Looking for a low-cost lip pencil that won't budge all day long? ColourPop says its Lippie Pencil does just that and we agree, which is why it earns our highest rating.
Lippie Pencil comes in packaging that mirrors the brand's Lippie Stix lipstick products—a slim, white tube with the shade indicated by a colored "button" at the bottom. This lipliner is designed with a super-sharp point, but in order to keep that point past a couple of applications, you'll have to sharpen it with a lip pencil sharpener. That does mean some product is wasted each time you sharpen it, but it's not a major drawback given its low price tag and large product size.
ColourPop's Lippie Pencils come in a vast range of shades, with one to correspond with nearly every color of Lippie Stix on the site. Though the finishes of the Lippie Stix vary, each Lippie Pencil is matte, though they glide on smoothly, without tugging.
That matte finish is part of what makes these liners so impressive—once you've applied them, they're not going anywhere! They don't bleed or transfer throughout an entire workday, and do a great job keeping lipstick from bleeding or feathering outside lip lines. When applied as a base coat to lips, they also help lipstick last longer, even through a meal.
One thing to note: While these do make a great base coat, when used on their own as a lip color, we found them to be quite drying because of the super-matte finish. While ColourPop doesn't advertise this as a lip color on its own, we know a lot of people like to wear liner as lip color, which is why we're pointing this out.
- Doesn't bleed or transfer.
- Keeps lipstick from feathering.
- When applied as a base coat, increases the wear time of lipstick.
- A beauty bargain!
- Fragrance free.
- If you opt to use on its own as a lipstick, it can be slightly drying.
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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