he Happy Monday bellas,
Truth be told, I am constantly swamped with new products and ideas for blog posts. It seems I can just never get around to posting what I have planned for the week. Life happens and I get delayed, sidetracked or even worse, sick in bed with the flu. So even though I received the following products just over two weeks ago, I’ve put them to the test and I’m sharing my thoughts on them with you today. Luckily, after testing thousands of products over the years, I’ve come to decide very quickly on what is good versus what I like. Sometimes I might not like the shade but the formula is great and vice versa.
Just Peachy Lip Bundle – $15
I did a post here and here on what I thought about the ColourPop lippies in various finishes. The ColourPop Ultra Mattes are not my favourite formula from them. I decided to pick up the Just Peachy set in February when I was ordering for a friend just to try it out again. They apparently reformulated their Ultra Mattes since a lot of people complained about the withering and it being too drying on the lips. Those were the same issues that made me dislike them. Another claim was that Kylie Cosmetics (which is my favourite lipstick formula to date) was being manufactured by the founders of ColourPop cosmetics. Stephanie Nicole, the most honest YouTuber I know, did an ingredient comparison between the two brands and there were so many similar ones, it’s actually scary. However, after continuously trying out ColourPop lipsticks, they just don’t do it for me.
The Just Peachy lip bundle contains 3 shades. Instigator – described as a muted peach, Screenshot – deepened peach and Speed Dial – rich peach. I really like the shades but Instigator and Screenshot were a bit too light for my liking. I think it’s finally time to say I’ve learnt my lesson and won’t be purchasing any more of these ColourPop finishes for myself. Sets like these make great birthday gifts because they save on purchasing the shades individually and I know many ladies that absolutely love the ColourPop formula. I’m really interested in their new Ultra Blotted lipstick so I’ll be adding those to cart next.
Limited Edition Pressed Shadow Palettes – $18
I’ve been eyeing the single shadows from ColourPop ever since their release. I have a magnetic palette full of single shadows but I wanted to try the ColourPop formula. I fell out of love with my ColourPop Super Shock Shadows over time and ended up selling them all. Using my fingers to get the most pigment from an eyeshadow is noted but not preferred. I even struggled with the Huda Beauty Rose Gold Palette which cost me an arm to acquire. I like shadows that are smooth, easily buildable and don’t require much effort to show up. When ColourPop released their value sets, I coupled in with a friend for her to take the lip bundles and I would take the eyeshadow palettes. I received Blow Me Away from the Nectar Collector set and Heavy Hitter from the Simply Sand collection. Both these eyeshadow palettes are differently packaged then I expected it to be. On the ColourPop website, it looks like plain black inner cardboard with a solid lid. However, what I received blew me away.
The palettes are apparently limited edition so I’m not sure when they’re available until. The white palette strewn with silver stars is sturdy, lightweight and great for travel. The little window makes it easy to see which palette you’re reaching for if you’ve decided to throw the sleeve cover away. There is space for 4 single eyeshadows to fit and I like that they have a finger hole for ease of extraction. The base is magnetic and I’ve seen people that have removed the inside completely for it to mimic a mini z-palette. I might decide to do that to mine because the shades I have in both palettes can be mixed together to create some amazing looks.
The formula of the shadows is pretty decent too. I did struggle a bit with Take a Break but only because it’s so close to my lid tone. Otherwise, the shadows are pigmented, easy to blend and surprisingly long lasting. My only issue with these is the amount of fallout it produces. Even the metallics had a lot of kick up which I’m not used to from good shimmer shades. Regardless, it picked up well with a brush and using these four shades I was able to create a number of good looks. I’m definitely going to pick up a few more essential shades to complete my collection because at $5 a pop they don’t break the bank either.
Now for the exciting part
So for today’s giveaway, I’ve teamed up with fellow beauty blogger and an amazing friend, Yolanda from SlayUniqueness. She imports and sells some of the ColourPop items at ridiculously low prices because she knows how buying from third party sellers can be an arm-twister. For the giveaway, we have selected some ColourPop favourites which include:
- Ultra Metallic Lip in J.I.C
- Ultra Satin Lip in Double Tap
- Ultra Matte Lip in a colour of your choice
- Ultra Blotted Lip in a colour of your choice
- Limited edition eyeshadow palette as pictured above
- Single pressed shadows in Let Me Explain, Stay Golden, High Strung & Top Notch
All you need to do is enter using the Rafflecopter widget below.
Rules to Enter:
- The giveaway is open to South African residents only.
- There will only be one winner chosen.
- The competition ends on the 5th July 2017 at 11:59 pm CAT.
- The winner will be announced on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter thereafter so make sure you follow on those platforms so you don’t miss out.
- The winner will have 36 hours to claim their prize after which a new winner will be chosen.
- All entries will be checked and false entries will be removed.
- Unfollowers, spam and giveaway accounts will be disqualified from the giveaway.
- VERY IMPORTANT – If the shades you select are not available locally, I will place an order directly from ColourPop resulting in a delay of between 4-6 weeks for your prize to be delivered.
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