Sorry I've been MIA for so long :( but I recently started university and the workload has been crazy! However I will now be blogging more regularly.
I have been dying to try some Colourpop items for so long but they previously didn't ship to the UK. However, they recently started shipping to more countries internationally, including the UK so I picked up a few items. I didn't get everything I wanted as I was wary that the more you spend, the higher the custom charges would be.
In total I spent just over $50, which made me eligible for free international shipping which I thought was amazing! I then had to pay around £17 for custom charges when my items arrived so in total my order came to around £57 which for 4 liquid lipsticks, a lip gloss, 4 shadows and a highlighter is not bad at all!!
Here is what I purchased:
Ultra matte liquid lipsticks
|Swatches whilst still wet|
L-R: Love bug, Tulle, Bumble & Notion
I love how creamy the lipsticks feel when you first apply them, however when dry they can be quite drying, settling into any lines in the lips - exfoliation beforehand is certainly key. However the colours are beautiful, pigmented and not at all streaky.
I also purchased one ultra glossy lip colour in the shade 'Weho' which is a super glossy nude.
The lip gloss formula is a tad sticky -however it is not unbearable. This shade is a bit light for my skin tone so I pair it with a brown lip liner and over a nude lipstick for a perfect glossy nude look.
Although I had high hopes for these Colourpop shadows - I had heard how pigmented they can be, especially the metallic shades - I must say I was disappointed with the pigmentation, and blendability of these shadows as I thought they were a bit chalky (especially the mattes). However the shade 'Nillionaire' (a blogger favourite) is a stunning shadow and with some Fix+ hopefully the metallic shades could pop some more.
L-R: Drift, Seeker, Nillionaire, Paradox
When I saw the swatches on Colourpop's website I HAD to pick up one of their 'pearlized highlighters' and I chose the shade 'Might Be'. As you can see below - the highlighters look very smooth, buttery and pigmented on Colourpop's website.
|Pearlized Highlighter swatches on Colourpop's website.|
And at first when I finger swatched I was very impressed.
|'Might be' highlighter finger swatch|
However when swatched on my arm, as shown above, the highlighter is not as pigmented as it first appears and is quite glittery as opposed to a buttery smooth glow that I was hopig for. I tried this highlighter on my cheek bones, applied with a fan brush and it was very glittery and sheer - not what I was hoping for. However I will try to add a bit of Fix+ from Mac on my brush next time and maybe even try a different brush to see if I can make it work.