Among ColourPop's ever-increasing lineup of color cosmetics, their liquid lip colors have arguably become the brands' smash success. That was true of ColourPop's Ultra Matte Lip, and the arrival of their Ultra Satin Lip was heralded with a lot of social media fanfare. The good news is that we found it to be worth the hype, with one caveat (we'll get to that in just a moment).
Like its sister product Ultra Matte Lip, Ultra Satin Lip comes in a clear plastic tube with a reflective silver cap that holds a sponge-tipped wand applicator. It's standard packaging for such products, but where this product starts to distinguish itself is in how it feels on lips.
Ultra Satin Lip has a whipped mousse-like texture. It's remarkably lightweight and applies smoothly, without pulling or dragging. That lightweight feel holds true during the entire wear time, which, if you don't eat a meal, is around six hours.
The fragrance-free formula also gets high marks when it comes to pigment quality; you don't need much at all to get full, opaque color. Speaking of colors, there's something for just about everyone, with a range of shades that includes true neutrals to bold reds and even a couple of shades of purple (including an everyday wearable shade and a bolder option).
The finish of Ultra Satin Lip is, true to its name, satin. It starts out with a slight sheen after you apply it, but quickly dries to a low-glow finish and remains that way through its wear time (and unlike Ultra Matte Lip, this does not feel drying). ColourPop makes a note that this not transfer-proof (it will show up on glasses or cups), but it does hold up very well before fading to an attractive stain.
The only drawback is that for some of the darker shades, some feathering and bleeding does occur after a couple of hours into their wear time. We did not find this to be as much of an issue with the lighter shades, but if you choose a bolder option know that wearing a liner under it is recommended.
Other than that quibble, ColourPop's Ultra Satin Lip gets high marks from us, and for the price, you can afford to try out a few shades to find what might be your new favorite lip color!
Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Isododecane, Diisostearyl Malate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Propylene, Carbonate, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, C10-18 Triglycerides, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Wax, Pentylene Glycol , Silica Silylate, Silica, Polyethylene [+/- Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Iron Oxides (Ci 77492), Iron Oxides (Ci 77499), Mica (Ci 77019), Red 27 Lake (Ci 45410), Red 28 Lake (Ci 45410), Red 6 (Ci 15850), Red 7 Lake (Ci 15850), Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140:1), Yellow 6 Lake (Ci 15985)].
*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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