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Sunday, 31 May 2015

REVIEW & SWATCHES: Colourpop Highlighters

ITEM: Colourpop Highlighters
PRICE: $8USD each

Application tips: Fingertips will provide the highest amount of coverage. Brush suggestions: Use a flat synthetic cheek/foundation brush or a duo fibre brush; flat synthetic brush will give more coverage and the duo fibre brush will give a more sheer, air brushed effect. 

Other tips & info: When finished, close that sucker up tight! Don't leave the jar opened for long periods of time; you may lose some of the magic that makes the Super Shock Cheek Pearlised so amazzzing. Colour builds from natural to a more intense look...Build to your heart's desire!
There has been a lot of hype over Colourpop products all over the beauty sphere. Their innovative formulas, standardised (and extremely affordable) pricing, their cute packaging and their collaborations with various Youtubers & beauty gurus inevitably attracts a lot of attention. However, I decided to purchase a bunch of the eye, cheek and lip products to put the products to the test. (I am a sceptic, so I need to see if things are truly worth the hype)! So the first thing I received & decided to do a review on are the highlighters. 


The following are the different shades that I got. I have included the colour description provided on their website, and told you my opinion when looking at the colour in person.
Butterfly Beach
Soft peach with highlights of gold and silver
(To me, it's a medium golden copper-y brown shade)
Highly Waisted
Soft golden peach with pink and gold duo chrome finishes(The colour did not capture too well on camera but this description is pretty accurate - it's very duo chrome)
Lunch Money
Soft light gold with  reflective golden duo chrome finish
(To me, it's just a beautiful golden champagne - comparable to Mary Loumanizer)
Smoke N Whistles
Cool-toned pink champagne with silver highlights
(This is a pretty accurate description)
Stole the Show
Light cool-toned gold with luminous flashes of pink, silver and gold
(To me, it's just a very silver-y champagne)
Wisp
Golden champagne with highly reflective hues of gold duo chrome finishes
(To me, it's a golden bronze shade)
The formula of these are incredibly unique and really fun to play with. They are bouncy and squishy (as you've probably already heard). This squishiness means that if the product falls out of the packaging or loses it's shape in some way shape or form, then you can just push it back into the packaging and have it "as good as new" (minus the imprint at the top of the blushes and eyeshadows). 

Beyond the texture, the formula is also extremely silky and smooth, highly pigmented and incredibly light-weight. They don't have excessive glitters or sparkle but have a beautiful glow that can be natural with a thin layer, or incredibly intense if you build it up. 

They also have an excellent colour range - catering for those with extremely fair skin to those with very deep skin. They have colours suited for yellow undertones and pink undertones. You could use some as blushes, blush toppers, or glowy bronzers. 

Because of the unique formula, it can be used directly on top of liquid foundations (just like a cream highlighter), but could also be applied on top of powders (just like a powder highlighter). You can also build up intensity by placing this on your face and then putting another powder highlighter on top. However, I find that the highlighter is extremely long lasting - so it is not a must to set it with a powder. This all captures how versatile the product is and the excellent quality of the formula.

I also found that they had great customer service. They accidentally sent me Wisp in the sample size. I contacted them, got a reply within a day, they express shipped it to me, and I got the proper one within a week. 
Swatches (Outdoors)
Left to Right
Stole the Show - Lunch Money - Smoke N Whistles - Highly Waisted - Wisp - Butterfly Beach
However, there is one downfall in my opinion. This downfall is the method of application. Because of the squishy texture, it's difficult to put it on with a typical highlighter brush. The product doesn't go on as evenly or pigmented as I'd like when I use a brush. The best method of application that I have found is to use your fingers. However I am not really a big fan of putting on products onto your face with fingers. This is also the advised method of application by Colourpop. I would say that this downfall can be overcome with greater experimentation so that people can see what method of application suits their preferences. 
Swatches (Indoors)
Left to Right
Stole the Show - Lunch Money - Smoke N Whistles - Highly Waisted - Wisp - Butterfly Beach
Also, the company (as you can see above), has warned of the fact that these can dry out. I have yet to experience that and the instructions say that if you screw on the lid tightly after use, it shouldn't happen. If I were to give an extra tip about this, I would suggest that you store the product upside down. When you are using the product and leaving the lid open, keep it upside. Then when you are storing it in general, keep it upside down. I generally do this with any product that has a tendency to dry out (gel liners, cream eyeshadows, MAC paint pots etc.) It really does help.

