HAUL | My Birthday ColourPop Haul + Swatches!

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ColourPop haul

ColourPop's birthday coincides with mine in May each year which means tonnes of awesome promotions to splurge on with birthday money. It's safe to say that I got more than a little carried away this year! To be fair, what you see here was a bunch of smaller orders made over a few weeks and I haven't hauled like this in a long time - nor will I 'til my next birthday, probably! But oh, it was fun. And these beautiful babies fill me with so much inspiration! I've been flat tack with Noel's 6th birthday party preparations lately so I haven't done many looks with these yet but I have teamed up with Makeupper and CassandraMyee to have a bit of a swatch party and share our hauls with you all, so be sure to check out their posts too! 

ColourPop Super Shock Shadows Swatches & Review

Okay, first let's talk Super Shock Shadows. These are the OG game changers, the product that 100% sold me on ColourPop. With their unique texture, strong colour payoff and awesome lasting power, they've cultivated a 'gotta catch 'em all' mentality in me that I don't regret in the slightest. ColourPop say these will last a year if kept tightly closed but I placed my first order back in March 2015 and those ones are still just as creamy as ever (for reference, I keep them shut in cool, dark drawers which probably doesn't hurt). I knocked out almost my entire wishlist over the course of these hauls as they had a 3 for $10 deal on all eyeshadows and pigments but their full price is still a very reasonable $5USD. 

ColourPop Super Shock Shadows - Central Perk, Stereo, Shop, Kelp Me Swatches & Review

Left to right: Central Perk, Stereo, Shop, Kelp Me

I use ColourPop's mattes so often that Central Perk was a must! I'm not thrilled on first swatch as it seems on the patchy side but I'm hoping it'll perform better on the lids. Stereo has a darker base shade than I anticipated which makes me slightly gun-shy but I'm prepared to rise to the challenge! Shop is a nice, clean matte that will get good use. Kelp Me is actually a pressed pigment and not approved for the immediate eye area, though I may still give it a go (#rebel). If nothing else, it'll make a spectacular blush. 

ColourPop Super Shock Shadows - Shameless, Bae, Girly, Tassel Swatches & Review

Left to right: Shameless, Bae, Girly, Tassel

Shameless and Bae are both shades I've eyed up for ages and dismissed as ones I won't wear, since I typically shy away from very dark bases, but I want to get outside of my comfort zone more often and they're SO DARN GORGEOUS that I decided to grab 'em anyway. Girly immediately reminds me of MAC Vanilla pigment, with a stronger pink sheen. It's going to be gorgeous as an inner corner. Tassel is a shade I can't believe my inner magpie skipped over for so long - look at that sparkle!! 

ColourPop Super Shock Shadows - Mittens, Reversible, Acorn, Super Hard Core Swatches & Review

Left to right: Mittens, Reversible, Acorn, Super Hard Core

Here is where my inner neutral-whore won out! Reversible and Super Hard Core are from the Sand collection so I really wanted to try the pretty new limited edition things - sucker for marketing! Mittens and Acorn are permanent shades and again, Mittens is a 'buy-all-the-mattes' purchase, while Acorn was more of an 'I've got pretty much all the other CP neutrals, why not go balls-to-the-wall and complete the set'. As you may be able to tell, I was pretty giddy by this point. 

ColourPop Super Shock Shadows - Ignition, Eye Candy, Tea Party, Steele Swatches & Review

Left to right: Ignition, Eye Candy, Tea Party, Steele

Finally, a few more limited edition lovelies I'd had my eye on: Ignition and Steele, from the Amanda Steele collaboration. I can't fathom why Steele hasn't garnered more attention! It's got the most amazing pink sheen and sparkle, like MAC Pink Opal pigment on steroids. If you've been contemplating picking it up, do it, DO IT NOW. Eye Candy and Tea Party are more from the permanent range that have been on my wishlist for a while. I think these four look so pretty all lined up together!

