Tuesday, July 7, 2015

ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip Swatches - Trap, Solow, Tulle, Avenue, LAX, Creeper, Zipper

Nothing to disclose, I purchased the product.

I ordered several of the new ColourPop Ultra matte lip shades, as who doesn't love a matte lip?    Although the initial release was a bit of a fiasco, I was able to place an order for many shades just before midnight (eastern time) for myself and a makeup friend.   I received an email that my order was scheduled for shipment only four days later, surprisingly fast for such a big release, and received it a few days after that.  

Swatches done on bare skin, photos outside, no flash, slightly overcast.

I've been wearing one shade each day, so far Trap, Solow, and Tulle.  Now I know there's this whole procedure for a matte lip, and so many friends have given me the shocked "are you kidding me?" speech when I tell them my application method.  It's called open lipstick, slap it on bare lips, done.  If I can find my clear liner I'll use it, but that's only about half the time.   I know for "optimal results" I'm supposed to exfoliate, prime, balm, do the chicken dance,  powder, blot, and pray to the lipstick gods for positive results, but frankly, I'm too old for all that crap ;)  I just want to put it on and go. 

Trap and Solow are NOT my colors.  I don't know why I occasionally buy these shades, when I know I'll never wear them.  But they've already been claimed and will go to a good home.  They are a bit dry upon application, but after about 10 minutes I didn't even notice.  I didn't bother putting any balm over them (again, that whole "I couldn't be bothered" applies) and they held up fairly well.  Trap held on through lunch but after dinner, which involved half a cheeseburger, pickled watermelon rind (something I will not eat again), and an arugula and watermelon salad with dijon vinaigrette, only about half the color was left.  With Solow, I forgot I was wearing it and didn't check, but was surprised to see it was still on when I removed my makeup that night.  Tulle also held up fairly well but I took it off earlier than normal (after maybe 5 hours).  No flaking on my teeth with any of those shades.  I did only put on one coat with each of these shades, Trap and Tulle I used UD Ozone multipurpose pencil as a liner only.  I don't have much of a problem with feathering, but figure it's worth it to put it on.  With Solow, I wore it alone, no liner.

I suspect the darker shades will be a bit more challenging.  You can see in the photos that they're not quite as even, Avenue and particularly LAX look like they'll need a second coat for even coverage, and from all the comments I've read, that's where things start to get squirrely.   I'll fill you in once I do wear them.

Hope you've found the swatches helpful, and thanks for looking.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

ColourPop Addict and Blood Lippie Stix Swatches

Nothing to disclose, I purchased the product.

These lippie stix are from the Rumor Has It collection.   I didn't get Pinch, but probably should have bought that instead of Addict. 

First two are outside, no flash.  Slightly overcast.

Next two are inside, no flash

ColourPop's color descriptions
Addict - super light nude in a creme finish
Blood - deep burgundy red in a matte finish   I'd consider this more a blue based red, an everyday red. Great shade, just not burgundy in my book.

plus the third that I didn't buy
Pinch - light pinky-beige in a matte finish

I'll wear Blood often, it's a great shade that I'd wear daily.  This is my idea of a regular red, but I do tend to favor darker lip shades.   Addict will be passed on to a friend who can easily wear nudes.

Hope you've found the swatches helpful, and thanks for looking.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

ColourPop Highlighters - 5 Swatches

Nothing to disclose, I purchased the product.

I purchased five different highlight shades, $8 each.  I don't contour and highlight simply because I couldn't be bothered, and my skin can't handle layers of product and look decent for more than a couple of hours.   On hot days, I use a bit less foundation and/or concealer over my rosacea, so a highlighter over the reddest areas can make it look like well placed blush if I'm lucky.

Monster arrived cracked; I didn't contact customer service about it because I figured it would be easy enough to press it with a fingertip or brush back together, which I did after doing my swatch. 

Close ups

ColourPop's color descriptions.  Note all these shades are a pearlized finish.

