Colourpop Flutes and Between the Sheets review.

Colourpop

Colourpop Flutes and Between the Sheets.

As many of you may know, Colourpop makes my favorite lipliners.  The price, creamy application and pigment are outstanding.  So while placing an order to replenish my beloved BFF2 liner (reviewed here), I decided to pick up Colourpop Flutes Super Shock Shadow ($5 USD/ 2.1g) and Between the Sheets blush ($8 USD/ 4.2g).  The smooth consistency, concentrated pigment and lasting power are nothing short of amazing.  Let’s not forget, the affordable price makes these purchases even sweeter.  🙂  I hope you enjoy.

Colourpop Flutes Super Shock Shadow:

Colourpop Flutes.

Colourpop Flutes.

Colourpop Flutes

Colourpop Flutes.

Colourpop Super Shock

Colourpop Super Shock Eyeshadow application directions.

  • Colourpop Flutes is appropriately described as a matte “mid-tone yellow-brown.”  This color was selected specifically as a replacement for my precious MAC Uninterrupted.  The unique cream to power consistency is inherently more concentrated than a straight up powder shadow.
  • Base on the company’s suggestion, a synthetic brush works best to pick up and apply the pigment to the skin.  However, since my synthetic brush selection is somewhat underwhelming, I turned to my natural Eve Pearl 105 brush for favorable results.  The short, dense, slightly firm hair bundling is able to capture the pigment within the fibers and deposit a saturated amount to the crease.  The creamy formula is then easily manipulated across the skin with the same brush, fingers or a fluffier brush.
  • Another impressive feature is the lasting power of the matte formula.  Flutes truly lasts from morning to evening without fading or creasing.  This point is driven home by my comparison swatches below.  The directions above describe the formula as a “cream powder,” but in my experience, the matte colors act very much like a long wearing cream eyeshadow; once Flutes sets it does not budge.
  • As stated in my previous review (here),  Colourpop’s colors cannot be depotted.  As a makeup artist, this can become quite bothersome when doing multiple clients.  Opening and closing pots during a makeup season can be incredibly time-consuming.  Forgetting to cap these eyeshadows is not an option. Colourpop containers must be closed tightly immediately after use or the product’s malleability becomes compromised.
  • See ingredient list here.
Colourpop Flutes

Comparisons:
Bobbi Brown Camel, Colourpop Flutes, and MAC Uninterrupted.

Colourpop Flutes

Comparisons:
Bobbi Brown Camel, Colourpop Flutes, and MAC Uninterrupted.

Colourpop Flutes

Comparisons:
Bobbi Brown Camel, Colourpop Flutes, and MAC Uninterrupted wiped five times with a dry towel.

  • Bobbi Brown Camel  ($25 USD/ 2.5g) is a 95% dupe for Uninterrupted and contains slightly more brown than Flutes or Uninterrupted.  This color was purchased for professional use.  The powder composition can easily be stored in any palette and is not hindered by air exposure.  As you can tell, all three colors are painfully similar and gorgeous. The intensity on an arm swatch may vary, but once on the lids the difference in make is barely noticeable.
  • Colourpop Flutes ($5 USD/ 2.1g) is the closest affordable dupe for Uninterrupted. Although Flutes swatches deeper than Camel or Uninterrupted, I find it applies more vibrantly on the lids.  In addition, the longevity of this color/formula is superb.  The third photo above shows what color remains after the swatches were wiped several times with a dry towel.  Clearly, all three brands held up well under these circumstances, but Flutes is the clear victor, refusing to depart from my arm.  A dual action makeup remover seems to be its only adversary.
  • MAC Uninterrupted (discontinued) was the original sepia color that captured my attention on its initial release.  I have loved and utilized this shade in my makeup routine for the past four years. However, as of late, my pan is literally falling apart.  I find small chunks of color scattered throughout my palette every morning.  Uninterrupted has slightly more yellow in the formula when compared to Camel or Flutes.  

Colourpop Between the Sheets Super Shock Cheek:

Colourpop Between the Sheets.

Colourpop Between the Sheets.

