Sunday, 31 May 2015

Colourpop Cosmetics Haul and Review

So a while ago I started seeing all these individual eyeshadows begin to pop up on Instagram of little pots of gorgeous looking shadows in pretty white packaging. But as someone who has more eyeshadows than any reasonable person could ever need I did my best to not even venture anywhere near looking into who was making them/where I could buy them from.

Well my willpower was short lived (like usual really) and I quickly caved and got on to the net and found that the creator of these little pots of glory was a brand I had never heard of called Colourpop Cosmetics. I dug a little further and I watched a review on YouTube that was so glowing and positive that I watched three more because I was convinced it was a biased advertisement. But all the videos were the same. All exceptionally favourable. So I did what any reasonable online shopper would do, I ordered a truckload of stuff to see what all the fuss was about. And I'm so glad I did.

Colourpop Cosmetics Eyeshadow Packaging
I picked out eight eyeshadows and nine lipstick/liner combos. I thought that was enough to get a feel for the range without being too excessive #deluded.

So fast forward a little over a week (very quick delivery from the US) and I had my box of goodies in my hot little hands. Like any good makeup addict I could hardly wait to stick my fingers in everything and swatch the lipsticks up my arm but I resisted and took a few happy snaps beforehand while the gorgeous embossed top was still visible.

Colourpop Cosmetics Eyeshadow Pots

After three weeks of use I can say that, to me anyways, the hype is completely justified.

The eyeshadows aren't your typical powder consistency, they certainly aren't 'cream' shadows but they have an almost wet feel when you slide your finger on them and then have insane pigmentation when you pat the colour onto your lids by which time they fell dry. They come with the recommendation of finger over brushes and you certainly do get better colour pay off that way but I think I will always love the precision you get with a brush so I use fingers for placement and brushes for blending.

Colourpop Cosmetics Eyeshadow Swatches
Left to Right: Hustle, Cricket, 3, Partridge, Hammered, So Quiche, I Heart This and Fringe

As for the lippies (called Lippiestix) each has a coordinating lip pencil which I think is exceptional because I always wear lipliner and I hate it when you find a great lipstick and have to hunt down a matching coloured liner elsewhere because the brand doesn't have something the matches (not mentioning anyone in particular...NARS). Again, the Lippiestix come in a range of formulas but I mostly stuck to Matte just because that's what I tend to prefer. The Lippiestix are creamy and really pigmented but you should definitely do a light exfoliate before using them because the Matte ones do tend to emphasise any flakiness. And as for staying power they aren't exactly in the same league as a NARS Matte Velvet Pencil but they aren't that far off it either.

Colourpop Cosmetics Lippiestix and Liners
Colourpop Cosmetics Lippiestix Swatches
Left to Right: Cookie, Lumiere, Brunch, Yasmin, Clique, Frenchie, Bossy, LBB and Bichette

Looking at this picture I may have overdone it on the red hues, just a little bit...maybe.

Something that I really want to mention is the price. Each shadow, stick and pencil is USD$5.00. Seriously...five dollars. At first I found this a bit off putting if I'm totally honest, I wondered how good a product sold for a fiver could really be but it has honestly blown me away. Now just to give you a little comparison, the Colourpop eyeshadows contain 2.1g of product for about AUD$6.50 (given the current exchange rate). Now compare that to a MAC eyeshadow which contains 1.5g of product for AUD$33.00. If that doesn't convince you to at least give Colourpop a try I don't know what will! 

The brand has just celebrated it's first birthday so it is still relatively young, I can't wait to see how the brand grows and evolves. They have just added bronzers and highlighters as well as launching their new Summer range of colours so I'm excited to see more of what's to come.

LINK: Colourpop Cosmetics

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