Colourpop Cosmetics Brand Review, Buying Experience, and Products

Colourpop Cosmetics Brand Review, Buying Experience, and Products

Here is a my experience with Colourpop Cosmetics for those who are curious and are thinking of buying their cosmetics.

Brand Experience:

Colourpop is an LA born Indie makeup brand situated in Oxnard, California USA started in 2014.

About a year ago was when I first heard about Colourpop from a friend, I think she was telling me about their lippie stix and how they were only $5 and liquid lipsticks at only $6. At the time I was starting my obsession addiction with liquid lipsticks, and I loved how colors looked on their instagram so I started to buy their products almost monthly to try. As a brand, they are very on top of their social media game, always posting product releases, sales, and user created reposts. Their social media specialists Sharon and Jordynn are always so lovable on Snapchat, I enjoy watching their live swatches and their friendship on snaps. I hope they stay with Colourpop forever 🙂 and of course they make me wanna buy all their newest products. #makeupaddict

With the popularity of social media these days, we get a glimpse of the people behind the brand and you decide if you want to support them or not, and Colourpop is on the top of my list for affordability, likability, and product satisfaction. Another great thing is that they swatch products including all skin tones to make sure no one is left out. Since they do not have a physical store, online swatches is how we can best decide if the color and formulation is for us or for gifts.

Customer Service Experience:

When I first started to buy from them shipping would take a while, longer than the stated 3-5 business days. I have had 2 order mishaps out of at least 10 orders. One order was mis-shipped as I never received it, and tracking never updated so they sent out a replacement in a week or so. On another order, they sent the wrong color blush and took a bout a week for replacement after 1-2 email reminders. They do ask you to take pictures of the errors to send in to them. If you don’t get a response or resolution, email them again till they respond, each customer service rep. responding may be different each time though. Since then, which was about 3 months + ago I haven’t had any order issues or shipping lag times everything has been reasonable or faster than expected.

Social Media:

If you love Colourpop follow them for their latests product releases and swatches on their social media channels. Their snapchat is my favorite to follow, because you get to see behind the scenes, live swatches, and sometimes Q&A sessions.

  • Instagram.com/Colourpopcosmetics (colour not color :))
  • Snapchat: ColourpopCo
  • Twitter.com/ColourpopCo
  • Facebook: Colourpop

 

Online Website (they do not have a physical store to purchase products):

Their website is using shopify for their shopping cart, and you may notice similarities with many other websites (e.g. kyliecosmetics.com) its quite easy to check out with. I always prefer to use paypal for a more secure payment option.

 

Buying Experience:

For the year that I have been buying their products the website is fairly easy to browse products, the bugs and glitches have been all fixed since their last major website update with improvements. Paypal is a offered as a payment option.

Products:

  • Cruelty Free
  • Vegan
  • Made in USA
  1. Liquid Lipsticks both Ultra Matte and Ultra Satin formulations
  2. Blush
  3. Eye Shadows
  4. Lip Glosses
  5. Lippie Stix
  6. Highlighters

My favorite Colourpop products are in order from 1 being the best and 5 to the least favorite. Their liquid lipsticks are definitely color popping, the pigmentation is always on point. For the price you pay you are getting a cruelty-free, vegan*, and 3.2 g / 0.11 oz of liquid lipstick for only $6. It’s so affordable I want to collect all their colors. Their formulation vary between colors and for me some may crumble and bleed even with lip liner. I prefer their Ultra matte bold/deep colors and for nude colors I favor the Ultra Satin formula.

Their blushes are long-wearing but these days I am lazy to open their blushes. Unscrew the airtight caps and dipping my fingers into the blush. Using my fingers I find is the best way to apply their blushes for me.

Eye shadows, are fun and different but some colors need to be packed on for it to show up on my lids. Over packing can create a layer that would crumble. Same with the blush I find applying with my fingers the best.

The Ultra glossy lip glosses are ok for me. They vary from super sheer and creamy pigment. For me I find that after wearing the lipgloss it makes my lips peel after a day of wear and taking it off at night.

Lippie stix are popular amongst most, but I love liquid lipsticks personally.

I only have 1 highlighter, and I’ve only used it a few times as it doesn’t give me the HIGH enough light I like.

*Not all products stated vegan

Product Releases/Promotions:

Because Colourpop has their own lab, they are pushing out new products almost weekly and if there are no new releases, they are running promos. So if you missed a sale one week they may have another in a few weeks. Only sad thing their special collaborations are for a limited time, as I get major FOMD “Fear of makeup discontinued”.