Colourpop Between the Sheets.

Colourpop Between the Sheets.

Colourpop Between the Sheets.

Colourpop Between the Sheets.

Colourpop blush

Colourpop blush application instructions.

  • Colourpop Between the Sheets blush is described as a “mid-tone beige pink.”  On my olive skin, I had a hard time deciphering the beige in the description.  Between the Sheets is distinctly a cooler based pink against my complexion.
  • The Colourpop blushes are manufactured with the same formula as their eyeshadows, containing exactly twice the amount.  They also apply in the same manner as the Super Shock Shadows. However, despite the synthetic brush suggestion, I discovered Sonia Kashuk #17 brush (discussed here) works so well with this texture.  The dense, natural hairs pick up and deposit the perfect amount of pigment on the skin.  Utilizing bouncing motions seems to yield optimal results.  I simply bounce the brush head directly in the blush and apply the color to the cheeks in the same manner.  Personally, fingers did not give me the same intensity or blendability I was able to achieve with this brush.
  • Admittedly, this is not my preferred blush color, but just like Flutes, the formula has outstanding longevity.  In the photo below, BTS and Flutes lasted a full 12 hours without fading.  On this day, I was confined to a humid pool environment for three hours running around photographing a swim meet.  Granted, on my dry skin these results are not out of the ordinary, but based on these irregular environmental conditions, I can totally see this formulation working quite well for oiler skins.
  • See ingredient list here.
Colourpop

Colourpop Flutes and Between the Sheets.

**Colourpop Flutes and Between the Sheets are cruelty-free, vegan, Made in the USA and paraben and mineral-oil free.  They are sold exclusively at www.colourpop.com**

 

THE VERDICT:  If Makeup Could Talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you Colourpop Flutes is a definite favorite.  This color has rid me of unfounded anxiety over finding a suitable replacement for my beloved MAC Uninterrupted.  As for Between the Sheets, the longevity is noteworthy and a great option for paler/cooler complexions.  With that being said, the formula has impressed me enough to invest in Colourpop Aphrodisiac–a soft brown color with a hint of rosy warmth.  Bottom line, once you find the right way/tool to apply this special formula, the results will have you asking, “Why did I wait so long to try Colourpop?”   🙂  Until next time, be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

Lord & Taylor

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Colourpop Button and BFF2 Lippie Pencils.

Colourpop Button and BFF2

Lately, I have had an insatiable urge to wear neutral lip colors.  My basic summer goal is to find the perfect nude lip color without looking like I stepped out of the morgue or haphazardly smeared concealer on my lips.  Colourpop Button and BFF2 Lippie Pencils ($5 USD/1 g) have proven their worth as stand alone lip shades, as well as, successfully transforming some unbecoming lipsticks into budding gems.  If you are someone who loves brown based lip colors, then these pencils are for you.  I hope you enjoy.

Colourpop Button and BFF2 Lippie Pencils.

Colourpop Button and BFF2 Lippie Pencils.

Colourpop Button.

Colourpop Button Lippie Pencil.

Colourpop BFF2

Colourpop BFF2 Lippie Pencil.

Colourpop Button and BFF2 Lippie Pencils.

Colourpop Button and BFF2 Lippie Pencils swatches.

 

Colourpop Button Lippie Pencil:

Colourpop Button Lippie Pencil.

Colourpop Button Lippie Pencil.

Colourpop Button Lippie Pencil topped with Chanel Rouge Coco Shine 67 Deauville.

Colourpop Button Lippie Pencil topped with Chanel Rouge Coco Shine 67 Deauville.

  • Colourpop Button is a gorgeous terra-cotta brown color.  The pink recognition strip at the base of the lipliner is completely inaccurate.  Depending on the lighting conditions, Button shifts from a deep orangey-brown hue to a deep chocolate-brown–no pink detected on my part.
  • Without question this shade is for warmer and deeper skins.  The intense brown color can look too stark on paler/pink based complexions.  My olive complexion pairs well with Button as a stand alone color.  However, I rather pair Button with a creamy pink shade such as, Jouer Melon Lip Creme (seen here) or with my newly acquired love–Chanel Rouge Coco Shine 67 Deauville (as seen above).
  • Button glides on the lips like butter without patchiness or emphasizing fine lines.  When worn as a solo shade, Button lasts well for four hours, with dryness taking its toll around the three-hour mark. Needless to say, these results will vary depending on one’s skin type and tolerance level.
  • For those looking to explore the 90’s lip trend, Button is definitely the perfect contender–think of the female cast members of Friends circa 1995.

