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— September 21, 2015 —

COLOURPOP Ultra Matte Lip | Liquid Lipsticks


ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip (0.11 oz.) individually retail for $6 USD and are currently available in 33 shades. They are said to be "a thin, lightweight formula that glides onto lips smoothly and leaves an intense pigment-rich, kiss proof colour with a bold, ultra matte finish."

Avenue is described as a deep yellow red. [P]
Beeper is described as a mid-tone taupe. [P]
Kapow is described as a muted grey taupe. [P]
Mars is described as a red fuchsia. [P]
Trap is described as a dusty greyed out beige. [P]
Tulle is described as a dusty mauve burgundy. [P]

"This thin and lightweight formula glides onto the lips smoothly and leaves SUPER intense pigment-rich colour with a bold, ultra matte look. It's very long wearing and completely kiss proof! Step One: Make sure your lips are bare and dry. Step Two: Apply complimentary lip pencil for a precise and perfected application. Step Three: Apply Ultra Matte Lip with the applicator or your favorite lip brush. For smoothest finish always exfoliate your lips first!"
The packaging is a clear, gloss style tube with a silver chrome cap. They feature a standard, doe-foot applicator and have no detectable scent or taste. The formula itself starts off with a very thin, liquid consistency but dries to a complete, flat matte within 30 seconds - 2 minutes of application. They typically wear from 6 - 9 hours and can be slightly drying due to the ultra matte finish. The color itself clings to lips and while it can feel uncomfortable at times, pairing a lip pencil underneath can help prevent it slightly.

It's important to properly prep lips before application by exfoliating and hydrating lips, as any imperfections and dry areas will, without doubt, become accentuated. Once the product is applied, whether with the applicator or a lip brush, you will want to avoid pressing your lips together until the product is fully dry—not doing so can cause the color to lift in some areas and appear patchy and/or uneven. Also, applying too thick of a layer can cause the product to crack and flake off easily.

Once dry, the product doesn't move or bleed and they are budge/kiss-proof, but like with most liquid lipsticks, you will want to avoid eating big meals or anything oil-based (like salad dressing, burgers, etc.) as it will cause the product to move around, wear off and fade much faster.


Avenue is a medium-dark, burgundy red with warm undertones and a flat, matte finish. This shade applied smoothly, mostly even and semi opaque. It had a thinner consistency that made it slightly more difficult to apply cleanly, but it had excellent pigmentation. Avenue wore well for +8 hours before fading and left behind a stain. (4/5)
*  Kat Von D Nosferatu was brighter, warmer.  MAC Studded Kiss was muted, less red.

Beeper is a medium-dark, dusty rose brown with warm undertones and a flat, matte finish. This shade applied smoothly, evenly and nicely opaque. This was one of the better performing shades as the color didn't flake or crack towards lip lines and it faded evenly over time. Beeper wore well for +7.5 hours before fading. (5/5)
Kat Von D Bow N Arrow was lighter, more pink.  MAC Stone was darker, more grey.  MAC Whirl was warmer, more brown.  MAC Velvet Teddy was lighter, warmer, more orange.

Kapow is a medium-dark, mauve taupe with cool undertones and a matte finish. This shade applied smoothly, evenly and nicely opaque. The finish wasn't as matte as the others, which I felt made it more comfortable, but the color lightly cracked in the fine lines of my lips overtime. Kapow lasted +7.5 hours before fading and left behind a faint stain. (5/5)
MAC Stone was lighter, more brown.

Mars is a medium, brightened fuchsia red with warm undertones and a flat, matte finish. This shade applied smoothly, evenly and had rich, opaque pigmentation. I experienced very light color transfer and flaking, but only on close inspection as the brighter nature of this shade tends to conceal any wear. Mars wore well for +9 hours and left behind a vivid stain. (5/5)
* Bite Beauty Palomino was cooler, more pink.  Kat Von D Bachelorette war warmer, more red.  MAC All Fired Up was muted, more coral.  Sephora Collection Strawberry Kissed was warmer, more red.

Trap is a light-medium, muted grey mauve with hints of pink, warm undertones and a flat, matte finish. This shade applied smoothly, evenly and had opaque color payoff. While it had a thinner consistency, it went on cleanly, easily and nicely pigmented. I did experience the color cracking, but it only began to flake towards the last hour of wear. Trap lasted +8 hours before fading. (4/5)
* Kat Von D Bow N Arrow was warmer, more brown.  Kat Von D Requiem was lighter, more lilac.  MAC Whirl was darker, more brown.

Tulle is a medium-dark, muted plum rose with warm undertones and a flat, matte finish. This shade applied smoothly, evenly and had rich, opaque pigmentation. There was light color transfer and flaking, but again, only on closer inspection. I did experience light cracks in lip lines towards the end of wear, but the color faded away evenly over time. Tulle wore well for +9.5 hours and left behind a stain. (5/5)
* Kat Von D Double Dare was lighter, more pink.  Kat Von D Lolita was lighter, more brown.  Sephora Collection Marvelous Mauve was lighter, more pink.

Overall, while these liquid lipsticks do lean on the drier side, they are extremely affordable and they offer a nice variety of colors. Despite the price tag, I wouldn't say these are necessarily the best formula to be a good "first introduction to liquid lipsticks" (ie. see if you like that type of wear and/or finish of this type of product) but if the colors have caught your eye, they are definitely worth trying!

My personal favorite way of wearing these liquid lipsticks is to layer them over top of a lip pencil to help prevent the color from cracking and avoid that ultra clingy, dry feeling. Another way to wear these matte lipsticks comfortably is to pair them with a creamy, hydrating gloss, like the MAC Vamplify Lipglosses—anything that won't overly break down or move around the lipstick!

Available now from ColourPop!

ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip Liquid Lipsticks

ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip Liquid Lipsticks

ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip Liquid Lipsticks
(L-R: Avenue, Beeper, Kapow, Mars, Trap, Tulle)

ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip Liquid Lipsticks
(L-R: Avenue, Beeper, Kapow, Mars, Trap, Tulle)

ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip in Avenue

ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip in Avenue

ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip in Avenue

ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip in Avenue

ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip in Beeper

ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip in Beeper

ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip in Beeper

ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip in Beeper

ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip in Kapow

ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip in Kapow

ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip in Kapow

ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip in Kapow

ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip in Mars

ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip in Mars

ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip in Mars

ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip in Mars

ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip in Trap

ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip in Trap

ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip in Trap

ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip in Trap

ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip in Tulle

ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip in Tulle

ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip in Tulle

ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip in Tulle


Disclaimer: All product(s) featured were purchased by me for personal use. For more information, please read my disclosure policy.