ColourPop Pressed Shadows Swatches & Review

My first big bundle of Pressed Shadows! I got the Milli shadow a while back but haven't tried it yet - whoops. I've been a little resistant to the whole Pressed Shadow range because, well, the Super Shocks are awesome and unique, while budget-friendly pressed eyeshadow ranges are a dime a dozen these days. The whole concept felt a bit ho-hum after the awesomeness of the Super Shocks. BUT Christel/Makeupper has been raving about these and she knows good eyeshadow when she sees it so I was happy to follow her recommendation, plus I can admit when I am wrong which is absolutely the case here.  These are gorgeous! I've used several shades already and I'm very impressed. They perform just as well, if not better than some of the high-end pressed shadows I own. 

ColourPop Pressed Shadows - Slim Fit, Flower Boy, Centerfold, Sauvage Swatches & Review

Left to right: Slim Fit, Flower Boy, Centerfold, Sauvage

I really liked the look of the Blow Me Away palette, but it was more cost effective to buy the shades individually while the 3 for $10 promo was going, so that's what I wound up doing, for three out of four. I skipped Issues, which looks like a yellower version of Kennedy from the Peachy Keen Super Shock Quad. Slim Fit and Centerfold are both from the Blow Me Away palette, as is Take A Break, pictured below. Slim Fit and Centerfold aren't actually eye-safe, thanks to the neon pigments they contain, but Flower Boy, their mellower older brother, will scratch that itch nicely. Sauvage is one of a few duochromes in the range - you'll see some more below because I needed to buy all the duochromes, obviously. DUOCHROMES. 

ColourPop Pressed Shadows - Take A Break, Time Out, Bouquet Toss Swatches & Review

Left to right: Take A Break, Time Out, Bouquet Toss

Look, okay, I know these three are very samey. But they're the similar but different kind of samey, okay? Take A Break and Time Out are both peach duochromes but Take A Break has a gold colour flip while Time Out flashes pink. Bouquet Toss is a straight up shimmer. 

ColourPop Pressed Shadows - Sideline, Checkmate, Play By Play Swatches & Review

Left to right: Sideline, Checkmate, Play By Play

Again with the duochromes here - aren't Sideline and Play By Play gorgeous? Checkmate, meanwhile, fulfils my recent dubious need for a mint matte green eyeshadow. Do I know what I want to do with it yet? Nope. But I'm on a mint kick at the moment, so it had to happen. 

ColourPop Gemini By Night Eyeshadow Palette Swatches & Review

I also picked up the Gemini By Night Palette, which is from the Sonya Esman collaboration. I'm not going to pretend like it's unique or essential to my collection (but then again, I'm admittedly long past the point of being able to justify any more makeup in my collection) but Moscow  Sunrise is the kind of copper that calls my name and I wanted to see how some of the matte pressed shadows performed. Which is flawlessly, by the way. I might switch out The Hidden Hills for something more suitable as an inner corner highlight on my complexion to make this palette more travel-friendly for me, which is super easy to do with this packaging. 

ColourPop Gemini By Night Eyeshadow Palette Swatches & Review

ColourPop Super Shock Cheek - Drop of a Hat Swatches & Review

Back to my beloved Super Shock formula (I haven't tried any of the pressed cheek powders yet, have you?) with Drop of a Hat blush. This is from the Nectar collection and it's a brilliant coral with gold sheen. I've already worn this and predictably, I love it. You know me and corals, I always fall for their type. 

ColourPop Super Shock Cheek - Drop of a Hat Swatches & Review

ColourPop In A Twist Set Swatches & Review

The In A Twist Lippie To Go set is discontinued now but most of the colours contained within are still available, though not all in liner form. Nixed is currently on the chopping block, so if you like the look of that one, scoop it up quick! This is my second Lippie To Go set and I really want to love the format as it's such a clever idea but unfortunately, it does fall short as the products are really fragile. Like, seriously fragile - we're talking snap during application on multiple occasions fragility. Still, it's a nice way to pick up a lot of colours, especially if you're unlikely to finish a lipstick anytime soon (guilty). 

