It’s safe to say that Colourpop is one of the most popular affordable brands currently on the market. Their eCommerce-only strategy has been highly successful, and they have a talented group of affiliated influencers who proudly stand behind the brand. After their most recent round of hype, I finally caved and made my first purchase. Here’s what I hauled and what I think!
First of all…
Shipping is free over $50 USD and I was charged no duties upon delivery to Toronto. Woohoo! 👐
My total was $51 USD, which is ~$65 CAD. Considering the amount of products I got, that’s not bad at all! I hopped on a promotion where I can buy 4 single Pressed Powder Shadows for $12 USD ($1 off each), plus a free 4-pan palette (max 2 per order). I saw this as a great opportunity to pick up some shades that I’m missing from my collection without repeating the same neutrals found in big palettes.
It is important to note that with the exception of the first haul picture, I have not retouched any images in this post besides cropping. I wanted my pictures to reflect the true colours of the products as accurately as possible, so what you see on your screen is almost exactly what I see in real life.
I ordered the following:
- Pressed Powder Shadow (PPS) x 8 – Glass Bull*, Snake Eyes*, Come And Get It*, Tiny Tangerines, Now And Zen, Two Birds*, Pinky Promise*, High Strung*
- Supernova Shadow – Over Again
- Lippie Stix – Lumiere
- Ultra Satin Lip – Echo Park*
- Super Shock Highlighter – Flexitarian*
*best sellers are marked.
Pressed Powder Shadows
These eyeshadows are absolutely beautiful! I can totally see what all the hype is about.
The swatch of Now And Zen really doesn’t do it justice. It is one of my favourite shades from this whole haul – it’s a very reflective white gold that looks stunning on the eye. Scroll down more to see a more accurate swatch of it on my fingers.
These first 4 shades are definitely my favourite, and do not resemble any shades I currently own.
Glass Bull is a very unique shade, because it has a brown-ish base colour with a green/blue duochrome shift. Upon moving the eye, it reflects differently and is quite mesmerizing. The website describes it as a “duochrome lavender icy-blue”, which is not too far off. That being said, it really reminds me of Buxom’s eyeshadow bar single in “No Faux”, which is a bright emerald green with a copper-brown shift. Between these 2 shades of which I both own, I prefer Buxom>Colourpop because it’s more pigmented.
A couple of problems…
- All 4 shades in the second quad of eyeshadows are different from the image and description on the Colourpop website. That’s the danger of buying online I guess 🤷 The shade I’m most upset about is “Tiny Tangerines” – the green shade. It appeared and was described as a blue teal colour but it’s honestly a green. I already have a shade very similar to it 😟 Both copper/brown shades are also similar to shades I already own but tbh that’s totally my fault lol.
- The eyeshadows apply smoothly and are very pigmented! However, once you start to blend them out, the pigmentation fades a lot so you need to reapply your statement colour as a finishing touch after your whole eye look. I find the best way to do this is with my finger, but a wet brush works too.
Supernova Shadow 🌌 – Over Again
Ehhh I’m not a big fan of this. There have been many videos suggesting these could be a possible dupe for Stila’s Magificent Metals but I highly disagree. 🙅♀️ This Supernova shadow applies smoothly but dries down very dry. I have oily eyelids but I could feel this product present on my lids whenever I blinked. It also doesn’t layer well at all – you can see in the last image that it bunches up if you apply more layers on top of a dry one. Lastly, it creases very quickly and therefore flakes off throughout the day.
This is a beautiful accent colour probably good for photoshoots and any other short-term needs but definitely not long-lasting. I’m glad it was so affordable so that I feel like I didn’t waste my money.
Supershock Highlighter 🌟 – Flexitarian
I have mixed feelings about this because I love and hate it. Firstly, it is hands down THE MOST BOLD highlighter in my collection ☀️ (and I have a lot). The swatch on my hand is literally blinding… like in daylight I would probably need sunglasses to turn down the glare. There is no way this highlighter can look natural, so if that’s what you’re going for I recommend you skip this. What I did notice is that the bouncy solid/cream formulation of this highlighter makes it difficult to apply on top of face makeup. I’ve tried using different brushes, wet and dry sponges, and no matter what it’s either too loose with a lot of fallout, or too intense and hard to blend out. I’ll watch some more videos and hopefully make this work because it truly is a BAM! in-your-face highlight that I’m dying to use come summer.
Lip Products 👄: Ultra Satin Lip (Echo Park) + Lippie Stix (Lumiere)
Ultra Satin Lip – Echo Park
I think every YouTuber who loves Colourpop owns this shade so I had to make it my first Ultra lip product from the brand. People weren’t kidding about the formula – it’s extremely creamy, easy to apply, pigmented with one swipe, and long-lasting on the lips. What more could you ask for? Considering how cost-effective all of these lip products are, why would I even need to buy a $30+ lipstick ever again?
Lippie Stix – Lumiere
Ignoring the fact that I have like 10 lip products in this exact cool-toned dark rose shade, I picked this up because I have heard too much hype about the Lippie Stix over the years. I totally understand it too because this is such a perfect lipstick formula. It’s highly pigmented, easy to apply and control, lasts a decent amount of time (longer than the Nyx liquid matte anyway) and is very affordable. I already know this will be a go-to in my purse because it’s so much easier to apply than a liquid lipstick.
And that’s it for my haul! 🤗 I will definitely be buying more in the future, especially if there is a single eyeshadow that I’m missing and need to add to my collection. Overall, I think Colourpop is an excellent brand, and I’m even more impressed by their cost structure. The high quality they offer makes me think about the markup I fall victim to when I buy from brands like YSL, Marc Jacobs, ABH, etc. In my next order, I really want to try the Lux Lipsticks and Super Shock Shadows. Thanks for reading 😁 If you have a favourite Colourpop product, definitely let me know and I’ll add it to my list.
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