On average they launch new products on Thursdays at 10am PST.

Discounts:

  • Sign up with new email account to receive a $5 off coupon code through email.

Shipping:

  • They started shipping Internationally and I believe shipping starts at $15. spend over $50 for free International shipping
  • Domestic USA shipping: $5.00 , Free Shipping after spending $30

 

For Colourpop swatches follow me on instagram: imeltformakeup or search my blog for reviews and swatches.

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Latest order of the Indie Brand Colourpop Cosmetics

Latest order of the Indie Brand Colourpop Cosmetics

My recent order of colourpop during the flash sale! thought I get some of the OG colors I didn’t have. 😜Loving limbo 😍💄liquid lipstick//

So Wavy – Ultra Satin

Be-dazzled Ultra Matte

Tulle – Ultra Matte

Limbo – Ultra Matte —–

👀 shadow//

Glowstix: yellow with gold reflects

Sugar: Silvery w/aqua hue & gold reflects

Liberty: pigmented Silver

Slave2pink: hot pink w/purple/fuchsia reflects

Make liquid lipsticks last longer & Lip preparation 

Make liquid lipsticks last longer & Lip preparation 

After trying many brands of liquid lipsticks with different formulas and staying power, I figured out a good routine to prepare your lips for application. I know there are some brands with less long wear than they claim, but we just love the color and keep wearing it anyways. Here are a few products I use along with the fluid lipsticks I use.

  1. Scrub that Canvas: Prepare your lips especially if you have dry flakey lips I would suggest using a sugar scrub. I like using the Fresh Sugar Lip Polish sample I received from Sephora a while back. To combat the dryness of some liquid lipsticks start off your face routine by wearing a non-oily or non-petroleum lip balm while putting your face makeup on. When ready to apply your liquid lippie, wipe off any excess lipbalm then go on applying your lip pencil or liquid lip color.
  2. Stay put: I recently discovered the Urban Decay Ozone Lip Pencil suggested by a friend who wears regular lipstick so I went and bought the Urban Decay Ozone Lip Pencil along with the Urban Decay Multipurpose Primer Chubby Pencil (since it is chubby, me being lazy thought it be faster to use). It really helps with the colourpop Ultra Matte Liquid Lipsticks. Loving the color beeper I wore it on NYE and ate oily greasy foods, and to my horror found that my lipstick had shifted below my lips. With this product I feel like it stayed put better, and felt more comfortable on my lips.
  3. Greasy Mess: Liquid lipsticks look the best if there is no eating or drinking involved, but when you just have to eat *sarcasm* and it happens to be greasy tasty food. The baby lips Dr Rescue menthol version by Maybelline is a great on-the-go liquid lipstick eraser. No need to carry makeup wipes, coconut oil or cotton etc. This wittle baby helps when I am wearing a red lip or bold lipcolor and just feel like eating tacos. It is worth it to get clown lips after eating my favorite food. Just smear this all over, bloat with pressure on a paper towel then apply some more baby lips then wipe inward towards your teeth, repeat this till all is good and you can reapply your lipstick.
    • If I am at home I would use the Neutrogena Oil-Free makeup remover to remove my red bozo the clown lips.
  4. Try to Apply 1 coat of the liquid lipstick, the heavier the consistency there can be a tendency to crack. 
  5. With liquid lipsticks there is no need to smush lips together, for me if I do some dried parts can then come off in patches.
  6. Irritated Lips: With many new brands to the market; indie and beauty blogger brands, they may have natural or chemical formulations that may cause irritation to those who have sensitive lips. I read online that Carmex is a great healing and soothing lip balm. Back in the day I had a reaction from MAC lipstick palette and I wish I knew about this. Just a warning this stuff smells a little funny but feels great on the lips, I usually wear it to sleep.

If you have any questions please comment or tweet me @ imeltformakeup.

Pout Out~

imeltformakeup

 

Colourpop KathleenLights Lumière 2 Swatches

Colourpop KathleenLights Lumière 2 Swatches

I appreciate and love how Colourpop takes the next step to swatch colors on different skin tones. Being NC14-20, colors tend to not look the same as pictured online. With that being said the colors that I have bought from Colourpop have been good ones for me, and don’t just judge by their swatches google search it and look for hashtags with the color. This way you can see how it can look in different lighting and different fair range of skin tones. 🙂

Below are swatch comparisons with the Kathleen lights ultra matte liquid lipstick Lumière 2 that was released for her Birthday– Go Aquarius! (Yes I am an aquarius ^_^)

Photo Credit: Colourpop.com Photo Edit: imeltformakeup