ColourPop offers a seemingly endless amount of finishes for its solid lipstick formula; at the time of this writing, there are seven, with more on the way. Lippie Stix—Satin is a finish that boasts a number of strengths, but one weakness that keeps it just out of range of earning our top rating.
Like the rest of the Lippie Stix lineup, the Satin finish version comes in a sleek white tube where you twist up the bottom to reveal the thin lipstick inside. Lippie Stix—Satin is easy to apply, gliding across lips with ease (no dragging or tugging here). This formula is very pigmented, so you only need a couple of swipes to get rich, opaque color and full coverage.
The finish is satin as advertised, meaning it doesn't have a glossy or dewy finish, but it comes close to resembling a drier-looking matte finish. The good news is that its finish doesn't sink into lip lines or emphasize them, and it wears well throughout the day without feathering or bleeding.
Although not a transfer-resistant formula, it's longwearing; without eating, this lasts at least a good five to seven hours before fading to an attractive stain.
The only drawback is that this formula, unlike most of ColourPop's other Lippie Stix offerings, tends to make lips feel a bit dry about halfway through its wear time. This can be mitigated in part by prepping lips with a layer of balm before applying Lippie Stix—Satin, but those with drier lips will likely still notice it.
We should also note that this lipstick does have a faint vanilla scent thanks to the inclusion of ethyl vanillin, though it dissipates quickly.
Other than this one minor issue, ColourPop's Lippie Stix—Satin is a great lipstick with admirable performance and a price tag that means you can pick up more than just one!
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*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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