Oh ColourPop! The obsession is real I’m not even going to try and hide it to be fair at $6 (+-R75) a pop what’s not to love. I thought I’d talk you through the ColourPop shades that I have, a breakdown of the different formulas as well as how I bought these with Aramex Global Shopper.
Lets start with the ordering and shipping process. First up I signed up for Aramex Global Shopper which is basically the most clever idea ever, I’ll try and break it down as simply as possible. Basically Aramex has warehouses all over the world, 18 to be precise. By signing up to the Global Shopper platform you receive access to all 18 of these addresses as your own, what does that mean? It means there is no holds bar in terms of shipping restrictions eg. ColourPop who didn’t offer International Shipping, based in USA I used my Aramex USA address. Once the parcel arrives at the warehouse it is automatically redirected to you in South Africa for as little as R175 (plus any customs fees you may encounter). In this case the fee was only R175 as my order was under R500 I experienced no customs fee.
Ordering was simple on the site although a few shades were out of stock, meh! As a first time buyer there is a $5 coupon which is the same amount as a lip liner so score, I’m all about the discounts. I used my FNB Gold Cheque account for the payment, easy peasy put the card details in and it converts to US$ according the rate of the day. After 3 days my order was sent off to my USA Aramex Address. As soon as it arrived at the USA warehouse the correspondence with Aramex begun, they kept in touch every step of the way.
As soon as my order had left their warehouse Aramex sent a simple email to upload my ColourPop invoice by doing this it meant that there would be no delay once my order arrived in South Africa as they had all the necessary documentation ahead of time. After the package was weighed and in transit it was time to pay my shipping fees R175. As mentioned there were no customs fees so as soon as my order cleared customs it was delivered straight to my address in Cape Town.
Now that all the formalities are explained onto the ColourPop review. These products are hyped up and I’ll start off by saying they do not disappoint, what you see is exactly what you get. The one thing I must point out is that the shades definitely do change according to skin tone and acidity, so the swatch on the site may not look exactly the same on your own skin tone. What I like to do when buying a product that I have not been able to swatch prior to purchasing is a simple google search most times I’ll include the phrase ‘pale/fair skinned’ and that way there are usually swatches on people with a similar skin tone to mine.
Although ColourPop is a cheaper brand they don’t skimp on packaging or personalisation. Each item comes in its own white ColourPop box with a neon inner to indicate the formula as well as a cute note. There was also a tips and tricks insert in the package.
I picked up the following formulas Ultra Statin, Ultra Matte a Lippie Stix and a Lip Liner. (Disclaimer I didn’t purchase all of these at one time. Rayne and I placed an order before, but I thought I would review all of the products in one go)
Starting off with the original ColourPop formula – Ultra Matte Lip. This is the first ColourPop Matte lipstick formula. A very opaque and pigmented formula that comes in so many shades. These can be a little drying which is expected when it comes to liquid lipsticks. To counteract that I just make sure to scrub my lip in-between and always moisturise.
Next up we have the second ColourPop formula – Ultra Satin Lip. This range was created to be more of a satin finish and less flat looking. I don’t notice a huge difference between the two formulas, both are just as pigmented and opaque. Both formulas last all day on the lips without cracking or being tacky.
The only downside with the liquid lipsticks is that the ColourPop logo seems to fade off the packaging very fast, even after being in my handbag once I noticed that the logo had rubbed off. I know this is very superficial but its a bit of a meh part as it makes them feel old even though they’re brand new. This wouldn’t put me off buying more though!
Next up the ColourPop Lippie Stix and Lip Pencil. The lippie stix come in an array of formulas from glossy to matte. The shade I chose was Oh Snap with the matching lip liner – this is one thing that I really like about ColourPop is that each shade has a matching lipliner, some shades match a few different liquid shades eg Oh Snap that I chose matches Midi, Magic Wand, Bianca and Clueless
Can we take a moment for the packaging of these two, how cool is the pencil! The pencil is very creamy and doesn’t tug on the lips at all. The lippiestix is a very easy to apply and wear formula, it doesn’t last as long on the lips as the liquid lipsticks and it is not as drying.
SHADES L-R: Magic Wand, Midi, Bianca, Clueless, Lumiere, More Better, Panda and Creeper
BOTTOM SHADES: Oh Snap Lippie Stix and Pencil
I absolutely love ColourPop they’re shades are fun and affordable and great quality. My list of shades it get is always growing especially as the brand comes out with new ranges and collaborations all the time! At least with Aramex Global Shopper it makes it so easy to get our hands on products that aren’t available here fast and without paying hundreds of rand on shipping charges!
Have you tried ColourPop or Aramex before?