Sunday, August 6, 2017

ColourPop Crystal Collection | Swatches & Review

This blog post is coming to you slightly late but my YouTube video was right on time! So, being the trendy hippie company that ColourPop is, they would be hopping onto the crystal energy thing. I'm not into it but if they're going to give me good products, then I'm in for the new makeup. 

This collection is infused with real crystals! 

They released new priming sprays, setting sprays, liquid highlighters and lip balms for this collection. I got a bit of everything because I'm on a budget and I really do not need everything. Ugh. 

I am obsessed with the packaging of this collection. Everything feels so well made. The boxes are thick and wrapped with extra cardboard inside for more cushioning because the bottles are made of glass! I'm really impressed with how they upped their packaging for this collection. The boxes and sticker labels have a pearlescent holographic sheen to it and the crystal colors peeking over the corners like a real stone. The gold parts are glitter with a transparent sealant. Everything just looks so pretty and apt for the collection. 

I'm hoping they restock the collection soon because I want to get a couple more items from it. My pictures are a little overexposed but you still get the idea of how they look :) 

Aventurine Setting Spray $6/55ml
I got the Aventurine setting spray because it was targeted for oily skin. The priming spray for oily skin would be Amethyst and I regret not getting it to try out. I thought I wouldn't really need a priming spray because I've got other primers that I use for my makeup and I didn't really trust ColourPop's primer sprays. I didn't want it to be too moisturizing for my skin because I live in the tropics and my skin doesn't need that much moisture.

This is decently sized at 55ml for $6 and since they offer free shipping internationally with orders over $50, I think this is a really good option if you need a priming or setting spray. I wore this out for a good 10 hours and I found that it really helped to control the oil production on my face. I felt less oily and my face didn't shine as much. It truly has a matte and silky smooth finish to it and I'm loving it. I really want to try the Amethyst priming spray now so that I can see if it will help to control the oil even better.

So, definitely no clogged pores from using this. It smells great and keeps my makeup in place for hours and hours. The only downside is that the mist isn't as fine and widespread so you will need a couple of shots each time.

 Crystal Liquid Highlighter $9/25ml
Yes, this is in a glass bottle and the boxes are sooooo gorgeous. They come in a pump bottle and it takes a few pumps initially to get the product out. Subsequently, each pump produces a LOT of product. It's really hard to control how much you want to pump out because even though I try to just pump a little bit, too much comes out.

The formula is like a typical liquid highlighter. It feels oily and doesn't really dry down. However, it did not clog my pores and stayed put rather well as long as I didn't touch my face. They have a white base so if you pile on too much, it might leave a white cast on your cheekbones (or wherever you put it on). However, the iridescent effect is really pretty. These are shimmery highlighters and not glittery so you can do a subtle look or layer another highlighter on for a blinding look.

Rose Quartz (Rose Gold infused with crushed Rose Quartz crystals)
I thought this would be more of a pink color because it's supposed to be in the Rose Quartz series. However, it looks more of a peachy gold. There is a tiny bit of pink shimmer in it but there is definitely more gold so it kinda reflects a rose gold-gold when applied. This particular shade is really subtle and does not show up as well as the other colors.

Amethyst (Lavender with a pink flip infused with crushed Amethyst crystals)
This color looks like an icy pinky purple. You can definitely tell that it isn't fully purple. It shows up very well on the skin and gives you a very nice unicorn vibe, especially when mixed with Aquamarine.

Aquamarine (Blue with a violet flip infused with crushed Aquamarine crystals)
This is a blue-violet color and because it has some purple in it, it blends really well with Amethyst. If you love a weird and unique alien-ish highlight, do try this one out.

 This is how all the three shades look compared together. 

This is how they look like when blended out. Over here, Rose Quartz is on the right and Aquamarine is on the left.

Crystal Lip Balm ($5/3.25g)
I must say that I am super impressed with the packaging of the lip balms. The tubes feel sturdy and they do not feel cheap. The product is a little hard to twist up but I'm fine with that because it doesn't feel shaky, as though the product is going to fall out anytime. There is 3.25g of product, which is the typical size of a lip balm as compared to their lippie stix which are only 1g for the same price. These lip balms have a beautiful opalescent finish so they look great alone or as a lip topper. They do not feel sticky, heavy or slippery on the lips at all but they will break down a matte liquid lipstick if you choose to wear them as a lip topper.

Overall, I really love this collection because I'm a sucker for iridescent/opalescent makeup. I love that these new products work as advertised and that they remain affordable. I need to grab a couple more things when they restock like the priming spray and the remaining lip balms. Let me know your thoughts!