ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip | Review, swatches and comparison

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

When the ColorPop Ultra Matte Lip liquid lipsticks were first released, they sold out INSTANTLY and were out of stock for the longest time. As soon as I was able to place an order,  I got more than initially planned...Turns out, they should be here to stay now (a few shades are sold out but I'm sure they'll restock soon) so you don't need to go crazy. BUT at $6 a pop, I wasn't exactly breaking the bank either. The hype was real, and having been thoroughly impressed with the brand so far, I thought they'd be a sure hit!
a picture of ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip in : Ouiji, Solow, Bumble, Tulle, Avenue, Creeper, Mars, Highball, Drive-In, Lychee
I picked up 10 shades: 
  • Ouiji (bright coral red)
  • Solow (neutral nude pink)
  • Bumble (dusty warm terracotta)
  • Tulle (dusty mauve burgundy)
  • Avenue (deep yellow red)
  • Creeper (classic blue red)
  • Mars (red fuchsia)
  • Highball (hot red- pink)
  • Drive-In (mid-tone bright magenta)
  • Lychee (bright warm violet)
a picture of ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip in : Ouiji, Solow, Bumble, Tulle, Avenue, Creeper, Mars, Highball, Drive-In, Lychee (arm swatch)
From the wrist down : Ouiji, Solow, Bumble, Tulle, Avenue, Creeper, Mars, Highball, Drive-In, Lychee

a picture of ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip in : Ouiji, Solow, Bumble, Tulle, Avenue, Creeper, Mars, Highball, Drive-In, Lychee (lip swatch)
Now here's the thing, I'm not exactly SUPER familiar with long lasting liquid lipsticks. The only products with similar texture (but not lasting power) I've played around with are the NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream and Rimmel Show Off Matte Lip Velvet, and I love those. So I'm not going to rate these super detailed with associated characteristics but rather simply give you the pros and cons.
Pros: High Impact color, Long lasting, vast shade selection (33 and counting), you only need one layer, dries quickly, no transfer (kiss proof, smudge proof, hot mess proof)

Cons: Not the most comfortable (can be a little drying), not very forgiving, especially the darker colors (kinda contradicting the dries quickly as a pro, it's a pro and a con, dries quickly is a pro as in you don't have to wait around and worry about messes but also a con as in you have to work fast AND precisely, you will have to start over if you don't...) but it's not that big a deal am I right?

Few points that are neither a good or bad thing, just facts and how to's ; be sure you exfoliate and moisturize your lips super well before applying, you have to stretch out your lips while applying and until it dries (so it looks smooth and goes over all the little lines and creases of your lips), you need to use an oil-based makeup remover to take this off.

Now clearly the good outweighs the bad, and keep in mind I love a matte lip but usually  tend to favor comfort (Maybelline Creamy Matte Lipsticks and Color Blur Lip Pencils), but it's nice to not have to worry about reapplying every now in then for special events (proms, weddings, etc.) or even just a long day or a fun night out!

Overall, I do really like these. I look forward to wearing them more often (especially the darker shades for fall!). I would recommend these for the price and selection, and I mean high impact long lasting color is always a win! However, I cannot say how they compare to higher end liquid lipsticks (i.e. Kat Von D, Anastasia Beverly Hills)

Do you love liquid lipsticks? Let me know if you have recommendations for other brands I should try out!

Talk to you soon!

-Xoxo, Val

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