Temptalia Logo
We hope you'll consider supporting Temptalia by shopping through our links below. Thanks!
  • Coloured RaineUp to 60% off, plus extra 10% off with code TEMPTALIA, ends 11/26.
  • SephoraInsiders, get 15% off with code BIBONUS, plus VIBs & Rouges can get 20% off with code ENJOY, too, ends 11/19.

ColourPop Stratus Update & Dreamaholic Ultra Glossy Lips

01/08

Colour Pop Stratus Update Ultra Glossy Lip
Colour Pop Stratus Update Ultra Glossy Lip
Colour Pop Stratus Update Ultra Glossy Lip
Colour Pop Stratus Update Ultra Glossy Lip
Colour Pop Stratus Update Ultra Glossy Lip
Colour Pop Stratus Update Ultra Glossy Lip
Colour Pop Stratus Update Ultra Glossy Lip
Colour Pop Stratus Update Ultra Glossy Lip
Colour Pop Stratus Update Ultra Glossy Lip
Colour Pop Stratus Update Ultra Glossy Lip
Colour Pop Stratus Update Ultra Glossy Lip
Colour Pop Stratus Update Ultra Glossy Lip
Colour Pop Stratus Update Ultra Glossy Lip
Colour Pop Stratus Update Ultra Glossy Lip
Colour Pop Stratus Update Ultra Glossy Lip
Colour Pop Stratus Update Ultra Glossy Lip
Colour Pop Stratus Update Ultra Glossy Lip
Colour Pop Stratus Update Ultra Glossy Lip
Colour Pop Stratus Update Ultra Glossy Lip
Colour Pop Stratus Update Ultra Glossy Lip
Colour Pop Stratus Update Ultra Glossy Lip
Colour Pop Stratus Update Ultra Glossy Lip
Colour Pop Stratus Update Ultra Glossy Lip
Colour Pop Stratus Update Ultra Glossy Lip

Stratus Update

Colour Pop Stratus Update Ultra Glossy Lip ($6.00 for 0.11 oz.) is a light-medium, minty green with subtle, warmer undertones and cooler, green pearl. It had sheer coverage, which was as expected based on the finish, but it could have applied a bit more evenly as it seemed to show slight streaking along the edges, though it didn’t pull into my lip lines. The gloss had a smooth, spreadable consistency that was non-sticky and comfortable to wear for the two and a half hours it stayed on for. I found the formula to be lightly moisturizing while worn.

Formula Overview

$6.00/0.11 oz. - $54.55 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to have "hi-shine" with a "non-sticky" texture that "feels amazing" and includes five finishes "from 3-D pearl to sheer tinted colour." They are designed to be a sheerer formula, so many shades are sheer with a smattering of shimmer or sparkle and then a few are more tinted with sheer to semi-sheer coverage but no shimmer. Each gloss has a short, brush-type applicator, which worked better than I expected and didn't leave streaky results behind (in general). They had a sweet, vanilla scent but no discernible taste.

The "Tinted" finish ("glass-like shine with tint of sheer colour and no shimmer") was the least consistent--sometimes prone to unevenness and getting into lip lines, particularly with deeper/richer shades, whereas Pearlescent ("glass-like shine with subtle shimmer") and Prismatic ("glass-like shine with floating multi dimensional pearl and glitters") are sheer to translucent with the major difference being finer shimmer in the Pearlescent finish and larger, more glitter-like particles in the Prismatic finish. Both finishes tended to look plush and more smoothing on my lips. The Creme finish is a "medium-coverage gloss with a creamy finish that does not contain any pearls or glitter." The Metallic is described as a "full-coverage gloss with a mix of pearl and metallic finishes."

The wear time varied by shade but the sheerer ones tended to wear between two and three hours as the formula was, indeed, non-sticky and smooth, which made them lighter-weight and comfortable to wear but shorter wearing. A lot of the sheerer shades ran together, so I would recommend just picking up one or two rather than several as the differences are likely to be lost! Also, keep in mind that sheerer lip colors can look different from person to person due to much of the natural lip color coming through.

