My First Colourpop Order!
If you watch as many makeup tutorials on Youtube as I do, you've probably heard of Colourpop Cosmetics. And if you really watch as much of that shit as I do, you also probably want lip injections, wear too much under eye concealer, and would kill for the kind of career where you get paid to show off what you bought at Sephora for Xmas. But! Enough about me and my cake-y undereye triangles of concealer. Today, I'm trying to fulfill the third part of the YouTube makeup guru trifecta: showing you the shit I bought with the hope it will somehow be relevant or helpful to your own life in order to validate my frivolous purchases.
I had never really ordered makeup online because I'm frightened of new things and I like to go to the store to swatch shit on my hairy arms and see who puts their lips on the lipstick testers and who doesn't. But! You can't get Colourpop in stores yet, although I do predict one day they will, since every store in New York City is slowly being replaced by makeup stores. In Union Square alone, there's a NYX Store, a MAC Store, AND a Sephora. That's excessive, even by my standards, considering I have to travel 45 minutes by bus to get to a Target.
So. On Cyber Monday, I placed my Colourpop order which is completely hypocritical of me because it was a small discount and I made a big stink on Twitter about not getting out of bed for more than 30%. But I wanted to treat myself, even though the holiday season is just me sitting in front of some cookie-scented candle, pouring treats down my throat like the hungry, hungry, hippo that I am. SO? I specifically wanted to treat myself to Colourpop, because it's affordable, has a lot of variety, and people love it. Good enough for me. I made an order of [redacted because gift], 2 Satin Liquid Lipsticks (Too Lips and Dopey), One Matte Lipstick (Trap), the Kathleen Lights Where The Night Is Quad, and So Quiche eyeshadow.
Below are the pros and cons of my order, because you're off your rocker if you think I can afford a camera that will allow me to do a makeup tutorial or anything that requires a "nice" "clear" photo.
Took Forever To Ship
Again, it was Cyber Monday, so fuck me, right? It did take 2 weeks to get here, not that the little baby (me) desperately needed to have her precious little makeup things right away. So in actuality it's totally fine.
Great Customer Service
When my package did come, it came with a free lip gloss and an apology note!
Pigmented as FUCK--Holy cow did these puppies do their job. Upon touching the eyeshadow, it felt like you were touching wet velvet, which is typically disgusting but not this time. This BAM of color was what I dreamt of when I purchased more expensive eyeshadows and had to spray setting spray on them to get them close to being vibrant. This is no lie. The No Fuckin' around train is Colourpop's.
Eyeshadows Applied Smoothly--Not one eyeshadow was patchy, and considering I got very metallic colors, you would think this would be Patch Adams City. For the price, I was blown away.
No Fallout-- none at all! This was crazy to me.
The Satin Lips Were Comfortable-- Very rarely are lipsticks that last through dinner comfortable. They usually feel like you painted your lips with White Out, and they crack pretty much the same way you'd imagine White Out would. But not the Satin Lips. These are a joy to wear, and yes THEY LAST!
The Lipsticks Were Scent-Free-- If I wanted to have my lips smell like a cupcake (which, okay, I usually like) I would continue to shove baked goods on my lips. The scent-free thing was a nice respite.
Not True To Color On The Site--I recommend you google the colors you are considering. So Quiche looks much different in person, as does most of the colors in the eyeshadow quad. But you can easily see how they look on real people online, instead of the very odd photos on their site.
The Eyeshadows Are Not Easy To Apply At First--There is a learning curve with the eyeshadows. You get a little guide that explains the best way to apply each product, and I had already heard about them---you use either your fingers or a synthetic brush, and blend it out with a fluffier brush. This was not easy to do. It's harder than you think to blend out, and it can pack a lot of color wherever you touch it, so there's not much room for mistakes. I would suggest practicing a look before you do it on New Year's Eve at 9:30 pm.
The Eyeshadows Stain: And they also stain. And not even just the burgundy color I bought: most of them. You need heavy duty makeup remover.
The Matte Lipstick is...The Most Drying Formula I've Used-- Use a lip primer. Use a lip exfoliant. Treat your lips right, and they will treat you right.
The Satin Lipstick Bleeds-- I'm going to use a lipliner next time. I've never had feathering with any other liquid lipstick that I love to use, but hey! This is an exception. Because I did love it.
Consensus--I am very much looking forward to buying more Colourpop, but the application of the eyeshadow reminded me that I'm not actually that great at makeup. It's hard! But at least I am humbled. To counteract that newfound humbleness, here's a selfie with my new makeup: