ColourPop Lippie Review - The Dainty Squid

ColourPop Lippie Review

Wednesday, June 29, 2016


As someone with a fairly unique wardrobe, brightly colored hair, and nearly half my body covered in tattoos you probably wouldn't think I'm shy about self expression but it's only recently that I've gotten brave enough to begin experimenting with make-up. My mom has never worn much make-up and I have two much older brothers so needless to say I didn't really grow up around it. Photographic evidence shows I've done some regrettable things with eyeliner but lipstick has always kind of been a no-go for me. I felt so obnoxious in it, like everyone was definitely looking at me. Nope, it wasn't the tattoos or green hair. It's definitely lipstick people are going to stare at. Yeah, I don't understand that logic either. I always loved the way it looked on other people and wanted to wear it for myself.

A really long time ago my best friend wrote a post about wearing crazy colored tights or maybe just crazy outfits in general, I don't recall, and her number one tip was that she liked to wear these things around the house so that she could get used to the idea of it instead of immediately going out in public in it. I took that advice and applied it to lipstick. Eventually certain colors became no big deal at all, even in public. I may or may not be obsessed now. I love buying new colors and trying out different brands.

I would normally buy a new lipstick every other trip to Target or so. I like just picking up a little present for myself here and there. Since I wasn't really sure what I liked in terms of lipstick colors, finishes, etc I was open to any and everything. Sometimes I'd come home and look up brand reviews or photos and for some reason, I kept stumbling across ColourPop even though they only sell online. I was instantly intrigued. They have a really great vibe, and the whole internet seemed to be in loooove with them. I liked their photos, and I liked that they had an active social media presence. Lots of photos to compare colors on instagram! Oh, did I forget to mention the best part? They're super affordable! I finally decided I was ready to try them out a few weeks back. For $32 I was able to get six lipsticks, and one lip liner! Score!

bumble, more better, lippie, matte lip
top l to r; Back Up, LBB, Contempo, Poppin'
bottom l to r; Bumble, More Better

So, did they live up to the hype? Uh, yes!!! I am in love. I honestly cannot wait to buy more. I've never felt so comfortable in lipstick as I do in these ones. Let me tell you a little bit more about my experience...

I bought two different kinds of lipstick, the Matte X, and Ulta Matte Lip. The Ulta Matte Lip is liquid but claims to dry completely kiss-proof. (Bumble seemed to be, but More Better transfers color.) I found that my lips would feel moderately dry and like they were flaking after a few hours but much to my surprise they still looked beautiful! No flakes at all. I love how long this stuff lasted, although as I'm sure anyone would agree, I could do without the flakey feeling. It did take some trial and error for me to apply it nicely as well. A little bit goes a long way. There were a few times in the beginning when I definitely over applied and ended up with a mess. I have no complaints what-so-ever with the Matte X lippies though! They apply easily and never left me feeling dried out.

Both the Matte X, and Ultra Matte Lip had a staying power that required the use of coconut oil for me to remove which I found pretty impressive. Coconut oil for errrrything!!! All of the colors I tried were super pigmented. I didn't have to worry about building coverage either, they're opaque.

Even though I spent a ton of time comparing swatches and looking at photos of people who I thought had a similar skin tone wearing each shade I was still a little bit surprised by what each color looked like on my lips. Two of the shades - LBB + Back Up - I bought were, without a doubt, too dark for my tastes. At least for now, maybe someday I'll be into that look. But I did find two colors that I'm just crazy for, Poppin' + Contempo. Seen below.

Poppin' above, Contempo below.
colourpop lippie, matte x, green hair, lipstick review
colourpop lippie, matte x, review, the dainty squid
More Better above, Bumble below.

Everything I bought from Colourpop lasted nearly all day before I felt like I needed to touch up which for someone super self conscious about their makeup is a really really awesome thing. For five or six bucks per color you really can't beat it! I almost feel like I need to clarify, I don't only like these because they're cheap. It certainly adds to the appeal but I'd be happy with them if I had paid triple the price! I feel confident in them. Out of everything in my lipstick collection so far, these are the ones I find myself reaching for over and over!

Are these the absolute best things in the whole wide world? Probably not. Will someone find some sort of silly issue with them? Of course! But right now I can't think of a way these could be better (...unless they were like hair dye, except for your lips because I think that's a really fun idea. I'm only half joking too. I would love something slightly more permanent than lipstick.) Colourpop is super awesome, and affordable. I have definitely found my signature color for the summer in Poppin'!

colourpop lippie, matte x, the dainty squid, pink lipstick
Have you tried Colourpop yet? What do you think? What color is your favorite?! I'm going to have such a hard time choosing which to buy next.
xoxo

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29 thoughts

  1. I love the idea of wearing it around the house first. I love to buy hats, but always feel like a douche-canoe wearing one; I'll have to try your theory out!

