pony Ultra Matte Lip in Lemon Drop

ColourPop × My Little Pony Ultra Matte Lip in Lemon Drop

ColourPop × My Little Pony Ultra Matte Lip in Lemon Drop

ColourPop × My Little Pony Ultra Matte Lip in Lemon Drop

ColourPop × My Little Pony Ultra Matte Lip in Lemon Drop

ColourPop × My Little Pony Ultra Matte Lip in Lemon Drop

ColourPop × My Little Pony Ultra Matte Lip in Lemon Drop

ColourPop × My Little Pony Ultra Matte Lip in Lemon Drop

ColourPop × My Little Pony Ultra Matte Lip in Lemon Drop

ColourPop × My Little Pony Ultra Matte Lip in Lemon Drop

ColourPop × My Little Pony Ultra Matte Lip in Lemon Drop

ColourPop × My Little Pony Ultra Matte Lip in Lemon Drop

Apart from the additional whimsical detail on the tube (which I quite like), the packaging of the lip products in this collaboration did not deviate much from those in the permanent line. There are a total of six lip products in this My Little Pony collection with three being the Ultra Glossy Lips (Ponyland, Dream Castle & Flutter Valley) – which were a hard pass for me since I’m not a fan of glossy finish – and the rest Ultra Matte Lips (Lemon Drop, Pin Wheel & Moondancer). I have always been a strong advocate of dark lips but this time, I wanted something I don’t already have hundreds of dupes of in my stash 🤨

Lemon Drop is described as a bright cool-toned lavender. This shade darkens as it sets and eventually becomes less pastel and somewhat of a royal purple with a flat-matte and shine-free finish. Bold yet universally flattering (especially on darker skin tones), this shade has a creamy and thick consistency and is absolutely transfer-proof. Lemon Drop saturates the lips with uniform opaque colour that locks into place in just one swipe. It dries down almost instantly and does not settle into the creases of the lips. Although it can feel slightly drying, it doesn’t crack on the lips. However, it has the tendency to flake off after a few hours of wear. When removed, it leaves a pinkish tint on the lips which I honestly don’t mind at all 😆

ColourPop Lemon Drop swatch comparison

ColourPop Lemon Drop swatch comparison

#4 Ultra Matte Lip in Pin Wheel

ColourPop × My Little Pony Ultra Matte Lip in Pin Wheel (US$6)

ColourPop × My Little Pony Ultra Matte Lip in Pin Wheel (US$6)

ColourPop × My Little Pony Ultra Matte Lip in Pin Wheel

ColourPop × My Little Pony Ultra Matte Lip in Pin Wheel

ColourPop × My Little Pony Ultra Matte Lip in Pin Wheel

ColourPop × My Little Pony Ultra Matte Lip in Pin Wheel

ColourPop × My Little Pony Ultra Matte Lip in Pin Wheel

ColourPop × My Little Pony Ultra Matte Lip in Pin Wheel

ColourPop × My Little Pony Ultra Matte Lip in Pin Wheel

ColourPop × My Little Pony Ultra Matte Lip in Pin Wheel

ColourPop × My Little Pony Ultra Matte Lip in Pin Wheel

ColourPop × My Little Pony Ultra Matte Lip in Pin Wheel

ColourPop × My Little Pony Ultra Matte Lip in Pin Wheel

ColourPop × My Little Pony Ultra Matte Lip in Pin Wheel

ColourPop × My Little Pony Ultra Matte Lip in Pin Wheel

ColourPop × My Little Pony Ultra Matte Lip in Pin Wheel

Pin Wheel is described as a vibrant cool-toned fuchsia. It is an alluring cool-toned hot pink that is guaranteed to grab eyeballs and earn you compliments. Extremely pigmented, this shade provides an intense and opaque colour in one application. It has a more watery consistency than Lemon Drop so it takes a while to completely dry down. Velvety in texture, it is neither drying or hydrating and wears comfortably lightweight. It settles to a flat matte without constricting the lips and the colour remains true to what you see in the tube. On top of it being totally transfer-proof and long-lasting. it also does not emphasise lip wrinkles. Honestly, there is really nothing much to gripe about this lovely lipstick!

ColourPop Pin Wheel swatch comparison

ColourPop Pin Wheel swatch comparison

Once again, ColourPop proves that you don’t have to burn a huge hole in your pockets for quality makeup and licensed products can still be affordable (*cough*Storybook Cosmetics*cough*). If you’re still contemplating if you should get any of the items featured above, seriously? JUST DO IT.

