ColourPop Lippie Stix review, swatches and photos.

ColourPop Lippie Stix

ColourPop Lippie Stix Ellarie, Brink, Lady, Frida.

With all the buzz surrounding ColourPop Cosmetics, naturally the makeup junkie within caved and purchased a few items.  Seeing as how most of their cosmetics are five dollars, paraben-free, richly pigmented and have an amazing color selection, the check out button seemingly clicked itself.  🙂 ColourPop Lippie Stix ($5 USD/1g) have been developed with a supple formulation that certainly made my purchase well worth the money.  I hope you enjoy.

ColourPop Ellarie

ColourPop Lippie Stix Ellarie.

ColourPop Brink.

ColourPop Lippie Stix Brink.

ColourPop Lady.

ColourPop Lippie Stix Lady.

ColourPop Frida.

ColourPop Lippie Stix Frida.

The Pros to ColourPop Lippie Stix:

  1. Amazing color selection offered in 6 Finishes: Matte, Satin, Cream, Glossy, Pearlized, and Hyper-Glossy.
  2. The texture of the matte are unbelievably smooth without any drag during application.
  3. All four colors were richly pigmented.
  4. Lasted 3-4 hours on bare lips–longer when paired with a lipliner/base.
  5. Light vanilla scent is pleasant and imperceptible after a couple of minutes.
  6. Thin angled bullet makes application easy, especially for smaller lips.
  7. Lightweight packaging is easy to store and great for travel.
  8. Each lipstick has an accompanying lipliner shade that can be purchased separately.
  9. Affordable price makes it easy to try a variety of colors and finishes.
  10. Ingredient lists are posted besides each Lippie Stix on the website.
  11. Not tested on animals, paraben-free, gluten-free and vegan.
  12. Made in the USA.

The Cons to ColourPop Lippie Stix:

  1. Technically, due to the small amount given (1 gram), Lippie Stix are almost the same cost as a MAC lipstick ($16USD/3g)–however, the quality of some shades surpasses MAC.
  2. Due to the emollient composition of the formula, slight feathering does occur with the darker shades if worn without a lipliner/base.
  3. The overall feel of the packaging is geared toward a younger demographic…definitely not as elegant as my Lauder, Ford, Chanel or Lipstick Queen packaging.
  4. If too much pressure is applied, the thin lipstick bullet can easily break.
ColourPop Lippie Stix swatches

ColourPop Lippie Stix Swatches:
Ellarie, Brink, Lady, Frida.

ColourPop Ellarie

ColourPop Lippie Stix swatch Ellarie.

ColourPop Ellarie

Wearing ColourPop Lippie Stix Ellarie.

  • Ellarie is a true cranberry red.  The supposed matte texture felt divine and lasted well over four hours with slight fading thereafter.  On bare lips, I did experience minor color bleeding by the third hour, but that was due in large part to the emollient formula.  This is easily remedied with a lip liner/base.
  • Ellaire is classified as a matte, but the formula felt more like a mixture of MAC’s Satin and Cremesheen formula.  Despite the intense color, Ellarie removed easily with a tissue, which made reapplication effortless.
ColourPop Brink

ColourPop Lippie Stix swatch Brink.

ColourPop Brink

Wearing ColourPop Lippie Stix Brink.

  • Brink is a pinky nude color and definitely more matte in appearance than all the others.  I thought this color would be the perfect your lips but better shade, but the lack of sheen fell flat against my olive skin.  This color would certainly look spectacular on lighter complexions and those with green or blue eyes.
  • Brink was noticeably more dry in texture than the other mattes in my bunch (Ellarie and Lady), but my lips never felt tight or uncomfortable.
  • On bare lips, Brink lasted well for three hours.  When paired with my lip base of choice (Girlactik Matte Lip Paint [reviewed here]), the color lasted for 5-6 hours, but the lightweight feel was somewhat compromised.
ColourPop Lady

ColourPop Lippie Stix swatch Lady.

ColourPop Lady

Wearing ColourPop Lippie Stix Lady.

  • Lady is a plumy-brown hue that is ideal for medium to darker skins–this happens to be my favorite shade of the lot.  Despite the matte label, Lady possess a delicate glossiness that lingered for a couple of hours.  This formula reminded me of Tom Ford Lipsticks (reviewed here), but with better staying power and a more attractive price.
  • The smooth consistency was a pleasure to apply and lasted for four hours.  However, as with all emollient formulas, I did experience slight feathering around the 3½ hour mark, but not terribly noticeable to the average eye.
  • Lady also paired beautifully with Girlactik Demure Matte Lip Paint for a completely matte lip that lasted for 6 hours sans feathering/bleeding into fine lines (see below).
ColourPop Frida.

ColourPop Lippie Stix swatch Frida.

ColourPop Frida.

Wearing ColourPop Lippie Stix Frida.

  • Frida is a “mid-tone pink” with a hint of a peach undertone.  Against my olive complexion, the peachy notes were rather pronounced and the silky smooth texture was an absolute joy to apply.
  • The buttery satin texture was opaque on the first swipe, similar to MAC Cremesheen formula or Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Lipsticks–hydrating, creamy and slightly glossy.
  • On bare lips, Frida lasted well for 3½ hours and reapplication over an existing layer was seamless and comfortable.  When paired with a lip base, the color lasted for 5 hours.
ColourPop Lady

ColourPop Lippie Stix Lady over a light layer of Girlactik Demure Matte Lip Paint.

