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ColourPop Cruel Intentions, Never Been Kissed, Girl Power Super Shock Cheeks

ColourPop Cruel Intentions Super Shock Cheek

ColourPop Cruel Intentions Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “warm rose.” It’s a lightly brightened, medium pink with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had buildable coverage, and it applied with the most pigmentation with fingertips (exactly as described), but I had no problems using a stippling brush and using two layers for color. The texture was lightweight and blended out easily, more like a powder in that respect, and it wore for nine and a half hours on me. Tarte Irreplaceable (LE, $26.00) is darker (95% similar). Chanel Crescendo (250) (LE, $45.00) is lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #310 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is darker, warmer, glossier (90% similar). Too Faced Your Love is King (P, $26.00) is brighter (90% similar). MAC Hipness (LE, $21.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Love Affair (P, $9.99) is more shimmery, darker, brighter (90% similar). NYX Peach (P, $5.00) is brighter (90% similar). NYX Mauve (P, $5.00) is lighter (85% similar). LORAC Underrated (LE) is lighter (85% similar). NARS Love (LE, $30.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Early Bird (P, $8.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Sand Pink (P, $26.00) is darker, more muted (80% similar). Laura Geller Guava (P, $26.00) is more shimmery, darker, brighter (80% similar). Laura Geller Rosewater (P, $26.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Never Been Kissed Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “dusty coral.” It’s a muted, medium coral with a hint of pink and warm undertones paired with a matte finish. The texture was smooth, blendable, and felt like a powder as soon as it hit the skin. The color payoff was buildable, just as described by the brand, and you’ll get the most opaque coverage with fingertips while brushes will yield less coverage, but the payoff is buildable in two to three layers. This shade wore for nine hours before fading on me. Milani Coral Cove (05) (LE, $7.99) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). MAC Autoerotique (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Chanel Malice (71) (P, $45.00) is more shimmery, more muted (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #410 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is glossier (90% similar). Edward Bess Secret Affair (P, $43.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Clinique Ginger Pop (01) (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Ex (LE, $5.00) is lighter (90% similar). Chanel Intonation (69) (LE, $38.00) is cooler (90% similar). Illamasqua Dixie (P, $26.00) is cooler (90% similar). Smashbox Geranium (LE) is darker, more muted, cooler (90% similar). Illamasqua Sleek (P, $26.00) is more muted (85% similar). Colour Pop Fruit Stand (P, $8.00) is darker, brighter, cooler (85% similar). Tarte Pampered (LE, $26.00) is lighter (85% similar). Dior Corail Bagatelle (763) (LE, $43.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Girl Power Super Shock Pressed Pigments ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “bright red orange.” It’s an intense, medium-dark orange with warm red undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had good pigmentation with a smooth, blendable texture. It is a Pressed Pigment, and they are “not intended for use in the immediate eye area.” I’ve tested and used it as a blush, where it performed well–it blended out without issue and lasted for nine and a half hours. Colour Pop Squint (LE, $5.00) is brighter (95% similar). NYX Cinnamon (P, $5.00) is less pigmented (95% similar). Colour Pop Tonic (P, $8.00) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Bang (P, $26.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Optimistic Orange (LE, $21.00) is glossier (90% similar). Maybelline Coral Burst (LE, $5.99) is more shimmery, brighter (90% similar). NARS Rotonde (LE, $41.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). theBalm Swiss Dot (P, $22.00) is more muted (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #515 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is warmer, glossier (85% similar). Colour Pop Get Leid (P, $8.00) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

All three shades are limited edition and will launch on August 27th with ColorPop’s fall collection.

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Colour Pop Super Shock Cheek Cruel Intentions
A
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
10
Application
5
Total
97%
Limited Edition
Colour Pop Super Shock Cheek Never Been Kissed
A
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
9.5
Application
5
Total
96%
Limited Edition
Colour Pop Super Shock Pressed Pigments Girl Power
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
10
Application
5
Total
92%
Limited Edition

Top 5: Plum Lipsticks for Fall 2015

Here are five of my current favorite plum-hued lipsticks to get you thinking about fall! :) What are your must-haves?

