I know. I know – nobody is in desperate need of more Colourpop “news”.
However, as I am just about the possibly last person to even think about ordering, not knowing what really to expect (yes, still!), I might have something new to say? I did google swatches but left it with that to not spoil the unpacking for myself.
First off – I want to give an answer to the oldest question:
Cream or powder?
And my answer is: Cream to powder. I am honestly the first person to roll their eyes at the ever-present “you have to feel it for yourself” shmooze…even though it does have a pinch of truth in it. A texture like this is not all too common, it’s not a simple cream shadow, it does dry and last like one though. You should also use either fingers or flat synthetic brushes to apply the Super Shock Eyeshadows – a lot of similariteis to cream products like Maybelline Color Tattoos. After application they do feel almost powdery and the risk of blotchiness is not as great as with eyeshadow sticks.
I obviously ordered for the Super Shock Eyeshadows (uhuh), did pack in some Lippie Stix and a Highlighter in the end as well though. Unfortunately I did receive a wrong article (a pencil instead of a gel liner) which is just as good of a reason to order again, and “pick up” the liner (see below), right?
So, everyone can get a 5$ discount for their order if you sign up for the newsletter. Which basically means you could get one Eyeshadow for free. I ordered 11 Super Shock Eyeshadows, 3 Lippie Stix, aHighlighter and an Eyeliner. I don’t think it’s too surprising how fast Colourpop reached popularity, fame and cult status. Especially looking at it from a US-customer’s point of view: You get to free shipping quickly (30$ minimum spend = eg 6 eyeshadows), there are no customs fees etc… 5$ are roughly £3.80 for 2.1g, comparing to the £6 you have to put down for a generic L’Oréal shadow I think you can definitely call them drugstore. International customers have to take fees and shipping into account. International custtomrers need to calculate with the extra fees, of course. But even going in level-headed the feeling of exclusiveness (ridiculous!) catches you out and you’re quickly seduced to order “just one more”. Oh well 🙂
Super Shock Eyeshadows (5$/2.1g)
I do have to say that
many a lot of the shades contain more rather large glitter than I would have expected by just looking at swatches/reviews online. Maybe I just didn’t notice it.
I confess I focused more on the shades than the finishes though. I wasn’t even properly aware that “metallic” technically might me true as they mean glitter (=”metall”parts?) in the US. And this is how I got 11 eyeshadows with only two being matte and two of “pearlized” finish – the majority is more or less infused with large glitter. Preferring matte-shimmer most of the times I was pleasantly surprised how much I liked most of the sparkling in the end. …I also learnt that it is impossible to photograph a variety of glitter particles true to their colours as well as that the pictures and descriptions on the colourpop website are not all that true either. Uhuh.
Surprisingly enough these three colours look very similar on the skin. Sequin is infused with very fine pink glitter, Weenie has an incredibly soft, smooth “pearlized” finish and DGAF is a terracotta base with larger gold and greenish glitter.
The two bestsellers, that one “must have”, I had to have as well, obviously. Both contain rather large glitter particles in gold and silver but first and foremost purpl-pink, the base in Nillionaire being more brownish, in So Quiche more olive coloured. Layering them on the the lid with the help of a precised brush will give you the ost sparkling shadow effect ever.
I ♥ This was my first choice as a “quick everyday shimmer”, it’s a champagne tone with rose undertone and glitter. It does the job, you’ll have to layer it for the desired effect though. Blaze, however, works instantly, old gold with lots of glitter goes with every eye colour! Bae is another customer favourite, if you want to believe colourpop’s claims, so I bought it as well (#eyeroll) – as you can see there is a pretty purple-burgundy underneath inside this duochrome.
These last three shadows are my most used ones so far: Partridge is another duochrome shade, taupe-ish base with bluegreen shimmer. This eyeshadow has the same finish as Weenie – smooth and pigmented. The last two I ordered for more or less practical reasons. On the one hadn Central Perk is just my shade, a beautiful deep red, on the other hand it’s called Central Perk. – I know! – Hanky Panky is of this undefined breige tone, perfect for blending or the crease while keeping the lids bare.
It has been quite revealing for me, this first order. I have learned that I do like most of the glitter in these shadows, mostly due to the gorgeous base tones, however, if when I order again I will focus more on the pearlized finishes. Weenie and Partridge are incredibly beautiful shadows, texture, pigmentation, application and wear time are perfect.
Lippie Stix (5$/1g)
My Lippie Stix are all of matte finish (the swatches below hadn’t dried yet, silly of me), the feeling on the lips is far from dry though. Very positive first impression! The wear time is impressive too, they easily survive coffee breaks. I purposely decided on the Lippie Stix as matte lip products as I have seen some not so attractive pictures of the Ultra Matte Lips before…who’s got those and can say more?
Lumière and Brink are typically quick-I-need-a-lipstick-that-matches-everything shades. The latter is warmer, brownder but they seem to be of the same tone for me. Bichette caught my eye due to the lovely pink-red colour, but I openly admit:
The impulse buy, the instant love. Butterfly Beach is of this characteristic-for-me colour: Pink-ish-bronzy-golden, which works so well with just about every blush, even orangey-coral. I am sure you are all familiar with the famous Instagram “glow” effect, positively radiant without any glitter particles. This one is probably my unexpected favourite out of my whole order, I am actually thinking of getting more.
I ordered Exit, the white shade, as gel eyeliner. I suppose it got sold out during processing of the order, and that’s why they sent me the pencil form of Exit. To be honest with you, I would’ve been just fine in the end if they had just transferred the difference in price back to be, but after a short and very friendly e-mail exchange the correct liner is now waiting for me at the delivery service.
Another reason to order again…
And to be very honest with you guys: Even though it appeared to be swatching well, the tip broke away setting down on the skin. Looking at how little product the pencils contain I have to say I am diappointed. You can get good pencils just about everywhere, I do not think anybody has to order from the US for these. Speaking of…
|For my first order I did not use the quite popular shipito but Borderlinx. It might look more expensive on paper, but for anyone who lives quite far away from the customs office –
The big advantage
Borderlinx processes orders incredibly quickly and you pay taxes and customs fees right away, meaning you get your package with your normal post straight to your door! They also provide a fees calculator which is quite handy if you know approx. how large the box will be.
The best thing about it, though, has to be how fast it all is. After releasing the order it was ont my doorstep within three days. THREE days, from Ohio, US. quite impressive
Did you succumb to the hype yet? If so, do you have more recommendations for me?