Colourpop Lipsticks Review
Two years ago, a dear friend of mine told me to check out the Colourpop website for affordable, pretty lipsticks. At the time, the color range was limited and didn't quite catch my eye so I remained unimpressed. On top of that, I worried that given the surprisingly low price tag, the product wouldn't be high quality. So I moved along and found love with the more expensive but unfailing Kat Von D Everlasting liquid lipsticks. Several months later, Colourpop was gaining momentum in the makeup community and expanding its range of colors. I noticed some of my favorite makeup bloggers mention their 'lippies' and use their products for tutorials. Then Colourpop began collaborating with big names like ItsMyRayeRaye, Kathleen Lights, Ellarie, and Karrueche which piqued my curiosity.
In January, I took the plunge and ordered my first set of CP Ultra Matte lipsticks: Tulle, Bumble, Chilly Chili, and Bad Habit. I used my $5 first time buyer coupon and with shipping my total came out to $23.99. At Sephora, $23.99 would get me just one matte liquid lipstick. At that price, I was anxious to see if the products were high quality and if this was going to be the start of a beautiful relationship.
The year is almost at an end and I now have nearly 2 dozen Colourpop lipsticks as well as CP highlighters, blushes, and eye shadows. In this review, I tried on and commented on 22 of my lipsticks while also rubbing my lips raw. Enjoy!
The packaging of Colourpop is one of my favorites. The white lipstick boxes with holographic lettering draws attention and keeps it beautifully, playfully minimalist. For larger orders or special value sets, the orders come in a larger white box with a decorated inside and a mini guide book for how to use each product. The lipsticks themselves are sleek with silver caps and thin silver lettering of Colourpop's name along the lower portion.
Over time and with several tosses into messy makeup bags, the silver fades away. This is to be expected. The packaging can only take so much abuse after all. Just be sure to twist the cap on tightly when tossing them about to avoid your makeup bag resembling a crime scene.
Pigmentation and Application
Dusty mauve burgundy
Tulle was one of my very first Colourpop purchases. In my excitement, I opened it without really checking and was surprised by how dark it looked on my lips. It is a reddish-brown shade that is vampy without being too dark and is great for the fall. I've seen it on a variety of skin tones and it always looks a bit different which is not necessarily a bad thing.
Deep dusty mauve pink
On the Coloupop website, Bad Habit is described in more or less the same way as Lumiere 2 but they're very different. Bad Habit has a light berry shade (think frosted rose) that resembles a muted More Better with purple undertones. It's very wearable and easily goes from day to night.
Dusty warm terracotta
This is one of favorite Colourpop lipsticks! I was worried that the terracotta color would come out too orange against my skin tone but it dried down to be a dusty rosy brown-ish shade. The formula is surprisingly thin but highly pigmented, true matte, and very light, drying in about 10-20 seconds. I've worn this to work, to the beach, to parties, and on long flights and it has never failed me.
Dusty mauve pink
Lumiere has a beautiful pink mauve color that seems to adjust depending on the wearer's skin tone and lip pigmentation. It dries down to a true kiss-proof matte and feels light on the lips. I personally feel it's a bit too light on me and washes me out a tad but its not-too-pink shade makes it very versatile. Props to KathleenLights for this one!
As one reviewer perfectly put it: "Cheap Thrills is like a WOC-friendly Trap". It is a pale purplish pink that achieves the "greige" (greyed out beige) look without making me look dead. I'm not usually a fan of lighter, paler lipstick shades but I can work with this one. The formula is a bit stickier and thicker than the others but that goes away once it dries down to matte.
Vivid lavender violet
This shade is perfect for spring! It is a beautifully bright berry-ish tone (I would compare it to Kat Von D's Susperia) that works for every skin tone and only takes one coat to get the full pigmentation. I put this on for work at 7am and my sister still complimented it at 6:30pm when I got home. Just note that it is pretty drying so I highly recommend a swipe of lip balm before applying.
Deep violet wine
I adore this color! The deep wine color is stunning. I wear it often and it never fails to add hint of drama. It doesn't fully dry to matte and definitely isn't kiss proof but for this color, I'm willing to overlook those flaws. I would also recommend wearing this with a lip liner as it tends to feather and bleed out (especially on oily skin).
This is one of the best shades of purple lipstick I have ever seen! It is a vibrant true purple and instantly makes a statement. At first I thought I looked a bit silly because it was such a grape-y, Crayola crayon purple but after a while, I didn't even care! It is not absolutely smudge-proof, it does have a tendency to go on patchy, and it's difficult to apply but it does stay on and for the color and price, I can't complain. I would recommend a liner to prevent bleeding and feathering.
Muted plum brown
I'm not the biggest fan of Chilly Chili but I can definitely appreciate the color. It is a beautiful brown that is perfect for a 90's look complete with a denim jacket and black choker. It also looks surprisingly similar to Tulle. The muted brown washed me out and it looked like I dipped my lips into milk chocolate. My sister commented that I should use my illuminating kit when wearing Chilly Chili because it makes my face seem very dark. Yikes.
Deep yellowish red
Avenue is my "Bo$$" red lipstick. It is a beautiful yellow red that applies like a cream but dries down perfectly to matte. It is the most perfect rich red on my medium tan skin tone and has a vintage reddish brown feel to it. I feel like a million bucks every time I have it on! Just be wary of flaking and fading color when you eat.
I've always shied away from darker shades but LAX won me over with one swipe. It's a gorgeous blackened red that instantly gives any look a vampy kick. It reminds me of dark wine. It goes on quite easy but is very drying and tends to bleed so I'd recommend getting a liner. On my medium tan coloring, it washes me out a bit and reapplying or trying to layer can result in pilling. But for a night out and fall, it's a go-to.
