[REVIEW] Colourpop Pressed Powder Blush

I got this last year, but totally forgot about reviewing it. To be honest, I also forgot about using it for a while because I had gotten a few new blushes and got so addicted to using them that this just slipped my mind. However, I finally got around to using this blush extensively again, so here is my review!


Product Description

Brighten your complexion with the perfect natural flush of colour in a soft and buildable powder blush.
Who could say goodbye to this soft peachy pink.

Official Retail Price in Singapore: USD 7


Ingredient List

For the shade #Why, Hello…

TALC, NYLON-12, MAGNESIUM MYRISTATE, PTFE, ETHYLHEXYL PALMITATE, OCTYLDODECYL STEAROYL STEARATE, DIMETHICONE, PHENOXYETHANOL, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, OCTOCRYLENE, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, HEXYLENE GLYCOL, BISMUTH OXYCHLORIDE (CI 77163), CARMINE (CI 75470), IRON OXIDES (CI 77492, CI 77499), MICA (CI 77019), RED 7 LAKE (CI 15850), TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891).


Packaging: I really wanted to give this a high score because I appreciate blushes that are this compact and easy to keep, but I once dropped this and the magnetic clasp never worked again, so I haven’t been able to close it shut since then.

On the other hand, I have to say that this packaging really protects your blush very well. Most people would end up with a blush that’s shattered and destroyed, had they dropped it the same way I did, but I was rather amazed to find that my blush remained intact! Hence, I’m quite conflicted on how I should grade and assess this.

Colour: I’m also very conflicted about this shade I bought. Why, Hello… is described as a “soft peachy pink” by Colourpop, and I definitely agree. However, I can’t really tell if it’s as ‘warm-toned’ as it is described. I feel that it may actually look even better on people with cooler skin tones.

Also, I don’t know if it’s just me but my shade doesn’t really look like the one on the website, or in other people’s photos. Meh.

Colour payoff & intensity: The pigmentation is pretty good, so I don’t have to grab and slap on a huge amount of product in order to see a decent tinge of colour (cough K- and J-beauty products).

However, I do find that the application is not quite as even or easy as I would like, which is a bit of a pity. I think you can chalk this up (hahahha) to the chalkiness of the product. It’s one of the chalkiest blushes I’ve had in my collection – the rest are all rather finely-milled powder, and less chunky as compared to this one.

Staying power: I haven’t found any need to touch up on my blush, and I still do see a fair bit of the blush even after a long day, so I have no major issues with this.


Final Verdict

I initially thought that this was a pretty affordable blush, then I got the ones from MISSHA and realised that there are, obviously, much better and much cheaper options out there. Granted, the amount of product probably isn’t quite the same, but you get my point.

I think this is one of the first few times I’ve not been impressed by a Colourpop product (one including the Satin Lip). Sadly.


Rating

Colour payoff: ✮✮✮✮
Ease of use: ✮✮✮
Staying power: ✮✮✮
Value for money: ✮✮

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[REVIEW] Colourpop NO LIMIT Pressed Powder Shadow Palette

So I got (slightly) addicted to Colourpop after using their lip products, then I was egged on to try their eyeshadow palettes which, according to friend A, was also another product absolutely worth trying ‘because she heard so’. Well, I didn’t really need that much convincing tbh. I scoured the website for eyeshadows that I thought would be good for an everyday look, and then I saw THIS palette.


Product Description

Get some money in this pumped up mauve palette.

Highly pigmented shadow that applies evenly and feels ultra-velvety and silky. This long wearing formula contains a unique combination of softer powders which adheres easily to the eyes, gives a soft focus effect, and blends smoothly and evenly.

Official Retail Price in Singapore: USD 12


Ingredient List

SYNTHETIC FLUORPHLOGOPITE, TALC, BORON NITRIDE, LAUROYL LYSINE, MAGNESIUM STEARATE, DIMETHICONE, ZINC STEARATE, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, SILICA, PHENOXYETHANOL, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, DIMETHICONOL, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, HEXYLENE GLYCOL, IRON OXIDES (CI 77492), MICA (CI 77019), RED 40 LAKE (CI 16035), TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891).

I don’t recall having seen Synthetic Fluorphlogopite in my previous reviews, so I did a check and understood even less than I had started with:

Synthetic mineral based on fluorine, aluminum and silicate; also known as synthetic fluorine mica; used as a bulking agent.

Bulking agent? Huh? Another foreign term, so I consulted Google again:

Non‐nutritive substances (commonly non‐starch polysaccharides) added to foods to increase the bulk and hence sense of satiety, especially in foods designed for weight reduction.

