Monday, December 11, 2017

ColourPop Holiday 2017 Collection Swatches & Review

It's that time of the year again! This year's holiday collection looks so dreamy and magical, just like how Christmas is! There were 2 rounds of launches this year. The first round went up on Sephora too and consisted of the Semi Precious Palette, Golden State of Mind Palette, Feeling Fine Lip Trio, You're A Gem Lip Trio, Amber Crystal Collection and 3 Super Shock Shadows (Fluffy, Bouncy Revolution). I wasn't too impressed with the launch so I only got the You're A Gem lip trio and the super shock shadows. 
This is the packaging of the lip products. It is a very dreamy ombre that goes all over the box. The texts are in a foiled gold. There are 4 Ultra Glossy Lips and 10 Ultra Matte Lips in this launch.
This is how the tube looks like. It has a gold cap and sparkly gold flecks decorated all over the tube.

Lay-Z (Nude with Gold Glitter)
This is a really nice lip gloss with a ton of gold and hot pink glitter. It does have some pigmentation to it so it gives a nice tint to the lips. Very easy to throw on and wear on its own or over another lip color.

Imagine (Vibrant Pinky Red with Pink Glitter)
This is a really gorgeous juicy red lip gloss with a ton of hot pink glitter. It is super pigmented so you should apply it with care and maybe use a lip liner to avoid bleeding over time. I love this color though.

Believe Me (Rich Sangria with Violet Glitter)
This looks so pretty in the tube but it applies so sheer and patchy. I'm pretty sure they layered this on the site's stock photos because they look hella fake. I wouldn't recommend applying more layers too because it will get heavy and you get that sticky stringy look when you open your mouth which isn't cool at all. Maybe layer it over a berry or wine shade to intensify the color.

Fingers Crossed (Duochrome Brown with a Teal Flip)
This was the shade I was most excited for because I live for duochromes. This is a very common duochrome eyeshadow shade so to have it in a lip form is amazing. I was kinda disappointed that it applied a little bit on the sheer and patchy side. Again, I wouldn't recommend layering it because it gets thick. The duochrome sheen isn't very obvious but it will probably be more intense if you layer it over a darker lip color.

Moving on, the Ultra Matte Lips have got the same tubes. Apparently these holiday vials are limited edition so you may end up getting the usual tubes once these run out.
If you have most of the Ultra Matte Lips in your collection already, you don't really need any of these new shades because they are quite repetitive and similar to existing shades. If you would like to see comparisons, do check out my video above. A lot of the dark shades are patchy. This collection feels as if ColourPop rushed these out without much thought.

Lil Pump (Dusty mauve)
This is a really pale and washed out light pink. This is the kind of shade that can look really bad or really good. This is definitely lighter than my natural lip shade but I can pull it off with a smokey eye look. It seems to be a little drying. Trap UML is of the same paleness but more purple toned. Bianca UML is a tad bit darker. Times Square is more pinky beige.

Flurries (Mauve Pink)
This is a true mid-toned pink with a tinge of mauve, but it is mostly pink. This shade is very similar to Fresh Cut but I don't have a good swatch picture of it yet.

Take A Pixie (Dusty Beige)
For some reason, this applied slightly patchy. It's not obvious but you can see it's kind of uneven. It's a nice warm brownish nude that most people would like. It looks similar to the shade below (Lightweight) but it is warmer in tone. Reign USL is a lot warmer and orange than this shade.

Lightweight (Dusty Brown Pink)
This is a really nice wearable shade too. Not too bright and not too dark. As mentioned above, this is more red/pink than Take A Pixie. Top 8 UML is very similar but it is a hint more pinky purple. 

Fragile Things (Dusty Plum Brown)
This shade is slightly patchy, which is really strange because it is not super dark. It is a nice shade and I love plummy browns. Sunshowers UML is more purple toned. Mystic USL is more pinky red. Baracuda USL is a touch more pink.

Cloudscape (Muted Chocolate)
This shade definitely applies patchy. It's quite a wearable brown because it seems to have a hint of red to it. Definitely a lot lighter than Embellish. Limbo UML is a lot warmer and yellow toned. Tidal USL is also warmer and more orange-red toned. 

Snowfleek (Rusty Red)
I honestly can't see the difference between this shade and Creeper. It's an orange toned bright red. Also, Creeper has a better formula and feels a lot nicer on the lips.

Star Crossed (Deep Berry Red)
Again, this shade seems to be a repeat or just a UML version of London Fog USL. Both are pinky berry reds. The only minor difference I can say is that maybe London Fog is a tiny bit more pink. Obviously, the USL is much more comfortable.

Soufflé (Vibrant Sangria)
This is a little patchy and it is very similar to many shades in the ColourPop lineup. I think it looks exactly like More Better UML and More Better has a better formula; much more comfortable and pigmented. The USL version is First Of All, which just came out during their fall launch. Bad Habit UML is very similar but more purple-berry toned.

Arabesque (Deep Brown Berry)
Sometimes, ColourPop's shade descriptions are just totally off. This is a super patchy dark maroon red. I would recommend getting Notion UML or Cashing Out USL instead. They are the exact same colors. Circles UML is also similar but it is a truer dark red.

Next, we have the You're A Gem Lip Trio that came out as part 1 of the holiday collection. This launched in Sephora too. It consists of an Ultra Glossy Lip and 2 Ultra Satin Lips.

Charming Ultra Glossy Lip (Gold with Gold & Pink Glitter in a Creme Finish)
This is quite a sheer lip gloss with a ton of gold glitter. It seems similar to many of their lip glosses so I am personally not impressed or in awe of this shade.

