Sunday, 16 August 2015

Makeup of the Month | August: An Epic ColourPop Order (with Swatches)!

Hi, everyone! One of the brands that has tempted me most over the past year has been ColourPop, and for several reasons. First off, the California-based company offers the most stunning, unique, playful shades, some of which have become instant cult favourites. Second, all ColourPop products are incredibly affordable! With lipsticks and shadows for only $5 and blushes for $8, they are ultra gentle on the wallet. ColourPop aims to create trend-inspired hues that are accessible to everyone, which I think is fantastic! Lastly, the brand is 100% cruelty-free with a majority of the products being vegan. Especially for such a budget brand, this is an ethic that I appreciate so much. 

So, after pouring over reviews and swatches and stalking the website for months, I finally placed an order. And since my ColourPop lust had been pent up for a while, the result was a bit epic. 


Here's a shot of my order moments after opening the package (with a bit of straightening)- incredibly sleek and colourful! The order came along with a cheeky personalized note as well as postcards featuring more information about the products I selected. 



As you can see, all of the ColourPop products come in minimalistic white packaging with silver lettering. The blush and eye shadow boxes feature cut-outs that allow you to peek at the shade inside. 


Now into the goodies I chose! First up are the Lippie Stix ($5 USD each), which are smooth pigmented lip colours that come in an impressive variety of shades and finishes. They come housed in slim white tubes with a twist-up mechanism. The lipstick bullets themselves are also slim and slanted at the tip to make application quite effortless. 




The shades I chose are:

Brink (Matte)- A balanced mauve brown with hints of pink to make it totally wearable!
Clique (Matte)- A bold orange red that makes me feel like I'm at Studio 54 
Creature (Matte)- A deep purple burgundy that will make for the ultimate Fall lip
Frenchie (Matte)- A bold, nearly neon fuchsia red- totally my kind of shade 
Julep (Creme)- A bright warm pinky coral with a creamy finish - a perfect summery lip

And swatches of each of the Lippie Stix (on my inner arm, MAC NC15 skin tone):


Next up are the Ultra Mattes ($6 USD each), which have been getting a ton of hype lately. They are liquid lipsticks with a (as the name suggests) completely matte, opaque finish. They come in see-through glass tubes with reflective silver caps and feature a standard doe-foot applicator. 



The shades I chose are: 

Bumble- A mid-tone peachy terracotta shade- quite unique!
Mars- A cool-toned fuchsia-hot pink hybrid- very flattering!
Succulent- A bold, retro, saturated orange red- perfectly old Hollywood

And swatches of each of the Ultra Mattes


For the cheeks, we have the Super Shock Highlighters and Blushes ($8 USD each). They promise unique, vivid hues in a range of finishes. They come housed in plastic pots with clear, twist-off lids. The blushes have a pattern imprinted on the top layer, while the highlighters have a smoother appearance. 




The shades I chose are: 

Highly Waisted (Pearlized): A yellow peach with a golden/pinky duochrome finish 
Fruit Stand (Matte): A true, neon orange red- bold, but wearable
Jelly Fish (Pearlized): A reddish coral with the most flattering glowy sheen

Jelly Fish is categorized as a highlighter due to the pearly finish, but I think that it would be better conceived as a blush, even for the deepest of skin tones. 

And swatches of the Super Shock Highlighter/Blushes: 


And finally, we have the Super Shock Shadows ($5 USD each), which, as with other products from the brand, offer bold, creative, saturated colours with a variety of finishes. Like the blushes and highlighters, they come in plastic pots with screw-off lids. They also feature a printed top and have the most unique texture- much like smooth, wet sand! 


As you can see, a couple of the shadows arrived cracked (boo), but due to the unique, nearly cream-like texture, it was very easy to smoosh them back together. 


The shades I chose are: 

Bae (Metallic)- A warm eggplant purple with turquoise and green shimmer. So unique!
Coconut (Pearlized)- A teal-tinged ocean blue that really glistens
Empire (Pearlized)- A shimmery, bold cooler-toned emerald green
Fringe (Metallic)- A neutral champagne with gorgeous golden and silver glimmer
Game Face (Ultra-Metallic)- A warm coppery gold that screams summer
Heat (Satin)- An orange-tinged yellow with a sunny satiny finish 
Lace (Pearlized)- A deep blue-toned violet with intense shimmer
On the Rocks (Metallic)- A multi-faceted bronze with golden and purple shimmer

And swatches of the Super Shock Shadows


Phewf! Yes, that was definitely quite the haul. I haven't used every shade quite yet, but I've been ultra impressed with those I've tried so far. The pigmentation is top-notch, the colours are unique, yet incredibly flattering, and everything has such a playful vibe. On top of that, all of the products are beyond affordable and are also animal-friendly. I really couldn't ask for much more!

