ColourPop Haul: First Impressions, Swatches, Dupes


After hearing everyone rave about ColourPop on YouTube, both for their quality and their affordability, I decided I had to see what all the fuss was about. Luckily for me they now ship to Australia, but it came at a cost. $18 for shipping! Good job the products themselves are so cheap, but it does sting a little when your shipping costs as much as the product you are buying. I decided to order as much as I could for the shipping amount, and picked up both some lip products, and some eyeshadows. I got:

  • Ultra Matte Lip in Chi and Midi
  • Lippie Pencil in Chi
  • Super Shock Shadow in Cornelious, So Quiche and Game Changer

Let’s start with the lip products. Being only the third liquid lipstick I have ever purchased, after the MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick and the Kylie Lip Kit, I am still learning the expected consistency of a liquid lipstick. For me, when I opened them the ColourPop seemed very similar to the Kylie Lip Kits. A little too similar, even. I have heard on the grapevine that Kylie Lip Kits use pretty much the exact same formula as ColourPop, and are basically the same product, repackaged, with her name and a hefty price tag. But I have to say, other than the feel of the packaging and the initial application, they are not so similar. The Kylie Lip Kit dries to a flat matte finish, whereas I still got a little sheen from the ColourPop, even after they had dried. When it comes to colour, I was very surprised at how brown Chi came out on me. It seemed so similar to Dolce K I was a little disappointed, as I was looking for something new and different. However, when I swatched them next to each other the difference was apparent. Just.


As you can see, Dolce K dries slightly darker than Chi, and to a more matte finish. I also swatched the lip liners, and as you can see Dolce K and Chi are pretty much exactly the same. I also added Stripdown lipliner by Mac to see if there was another dupe around, and although they look nearly identical here, in real life the difference is more apparent; Stripdown is lighter, and more of a yellow brown. I wanted to see how Candy K compared in terms of pinkness, so I added it at the top.

Midi is more of a pinky nude, apparently a good dupe for Kylie Cosmetics Koko K; however I haven’t personally compared the two.  Unlike Chi, it does dry to a totally flat matte.  I love how it looks, and can definitely see it as a colour I will wear a lot. It’s so hard buying makeup online, when you can’t see how it will look, but overall I am so happy with how these shades turned out.

Now for the eyeshadows. I was so excited about getting these, as they are completely different to anything I already own. The formula feels somewhere between a cream and a power, super velvety and pigmented, with great colour payoff. I got Cornelious, one of the shades from the KathleenLights collaboration. I wanted to get some of her other shades, but they were all out of stock. Cornelious is a matte brown, a great transition shade, perfect for every day. Game Changer is a beautiful metallic bronze, I love it. I am a huge fan of Mac‘s Amber Lights, and this reminds me of that shade, but with more of an orange hue. I was attracted to So Quiche because of the name; I am a huge fan of Ja’mie: Private School Girl. Luckily, the colour itself is gorgeous. It’s a beautiful khaki, shimmery, dark shade, with lots of iridescence.


I’m in love with everything I have bought from ColourPop. Despite the shipping being slow, and expensive,  and I guess that is just a reality of online shopping from Australia, I am really happy with the service and product provided by ColourPop. I will definitely order from them again, and may already have a few things bookmarked for my next order 😉

Have you ordered from ColourPop? What are you favourite products? Please let me know in the comments below.