Browse all of our Colour Pop Ultra Glossy Lip swatches.

Ingredients

Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Octyldodecanol, Synthetic Beeswax, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Flavor, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Glycerin, Octocrylene, Silica, Tribehenin, C12-16 Alcohol, Sorbitan Isostearate, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Palmitic Acid, Hydrogenated Polybutene, Betaine, Momordica Grosvenori Fruit Extract, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090), Mica (CI 77019), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140).

8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total

Also In This Review

A-

Dreamaholic

Limited Edition
Read Review
We hope you'll consider supporting Temptalia by shopping through our links below. Thanks!

ColourPop Dream Sequence Super Shock Highlighter Palette

01/07

Colour Pop Dream Sequence Super Shock Highlighter Palette
Colour Pop Dream Sequence Super Shock Highlighter Palette
Colour Pop Dream Sequence Super Shock Highlighter Palette
Colour Pop Dream Sequence Super Shock Highlighter Palette
Colour Pop Dream Sequence Super Shock Highlighter Palette
Colour Pop Dream Sequence Super Shock Highlighter Palette
Colour Pop Dream Sequence Super Shock Highlighter Palette
Colour Pop Dream Sequence Super Shock Highlighter Palette
Colour Pop Dream Sequence Super Shock Highlighter Palette
Colour Pop Dream Sequence Super Shock Highlighter Palette
Colour Pop Dream Sequence Super Shock Highlighter Palette
Colour Pop Dream Sequence Super Shock Highlighter Palette
Colour Pop Dream Sequence Super Shock Highlighter Palette
Colour Pop Dream Sequence Super Shock Highlighter Palette
Colour Pop Dream Sequence Super Shock Highlighter Palette
Colour Pop Dream Sequence Super Shock Highlighter Palette
Colour Pop Dream Sequence Super Shock Highlighter Palette
Colour Pop Dream Sequence Super Shock Highlighter Palette
Colour Pop Dream Sequence Super Shock Highlighter Palette
Colour Pop Dream Sequence Super Shock Highlighter Palette
Colour Pop Dream Sequence Super Shock Highlighter Palette

Dream Sequence

Colour Pop Dream Sequence Super Shock Highlighter Palette ($18.00 for 0.60 oz.) is a new, limited edition palette featuring two glittery highlighters and two more pearly highlighters. All four performed well with pigmentation that was as described (more opaque with fingertip application, more buildable with brushes), were easy to apply and blend out, and stayed on for a solid 10 hours. These shades can also be purchased individually (in pots).

9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total

Also In This Review

A

Counting Sheep

Limited Edition
Read Review
A

Pinch Me

Limited Edition
Read Review
A+

Guilty Pleasure

Limited Edition
Read Review
A+

Mr. Wind

Limited Edition
Read Review

Temptalia Asks You

I think what’s important is to try and practice getting into the habit of just NO impulse purchases allowed (if it’s concerning for your financial goals or they often turn out to be regrets) and have a mental checklist of when/how a product can be purchased, e.g. read five reviews, wait a week, etc. I always recommend looking at what you’re purchasing and figuring out what is compelling about it; what is driving the impulse to buy and think more critically about whether that’s rational. Also, double-checking your stash for dupes or similar products, thinking about whether it’s something you’d actually use often (how often), and whether it will hurt your life/financial goals by buying it can help!

— Christine
We hope you'll consider supporting Temptalia by shopping through our links below. Thanks!

Best & Worst of NARS Duo Eyeshadows (2018)

01/04

NARS Duo Eyeshadow (2018)  
NARS Duo Eyeshadow (2018)  
NARS Duo Eyeshadow (2018)  
NARS Duo Eyeshadow (2018)  
NARS Duo Eyeshadow (2018)  
NARS Duo Eyeshadow (2018)  
NARS Duo Eyeshadow (2018)  
NARS Duo Eyeshadow (2018)  
NARS Duo Eyeshadow (2018)  
NARS Duo Eyeshadow (2018)  
NARS Duo Eyeshadow (2018)  
NARS Duo Eyeshadow (2018)  

NARS Duo Eyeshadow ($35.00 for 0.08 oz.) include two shades in the brand’s updated formulation. You can read my overview of the formula here. My personal favorites:  Alhambra, Isolde, Kauai, Surabaya, Underworld, and Silk Road.

