ColourPop Ultra Matte, Metallic & Satin Lips - Knotty, Perky, Wild Nothing, Surprise & Wink Swatches & Review

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ColourPop Ultra Matte, Metallic & Satin Lips - Knotty, Perky, Wild Nothing, Surprise & Wink Swatches & Review

ColourPop's Last Call announcements seem to be coming thick and fast at the moment, with both the Holiday and Hello Kitty collections on the chopping block. Here are five lipsticks I picked up from the two ranges before Christmas - the thing about ColourPop's liquid lips is that they last such a long time, it takes forever for me to get through wear testing! Not that that's a bad thing by any means; if you prefer long wear formulas I'd definitely recommend giving these a try.

ColourPop Ultra Matte, Metallic & Satin Lips - Knotty, Perky, Wild Nothing, Surprise & Wink Swatches & Review

Four of these are from the Holiday collection, which is packaged with matte black caps and frosted tubes, while the Hello Kitty collection features the standard glossy tube paired with bow-decorated silver caps. They have a slim angled doefoot applicator that I find easy to work with for outlining lips and distributing the product evenly.

ColourPop Ultra Matte, Metallic & Satin Lips - Knotty, Perky, Wild Nothing, Surprise & Wink Swatches & Review

ColourPop Ultra Matte, Metallic & Satin Lips - Knotty, Perky, Wild Nothing, Surprise & Wink Swatches & Review

Formula overview:
All of ColourPop's liquid lipsticks are richly pigmented and have a slightly chemical scent although it's not strong or offensive. 
Three of the shades here are from the Ultra Matte range (Knotty, Perky and Wild Nothing), which dries down to a flat matte finish quickly and tends to be more hit or miss than their other formulas. When it's good, it's really bloody good and when it's bad, it's a flakey, shrivelled, drying mess. I fervently wish they'd land on something more consistent but at least at $6USD a pop they're not going to break the bank. The colours I have here are all pretty good, formula-wise; they're pigmented and don't flake, streak or cake up during application. 
Surprise is an Ultra Metallic which is sheerer than the Ultra Matte formula to allow the sparkle to come through and feels a little more tacky and gritty on the lips. 
Wink is from the Ultra Satin range which is definitely my favourite of ColourPop's liquid lipstick formulas, it's super pigmented and more forgiving than the Ultra Mattes yet boasts similar levels of wear. 

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Knotty

ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip - Knotty Swatches & Review

ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip - Knotty Swatches & Review

Knotty (discontinued) is described as a 'light warm taupe'. It's more of a peach-beige than a taupe, but okay, ColourPop. The formula isn't perfect here - you can see it's a little thicker and more prone to cracking across the center of my lips, but I still thought Knotty did well for a pale liquid matte as it is the kind of shade that is hard for any brand to nail, regardless of price point. It wore for an incredible eleven hours on me and was lightly drying. I'll admit this was a total impulse buy but I'm really glad I chucked it in my cart, it's a nude I think I'll reach for often!

ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip - Knotty Swatches & Review

Perky

ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip - Perky Swatches & Review

ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip - Perky Swatches & Review

Perky (discontinued) is described as a 'muted rose'. It's very similar to Cami (reviewed here) on me, a touch browner, but probably indistinguishable to non-lipstick addicts. It applied smoothly and evenly and wore for eleven hours on me, becoming lightly drying by the end. 

ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip - Perky Swatches & Review

Wild Nothing

ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip - Wild Nothing Swatches & Review

ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip - Wild Nothing Swatches & Review

Wild Nothing (permanent) is described as a 'dusty warm brown'. Happily, this has been added to the permanent range so you don't have to rush to grab it! Wild Nothing applies evenly and wears for eight hours without being drying.

ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip - Wild Nothing Swatches & Review

Surprise

ColourPop Ultra Metallic Lip - Surprise Swatches & Review

ColourPop Ultra Metallic Lip - Surprise Swatches & Review

Surprise is described as a 'metallic finish dynamic cool-toned ruby red topped with copper and hot pink glitter'. It's incredibly similar to Let's Play Lippie Stix from the same collection (reviewed here) but the glitter is more pronounced here thanks to Surprise's sheerer formula. I needed a few layers to build up opacity and it felt tackier and chunkier with each layer, so this is definitely one I'd recommend layering over a lip pencil. The metallic finish is stunning, though whether it's worth the effort is something I'm still on the fence about! Surprise lasted five hours on me with some gathering of product along the inner portion of my lips but the sparkle stayed put and it wasn't drying. 

ColourPop Ultra Metallic Lip - Surprise Swatches & Review

Wink

ColourPop Ultra Satin Lip - Wink Swatches & Review

ColourPop Ultra Satin Lip - Wink Swatches & Review

Wink is described as a 'deep berry'. It's a richly pigmented muted berry that applies very smoothly and wears for six hours on me without drying out my lips or feathering. If you haven't tried ColourPop's Ultra Satin formula, I highly recommend grabbing Wink as a starting point before it sells out because it's just lovely! 

ColourPop Ultra Satin Lip - Wink Swatches & Review

What I liked:
  • Most shades had excellent colour payoff
  • None of them feathered or bled
  • Wear time was between six and eleven hours
  • Wink, Surprise and Wild Nothing weren't drying
What I didn't like:
  • Surprise feels gritty and tacky on the lips
  • Surprise takes several layers to build opacity
  • Knotty cracks slightly
  • Knotty and Perky were a little drying
Where to buy:
Have you tried any of these liquid lips from ColourPop?

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MAC MONDAY | Apres Chic - Apres Chic & Cozy Up Lipstick Swatches & Review

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MAC MONDAY | Apres Chic - Apres Chic & Cozy Up Lipstick Swatches & Review
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Looking at the collection info for Apres Chic, which launched in December 2012, I'm struggling to remember what I was even doing at the time and why it wasn't on my radar. I know I wasn't completely out of the MAC loop because I was trying to get my hands on the Marilyn Monroe collection, which had launched a few months prior. Huh. Isn't memory weird? I wish I'd paid attention when it launched as all five of the lipsticks are totally up my alley. Ah well - I tracked down these two, so the other three might yet pop up!
Random tidbit - Apres Chic was, I think, one of, if not the last Mineralize focussed collections to contain the regular lipstick formula before the launch of the Mineralize Rich lipsticks and Mineralize Glasses.

MAC MONDAY | Apres Chic - Apres Chic & Cozy Up Lipstick Swatches & Review

Formula overview:
Two of my preferred MAC formulas are represented here: Cozy Up is a Matte, while Apres Chic is a Cremesheen. Mattes are strongly pigmented, smooth in texture and are usually non-drying, although Cozy Up broke the mold by being minimally drying. Cremesheens are semi-opaque, glossy and occasionally hydrating.
MAC lipsticks have a vanilla scent.

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Cozy Up

MAC MONDAY | Apres Chic - Cozy Up Lipstick Swatches & Review

MAC MONDAY | Apres Chic - Cozy Up Lipstick Swatches & Review

MAC MONDAY | Apres Chic - Cozy Up Lipstick Swatches & Review

Cozy Up is described as a 'deep caramel' in a Matte finish. It's a warm peachy-caramel nude with excellent colour payoff. It reminds me of Kinda Sexy from the permanent range, with much less pink in it - the overall peachy vibe is there, though and I really like it. Cozy Up wore for five hours on me and was minimally drying.

MAC MONDAY | Apres Chic - Cozy Up Lipstick Swatches & Review

Apres Chic

MAC MONDAY | Apres Chic Lipstick Swatches & Review

MAC MONDAY | Apres Chic Lipstick Swatches & Review

MAC MONDAY | Apres Chic Lipstick Swatches & Review

Apres Chic is described as a 'pinky brick red' with a Cremesheen finish. It's kind of an unusual shade in that I struggle to describe the colour, yet it's very wearable - guess I'll leave the colour description to MAC on this one! It wore for four hours on me and wasn't drying.

