ColourPop’s ever-expanding lineup of makeup products is now branching out to lip care, and its Lippie Balm is a pretty impressive entry for this fast-fashion, low-priced brand.
First, the packaging is convenient and protects its beneficial ingredients from light and air; it’s an opaque squeeze tube with a twist-off cap. Inside is a rich, emollient balm that’s somewhat thick, but isn’t sticky or goopy.
This lasts a couple of hours before wearing off (sooner if you eat or drink something), but leaves lips softer and moisturized even after it has.
A fairly standard mix of moisturizing ingredients is included, among them paraffin and synthetic wax, plus sunflower seed oil, shea butter, coconut oil, and macadamia oil, which are non-fragrant and have antioxidant benefits as well.
In fact, there’s just one drawback: this contains fragrance (flavor) which isn’t the best for skin. This balm comes in a few flavor varieties (like coconut, strawberry, and passionfruit), and none of them are strong – the flavor fades in a few minutes. Still, it would be best for the health of your lips if it was fragrance free. Aside from coconut, each “flavor” also has a sheer tint, which provides just a hint of color.
One note: this does have a lingering sweet taste which is the result of the inclusion of saccharin, which is thankfully not a fragrance ingredient.
That aside, this is a good lip balm worth checking out!
- Rich, emollient balm isn’t sticky or goopy.
- Contains a good complement of moisturizing ingredients, some with antioxidant benefits.
- Leaves lips feeling softer and smoother.
- Packaged to protect its light- and air-sensitive ingredients.
- Contains fragrance (flavor), which isn’t the best for skin.
The super nourishing Lippie Balm is packed with shea butter, vitamin E, coconut and macadamia oil. The convenient squeeze tube makes it so easy to apply. You’ll wanna keep one in your car, bag, desk, vanity, the list goes on. Available in 6 yummy flavors and 5 tints!
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, ColourPops focus is strictly on makeup, particularly eye, lip, and cheek-area products (there are no complexion products yet, like foundation). ColourPops 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 thats 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 didnt 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 bestand youre 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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