I know I look like I’ve been on a little bit of a ColourPop streak, but I literally placed only 2 orders towards the end of last year and have divvied up the items so that they don’t get too overwhelming. 🙂 Right now, I’m going to talk a bit about the ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip, which is a new product to me. They’re pretty much the same as the matte liquid lipsticks that have been popping up all over the place lately: a lipstick with a pigmented, opaque gloss-like consistency that dries matte. I do, however, really like this formula way more than the other ones I’ve tried thus far.
I’ve seen a lot of other liquid lipsticks I wanted to try, but one major aspect of me picking ColourPop was the price point and their “no animal testing policy.” There’s still a hint of seediness to this whole out-of-nowhere, overly-hip weird operation, in my opinion, but nothing that strikes me as overly sinister. But anyway.
I got 3 shades, (from top to bottom): Dr M, Kapow, and Trap.
Kapow, a muted grey taupe, was the one I wanted the most but I wasn’t able to order it for my first order because it was out of stock. I ended up taking home Trap, a dusty greyed-out beige, and Dr M, a deep blackened green. Both Kapow and Trap are matte, shimmer-free, and pull a little purple on me. Dr M has a bit of a metallic sheen to it that actually made me get it in the first place.
These dry to a true matte, but they don’t flake off. This is usually where I run into some problems for “matte liquid lipsticks.” They usually flake off or are too sticky/tacky. These are neither, so that was a pro for me right away.
They are, to some degree, drying (but they don’t suck out all the moisture from your lips) and the color stays on your lips unless you eat something oily, which kind of removes the color from the inner part of your lips, but not entirely. In my opinion, these are easy to apply, and are buildable/workable especially if you don’t wait for the first layers to completely dry before adding a new one. They also last surprisingly well through eating, as much as you could want or expect from a matte lip product.
It doesn’t look as mauve-y/rosy as it does in the swatch, and is probably closer to the description when worn. Indoor lighting is a pain in the ass, but I hope you can see which tones pull stronger on me/my complexion.
Depending on whether or not I feel like a BAMF HBIC, this is potential Power Lip levels. Kapow is a “muted grey taupe,” which is a good shade for me, as someone who has fairly medium skin but is also quite attracted to grey lip shades at the moment. By which, I mean, this is a good grey, thank goodness.
Unfortunately, I don’t have a face-swatch of how Dr. M looks like. I still haven’t worn it beyond “playing around” at home. Anyway, I don’t know what I was thinking, but I now have a deep green lip somewhere in my arsenal, and though I am somewhat afraid to use it, I’ll definitely find an occasion, too. I think.
True to my initial leanings, my favorite of the three turned out to be Kapow. It’s such a great, deeper shade that’s not a conventional brown, red, or purple. Will I get any more? Probably not, but just because there’s not a lot of the shades that feel like I must have, personally. I do love the formula, though, especially as far as matte lips go. I just have too much lip products at the moment.
Judging from other people’s swatches and stuff on this range, though, I think that if you’re starting to build your collection, the matte formula would suit a lot of bolder colors like a classic red or some of the brights. I’m not sure if I would like any nudes in this formula (personally), but ColourPop has a wide, wide range.
* Items marked with an asterisk are PR Samples.