Worth The Hype? Colourpop Lippie Stix

Monday, 31 August 2015

Around February/March, people started to go crazy over the Colourpop Lippie Stixes, and for good reason. Colourpop is an indie makeup company from California, they have a very wide range of colour and all of their products are priced around US$5, guaranteed to rocket them to stardom! Ever since Colourpop Lippie Stix was released, Colourpop is everywhere, even luxury makeup lovers have Colourpop products on their pages, thanks to their packaging. I got the chance to snag them in April, when online resellers just started to make them reachable for us who live across the pond. All I have here are from their older range of colours, now they have dozens and dozens of newer shades. The reason I haven't written about them for so long because I'm still not sure how I feel about them... I don't think I like them, but I don't totally dislike them either. Also, these are still selling like hot cakes and everyone's still hunting for more of them, so I thought even after a few months this might still be useful.

Colourpop Lippie Stix: Button, Brink, Frida, Lumiere, LBB

Such cute little gems, aren't they? Alright, let's break it down...

The price. They are priced pretty much the same as a MAC lipstick, actually (I can hear you say, wait whaaat?) Colourpop Lippie Stix are US$5 for 1gr of lipstick, MAC lipsticks are US$17 for 3gr. So for the same amount of product, you have to buy 3 lippie stix for US$15. Sure there is US$2 difference, but it's a very close difference and when I found out I was also like "whaaat?" haha, especially knowing MAC lipsticks have a great quality. The plus side is, if you like trying out products like I do, you can get 3 different colours with ColourPop, plus who finishes their makeup anyway, right? If you are thinking of the price per unit, these lippie stix are so affordable, but for the price per gram of product, it turns out they aren't really that wallet-friendly in the end.

The packaging. The white, slim, long tube is different and I like it. I love the slim lipstick design, and the bullet size is perfect. Sure they aren't as sexy and sophisticated as a traditional bullet and lipstick tube, but for a product as pigmented as this one, we need to be precise and the angled small bullet gives you better control of the application. The edges of the bullet helps to make the edges of your lips look clean and sharp.

The scent. They have a strong sweet scent that does not go away after I apply them. I can still smell them for quite a while. The scent does not overly bother me but it's there. Sometimes it puts me off sometimes it doesn't.

The pigmentation. These lippie stix are as pigmented as lipsticks get. You get full opacity in one swipe. The ones I have are satin and matte finish, and they pretty much have the same level of pigment. Although the satins need a little more work to get even.

The texture. There are things I like and I don't like about the texture. These lippie stix are creamy and they don't drag your lips, that's a plus. But, these are so creamy that they are almost too creamy they would melt off. It has not crossed the creaminess threshold but it's going there (like there's this area where it's a great creaminess and then there's a line to that, and after that line it's just too creamy, if you get what I mean). I feel like they don't have the hold of a lipstick. AND, the texture of these lippie stix somehow makes me feel like I'm wearing lipstick. It's not the most lightweight of product and you can feel like you're wearing something on your lips. I mean, I wear a lot of makeup and the feeling of makeup does not bother me too much, but it's worth to note that. Truth be told, I have not been reaching out for these as much as I wanted to, and that's because when I wear this I feel like there's an extra 2 mm thickness on my lips made out of lipstick, and I don't like that thick feeling. This lipstick does not give you that seamless transition between the area where you wear lipstick and the area surrounding your lips, aka your natural skin. I'm not talking about like when you wear a red lipstick you want to have that clean edges, no, these lippie stix make me feel like the edges of my lips are thicker than my skin, you know? It's just not seamless.

The formula. They are pretty comfortable to wear but can be slightly drying. The dryness differs from shade to shade.

Let's go to the swatches...

ColourPop Lippie Stix in Button (satin)

Button is a light peach. The camera does not capture the brightness this has in real life. On the top picture I wore it directly on my lips, and on the bottom I covered my lips with concealer before wearing the lipstick. It is quite milky, and it makes my teeth look yellow, and brings out the yellow in my skin. I love how good it looks in pictures, but it's just not my colour. I have never worn this one out.

ColourPop lippie stix in Brink (matte)

Brink is a brown based darker nude. I wear this one the most. In some lighting, this looks more peach, sometimes it even looks like it has an orange tint to it. But it's basically darker nude, with a slight peach undertone.

ColourPop lippie stix Frida (satin)

Frida is a mid tone peachy pink. Very wearable for daytime. Despite being satin, I find this one to be more on the drying side compared to the others. It's not that much drying though, still comfortable.

ColourPop lippie stix in Lumiere (matte)

Lumiere is a dusty mauve shade. It's very pretty and I like it but I haven't had the confidence to wear this out yet. It's a darker daytime shade that I'm not used to, but I recommend this one if you like mauve-y shades.

ColourPop lippie stix in LBB (matte)

LBB is a dark cranberry colour. When I first researched for swatches online I was quickly drawn into this shade. It's so pretty and perfect for fall/winter. The downside to this one is it can feather and bleed a little bit as you can see in the picture so you may need a lip pencil, and it can accentuate dry patches a little bit. I didn't realise this until I took the picture in indirect daylight, in indoor lighting it looks completely fine. It's actually a dupe for a limited edition MAC Fashion Revival lipstick! No wonder why I fell in love with this colour right away. If you wanted to get Fashion Revival but didn't get the chance, this is an alternative.

To sum up, I'm still not sure if it's worth the hype or not. There are some good things about it but I don't find myself reaching out for it too much. It's not as awesome as I expected but for the price tag, it delivers.

Have you tried ColourPop lippie stix? Which shade is your favourite shade?

Much love,


  1. Lumiere looks beautiful! I think I may have to give it a try. :)

    1. Yes, definitely one of the more popular ones. It looks good on a lot of skintones as well.


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