Monday, 19 December 2016

UK Colourpop Haul & Review

Hello guys!

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

Dry swatches

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.

Eye shadows

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.

Final Verdict

I must commend Colourpop for the colour range of their liquid lipsticks and eye shadows, however I was slightly unimpressed by their formulas I think the lipsticks are slightly too drying, the lip gloss is sticky and the highlighter and eye shadows are chalky. The products are not terrible, they certainly can be used however I was hoping that Colourpop could be my new go to brand for affordable, good quality makeup however the quality was slightly disappointing.

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