I can’t stop grinning. Today I got my order of Colourpop’s latest Ultra Glossy Lips in the mail and I immediately set about swatching and photoshooting.
I don’t have the full range available (c’mon I pay good money for these) – instead I picked out some shades which I felt are daily wearable colours. Actually, there are some which I am itching to order. You could say this post may be Part 1 of a possible second haul.
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Price: USD$6 each
Packaging: Clear twist tube with a chrome cover, doe foot applicator housed within
I picked out 6 carefully curated shades which I thought would complement Asian skin, or in my case, a girl with darker lips. Lip swatches below which I am hoping can help you ladies out in the jungle of coloured gloss.
These glosses come in 4 finishes: Sheer, Metallic, Creme, Ultra Metallic
I was concerned that the lighter shades (primarily the sheer formula ones) would not show up on my naturally darker lips.
Scent: Slight vanilla scent
Closeups: Tight Fit (metallic), Bestie (Creme), Weho (Creme), Piranha (Sheer)
Photos don’t do Tight Fit justice, the shade is a gorgeous rose-gold with flecks of shimmer within. The Piranha shade was a GWP the last time round, so I didn’t purchase a regular-sized one.
Closeups: Master Plan (Creme), Finders Keepers (Creme), Casino (Sheer), Tokyo Tea (Creme)
Tokyo Tea was another shade which I didn’t purchase the full-sized product, but I liked Finders Keepers and Weho enough to grab backups.
There’s something I have to confess: I have never been a lipgloss person but this all changed when I got to try the miniature GWPs.
Holy, here I am going “YOU NEED THESE IN YOUR LIFE.” 😀
But really, if you can relate you’ll understand that lipgloss can sometimes be in the grey area of either being too slick, smell overly artificial, or be so tacky that your lips pretty much stick together. For these reasons I’ve not bought any for a good 9-10 years. Not to mention there isn’t a nice spectrum of colours to poke at.
Without further ado, here’s the hand swatches:
Already you can see Piranha is not entirely showing on my arm swatch, but the other shades look promising.
For this lot, I was excited to see how Master Plan and Casino would translate onto the lips.
Lets move on to lip swatches, here’s my bare lips. As you can probably see, they are a little pigmented.
All photos are taken in natural light (I was parking myself next to the window). I’ll first talk about my initial impressions, followed by how I felt about the formula and application. 🙂
Tight fit: “You might want to take it slow if this is your first light peachy pink with highlights of pink, silver and gold shimmer in a Metallic finish”
What I think: This is a pretty rose-gold shade with shimmery particles, but unfortunately failed to show up much on my lips. However, I adore the colour so I will layering this over a nude lipstick. It should work out just fine. If you have very light colored lips this will be a fantastic shade for you. Also it was not gritty and that’s always a good thing.
Bestie: “You can always call this mid- tone pink nude in a Crème finish… just don’t tell your BFF Jill”
What I think: A long time back I had the MAC lipglass in Angel, and I seem to think that Bestie is a good contender for this cool pink. The product did settle into some chapped skin and lines, but the colour showed through (this is 1 layer)
Weho: “No youho in this creamy beige in a Crème finish”
What I think: Me likey, me likey this very much. This shade is perfect for my kind of lips. The beige looked darker in the tube but upon application turned out to be a “my lips but better” shade. Very wearable!
Piranha: “You’ll definitely get some bites in this pastel baby pink in Sheer finish”
What I think: This shade was a total flop on me. It is the sweetest pastel pink but generally I don’t do well in light shades. The colour also failed to show up, I piled on about 3 layers to get this intensity. If you are Asian, I hope this helps.
Master Plan: “Rule the world and feel devious in this mid- tone dusty plum in a Crème finish”
What I think: I love this colour, it’s so unique and reminds me of yam ice cream. The colour adhered well and all I needed was 2 layers to bring out the orchid hue.
Finders Keepers: “Remember losers weepers, so be a winner in this mid- tone mauve pink in a Crème finish”
What I think: I would call this the subtle sister of Master Plan. The colour is very similar to Bestie, with the exception that it has more purple in it. If you’re in a budget you probably can pick one out of the two.
Casino: “You’ll hit the jackpot in this pinky red in a Sheer finish”
What I think: This raspberry shade is great for daily wear, I like the flushed look it provides. It is not over the top but lends a touch of liveliness to your overall look. I was looking for a word to describe and I found it. Jelly. Yes this gives a jelly finish on the lips and I love it.
Tokyo Tea: “You’ll be on your a** but you’ll look fabulous in this bright coral red in a Crème finish”
What I think: This is a beautiful neon coral, a little out of my daily zone but would look fab on date nights.
Application and wearability:
Right, so earlier I said I wasn’t big on glosses but these guys are a game changer. They are pigmented (the cremes) and 2 layers are all that is needed to achieve even, pouty lips.
The consistency of the glosses are in the comfortable zone of slick + tack. The simplest way for me to put it is that I felt that I was wearing hydrating lip balm without the typical sticky sensation that often comes with glosses.
They do transfer during meals, but it isn’t that big of a deal to me. All I needed was a reapplication and I’m good to go. Did I mention they are hydrating? – yes they are.
As with most glosses I would prefer to exfoliate my lips prior to application so that the gloss does not get trapped in the layers of chapped skin. Each gloss comes with a doe foot applicator and applying the product is rather straightforward. However I did notice for Master Plan and Finders Keepers the doe foot was a little stunty. Not sure if that’s a manufacturing problem.
My rating: 4/5 (good colour range, sheers can be hits/misses)
Overall having owned the Ultra Mattes, Ultra Satins and now the Ultra Glossy products, I am confident that my favourite are the glosses, followed by the satins then the mattes.
And now I’m lemming after Saddle Up, My Jam, Catalina and Dropout.
Do you have the Ultra Glossy Lips? What’s your take on them?