There is absolutely no denying it… when it comes to Colour Pop – I’m absolutely happy, ecstatic and in love with this brand. Come on now – I own over 50 of their eye shadows and more than 15 of their lippy stix, so it’s quite obvious I have major crush issues. As soon as I heard that Colour Pop was bringing in blushes, highlighters and bronzers, I had to snatch a few of them up in heart beat. Last year (2014), I actually used several of my favorite eye shadows from ColourPop as blush and highlighter so knowing I could get the real thing had me dancing in the streets… literally. I have been playing with some of the new highlighters now for a bit and I wanted to share with you my thoughts on them. So were the new ColourPop highlighters love at first sight for me?
I ordered: Lunch Money, Spoon, Wisp, Most Necessary and Butterfly Beach. Wisp, Butterfly Beach and Lunch Money all looked like shades that would compliment my warm skin tone and something I could use for a gorgeous highlight for summer and Spoon looked like a shade that I could use year round offering a great highlight for me at night. Most Necessary – while I thought would be a great blush – I purchased because as I tan in the summer months, it would offer a sunkissed glow.
Each highligher is just $8.00 and comes in the usual ColourPop packaging. They have 4.2g/0.15oz of product in each and the highlighters have that same mousse like texture we have grown to love with CP. I find that they are best applied with my fingers, but also enjoy blending them out for a subtle highlight with my ELF Small Stippling brush. The embossing on these highlighters are different from the blushes, bronzers and shadows and each one I ordered has a gorgeous shimmer and glisten to them.
It’s obvious that I was gonna jump on these as soon as they were released, let’s face it – I’m addicted to the brand and price point… but I had high hopes for these and while they work for me, I was a bit disappointed with them overall. While my skin is normally dry, as the summer heat hits Hawaii, I find that my skin lends to be a little on the oily side during Summer months. Because of this – I noticed that when my skin is oilier than usual – these offer a VERY subtle highlight – not nearly what I would expect from a brand I have grown to love. If I use it on my normal/dry skin – the highlight is deeper and much more pigmented. While I know these will work well for me as an every day highlight, I find that it still doesn’t give me that “look at that highlight tho” kind of look that I crave. Honestly, I get better highlight from Girly (a CP shadow) blended onto my cheek bones – then I do with these. Don’t get me wrong – I’ll still use them and use them often, but I’m disappointed that they are not that “wowzers” kind of highlight I had expected.
I do not use Foundation or Concealer so I’m not sure how these would perform over face products like those. I find that applying these first and then adding some of my favorite powder highlights like BECCA Shimmering Powder in Moonstone offer a really nice effect. Keep in mind that I found these highlighters to flop for me when my skin was oily… when my skin was on the drier side, I noticed the highlighters all showed up fairly okay on me, so I don’t know if oily skin is the factor.
In the photo above I am using Lunch Money blended onto my cheek bones, on my cupid’s bow and lightly on the bridge of my nose and forehead. As you can see – it offers a subtle highlight in this photo. I am using a moisturizer with SPF so my skin is a little more on the dewy side and even when applied with my fingers or my ELF Small Stippling brush, I found that the color faded on me within a 30 minute time frame. If I set the highlighter with a powder, it will give me longer staying power and if my skin is dry that day – I can get a few hours of longevity out of each one.
Overall while I’m a bit disappointed with the longevity and staying power of these on oily skin – they worked well with my dry skin and I love the shades I have. I pull for these a lot because application is fun and easy and I do not have to worry about dirtying a brush to apply them. I love the color range available from ColourPop and the five shades I ordered are really pretty. You can’t beat the price and they work well as a base for your powdered highlights. Are they a complete miss for me? Nah, I am sure I will make them work… but I think that if you normally have oily skin, these may not give you the pigmentation you would expect of ColourPop. If you use Foundation/Concealer these may offer you a little longer staying time, but I use these on bare skin. I have not tried them over a face primer.
I also wanted to share the one ColourPop bronzer I have in Carry-On. This bronzer is the perfect shade for me and offers a subtle bronze look. It’s matte, creamy in texture like the other mousse like products from CP and retails for $8 with 4.2g/0.15oz of product. I am using this bronzer for a subtle/light contour in the photo above and it works. If I use this bronzer alone, it works well and while it fades, it still gives me that bronze look I desire. If I apply a powder bronzer over this product, I notice that there can be light oxidation after having the product on for several hours. Applying this with your finger in the hollows of your cheeks can be a bit of a challenge if not careful so I definitely suggest a synthetic contour brush.
Just figured I would throw this in since it is only one product. Have you tried any of the highlighters or bronzers from ColourPop? What are your thoughts on these items if you have? If not, do you have any on your wishlist?
Disclaimer: All products mentioned in this post were purchased by me. All opinions are honest, 100% unbiased and my own. I was not paid to provide this review or my thoughts. There are affiliate links through out.