Due to the immense size of this order, it's my plan to not place another ColourPop order for some time. But man, it will be terribly hard to wait! 

Have you tried anything from ColourPop? Which of these shades tempt you most?

Thanks for dropping by! xo

44 comments:

  1. Morning Jen! LOVE the swatches, so helpful! Love the look of all the lip products you chose and need to add Game Face to my eyeshadow collection!!

    Stacey | Expat Make-Up Addict

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    1. Yes! Think you'd love Game Face :) So glad you found the swatches helpful, Stacey!

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  2. Yaaaay, you made a huge order indeed! I'm absolutely in love with all of my ColourPop stuff so I hope you like yours too :) All the lippies you picked up look gorgeous - I love the look of Bumble! I want to make another order but shipping is absolutely killer for us!

    Tasha // shiwashiful.

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    1. I really did go all out ;) Shipping isn't great to Canada either, but I'm still so happy with my order. Bumble really is a great shade!

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  3. I really need to make an order soon! The eyeshadows look amazing. I'm really intrigued by the colour Bae.
    The Beauty Bloss

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    1. Bae is such a beautiful, unique shade. You should definitely check it out :)

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  4. ColourPop has seriously been making the rounds recently! Great swatches!

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    1. It really has, so I finally caved! Thanks, Leah :)

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  5. Hah, so you did order Clique after all! Woohooo!

    I basically want to recreate your order (aside from Bae and Heat, which I have) because your range of colours is phenomenal. You also snagged all of the liquid lipsticks I want too.

    Your eye look was also incredible yesterday at brunch - I hope you captured it for the blog! You've got me itching to make another order...

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    1. Yes! Was so happy to come home and confirm I had Clique :) Sorry (happy?) to tempt you with more goodies! Thanks again! xo

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  6. Oh my gosh, these make me heart eye emoji!

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  7. Oh wow, they are so colourful and they look so pretty!

    www.elabellaworld.com

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    1. The shades really are so vibrant and beautiful! xo

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  8. Ohhh wow!! That is one epic haul!! I'm jealous of all the colours that you now have in yuor collection haha ;-) I can't rock 'em anyway!! They look beautiful, and the quality looks phenomenal!!

    Stephanie | theFantasia.com

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    1. Yeah, I kind of went all out! If you don't love the bright blues and greens, the neutrals are lovely too! Check out On the Rocks- such an amazing brown :)

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  9. Gahhhh it's killing me Colourpop doesn't ship to the UK! :( So many lemmings. Crossing my fingers it will be soon! xx

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    1. I really hope it does! I'll keep my fingers crossed for you too :)

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  10. Love the selection of colours!!

    Raqda xx│RAYDANT

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    1. Thanks, Raqda! I'm very happy with all of them :)

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  11. What an amazing haul!!!! I wish I could splurge on some CP stuff but I think the shipping is a bit much for me. I would love to try some of their lip products though!

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    1. The shipping really isn't cheap, but I caved anyway ;) The Lippie Stix really are fabulous!

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  12. Wow, stunning products, the colours are perfect. *__*
    Have a nice week...

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  13. Fruit Stand is another beautiful red blush! Some point out the price isn't all that cheap by the gram, but I like the idea of smaller sized makeup with a smaller price tag. I might try some soon for myself!

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    1. Yes, another one for the list for sure! Yes, I agree! I have such a big stash, that I almost never finish blushes or shadows anyways!

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  14. I have never used this line of makeup but now am curious to check it out! Thank you for the tips :)

    Chelsea
    Ginger Side of Life

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    1. Glad I've piqued your interest- it's such a fun brand :)

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  15. I'm dying to try Colorpop, the textures sounds really unique! From everything I've seen so far Bae, Lace and Brink are must haves!

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    1. Yes, all of those three are fabulous! Hope you get to try ColourPop soon :)

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  16. Fantastic post dear! Hope you have a lovely day.

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  17. Oooooh this is gorgeous! I love the Creature shade for the lips and the blues for the eyes!

    Raindrops of Sapphire

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    1. Creature is such a stunning deep berry- it'll be perfect for Fall! Thanks for stopping by, Lorna :)

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  18. omgs the eyeshadow shades!!!!! love them.

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  19. You chose awesome stuff! Coconut and Jellyfish are two of my favorites. I can't wait to see what you do with all of your goodies!!

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    1. Thanks so much, Ingrid! Jellyfish is the best blush I've tried in a while :)

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    1. Thanks so much! Glad you enjoyed it :)

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  21. Brink Matte is my favorite lipstick color ... Great post
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    1. Thank you! Brink won my heart instantly :)

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  22. I am excited to hear what you think about the liquid lipsticks!! I have heard rave reviews about the staying power but would love to see your review =)

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    1. I'm so excited to give them all a proper try- I can say for sure that they're not drying! Pretty shades too :)

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