Overall: The colours are beautiful. The texture is so unique. The pigmentation is excellent. The price point is great. The finish is on point. Customer service was great. Colour range is broad. The only downfall is the aforementioned application methods. However, I do think that this is something that can be overcome. The conclusion I came to (using my fingers) is a bit burdensome for someone as lazy as me, but I think it's a factor that will impact different people in different ways. For me, it's a little bit of an extra step that requires a tiny bit more effort than I'd like. This is the only thing that bothers me about the product though.

Rating: 8.5/10

36 comments:

  1. Hi darling! How big are the containers? Same size as the mac paint pots?

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    1. They are definitely a bit bigger than the MAC paint pot!

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  2. Hi darling! How big are the containers? Same size as the mac paint pots?

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    1. Packaging wise, these are quite a bit bigger. However they are lighter and the amount of product (according to the Net Wt) the MAC Paint Pots have more. MAC: 5g and these Colourpop: 4.2g

      It's strange because it does not seem that way at all.

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  3. omg gushing for these!! thank so much for sharing I gotta try em out!!!

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    1. YES! They are absolutely gorgeous ;)

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  4. They're so gorgeous! I love butterfly beach!

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    1. The colours are stunning and sooo versatile. I used some as eyeshadows

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  5. Wow, they're beautiful. I especially love Wisp and Lunch Money :) Do yu know if ColourPop ships to Europe?

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    1. I know Lunch Money is DEFINITELY my favourite! They currently do not ship to Europe :( But they are working on it (according to their website). However, they do ship to forwarding services if you guys have that in Europe :)

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  6. wow these are so beautiful.love the colors.
    www.fabfragworld.blogspot.com

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  7. I love the formula of Colourpop products, but I agree... Using your fingers for application is not my favorite.

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    1. Yes! I tried a duo fibre brush and it just doesnt have the pigmentation like that. I found that fingers is realy the only and best way :(

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    1. they really are! Cant rave about them enough

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  9. The pic quality is amazing and so is the review! I'm so glad I bought wisp today yay

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    1. Thanks babe! I hope you love it as much as i do! 😉

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  10. Hi!

    I wonder, is it easily blendable with a brush? Or not so much because of the texture.

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    1. Hi Melanie! It is pretty easily blendable with a brush BUT if you use a brush it is no where near as pigmented as with your fingers 😉

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    2. Thank you for replying so fast <3 So would you suggest blending it in with your fingers?

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    3. Thats alright! Yeah i suggest using fingers and tapping it in. It takes a tiny bit of patience but its doable! 😁

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  11. Oh God I'm in love! I am so getting the "lunch money" one!!
    Thank you love for the the nice review!

    www.beautylish-life.com

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    1. I am glad you liked it! Lunch money is my fave!

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  13. I have medium to dark skin and I'm not sure which colour is better for my skin tone. Lunch money or wisp?

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    1. Hey girl, judging by your photos I think you could honestly do either. Wisp has a bit more bronze in it though so it might be a little more seamless with a medium to dark skin tone ;) Lunch money is more a true champagne-y yellow undertone highlight ;)

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  14. Sorry I'm about a year late with this but I have Smoke n Whistles (amazing on my cool toned fair skin!!) and I've found the best way to apply it is with a damp beauty blender. It makes the application really dewy and beautiful, if you want more you can just go on top with your finger.

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    1. Hahaha theres no such thing as late to comment on a blog post! 😁 i will try your suggestion hun thanks xx

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  15. Hi,

    What highlighter do you suggest for Asian/korean girls? :)

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    1. Hey, I am so sorry this is such a late reply. I would highly suggest lunch money :) I am Korean too so if your complexion is anywhere like mine, that's the most gorgeous shade xx

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  16. Hopefully you reply to this but which highlight shade would be good for tan/brown skin? Im Indian so i want a highligh that will show up on my face.

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  17. Hopefully you reply to this but which highlight shade would be good for tan/brown skin? Im Indian so i want a highligh that will show up on my face.

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    1. Hey girl, I hope this reply reaches you. I would recommend wisp or butterfly beach. There may be new releases that Colourpop have had recently but out of the ones that are featured in this blog, those two would be the best. I think they will work amazingly!

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  18. Hi, May I ask are these creamy or powder highlighter? Do you think oily skin type can use this colourpop highlighter, are they long lasting? Which one do you suggest for fair asian chinese skin?

    Thanks

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  19. i love colourpop and Smoke N Whistles and lunch money looks promising <3

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