As a bona fide lip product hoarder, when I did my ColourPop haul, obviously I was very interested in trying a few lip products. Specifically, I wanted to try the Ultra Satin Lips, despite having told myself a million times that I need to stop buying liquid lipsticks. I’ve heard way too many times that the Ultra Mattes are extremely, painfully drying, so those were out, and the Lippie Stix contain so little product that they don’t seem worth it – and just don’t excite me anyway. So, to the Ultra Satin Lips page I went. As I mentioned last time, my order happened to be placed while ColourPop was having a promotion, so I got a free Lippie Stix in Poppin’. (Also, I know I cannot be the only one who hates that the product name is pluralized. I DON’T WANT TO CALL IT A LIPPIE STIX.) (And the name is gross anyway, right?)
So, here’s what I got:
Ultra Satin Lips in Prim
Prim is a deep brown shade which can pull somewhat purplish in some lights. It has berry hints but isn’t a berry. I don’t think I realized quite how brown it was when I ordered it, because I have always maintained a very strong aversion to ever trying brown lipstick – I just didn’t think it would suit my complexion.
There’s really nothing in my collection remotely like Prim. In terms of berries, Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Aria and Arbonne Glossed Over Gloss in Hyacinth* are very far removed from Prim. Revlon Matte Balm in Sultry is the next closest thing I have to brown, and, well, you can see how dissimilar they are. I have no earthly clue why the hell I included Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate Moss Matte 104 in this series of swatches. It’s pretty, though.
In the full face above, I’m wearing Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Mood Exposure (what else is new?) and Garnet, Sable, Espresso, and Taupe from the LORAC Pro palette on my eyes. I think this lip colour would look really good with smudgy chocolate brown winged eyeliner, which I will definitely try at some point when the final nine days of my degree are not devouring my will to be alive on this planet.
Texturally, the Ultra Mattes feel like a comfortable liquid lipstick: that is, they’re more drying than a regular lipstick, but not obscenely so. In fact, Prim is probably my smoothest-applying dark liquid lipstick. Even when I have dry patches on my lips it glides over them really nicely. Ultra Satin is the right name for these – they never fully dry down and do transfer if you’re drinking or whatever, but the staying power is still pretty good when it comes to consuming light refreshments. Here’s a picture I took of Prim after I ate an entire frozen pizza:
Clearly, it’s fared about as well as a normal lipstick would. I will say that when I’m drinking and eating normally (i.e. with a spoon or fork), it looks pretty much pristine – aside from the slight feathering you can see in the picture. Normally I’d put clear lip liner on the outside of my lip line to prevent that, but I skipped it for these pictures so you could see how it does without such interventions. It probably looks worse than it actually is because it’s a darker colour – a lighter shade with a similar fading pattern would be less stark. I don’t find it a huge hassle to reapply lipstick after eating and generally do it anyway, so this wear pattern is okay by me. Reapplication is smooth.
Overall, I like Prim. It’s not, like, the most amazing lipstick formula ever, but it’s a colour I didn’t have that I ended up liking, so I’m cool with that 6 bucks spent. Although I guess that’s, like, $45 CAD at this point.
Ultra Satin Lips in Marshmallow
I ordered the Super Shock Eyeshadow in Beverly not knowing that it was part of the ColourPop collab with Karrueche Tran; similarly, when I ordered Marshmallow, I had no idea that there was hype surrounding the product or that it often goes out of stock. I just saw it and thought, “That looks fucked up and unwearable, I want it.”
I mean, am I wrong in thinking that this colour makes me look like Laura Palmer? Not that that’s necessarily a bad thing – she’s #deathglamour goals. I’m planning on wearing this out this weekend – God bless Montreal for having a prominent alternative culture that allows me to get a fair amount of mileage out of my weird makeup. Anyway, I haven’t worn this for long enough to test how it wears, nor have I constructed a proper look around it yet. (The above picture was taken immediately after my order arrived, and I already had makeup on which is decidedly not the makeup I would ideally wear with Marshmallow.)
I don’t really have anything more to say about Marshmallow, having not tested it to the full extent possible, but I love it even though it’s objectively awful. It’s slightly more wearable than I thought but still not at all wearable. Still don’t regret the $6.
I’m actually pretty into the wands on these guys; they’re decently manageable. They’re completely flat on one side, thin along both edges, and then slightly curved on the back side. They’re also quite small. I did end up applying Prim with a lip brush on the day I took those pictures because it’s just my preferred method for foolproof lipstick application, but if your lip line isn’t fucking impossible like mine you’ll probably do fine applying with the wand.
