As you may know, I am a makeup junkie and a huge fan of Colourpop. The brand has been around a few years now and gotten bigger and bigger, adding new products and new collaborations more frequently. And with each new collection, I typically buy at least a few products to try. Since my last Colourpop post, I've made four or five more orders. The latest grouping of products is Jaime King's collaboration called Alchemy, as well as the handful of brow pencils I purchased.
In today's post I show you swatches of all the products mentioned and give you my thoughts. I buy all my own Colourpop products and am not compensated or sponsored by them in any way. Darn it!! lol
You can check out my previous Colourpop Posts:
- My Initial Purchase
- A Swatchfest of eyeshadows, lippie stix, blushes, and highlighters
- Lip Sheers and Blush Swatches
- Fall 2015, Creme Gel Liners, and Holiday 2015
Jamie King's recent collab with Colourpop features eyeshadows, blush, highlighters, contour stix, and lippie stix and pencils. I really liked the range of colors, so I bought quite a few pieces from her collection. Compared to the Karrueche collaboration, this one seemed more well-suited for my skin tone.
If you are new to Colourpop, they are an inexpensive but high quality brand with a great range of colors and products. Individual items are $5 to $8, so if you want to play with tons of makeup on a budget I highly recommend them. Even if you have unlimited funds (lucky you!), Colourpop provides a lot of bang for your buck!
This particular set from the Jaime King collection retails for $30. It includes three shadows, two highlighters, and a blush in a mirrored case. She set out to create a collection of multi-tasking products that would look good on any skin tone, so I don't think you can really go wrong. The consistency of the products are what you can expect from Colourpop - a smooth, creamy texture with lots of pigment. Again, if you are new to the brand this is a different texture that you have to get used to applying, but it is quite easy and fool-proof. Once you get the hang of it, you are good to go.
I will also add that these are long-wearing, highly pigmented products that stay put! I have very oily skin that needs to be blotted several times a day (at least) and don't have any issues with fading or migrating. Of course, I always wear a primer and haven't experimented with not wearing one.
We're going to start with the face products first. Pretty Bonnes (highlight) is a "creamy ivory with a subtle gold duo chrome effect in a pearlized finish." The Golden Child (highlight) is a "soft, coppery gold in a pearlized finish." Thames (blush) is a "cool toned rosy pink matte."
All of the website descriptions are pretty spot on. The Golden Child is so pretty and soft! It will make a gorgeous eyeshadow as well. My all time favorite Colourpop blush is Quarters, but Thames is quickly becoming one I reach for often as well.
For eyeshadows, we have Alchemy, Vanity Fair, and Knight. Alchemy is in a new glitter sheer formula, a "translucent peachy tone with multi-dimensional glitter." Basically, it is a colorless but glittery product you can add on top of anything for a punch of shine. Yes, please! Vanity Fair is a "cool toned silvery taupe in a pearlized finish." This is a gorgeous soft brown shade that reminds me of my favorite LOC shadow stick from Birchbox. Knight is a "soft silky black in a satin finish." I had to layer Knight a smidge to make it opaque, so it is soft and buildable and has a very slight sheen.
I didn't purchase the red lippie or the lip pencils from the collection. Instead, I bought Polite Society lippie - a "a warm peach matte finish." It is definitely warmer and a bit more peachy than other neutrals from the brand like Frida, Brink, etc.
Completely new to the line of Colourpop products is the Contour Sculpting Stix. I bought both the highlight and contour included in this collaboration. I find them a little trickier to blend and am still experimenting with the best way to do so. I have used the contour on my cheeks. When it is blended it provides a nice soft contour, so I am anxious to work out the kinks with my application. Releve is described as a "creamy white with soft golden highlights", while New Renaissance is a "warm saddle brown".
I was seriously excited about the brow pencils (they also carry brow gel colour in pots). I was using the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Chocolate after Dark Brown became too dark for me due to the highlights in my hair. I would also use a taupe shade from Chella to balance out the darkness. The ABH Brow Wiz pencils are $21 each though, so it was rough to get two colors in order to make the perfect brows happen. So when Colourpop introduced their brow line, I snatched up the colors I thought might suit me best. At $5 each, I was able to get all five pencils for slightly more money than one ABH Brow Wiz. It was a no-brainer.
I picked up the brow pencils because I like the fine tip pencil as opposed to using a brush. Below you can see the comparison of the body and tip of the Colourpop pencil versus the Anastasia Beverly Hills pencil. I really like the finer tip on the Colourpop pencil best. While they are similarly pigmented, the creaminess of the CP pencil makes it so you don't have to press as hard as you do with the ABH pencil. From my experience, the ABH pencil is a little more dry and requires more pressure to get pigment on your skin. Both are long-wearing, as I have never had any issues with fading or migrating regardless of weather or activity.
I bought the colors Honey Blonde, Dope Taupe, Arched Auburn, Red Head, and Bangin' Brunette because initial swatches online were hard to make out. I wanted my bases covered, just in case. They also have a light blond, a black and brown, and a jet black color as well. The ABH Dark Brown pencil is comparable to the Colourpop Bangin' Brunette. Both colors are a bit dark for me, so I use them sparingly to draw tiny hairs in my brows where needed. My Chocolate ABH pencil seems like a mixture of Colourpop's Dope Taupe and Red Head Pencils.
Personally, I have been using Colourpop's Dope Taupe for filling in my brow completely. Then I add some dimension or give the illusion of fine hairs using Bangin' Brunette or my ABH Chocolate pencil.
In addition to specific collections, I usually add some additional products from my wish list to my orders now and again. This time I bought the lippie stix in Julep, a "bright red coral in a cream finish". I've been kind of obsessed with pinky coral lip colors lately. Julep ended up being one of three very similar colors I bought from various brands. lol
I own a ton of the Creme Gel Liners. They are super pigmented and long-wearing, though their creamy texture means you have to apply carefully. My other Over Board pencil (warm metallic bronze) is broken, so I bought a new one. I think I wear Over Board more than any of the others. I also bought Brew-Haha, a "true black brown matte finish."
So there you go. Next time I should have some KaePop collab and Spring collection swatches for you. Until then, stay fabulous my friends!
Do you have a favorite Colourpop product or shade? What is your current favorite makeup product from any brand?