ColourPop In A Twist Set Swatches & Review

ColourPop Get A Grip Lip Trio Swatches & Review

Another discontinued set! But this one is still available on the site and all the products are available individually too. This is the Get A Grip trio, which features Are N Be Ultra Matte Lip alongside a coordinating lip pencil and Lippie Stix. Party Foul is a gorgeous colour and I can't wait to wear it although I don't think it looks a whole heap like the Ultra Matte Lip version... 

ColourPop Get A Grip Lip Trio Swatches & Review

ColourPop Lippie Stix - Birdy, Scandy, Topless, Bootie Swatches & Review

Oh Lippie Stix, you're still the one for me! Not everyone loves the Lippie Stix but I ALWAYS WILL. They smell amazing, the endcaps are colour-coordinated, the slanted tip makes them easy to apply and I find them really comfortable and long-wearing. I picked up two more permanent shades from my wishlist this time, Scandy and Bootie, plus limited edition shade Birdy, which reminds me of Ace from the Sundays in Silverlake set at first swatch. ColourPop threw in Topless with one of my parcels that was quite late arriving which I was stoked with as it's a discontinued shade I've been ISO - thank you, ColourPop gods!

ColourPop Lippie Stix - Birdy, Scandy, Topless, Bootie Swatches & Review

ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip - Chi, Fresh Cut, Clueless, The Twirl, Solow, Bumble, Kae, Creeper Swatches & Review

ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip - Chi, Fresh Cut, Clueless, The Twirl, Solow, Bumble, Kae, Creeper Swatches & Review

Left to right: Chi, Fresh Cut, Clueless, The Twirl, Solow, Bumble, Kae, Creeper

Next up for lips are all these Ultra Matte babies! I'm hoping the formula is consistently good for this selection as now and then you run into a dud (I'm looking at you, Love Bug, you beautiful, beautiful bastard) but when they're good, they're really good. Chi and Kae both come from the repromoted KaePop collection, Clueless, Solow, Bumble and Creeper are permanent while Fresh Cut and The Twirl are from the Pink and Nectar collections, respectively. Bumble is so hyped that I'm both nervous and excited to try it, while The Twirl jumps out at me straight away because it's so lovely and bright. Which do you like best?

ColourPop Ultra Satin Lip - Littlestitious, Likely, Strip, Chandelier, Jacquard, The Rabbit, London Fog, Prim Swatches & Review

ColourPop Ultra Satin Lip - Littlestitious, Likely, Strip, Chandelier, Jacquard, The Rabbit, London Fog, Prim Swatches & Review

Left to right: Littlestitious, Likely, Strip, Chandelier, Jacquard, The Rabbit, London Fog and Prim

The Ultra Satin Lips continue to be one of my favourite liquid creme lipstick formulas so I used the sale as an opportunity to knock plenty of permanent shades (Littlestitious, The Rabbit, London Fog and Prim) off my wishlist. Likely, StripChandelier and Jacquard are all from the limited edition Sand, Nectar and Pink collections. I'm especially excited for Jacquard, which I was on the fence over (even I sometimes query whether I need one more coral) as it's much more vibrant than I expected, in a good way. The shimmer in The Rabbit has me swooning - can we have more shimmery Ultra Satins please, ColourPop?? And how cute are the minis? They were a GWP, with five shades available, from memory.

ColourPop Ultra Blotted Lip - Zuma, Ultra Glossy Lip - Wolfie Swatches & Review

ColourPop Ultra Blotted Lip - Zuma, Ultra Glossy Lip - Wolfie Swatches & Review

My friend Laura is a huge fan of Wolfie Ultra Glossy Lip so it's been on my wishlist of things to try for ages. It's super pigmented and metallic in the way that Furry from the Holiday 2016 collection is (review here), and I had quite a lot of feathering with that one so I'm a little nervous about how Wolfie is going to perform. We'll see, though! 
The Ultra Blotted Lip formula is completely new to me and I still haven't decided whether I'm into the look or not so I got one shade to try, warm brownish-nude Zuma. I haven't tried it yet but it looks promising on first swatch.