MAC MONDAY | Apres Chic Lipstick Swatches & Review

What I liked:
  • Great colour payoff
  • Neither of them dried out my lips or feathered
  • Wore for four to five hours
What I didn't like:
  • Cozy Up was minimally drying
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Did you grab anything from the Apres Chic collection when it was available?

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ColourPop X Hello Kitty - Konnichiwa, Date Mate and Let's Play Lippie Stix Swatches & Review

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ColourPop X Hello Kitty - Konnichiwa, Date Mate and Let's Play Lippie Stix Swatches & Review

I was going to try and resist the ColourPop Hello Kitty collection but then...  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ 
ColourPop, man. They get me every time. And boy, did they get me this time - I've wound up gradually picking up most of the collection over the past few months (I skipped the invidivudal glosses and makeup bag) so I'd better start sharing some swatches before they pull another Last Call on us! I've heard that this collab will be around until February, so fingers crossed that holds. 

ColourPop X Hello Kitty - Konnichiwa, Date Mate and Let's Play Lippie Stix Swatches & Review

This collection features royal blue boxes with Hello Kitty's iconic bow in silver, red and blue printed on the sides. The Lippie Stix packaging is the usual glossy white twist-up slim tube but with the addition of silver bows all over the lid.
The Lippie Stix have a slanted lip bullet, which I really like as the smaller surface area of the lipstick allows more precision than your traditional larger teardrop shaped bullet. Each lipstick has a coloured end cap which matches the colour inside as well as a label with the name and finish.

ColourPop X Hello Kitty - Konnichiwa, Date Mate and Let's Play Lippie Stix Swatches & Review

Formula Overview:
The Lippie Stix formula seems to be divisive among makeup lovers but personally, on the whole, I really enjoy it. The shades in this collection are a mixture of Creme, Satin Luxe and Matte X finishes, so let's break down how they differ:
The Matte X formula feels thicker and is flatter in finish than the regular Mattes. They glide across the lips easily, even if your lips aren't in the best shape and are generally richly pigmented, although the paler shades can be slightly patchier. 
The Satin Luxe finish is glitter-filled, opaque and satin in finish. The glitter can be felt on the lips but it doesn't feel gritty or unpleasant to me.
The Creams are glossier and have more slip, though they're not as glossy as the Hyper Glossy or Glossy formulas.
In all finishes, some shades can be drying or clingy but I don't find it a drying formula overall.
The Lippie Stix have a gorgeous chocolate chip cookie scent but it's more muted in the Matte X formula; good news for those who dislike scented cosmetics!

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Konnichiwa

ColourPop X Hello Kitty - Konnichiwa Lippie Stix Swatches & Review

ColourPop X Hello Kitty - Konnichiwa Lippie Stix Swatches & Review

ColourPop X Hello Kitty - Konnichiwa Lippie Stix Swatches & Review

Konnichiwa is described as 'a bright dusty rose' and has a Creme finish. Can something be both bright and dusty at the same time? You and your crazy colour descriptions, ColourPop. Konnichiwa is a soft rose-pink with subtle cool tones and I LOVE IT. I was on the fence about getting it as it just didn't grab me when I saw Temptalia's swatch of it (it looks much pinker and more cool-toned on her than it does on me) but curiosity got the better of me and I'm so glad. It's the kind of muted pink that goes with a bunch of different makeup looks and the Creme finish is both flattering and forgiving. Konnichiwa lasts four hours on me and stains bright pink.

ColourPop X Hello Kitty - Konnichiwa Lippie Stix Swatches & Review

Date Mate

ColourPop X Hello Kitty - Date Mate Lippie Stix Swatches & Review

ColourPop X Hello Kitty - Date Mate Lippie Stix Swatches & Review

ColourPop X Hello Kitty - Date Mate Lippie Stix Swatches & Review

Date Mate is described as 'a vibrant cool-toned fuchsia' with a Matte X finish. Whoa, mama, this is a gorgeous pink! True to the Matte X formula, it glides on easily and has excellent colour payoff. It wore for six and a half hours on me, with some wear to the centre of my lips towards the end of wear and some clinginess noted. 

