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February 20, 2016

REVIEW: (Kaepop) Colourpop x Karrueche Collection

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Karrueche and Colourpop teamed up to for this collab of Super shock shadows (eye shadows), Ultra Matte liquid lipsticks, Blushes and Highlights or Super Shock Cheeks as Colourpop calls them. The collection launched on the Colourpop website (click here) on February 4th and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on them. Colourpop has been one of the few brands that though, haven’t been in the industry for as long as MAC and other brands, have gained my trust in the quality and affordability of their products. They are also one of the few companies that display swatches on ALL skin tones, and have proven to be the most true to color. I love Colourpop and I love Karrueche so it seemed obvious that I should get my hands on the collection.

  1. Super Shock Shadows (eye shadows)

There are four shadows in the collection, Wilshire (Mid tone warm peachy beige in a Matte Finish); Crenshaw (Warm saddle brown in a Matte Finish); Beverly (Deepened blackberry in a Matte Finish); & Sunset Blvd (Warm golden bronze in a Pearlized Finish), which retails for $20 as a set. There is also the option of getting them individually, which retails for $5 per shadow and you get 1 oz of shadow.

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PROS:

  • Colourpop shadows are usually very creamy
  • They have good pay off for the most part
  • Long lasting/wearing
  • The pearlized shadows are very pigmented
  • Good range of day to night colors
  • Affordable

CONS:

  • You have to seal the lids of these shadows every time you use them, otherwise they get hard and is not as pigmented
  • Beverly looked so promising, however, when I swatched it, it didn’t seem as pigmented as I imagined
  • The eyeshadow collection had 3 matte shades and 1 pearlized, it could have been 2 pearlized and 2 mattes as I much prefer Colourpop pearlized shadows than their mattes
  • Glo up (highlighter) and Sunset Blvd (eye shadow) are pretty much the same colors, and I just feel like each item should be different. I would just get Sunset Blvd ($5) and use it as both an eye shadow and a highlighter and save the $8

Ps. These shadows are best used with your fingers or a synthetic brush

2.  Glo Up (Super Shock Cheek)

There are 3 Super Shock Cheeks in the Kaepop collection, Bronze Me (bronzer), Flush’d (blush) and Glo Up (highlight). I got Glo Up and I must say that it is amazing. Again, all of Colourpop Super Shocks are so creamy and well-pigmented and Glo Up is no different. The website describes this color as “A rich gold with flashes of golden copper in a Pearlized Finish”, and I couldn’t agree more. These Super Shock Cheeks retail for $8 and it comes in 1.5 oz, so it is a little bigger than the eye shadows. I give Glo Up 5 stars.

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PROS:

  • Really affordable for a highlighter
  • A lot of product for the price (1.5 oz for $8)
  • So creamy (very pigmented) and applies to the skin very well (not blotchy like some highlighters)
  • My favorite item in the collection
  • True to color (true gold highlight)
  • No fall out, or highlight going all over your face

CONS:

  • Same/similar color as Sunset Blvd

PS. I prefer to use my fingers to apply Glo Up, but a duo-fiber brush is good also

3. Ultra Matte Liquid lipsticks

There are three liquid lipsticks in the collection, Kae (a deep warm yellow brown), Rooch (a deepened russet wine), and Chi (a cool tone nude beige) and comes with its matching lip liners. These retail for $6 each and lip liners are $5 each. You get 1 oz of product which is really good for the price. Colourpop is known for their affordable liquid lipsticks which have really good quality however, in my experience the darker colors like Limbo and LAX have not been their best formulas. I must say that when I swatched both Kae and Rooch, Kae seemed fine but Rooch was very drying and the consistency was not smooth at all.  I didn’t get Chi, as I thought it would have been too cool for my skin tone.

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PROS:

  • I like that it had different packaging, the Kaepop Ultra Mattes have gold accents instead of the usual silver
  • Decent range of colors for all skin tones
  • Kae seems to have a better formula than its counterpart, Limbo
  • The matching lip liners is a good idea as you don’t have to search around for the matching liner

CONS:

  • I have to say that the lippies are my least favorites
  • The formula of Rooch is similar to LAX, its not smooth and it flakes in no time
  • I wish the collection had more unique shades as they have similar colors in their original line (Rooch is similar to LAX, Kae is a dupe for Limbo, Chi seemed to be an unique color though). Rooch and Kae are just too similar
  • Inconsistency with the formula
  • More everyday or day time appropriate colors should have been included as that’s what Karrueche is mostly seen wearing

PS. These work better when your lips are exfoliated before (lip scrub recipe here), and be very precise in your application of the darker colors especially

If you’ve tried anything from the Kaepop collection, let me know what your thoughts are in the comments below.

Love,

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