Have you tried any of these? Don't forget to check out Christel (Makeupper) and Cass (CassandraMyee)'s hauls too!

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MAC MONDAY | Maleficent - True Love's Kiss Lipstick Swatches & Review

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MAC MONDAY | Maleficent - True Love's Kiss Lipstick Swatches & Review

I'm finding it hard to believe that the MAC Maleficent collection was released three years ago last month. I mean, seriously?! Where have the last three years gone? It feels way more recent than that to me. But facts are facts, so let's take a look at my sole pick from this collection. MAC X Maleficent was a very small release to promote the movie of the same name. There was a Sculpting Powder, a Beauty Powder, an eyeshadow quad, brow pencil, lashes, Penultimate Liner, Prep + Prime Highlighter, a trio of nail lacquers and all the makings of the perfect red lip: gloss, lipstick and lip liner. Most of the collection was repromoted from the permanent range and honestly on the yawn-worthy side, so being a sucker for both red lipstick and limited edition packaging, I stuck with the lipstick.  
I quite liked the Maleficent movie, she was always one of my favourite Disney villains and I enjoyed the reimagining and back story. Her wings, a key part of the retelling, are subtlely printed on the tube with the Maleficent logo. 

MAC MONDAY | Maleficent - True Love's Kiss Lipstick Swatches & Review

MAC MONDAY | Maleficent - True Love's Kiss Lipstick Swatches & Review

MAC MONDAY | Maleficent - True Love's Kiss Lipstick Swatches & Review

MAC MONDAY | Maleficent - True Love's Kiss Lipstick Swatches & Review

True Love’s Kiss is described as a 'clean bright red' and has an Amplified finish. Amplifieds can be hit or miss on me as the colour intensity combined with the glossy formula can often culminate in a feathery mess but this wasn't the case with True Love's Kiss. I spotted a very minuscule amount of feathering along my lower lip line when I looked closely in the mirror but it wasn't something anyone else would have noticed (frankly, I'd be unnerved by anyone else looking that closely!). It applied smoothly with just the right amount of slip and lasted five hours on me. I'm so pleased to have a semi-glossy red that works for me!

MAC MONDAY | Maleficent - True Love's Kiss Lipstick Swatches & Review

What I liked:
  • Great colour payoff 
  • Lasted five hours on me
  • Non-drying
What I didn't like:
  • Minuscule amount of feathering on lower lip line (not visible from normal viewing distance)
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MAC MONDAY | Give Me Liberty of London Lipsticks Swatches & Review

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MAC MONDAY | Give Me Liberty of London Lipsticks Swatches & Review

Ahhhh, Give Me Liberty of London. As one of the first MAC collections I was able to scope out on counter, it gave me my first taste of that little thrill you get, playing with a limited edition collection, debating over whether you really need them and inevitably giving way to temptation! MAC's limited edition packaging doesn't come much prettier than this, in glossy white adorned with prints from the classic British brand, Liberty of London. I have a few pieces from this collection but as is often the case, the lipsticks are the standouts for me. Here are all four from the 2010 collection.

MAC MONDAY | Give Me Liberty of London Lipsticks Swatches & Review

Formula Overview:
There are three different finishes in this collection, all with MAC's signature vanilla scent. Ever Hip is a Cremesheen, a sheer and evenly pigmented formula; Peachstock is a satin, a strongly pigmented lipstick with slight sheen. Blooming Lovely and Petals & Peacocks are both Amplifieds, strongly pigmented and semi-glossy. I didn't find any of these drying.

