Until now, Colourpop's lip products have consisted of mostly bold, opaque color, but its Blotted Lip offers a different take: It's supposed to mimic the effect of having popsicle-stained lips, and for the most part does just that without the accompanying popsicle-stained tongue.
Housed in a sleek swivel-up tube, this lipstick drags slightly on initial application, but warms up and then glides smoothly across lips. True to claims, each shade's coverage runs from sheer to medium (that's even true for the darkest shades) but sets to a matte finish. The result looks like a blotted lip color, which is good for that "effortless" makeup look so many are trying to achieve.
The fragrance-free formula wears well, lasting several hours before fading evenly. It doesn't bleed and feels comfortable throughout most of its wear time (you might find it begins to feel drying after several hours).
- Attractive sheer to medium coverage with a blotted matte finish.
- Wears well throughout the day.
- Fragrance free.
- Inexpensive yet high quality.
- Feels drying toward the end of its wear time.
If you havent 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!
ColourPops 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 wont break the bank. For the most part that description is, pardon the pun, right on the money!
The brands 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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