Nope, nope, nope. Someone really needs to make ingredient lists easier to understand so that ordinary consumers like us can be more informed about whatever we want to buy without having to google every single ingredient.


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Packaging: It’s thin enough to fit into most makeup pouches, but the best part of this palette’s packaging is definitely its magnetic clasp. It ensures that your palette stays closed and I assume, in turn, helps to reduce the chances of your eyeshadow powder smashing to pieces if it ever falls on the floor (touchwood). I do think, however, that one minor flaw is that how easily the mirror can get dirtied with nothing to keep the shadows and mirror separate.

Texture: The eyeshadows feel powdery, and thankfully not too chalky despite the talc ingredient. This makes the eyeshadows very easy to apply and blend evenly on my eyelids.

Colour payoff & intensity: After having experienced Etude House eyeshadows’ almost non-existent colour payoff, I was absolutely not expecting to see the vibrant colours that this palette is capable of. I used to struggle and had to apply multiple layers of eyeshadow onto my eyelids for a slightly stronger tinge to show up. However, with this palette, all I need to do is use my Innisfree brush to lightly pick up the colours I want, gently swipe over my lids and voila! I am in love with this strong payoff and intensity that you can’t find in a lot of K-beauty palettes.

Colour: This palette contains mostly orange and corals (according to Colourpop’s website, that is). There are 3 matte finishes and 1 duochrome finish, the combination of which I have found to be very versatile. The warm colours flatter my warm undertones, and should easily fit most people’s skin tones. In addition, this is one eyeshadow palette that can easily take you from day to night just by adding Come And Get It – a gold, shimmery update to a more muted look. Although I do like all four colours, I find that the Going Steady shade is a little too blueish and dark for me, so it’s my least favourite one in the whole palette. On the other hand, my favourite shade, Labyrinth, is a gorgeous rose pink that I feel would also make a good blush colour.

Staying power: Nothing amazing, but nothing to be criticized also. Its staying power is pretty average – it generally lasts for about one day, but don’t expect it to stay fully intact at the end of the day. I also feel that the darker colours have longer staying power than the lighter shades, so be careful about piling too much at one go.


Final Verdict

If you are new to eyeshadows, or just love a versatile look great for warm undertones, this is it. This is my go-to palette because nothing else I’ve used so far has come close to its performance and price point, and I strongly encourage this necessary purchase. Many reviews on Colourpop’s website have also sung praises about this palette, so you know this ain’t a biased recommendation from me.


Rating

Colour payoff: ✮✮✮✮✮
Ease of use: ✮✮✮✮✮
Staying power: ✮✮✮✮
Value for money: ✮✮✮✮✮

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[REVIEW] Colourpop Lux Lipstick

I got really excited when I saw that Colourpop was releasing its first line of bullet lipsticks on Instagram – as much as I like how lasting liquid lipsticks are, I’m still a bigger of bullet lipsticks and the occasional lip tint. However, I didn’t manage to get hold of any the first time I tried to buy them, because they were all sold out 😦 So I waited out for a while, and FINALLY managed to order one of these babies.


Product Description

LUX it up. Enriched with our LUX Blend of hydrating butters, this creamy-matte, long wearing lipstick glides on the lips for intense pigmentation in shades made for every skin tone.

This medium rosy beige will get you from one destination to the next.

Official Retail Price: USD 7.00 (Colourpop Official Website)


Ingredient List

Octyldodecanol, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Polyethylene, Hydrated Silica, Flavor, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Tocopherol, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Butter, Euterpe Olerecea Pulp Powder, Punica Granatum Seed Oil, Iron Oxides (CI 77491, 77492, 77499), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891).

Colourpop’s star ingredients here are Jojoba Seed Oil, Shea Butter, and Pomegranate Seed Oil, which claim to help your lips stay moisturized. I do find it a bit strange, however, that ingredients like ‘flavour’ are actually present in a considerable proportion.


One thing I really like about Colourpop is its huge offerings of nude shades. Not everyone is a red lip kinda person, and sometimes bright pink can look inappropriate at formal occasions, so nude is definitely one of the safest shades you can go with.

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Packaging: I quite like the gold packaging and cute tiny stars adorning both the cover and the actual lipstick itself – it’s small details like these that differentiates one brand’s lipsticks from another’s. I do feel that Colourpop can improve of its labelling of shades on the product. – currently, what they do is to use some transparent name sticker and paste it on the bottom of the tube. Sure it works, but I still feel that it makes the product look a lot cheaper than it would have been if the name was printed on or something.