  • My favorite way to wear ColourPop’s Lady is applied over a light layer of Girlactik Demure Matte Lip Paint.  The matte lip base soften the brown tone of Lady and left a beautiful plumy mauve in its wake (hard to capture on camera). The resulting finish was truly matte and the color lasted comfortably for six hours with some drinking and a lot of talking.

**ColourPop Lippie Stix can be found exclusively online only at colourpop.com.**

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

Makeup would tell you ColourPop Lippie Stix have exceeded my expectations.  Regardless of how they are worn, be it on their own, paired with other lipstick formulations, or mixed amongst themselves, the results are outstanding.  Take the plunge and try one or a few and see for yourself.  Until next time, be well stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

Jewelry: 

  • 2 inch gold hoop earrings purchased ages ago.
  • Sydney Evan Small Diamond Disc pendant and chain (here).

Makeup:

  • MAC It’s Physical Fluidline (reviewed here) on the mobile lid.  ColourPop So Quiche is almost the same color.
  • MAC Deliciously Rich Fluidline on the mobile lid (in the last photo) (here).
  • MAC Uninterrupted in the crease and lower lash line mixed with Sweet As Cocoa (here).
  • Guerlain Liquid liner on the upper lash line (here).
  • Cover FX Custom Drops G40 (2 drops) with G60 (1 drop) mixed with CoverFX Illuminating Primer (here).
  • Maybelline Lash Sensational (here).
  • Chanel Destiny Cream Blush (here)
  • Smashbox Waterproof Kohl Bare liner on the waterline (here).

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About Maria Pia

A blog about beauty (what else), what makes me smile and life with two boys and a dog. This blog is about positivity and inspiration sewn in with a little humor. Makeup is not serious, but how we feel after we apply it, is no joking matter!!! I'm here to share my tips and tricks I have learned on my own for the past %&^$% years :) Enjoy my lovelies.

Comments

  1. I think your review is great. I too bought into the hype of this brand and purchased Lumiere and it is great…I have Tom Ford Casablanca and I find these are very comparable formula-wise. The packaging is cute and doesn’t bother me, not as nice as TF, but for the price who can complain.

    • Hello Geena,

      Thank you so much. I was eyeing Lumiere and at the last minute decided on Brink. I’m glad you liked the color and performance of your Lippie Stix 🙂 I agree, for the price these products perform quite well.

      -Maria

  2. Hey Maria, I love Ellarie and Lady on you! They are so your shades! The lighter ones are pretty as well, but I am so used to seeing vampier ones on you 🙂 I’ve seen some pretty eyeshadows and blushes from the brand. I’m hoping they will ship out of North America soon!

    • Hello Sunny,

      Thank you so much. I’m also quite partial to the darker colors–the lighter colors are lovely, but they do not suit my coloring or features as well. ColourPop has some great products–well worth the five dollars they charge. They do ship to Australia, New Zealand and Canada, hopefully more countries will be added soon.

      -Maria

  3. Katherine says:

    That Lady looks killer on you!!!!

    • Hello Katherine,

      Thank you so much darling. Lady is very similar in color to Shiseido Lacquer Rouge RD702, one of my all time favorite colors. I love that Lady is not as glossy as RD702 and can be worn on windy days (which have been quite common lately in NY) without having my hair stuck to my lipstick.

      -Maria

  4. I have seen Colour Pop all over the web and found your eyeshadow review tempting. However, seeing that most raves come from the youthful crowd and PRed extensively on the pristine and perky skin. I do have my doubts. All this being said, I do admit the stuff is tempting and the price is like the candy of makeup.

    I see the colors look great but I also see comparing it to other brands even through the pictures, these are just those fun and inexpensive color buys. The richness of the colors aren’t there compared to the other brands you have worn on your lips.

    I don’t mean to sound negative! I just think one expensive lipstick is just a better buy! So glad you reviewed this line and very well too.

    • Hello Olivia,

      I know what you mean about PR and certain bloggers promoting this brand, but I had to experience the performance for myself and to my delight, they do deliver. The packaging does not appeal to my mature nature, but if you are someone on a budget or just starting off in makeup or just want an inexpensive lipstick for travel that performs well, then this brand is wonderful!!

      I completely agree, one great lipstick is better than 10 mediocre tubes. Will Lippie Stix replace my beloved $50 Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Lipsticks? Never–but not everyone can afford my insane taste in makeup 🙂

      You are not negative, only expressing your opinion–which I respect wholeheartedly.

      -Maria

  5. Hi Maria. Wow, you make each lippie stix look amazing. I love that it is called “Colour Pop” because those sticks sure do pop and caught my attention immediately. I have never heard of this brand before.. and I think your pro of it being an American brand is a con for me. I doubt I’d be able to find it here 🙁

    • Hello Natasja,

      Thank you so much. I was so pleasantly surprised by the performance of these lipsticks. I know the company ships to New Zealand, Australia and Canada, hopefully the UK will be added to the list soon enough.

      -Maria

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