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 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 Super Shock Shadows are Shockingly
Fantastic!

ColourPop

ColourPop Super Shock Shadows in I Heart This, So Quiche and Girl Crush.

Most brands, ranging from high-end to the more inexpensive variety, have stepped up their game when it comes to giving the public highly pigmented eyeshadow colors and rich textures.  ColourPop Super Shock Shadows ($5 USD/ 2.1g) shows us that quality does not have to come at a steep price.  The creamy, buoyant consistency and amazing color selection is sure to please everyone–from the more conservative to the most outrageous makeup connoisseur.  I hope you enjoy!

ColourPop Swatches

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow Swatches:
I Heart This, So Quiche and Girl Crush.

The Pros to ColourPop Super Shock Shadows:

  1. Soft creamy spongy consistency is smooth and supple (similar in feel to Chanel Illusion D’ombre Shadows).
  2. Adheres to the skin with the greatest of ease.
  3. Fingers are recommended for optimum color payoff.
  4. Synthetic brushes or sponge tip applicators are the only other tools that will work with this formula.
  5. Shimmer/glitters are unbelievably lightweight and feel undetectable.
  6. No fallout in sight despite the abundance of glitter in certain colors.
  7. Exact same formula as MAC Electric Cool Eyeshadow Formula (see below).
  8. Darker shades tend to leave a stain behind after the eyeshadow is removed.
  9. When applied over my NYX Primer, the colors stayed true for 10-12 hours without any fading or creasing.
  10. Paraben-free, 100% cruelty-free, gluten-free and most of the shock shadows are vegan with the exception of: Tea Party, Bae, Mittens, Lace, Bubbly, Lovey Dovey, and Hunger.
  11. Insanely affordable prices–all Super Shock Shadows are five dollars with free shipping on orders of $30 or more.
  12. 85 shades offered from mattes, to metallics, to satins and everything else under the sun. 🙂
  13. Made in the USA.

The Cons to ColourPop Super Shock Shadows:

  1. Due to the spongy cream consistency, getting an ample amount of color on a brush is challenging to apply to the crease area.
  2. On my deep-set eyes and possibly on hooded eyes, the lightweight glitter does migrate slightly toward the brow bone area throughout the day.
  3. Formula does not work well with natural hair brushes.
  4. Unlike regular powder eyeshadows, these shadows cannot be removed from the pot and placed in a palette.
  5. Individual pots can be tedious to screw open and close on busy mornings.
  6. Due to the cushiony soft texture, eyeshadows are prone to move around and “break apart”.
ColourPop I Heart This

ColourPop Super Shock Shadows in I Heart This.

ColourPop I Heart This.

ColourPop Super Shock Shadows in I Heart This on the mobile lid.

  • I Heart This, is a “cool-toned silvery taupe with multicolored glitter.”  This shade is simply fabulous darling.  Although the website does not discern a finish for this color, the metallic/shimmery champagne color is rather vibrant and yet, surprisingly wearable.  The sheer lavender taupe base mixed with multicolored shimmer/glitters exudes a subtle warmth that is not overdone or obnoxious.  I believe my husband’s exact words where, “That looks really beautiful.” I can now see why this shade is ColourPop’s founder’s favorite color.
ColourPop So Quiche

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow So Quiche.

ColourPop So Quiche

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow So Quiche over a light base layer of Givenchy Ombre Couture Cream Shadow in 9 Brun Cachemire.

  • So Quiche, is a “soft olive with a highly reflective gold and pink violet glittery duo chrome metallic finish.”  I would say this description is spot on.  However, depending on the angle, the color can seem more brown than olive.  I absolutely adore this shade, especially when paired with Givenchy Ombre Couture Cream Eyeshadow in 9 Brun Cachemire (reviewed here).  The warm brown base really brings out the pink violet shimmer against my skin tone and on camera.
  • As mentioned before, some of these shadows do break apart–So Quiche arrived in this condition. Thankfully, this does not effect the shadow’s performance in the least.  The company suggests to put a piece of fabric on the shadow and compress the shadow until the pieces come together.
ColourPop Girl Crush.

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow Girl Crush.

ColourPop Girl Crush.

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow Girl Crush.

  • Girl Crush, is a “matte mid-tone true gray.”  On my skin, the lavender undertones are quite evident, transforming the appearance more into a dove-gray.  Although this is not a color I would reach for often, I find the most flattering way to wear this hue, is on the lid with black liner and a warm brown shadow in the crease.  This matte shade (great finish for a professional environment) is quite muted compared to the others; however, it still manages to pair quite nicely with many other eyeshadow colors.
  • I would have loved to apply this to the crease area, however the creamy formula did not adhere adequately to my domed crease brush.
ColourPop  vs. MAC

Comparison:
ColourPop Super Shock So Quiche vs. MAC Electric Cool Eyeshadow Coil.

 ColourPop vs. MAC

Packaging Comparison:
ColourPop Super Shock So Quiche vs. MAC Electric Cool Eyeshadow Coil.

ColourPop  vs. MAC

Packaging Comparison:
ColourPop Super Shock vs. MAC Electric Cool Eyeshadow

  • The springy consistency of these shadows are a spot on duplicate of MAC Electric Cool Eyeshadow Formula–right down to the packaging size and shape.  As the above photos demonstrate, if MAC’s black packaging was swapped for ColourPop’s white packaging no one would be the wiser. Both formulas perform exactly the same; however, ColourPop offers 85 shades of varying finishes and MAC offers only 6 shimmery shades.  Oh and have I mentioned the price?  ColourPop is $5 vs. MAC at $21–you be the judge.
 ColourPop So Quiche

Wearing ColourPop Super Shock Shadow So Quiche over a light layer of Givenchy Ombre Couture Cream Shadow in 9 Brun Cachemire.

  • Can you tell my eyeshadow is five dollars? I didn’t think so.   🙂  Makeup deeds for this look below.
ColourPop ingredient list.

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow ingredient list.

**ColourPop Super Shock Shadows can be found exclusively on ColourPop.com.**

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you ColourPop Super Shock Shadows are amazing!  Granted, if you do not like to apply makeup with your fingers, then these shadows are not for you.  Luckily, I would use any tool at my disposal to get the color payoff and finish I desire.  For my next order, a flesh-colored matte shadow and some other unique shades I cannot find anywhere else.  Heck, for five bucks who can go wrong?  Until next time, be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

Because I get asked:

  • Earrings are Jennifer Meyer’s Gold Leaf Earrings (here).
  • Foundation is COVER FX Custom Drops in G40..review coming soon (here).
  • Lipstick: Sephora #14 Fig Ink Lip Stain (here) with Girlactik Allure Matte Lip Paint (here).

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