colourpop first impressions

Hello!

I’m going to launch right into this post, as it’s a long one.

 

Colourpop. The name is zingy, fun to say, and screams at you from far away. The indie makeup brand has gathered a cult following due to its bouncy powder eye shadows and highlighters and Kylie-esque matte lipsticks.

Intrigued by the fact that I could get a Lip Kit dupe for 6 dollars, I traversed the Colourpop website and found a few interesting products.

A week and a half later, a glittery logo-emblazoned package arrived for me in the mailbox. It even came a day earlier than expected. That doesn’t seem like much, but it does add up immensely when you are a beauty junkie like mwah.

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My order consisted of (from left to right) one Super Shock Cheek highlighter (Dream Catcher), a Crème Gel Liner (Swerve), an Ultra-Matte Lip (Bianca), and an Ultra-Satin lip (Botanical). My search for poppy, beautiful colours ended with Colourpop.

I’m going to break down each and every one of the things I bought.

HIGHLIGHTER: This highlighter is a golden coppery shade that looks AMAZING and brings out a lot of colour upon my pale, pale skin. It hits the light just right and isn’t too sparkly. The consistency is strange, but absolutely divine. It’s bouncy. Like, literally bouncy. While it is a powder, it transfers like a cream. It’s best applied using your fingers, and then blending out with a synthetic brush. Absolutely beautiful.

LINER: This liner is a basic black, but I’d been looking for something like it for a while. It’s perfect for drawing cat eyes or tightlining, and works very well. It’s not unlike some other liners I’ve tried, but it glides on smoother than others.

ULTRA MATTE: It’s almost an exact dupe for the brown Kylie Lip Kit. You must be quick about putting in on, though. It’ll dry faster than you can say “Colourpop”. The colour is darker than pictured on the website, and is more brown than purple, but still works with my tone. Pleasantly surprised by the actual colour.

ULTRA SATIN: This colour also differs a bit from the website. It’s more orange than pink in real life, but very beautiful and gives a good colour payoff. It is also matte, but more of a velvety finish and not as heavy.

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It’s recommended you exfoliate and be sure to moisturize your lips before and after using the lipsticks.

Appreciate my swatches, because These. Don’t. Come. Off. At. All.

At all.

They’re stuck to your lips like tar, and though they stay put and look amazing, one mistake is very hard to remove.

Other than that, the lip products are amazing as are the others. I’m looking forward to grabbing up some more products soon!

As far as customer service is concerned, Colourpop really loves their customers. Shipping takes a LONG time, though, and you can’t expect your items until about a week later. However, the products were packaged very well with care, and it was shipped speedily from Los Angeles.

I ordered May 2nd, it shipped May 10th, and arrived May 12th. That was a total of just 11 days, so not that shabby! I’m so excited to use these products. They’re very cheap, but GREAT quality.

You can also get 5 dollars off your order by signing up through email! Easy, right?

Ever heard of Colourpop?

♥, Mali

all views expressed in this post are my own. I was not sponsored in any way to create this post or buy these products.

 

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smashbox be legendary gloss in coraline | review

It hit me today that I haven’t done a review in a long time. This is supposed to be a beauty blog!! I really want to post and curate more beauty products, which is why I will hopefully be signing up for ipsy in the near future.

Anywho.

For Christmas, I received a 50 dollar gift card to Sephora, which is literally GOLD. I actually signed up to become a Beauty Insider, so when any offers roll around, I’ll be the first to know!

My first purchase was a lip gloss from Smashbox. I’ve heard amazing things about their powder, but wanted to try a lip product. I sampled it in-store and it was awesome. I’ve never had a formula so smooth!

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The colour is Coraline- an easy-going, casual coral that goes on almost clear. It’s beautiful on pale skin, and almost anyone could pull it off!

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One thing I look for in a lip gloss is that it’s not sticky. This one glides on easily in one coat and does not stick! It is literally perfect.

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If you’ve never tried Smashbox, it’s sold at Ulta and Sephora as well as Amazon! I highly recommend this product to anyone looking for a lightweight, no-makeup look lip gloss.

♥, Mali

NOTE: All views and opinions expressed in this post are my own. I was not endorsed in any way for this post. 

kate moss for rimmel london lipstick in 107 | review

Happy Halloween! I hope you all have a great night and stay safe. I’ll post pictures of my costume tomorrow morning. 🙂

♫ I caved, I caved, I really really caved. ♫

I was scoping around Missamrunaway’s awesome blog a few days ago and found her review on the Lasting Finish by Kate Moss for Rimmel London lipstick in 107, an amazing wine/berry shade. (that was a mounthful, bleh) Let me just say, it looked beautiful on her and I had to buy it. We have the same paler-than-pale skin tone, so she’s my guinea pig when it comes to lip products. Fast-forward to now, as I’m writing this, I have that colour on my lips! Eee!

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THE PACKAGING:

I really love the packaging! I am a very clumsy and non-observant person, so I sometimes mistake my nude lipstick for my berry because of the packaging. This one is a vibrant red and has Kate Moss’ signature on it, which I loveeeee. Overall the packaging is great.

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THE COLOUR:

(My mother has painted a pumpkin. I love pumpkins. I took a picture of the lipstick, with the pumpkin.)

The colour is called 107. It’s a deep, vibrant berry shade and looks AMAZING. May I also say, it smells like strawberries or melon or something awesome. The lipstick goes great with my skin tone (pale aka ghost) and can be layered for an intense or subtle look.

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THE APPLICATION:

(My pale ghost hand and my trying-to-be-photogenic smirk. by Mali)

I love this lipstick! It’s vivid, rich, and smooth. It has a satiny finish and doesn’t dry out my lips that much. It could be more moisturizing, but its colour makes up for it. Love it.

THE VERDICT:

This lipstick is gold, and has made its way to my a-list beauty products list. It is very vivid and is a perfect autumnal shade. I will certainly be wearing this a lot this autumn and winter.

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♥, Mali

maybelline expert wear eyeshadow | review

Hey guys! Hope you all are doing well. 🙂

I have been using the same eyeshadow for a while, and it’s discontinued now, so I needed a new one. After a bit of browsing, I decided to buy the Maybelline Expert Wear Eyeshadow. It’s really inexpensive, and I’ve had a great run with Maybelline products (you can see my concealer review HERE) so far. There are a lot of colours to choose from as well.

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I bought the shade Made in Mocha, a matte taupe/brown that compliments blue eyes and is a great natural shade. It came in a small rectangular package with a clear top so you can see into the pan, which is great! It also comes with an applicator (I use a brush) that picks up the shadow really well and I may use it. The package is easy to open and very well laid out.

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Both, from left to right: with primer, without primer.

As you can see it’s enhanced greatly with primer, though I like it more without for a more natural look. Overall it’s a nice soft colour, and if I needed a more bold look (maybe a brown smoky eye?) I’d use primer.

As far as application is concerned, it seemed to cumulate in one area and was a bit difficult to spread out. The formula is great, though, and has stayed on without creasing for a while! I really love it.

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GOOD:

~Very vivid

~Great packaging

~Beautiful colour

BAD:

~A bit difficult to apply

THE VERDICT:

With more pros than cons and at a very good price range (3.79 USD, 3.38 EUR), it’s worth it! I would buy it again.