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Ever Hip

MAC Ever Hip Lipstick Swatches & Review

MAC Ever Hip Lipstick Swatches & Review

MAC Ever Hip Lipstick Swatches & Review

Ever Hip is described as a 'creamy light coral' in a Cremesheen finish. This was one of my first major MAC lemmings! I was living in Hamilton when the collection came out, back before there was a MAC counter in Hamilton and on a day trip to Auckland I tried fruitlessly to find it at a few counters. A kind friend even called around the other MAC stores in Auckland for me but no such luck! It was rereleased in the Fashion Flower collection (2011) but the colour wasn't the same - nooooo! I tracked it down a few years ago but after all the hype, I think I'd built it up in my mind and I really wasn't that impressed. Don't get me wrong, the formula's okay - a touch streakier than some of MAC's other Cremesheens, but it was non-drying and lasted for almost six hours. Ever Hip just isn't the magical unicorn shade of coral I was expecting. I'm not entirely sure why it was the big seller of the collection instead of Petals & Peacocks or Blooming Lovely, it's quite dupable, really.

MAC Ever Hip Lipstick Swatches & Review

Peachstock

MAC Peachstock Lipstick Swatches & Review

MAC Peachstock Lipstick Swatches & Review

MAC Peachstock Lipstick Swatches & Review

Peachstock is described as 'neutral peach' in a Satin finish. This is a colour I've never quite been able to get to grips with and consequently, I've bought it twice and destashed it each time. I really should just learn to leave it alone! I have no complaints on the formula, it applies smoothly with decent opacity and wears comfortably for five hours. I think it just pulls too yellow overall on me. Have you tried Peachstock? It's in the permanent range now, though at the time of Give Me Liberty of London's release, it was a pro-only colour repromoted for this collection.

MAC Peachstock Lipstick Swatches & Review

Blooming Lovely

MAC Blooming Lovely Lipstick Swatches & Review

MAC Blooming Lovely Lipstick Swatches & Review

MAC Blooming Lovely Lipstick Swatches & Review

Blooming Lovely is described as a 'creamy greyed lilac mauve' in an Amplified finish. To be honest, that colour description sounded like it would be horrendous for my skin tone on paper and I only bought Blooming Lovely in the throes of bargain hunter and collector frenzy! Along with the other two limited edition shades in this collection, Blooming Lovely tends to fetch eyewatering amounts among collectors, but I was lucky to find this for around $15NZD, from memory. To my surprise, I absolutely love it! The colour is a warmer purple than the description would lead you to believe and I really like the way it looks on me (albeit not with those brows - what was I thinking?!).  Blooming Lovely applies smoothly, has strong opacity and lasts for just under seven hours on me.

MAC Blooming Lovely Lipstick Swatches & Review

Petals & Peacocks

MAC Petals & Peacocks Lipstick Swatches & Review

Petals & Peacocks is described as a 'creamy bright magenta pink' in an Amplified finish. Whoa, mama, this is what I'm all about! I'm going to be devastated when this runs out, even though I've got similar shades, nothing quite compares to Petals & Peacocks. It has strong colour saturation and applies and wears beautifully, lasting seven hours on me without being drying. Unsurprisingly, it is a stainer.

MAC Petals & Peacocks Lipstick Swatches & Review


What I liked:
  • Most shades had great colour payoff and applied smoothly
  • Wear time was between five and seven hours
  • Non-drying
What I didn't like:
  • Ever Hip is slightly streaky
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Notoriously Morbid COTM/CCOTM Mystic Mattes Swatches & Review

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Notoriously Morbid Mystic Matte - Oscillate Wildly Swatches & Review

Notoriously Morbid's Mystic Mattes have been one of my favourite liquid matte lipstick formulas since I first tried them but they speak to the collector in me, too. Our is a multi-faceted love. In addition to the comprehensive permanent colour range and Mystic Monthly subscription (see the first three instalments of that here), Color of the Month shades and Customer Created Color of the Month/Crypt Creations shades are occasionally released. Here are a couple of the past releases, sometimes Carrie from NM does bring shades back by popular demand, so keep those fingers and toes crossed and you never know!

