Calypso is a soft, medium mauve with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that was buildable to full coverage with a second layer. The texture was lightweight, thin, and felt like a denser powder by touch, but it felt more like a true, thin powder when pressed and patted onto the lips. It spread well, though, and adhered intensely to my lips to the point where they felt shrink-wrapped (in a painful way). This was uncomfortable to wear on its own (four hours) and quite drying, and it was only tolerable with the balm (which had a similar wear time of four hours).