 

Colourpop BFF2 Lippie Pencil:

Colourpop BFF2 Lippie Pencil.

Colourpop BFF2 Lippie Pencil.

Colourpop BFF2 Lippie Pencil with Jouer Creme Brûlée.

Colourpop BFF2 Lippie Pencil with Jouer Creme Brûlée.

  • Colourpop BFF2 will truly become your BFF.  This color has a more modern feel compared to Button; the delicate caramel brown shade has a touch of coolness that makes it more flattering on paler complexions.  Previously, I have used Brink Lippie Pencil (reviewed here) to alter most of my lighter lipsticks, but I’m readily reaching for BFF2 as my new go-to lipliner shade.
  • Oddly enough, BFF2 is creamy, but not as creamy as my other Lippie Pencils.  The formula seems to apply easily and settle beautifully when I have a light covering of foundation on my lips. However, when reapplying on a bare canvas, I encounter slight resistance.  Regardless of this superficiality, I adore this color to pieces–for the price and color payoff, who wouldn’t????
  • BFF2 is the perfect companion to Jouer Creme Brûlée Lip Creme (reviewed here). The subtle warmth provided by this lippie pencil transforms Creme Brûlée’s chalky appearance into a wearable nude lip color for olive/medium/golden and darker skins.
  • Frankly speaking, I love to wear BFF2 on its own when I’m in a hurry or if my eye look is a bit more elaborate than usual.  The lasting power and feel is the same as Button, with my preference leaning more toward BFF2.  The lighter tinge of brown provides a creamy veil of opaque coverage without looking dated.
  • I’m kicking myself for not getting multiple backups of this shade.  In my defense, color selection/purchases would be greatly improved if Colourpop implemented proper arm and lip swatches for ALL of their lip products.
Colourpop Button Lippie Pencil after three uses.

Colourpop Button Lippie Pencil after three uses.

  • FYI, my last two batches of Lippie Pencils have suffered from an annoying defect.  I’m finding after the first few uses, the whole inner bullet is separating/sliding out from the outer casing. The bullet does not shoot out of the case as soon as you open the pencil, but it does loosens with minimal effort.
  • I have a like/hate relationship with this situation.  When my pencil is dull, having the bullet extend outwardly provides me with just the right amount of product without the need for a sharpener. However, if I press too firmly a big chunk of color breaks-off and I’m left with the casing’s jagged edges.  Taking into consideration the price, I’m not overly bothered by this nuisance, but if these lipliners were more than five dollars, I would be none too pleased.  Now that you are aware of this flaw, take your temperament and needs into consideration before ordering these pencils.
Colourpop Button and BFF2 Ingredient List here and here.

 

**Colourpop Lippie Pencils are vegan, made in the USA, and paraben-free.  Find them exclusively at www.colourpop.com.**

 

THE VERDICT:  If Makeup Could Talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you Colourpop Button and BFF2 Lippie Pencils have become a staple in my daily routine.  The warm coloring, opaque coverage, smooth texture, affordable pricing, and amount given is outstanding.  With eighty shades to choose from, which color(s) do you find most appealing?  Until next time, be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

*IfMakeupCouldTalk.com is not affiliated with any brands mentioned, all products were purchased by me. *Compensation is not given for any reviews. *All opinions are my own and based on my experiences. *All photos are property of IfMakeupCouldtTalk.com unless otherwise noted. *IfMakeupCouldTalk.com photos and/or written content cannot be copied and/or used for any other social media and/or publications.*

Colourpop Lippie Pencils and a bit of Puppy Love.