Note: The single eyeshadows received a more noticeable price drop (from $24 to $19) but the duo eyeshadows could be priced better (from $36 to $35) given that they were reduced in size.

Best & Worst of NARS Eyeshadows (2018)

01/08

NARS Eyeshadow (2018)  
NARS Eyeshadow (2018)  
NARS Eyeshadow (2018)  
NARS Eyeshadow (2018)  
NARS Eyeshadow (2018)  
NARS Eyeshadow (2018)  
NARS Eyeshadow (2018)  
NARS Eyeshadow (2018)  
NARS Eyeshadow (2018)  
NARS Eyeshadow (2018)  
NARS Eyeshadow (2018)  
NARS Eyeshadow (2018)  
NARS Eyeshadow (2018)  
NARS Eyeshadow (2018)  
NARS Eyeshadow (2018)  
NARS Eyeshadow (2018)  
NARS Eyeshadow (2018)  
NARS Eyeshadow (2018)  
NARS Eyeshadow (2018)  
NARS Eyeshadow (2018)  
NARS Eyeshadow (2018)  
NARS Eyeshadow (2018)  
NARS Eyeshadow (2018)  
NARS Eyeshadow (2018)  

NARS Eyeshadow ($19.00 for 0.04 oz.) is supposed to have “rich, high-impact color” that is “lightweight” and has “increased blendability.” Like most larger ranges, there are winners and losers, and some of how they perform can be related to the type of finish. The mattes are soft, slightly dusty in the pans (or not at all) with medium to opaque, often buildable, color coverage. The satin and metallics tend to be smoother, more blendable, and more pigmented with less effort; NARS does the these lower shimmer finishes particularly well, which just looks “melted” on the skin as they lay down so smoothly and have a great shine.

Most shades applied better on my lid than swatched on my arm, which has been something seen across NARS’ eyeshadows for years and didn’t change with the recent update to their powder eyeshadow formula. On average, they lasted between seven and nine hours on me without primer. They did apply well over primer and stayed on well for 14 hours with minimal fading.

Worth noting: the updated formula and packaging resulted in a product decrease from 0.07 oz. per pan to 0.04 oz. The single eyeshadows received a more noticeable price drop (from $24 to $19) but the duo eyeshadows could be priced better (from $36 to $35).

My personal favorites:  Guayaquil, Persia, Virgin Gorda, Fez, Kashmir, and Lahore.

Best & Worst of NARS Hardwired Eyeshadows

01/05

NARS Pointe Noire Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Pointe Noire Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Pointe Noire Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Pointe Noire Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Pointe Noire Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Pointe Noire Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Pointe Noire Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Pointe Noire Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Pointe Noire Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Pointe Noire Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Pointe Noire Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Pointe Noire Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Pointe Noire Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Pointe Noire Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)
NARS Pointe Noire Hardwired Eyeshadow (2018)

NARS Hardwired Eyeshadow ($22.00 for 0.04 oz.) are a wet/dry formula that “can be applied dry or with a dampened brush for stronger intensity.” It is a very glittery formula, and naturally, it performed significantly better when used with a dampened brush or an adhesive base. Applied dry, they were typically sheer to semi-sheer with light to moderate fallout when blended out on my lid. They lasted between five and seven hours with light to moderate fallout. Applied wet, they were typically semi-opaque to opaque with minimal fallout when blended out and minimal to slight fallout during wear (about eight hours). The consistency was soft, slightly drier/chunkier, but they the base colors were blendable and easy enough to use. I did find that they applied decently over primer when applied dry compared to on bare skin.

My personal favorites were: Pointe Noire, Stud, Hellcat, and Earthshine — if used with a dampened brush, though.  For me, they can add a lot of depth and shine to a look when they’re used with a dampened brush, but if you’re not someone who normally takes that step, I’d look elsewhere.