Furthermore, Black Friday sale is on now (til 25 November 2017 11.59 PM PST) and you can get to buy the Ultra Glossies and Mattes for less. Instead of US$6, they are going for US$4 each. ColourPop is also throwing in free global shipping for orders over US$50. So what are you waiting for? Chop-chop kali pok 😆

What do you think about the highlighters and the liquid lipsticks in this collection? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below or take a quick poll!

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REVIEW: ColourPop × My Little Pony Pressed Powder Shadow Palette

Hello everyone!

So far, this whole decade feels like a throwback to the ’80s and ’90s with the reboot and revival of many of our childhood favourites such as The Smurfs, Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast and Trolls, just to name a few. In case you didn’t know, My Little Pony has, too, made a comeback in recent years and is now even shown on the silver screen! But this year being 2017, working in the showbiz isn’t enough – you have to penetrate into the beauty industry as well to stay relevant because hey, not everyone (especially the millennials whose big part of their childhood revolves around these shows) watches TV these days, right? 😏

Perhaps that’s why Hasbro has been granting their licensing rights for My Little Pony to a handful of makeup companies like PUR Cosmetics, Thailand-based Mille Beauté and most recently, ColourPop which released a 14-piece limited edition My Little Pony collection last month.

An overview of my ColourPop × My Little Pony haul - do watch this space for my review on the highlighters and liquid lipsticks!

An overview of my ColourPop × My Little Pony haul – do watch this space for my review on the highlighters and liquid lipsticks!

As you can see, there’s quite a bit to talk about for this collection, so I will split my review into two parts for easy digestion. The first shall be on the eye shadow palette.

Inspired by the colourful personalities and magical cutie marks of the retro ponies, the My Little Pony Pressed Powder Shadow Palette features a range of nostalgia-evoking shades from “shimmery glitters and wearable mattes, to bright pops of colour and surprising iridescents”.

ColourPop × My Little Pony Pressed Powder Shadow Palette (US$16)

ColourPop × My Little Pony Pressed Powder Shadow Palette (US$16)

The back of the ColourPop × My Little Pony Pressed Powder Shadow Palette

The back of the ColourPop × My Little Pony Pressed Powder Shadow Palette

The My Little Pony palette measures just 10 cm × 13 cm, essentially making it easy to carry around due to its slim and compact size. It is placed into a box adorned with purple-hued pony motifs and “My Little Pony” embossed in purple-foil lettering in the middle, followed by the My Little Pony rainbow and ColourPop logos at the bottom.

The design of the palette itself looks a bit more tacky and juvenile (like it was designed with PowerPoint) with six holographic ponies arcing across (yet another) rainbow plastered on the cover. The lid has a magnetic closure and it does not come with a mirror. The eye shadows – each weighing 0.85 g (0.03 oz) – are set against a purple background with white pony motifs. The names of the shades are printed on the back of the box and palette, which posed some inconvenience for me as I was constructing my review. Maybe someone can enlighten me, but what’s so difficult about having the names printed below the shades? There is sufficient space for that, am I right?

SWATCHES & REVIEW

ColourPop × My Little Pony Pressed Powder Shadow Palette - all shades and their names, for your convenience

ColourPop × My Little Pony Pressed Powder Shadow Palette – all shades and their names, for your convenience

ColourPop × My Little Pony Pressed Powder Shadow Palette - swatches of all the shades applied with finger (2-3 swipes)

ColourPop × My Little Pony Pressed Powder Shadow Palette – swatches of all the shades applied with finger (2-3 swipes)

On first impression, the mattes appeared to be underwhelming and require more swipes than the shimmery ones for a more uniform and pigmented application. For the undiscerning eye, there also seems to be a repetition of shades. For instance, Snuzzle, Firefly and Bluebell as well as Minty and Applejack are pretty similar with the same finish and thus won’t offer much colour contrast on the lid when put together.

Let’s now get down to the individual swatches and review! Being a proud owner of a plethora of eye shadow palettes, it wouldn’t be practical for me to compare the My Little Pony palette to every single similar shade I can think of (and not forgetting that it is also more time consuming than swatching lipsticks). Hence, to be more time-efficient, I am just going to compare this with the shades from two selected palettes in my stash which, in this case, would be the ColourPop Yes, Please! palette (for the warms) and LORAC Mega PRO 3 (for the cooler hues). Comparison swatches will be done using my finger only.

ColourPop × My Little Pony Pressed Powder Shadow Palette - swatches of first 6 shades applied with both finger and my Sigma E55 Eyeshadow Shading Brush

ColourPop × My Little Pony Pressed Powder Shadow Palette – swatches of first 6 shades applied with both finger and my Sigma E55 Eyeshadow Shading Brush

Butterscotch is described as a white with subtle pink violet opalescent sheen. It is a matte pale lilac with barely noticeable fine shimmers, so much so that you would need to scrutinise the product to realise they are there. The eye shadow is pigmented and mostly opaque with a chalky but smooth texture. Blendable, it is has no fallout during application and adheres well to bare skin.

Blossom is described as a metallic peach with pink and gold duochrome finish. It is a mid-tone rosy nude with warm undertones and gold microshimmers which are distributed fairly evenly when applied. Although I did not have to go heavy-handed with it to achieve reasonable opacity, it does provide fuller coverage with added pressure to my lid. The texture of the eye shadow is also slightly dry and on the stiffer side so it can be rather challenging to diffuse the edges.

Starshine is described as a metallic golden tangerine. Totally living up to its name, it is a gorgeous warm yellow with strong metallic gold sheen. It has an insanely opaque colour payoff in a single layer although some fallout can occur during application. It goes on smooth and even with a dense consistency which requires a bit of effort to blend out the edges – but it is all worth it. When worn in the middle of the lid, it helps to make the eyes appear bigger and brighter. This shade is pretty long-wearing as it lasted five hours (the duration I spent outdoors) on my oily lids.

Swatch comparison for the warms against the ColourPop Yes, Please! Pressed Powder Eyeshadow Palette

Swatch comparison for the warms against the ColourPop Yes, Please! Pressed Powder Eyeshadow Palette

Bluebell is described as a satin golden ivory. It is a cool-toned white with pearly sheen from the microshimmers distributed equally across the product. It applies smoothly on the lid while offering sheer to medium coverage. The texture, however, becomes chalkier with every additional layer. Even though it is somewhat easy to diffuse the edges, it loses its intensity as soon as it is blended out. This shade can alternatively be used as a highlight for the brow bone too because of its muted colour payoff.

Applejack is described as a matte dusty red violet. It is a mid-tone plum with pink undertones. This shade has a smooth, almost mousse-like (hence does not cause much kickback in the pan nor fallout during application) and blendable texture but tends to sheer out when applied to bare skin. It has to be used with a soft-bristled brush or the consistency would become uneven and lightly dusty.

Skydancer is described as a metallic bright icy lavender. It is a muted violet with loose purple shimmers. That said, this shade requires a dense brush to apply it with because the texture is stiff from being packed too tightly in the pan (to the extent that the surface of the eye shadow actually smooths out after use instead of leaving a slight dip). I had to dig my brush into the pan to pick up enough product and even so, I would need to exert a lot of pressure on my lid to get a decent colour payoff. Furthermore, it loses its, dare I say, non-existent intensity when blended out. This payoff is honestly so bad, it kinda renders this shade unusable.

ColourPop × My Little Pony Pressed Powder Shadow Palette - swatches of last 6 shades applied with both finger and my Sigma E55 Eyeshadow Shading Brush

ColourPop × My Little Pony Pressed Powder Shadow Palette – swatches of last 6 shades applied with both finger and my Sigma E55 Eyeshadow Shading Brush

Minty is accurately described as a matte cool-toned fuchsia except for the fact that it has inconsiderable amount of shimmer to it (or perhaps, my eyes were playing tricks on me 🤔). The payoff is quite similar to that of Butterscotch but this applies softer with a velvety consistency. It adheres well to the skin but has to be piled on to get an opaque coverage. Furthermore, the edges are fairly easy to diffuse without affecting the intensity of the eye shadow.

Flutterbye is described as a matte true pastel peach. It is a matte coral with warm undertones and has a really soft and silky texture as well as a thicker consistency than the rest of the eye shadows in this palette. This shade gives an opaque colour payoff in a single layer and blends perfectly well on the lid while still retaining its pigmentation. It is also extremely long-wearing even without primer.

