I’ve been curious about ColourPop since its launch months ago. Priced affordably at $5 – $8 (cheaper than drugstore brands these days) and supposedly of quality rival to high-end brands, the only thing that put me off, admittedly, was the packaging. It’s sleek and minimalist, sure, but I’m more of a matte black than bright white kind of girl (think: NARS, Bobbi Brown).
Totally superficial, I know.
I gave in a few days ago. I’ve seen all the reviews, the incredible swatches—the holographic logo imprinted in my mind—but it wasn’t until I saw that it was a possible dupe for Tom Ford ‘Pussycat’ lipstick and NARS Audacious lipstick in ‘Anna,’ I succumbed. I’ve been eyeing ‘Pussycat’ for a year now, put off by the hefty $50 price tag for a beautiful, beautiful bullet of the perfect purple-tinged pink.
Turns out that ColourPop’s matte Lippie Stix in ‘Lumiere’ (created by YouTube beauty guru KathleenLights) is less vibrant than what I was hoping for. It is, however, pretty spot on for NARS ‘Anna.’ It’s that Kylie Jenner-inspired, dusty mauve-pink: definitely not a nude, but a little bolder than your average neutral lip.
As for quality, ‘Lumiere’ doesn’t fall short of rave reviews. It’s highly pigmented, for starters, and wear time is impressive. I’ve worn it for an entire afternoon and it’s still there. The finish, though matte, is super creamy and non-drying. I haven’t yet found an affordable matte lipstick that ticked those boxes like ColourPop has—and the fact that it’s a glorified crayon makes this line all the more attractive. I love a gorgeous lipstick bullet, don’t get me wrong (my love for the Tom Ford collection is proof), but when push comes to shove, I want ease of portability and use. These lippie stix fit perfectly into the flattest of clutches and allow for perfect application sans lip brush or lip liner.
The verdict? Get it. I’m still on the hunt for a shade closer to Tom Ford’s ‘Pussycat*’ without having to commit to the splurge, but you best believe I’ll be buying more of these lippie stix.
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*Layering a cool-toned pink like Bobbi Brown’s ‘Bikini Pink’ over ‘Lumiere’ creates a pretty damn close shade to ‘Pussycat.’