Colourpop Ultra Matte swatches and reviews

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Colourpop Ultra Matte Lipsticks have been hands down the most popular liquid lipsticks that have been trending from the last year! These lipsticks come in beautiful shades, I’m almost all hues u can think of and are super cheap (they retail for only $6)! But how consistent is the formula and how do they really rate when it comes to application? Let’s find out individually!

Clueless: This is a pretty, pinkish nude which has a lot of white in it and thus it can wash out people with wheatish complexions. Personally, I can’t wear this alone on my bare face- I have to have some makeup on for this to really flatter my NC 35 skin. It dries down to a complete matte finish and is transfer proof, the application is quite smooth and stays on for about 4-5 hours on me.

Lumiere 2: This is a dirty lavender shade which oxidises a lot on the lips and turns way darker than it appears upon application. Having said that, I do really like how it turns out to be a darker lavender shade because that compliments my skin more than the pale lavender that it is at first. Again, like clueless, I feel that I need some makeup on to look good in this lipstick. I own Lumiere as well but the ultra matte version looks a lot different on my lips than the original Lumiere. The formula of this one is a bit more sticky than the rest and stays on for more than 8 hours on me!

Beeper: Now, this is a perfect brownish nude on my lips. It’s very comfortable to wear, I can layer this on as much as I want to. The application and texture both are very smooth. It’s not as drying as most of the other ulta mattes and gives me a very comfortable wear for about 6-7 hours!

Stingraye: This is a medium-dark mauve shade with hints of brown in it. In most swatches it looks a lot like Tulle but on the lips it is much lighter than Tulle. Also the mauve in it peeks out more. This is a very flattering shade on most skin tones and the texture is quite smooth and comfortable to wear. It lasted a good 10 hours on me without budging and then too I had to struggle to get it off my lips at the end of the day!

Tulle: On the hand swatches this appears to be almost exactly like Stingraye, but in reality it is darker than Stingraye. On my lips it’s a very deep brown with the slightest hint of mauve in it. It might be due to the pigmentation of my lips, but this is one lipstick that looks very different on my lips from what it shows up like on the swatches. Nevertheless, it is a very pretty colour!

Chilly chilli: This has to be the most unique lipstick I own. In the swatches it looks a lot like Tulle but in person it’s a very dark brown with cool ashy undertones to it. I feel that it’s a very unique colour and is perfect for those fall ‘dark lips, winged liner’ looks. One of my favourites!

Bumble: This is a very very pretty medium terra cotta shade with hints of coral in it. I’ve seen this shade appear different on different people- it shows up pinkish on some, peachy on others and sometimes brownish on a few individuals too. This is another favourite of mine because it’s a very low maintenance lipstick for me. It looks good on me even when I have no makeup on and is very comfortable too. I can reapply it too without it getting too thick or sticky on the lips!

Scrooge: This is a perfect rosy pink shade for me that is not too bright or not too dark. This one does not dry down to a 100% matte finish and is somewhat transferable. However, it is still a matte lipstick which can be paired perfectly with dark smokey eyes or a simple day time look.

Creeper: A beautiful bright true red which will instantly give a pop of colour to your face. This is a beautiful red for all skin tones, dries down to a totally matte finish and lasts for about 6-7 hours.

Silhouette: Most pictures/swatches that I’ve seen of this lipstick online had been very misleading. When I swatched it on my hands, it was love at first sight! It’s a very sexy blue based red which is darker than Creeper and is so pretty that I declared it to be the most beautiful red I own! A very flattering shade for most skin tones, although it doesn’t dry down completely. It also is not transfer or kiss proof but even after the transfer there’s enough colour left on the lips for it to look untouched and still sexy and neat!

Avenue: Avenue is another stunning shade which is a dark red with hints of brown in it. I found it to be a tad bit more drying than rest of the Ultra mattes (save Highball) and found that it flakes off a bit towards the inner portions of the lips. However, it can be easily retouched and reapplied without the formula/texture getting sticky or thick or uneven. This is another of my favourites from the Ultra matte range.

More Better: It’s described as a violet wine shade in the website and that is exactly what it is. It appears more red toned on some and more of a grape colour on others depending on the skin tone. Either way it is a stunning colour that everyone I know loves! This one is also not completely transfer proof but is very comfortable to wear and lasts for more than 8 hours on me.

Mars: Colour wise it is a gorgeous hot pink lipstick with reddish undertones but the formula of mine is one of the worst I’ve faced so far. It crumbles off my lips within about 30 minutes of applying and spreads on my chin that too without eating or drinking or even speaking much for that matter! I haven’t heard this complaint from anyone else about Mars so maybe I just got a bad batch!

Highball: It’s a neon pink lipstick which is very blue based and is probably the brightest pink lipstick I own. However, the formula is so bad that I wouldn’t recommend anyone to buy this. First of all, it’s extremely dry, patchy and just cannot be used on its own! During application it leaves a lot of bald patches which just cannot be fixed and if you try applying another layer to make it more even, it gets more patchy and simply crumbles off the lips. The only way I can use this is by applying a very thin layer of it on top of another creamy lipstick. So frustrating!

Lychee: It’s a beautiful purple lipstick that I’ve worn all the time last winter. It’s a perfect purple lipstick for me which doesn’t lean too fuchsia or too blue. It has a nice smooth texture and is comfortable to wear. It lasts for an average of 8 hours on my lips.

Overall verdict:

There are hits and misses with the formula of these lipsticks but that’s something u have to totally expect from a $6 range liquid lipstick. And if you look at the whole range, the colours and the formula of most of them, I’d say they’re really worth the hype!

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