Notoriously Morbid Mystic Matte - Oscillate Wildly Swatches & Review

Notoriously Morbid Mystic Matte - Oscillate Wildly Swatches & Review

Notoriously Morbid Mystic Matte - Oscillate Wildly Swatches & Review

Notoriously Morbid Mystic Matte - Oscillate Wildly Swatches & Review

Oscillate Wildly is an interesting warm tan shade with golden-green shimmer. I wasn't mad on it at first but as you naturally press your lips together during the course of wear, the shimmer becomes more and more prominent and really transforms the colour - I'm sorry that I don't have pictures of that! I hope this comes back someday. Oscillate Wildly lasted for five hours and wasn't drying. It was the August 2016 Customer Created Color of the Month, inspired by the song of the same name by The Smiths.

Notoriously Morbid Mystic Matte - Oscillate Wildly Swatches & Review

Evil Woman

Notoriously Morbid Mystic Matte - Evil Woman Swatches & Review

Notoriously Morbid Mystic Matte - Evil Woman Swatches & Review

Notoriously Morbid Mystic Matte - Evil Woman Swatches & Review

Notoriously Morbid Mystic Matte - Evil Woman Swatches & Review

Evil Woman is a metallic blackened cherry. It reminds me quite a lot of the discontinued Ancient Mystic Matte, Hatshepsut, but with finer shimmer and an overall redder look - Hatshepsut leans more towards purple. I find Evil Woman to be on the sheer side but the formula is pretty easy to build up and doesn't streak or cake while doing so. It lasted six hours on me and wasn't drying. This was the January 2016 COTM. 

Notoriously Morbid Mystic Matte - Evil Woman Swatches & Review

Dagon

Notoriously Morbid Mystic Matte - Dagon Swatches & Review

Notoriously Morbid Mystic Matte - Dagon Swatches & Review

Notoriously Morbid Mystic Matte - Dagon Swatches & Review

Notoriously Morbid Mystic Matte - Dagon Swatches & Review

Dagon is a pale lavender with strong green sheen. This is so unique and cool! I don't know that it really suits me but I can't bring myself to part with it either... lipstick addict problems, huh? Dagon goes on smoothly with excellent colour payoff and a green sheen that becomes more dominant over the course of wear. This was insanely popular when it released, I wouldn't be surprised if it resurfaced one day. On me, Dagon lasted five hours. It was the June 2016 Customer Created Color of the Month.

Notoriously Morbid Mystic Matte - Dagon Swatches & Review

Stay Duo

Notoriously Morbid Mystic Matte - Think of Me/Break the Spell Swatches & Review

The Stay duo was the May 2016 COTM, inspired by the Shakespear's Sister song 'Stay'.

Notoriously Morbid Mystic Matte - Think of Me/Break the Spell Swatches & Review

Notoriously Morbid Mystic Matte - Think of Me Swatches & Review

Notoriously Morbid Mystic Matte - Think of Me Swatches & Review

Think of Me is described as a 'dark pink with violet sheen'. I reswatched this recently and was reminded of how much I love it! I really must pull it out more often. It's a very pigmented pink with a stellar seven and half hour wear time. 

Notoriously Morbid Mystic Matte - Think of Me Swatches & Review

Break the Spell

Notoriously Morbid Mystic Matte - Break the Spell Swatches & Review

Notoriously Morbid Mystic Matte - Break the Spell Swatches & Review

Break the Spell is described as a 'gray purple loaded with blue and violet sparkles'. It's so much fun to wear, especially as the sparkle comes out more during wear. Although sheerer than Think of Me, it still packs enough pigmentation to keep me happy. Break the Spell lasted seven and a half hours on me.

Notoriously Morbid Mystic Matte - Break the Spell Swatches & Review

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