ColourPop got me again, dammit. Perhaps it’s time to admit that I’ll never be fully immune from their almighty hype machine. Their $50 free shipping minimum is dangerous, too – shipping to Canada is otherwise around ~$12, so I feel like I have to hit that $50 (USD) mark to make it worth it to order cheap things. Alison’s review and general love of ColourPop’s new-ish sheer matte lipsticks, the Blotted Lips, drove me to make an order. Of course, I couldn’t just order three Blotted Lips. I also had to order one of the Ultra Blotted Lips (to compare it to the Ultra Matte Lips and Ultra Satin Lips), three of the pressed eyeshadows, and a Lippie Stix. Yes.
I tried to be fairly intelligent when selecting which Blotted Lips shades to go for. I’ve fallen into the rut in the past of buying new lip formulas in whatever colour I’m most into at the moment (most likely fuchsia or magenta) and then having way too many similar colours. (Of course, I don’t have any sheer mattes, so some colour overlap is forgivable. Of course.) I ended up going with Candyfloss, an earthy terracotta, On A Stick, a bright coral, and Sucker, a bright peach.
Before Glossier released their Generation G lipsticks, I’d never even considered the possibility of a sheer matte. Sheer lipsticks always seemed to be glossy and hydrating, mattes full coverage. Though I obviously love a good bold lipstick more than most things in life, I can appreciate a sheer lipstick for lowkey days. However, I much prefer matte to shine finishes, so this type of product seemed like something I needed in my life.
Before we get into the review, here’s how all of the colours look on me (and some swatches):
Candyfloss is a terracotta. I actually thought that it would be a caramel brown, but I don’t think we can deny that this is definitely orange. (ColourPop describes it as a terracotta on their website, so I’m not sure what I was thinking…) Man, I never thought I would like this type of shade on myself, but my love for Buxom Covert Affair and Realgar from the Modern Renaissance palette have persuaded me otherwise.
I made these swatches when I was still thinking Candyfloss would be brown, which is why I compared it to Hush Hush and Touch of Spice, which both have quite a bit of brown in them. However, upon swatching it was immediately obvious that this is an orange lipstick, which was only solidified when I actually wore it.
On A Stick is a bright, warm coral. Because I needed to buy another one of those, of course. (Absurdly, I also ordered the Lippie Stix in Trixie, which is a near-perfect dupe for Rimmel Kate Moss 06, and I totally forgot about it and then bought Marc Jacobs So Sofia. So… I could have saved the 38 bucks, really, but I love So Sofia so I guess I’ll survive.)
Though tonally similar to So Sofia, On A Stick is less vibrant, and, of course, less opaque. (It’s a slightly less intimidating way of wearing such an attention-grabbing colour.) It’s a little warmer than Electric Poppy and YSL #57, which both end up being a hair too pink for me to comfortably call coral. (They pull more coral on my arm, but my lips turn them pink.)
Sucker is a bright peach bordering on coral, though compared to On A Stick it’s obviously far more muted. Generally more neon peaches don’t suit me, but somehow Sucker works. I think this gives the popsicle stained look the best out of all three.
Brigitte is the only other peach I have in my collection, though in retrospect I could have swatched Sucker next to some corals as well. Ah, well – you can see that it is a lot brighter than Brigitte and that it makes the brown in Brigitte more obvious.
As you would imagine, the Blotted Lips go on pretty sheer but can be built up to a medium opacity. With a lot of layers they still give that popsicle effect on the lips, but they probably wouldn’t read as sheer from a distance, at least the more saturated colours. They wear about the way you’d expect any sheer lipstick to: they need to be touched up after a few hours, and definitely after eating or drinking. They layer on themselves well, with no patchiness or bunching up of product. They’re a tiny bit drying, but nothing major. I don’t feel any discomfort until about hour 4 or 5 of wear, and after 8-9 hours I do feel the need for some lip balm. However, unlike with a lot of liquid lipsticks I don’t feel like my lips have to be in especially good shape to wear them, nor does the drying effect linger after removal. I really like the way they look on my lips (though they’re certainly matte they don’t appear unflatteringly dry), and the formula is just what I expected. I don’t mind touching up my lipstick throughout the day, so a formula that doesn’t wear terribly long is fine by me as long as it doesn’t pretend to be longwearing.
Here’s Candyfloss after 8 hours of wear, which included two meals and a drink with no touching up:
It’s very faint, almost a peach, but it fades gracefully and I could walk around like this without feeling like I looked silly. In fact, I did, because I wore it to my driving test (which I passed, by the way) and had many other things on my mind besides my lipstick.
And here’s Sucker after about 5 hours. When I took these pictures I did have a meal (sushi, yum), but I reapplied and took this picture approximately 2 hours later. I did talk a lot and drink a bit in those two hours.
My only complaint has to do with the packaging. In general, I think the packaging is fine – though I tend to think white looks a little cheap, the matte finish makes the tubes cute. I like that the inside of the tube matches the colour of the bullet as well. Besides the fact that I’m sure the lettering will wear off, I’m most annoyed by how difficult it is to close the Blotted Lips tubes smoothly. They always stop just shy of closed, and need an extra little push to close fully. Not a dealbreaker, but not exactly ideal. I haven’t seen anyone else mention this, but all three of my tubes do it so I’m hesitant to call this an anomaly.
Now, it’s clear that ColourPop got some inspiration from Glossier: the tubes are strikingly similar, not to mention the relatively unusual concept. But ColourPop not only offered their products at a much lower price point (which is to be expected, of course), crucially, they ship worldwide. Though Glossier started shipping to Canada last month, the Blotted Lips came out before that and are still way more widely available than Glossier. I understand that international shipping is a complicated matter, but Glossier is really dropping the ball here to my eye, and ColourPop is totally capitalizing on that. What’s more, the Blotted Lips are good, so anyone who tries this formula because it’s the one they can get shipped to their country is unlikely to go, “Hey, let’s spend $14 more on something similar” if and when Glossier starts shipping internationally. At least, I know I won’t.
The ColourPop Blotted Lips retail for $5 USD ($6.26 CAD) for 1.0 grams of product, which puts them at an easy-to-calculate $5 USD/$6.26 CAD per gram. (That’s 0.035oz, or $142.86 USD/$178.86 CAD per oz.)
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