Twilight is described as a satin deep blackened violet with blue and purple fine shimmers. Undoubtedly, this is the darkest shade in this palette but it isn’t as pigmented as it seems – it takes about five layers for it to achieve a reasonably opaque coverage. Apart from the fact that it applies rather unevenly and patchy, it also does not blend very well on the lid. It has a looser texture too so some kickback in the pan and fallout may be experienced during application.

Swatch comparison for the warms against Lorac Mega PRO 3 Palette

Swatch comparison for the warms against Lorac Mega PRO 3 Palette

Firefly is described as a metallic silvery baby blue. It is a cool-toned grey with a metallic sheen from its finely milled and evenly spread shimmers. It has blue undertones which become more apparent as more product is piled on. Soft and buttery in texture, this shade has an excellent pigmentation in a single layer and is easy to use and blend out.

Snuzzle is described as a metallic icy white with opalescent blue duochrome. An absolute beauty that changes colour when seen from different angles, it looks like a plain shimmery white eye shadow in the pan but when applied on the skin, the iridescent blue sheen becomes very noticeable. This fairly blendable shade applies smooth and silky with a mostly opaque colour payoff but has a chalky consistency.

Princess Sparkle is described as a metallic rich smokey turquoise. Although it goes on slightly sheer on the first swipe, it is buildable to a fully opaque coverage with just an additional two or three layers. This shade has very good pigmentation and adheres to the skin very well. On top of that, the formula has an incredibly smooth and silky texture even when applied with a light hand and it also does not budge when I tried to blend out the edges.

Swatch comparison for the cools against Lorac Mega PRO 3 Palette

Swatch comparison for the cools against Lorac Mega PRO 3 Palette

APPLICATION & LOOKS

I’m no beauty guru especially when it comes to eye shadows, so here’s my humble take on the looks you can achieve with the My Little Pony palette. Also, how would this US$16 eye shadow palette fare on my primed lids? Let’s find out!

Apply Butterscotch as the base colour

Apply Butterscotch as the base colour

Butterscotch (using Sigma E60 Large Shader Brush from the Mrs Bunny kit)

Butterscotch (using Sigma E60 Large Shader Brush from the Mrs Bunny kit)

Butterscotch

Butterscotch

Starshine and Blossom for a pop of colour

Starshine and Blossom for a pop of colour

Cut crease with Princess Sparkle (using Sigma E47 Shader Crease Brush), followed by Skydancer on the outer corners for a more seamless transition from the blue to the pink

Cut crease with Princess Sparkle (using Sigma E47 Shader Crease Brush), followed by Skydancer on the outer corners for a more seamless transition from the blue to the pink

More Starshine (using Sephora Multitasker Shadow Brush #63) along the lower lash because, why not?

More Starshine (using Sephora Multitasker Shadow Brush #63) along the lower lash because, why not?

Add a shimmery highlight (Butterscotch) to the inner corners of your eyes for a brighter look

Add a shimmery highlight (Butterscotch) to the inner corners of your eyes for a brighter look

Peek-a-boo!

Peek-a-boo!

Final look (without eyeliner)

Final look (without eyeliner)

The meh choice of shades aside (I actually prefer the shades on the PUR Cosmetics palette), I must say that you are getting a huge bang for your buck out of this palette. For the price of US$16, I certainly did not expect the eye shadows to be this pigmented and blendable. They are pressed rather perfectly which is probably one of the reasons for the minimal to no kickback in the pans after usage. And yet, you could still get decent colour payoff out of most of them.

Needless to say, I am impressed with the quality and won’t mind dedicating space for more eye shadow palettes by ColourPop 😁  In fact, I just placed an order for 4 of their newest palettes 😆 #sorrynotsorry

Paired with my M·A·C lipstick in Gabriel Zamora

Paired with my M·A·C lipstick in Gabriel Zamora

What are your thoughts about the palette? Let me know what you think in the comments below or take a quick poll!

Do stay tuned for the second part of my ColourPop × My Little Pony collection review where I will talk about two of the highlighters and Ultra Matte Lips.

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REVIEW: ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip Liquid Lipsticks – Instigator, Chilly Chili, First Class, Bad Habit & More Better

Hello everyone!

The brand that more or less amplified the fad of liquid lipsticks with their pocket-friendly prices has got me reached into my wallet once again with 5 new strikingly beautiful shades!

