I finally bit the bullet and placed my first ColourPop order and purchased the To And From Lippie Stix holiday set, the Sweet eyeshadow and Ultra Satin Lip holiday set, and a couple of single products, which all together totals 8 lip colors, 3 eyeshadows, and 1 highlighter. Over the past couple of years of resisting the hype over this brand, I’ve noticed that their holiday sets seem to be the most attractive to me and so this time around I jumped on a couple of them pretty early in the season. Here are some swatches and early thoughts.
Here’s the rundown:
To and From Lippie Stix set ($30 for 6 shades, Matte and Matte X finishes): Parker, Cami, Baewatch, Pack Pack, Weekender, Tutu
Lippie Stix in Goldie ($5, Matte X finish)
Sweet set ($16 for 3 shades): Ultra Satin Lip in Wink, and Super Shock Shadows in Tinsel and Koosh
I’ll start with the biggest piece of the order, the To and From set, which comes in an amazing record box. Seriously, I don’t have space in my little apartment to store stuff like this, but I can’t throw it away, at least not just yet.
All 6 shades are in Matte and Matte X finishes. These all feel pretty nice: they’re smooth, opaque, not super dry. They swatch effortlessly. From what I can tell with the initial try-on, I think I prefer the Matte X formula to the regular Matte, as they seem a bit more soft.
Parker (Matte): Mid-tone warm nude. This is the one I’m the least excited about (and expected that when I put the set in my cart) because peach-toned nudes aren’t my best look, but I like that it isn’t pale, and I think it actually works better for me than I thought it would. It’s a little brownish on my complexion.
Cami (Matte X): Mid-tone mauve. Pretty, muted, and definitely feels autumnal. Easy to wear.
Baewatch (Matte): Matte dusty rose. Another pretty, easy to wear shade that’s a notch cooler than Cami. It looks lighter than Cami on my arm but on the lips it reads as very similar in depth, perhaps because I layer it a bit more. Over the course of wearing this for 7 hours, I found this color adjusted to a slightly brighter stain effect, and looked lovely to the moment I washed it off (and still found myself with some remnants of a stain even after oil-cleansing).
Pack Pack (Matte X): Deepened dirty plum. It has impressive and immediate opacity, and good longevity. The dark, muted, purple color makes a moody shade, and I really enjoy it. Looks nice with blue eyes.
Weekender (Matte X): Warm true red. A gorgeous, velvety color, though it I think it makes my teeth look a tiny bit yellow. That’s a tradeoff of this kind of color that I’m used to, as I tend to feel warm reds are naturally more harmonious with my complexion than cool reds.
Tutu (Matte): Blackened red violet. Again, I think the dark purples look great with blue eyes. You can see in the swatches that this one has more sheen to it than the others, and it has a bit more tackiness on the lips, too. It seemed to need a little extra attention to make it even on the lips and wanted to pick up a bit when I pressed my lips together, but I think it was ok once it had a moment to set. Next time I’ll try a lip brush instead of applying it straight from the pencil to help push it into the skin.
Okie dokes, let’s talk about the second holiday set next.
These products from the Sweet set just came in slightly special packaging, but no big outer box or anything. And you can see the shadow pots are black instead of white. They’ve released three of these sets, and the other two are called Naughty and Nice. My initial impression is that all three of these products seem like winners for me.
Wink: Satin deep pinky plum. This Ultra Satin Lip is actually a big factor in me choosing this set, as the other two sets have matte liquid lip colors. As someone with dry lips, matte liquid lip colors intimidate me, and these satins received lots of positive comments when they were released. Wink is really pretty and autumnal, and I wore this for about half a day and found it extremely easy to apply, comfortable, and long lasting (note: not completely transfer proof).
Tinsel: Metallic grayed out icy lavender. To me, this is a lovely mauve lavender with small silver sparkles. It definitely sparkles on the eyes, too, and the name Tinsel is apt. This seems like a good shade for the evening (though it certainly isn’t super dark or dramatic), while Koosh is bright and cheerful for the daytime, so it makes for a nice pairing. Wearing this one over a full day did result in a little bit of glitter fallout under my eyes, but I removed that with some tape and it still looked really beautiful and sparkly on the eyes when I went to wash it off at the end of a 12 hour day.
Koosh: Metallic icy silver taupe. I remember this coming out in a set last year and hearing people gush over it. It’s so pretty on the lid, worthy of the attention. I’ve applied with my finger and worn it over a full day and it the color goes on strong and it stayed completely in place and crease-free the whole day, and I was so impressed because my eyelids typically eat eyeshadows, particularly high-shine ones. I’m so pleased with the longevity of these shadows.
Here are all of the potted products I got together. Desert (top/middle) was the only other single eyeshadow I picked up ($5). And, the only other single lip color I picked up was a red called Goldie ($5).
Goldie (Matte X): Rich brick burgundy. I can definitely see a little brown in it when worn on the lips.
Desert: Satin warm brown. The middle-of-the-road satin finish makes it very flexible and easy to wear. I wanted to try a shade that I could wear a ton day to day. Again, this shadow lasted all day on me.
I’ve been wanting to try the highlighters since they were released. Mine came broken, but because these Super Shocks have a bouncy, slightly wet texture, I just lightly pressed my finger into it to smooth it out and it’s perfectly fine.
Flexitarian ($8): White champaign in a pearlized finish. I just wanted something I could wear any day of the week, and I think this is super pretty and exactly what I was hoping for. It’s easy to deal with on the skin and can be worn pretty subtly or built up more. I’ve just been applying it with my fingers.
Fun, right? At this point I can tell I’ll want to play around with more Lippie Stix, Ultra Satin Lips, and Super Shock Cheek highlights. I don’t aspire to collect a ton of Super Shock Shadows in the long run just because the individual pots take up a fair amount of space, but I love the ones I’ve got. I love getting to try a bunch of shades for a low price, and it’s a sweet surprise to get nice packaging, as well.
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