ColourPop Highball Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick
ColourPop Highball Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick ($6.00 for 0.11 fl. oz.) is described as a “hot red-pink.” It’s a bold, bright, medium-dark fuchsia pink with blue undertones and a matte finish. This one was richly pigmented but a little thicker with a tendency to streak. The slightly thicker texture was extremely unforgiving if you needed to touch-up or wanted to fix any mistakes, as it really gave the lips a wrinkled appearance as the layers fused together. It dried down quickly but had enough time to work the color across the lips. This shade stayed on well for over eight hours and started to feel drying after six hours of wear. It fades more evenly, and it’s hard to tell from far away as it also stains, so as the lipstick wears down, a stain is left behind instead. MAC No Faux Pas (LE, $16.00) is warmer, glossier. Urban Decay Menace (P, $22.00) is darker, more muted, glossier. Colour Pop Mars (P, $6.00) is darker, warmer. MAC Tats (LE, $16.00) is warmer, glossier. MAC Good Kisser (LE, $16.00) is warmer, glossier. MAC Moxie (LE, $16.00) is darker, glossier. MAC All Fired Up (P, $16.00) is darker, warmer. MAC Pleasure Bomb (LE, $16.00) is darker, glossier. See comparison swatches/ compare dupes side-by-side.
ColourPop Buds Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick ($6.00 for 0.11 fl. oz.) is described as a “shocking neon pink.” It’s a bright, medium, magenta pink with cool, blue undertones and a very flat, matte finish. The texture was lightweight, thin but pigmented, and applied fairly well. I had very, very subtle streaking along the edge where I tried to keep a crisp edge. It dried down quickly but in a time that I didn’t feel too rushed in (these are still a quicker-drying formula, though), and the resulting finish was very smooth without emphasizing lip lines as much as some liquid lipsticks can. It started to crack after four hours of wear, and I noticed extra wear along the corners where the color seemed to have flaked away. On me, the color lasted for seven and a half hours and was slightly drying. Anastasia Party Pink (P, $20.00) is lighter. Kat Von D Backstage Bambi (P, $19.00) is darker. Kat Von D Backstage Bambi (P, $21.00) is glossier. Marc Jacobs Beauty Pop-arazzi (606) (P, $28.00) is glossier. Chanel La Diva (44) (P, $34.00) is more shimmery, glossier. MAC Candy Yum Yum (P, $16.00) is darker, glossier. Bite Beauty #007 (LE, $36.00) is brighter, less glossy. Maybelline Electric Pink (P, $7.99) is darker, less glossy. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.
Formula Summary: ColourPop Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick ($6.00 for 0.11 fl. oz.) is a long-wearing, pigmented lipstick that starts off glossy and dries down quickly to that super flat matte finish. They have minimal transfer with some of the lighter shades having almost none for the first few hours of wear, but any time you’ve had a meal, they lose that transfer-resistant quality to a noticeable degree. They tend to wear anywhere from six to ten hours with darker shades maintaining better color coverage and wear over a longer period of time. Some shades get a little drying about two-thirds to three-fourths through the wear, while a few shades have been fairly non-drying even many hours into wear. They fade away evenly with most color loss occurring from the center of the lips if eating a more oil-based meal but the majority of color survives a meal. Reapplication has been hit or miss and tends to depend on how well it wore away and how easily the shade applies normally, but reapplication tends to emphasize the lip’s natural texture significantly compared to initial application and gives lips a very wrinkled, dried-up look. I’ve layered gloss on top of some shades with moderate success, though it will obviously lose the matte finish and will transfer and I’ll get tiny flakes where the matte lip color has lifted by mixing with gloss but has been pretty minimal. The formula had no discernible taste or scent. After playing with the packaging and the tubes, it appears that about 16 of the 25 shades I received were significantly overfilled and had regular overflow of liquid lipstick coming out of them for about 15 open-and-closes where I needed to use a makeup removing wipe to clean the rim of the tube prior to closing or else the lipstick would ooze out of the closing. I have not had this issue with any of my other liquid lipsticks (Anastasia, Hourglass, Kat Von D, Make Up For Ever, Stila) personally, though readers reported experiencing similar issues with Anastasia and the previous Kat Von D packaging.