Economically priced at US$6 each, these limited-edition Ultra Matte Lip shades which were released in early October mirror the warm, rich and aesthetically-attractive colours of fall and hence automatically making them a crowd pleaser. In fact, they were so sought after that the sudden spike in traffic had caused the ColourPop website to crash for several hours on launch day! Luckily for me, it was up and running again with not a single shade sold out when I awoke from my slumber (because ColourPop launches always coincide with my bedtime pfft).

ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip (October 2015)

ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip (October 2015)

From left: Bad Habit, Chilly Chili, Instigator, More Better & First Class

From left: Bad Habit, Chilly Chili, Instigator, More Better & First Class

Swatches (from left): Instigator, Chilly Chili, First Class, Bad Habit, More Better

Swatches (from left): Instigator, Chilly Chili, First Class, Bad Habit, More Better

First Class wasn’t on my shopping list but I carted it out eventually to qualify for free shipping. Sales tactics like this are meant to entice shoppers to spend more and I unwittingly fell for it *sigh* But thankfully, I managed to save US$5 (that’s S$7 okay, equivalent to a plate of Ayam Penyet and a can of jasmine green tea from the coffee shop below my block) with a discount code which I didn’t expect would still work!

I know you guys are very eager to see more swatches so I shall cut the crap. Without further ado, let’s now find out how these five newcomers fare in the quality department!

#1 Instigator

Instigator is a mid-tone peachy nude with matte finish (US$6)

Instigator is a mid-tone peachy nude with matte finish (US$6)

Instigator

Instigator

Instigator

Instigator

Instigator

Instigator

Instigator

Instigator

Instigator

Instigator

Instigator

Instigator

A very cheery salmon pink, Instigator is extremely flattering on light to medium skin tone. It gives your lips a fuller and plumper look with its even and velvety coverage. It dries down rather quickly (in under a minute) and it does not emphasise the lip lines as long as you don’t stretch the corners of your lips laterally to the sides. If you’re looking for an affordable MLBB liquid lipstick, this would be right up your alley! Unfortunately, Instigator is already sold out on site and I doubt there will be another restock for it.

Swatch comparison with other ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip shades

Swatch comparison with other ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip shades

Bumble and Instigator would make a gorgeous ombre together!

#2 Chilly Chili

Chilly Chili is a muted plummy brown with matte finish (US$6)

Chilly Chili is a muted plummy brown with matte finish (US$6)

Chilly Chili

Chilly Chili

Chilly Chili

Chilly Chili

Chilly Chili

Chilly Chili

Chilly Chili

Chilly Chili

Chilly Chili

Chilly Chili

Chilly Chili

Chilly Chili

The best performer among the all the shades here, Chilly Chili doubles as a lipstick and a lip liner because it actually lines the lips – especially at the cupid’s bow -perfectly! The lips crumple minimally with this (only at the sides) and it is also one of the rare Ultra Matte Lip shades that doesn’t deviate much from its intended colour. If there’s anything I have to nitpick on, it would be the time it took to to fully dry down. Even so, it didn’t pose much problem while it was still damp. ColourPop might have hit the bull’s eye with this formula if it varies from the rest.

Swatch comparison with other ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip shades

Swatch comparison with other ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip shades

I had thought it would be very similar to Limbo as both looked equally dark to me but Chilly Chili turned out to be a lot lighter.

#3 First Class

First Class is a vivid orange red with matte finish (US$6)

First Class is a vivid orange red with matte finish (US$6)

First Class

First Class

First Class

First Class

First Class

First Class

First Class

First Class

First Class

First Class

First Class

First Class

I should have gone with my initial selection and forgone this shade because the finish is just… appalling. Not only did First Class fail at providing an evenly opaque coverage with one swipe, it also left a clumpy and grainy texture. It was terribly drying, like you could literally feel the moisture of your lips getting guzzled by that vile lipstick. Furthermore, my lips almost tore in the removal process because residue of the lipstick refused to go away! I had to apply tons of petroleum jelly to get my natural lip colour back. It’s a huge disappointment because I really liked the colour!

Swatch comparison with similar orange-hued lipsticks

No similar Ultra Matte Lip shades to compare with, but I thought you might be interested in some orange-hued lipsticks

Perhaps you guys should stick to regular lipsticks for now if you like orange hues.