Colourpop Lippie Pencils L-R: Tootsi, Grunge, and LBB.

In general, makeup enthusiast have been conditioned into thinking we have to pay an arm and a leg to get quality products; however, Colourpop has debunked that theory.  The brand’s affordability, vast color selections and quality products have impressed me beyond expectation.  For today’s post, I present another three Colourpop Lippie Pencils ($5 USD/ 1g) along with Puppy Love (LE) Super Shock Shadow ($5 USD/2.1g).  To say, I love this company for donating all proceeds from the sale of Puppy Love to a No-Kill Animal Shelter in LA, is a tremendous understatement.  I hope you enjoy!

Colourpop Lippie Pencils L-R: Tootsi, Grunge, and LBB.

Colourpop Lippie Pencils L-R:
Tootsi, Grunge, and LBB.

Colourpop Lippie Pencils:

Colourpop Tootsi Lippie Pencil.

Colourpop Tootsi Lippie Pencil.

Colourpop Tootsi Lippie Pencil.

Colourpop Tootsi Lippie Pencil.

  • Tootsi is a “cool-toned grey beige (“greige”)”–I would say this description is spot-on.  Against my olive complexion, this particular shade looks downright unwearable when worn full on.  Grey toned colors such as this, are really not intended to be worn on their own, rather as accent colors to obtain a certain look.  Case in point, utilizing the thinnest layer of Tootsi, right on the outer edges of the lips can result in fuller looking lips.
  • To my eye, Tootsi is very similar to MAC Stone Lip Pencil.  I do not own Stone, but from what I can tell from online swatches and countless Youtube videos, Toosti definitely comes very close in color and purpose.
  • The creaminess and lasting power is the same as my other Lippie Pencils (reviewed here).  I really cannot imagine paying four-five times more for any other lip liner, from any other company.
Colourpop Grunge Lippie Pencil.

Colourpop Grunge Lippie Pencil.

Colourpop Grunge Lippie Pencil.

Colourpop Grunge Lippie Pencil.

  • Grunge is a “cool-toned plum brown.”  I feel this color is a total homage to the grunge style of the 90’s.  I remember wearing very similar colors throughout that decade.  If applied heavily, Grunge definitely lives up to its name–the effect is very dark and looks oddly dated on myself.  However, I can see the color being a MLBB color for darker skinned beauties.
  • I prefer to use Grunge sparingly with lighter colors to add warmth and dimension.  MAC Honeylove, Dose of Colors Truffle and Shiseido RD203 and RD306 are just a few pairings that have worked well with Grunge.
Colourpop LBB Lippie Pencil.

Colourpop LBB Lippie Pencil.

Colourpop LBB Lippie Pencil.

Colourpop LBB Lippie Pencil.

  • LBB is a “rich plum wine.”  Even though I have not worn this color as often as Toosti or Grunge, I adore this shade.  The bright plum coloring is certainly not for the faint of heart, however the underlying wine tone makes LBB quite wearable and not as stark as the typical 50’s red.
  • I can see this shade pairing well with Marc Jacobs Boy Gorgeous (summer lipstick goal). Personally, I like to utilize bright shades like this to tone down deep wine reds in my collection.  So far, Tom Ford Black Orchid, Marc Jacobs Blow and Dior Addict Fluid Stick in 893 Trompre L’Oeil work beautifully with LBB.
  • As an added bonus, Colourpop Lippie Pencils are creamy and pigmented enough to be worn on their own.

Colourpop Puppy Love (LE) Super Shock Shadow:

Colourpop Puppy Love (LE) Super Shock Shadow.

Colourpop Puppy Love (LE) Super Shock Shadow.

Colourpop Puppy Love

Colourpop Puppy Love (LE) Super Shock Shadow.

Colourpop Puppy Love .

Colourpop Puppy Love (LE) Super Shock Shadow swatch (photo taken with flash).

