ColourPop's Lippie Stix is, at the time of this review, the only lipstick the brand offers, but it comes in a variety of finishes to choose from (with more seemingly added all the time). While there are currently only a handful of Glossy shades offered, if one of them interests you, it's definitely worth your time because its finish is a five-star favorite for us!
Like most of the brand's lip color products, Lippie Stix-Glossy comes in a sleek white plastic tube with the shade indicated at the base. Pop off the cap and you'll see a slim lip color that you twist up—convenient packaging that makes this a breeze to slip into a purse or bag for on-the-go application.
The Glossy finish Lippie Stix are a dream to apply—they glide onto lips with buttery-smooth ease and feel creamy and comfortable throughout their wear time. The color quality is strong, with just a single swipe needed to get major payoff. While they are glossy, they're not super-shiny. The gloss effect is subtle and attractive, and lasts for about three hours.
The lipstick itself, despite its creaminess, actually sticks around for longer than that, with color lasting about five hours before fading to an attractive stain (less time, of course, if you have a meal in that time period).
It does have a slight vanilla scent to it that is the result of the inclusion of both ethyl vanillin and flavor. It's only apparent when you first apply it, but it's something to keep in mind if you like your lip products to be unscented and unflavored.
For its convenience and performance, we recommend ColourPop's Lippie Stix - Glossy—and for the price, you can definitely pick up more than one!
Synthetic Wax, Microcrystalline Wax, Lauryl Laurate, Paraffin, Zeolite, Allantoin, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Momordica Grosvenori Fruit Extract, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Tocopherol, Glycerin, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Ethyl Vanillin, Flavor, Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Palmitic Acid, C12-16 Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Betaine, Aluminum Calcium Sodium Silicate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Sodium Potassium Aluminum Silicate, Silica, Alumina, Tin Oxide.[+/- 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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