#4 Bad Habit

Bad Habit is a dusty mauve pink with matte finish (US$6)

Bad Habit is a dusty mauve pink with matte finish (US$6)

Bad Habit

Bad Habit

Bad Habit

Bad Habit

Bad Habit

Bad Habit

Bad Habit

Bad Habit

Bad Habit

Bad Habit

Bad Habit

Bad Habit

Seeing Bad Habit settle and dry on the lips is akin to watching a live magic show – the change in colour is so drastic! It was supposed to be some sort of a pink variant but then it oxidises into a pale burgundy. People living in Singapore must be receiving a special form of air, huh?

Jokes aside,  Bad Habit is opaque but drying and it is not as lightweight as I liked it to be because I could feel the product weighing down my lips. Also, this leaves a tacky finish so the lips tend to stick to each other when they open. I noticed that this shade in particular takes a longer time to dry down completely so you will probably need to manually dry your lips in front of a blowing fan. But do it when no one is looking because you’re gonna look silly for sure 😉

#5 More Better

More Better is a deep violet wine with matte finish (US$6)

More Better is a deep violet wine with matte finish (US$6)

More Better

More Better

More Better

More Better

More Better

More Better

More Better

More Better

More Better

More Better

More Better

More Better

I’ve got nothing against creative (or rather, weird) names that are totally irrelevant to the products themselves but as an amateur educator, I do have a beef with the terrible grammar in “More Better”. As you know, no two comparatives can be paired together (both “More” and “Better” are comparatives) but I guess as long as it stands out, what are rules, right? Besides, this strategy worked because it had obviously gotten my attention! And I’m sure it did for many of you grammar nazis as well 😉

Among the five shades here, More Better definitely has a more vibrant and eye-catching colour payoff and it is, without a doubt, one of my favourites from ColourPop thus far. It is in such gorgeous shade of berry which leans towards the dark spectrum. The lipstick wrinkled my lips but it wasn’t visible from afar. There were also uneven coverage on some parts (darker and more opaque on certain areas) but then again, it would only be noticeable if you scrutinise your lips. However, that would also mean more frequent touch-ups since the lighter areas are probably going to fade faster than the rest (especially after meals).

More Better and Bad Habit against Clueless, another Ultra Matte Lip shade

More Better and Bad Habit against Clueless, another Ultra Matte Lip shade reviewed here

All in all, ColourPop seems to be doing a darn good job at being MAC for the money-conscious. Although there were a few misses in this collection, the choice of colours were interesting and atmospheric. I could also see slight improvements in the formula in terms of the staying power and the extent to which the colour changes when the lipstick dries completely. Just a little tweak and it’d be perfect! (And the lipsticks probably won’t be US$6 already LOL)

What are your thoughts? Let me know in the comments below!

Thanks for reading! 🙂

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REVIEW: ColourPop Lippie Stix & Lippie Pencil – Poison, Grunge, Oh Snap & Dazed

Hey everyone!

After a satisfying first purchase from ColourPop, I’ve been following their social media feeds for updates on their upcoming launches. But as I delved deeply into their catalogue, I find myself amazed at how quickly a relatively new set-up is able to grind out a wide variety of decent-quality products in so many inspiring shades and finishes at such affordable prices. Apart from liquid lipsticks, they also boast an array of regular lipsticks, lip pencils, eye shadows, bronzers, highlighters and blush. With gel liners already in the works, their offerings seem to be almost on par with that of the largest cosmetics companies around, don’t you think?

But as a lip junkie, I am more riveted by their selection of lip products. For their Fall collection released in late August, 6 new shades namely Contempo, Dazed, Grunge, Nevermind, Poison and Oh Snap were added to the lipstick (lippie stix) and lip liner (lippie pencil) range. The low cost enabled me to buy more of their products without feeling much of a pinch, so I got myself 4 matte lipsticks – 3 with their complementary lip pencil and 1 standalone shade. That’s 7 items in total for just US$30 (after discount)! And after conversion to Sing dollars, each item is still about S$6 (or around S$8 after shipping). Mad cheap. I don’t think any local drugstore cosmetics of similar quality has a price that close.

Packaging

Packaging

ColourPop Lippie Pencil

ColourPop Lippie Pencil

ColourPop Lippie Pencil

ColourPop Lippie Pencil

ColourPop Lippie Pencil

ColourPop Lippie Pencil (from top: Oh Snap, Grunge, Poison)

I noticed the disparity in the colour of the “ferrule” and the tip. I was hoping that the colours on the lips would turn out to be the one on the ferrule because they seem more vibrant and saturated.

