Lippie Stix are ColourPop's take on lip color in…well, stick form, and they come in a wide variety of finishes. The matte finish option makes up the bulk of the brand's selection, and with good reason: They're high quality, very wearable matte lipsticks that easily earn our highest rating.
Like all Lippie Stix, the matte finish options come in a thin, white plastic tube with the shade indicated at the base. The lip color itself is slim and twists up, and the cap clicks on and stays put. All of this adds up to a great packaging design to take along if you're planning to reapply on the go.
Speaking of applying, Lippie Stix – Matte is creamy enough that there's no dragging or tugging on lips as it goes on, which can be the case with some matte lip colors. It goes on evenly, with rich color in a single swipe (though of course you can build it up for a bigger impact).
About the finish, while it is matte, it's not quite the flat, velvet look that can come to mind when you think of lipsticks like this. Instead we'd qualify it more as a demi-matte or satin matte. This is not a bad thing (it's still shine- and shimmer-free), it's just something to note when you're considering this lipstick.
True to ColourPop's claims, Lippie Stix – Matte lasts a while—we found it wore well throughout a standard workday without bleeding or feathering before fading evenly to an attractive stain.
While not a moisturizing formula (if you have dry lips, you'll want to apply balm beforehand), it doesn't have the drying aspect usually associated with matte lip colors. In fact, we found this remained somewhat creamy and pliable during its full wear time.
This does have a slight vanilla scent to it that is the result of the inclusion of both ethyl vanillin and flavor. It's only apparent when you first apply it, but it's something to keep in mind if you like your lip products to be unscented and unflavored.
For its top-notch performance, vast shade range, convenience, and the fact that it's a true beauty bargain, we give ColourPop Lippie Stix – Matte our seal of approval!
Lauryl Laurate, Synthetic Wax, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Polyethylene, C11-12 Isoparaffin, Stearyl Dimethicone, Stearoxy Dimethicone, Glyceryl Hydrogenated Rosinate, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Zeolite, Allantoin, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Momordica Grosvenori Fruit Extract, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Tocopherol, Glycerin, HDI/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Hydrated Silica, Aluminum Calcium Sodium Silicate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Sodium Potassium Aluminum Silicate, Silica, Flavor, Ethyl Vanillin, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Alumina, C12-16 Alcohol, Tin Oxide, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Palmitic Acid, Betaine.[ +/- Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Red 7 (CI 15850), Red 30 Lake (CI 73360), Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Iron Oxides (CI 77492), Iron Oxides (CI 77499), Red 6 (CI 15850), Red 28 Lake (CI 45410), Red 28 (CI 45410), Red 27 Lake (CI 45410), Red 21 (CI 45380), Red 21 Lake (CI 45380), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Yellow 10 Lake (CI 47005), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Yellow 6 Lake (CI 15985), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090), Mica (CI 77019), Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Bronze Powder (CI 77400), Copper Powder (CI 77400), Red 33 (CI 17200), Carmine (CI 75470), Red 40 Lake (CI 16035), Red 36 (CI 12085), Orange 5 (CI 45370), Red 6 Lake (CI 15850), Red 22 (CI 45380)].*Note: ingredients may vary based on individual shade/finish.
If you haven’t heard of the makeup brand ColourPop yet, chances are you will soon. A favorite of beauty bloggers and fashion columnists, this Los Angeles-based makeup company has made a splash thanks to its seemingly endless offering of color products, bargain prices, and savvy use of social media. The brand certainly captured our attention, and we were glad it did!
ColourPop’s sticking point is that the brand is something of an enigma in this age of instant information; very little is known about its owners and origins, save that its parent company is a brand called Seed Beauty. We also know that all aspects of its production are centered in the Los Angeles area (which is why the brand claims its turnaround in creating new products can be as short as a month).
At the time of this writing, ColourPop’s focus is strictly on makeup, particularly eye, lip, and cheek-area products (there are no complexion products yet, like foundation). ColourPop’s chief claim to fame, according to its website, is that it offers “luxury formulas at prices that won’t break the bank.” For the most part that description is, pardon the pun, right on the money!
The brand’s signature products are their Super Shock Shadows, which feature a bouncy cream/powder texture, and as a whole perform brilliantly with an impressive color payoff, great wear, and a price that’s right around $5 each. ColourPop also does well with its Super Shock Cheek blushes and highlighters, which have the same distinctive texture as the shadows.
Despite our obvious enthusiasm, not to say every product from ColourPop is top-tier. While most of its lip products are good, there are a few that didn’t apply evenly and had haphazard performance. Overall though, this is a line that has quite a bit to offer, and with the biggest ticket item costing only $8, most can afford to try a few different options to see what they like best—and you’re highly likely to find some bona-fide beauty bargains that outperform much more expensive makeup.
Note: The company does not provide a phone number on their website, but they do provide an email address and promise to reply to messages within 2 business days.
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