Monday, October 10, 2016

New Lippie Love?: ColourPop Ultra Glossy Lip Review, Swatches, & Demos

I am constantly going through makeup phases where I obsess over a specific kind of product, whether it's foundation or eyeshadow or highlighters (but you guys can probably already tell that when I review 10 eyeshadow palettes back to back to back). Today, however, we're discussing a subject I haven't spoken about on my blog in probably over a year. It's truly crazy to think about the fact that lip gloss used to be a part of my everyday makeup routine. I mean there was absolutely no way you were separating me from my Maybelline Color Elixir in Nude Illusion! And now currently all I wear are liquid lipsticks. Complete polar opposites! So I think it's about that time to revisit an old favorite in a brand new way with ColourPop's Ultra Glossy Lip Collection, a launch that was not only incredibly extensive, but also hyped up to the max.

ColourPop Ultra Glossy Lips Arm Swatches Left To Right: Fairy Floss, A Boo, Lychee Me, Fluff, Tokyo Tea, Wolfie, Fudg'd, & Sookie
ColourPop Ultra Glossy Lips Lip Swatches Left To Right: Fairy Floss, A Boo, Lychee Me, & Fluff
ColourPop Ultra Glossy Lips Lip Swatches Left To Right: Tokyo Tea, Wolfie, Fudg'd, & Sookie

What are the ColourPop Ultra Glossy Lips?
The ColourPop Ultra Glossy Lips are ColourPop's new and already extensive range of affordable glosses. In total, there are currently 25 shades ranging from nudes to plums and there's even a green one! However, that's not all. There are also three different finishes to choose from--sheer, creme, and metallic. As always, ColourPop is extremely affordable, so these retail for $6 on the ColourPop website, which is the same price as their Ultra Matte Liquid Lipsticks.

What are the shade descriptions?
Fairy Floss (Sheer) - A pale peachy pink
Lychee Me (Sheer) - Very sheer tan nude
A boo (Sheer) - Light, milky pink
Fluff (Creme) - Grey with blue undertones
Tokyo Tea (Creme) - Bright coral red
Wolfie (Metallic) - Medium plum with a rose gold shimmer
Fudg'd (Sheer) - Warm chocolate brown
Sookie (Creme) - Dark plum

How do the glosses apply and wear?
While this is an affordable product, there are certain things that I believe are absolutely unacceptable for companies to skimp on. ColourPop's doe foot lip applicator is quite small, rough, and barely picks up any product. This is a huge deal because even if you have a good product, if it takes entirely too much work to apply, the average person will more than likely pass on it. On the other hand, it doesn't seem to affect the creme and metallic formulas too much, except in instances of more precise application, but is definitely a problem when working with the sheer formula because I found myself dipping back into the tube multiple times. Also, there is something about the formula that causes a few of the lip glosses (Fairy Floss, A Boo, and Fluff) to emphasize the lines on my lips that I would have otherwise never known existed. Once on the lips, however, I do want to note that the glosses felt very comfortable--neither oily nor sticky.

What are my overall thoughts on this product?
Before purchasing, I watched many Youtube videos and read many a blog post before settling on the shades I chose and, to be honest, I had very high expectations for this product that weren't met. There are tons of amazing, affordable glosses on the market, such as the Maybelline Color Elixirs and the NYX Butter Glosses, so I just don't understand a bad gloss. That is not to say all of the glosses were complete fails. In fact, Wolfie and Sookie are absolutely gorgeous shades for Fall and, based on my experience, I would recommend trying out the creme and metallic formulas from their line if you like a more opaque gloss. And just as a side note for those of you nit picky like myself, I noticed that the packaging does not indicate their finish. Overall, I would say this product is okay. I am not wowed by it, but a couple of the colors were breathtaking and made up for some of the other lack luster ones.


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