Hello everyone! Today’s post is on a long overdue Colourpop haul. I grabbed a bunch of stuff a couple of months back and didn’t get around to reviewing them. The review today will be on the ultra matte lips, which I reckon should have quite a reputation by now. By the way, these are my first ever liquid lipsticks. The range has extended to include quite a number of shades, but I only got a few which I think I’ll use on a regular basis.
Price: USD$6 on colourpop.com
Packaging: Transparent tube with screw on cap and doe foot applicator.
These are swatches of the product (pardon the patchiness) and I’ll try my best to provide an accurate description of the formula/colour.
LAX: A blackened burgundy, gives you a vampy (sophisticated, not cheap) look. I find it to be great for days when I want to jazz things up but still look normal enough to leave the house.
AVENUE: I like to call this the lighter cousin of LAX. It’s a more of a muted warm red than burgundy.
CREEPER: A true red. Very red. So red, you feel like Taylor Swift.
BUMBLE: This is a terracotta shade. I thought it was a really unique shade, I can’t put my finger on it, but it gives me the warm and fuzzies.
CLUELESS: A blue based pastel pink, very easy to pair and ideal for everyday use.
MIDI: If you have darker lips, go for Midi. The other nude Shimmy is a little too light for asian skin. On my lips this is a perfect matte nude.
Let’s talk a bit about application. I did a lip scrub to remove any flaky skin (very important) before applying a lipstick primer. In this case I used colourpop’s primer. For the lighter colours I applied straight onto my lips, but for the darker colours I used a lip pencil before application.
At the point of application, I let my lips relax so that the colour goes on evenly. The pigment doesn’t dry immediately (to me that’s good) so at least I can spread out the colour before it sets. In total I need just 2 coats to have a nice, even, pigmented lip.
Longevity: Once set, my lips felt powdery. There was dryness but not to the point where I felt I had to remove the lipstick. When I ran my fingers over my lips there wasn’t any fallout. Next was the eating test. I had a sandwich and coffee, the matte lip stayed. Then came lunch. At this point there was a little bit of product bunching into tiny balls and falling off when I tapped my lips with a napkin. About 5 hours of wear, I noticed that the product was fading from the center of my lips. I reckon the oil from food did some chemistry with the lipstick and coupled with lip blotting after food, causing it to bunch/flake/fade.
For the best reapplication, I would recommend removing all the lipstick off your lips, then start over again. I tried smacking on the product over my faded lips, and it felt a little clumpy and cracked on the areas which remained before re-applying.
My rating: 4/5 (A little drying and flaked a bit on me)
The matte lipsticks were very much a leap of faith for me, I find the formula interesting but not something I would excessively use unless I wasn’t going to be eating or drinking a whole lot during the time of wear. They were not overly drying, they did not feel heavy (in fact I forgot I had lipstick on) but reapplication was a bit of a hassle. Would I repurchase? I don’t know, maybe just a couple of everyday colours. I don’t overly love them, but I don’t hate them either. They’re a good to have, in my honest opinion.
Do you have the ultra matte lips too? Which are your favourite shades?