  • Puppy Love is a beautiful duo-chrome pink and gold shadow (my camera did not capture the gold, but trust me it is there) with a pearlized finish.  This limited edition color debuted in December and was sold until March.  All the proceeds from the sale of Puppy Love were donated to a No-Kill Animal Shelter in LA.
  • It just so happens, Puppy Love was love at first sight–the delicate pinky/golden glow is right up my alley.  The lack of shimmer/sparkle makes this color a wonderful candidate for a facial highlighter. The cream to powder texture blends beautifully without settling into pores or fine lines. In fact, Puppy Love’s warm golden undertones pair perfectly with my bronzer for a sun-kissed look.
  • When applied to the eye area, the color seems to get lost in translation.  Applying a light brown cream base (Bobbi Brown Sand Dune) and then adding Puppy Love on top, with my finger, seems to produce more striking results.
  • I do not want to gush too much about this color, being that it is discontinued.  However, I have high hopes they will realize the potential of this beauty and bring it back as part of their highlighter line-up.  Better yet, this could be Colourpop’s equivalent of MAC’s Viva Glam campaign–only for animals.
Wearing Colourpop Puppy Love

Wearing Puppy Love on the mobile lid and as a facial highlighter. Tootsi and Grunge were used to line the lips along with MAC Honeylove and topped with Shiseido RD203 (photo taken indoors on a very sunny day).

**Colourpop Lippie Pencils can be purchased from colourpop.com.**

THE VERDICT:  If Makeup Could Talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you Colourpop Lippie Pencils and Puppy Love Shadow are amazing.  The color selections and price are a dream come true.  Now if only they would make Puppy Love permanent, then I would have no choice but to erect an altar for the brand in my room—not really, but you get the point.  🙂  Until next time, be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

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Colourpop Lippie Pencils review and swatches.

Colurpop Lippie Pencils

Like many people, I appreciate a good bargain–especially when it comes to cosmetics.  I know some of my makeup choices reveal otherwise, but when it comes to certain products, I can be painstakingly frugal.  Lipliners are my personal paradox–they are essential, yet I’m always extremely hesitant to invest in them.  Colourpop Lippe Pencils ($5 USD/1 g.) have proven to be my lipliner salvation.  If creamy texture, outstanding color selection, great wear, and affordable pricing is your thing, then this post is for you.  I hope you enjoy!

Colourpop swatches

The Pros to Colourpop Lippie Pencils:

  1. Incredibly creamy texture.
  2. Can be worn as stand alone lipsticks.
  3. Glides on bare lips smoothly without any tugging.
  4. Saturated color covers lips instantly.
  5. Matte formula sets quickly and does not feather/bleed into fine lines.
  6. When worn as a lipstick, color has minimal transfer.
  7. Lasting power ranges between 4-6 hours–dependent on eating and drinking.
  8. Layers well with many lipsticks and glosses.
  9. When used as a lipliner, provides a barrier to prevent lipsticks from bleeding.
  10. Matching colored base easily distinguishes shades from each other.
  11. Contains (1 gram) almost the same amount of product as many high-end brands (1.2 g) for a fraction of the price.
  12. Vegan formula is paraben and mineral oil free.
  13. Comes in 57 colors to suit every need.
  14. Free shipping over $30–usually a $5 coupon can be found online.
  15. Made in the USA.

The Cons to Colourpop Lippie Pencils:

  1. These pencils need to be sharpened–not necessarily a bad thing, but worth noting.
  2. If worn as a lipstick, formula tends to feel dry by the third hour–easily remedied by adding a gloss, lipstick or lip balm.
  3. Proper exfoliation and hydration is recommended prior to application.
  4. Tends to feel heavy when layered over an existing layer.
  5. Colourpop website swatches are not accurate.

Colourpop Lady

Colourpop Lady

  • Lady is a deep burgundy color with a hint of a plum undertone.  This color pairs beautifully with all my darker red lipsticks–especially stunning when coupled with Lady Lippie Stix (reviewed here).
  • Even though these pencils require sharpening, the plastic/wood hybrid material easily chisels down closely to the color, without any protruding jagged edges.
  • Another point worth noting, all of my mechanical twist-up lipliners contain a minuscule amount (.5 g or less) compared to those that require sharpening.  I wouldn’t mind paying a bit more for the convenience of a twist up, but the premium charged on most brands is highway robbery.  Case in point, It Cosmetics YLBB Liner is $20 USD for .5 grams–I could buy 4 Colourpop Lippie Pencils for the same price, get more product and achieve a similar outcome.

