If you’re a regular reader of beauty blogs, watcher of YouTube videos or makeup enthusiast, it’s quite likely that you’ve heard of ColourPop – an American makeup brand that I’ve been wanting to try for some time. Unfortunately for us guys in the UK – ColourPop currently don’t offer any shipping options to us, meaning that it makes it slightly more difficult to get your hands on these amazing products. I had heard of other bloggers using mail forwarding services, but at the time I thought they were too expensive, so dismissed them, until I saw that my favourite YouTuber, KathleenLights, had collaborated yet again with ColourPop and created a gorgeous Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick. I had already had my heart set on a few other bits from them, so when I saw this new release, and was feeling in the classic ’emily treat yourself’ mood, I caved in and made a little order. So today, I thought I’d show you guys what I picked up and explain a little bit more about how I managed to get ColourPop to the UK, and how you can too.
My ColourPop Haul Included;
- Where The Light Is Quad – $20
- Super Shock Shadow in ‘La La’ – $5
- Lippie Stix in ‘Brink’ – $5
- Ultra Matte Lip in ‘Stingraye’ – $6
- Ultra Matte Lip in ‘Lumiere 2’ – $6
As I mentioned earlier, KathleenLights is my favourite YouTuber, and it was her that originally introduced me to ColourPop on her channel a few years back. I had been wanting to get my hands on some of ColourPop’s shadows for a while, but even more so when I saw that she had created a quad in collaboration with ColourPop, especially when all 4 shades are so pretty! The quad retails for $20, and each individual shadow is $5 so you don’t actually get a discount buying it this way, but I suppose you do get the pretty packaging! Inside the quad are four individually packaged Super Shock Shadows. These include Kathleenlights which is a bright golden copper in their pearlized finish, Blaze – a bronzed metallic shade with added multi-dimension glitter, Cornelius – a matte warm caramel and finally Glow, which is a very light vanilla type shade in a matte finish.
ColourPop’s Super Shock Shadows are honestly unlike any other eye shadows I’ve ever tried before – and I absolutely love them! They have an almost spongy, creamy consistency which I really can’t compare to anything else – it’s so unique! All of the shades I received are really great, I’m very happy with them and I will definitely use them all, but for me it’s definitely the metallic and pearilized finish shadows that blew me out of the water. They’re incredibly pigmented, with only one swipe, super bendable, really long lasting and look absolutely amazing on the lid – I’d definitely recommend picking a few of them up!
Unfortunately for me, when my package arrived, one of the shadows (Blaze) from the Where The Light Is quad was smashed as you can see above. Luckily, due to the spongey formula of the ColourPop shadows, it actually makes it quite easy to push and manipulate the product back into it’s container – I wouldn’t have been able to if it was a ‘normal’ shadow. It still works as well as the other ones, so I don’t mind too much – the only thing is it ruined these photos! (Blogger priorities right?!). I have heard of a lot of people who have had this problem when shipping ColourPop to the UK, as the packaging isn’t the best – so this may be something to keep in mind if you’re going to place an order!
As well as the four eyeshadows I got in the Where The Light Is quad, I also picked up a single Super Shock Shadow in the shade ‘La La’. This shadow is a true rose gold shade, in ColourPop’s gorgeous Ultra Metallic Finish. I think this one might actually be my favourite from the shadows that I received – it’s just such a lovely shade, and pigmentation is seriously intense – it’s so gorgeous – I’d definitely recommend this one!
Lip products are without a doubt my favourite makeup items, so I could hardly make a ColourPop order without any now could I?! I wanted to pick up a few of their Lippie Stix, but I had read somewhere that if you spend over ~£30, then it is likely that your order will be taxed when entering the UK. So for this reason I tried to be restrained and keep my order to a minimum this time around, as I didn’t want to be stung with a huge customs bill. After a lot of deliberation with myself, I settled on one Lippie Stix and two of ColourPop’s Ultra Matte Lips.
KathleenLights first collaboration back in 2014 with ColourPop was in the form of one of their Lippie Stix in the shade Lumière, which I absolutely loved the look of. However just before I made my order online, ColourPop and Kathleen dropped ‘Lumière 2’ – the liquid Ultra Matte Lip version, and I was completely sold. So instead of the original Lippie Stix version, I picked up it’s newer sister, and honestly I think it’s true love.