ColourPop Lippie Stix

ColourPop Lippie Stix

ColourPop Lippie Stix

ColourPop Lippie Stix (from top: Oh Snap, Dazed, Grunge, Poison)

I’m not really fond of the name “Lippie” or anything that has unnecessary suffix as a matter of fact. The same goes for “Stix”. ColourPop is probably trying to be different by coming up with a unique-sounding name for their products but they just look, I don’t know, juvenile? Or twittish in Singaporean context.

Also, if you have little kids, you may want to keep your Lippie Stix away from them because much as I find the packaging of the lipstick and lip pencils really distinctive and perhaps handy, they bear a really strong resemblance to real colour pencils and crayons. The Lippie Stix, for instance, reminded me of those twistable crayons I was absolutely crazy about in my primary school days. So yeah, just a precaution lol.

A quick overview

A quick overview: The swatch of the Lippie Stix and their complementary shades look largely identical

The lipsticks and lip pencils are packed in white plastic packaging which I felt was extremely prone to becoming dirty, especially at the area near the cap. Already some of my lip pencils are stained with the product even when I had tried to put the cap back on really carefully.

#1 Oh Snap Lippie Stix and Lippie Pencil

Oh Snap Lippie Stix

Oh Snap Lippie Stix (US$5)

Oh Snap Lippie Stix

Oh Snap Lippie Stix

Oh Snap Lippie Stix

Oh Snap Lippie Stix

Oh Snap Lippie Pencil

Oh Snap Lippie Pencil (US$5)

Oh Snap Lippie Pencil

Oh Snap Lippie Pencil

Oh Snap Lippie Pencil

Oh Snap Lippie Pencil

Oh Snap Lippie Stix and Lippie Pencil

Oh Snap Lippie Stix and Lippie Pencil

Oh Snap Lippie Stix and Lippie Pencil

Oh Snap Lippie Stix and Lippie Pencil

Oh Snap Lippie Stix and Lippie Pencil

Oh Snap Lippie Stix and Lippie Pencil

Oh Snap Lippie Stix and Lippie Pencil

Oh Snap Lippie Stix and Lippie Pencil

Oh Snap is described as a pale dirty nude pink with a matte finish. It’s a shade that would probably show better on lighter skin tone. While the swatch of both lipstick and lip pencil appeared to be similar on my hand, it differed slightly when applied on my lips. The colour from the lip pencil actually seemed darker. It’s good in the sense that it may add a little more depth to the colour but the difference isn’t stark enough to be noticeable at all.

The lipstick has mostly opaque pigmentation with a natural shine in a single swipe and like the other lipsticks I bought, it smells like chocolate. It has a slippery consistency which helps to spread the lipstick around easily. However, it felt fairly streaky on the lips and I didn’t like how it tended to settle into my lip lines.

Oh Snap Lippie Stix - swatch comparison with other brands

Oh Snap Lippie Stix – swatch comparison with other brands

#2 Poison Lippie Stix and Lippie Pencil

Poison Lippie Stix

Poison Lippie Stix (US$5)

Poison Lippie Stix

Poison Lippie Stix

Poison Lippie Stix

Poison Lippie Stix

Poison Lippie Pencil

Poison Lippie Pencil (US$5)

Poison Lippie Pencil

Poison Lippie Pencil

Poison Lippie Pencil

Poison Lippie Pencil

Poison Lippie Stix and Lippie Pencil

Poison Lippie Stix and Lippie Pencil

Poison Lippie Stix and Lippie Pencil

Poison Lippie Stix and Lippie Pencil

Poison Lippie Stix and Lippie Pencil

Poison Lippie Stix and Lippie Pencil

Poison Lippie Stix and Lippie Pencil

Poison Lippie Stix and Lippie Pencil

Poison is described as a deep brown red with a matte finish. The lip pencil colour is exactly that of the lipstick and it follows the natural curves of the lips to enhance its appearance even more.