Colourpop Brink

Colourpop Brink

  • Admittedly, Brink is my favorite color of the lot.  This pink/peach/brown color suits olive and warm skins beautifully.  I love to wear this color on its own, paired with Dose of Colors Truffle or with Chanel Rouge Allure Glosses.
  • Brink’s neutral tone pairs well with any eye look, outfit and occasion.
  • This slim pencil design fits perfectly in any bag, making on-the-go touch ups a breeze.
  • Apparently, Brink is a dupe for MAC Soar Lip Pencil ($16.50 USD/ 1.45 g).  Seeing as how I do not own Soar, I cannot verify this statement; however, Brink is so perfect I do not feel an urge to explore its lavish doppelgänger.

Colourpop Bound

Colourpop Bound

  • As you can tell from the above photo, Bound definitely translates as a mauve lip color.  When looking at other online swatches, I was under the impression this color was more of a mid-tone brown with pink undertones–perfect example of how colors can look differently on everyone. Regardless, Bound is a great color for those seeking out the quintessential 90’s lip look.
  • For reference, Bound is very similar to MAC’s Whirl Lipstick.  When swatched side-by-side, the difference is almost indistinguishable.
  • Personally, I like to fill in my entire lip with Bound and then add MAC Honeylove Lipstick in the center.  The subtle ombre effect is quite grown-up for those of who want to avoid looking too trendy or over the top.

Ingredient List for Colourpop Lippie Pencils:

DIMETHICONE, CERESIN, TRIMETHYLSILOXYSILICATE, POLYETHYLENE, TOCOPHEROL, GLYCINE SOJA (SOYBEAN) OIL, STEAROXY DIMETHICONE, BHT, ALUMINUM CALCIUM SODIUM SILICATE, SYNTHETIC FLUORPHLOGOPITE, CALCIUM SODIUM BOROSILICATE, CALCIUM ALUMINUM BOROSILICATE,SODIUM POTASSIUM ALUMINUM SILICATE, SILICA, ALUMINA, TIN OXIDE, [+/- RED 7 LAKE (CI 15850),(RED 7, CI 15850),(RED 30 LAKE, CI 73360),(IRON OXIDES, CI 77491),(IRON OXIDES, CI 77492),(IRON OXIDES, CI 77499),(RED 6, CI 15850),(RED 28 LAKE, CI 45410),(RED 28, CI 45410),(RED 27 LAKE, CI 45410),(RED 21, CI 45380),(RED 21 LAKE, CI 45380),(MANGANESE VIOLET, CI 77742),(YELLOW 10 LAKE, CI 47005),(YELLOW 5 LAKE, CI 19140),(YELLOW 6 LAKE, CI 15985),(BLUE 1 LAKE, CI 42090),(MICA, CI 77019),(BISMUTH OXYCHLORIDE, CI 77163),(TITANIUM DIOXIDE, CI 77891),(BRONZE POWDER, CI 77400),(COPPER POWDER, CI 77400),(RED 33, CI 17200),(CARMINE, CI 75470),(RED 40 LAKE, CI 16035),(RED 36, CI 12085),(ORANGE 5, CI 45370),(RED 6 LAKE, CI 15850),(RED 22, CI 45380)]

 

**Colourpop Lippie Pencils can be purchased exclusively at colourop.com.**

THE VERDICT:  If Makeup Could Talk what would it say?

Makeup would state the obvious–Colourpop Lippie Pencils are fabulous; dare I say, even better than their Lippie Stix.  The wear, texture, selection, and composition are on par with many high-end brands. Once my Brink high wears off, I can assure you, another order will be sure to follow.   🙂  Until next time, be well, stay safe and be happy.

**Happy New Year to all of my wonderful readers/friends.  As always, I wish each and everyone a prosperous year, filled with happiness and success 🙂  ♥**

-Maria

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