I honestly wasn’t going to give into the hype because I have so many lip products (and rarely use them) but damn you Allana with your fancy blog post and video review. I was sucked right in. <shrugs> I ain’t mad.
The allure of ColourPop is in their cheap yet beautiful products. They offer makeup for the lips, eyes and cheeks at extremely reasonable prices. Less than drugstore prices actually. It’s amazing. With the cutest packaging ever and such crazy low prices it’s no wonder this company is on the map. Not to say that their YouTuber collaborations, sponsored content and PR packages were not the cause of such buzz but such is PR nowadays. Regardless of how they earned their popularity, ColourPop has a good thing going.
I don’t know why, but I’ve only been interested in the lip products. Possibly because I have a ridiculous amount of eyeshadow and cheek products (blush and highlight) don’t really interest me; I’m a contouring addict. Plus the reviews on the eye and cheek products were far more mixed than the lip options. So, I completely gave into the hype and bought seven of the Lippie Stix (their answer to lipstick). They offer free shipping (my favorite thing ever) on orders over $30 to the US and $5 off your first order. Seven lipsticks for the price of six? YAS please! I ordered my colors mostly based on that pretty Canadian’s recommendations (holla to my fellow PPP – pale porcelain princess) because Allana knows what’s up. The verdict:
While their color and formula range is phenomenal (for all of their products), the Lippie Stix do have a very strong smell. An almost sickening, sweet smell that may be hard for some to get over. I struggle with the smell although it’s much better than the awful smell of the previous formula of NARS’ lipgloss. Anyone remember that? As for wear time, I found these lipsticks to last quite few hours but do not make it through a meal nearly as well as the NARS lip pencils. But with the adorable and sleek packaging, the pros and cons seem to even out in the end.
Overall, yes their makeup is inexpensive but the size/amount of product is less as well. While ColourPop is mostly cheaper than drugstore items as well, I would venture to say the quality is actually better than drugstore. Although, in my opinion, the brand is not on par with mid-range or high-end makeup. So you can’t really compare one of their Lippie Stix to a NARS Lip Pencil or MAC lipstick; it’s apples to oranges. I think ColourPop is a great option for younger girls just starting with makeup or women who don’t want to spend a ton of money yet still have a wide variety.
Since I made this initial Lippie Stix order earlier in the year (and took these blog pictures) I placed one additional, small order of the Lippie Pencils and the new Ultra Matte Lip Stains. The lip pencils are great while the lip stains are ULTRA matte and ULTA staining. Staining in the sense that these bad boys hurt like a bitch when you try to take them off. Ouch.
Are their products worth the $5 or $6 a pop?
Is the quality on par with more high-end makeup?
—No, not in my opinion, but I am a bit of a makeup snob. <shrugs>
Would I have purchased them after knowing what I do now?
—Probably not. If I had the option to return, I probably would. Not because they’re bad products but because they’re just not my favorite and I’m trying to only purchase/keep things that I LOVE.
Should you rush out to buy and try ColourPop makeup?
—Nah, but it’s worth a try. I would suggest one to place a minimum shipping order and try out 5 or six different products to see how you like it. There’s nothing in the line that is life-changing but this is an interesting niche brand that is really making a name for themselves.
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