Rooch is my favorite matte red lipstick from Colourpop. It is a rich russet wine shade that looks amazing on any skin tone and for any season. It dries down to matte beautifully and I've never had to use a lip liner with it. Last week, Colourpop announced that the entire Kaepop collection would be coming to an end and, of course, I couldn't let it go without purchasing one more Rooch.
Mid-tone nude peach
Have you ever experienced that first step into something and knowing you'd made a mistake? The first swipe of Screenshot on my lips had my eyes round as saucers and my sister frowning at my as I applied it. While the color is quite lovely and applies smoothly, the shade just doesn't suit me. It erases my lips and leaves me looking a bit sickly. I think this color could work on certain skin tones, maybe ones with cooler undertones.
I admit it. The main reason I bought this shade was because I saw a photo of Kylie Jenner rocking her dirty peach lipstick with a blonde top bun and sparkly dress. It was an impulse buy and I didn't put a lot of thought into how different it would look on me. The order came in, and lo and behold, it looked as though I had smeared peach-toned concealer all over my lips. The color was definitely peachy but far too pale. On the bright side, I can use this color for creating ombre looks and it does dry down to a decent matte.
Peach is not a color I expected to be very flattering on my tan skin. I worried that it would wash me out or make my lips look like they were caked with foundation. To my surprise, the rich peach shade of Speed Dial complemented my skin tone nicely. The shade seems like a muted mix between Bumble and Mama. Not quite orange, not quite terracotta. The formula doesn't dry down to complete matte but it feels comfortable and light on the lips with minimal transfer.
Hutch is a liquid lipstick with a satin finish. It's perfectly vampy and dark; LAX with purple/plum undertones. The satin finish is lovely on this darker shade and gives it a glamorous look. I can imagine wearing it with a black dress and some glitter on my eyes. I would recommend using a liner. The lipstick applies smoothly and has a light, creamy feel but it tends to bleed on my oily skin.
Muted dirty lilac
When I saw a swatch of Femme on brown/tan skin, I immediately added it to my cart. It looked beautiful against the toasty skin tone and I could imagine it on some beautiful, tanned goddess like Calypso. It resembled a less pink Cheap Thrills with the "greige" trend in full force and I didn't mind at all. Femme can work on any skin tone and definitely gives off mermaid vibes.
True dusty rose
Viper has become my go-to daily lipstick next to Bumble. It is a beautiful, universally flattering shade of pink that isn't too Barbie bright. The formula dries down to a nice matte but does transfer onto cups and greasy food.
Warm deepened rose
My sister actually stole this one from me. It is a true deep rose shade that I believe could work on any skin tone. It looks very natural and subtle, perfect for toned down makeup days. It's not my favorite pink shade because it makes me feel a bit dull but it works wonders for my sister who has more yellow undertones.
I fell in love with this rich blackened green lipstick when I saw it on the website. It looked perfectly Slytherin-worthy and the color was so rich but I was hesitant to try such a bold color so I waited. Months later, I finally ordered one and was not disappointed. The color is amazing! Caution: The formula is pretty drying and can be very patchy when applying. It took me a couple of dips into the container and several swipes to finally get an even, opaque layer. You may need a lip liner and reapplication if you plan on eating with this shade on.
Love Bug is a perfect summer-fall transition color. It is a beautiful burnt terracotta shade that is a few tones darker and deeper than Bumble and Mama. It applies smoothly and not too thick, no need for a lip liner.
It's no secret that I don't like orange so when I took the plunge and ordered Mama, there was a lot of initial regret. When I first swiped it only my lips, I was a tad horrified. It seemed too bright, an almost chalky shade of orange. But when it dried to matte, it was a wearable shade that resembled a more orange Bumble with reddish undertones. I think it could work on everyone!
All the Colourpop Ultra Mattes have phenomenal staying power. They easily rival my beloved Kat Von D Everlasting liquid lipsticks. I find that the lighter the shade, the better it stays on. Don't worry! The darker shades don't come too far behind them but I would still recommend a touch-up after eating a greasy meal or biting in a big burger.
I've worn each of my CP lipsticks for more than 12 hours and I have to say that Bumble, Speed Dial, Viper, and Rooch have the best staying power.
+ Lip liner is optional but recommended. Most CP lipsticks have matching lip liner for $5.
+ Make sure your lips are completely dry. If a part of your lip is moist, the lipstick won't apply properly and you'll be left with an odd little bald spot.
+ Moisturize or exfoliate lips first. To exfoliate, I use a tiny bit of petroleum jelly or lip balm to my toothbrush and lightly scrub my lips. Applying just a bit of lip balm before swiping on the lipstick can save your lips from feeling and looking like shriveled up prunes.
+ It's important to remember that the same lipstick shade can look quite drastically different on different skin tones and lip pigmentation. Colourpop does a great job of featuring different skin tones to swatch the lippies but I also recommend skimming through the reviews to see what people of all colors say.
+ Most, if not all, Colourpop liquid lipsticks are darker than the tube that are in. Some lipsticks (Kaepop Collection) don't include swatches on their webpage so I wouldn't go off just the color of the packaging. Again, the reviews/comment section can be a real lifesaver.
+ Shipping can take a while. My first order from CP took about a week and a half to arrive (within the US). The processing of the order alone took about 3-5 days and the shipping 2-3 days.
+ The formulas vary from color to color. Bumble, Avenue, and Lumiere 2 dry to a soft matte finish while shades like More Better and Be-Dazzled remain a bit tacky. I would recommend using a bit of translucent powder on those if you really want them to be fully matte.