ColourPop's Lippie Stix are, at the time of this writing, the only solid lipstick the brand offers, but they come in a variety of finishes aside from this sheer formula, including matte, satin, and cream. While there are currently only a small number of Sheer shades available, we're happy to say that their performance is top-notch, easily earning our highest rating!
Like all Lippie Stix, the Sheer version comes in a slim white plastic tube with a colored "button" at the base indicating the shade. Take off the cap and you'll see a sleek lip color that you twist up when ready to apply. The packaging is convenient, and makes it easy to take this with you for on-the-go application.
The Sheer finish has a lot going for it, namely its texture. It feels almost balm-like going on, with smooth application that doesn't drag. The color goes on evenly and even though this is labeled as "sheer," it's definitely not just a hint of color. You'll get noticeable color with a slightly glossy finish that sticks around for about five hours (less if you eat) before fading to an attractive stain. This feels remarkably comfortable and moisturizing throughout its wear time, and leaves lips feeling softer and smoother even after it's faded.
Lippie Stix – Sheer does have a slight vanilla scent because of the inclusion of ethyl vanillin and flavor. It's subtle and fades quickly, but it's something to note if you prefer your lip products to be unscented and unflavored.
Because of its convenience, performance, and comfort, we give ColourPop's Lippie Stix – Sheer high marks, and at this price, it's a bona fide beauty bargain!
Diisostearyl Malate, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, C10-18 Triglycerides, Polyethylene, Lauryl Laurate, Aluminum Calcium Sodium Silicate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Sodium Potassium Aluminum Silicate, Silica, Alumina, Tin Oxide, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Hydrogenated Coconut Oil, Ethyl Vanillin, Flavor, Zeolite, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Tribehenin, Sorbitan Isostearate, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, Tocopherol, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Allantoin, Glycerin, C12-16 Alcohol, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Betaine, Momordica Grosvenori Fruit Extract, Palmitic Acid. +/- 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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