ColourPop X Hello Kitty - Date Mate Lippie Stix Swatches & Review

Let's Play

ColourPop X Hello Kitty - Let's Play Lippie Stix Swatches & Review

ColourPop X Hello Kitty - Let's Play Lippie Stix Swatches & Review

ColourPop X Hello Kitty - Let's Play Lippie Stix Swatches & Review

Let's Play is described as a 'brilliant cranberry lightly dusted with hot pink pearls' and has a Satin Luxe finish. It's very similar to Surprise Ultra Metallic Lip from the same collection but slightly less metallic. It has glitter throughout it but I didn't find it gritty or unpleasant on the lips. I wore this again for Christmas Day and it held up SO well throughout ridiculous amounts of food - after a little under nine hours it was mostly stain and glitter. The glitter didn't migrate during wear, it didn't feather and it wasn't drying. This is a total winner in my book!

ColourPop X Hello Kitty - Let's Play Lippie Stix Swatches & Review

What I liked:
  • Great colour payoff
  • Wear time was between four and nine hours
  • Smooth, easy application
  • No feathering or migration
  • Non-drying
What I didn't like:
  • Date Mate felt a little clingy
Where to buy:
Have you tried anything from the ColourPop Hello Kitty collection?

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Collection Haul Swatches & Review

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Collection Haul Swatches & Review

Collection is a brand I really like for pairing an affordable price point and accessibility with beautiful, quality products. They're sold exclusively at Countdown supermarkets here in NZ, making it easy to pick up a wee treat or a replacement of a much-loved product. My favourite products are the Lasting Colour lipsticks, Does It All mascara and Extreme 24H Felt Tip Liner, all of which I've repeatedly purchased myself in the past but on this occasion, Collection were kind enough to send me a selection of goodies to play with. Let's dig in and see how they fare!

Collection Contour Kit Highlight & Sculpt Review

Collection Contour Kit Highlight & Sculpt Swatches & Review

Packaged in sleek and simple glossy black packaging, the Highlight & Sculpt Contour Kit (RRP $21.99NZD) contains two generously sized pans of highlighting and contouring powders (5g each) and should be suitable for fair to medium skin tones. There's a small diagram on the back of the palette to indicate colour placement and a slim mirror inside the compact. Personally, I would have preferred to see a larger mirror swapped out for the clear window in the lid as the small strip of mirror isn't all that functional. 

Collection Contour Kit Highlight & Sculpt Swatches & Review

These powders have a finely milled and highly blendable texture with great colour payoff. I found both shades incredibly easy to work with - nothing worse than desperately trying to blend out a harsh stripe of contour, right?! The highlight, in particular, was glowier than I was expecting from looking at it in the pan or even in the arm swatch. It catches the light beautifully on cheeks and doesn't emphasise pores or texture. When I tested for wear I found that both colours lasted around ten hours without any obvious fading. 

Collection Contour Kit Highlight & Sculpt Swatches & Review

Collection Contour Kit Highlight & Sculpt Swatches & Review

I've used the Highlight & Sculpt Contour Kit with the Blush Block on cheeks here.

Collection Eyes Uncovered Nude Bronze Palette swatches & review

Collection Eyes Uncovered Nude Bronze Palette swatches & review

Collection Eyes Uncovered Nude Bronze Palette swatches & review

If you've been looking for a cheap and cheerful palette of warm neutrals in NZ shops, I reckon the Collection Eyes Uncovered Nude Bronze Palette is one of your best bets. At $22.99NZD it comes in cheaper than many other options available locally and doesn't compromise on colour payoff and texture. It's not perfect - the lack of matte shades to anchor a look or provide depth lets it down a little and the magnetised cardboard packaging, while not super flimsy, doesn't feel sturdy enough to survive a trip in your handbag. There's also no mirror, which you may or may not care about - it's not a big deal to me, but I know it's a factor for others.
I wound up using the contouring shade from the Highlight & Sculpt Contour Kit on the crease in the look below to add a bit of depth and was really happy with how that turned out. The eyeshadows were very easy to blend, too. 

