ColourPop is known for producing high-quality makeup for the budget-conscious beauty maven, and Lux Lipstick adds to that reputation, earning our highest rating.
The packaging is a bit of a departure from ColourPop's usual slim white-and-silver tube for its Lippie Stix. Lux Lipstick comes in a gold tube with a star print on the cap; that same star print is embossed on the lipstick inside. While that adds a more glamourous touch, it's what's inside that counts—thankfully in this case, that's a good thing.
Lux Lipstick feels creamy-smooth, gliding across lips with ease and depositing super-saturated color from a single swipe. It's pliable and hydrating, and sets to an attractive creamy-matte finish. During its entire wear time (which is about three or four hours, depending whether you eat or drink), it feels remarkably lightweight, and fades to an attractive stain.
There's also a color for just about everyone, from neutrals to bold reds, to a jet black and a true teal.
The only drawback is that the formula includes flavor. It isn't perceptible, but it's there, and flavor (which is essentially fragrance), can cause skin irritation.
Otherwise, this is a wonderful lipstick, and at a price that makes it a best buy.
- Creamy formula glides across lips with ease.
- Super-saturated color from a single swipe.
- Feels lightweight and comfortable during its entire wear time.
- Fades to an attractive stain.
- Good range of shades available.
- Contains flavor, which can irritate skin.
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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