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  2. Makeup is a fairly new concept to me too... I remember when I worked at Anthropologie a few years ago, one of my friends there said "OMG, you've never worn mascara?!" and then she took me to Macy's to try some, ha! I've ventured out a bit since then, but still go makeup-free 95% of the time. When I do wear it, I stick to mascara and filling in my eyebrows. I've picked up a few free samples of lipstick in the past year though, and that's something I've been playing with at home. I'm really self-conscious about it because I have full, luscious lips and was always afraid to bring more attention to them. I totally rocked some red lipstick when I went to see the Chippendales though, and I felt like SUCH A BADASS. I don't know that I have the confidence to rock it in daylight yet though ;)

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    1. Hahah! One of the first times I wore eyeliner in outfit photos a few years ago someone left a comment that was like "OMG YOU'RE WEARING MAKE-UP!"...and it was kind of embarrassing.

      I totally get the badass feeling with lipstick too! When first started wearing it it was equal parts nervousness and feeling like a badass. Now that badass feeling is just taking over. I feel really really powerful in lipstick. I LOVE it.

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  3. I'm kind of the opposite! I used to get SO nervous with what I wore clothes wise, but then I just thought 'forget it!' and now I go out in my crazy kitty t shirts and my super mario leggings and I love it!

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  4. I love them! I just bought one of their new metallic shades and it should be here this week. I love that offer a ton of fun colors along with more traditional shades.

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    1. I'm so tempted by the metallic shades. I wish I could try them out before purchasing!

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  5. These look fab! Think I prefer Poppin and More Better as they really pop against your bright hair :)

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  6. You TOTALLY need to try these peel-off lip tints. You apply, wait 10 minutes, peel off and voila! Plus, $20 for 6 ain't bad! :) https://us.memebox.com/oops-my-lip-tint-pack-set-6-colors?gclid=CLGzxrjdzc0CFUw6gQodr1IAfQ

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    1. Whaaaaat!? That's crazy! I NEED to try those!

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  7. I have a pretty serious Coloupop addiction so I am happy to see that you loved your purchase from them! All the colors looks so great on you! My current favorite is the matte x color in Cami and the ultra matte color in Privacy please (such a fun purple color!). If the ultra mattes felt too drying for you I recommend giving the ultra satins a whirl! They are similar in that they apply like a liquid but they don't dry down so much, they have a creamier finish. There is some color transfer for them but nothing major and they feel more comfortable on the lips and still last all day. I also have like a million eyeshadows from them and I love La La and Nillionaire. :)

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    1. I really want to try their eyeshadows but I'm going to be real here and admit I have NO idea what to do with eyeshadow. I mean, obviously I know where it goes and all that jazz but it's a gosh darn art! I really need to practice!

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  8. i like colourpop as a vegan and someone who only buys cruelty free products, so thank you for supporting a brand that doesn't believe in the testing of animals and using their bi-products in lipsticks. :) i have 3 of their liquid Ulta Matte lipsticks and Tansy is my favorite, but its a medium-toned yellow brown. Though i find they bleed past my lip line and i have to wear lip liner. Verses like Jeffree Star or LimeCrime i dont need a lipliner, but they are also $18-$20 each :p So not your current styling. i like them, but love their eyebrow colour pots the best. I dont recommend their creme gel colour for eye liner though, it goes on great, but dries super quick and i've already destroyed my eyeliner brush. I actually love E.L.F. Intense Ink eyeliner, its only $3 and my "wings" are perfect everyday in 3 strokes per eye.

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    1. Does that ELF eyeliner last all day? Is it waterproof? I am always on the hunt for the next best thing in eyeliner!

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  9. Oh man! I'm so excited about this post. You are one of the people who introduced me to colourpop and I'm completely obsessed with them now.

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  10. You are totally rocking these shades! I used to wear lipstick all the time and I felt naked when I didn't wear it! But somehow I got out of the habit and now, years later, I feel like it's too much when I put it on. Like everyone is staring at my lips... But I like your idea of easing yourself into it slowly, I'm going to try that!

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  11. i'm such a chicken when it comes to lipstick, i don't know why! I do have one I really love, the lip pencils by Nars, my favorite is Cruella. Have you tried those before? They are really easy to apply and don't make my lips feel awful.
    i bought a kat von d liquid lipstick in a pretty dark color, but it makes me feel SO self conscious! too goth i think, haha

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    1. Nope, but looking at swatches I really want to! I guess I'm going to have to go pick one up.

      I want to try basically everything Kat Von D puts out. I've heard nothing but good things about that eyeliner she has. I don't know why I haven't bought it yet!

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  12. Oh, I am just so helpful. hehe. I actually did the same thing with lipstick!
    You look fantastic in lipstick! Oh and I see you mentioning Kat Von D eyeliner, it is great! I love it. I really want to try her lipsticks!

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    1. Haha! It's such a simple tip but it helped SO much!

      Good to know, I just need buy that darn eyeliner already!

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  13. Thanks, I just spent an hour on the site and just completed my first order. Haha! Seriously though, this company is really cool and the fact that they're cruelty-free is a huge plus. This post has definitely done its job. :D

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    1. Wooo! Hope you love them as much as I do!

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  14. I am so excited to try colourpop now! I ordered one to give it a go. I am currently addicted to the Sephora lip stain. I also just bought some NYX liquid suede but I do not like it as much as the Sephora kind. I mix them together and it works great though!

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    1. I wanted to like the NYX liquid suede so much but I don't really love it. But just like you, I do love mixing it with other brands I have.

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  15. that "more better" is magnificent on you!! wow.

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