Colour: Nude shades are everyone’s thing (yes, everyone!). I quite like this shade that I got (Lay Over) – it’s a rose beige that is great for people with warm undertones, and I think of it as a ‘pink’ equivalent of ‘brick red’. I do think the photos are on the website are quite misleading though, because the shade looked a lot darker in real life than on the models pictured.

The payoff is good, and the colour slides off easily so you don’t have to tug hard on your lips for more. It does remind me strongly of shea butter when it comes to the texture – imagine hand cream, but on your lips. You can even taste hints of it by the way. I found it a little strange, I’m not sure if it is everyone’s kind of thing.

Staying power: Colourpop promises that this will be long wearing, and they are right. Don’t expect it to be fully transfer-proof, because it’s not. It’s just that you’re likely to survive an intense meal with this lipstick on, and still have enough left after the meal so that there is no need to touch up.


Final Verdict

Long-wearing bullet lipsticks, are in fact, not as easy to find as your usual liquid alternatives. I think it may of course have something to do with the formula, but nonetheless, this has proven to be quite good.

Strange shea butter taste aside, I use this lipstick quite regularly these days when I am too lazy to pull together a more pronounced look, or aiming to go for a more ‘natural’ feel. I think this is great for people who are going for a clean look, or simply love how easy it is to wear neutral shades. I would definitely love to try other nude shades of this lipstick – because one nude shade is definitely different from the other, am I right?


Rating

Colour payoff: ✮✮✮✮✮
Ease of use: ✮✮✮✮✮
Staying power: ✮✮✮✮
Value for money: ✮✮✮✮

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[REVIEW] Colourpop Ultra Satin Lip

It’s no secret that I am a huge fan of Colourpop’s products: where else could you find such affordable makeup products that come with great quality?? Some of them are even cheaper than K-beauty products, which I already find to be very affordable. The only bad (or good?) thing about Colourpop is that it’s not retailing directly in Singapore, so I usually have to order with friends once in a while for free international shipping. After having tried the blotted and matte lipsticks, I got around to buying the satin lip in the most popular shade, Echo Park.


Product Description

A creamy, bold lipstick with a satin finish. This formula has the same high percentage of pigments as an Ultra Matte Lip but contains emollient ingredients for added moisture, keeping lips looking fresh and feeling super comfortable.

Though this lipstick is super long-wearing, it is not completely kiss-proof and does transfer.

Official Retail Price: USD 6.50

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Ingredient List

Isododecane, Diisostearyl Malate, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, C10-18 Triglycerides, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Wax, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Pentylene Glycol, Silica Silylate, Polyethylene, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Propylene Carbonate, Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891)


There is little surprise that Echo Park is the bestseller for this liquid lipstick finish, because it’s such a great colour for all skin tones. This is how Colourpop describes the shade on the website: “This warm peachy nude is perfect, whether you are cruising to Chinatown or Downtown” – sounds about right!

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Packaging: Identical to the Ultra Blotted and Matte lipsticks. I find this a little problematic because the shades I buy all look pretty similar, and sometimes I can mix them all up. I have to look very carefully at the tube to see if I’m using the blotted, matte, or satin. It’s not a huge problem, just that it would have been great if Colourpop made some slight differences to the packaging for clearer distinction.

Colour: I thought that the colour looked darker than the one in the product shot on Colourpop’s website, but is still a MLBB colour that is definitely a hot favourite. I’m surprised that they haven’t actually run out of stock on this shade because it sure looks like a clear choice for many customers. I love this shade, so I have no complaints about it.

Staying power: This is where I feel a bit meh about the satin lipstick. If you read the description:

This formula has the same high percentage of pigments as an Ultra Matte Lip but contains emollient ingredients for added moisture, keeping lips looking fresh and feeling super comfortable.

Though this lipstick is super long-wearing, it is not completely kiss-proof and does transfer.

So first thing, it actually is as pigmented as the matte formula but have some ingredients added for more moisture so that it doesn’t dry your lips out as much. Here’s the matte lipstick formula (shade: Speed Dial) put side by side with the satin one’s for reference:

Ultra Satin Lip

Ultra Matte Lip

Isododecane, Diisostearyl Malate, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, C10-18 Triglycerides, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Wax, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Pentylene Glycol, Silica Silylate, Polyethylene, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Propylene Carbonate, Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891)

ISODODECANE, DIISOPROPYL DIMER DILINOLEATE, NYLON-12, TRIMETHYLSILOXYSILICATE, SILICA, POLYPROPYLSILSESQUIOXANE, DISTEARDIMONIUM HECTORITE, PROPYLENE CARBONATE, IRON OXIDES (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), RED 7 LAKE (CI 15850), TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891), YELLOW 6 LAKE (CI 15985).

