And a very happy Monday to you! I recently got this lipstick set from ColourPop cosmetics for my anniversary (thanks, babe!) and decided with all the hype surrounding them, I had to do a review. They’re great lipsticks for the price, but don’t be fooled by people who act as if these are the best products ever. The lippie stix have great pigmentation and durability, but the texture doesn’t even begin to compete with higher end lipsticks like YSL or Nars. So while I love these, I won’t be giving up my luxury lipstick addiction just yet. To see what I think of the specific colors, read on!
Ace: Ace is a pale pink color. The swatch is a little deceptive–it’s not quite that light in real life. This one was fairly close to my natural lip color, so it was hard to judge how long it lasted. It went a good few hours without needing touchups. At the end of the night, I did notice a faint pink stain on my lips that did not look like the pink in the swatch. I find this happens sometimes with longer lasting lipsticks. One of the ingredients has more pigment and is longer lasting than the others. Hence, the color distortion. As much as I like this color on me, I think this is the weak link of the set as it will most likely be too pale for most skin tones.
Chella: ColourPop describes this as a bright, peachy, coral, but as you can see from the swatch, it looks more like a light, bright orange. This color could be nice for a fun makeup look. Like Ace, this has a cream finish, but I find this to be slightly creamier than Ace, which tended to feel a bit thick and drying.
Parker: Parker is a really fun addition to this set. Although ColourPop calls this a mid-tone, warm nude, let’s face it: it’s brown with slight pink undertones. Because of the pink undertones and the fact that it isn’t too dark, I think more people will find this to be a more wearable way to wear the brown lipstick trend that is coming back into fashion.
Thirsty: Thirsty is actually fairly close in color to Pasties. A berry shade, this one is a satin finish, which is more matte, and a bit more toned down.
Pasties: What a name! Of all the lipsticks, the texture of this one is my favorite. This is their hyper glossy formula. It doesn’t last as long as the the matte or cream shades, but it simply glides on the lips. Brighter and glossier than Thirsty, this color is the show stopper of the pack. Not for the faint of heart, this is nevertheless a good way to dip your toe into the purple lip trend. Leaning more toward magenta, this is easier to pull off than blue purple shades.
Cougar: It’s time to show my hand. This lipstick is the whole reason I wanted this set. I saw an old picture of Jane Russell wearing a pink toned red lipstick, and I knew that I wanted one for myself. Although, I think it’s a bit irrelevant to talk about how beautiful a lipstick color is when everyone has different skin tones, boy is this shade gorgeous! It’s not often that red lipstick looks good on me with no other makeup on, but this one did. This shade is also matte, which gives it that cool, retro vibe.
Final Thoughts: I think the shade selection in this is mostly good. This set gives you trendy colors like orange, purple and brown, in case you wanted to try those out, along with more staple colors. However, these colors won’t be suited to all skin tones. You’ll want to check out a few swatches and compare before you buy. In addition, these colors aren’t sold separately so if you want one of these shades, you’ll have to buy them all. At $30, this set works out to $5 a lipstick, which is the cost of individual lipsticks, so you aren’t saving any money by buying the set either. Although I’m really happy with this and like every color in the set, I wish they would sell these lipsticks individually because people who don’t like one or more shades won’t be getting their money’s worth. All in all, if you like these swatches, this is a steal. If there are colors you aren’t sure on, this might be worth skipping.
So what do you think? Do you own any ColourPop lippie stix? What do you think about the hype surrounding this brand? Let me know in the comments below.