Collection Eyes Uncovered Nude Bronze Palette swatches & review

Collection Eyes Uncovered Nude Bronze Palette swatches & review

Collection Lasting Colour Lipstick - Pretty in Peach swatches & review

Collection Lasting Colour Lipstick - Pretty in Peach, Red Carpet swatches & review

Collection Lasting Colour lipsticks (RRP $16.50NZD) come in a mixture of matte and glossy shades, with eleven options in the range in total. The difference between the matte and glossy finishes aren't stated on the packaging anywhere, which seems like a bit of an oversight - instead, the glossy finishes come in glossy packaging and the mattes in matte packaging. It makes sense when you look at them side by side, but when grabbing for one amongst many black tubes of lipstick in a drawer or makeup bag, the difference is easier to miss. 
The Lasting Colour formula is generally pretty excellent (I had quite a lot of the now discontinued colours before the shade range was overhauled a while back), they are very pigmented and for the most part, apply smoothly. I found some of the older shades drying at times but haven't had this issue with the two reviewed today.

Collection Lasting Colour Lipstick - Pretty in Peach swatches & review

Pretty in Peach is a medium coral with fine pearlescent shimmer running throughout it. The shimmer causes it to catch on any uneven lip texture in an unflattering way if they're not in the best shape but it applies smoothly otherwise. It's fully opaque and even in its coverage, with a four hour wear time on me. 

Collection Lasting Colour Lipstick - Pretty in Peach swatches & review

Collection Lasting Colour Lipstick - Red Carpet swatches & review

Collection Lasting Colour Lipstick - Red Carpet swatches & review

Red Carpet is a classic true red with a matte finish. I've found Collection's matte lipsticks to be on the silica-y side before (overly slippery or grainy, which makes them easier to apply than old-school mattes but can feel odd on the lips) but Red Carpet is the best of both worlds. It applies very smoothly with rich, even colour payoff and no dragging or tugging during application. On me, it lasted for six hours, wasn't drying and didn't migrate or feather. 

Collection Lasting Colour Lipstick - Red Carpet swatches & review

Collection Work the Colour Nail Polish swatches & review

I'm not sure whether the Work the Colour nail polishese (RRP $8NZD) are actually still available as I couldn't see them on either the Collection or Countdown websites, but I've swatched them so here they are anyway 😁 These are petite 8ml bottles with a brush that's easy enough to work with. When I first tried these a year or so ago I found that the brush was quite stiff and caused drag marks in the nail polish during application but this wasn't a problem this time around so I guess they've changed it!  
Collection Work the Colour Nail Polish - After Dinner Mint swatches & review

Collection - After Dinner Mint, 3 coats

After Dinner Mint is more of a dusty turquoise than a mint, though no less pretty for it. The formula is nice and smooth and built up to perfect opacity in three coats.

Collection Work the Colour Nail Polish - Sonic Blue swatches & review

Collection - Sonic Blue, 3 coats

Sonic Blue is a bright royal blue jelly with a delightfully squishy, shiny look. Great opacity for a jelly too -  I always wanted to like classic blue jellies like Revlon Royal but couldn't get past the visible nail line. Sonic Blue builds up beautifully in three coats. 

Collection Work the Colour Nail Polish - Blue Belle swatches & review

Collection - Blue Belle, 3 coats

Blue Belle is a medium denim blue with a foil finish. It's mostly opaque after three coats but I did find it a bit sheerer than most foil finish nail polishes (which are often one coaters) and you can see on my index nail that it's not quite even. 

Have you tried any of these products by Collection? What are your favourites?

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