Colourpop is one of those brands I’ve seen almost everyone around me gushing about for its price and quality, so when friend A asked if I wanted to buy something in order to make a big enough order for free international delivery, I leaped at the chance.
After much scrolling of the website and reading of reviews by fellow bloggers, I whittled down my purchase to 3 products, and I’ll first review my favourite item, the Ultra Blotted Liquid Lipstick.
For that soft, diffused just-blotted look, our medium coverage liquid lipstick dries matte, doesn’t budge, and feels soft and comfy on the lips.
Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 12 (Shopee), USD 6 (Colourpop site)
ISODODECANE, OCTYLDODECANOL, METHYL METHACRYLATE CROSSPOLYMER, TRIMETHYLSILOXYSILICATE, CYCLOPENTASILOXANE, DIISOSTEARYL MALATE, SILICA, POLYPROPYLSILSESQUIOXANE, DISTEARDIMONIUM HECTORITE, DIMETHICONE CROSSPOLYMER, C30-45 ALKYL CETEARYL DIMETHICONE CROSSPOLYMER, PROPYLENE CARBONATE, BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII (SHEA BUTTER), TOCOPHEROL, ETHYLHEXYL PALMITATE, PERSEA GRATISSIMA (AVOCADO) OIL, HYDROGENATED VEGETABLE OIL, TRIBEHENIN, SORBITAN ISOSTEARATE, PALMITOYL TRIPEPTIDE-1, IRON OXIDES (CI 77491, CI 77499), RED 7 LAKE (CI 15850), TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891).
Isododecane? Sounds a tad fishy, but a quick check on Paula’s Choice will tell you that ingredient is safe and common.
Synthetic hydrocarbon ingredient used as a solvent. Isododecane enhances the spreadability of products and has a weightless feel on skin. All hydrocarbons used in cosmetics help prevent the evaporation of water from skin.
Among its many uses in beauty products, it’s not uncommon to see isododecane in long-wear lipsticks and foundations, where it helps minimize color transfer and lends itself to a lightweight, matte finish.
Again, most of the other ingredients listed are labeled as good on Paula’s Choice, so you may not need to worry as much about using this if you have sensitive skin.
If you’ve looked at all the shades available for this product, you’ll definitely understand how difficult it is to choose just one colour. Of course I wish I could have them all, but reality is cruel 😢
Packaging: It immediately reminded me of Urban Decay’s Vice Liquid Lipstick, except with a thinner bottle. Having said that, I would say that it’s quite a common packaging for liquid lipsticks, so little surprise there on the resemblance. It’s generally quite well-made and doesn’t look too cheap.
Colour: Colourpop describes this as a warm rose, which is a very fitting description. The hand swatch looks a tad too red, so it’s better to refer to the applicator itself to see the true colour. It’s definitely an MLBB shade that is easily incorporated into any makeup look.
Colour payoff & intensity: The colour is not super intense, as a matte lipstick might be, because it’s marketed as a blotting lippie. However, the colour payoff and intensity are definitely more than sufficient in covering your lips fully.
Texture: Despite being labelled as a ‘blotting lipstick’, which initially gave me this mental image of lip tints rather than liquid lipsticks, this is actually much closer to a matte liquid lipstick. In fact, this definitely reminded me of Peripera’s Airy Ink Velvet! The textures are very similar, with the velvety and airy feel on application. I dare say it can even be a dupe for Peripera (or is it the other way round? hmm)
I also like that it’s not drying – of course, it’s inevitable that at some point in time your lips will feel a little dry, but definitely nothing too uncomfortable.
Staying power: As with most liquid lipsticks, you should expect a decent level of staying power. While not totally transfer-proof, I do think this product stays on quite well through all the eating and drinking, and you should still have a fair amount of product left after a few hours.
Friend A told me more than once that she loves this, and I absolutely agree.
Most of the time, I stick to lip tints rather than liquid lipsticks, because these liquid products are not always the easiest to work with, despite all their claims of being less drying on the lips, transfer-proof, etc.
This blotted liquid lipstick, however, is truly a life-changer in my make-up collection, and is slowly making its way to my list of most frequently used lipsticks. Feels comfortable on the lips, stays well, makes your lips look healthy – it feels like too much to expect from an extremely affordable liquid lipstick, but Colourpop has overturned my assumptions and managed to deliver in all aspects.
Am I repurchasing this in the future? DEFINITELY. I even already have a few other shades in my bag, waiting for me to check them out on one fine day…
Colour payoff: ✮✮✮✮✮
Ease of use: ✮✮✮✮✮
Staying power: ✮✮✮✮
Value for money: ✮✮✮✮✮