Friday, October 7, 2016

First Impressions: ColourPop Liquid Lipsticks

I know ColourPop has been around for awhile and the whole hype about it has been going on ever since Kylie Cosmetics came out with their matte liquid lipsticks and people were trying to find cheaper alternatives to them. I don't use lipsticks a lot and I have a ton at home that I don't even use so it took me hella long to jump onto the bandwagon. But, I finally caved and got myself a few liquid lipsticks to try out. 

Since it's $30 to get free shipping, I picked out 5 liquid lipsticks - 2 matte and 3 metallic. All their liquid lipsticks are priced at $6 each so it is very affordable and super easy to over pack your cart with stuff! I've never tried out a proper matte liquid lipstick before so I have nothing to compare it to, but at the same time, it is my honest first opinion about them. Also, I hardly see any swatches of them on asian skin so why not?

Before we get started, here's a shot of my bare lips. I am a fair skinned asian with neutral undertones. I have both blueish purple and green veins so yeah :/




I chose Lumiere 2, Bad Habit, Flitter, JIC and 3 Way.




Lumieré 2
Lumiere: A dusty mauve pink in a matte finish created by the lovely @KathleenLights - "I wanted a color that both bold and shy people could wear. It's not a nude..it would look great on EVERYONE​!"

I don't look good in a full on nude lip so since the description of Lumiere said that it is not a nude color and that everyone can wear it, I decided to pick Lumiere 2 in the matte liquid lipstick formula. This is the first color that I tried and wore for a full day out.

Unfortunately, I don't fancy it because it turned a dark purple on me with no hints of pink. I feel like an alien with it but that's not a bad thing. I guess it looks pinker with more light like in the second photo. I took that with the sunlight facing me directly. 




Pros:
  • Very pigmented. Good color payoff.
  • Applies evenly.
  • Great lasting power. My friends were impressed with how well it lasted because we had met for lunch and I had this lipstick on before eating. I showed them how the lipstick didn't transfer when I touched my lips or kissed my hand. It proved to last throughout my meal as well with minimal color transfer on my cup and spoon.
  • Does not smudge and transfers minimally.
Cons:
  • This one depends if you like how the color turned out or not. I did not so it's a con for me. From the bottle and swatch, it looks like a nice dusty pink, but it totally turned mauve purple on my lips, which is disappointing because I had wanted a pink shade. 
  • Slightly drying. It does highlight lip cracks and chapped lips.

Bad Habit

This dusty mauve pink will be a bad habit you don't want to kick.

It looks bright in the bottle, but thankfully it comes off darker when applied on. It's a dark rosy pink (that almost reminds me of one of my Adidas Superstars). It's a very bold color to wear so I think I'll reserve it for special days.

Pros:
  • Very pigmented. Good color payoff.
  • Applies evenly.
  • Longer drying time so you it is easier to work with.
Cons:
  • Transfers quite a lot and smudges.

Flitter

Flitter into their DMs in this warm pinky undertone with flash of gold on top in a Metallic finish.
Nope. Just nope. The gold metallic look does not look good on me. I don't like it on me and it could be because it looks very yellow which is not something I would use. The rosy pink base color is pretty though. I guess it would be fine to layer on another color for extra dimension and sheen. I'm thinking of topping it with a sheer color to cancel the gold.




This last one was taken in my bathroom and it looks more yellow than the ones that I took with more natural light so I guess that's why I hate it so much. I'm thinking this is how it will look like at shopping malls too.

Pros:
  • Very pigmented. It has a ton of tiny gold glitter that gives a true matte metallic sheen.
  • The rosy pink base is really pretty. I like that it matches me. 
  • It applies nicely and evenly. 
Cons:
  • Some of the glitter does transfer off but not everything comes off so the metallic look still stays on. 
  • Feels sticky.

JIC

You never know when you’ll need this light cool-toned ivory sprinkled with a ton of pink and silver glitter in a Metallic finish.

This color is pretty but it does not really have a metallic finish but more of a glittery finish in my opinion. It is one of the lighter and slightly sheerer shades so I think it would look nice as a lip highlight or as a coat on top of a base color. As a color on it's own, it kinda washes me out so I would prefer not to use it alone.




Pros:
  • Very glittery which I think is pretty. If you don't like that it is sheer and not metallic then this would be a con for you.
  • Good for layering and highlighting
  • Does not feel drying. Does not accentuate lip lines.
Cons:
  • Transfers easily.
  • Feels sticky.

3 Way

Be careful who you share this plummy pink with gold sparkle in a Metallic finish.

The gold glitter on this one is not as intense as Flitter so it does not have a super yellow-gold sheen. Absolutely LOVE this color and the glitters in it. It is a tad shimmery so I think that makes it super pretty. Perfect shade for fall.


Pros:
  • Transfers minimally and does not smudge.
Cons:
  • Color is not as pigmented and intense.
  • Drying but does not accentuate lip lines.

Transfer test:
I took a swipe of my swatches to see how much of it transfers. Lumiere 2 and 3-way did a good job of not budging much but the other three shades came off quite a bit. The metallic shades had quite a sticky feel as compared to the matte shades which felt more velvety. Also, Bad Habit has a tendency of smudging.
Pointer - Lumiere 2, Middle - Bad Habit, Ring Finger - J.I.C, Little Finger - Flitter, Thumb - 3Way

Guess what? 

I ordered more CP lippies and I'm also planning on getting other cosmetics so stay tuned for more CP reviews! 

xoxo