Generally, I think the Ultra Satin formula is okay. It’s not the most amazing formula in the world, that’s for sure; it’s comfortable and wears pretty well under normal conditions, but it’s not run-home-and-tell-your-mom-about-it amazing. I think the biggest asset of this product, and probably ColourPop in general, is the colour selection. In this very inexpensive haul I got to experiment with weird colours without breaking the bank. Like, even if I only wear this to one event this weekend, I’d consider it $6 well spent.
The Ultra Satin Lips, like the Ultra Matte Lips, go for $6 for 0.11 fl oz. That’s $54.56 USD per fl oz, which is $70.85 CAD. (Yikes, that’s painful.) In general, it seems that unit for unit you’re getting a pretty good deal with the Ultra Satin and Ultra Matte Lips. Stila Stay All Day liquid lipsticks cost $31 CAD for 0.10 oz, so you’re obviously getting a bargain there. Even the Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks, which have double the product at 0.22 fl oz, cost $24 – meaning you’re still getting more bang for your buck with the ColourPop. That doesn’t mean they’re as good as other liquid lipsticks, necessarily – I’ll probably use ColourPop mainly for strange colours and stick with Stila for any future liquid lipstick purchases. Which SHOULD NOT BE HAPPENING because I DON’T NEED MORE.
Lippie Stix Matte X in Poppin’
As soon as my order arrived, I immediately swatched everything, as one does. I was very excited to find that Poppin’ is a very Me colour. Some of my readers probably know that I have a thing for fuchsia lipsticks, so I was always going to like this colour. In fact, it’s actually distinct from the other fuchsias in my collection, and I don’t even think in the “I can see the differences between two reds that are basically the same” kind of way that makeup hoarders define “distinct”.
Here I’ve swatched it next to Marcelle Rouge Xpression in Cleopatra (sheerer, less vibrant), Joe Fresh Long Wear Liquid Lipstick in Fuchsia (lighter, brighter, more pink), and Revlon Balm Stain in Lovesick (the fuchsia that started it all, which is sheerer, lighter, less vibrant, and cooler). Poppin’, though undeniably a vibrant fuchsia, has a slight raspberry hint to it that sets it apart from similar colours in my collection. Now, I still probably don’t need to ever buy another lip product that is even remotely a part of the fuchsia family, and I damn well know it.
Poppin’ is the first Lippie Stix I’ve tried, so I can’t speak to how the Matte X formula compares to the regular Matte formula. I assume it’s more matte. This one is, in fact, pretty damn matte, but like Prim, it goes on quite nicely on dry patches. In the photos below, I actually forgot to put on lip balm prior to applying Poppin’, and I think it looks pretty good.
Clearly this wasn’t a sustained wear test, but I did take the picture on the right after having a meal of soup and a snack of popcorn. I had also been sipping tea all day up until this point. It suffered some very minor wear which you can see up close, but if I’d continued to walk around like this I doubt anybody would have been like, “What is up with that girl’s lipstick?”
Once again, I don’t think that the Lippie Stix formula is, like, the best ever. Poppin’ is a really nice colour which suits my skin tone and preferences, and the formula performs quite well on me. For the price, it’s good! I mean, in general it’s good. I don’t know that it’s as good as other matte formulas (both high end and drugstore – the Maybelline Mattes are hard to beat at that price point), but if there was a particularly interesting colour in the Matte X formula I would certainly consider buying it.
However, as many others have noted, at $5 for 0.0352 oz of product you’re paying $142.05 USD ($184.46 CAD) per oz. An average lipstick contains a lot more product – NARS Audacious and Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate Moss lipsticks both contain 0.14 oz of product. The cost per oz of the Audacious lipsticks is higher than the Lippie Stix, but at around $8.99 in Canadian drugstores the Rimmel Kate ones are a mere $64.21 CAD per oz. So, while the Lippie Stix may seem dirt cheap, the price per unit is actually not that great. I’m not apt to go through any lip product particularly quickly because I have a lot, so this isn’t the biggest concern for me – but it’s definitely worth noting that ColourPop is not exactly as inexpensive as they may want you to think, especially if you are someone who goes through lip products quickly.
All in all, I have been enjoying my ColourPop products more than I expected to. I was pretty skeptical going in, but there wasn’t a dud in the whole haul. I really like the Super Shock Eyeshadow in Beverly and the Ultra Satin Lips in Prim. I can see ColourPop being my go-to for trying out strange colours just because the investment is so low that it doesn’t really matter if it doesn’t work out. That said, although I think everything is good, I wasn’t so bowled over that I see myself making regular orders or trying out products in more standard colours – especially when international shipping costs are factored in!
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