The lipstick has a rich, smooth and velvety texture with an intense pigmentation that gives a comfortable and long-lasting wear. It provides an even coverage with a relatively lightweight feel. The added shine at the end also helps to plump up the lips a little to give them a more sultry look 😉

#3 Grunge Lippie Stix and Lippie Pencil

Grunge Lippie Stix

Grunge Lippie Stix (US$5)

Grunge Lippie Stix

Grunge Lippie Stix

Grunge Lippie Stix

Grunge Lippie Stix

Grunge Lippie Pencil

Grunge Lippie Pencil (US$5)

Grunge Lippie Pencil

Grunge Lippie Pencil

Grunge Lippie Pencil

Grunge Lippie Pencil

Grunge Lippie Stix and Lippie Pencil

Grunge Lippie Stix and Lippie Pencil

Grunge Lippie Stix and Lippie Pencil

Grunge Lippie Stix and Lippie Pencil

Grunge Lippie Stix and Lippie Pencil

Grunge Lippie Stix and Lippie Pencil

Grunge Lippie Stix and Lippie Pencil

Grunge Lippie Stix and Lippie Pencil

Grunge is described as a cool-toned plum brown with a matte finish. Like the other Lippie Pencils mentioned earlier, the lip liner delivers a flatter and drier texture which helps to prevent the lipstick from bleeding over the lip line.

But if you only need another US$5 in your order to fulfill the requirement for free delivery, you can drop the lip pencil and go with just the lipstick because it is able to stay in place on its own. The lipstick offers a semi-opaque coverage with a creamy texture and a slightly luminous sheen that lasts all day. It glided on very smoothly without tugging the lips and I didn’t have to apply many coats of the lipstick to get an even coverage.

Grunge Lippie Stix - swatch comparison with other brands

Grunge Lippie Stix – swatch comparison with other brands

Notice how similar in terms of colour and finish Grunge is to MAC’s Paramount, which has a satin finish. ColourPop’s matte lipsticks don’t possess the qualities of a traditional matte lipstick, which often appear drying and chalky like Whirl on the extreme right.

Grunge, Oh Snap and Poison Lippie Pencils - swatch comparison with MAC lip pencils

Grunge, Oh Snap and Poison Lippie Pencils – swatch comparison with MAC lip pencils I own

Interestingly, the texture of the lip pencils do not contrast much with my MAC lip pencils. The darker shades appear denser and more pigmented while the lighter shades have a thinner consistency.

#4 Dazed Lippie Stix

Dazed Lippie Stix

Dazed Lippie Stix

Dazed Lippie Stix

Dazed Lippie Stix (US$5)

Dazed Lippie Stix

Dazed Lippie Stix

Dazed Lippie Stix

Dazed Lippie Stix

Dazed Lippie Stix

Dazed Lippie Stix

Dazed Lippie Stix

Dazed Lippie Stix

Dazed Lippie Stix

Dazed Lippie Stix

Dazed is described as a berry red with a matte finish. It is the only Lippie Stix I got without an accompanying Lippie Pencil because.. yeah, you probably guessed it. I had hit my minimum spending requirement for free shipping 😆

This lipstick applied fairly evenly on my lips and has a lightweight and slightly chalkier consistency as compared to the other Lippie Stix. It isn’t entirely opaque because my natural lip colour could be seen peeking through the lipstick. However, I prefer this to Poison because of its cool/pink undertones. It’s so gorgeous and it doesn’t come across gaudy unlike Poison which may seem a little too heavy for me. I would recommend Dazed if you’re looking for a more muted red to wear on a regular basis.

Poison and Dazed Lippie Stix - swatch comparison with other brands

Poison and Dazed Lippie Stix – swatch comparison with other brands

All in all, each shade of the matte Lippie Stix is richly pigmented with great colour payoff. They reflect light to create a fuller appearance and are hydrating on the lips. They are long-lasting (no doubt about this) but can be quite difficult to remove fully. I don’t think it’s necessary to purchase the complementary lip pencil unless (you can’t line your lips properly, of course) because the lipsticks are quite static on their own, so chances of feathering is pretty low.

Having said that, I must say that ColourPop has once again surpassed my expectations of a low-cost cosmetics brand with their excellent quality. It’s like the poor man’s version of MAC with its wide spectrum of lipstick shades to choose from.

What do you think about their Lippie Stix and Lippie Pencil? Do you agree with my views? Let me know in the comments below! 🙂

Thanks for reading!

ColourPop Lippie Stix and Lippie Pencils are now available on ColourPop.com at US$5 each.