Colourpop Highlighters: A Review

“The more you leave out, the more you highlight what you leave in.” – Henry Green

Colourpop highlighters

Colourpop highlighters on dark skin

From L-R: “Sticky Sweet”, “Tasty”, “Avalon”, “Monster”

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“Avalon” & “Sticky Sweet” Top- indoor swatch w/ flash , Bottom- outdoor swatch

Colourpop tasty monster highlighters on dark skin swatch

“Monster” & “Tasty”: Top- indoor swatch w/ flash, Bottom- outdoor swatch

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“Tasty” layered over NARS “Liberte”

I was a complete saddo and stalked the Colourpop website in anticipation of their new highlighters. Highlighters are in my top 3 makeup items of all time so these were a no-brainer. I restrained myself however, and I only bought 4: “Monster”, “Tasty”, “Avalon”, and “Sticky Sweet”. 

Colourpop’s newest additions are similar in texture to their amazing shadows in that they’re not quite cream but rather more putty-like in texture. Pictures truly do not do these justice as they appear much more shiny and pigmented in living colour.

The colours are described by Colourpop as follows:

“Monster”light pink with [a] highly opalescent duo chrome finish

“Tasty”candy coloured coral with multi-dimensional pink and copper duo chrome finish

“Avalon”a true golden bronze with golden pink duo chrome finish

“Sticky Sweet”a deep violet with pink duo chrome finish

All the shades (aside from “monster”) can be worn as a blush when built up or applied as a sheer wash of colour for a highlighted effect. “monster” and “Avalon” apply as true highlighters on me whilst “sticky sweet” and “tasty” straddle the line between a blush and highlighter. “Avalon” reminds me a lot of BECCA’s “blushed copper” but I do not own any colours like the other shades.

All 4 colours are beautiful but “monster” was the real surprise. It looks scary and pasty in the pan but it really comes alive when swatched on the skin. It’s like a cool/ pink- toned version of NARS’s “Albatross”.

“Monster” (and another shadow I ordered) came to me damaged as the product had separated itself from its container but Colourpop’s customer service was fantastic and they mailed me another one about a week later.

If you are familiar with Colourpop, these provide the same high quality as their other products and if you’re not, well what are you waiting for?! These babies are only $8 a piece and they are worth far, far more in my opinion.

Colourpop are currently offering a free eyeshadow with any purchase (while supplies last) and there are a few free shipping codes floating around too.

Have you tried any of these new highlighters? Let me know in the comments!

Nana Adomah

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Colour Pop Cosmetics Super Shock eyeshadows

IMG_1464I must have been the last person on earth to hear about Colour Pop Cosmetics. A kind enabler on Twitter suggested I check out their lipsticks and I was very skeptical when I checked out their website because who’s going to trust $5 eye shadows and lipsticks right? I ordered just a few colours weeks ago and after thorough use, I can say that I’m really impressed with these. Every time I wear them I get so many compliments and they are just so easy to use.

I received a cute little personalised note with my package, which was a nice touch, and my first impression was surprise at how sturdy the packaging was. These definitely do NOT look like $5 eyeshadows.

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Each shadow comes in a solid, white, screw cap packaging.

The second surprise was the consistency of the shadows. These are not powder shadows and are instead more like a cream/ cooling gel hybrid which dry and set extremely quickly. The consistency is almost mousse/ putty-like and it remoulds itself after use.

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What “Hammered” looks like after I’ve pressed my finger gently into it.

Lastly, was surprise at how amazingly pigmented and shiny these shadows are! Pictures truly do not do these shadows justice and they give a great shimmer without veering into 12-year old girl at her first school disco territory. I got three shadows from the metallic range in “hammered”, “so quiche” and “cricket”, and two from the ultra metallic range in “get lucky” and “game face”.

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So Quiche– The most unusual olive colour with pink reflects

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Cricket– my joint-favourite along with “So Quiche”. A gorgeous light purple with matching reflects

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Game Face– A metallic copper orange with high shimmer

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Get Lucky– a metallic gold with high shimmer

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L-R: Hammered, Get Lucky, Game Face, So Quiche, Cricket

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This is out of focus but it better conveys the intensity of the sparkle

This is one case where the product most definitely lives up to the hype. I would happily pay far more for these and the mind boggles at how they can be sold for just $5. I’ve been using them for weeks and the staying power is incredible. They can easily be worn without a primer and I’ve already made a cheeky second order!

I did get a couple of their lippie pencils and a lippiestix, which were also very impressive, so look out for a review on those later. This new California-based company has really impressed me and I think they will impress you too.

ColourPop super shock eyeshadows can be found here and shipping is free for purchases of $30 or above.

Nana Adomah