Here it is…my unbiased and non-sponsored review of Colourpop’s new In Bloom set.
Background: Colourpop is a makeup line that was born in Los Angeles, Ca. and is basically BLOWING UP since it’s launch a little over a year ago. They have become extremely popular among beauty bloggers/vloggers everywhere and that is what piqued my initial interest. What Colourpop is most known for is their unbelievably low prices and intense pigments. Their website is no frills and that works for me. I like simple and uncomplicated purchases. Head over to http://colourpop.com and you’ll find all Super Shock Shadows and Lippie Stix are $5 each!!!! Their Super Shock Cheek blushes and highlighters are $8 each and their new Ultra Matte Lip line is $6 each (sold out/coming back the 1st week of Aug). You really don’t get a deal on purchasing a set, if sold separately it would cost the same. Colourpop’s sets are limited, meaning they are sold for a short time and then disappear. As far as I can tell, items sold in a limited set are not sold in their regular line. Colourpop has a pretty large selection, especially in the eyeshadow department. All orders over $30 ship for free and believe me when I say you can score a huge haul for $30!! If you’re a first-timer you can enter your email and get $5 off your first purchase. Do the math… that equals one free lipstick or eyeshadow!!
In Bloom is a fairly recent set that Colourpop created in collaboration with Jamie Greenberg. For those of you who don’t know, Jamie is a celebrity makeup artist and beauty personality. Personally, I love Jamie’s work so when I saw this Colourpop collab I jumped on it.
First Impressions: This set includes 2 Super Shock Cheek blushes, 1 highlighter, and 3 Lippie Stix. It retails for $39 on their website. When my package arrived in the mail I was super psyched! The packaging was so pretty that I could barely contain myself long enough to go grab my camera. Inside I found a cute little personalized note that was so accurate, it was almost as if they knew my personality based on what I bought (which would be totally insane). I instantly fell in love with the vibrant colors inside.
Tongue Tied is a Super Shock Cheek blush in a warm coral pigment and a matte finish. When they say matte they mean it and I like it! Ok I am going to try to explain the texture of these products and please take note of the snake-skin like pattern on the surface. It feels light and bouncy to the touch and you can actually make an indent with your finger using light pressure. I applied this, (as directed by Colourpop), with my finger and you do achieve the best pigment this way. If you are uncomfortable with your finger you can use a synthetic blush brush. I tried both and my finger worked the best. This color would look amazing on a tan or darker toned skin. Tongue Tied is a very fun, bright, pigmented, and summery color. I Really loved the feel and look of Tongue Tied and cant wait for vacation to get here!
Double Dip is a soft peachy subtle highlighter in a Satin Pearl Finish. What the Ham is a Satin Pearl Finish? It has the same bouncy feel but was a little more creamy than the Super Shock Cheeks. Shimmery cheeks aren’t really my thing so I used this as a brow highlighter/definer and it worked really well. Again, I got better pigment when I used my fingers versus a brush. It looked more like a very light pearly pink on my skin, which leads me to believe that this would look amazing on the inner corners of the eye and definitely as a base eye color. Just the fact that this is a multi-purpose product makes it a plus for me. Thumbs up on Double Dip!
Hysterical is a Super Shock Cheek blush described as a plum/pink color and also in a matte finish. Hysterical has the same texture and creaminess as Tongue Tied. On me this was a more traditional warm rosy blush and more of an everyday color. The name says it all because this is the color I turn after laughing hysterically. I actually wore this in the crease of my eyes today and it looked so pretty. I felt glowy if that makes sense. As you can see, Hysterical has served me well so far. I just loved everything about this blush!!! Hysterical has won me over and is definitely my #1 cheek pigment. Can you see the indent from my finger? This is amazingly soft, creamy, and super blendable, but somehow matte!
Sweet Thing is a true pink lipstick in a cream finish. This is the closest I have come to wearing a true Barbie Doll pink and surprisingly, I loved it!! This was the one color that I thought I would hate….WRONG!! The pigment actually changed depending on lighting. In the shade it looked more like a pinky nude on me and in the sun it was a bright, vibrant, and true pink. I could absolutely pull this off at work. The texture was smooth and creamy but somewhat matte if that makes any sense. It has just the right amount of hydration; not too dry and not sticky at all. It got into my creases a little but nothing a little prep can’t fix. This is my #1 pick of the 3 Lippie Stix.
Freshman is a deep hot pink lipstick in a cream finish. This was my least favorite in the whole set. I didn’t like the texture at all. It was clumpy and patchy and looked terrible on me. I had to apply 3 coats to fill the gaps and it just kept getting into my creases and felt worse with each layer. It has the same finish as Sweet Thing but the formula must be different. If you look carefully at the swatch on my arm, you can see it clumped there as well. I haven’t totally written it off. I will try again after exfoliating and using a balm to see what happens.
Frenemie is a neon coral lipstick in a cream finish. Frenemie was one of the reasons I ordered In Bloom, so I was a little shocked that Sweet Thing was ultimately my favorite. This has the same creamy/hydrating smoothness as Sweet Thing. The only reason it’s not my number one is the loudness of pigment. Frenemie is a Jersey Shore neon coral that I would def rock on the boardwalk or in the Caribbean, it just doesn’t fit with my every day palette of neutral/natural colors. If you are tan and looking for an eye-catcher than this is the Lippie for you girl.
Conclusion: It’s almost impossible for me to describe the texture of the Super Shock Cheeks and I truly cannot think of a comparison. I recently paid $27.50 for Laura Geller’s Baked Blush in Catalina and I can 100% say that Colourpop’s Hysterical/Tongue Tied are more pigmented. More pigment for less than half the price? Hell yeah!! I know all you Dior fans might be upset, but I think Hysterical is a pretty good dupe for the $43 Diorblush in Rose Diorette. Colourpop has won me over with their blushes and I would fully recommend them to all!! Seriously, they cost 8 bucks! I can’t remember the last time I paid 8 bucks for a blush can you?
Since I don’t prefer a shimmery cheek, I have been using Double Dip to highlight my brow or as a base eyeshadow color. The pigment on this isn’t as intense as the cheeks, however it is also a lighter non-matte color. I would say it’s pretty shimmery and not as peachy as described. All you girls that are into contouring and highlighting should try this and let me know what you think.
The Lippie Stix included in this set were all in a cream finish so I don’t really know why I disliked (let me be honest: I hated) Freshman so much. It immediately got into the creases of my lips and dried/clumped in less than an hour. Now the other two were just so amazing that Freshman really doesn’t matter. Loving 5/6 items isn’t bad at all. I loved the texture and creaminess of Sweet Thing and Frenemie. The wear time was about 6-7 hours of regular every day activities before it started to fade. My lips felt well hydrated throughout with a tiny little bit of shine, but appeared almost matte.Hmmm how can I describe the scent of the Lippe Stix? It’s definitley a light non-offensive smell and very similiar to a cotton candy flavored Ringpop. lol
Bottom Line: I have been wearing Hysterical, Double Dip, and Sweet Thing on a daily basis. I get compliments everywhere I go! Colourpop’s quality vs price is just not comparable to any other company out here right now. In Bloom has the perfect summer pigment mixture. I am very glad I purchased In Bloom and give my full recommendation to all you beauties out there.
I am patiently waiting on a shipment of Super Shock Shadows and 5 more Lippie Stix with matching lip liners. I can’t wait to give y’all my review so please stay tuned.
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