This is without a doubt the best liquid lipstick I’ve ever tried, not only in terms of the formula, but the shade is absolutely gorgeous too. The original Lumière is a dusty mauve pink, but I do think that Lumiere 2 is deeper and has more of a purple undertone to it. I absolutely love how the shade translates onto my lips, it’s unlike any other lipstick I own, and has definitely become a favourite! I also picked up the shade StingRAYE which is described as a cool toned mauve brown, which I would agree with, but I think this comes out a lot more of a mauve colour on the lips with less brown to it, which I personally prefer. The staying power of these is pretty phenomenal, – since they’re a liquid matte product they’re literally not budging anywhere! I wore Lumière 2 when I went up to Scotland recently, and it lasted the whole day, including eating throughout the day and drinking countless cups of tea. I’ve also showered whilst wearing one of these (yep bizarre) and have washed my face, and it still remains untouched. I find that these also wear away very nicely throughout the day, the formula doesn’t crumble like you often find with cheaper liquid matte lipsticks, it just seems to fade slightly around my inner lips. I have found that with a lot of other liquid lipsticks that once they start to fade, they need to be removed completely before re-applying as they tend to cling to patches or apply strangely over the top. This doesn’t seem to be the case with these, as they can be topped up throughout the day and still look as amazing as when you first applied them – perfect. Next time I make a ColourPop order, I’ll definitely be picking up a new more of these – I absolutely love them, and they’re 100% the best liquid lipsticks I’ve ever tried!
I only picked up one of ColourPop’s famous Lippie Stix, in the shade ‘Brink’ which is a lovely warm, dusty taupe shade, and produced in their matte formula. On the ColourPop website, it refers to this as being the ‘perfect Kylie Jenner lip’ but I personally wouldn’t agree. Maybe it’s just the pigmentation in my lips, but this looks a lot more like a muted rose shade on me, than anything I would associate with Kylie. Don’t get me wrong, this is a gorgeous shade, and one that I will definitely get a lot of wear out of, but the classic KJ lipstick, for me, it is not. I can’t comment on what the Lippie Stix are like in the other finishes, as I have yet to try them, but as a matte formula goes, this one is really lovely. It’s actually surprisingly creamy, doesn’t tug upon application at all and feels really nice on the lips – I almost forget I’m wearing any lip product! Whilst the Lippie Stix aren’t as long wearing as the super Ultra Matte Lips above, the wear time is pretty good and it fades nicely again without going patchy. I definitely want to try out some other colours and finishes in these as I’m definitely loving this one!
As I previously mentioned in this post, I used a shipping forwarding service in order to get my package to the UK. Whilst there are lots of these companies around, I opted to go with ShipTo, as I had seen other bloggers successfully use them before, and their website seemed pretty easy to use. Once you have signed up with them, they provide you with a US based shipping address, and then you simply shop as normal online, and order directly your site of choice, using the shipping address provided by ShipTo. I ordered my haul directly from ColourPop, using a $5 off coupon I received from signing up to their mailing list, and taking advantage of their free US shipping policy. In total my ColourPop order came up to $37, including discount, which roughly converts to £26 – bargain!
A few days after I made my order directly with ColourPop, I received an email from ShipTo saying a parcel had arrived for me at their depot, and I would need to chose and pay for my shipping. It’s at this point where you can choose between the different levels of shipping that they offer, add a customs decloration and add any extras to your parcel, e.g. a fragile label, request it to be re packaged and more. ShipTo’s 5-7 day shipping option was approximately $40 for me, which I thought was way too expensive, especially considering that I wasn’t in a rush for this parcel. So I opted for the much cheaper 20-40 day shipping option which only cost $6.21. In total I paid ShipTo $12.32 to ship my ColourPop package to the UK, which also included their processing fee’s and delivery insurance which I added as an extra.
My package left ShipTo’s warehouse on the 5th February, and arrived at my local post office on the 22nd February, meaning it took 18 days which I don’t think is bad at all, considering I opted for the longest shipping option available, and it came in less time than stated. Unfortunately for me, my package had been caught by the Royal Mail meaning that I had to pay custom’s charges (£4) and RM’s handling fee (£8?!). All in all, including customs, the shipping of my package from ColourPop was approximately £20, meaning that in total my ColourPop order cost about £46. I know that the shipping is still expensive this way, and I wish that ColourPop would offer UK shipping, but for the time being I think it’s a good way for me to get my hands on them. I personally think that £46 is good value for the amount and pure quality of the products I’ve received in total, so that’s my justification. I’m so impressed with my ColourPop order that I know I’ll definitely be making another one soon!
Would you like to try anything from ColourPop or if you have already – what are your favourites? Would you consider paying extra to use a shipping service? As always, thank you so much for reading, and I’d love to have a read of your thoughts in the comments!