 I’ve found that a lot of ingredients from the satin lip are commonly labelled as ‘skin-conditioning agents’, which could be what Colourpop refers to as ’emollient ingredients for added moisture, keeping lips looking fresh and feeling super comfortable’. Of course it’s great that you get pigmented payoff with comfort, but it also means that staying power is compromised. There’s definitely transfer (as forewarned), which is something I have not experienced with other Colourpop lip products, so I was slightly surprised and disappointed. See the lip stain as below:

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The staying power is also not as long-lasting as claimed to be. Sure, there are traces of colour left after eating and drinking, but nothing as good as I have seen from the blotted and satin lip products. You definitely have to touch up your lips after a meal.


Final Verdict

I’ve found that in lipsticks, you usually get this impossible trinity: staying power, comfort, and colour payoff. I would like this lipstick a lot more if its staying power was a lot better, and didn’t transfer as much. I think there is a Echo Park equivalent in the blotted and matte lipstick shades, so if you are really keen on getting this shade but want something more transfer-proof and can last you the whole day, I would advise on checking out the other finishes instead. The satin lip finish is, sadly, my least favourite out of the three.


Rating

Colour payoff: ✮✮✮✮✮
Ease of use: ✮✮✮✮✮
Staying power: ✮✮
Value for money: ✮✮✮✮

[REVIEW] Colourpop Crème Gel Liner

If I had to rank my preference for eyeliner types, pencil eyeliners would definitely top the list. No matter how much I practice, I still struggle a little with getting liquid and gel liners to work for me, so those are definitely not my go-to products when I’m rushing for time.


Product Description

Crème Gel Liner Colour glides on smoothly for comfortable application in the waterline. Creamy formula makes blending super easy and formula dries down for long-lasting wear.

Official Retail Price in Singapore: USD 5 (Colourpop site)

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Ingredient List

DIMETHICONE, TRIMETHYLSILOXYSILICATE, CERESIN, POLYETHYLENE, SILICA, STEAROXY DIMETHICONE, COPPER POWDER (CI 77400), IRON OXIDES (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), MICA (CI 77019), TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891).

The top ingredient, Dimethicone, is a type of silicon that ‘helps create improved texture in skincare, helping products to glide across the skin’.

According to Vogue UK,

There is some debate about whether dimethicone and other silicones can clog pores and worsen acne-prone skin.

It may sound like a serious cause for concern, but I have yet to experience any discomfort despite having sensitive and acne-prone skin. It might be because my eyelids are not as easily affected, or the area in contact is small, but generally, this chemical should not worry you too much.


I love using shimmery brown eyeliners because they add a layer of depth to the eyes without overly emphasizing them.

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Packaging: I like how it is simple, clean and light. The only issue I can find with this is that it’s white, which makes it prone to getting dirtied by the eyeliner pigment itself.

Colour payoff & intensity: I was initially a bit worried that the brown would be too light and not show up very well on my skin, but this turned out a lot better than I expected. It applies pretty smoothly and shows up as a mocha-chocolate colour. The colour payoff is good, and the shade itself is not too intense either, which is great for a more natural look.

Staying power: While generally waterproof, this has not been as smudge-proof as I had hoped. I can usually tell if it is smudge-proof based on whether there are traces of my eyeliner on my lower eyelid. My eyelids are always very oily, no matter how much primer and setting powder I use, so if I use an eyeliner that’s not smudge-proof, it’ll definitely smudge a little onto my lower eyelid, and that’s precisely what happened with this product. If you have oily skin and especially oily eyelids, you might need to take extra precaution with this one.


Final Verdict

This product is definitely value for money, at just USD 5.

While my fear of getting it smudged onto my lower eyelids has stopped me from making this my holy grail pencil eyeliner, I would say that everything else about this product is fantastic. I love the colour and smooth application and honestly would consider buying other shades (especially the white one for my waterline) in future.


Rating

Colour payoff: ✮✮✮✮✮
Ease of use: ✮✮✮✮✮
Staying power: ✮✮✮
Value for money: ✮✮✮✮

[REVIEW] Colourpop Ultra Blotted Liquid Lipstick

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.


Product Description

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)

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Ingredient List

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 😢

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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.


Final Verdict

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…


Rating

Colour payoff: ✮✮✮✮✮
Ease of use: ✮✮✮✮✮
Staying power: ✮✮✮✮
Value for money: ✮✮✮✮✮

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