  1. Urban Decay Sheer Beso — a soft, pink-plum
  2. Maybelline Touch of Spice — a medium-dark rosy plum
  3. Bite Beauty Rosewood — a softened, medium rose plum
  4. Urban Decay Rapture — a brightened, pinky-plum
  5. Guerlain Air Kiss — a plummy brown with a luminous sheen

>> See side-by-side swatches! <<

ColourPop Be-dazzled & Guess Ultra Matte Liquid Lipsticks

ColourPop Be-dazzled Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick

ColourPop Be-dazzled Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick ($6.00 for 0.11 fl. oz.) is described as a “deep true purple.” It’s a lightly brightened, medium purple with cool undertones and a vinyl-like sheen. It doesn’t dry down to a fully flat matte finish like a lot of the other shades have. It had mostly opaque pigmentation with a thin consistency that is a little harder to apply evenly. The formula feels clingier and really emphasizes the natural texture and lines on the lips in a way that makes them look somewhat shirveled–it’s not as soft or smooth as the average ColourPop liquid lipstick. I noticed the color flaking away from the center of the mouth after four hours of wear, and it was fairly drying over time, though most of the color lasted for six and a half hours. Estee Lauder Shameless Violet (P, $30.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC She-Rebel (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Belladonna (DC, $18.00) is lighter, warmer, glossier (80% similar). MAC Matte Royal (P, $17.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). Illamasqua Kontrol (P, $24.00) is darker, more muted (80% similar). Illamasqua ESP (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Guess Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick ($6.00 for 0.11 fl. oz.) is described as a “dark blackened violet.” It’s a blackened purple with subtle, cool undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation (one of the least pigmented shades I’ve encountered in the line-up!) that dries down to a mostly matte finish. Unfortunately, as it is a very dark color, that sheerness also came with unevenness. It wore for eight hours without flaking, and it was moderately drying after six and a half hours of wear. Too Faced Melted Villain (P, $21.00) is darker, glossier (85% similar). MAC Smoked Purple (LE, $17.00) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Which Witch (LE, $17.00) is warmer, glossier (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Formula Summary: ColourPop Ultra 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.

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Colour Pop Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick Be-dazzled
C+
Product
7
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7
Longevity
8
Application
4
Total
78%
Limited Edition
Colour Pop Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick Guess
B-
Product
7
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
10
Application
4
Total
82%
Limited Edition

Sephora Jubilant (21) Colorful Highlighter

Sephora Jubilant (21) Colorful Blush

Sephora Jubilant (21) Colorful Blush ($15.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a brightened, light-medium yellow gold with warm, orange undertones and a frosted sheen. Guerlain Terracotta Sun in the City Illuminating Powder (LE, $70.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Whisper of Gilt (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Cle de Peau Sand Beige (13) (P, $55.00) is less shimmery, darker, less pigmented (90% similar). Laura Geller Gilded Honey (P, $24.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). bareMinerals The Shining Moment (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). L'Oreal Golden (P, $12.99) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Becca Champagne Pop (LE, $38.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Too Faced Snow Bunny (P) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). L'Oreal Golden (P, $12.99) is darker (85% similar). NARS Tribulation (LE, $30.00) is darker, more muted, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Colorful Blush formula is supposed to be long-wearing, buildable, and have a lightweight texture. My experience with the formula has shown that they’re soft, lightly powdery at times (some are worse than others) with semi-sheer to semi-opaque color coverage that blends fairly well and lasts seven to eight hours. There is some variance between shades, but there are some gems in the range. Jubilant had semi-sheer to semi-opaque color payoff that illuminated the skin with a luminous sheen that didn’t emphasize the skin’s natural texture or enlarge pores. For farier skin tones, this may work as a blushing highlighter, while darker skin tones may see more highlighting and light brightening. The powder had a smooth, soft-to-the-touch consistency that didn’t run powdery or dry, so it was nicely balanced and blended out beautifully. When I tested it for longevity, the blush/highlighter lasted for eight hours on me.

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Sephora Collection Colorful Blush Jubilant (21)
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
92%

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