The past year in beauty has been filled with new techniques, new trends, and most importantly- new products. I think we can all agree that the real stars of 2015 were the ever popular liquid lipsticks. This new take on long lasting lips took the beauty world by storm, due to their intense pigmentation, smooth application, and (most importantly) the fact that you can eat a big fat meal without having to touchup.
This trend began in the high end realm of beauty, originating with brands such as Stila, Anastasia Beverly Hills, and Lime Crime. But sure enough, the drugstore soon caught up with the trend and has been spewing out affordable versions of liquid lipsticks left and right.
Another thing on trend in the year of 2015? Colourpop.
This affordable, online brand shot to fame this past year and with good reason. With nothing more expensive than a whopping (jokes) 8 dollars, Colourpop has made a name for itself as an affordable, yet coveted brand. From their Supershock shadows, to their colorful collection of Lippie Stix, Colourpop has been on-point when it comes to their marketing. So when it was announced that the brand would be releasing their own line of liquid lipsticks, known as “Ultra Matte Lips,” expectations were high.
Today I will be reviewing the “Ultra Matte Lips” in the shades Midi, Trap, Tulle, and LAX.
When my shipment first arrived and I opened up the box to feast my eyes on the tubes of liquid beauty, I recall thinking about how high quality the packaging appeared to be. The lippies come in a glass tube with a silver twist off cap, essentially identical to the Anastasia Beverly Hills liquid lipsticks. While I think the lippies are visually appealing, my one complaint about the packaging of this product is the applicator. The applicator on this product is a typical doe foot wand, however I find it to be unnaturally stiff. The size is perfect for applying an even and smooth layer across the lips, however the actual wand itself is not at all as flexible and comfortable as I would have hoped.
Moving onto the product, my general thoughts are this: they are worth the price. Are these the most comfortable lip products I’ve ever worn? No. The name does not lie by saying that these lippies are ULTRA matte. The only thing I can think to compare it to is literal paint drying on the skin. That being said, I personally don’t have a huge issue with the undeniable dryness, purely because the lasting power is so incredible.
These lippies will last a solid 5 hours on your lips (through meals and all) before they start to fade away. During the first 5 hours of wear they will maintain their color and pigment almost perfectly. HOWEVER, once they start to fade off the lips, it becomes incredibly noticeable. Rather than simply leaving a stain, the Ultra Matte Lips tend to crumble and crack off of the lips. In this case you have to weigh the pros and cons- this product has great longevity, but when its past the point of no return, it ain’t pretty.
But it is also worth mentioning that the Colourpop shade range is unbeatable. No matter what color you are looking for, Colourpop is sure to have it.
All in all, I would give the Ultra Matte Lips a thumbs up. Not 2 thumbs up. Just one.
This is an incredibly affordable product that allows anybody try out liquid lipsticks without breaking the bank. While I do not think the formula is quite as on par as their high end counterparts, I think that the Colourpop Ultra Matte Lips are a perfect, well priced alternative.
Let me know if you guys have tried this out as well!
Hope you’re having a great day,