Catching Feels Ultra Satin Lip (Dusty Brick Red)
This hardly looks like a brick red to me. It seems more of a warm rosey red. It is extremely similar to Mrs USL from the Fem Rosa collection. I would say that Bumble UML is the matte version of this shade but probably a tad more pink/this shade without the warmth.

Misbehaving Ultra Satin Lip (Violet Fuschia)
This shade gets a little patchy on my inner lip. It isn't the exact same as any of the shades in the ColourPop lineup but there are similar ones like Darling, Are N Be UML and Moondancer UML. They are in the same family but not the exact.

There are 2 pressed powder highlighters in the collection. They have a soft lilac box with gold "snow" or flecks decorating the box. You get 6.5g of product for $8.
The compact itself is a pretty mint green. It does have a mirror inside.
Touché (Golden Melon with a Soft Pink Duochrome)
 Taffy (Opalescent Pearl with Peachy Pink Duochrome)
Personally, I find these highlighters a little underwhelming. They are pretty but they are quite subtle. If you like something more natural and not as blinding like a bright strip on your face, you will love these. If you are more used to a blinding reflective highlight, you won't be impressed. These pick up so much better than the My Little Pony collection so I'm not as mad. The colors are pretty much the opposite of how they look in the pans. By that, I mean like Touché has a champagne yellow base but reflects pink. It more or less appears as pink highlighter on me because the champagne base blends in with my skintone and it isn't very pigmented to begin with. Taffy has a peachy pink base but reflects a yellow champagne gold. Again, the base pigmentation is very sheer so it doesn't show up much but under light, the reflect is there. 

I would recommend using a dense fluffy highlighting brush to apply this or your fingers because the base pigmentation is really sheer. So it will require a bit of building up for it to show up. There is no chunky glitter but it looks quite shimmery and pretty. 

The All I See Is Magic is a 15-pan eyeshadow palette that retails for $20. Each pan contains 1.05g of product. I think this palette is beautiful although it does contain 3 old shades. The box look just like the palette and both the box and palette have the shade names on the back.
Old shades include Now and Zen, Top Notch and Save It For Later.
The mattes swatch a little sheer on my arm but I do not find any issue with building them up on the eyes. They are a little powdery and have some kick up but it's been a huge improvement from when they first released their pressed eyeshadows. The metallics are great. 11:11 is super bright and metallic. I love the duochrome brown green called Wishful Thinking. Overall, a very nice and festive color scheme with all the shades you need to create multiple looks.

The Dusk Till Dawn Super Shock Shadow Kit is another gorgeous palette/set. Unfortunately, mine arrived with 2 shadows shrunk and broken. They feel really dry and gritty now :(

There is a sleeve for the set and it looks just like the box set. Both have shade names displayed on the back. All the shadows in here are in the Ultra-Glitter finish. As such, the base color can be very sheer or light but the shadow is packed with tons of glitter. I would recommend using them more as eyeshadow toppers.
New Magic (Sheer Opalescent Pearl with Teal Reflects)
This is one of my favorite SSS in this set. I'm so bummed that it arrived broken. It feels so dry and fragile now. I do love the tone of blue that the glitters are in. The white base is really sheer and won't really show up unless you PACK this on (which I don't see the point of doing so). I like using this to add blue glitter to any eyeshadow.

Goodish (Baby Pink with Blue and Gold Glitter)
This is a pretty lilac with gold glitter duochrome. However, the purple base is really sheer and cannot be used alone unless you want a light sweep of color. You can definitely apply a nice purple shade underneath and then top it off with this to get the same effect.

Stargirl (Champagne with Silver Glitter)
This is a very neutral color that can be used to top off any color or add silver sparkle to any eyeshadow.

Half Light (Duochrome Lavender with a Teal Flip)
This is my other favorite shade from the set but it had to arrive broken too. The base color is really nice but needs a lot of layering and building up to show up. The duochrome effect is really pretty.

Babykins (Warm Plum with Violet Glitter)
This shade came out in last year's holiday collection too. It is a blackened plum with violet glitter. It does have more base pigmentation than the other shades but it doesn't pack as much glitter.

Slay Bells (Rich Chocolate with Copper Reflects)
Like Babykins, this is more pigmented but it doesn't have as much glitter in it. This can work as a crease shade or outer corner shade without looking overly sparkly.

The last set of Super Shock Shadows were released as part 1 of the holiday collection and also at Sephora. These are also in the Ultra-Glitter finish. Unfortunately, all of them arrived shattered in the mail and I might have forgotten to take individual pictures of the pots because they do not look pretty anymore. From top to bottom, we have Fluffy, Bouncy and Revolution.
Fluffy is a warm gold with subtle pink duochrome. This shade really gives the "wet" look and you can definitely see the pink flip from this angle.
Bouncy is a cool-toned bronze with gold and violet duochrome. It kind of looks more olive because the gold blends in with the bronze but the violet glitters are really obvious and pretty.
Revolution is a silvery mauve with pink and silver glitter. I can definitely pick out both the violet ang silver glitters in this. It is quite a sheer shade but good enough for a sweep of color on the lids.

I think this year's holiday collection isn't as exciting. The Ultra Matte lip colors are so boring and basic. The Ultra Glossy Lips are pretty nice and I would recommend those. I also like the Eyeshadow Palette and Super Shock Shadows. The highlighters are so-so. They are a little pricey for the quality tbh, but if you like that kind of effect and those kind of colors then you are in for a treat.