Wednesday, February 1, 2017

ColourPop Skimpy, Cookie, Bound and Primer Lippie Stix Review

Last week I posted a review on the ColourPop Mile High eye shadow set (click HERE) that I purchased recently, and for today’s post I’m going to review some more of their Lippie Stix colors that I purchased as well. The last time I purchased some Lippie Stix I chose two darker shades for fall (A deep red and purple) so this time I wanted to purchase lighter shades that I would be more prone to wearing on a daily basis. The two colors I purchased last time were also matte finishes so I hoped I could find some colors that I liked in the other formulas. I ended up choosing two nude shades (one matte finish and one glossy) and then a pink shade (glossy finish). I also purchased their lip primer, which I actually meant to purchase my first time but forgot. I wanted to find out how well it actually “primed” the lips and if it actually makes a difference when wearing the Lippie Stix shades.

I love the shape of the Lippie Stix because it makes applying the colors super easy.  Even though these Lippie Stix have different finishes and formulas, I feel they have some very similar qualities. All these colors are pretty opaque and very pigmented. The matte shade is a bit more opaque than the glossy shades but overall I find them all to be pretty identical. These all feel very creamy and glide over the lips with ease. To a certain extent they all feel fairly moisturizing. You might think the matte shade would feel dry but it doesn’t at all. The glossy finishes will last for a decent amount of time but they don’t last through eating and drinking. The matte finish does a better job but still doesn’t last all day. If you have lines in your lips like I do then these will settle into those lines; the glossy finish more so than the matte finish. I find this happens with practically every lip product I’ve tried so I’m not super bummed about it but it can be a bit frustrating.

ColourPop Lippie Stix "Skimpy"

The first shade I decided on was Skimpy. This is described as a “soft pale nude beige in a glossy finish.” I would personally describe this as a light cool toned pinky nude which happens to be the EXACT shade I was looking for and it’s my absolute favorite! It’s definitely a light shade so if you have a darker skin complexion than I wouldn’t recommend it for you because it might wash you out. However, if you have a fair complexion then I feel like this is a great nude color. I’m not super fair skinned but I’m definitely not tanned; I would say I’m a light/light-medium skin tone with neutral undertones. I feel like the color shown in the pictures on ColourPop’s website is pretty accurate to how it looks.

ColourPop Lippie Stix "Cookie"

The next shade I decided on was Cookie which is described as a “true nude beige in a matte finish.” Since I picked out the previous nude shade in a glossy finish, and I loved the matte formula in the shades I already had, I also wanted to try a nude color in a matte finish. First, this color looks absolutely nothing like the pictures on the website. NOTHING. The pictures on the website show a pale pinky nude shade. I did read some of the reviews which did state it was darker but I honestly wasn’t expecting it to be THIS different. With that being said, it is still a very nice nude shade that I would describe as a light-medium warm brown nude. I am a bit disappointed in the color since it’s not like the pictures on the website AT ALL, however, I don’t mind too much because I can mix it with lighter shades to help deepen those colors and add more dimension. If you have a darker complexion then this will be a great nude that won’t wash you out. I still feel that ColourPop needs to update their pictures with a more accurate representation because for a company to get the color in the pictures and the color of the actual product this wrong is just ridiculous.

ColourPop Lippie Stix "Bound"

The last “colored” Lippie Stix that I purchased was Bound. This shade is described as a “light nude pink in a glossy finish.” I personally feel this is a light-medium cool toned pink color; there’s nothing “nude” about it. The pictures for this color aren’t completely off but I do feel like they could be better. I don’t agree with the pictures of the product itself and on the lips but the swatches don’t look too bad. I am definitely towards the paler skin toned swatch but I do feel it’s slightly darker in person. Again, it’s still a beautiful pink shade that I feel will look great on a lot of different skin complexions but I was disappointed with how the pictures represent the color.

ColourPop Lippie Stix "Primer"

Lastly, the lip primer “enhances the wear of any lip product and keeps your lips looking and feeling healthy.” This lip primer has a lot of great reviews on the website but honestly, I’m not super impressed. When I apply this primer, it sort of feels like a silky waxy formula (not even sure that makes sense ;P lol) It glides on the lips really easily like silk but it does feel a tiny bit tacky like wax. It doesn’t feel too heavy on the lips but you can definitely feel it. This also seems to give my lips a sort of matte finish but it’s not necessarily drying. I can say for certain that this primer does help to create a smoother and more even surface so that the lip colors go on better. However, for me, it didn’t really help the colors to last longer. I even put this primer on one side of my lips to test it out and after eating/drinking both sides faded at the same time. This primer did seem to help the colors fade a bit nicer and not look too patchy but the color didn’t actually last any longer with the primer. I also noticed that this primer helped the color to not sink so much into the lines on my lips. The color still settled but the primer helped to fill in the lines a tiny bit.

ColourPop Lippie Stix with flash. Left to right: Skimpy (gloss), Bound (gloss) and Cookie (matte).
ColourPop Lippie Stix without flash. Left to right: Skimpy (gloss), Bound (gloss) and Cookie (matte).

 Overall, I’m pretty happy with these Lippie Stix. Skimpy is absolutely my favorite and I reach for it quite often. The other two are nice despite not being quite what I was hoping for. I do still like them and wear them though. The primer is probably more of a miss than a hit for me. I will use it but I personally wouldn’t repurchase it. It’s not expensive so I definitely think it’s worth trying out at least. Like I stated before, it does have a lot of good reviews but it just didn’t impress me because it didn’t really give me the results I was looking for. So far, after two purchases from ColourPop, I am overall very pleased with their products and will continue to purchase more in the future. The brand is definitely one to check out because you get pretty high quality products for a very reasonable price tag.

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