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ColourPop Spring Phase 3: Sand

I'm a little late in getting the Sand collection because it's brown, it's neutral and it's nothing new. Every brand has some browns because that is a staple color for makeup just like how a red lipstick is a staple. I skipped out on the brown pressed powders because I have browns in my collection already so I don't think I need any extras at this time but if you are just starting out your makeup collection then CP does have a nice range of colors. Whatever your skin tone is, you really can't go wrong with browns so just add all of them to your cart LOL. 

Double Play (Getting Handsy + Padded Down)
Getting Handsy is a matte warm nude blush while Padded Down is a pearlized warm champagne highlighter. The blush looks off-putting at first but once you put it on your cheeks, you'll realize that it works very well in warming up your face and giving you a very natural flush of color without being too overbearing. I'm wearing this blush and highlight in my lip swatch pictures below so you can get a better idea. The highlight is a true champagne and you can do a light swipe for a subtle sheen or build it up to glow and blind. It blends very well with my skin color and I think this duo will generally suit a ton of people, if not everyone. 

Super Hard Core (Pearlized Ivory Gold)
This is a very light color that almost looks like my skin color. It has a slight yellow gold tint to it. It's not extremely shimmery but it still works as a highlight for your inner corner or wherever. 

Reversible (Pearlized Goldy Beige)
This is almost like a coppery rose gold. It applied kind of sheer on my lids but the glitter packed on well. I'm not sure if it's because it kind of blended with the skin on my lids. Still beautiful to use as a topper or on it's own. 

There are 4 liquid lipsticks in the sand collection but 2 of them are re-releases that first debuted in the holiday 2016 collection (Knotty & Embellish). After seeing swatches of how light and nude Knotty is,  I decided not to spend the extra $6 on it just in case it didn't work out for me. I have too many nudes that do not work and too little money to spare. In the tubes, Strip and Strut look very similar. They seem to just be different in undertones.

Strip (Warm Beige Ultra Satin Lip)
I'm so glad this did not wash me out. It dried slightly darker than in the tube and it has some pink undertones to it so it's a very nice nude on me.

Strut (Cool-toned Taupe Ultra Satin Lip)
Strut looks very similar to Strip but it is actually a tad darker and more brown in color. It's also a very pretty nude and would suit a wider variety of skin tones as compared to Strip. 

Embellish (Blackened Brown Ultra Matte Lip)
This was part of the holiday 2016 releases and my black frosted tube was from back then. This is as described and it's a super dark brown. I'm conflicted as to whether it suits me because I generally like dark lip colors on my skin tone. A lot of people seem to have issues with this particular formula as well. This one is particularly drying. I can feel my lips tighten and I can feel the lipstick harden on my lips as it dries down. So it definitely feels as if it is going to crumble and flake any time but if I don't rub my lips, it wouldn't. It's just not as comfortable to wear as the other Ultra Mattes are.

The only item I would highly recommend you pick up in this collection is the pressed blush and highlight palette. You don't come across a beige nude blush very often and it is seriously beautiful. I'm going to be using it for my everyday makeup from now on because of how natural it looks. If you are into no makeup makeup, then this would work great too. The Super Shock Shadows were not very impressive this time. I'm not sure why I don't feel too much for them but they are very similar to the pressed powder eyeshadows in Ringer and Ego.

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