Stole the Show - Light cool-toned gold with luminous flashes of pink, silver and gold
Monster -  light pink with highly opalescent duo chrome finish
Hippo -  soft cool-toned icy lavender
Smokin' Whistles -  cool-toned pink champagne with silver highlights
Spoon -  light silver champagne with multi-dimensional silver flecks

I wasn't too crazy about Smokin' Whistles or Spoon when I first applied them, but after sitting with them on my arm (and rubbing off on my shirt a bit) I do like the shades.  They first appear a bit too peachy on me, but Smokin' Whistles does turn more pink and Spoon looks more like a plethora of sparkle in an almost sheer cream base after they've settled in.  The other three shades I adore and will use often.

I hope you've found the swatches helpful, and thanks for looking.

Monday, June 8, 2015

ColourPop Rumer has It plus Birthday Girl Swatches

Nothing to disclose, I purchased the product.  Birthday Girl was a GWP.

I purchased the bottom four shades, Swan, Ice, Feather, and Raven, along with Blood lippie stick, then a second order for Jet, Intoxicate, and Addict lippie stick.  Birthday Girl was a free gift with purchase to celebrate ColourPop's first birthday.  

Swan arrived in one piece but got tossed around while waiting for me to get to it, so it's cracked now, but still perfectly usable.

I didn't swatch the lippies because after washing off the shadows, my arm was blotchy and not a good canvas for a second round of swatches.  The lighter shades removed easily with my usual coconut oil and a bit of Cetaphil bar soap.  The darker shades required a bit more effort, which caused the redness.  A base under these darker shades is always a good idea.

closer photos

The last is the "down the arm" shot to show the sparkle.

ColourPop's color descriptions:
Swan - soft creamy white with tons of silver glitter and hints pink duo chrome glitter in a Metallic finish
Ice -  true silver with tons of multi-dimensional highly reflective glitter in a Metallic finish
Feather - true liquid gunmetal in an Ultra Metallic finish
Raven -  intense black lightly dusted with silver flecks in a Metallic finish
Jet -  almost black with the slightest hint of warmth in a Matte finish
Intoxicate - caramel brown in a Matte finish
Birthday Girl -  no official description, but it's a light brown with golden/bronze shimmer, metallic finish

Hope you've found the swatches helpful, and thanks for looking.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Darling Girl Nine Ghoul School Swatches

Nothing to disclose, I purchased the product.

Darling Girl's Ghoul School collection has 15 shades, and I ordered 9 of them, which is amazing since I wear so few shades these days.   I ordered minis and also purchased the optional lid stickers, which are included with full sizes.  I was happy I had the option.

Shadows swatched with damp brush over TFSI.

unfocused to show sparkle

DG's color descriptions
Pearls & Chains: Light silvery pearl with gold undertones holographic sparkle
Goth Moth: Hot pink with pink sparkle
Vegan Vampire:  Deep magenta with silver iridescence, pink and violet sparkle
Snowboarding Cutie:  Pale icy blue with pink sheen, purple iridescence and blue sparkles

unfocused to show sparkle

DG's color descriptions
Nerd Glasses:  Matte dusty periwinkle base with black and pink sparkle
Scarisian Artist:  Light dusty lavender with pink undertones and pink sparkle
Rockstar Diva:  She is the sparkiest of them all with a sooty charcoal base and loaded with silver micro iridescence and a rainbow of holographic sparkle
Gothic Lolita: Deep purple with pink sheen and violet and purple sparkles
Siren Chic:  Blackened purple with just a touch of blue sheen and gold and copper sparkles

The remaining shades:
Egyptian Princess:  Molten orange-y gold filled with aqua sparkles
Equestrian Couture - Light dusty lavender base with strong turquoise flash and a blend of color shifting sparkles that flash pink, aqua to viole
Fierce Furry Fashionista - Plummy brown with soft red/violet sheen and pink and violet sparkle
Mermaid Beach Babe - Light teal green with gold tones and rainbow sparkle
Stitched in Style - Midtone greenish grey with turquoise iridescence and blue and red sparkles
Sugar Skulls - Light grey with green sheen, copper sparkle and a pinch of holographic pink sparkle

I should've picked up a mini of Fierce Furry Fashionista, will get one next time I order.  The other shades are colors I don't wear, orange/gold/copper, blues/aquas/teals/greens.  They do look really nice, the color descriptions and photos are very helpful.

Hope you've found the photos helpful, and thanks for looking.