Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone! I’m excited to write this post because it’s all about my first-ever haul from ColourPop. I’ve been hearing about ColourPop for some time now; I believe they were an online-only retailer until a few months ago, when Sephora began carrying select products by the brand online and in-store.

ColourPop is only a few years old—it was founded in California in 2014—but it’s already a cult favorite brand with beauty bloggers and social media influencers. The brand claims to produce luxury quality products at wallet-friendly prices, and from what I’ve read it really lives up to its promises. Bonus: the products are cruelty free, and many are vegan as well.

ColourPop recently released a bunch of new products, including a couple eyeshadow palettes, a highlighter palette, and their first true lipstick, called Lux Lipstick. After spending some time browsing all of the goodies on their website, I settled on a few items: the new Give It To Me Straight eyeshadow palette, the Blotted Lip in Drip, and the Lippie Pencil in Brink. Then when the Lux Lipsticks released a few days later I ordered one, but I’ll save it for another post!

As you probably noticed in the above photo, I also received a free single Pressed Powder Shadow (shade: Best Coast Scenario; value $5) as an apology for my order taking awhile to ship. Though it’s a color I know I won’t use, it was nice of them to send a freebie! An important note: ColourPop gives you $5 off your first order when you sign up to receive their newsletter, so definitely I took advantage of that offer!

First I’ll talk about the Give It To Me Straight palette ($16). I typically go for cooler-toned eyeshadows, so these colors are a departure for me. This palette contains seven matte shades and five metallic shades, each with a “straight talk” name like Matter of Fact, Candid, and Truth Hurts.

ColourPop Give It To Me Straight Eyeshadow Palette
How pretty is this eyeshadow palette?!

Here’s closer look at the palette:

I managed to swatch all twelve shades on my arm…and man, it is NOT easy to photograph your entire forearm by yourself! The first two shades are a little difficult to see because they blend in with my fair skin.

ColourPop Give It To Me Straight eyeshadow palette swatches
Top to bottom: Matter of Fact, Up Front, Straight Up, BS, Frank, Candid, Forthright, Downright, Truth Hurts, Be Blunt, TMI, Actually. [Yes, those are Wonder Woman socks.]
The shadows are buttery and pretty intensely pigmented. I used a cotton ball soaked with micellar water to remove the swatches and the darker shades took a bit of elbow grease to swipe away.

Here’s a better look at the first six swatches…

ColourPop Give It To Me Straight swatches
Top to bottom: Matter of Fact, Up Front, Straight Up, BS, Frank, Candid

…and the second six swatches.

ColourPop Give It To Me Straight swatches
Top to bottom: Forthright, Downright, Truth Hurts, Be Blunt, TMI, Actually

Overall the colors are lovely, but the metallics are especially pretty! Some of the shades look different on me than they appear in the pan, particularly Matter of Fact, Forthright, and Downright. Matter of Fact and Downright run more pink on me than I would have thought, and Forthright leans pretty red, which is a color I usually try to avoid on my eyes. I don’t see myself ever using BS because orange doesn’t seem like a good color for my lids. But it’s fun to step outside my comfort zone and play around with warmer shadows than I’m used to. I feel like you could create a really good 90s neutral look with this palette, like when everyone got sick of all the color from the 80s that they started wearing oranges and browns on their lids. The quality really is good for the price—$16 for 12 shades…are you kidding me?!

Now on to the Blotted Lip in Drip ($5). This is one of the first ColourPop products I considered buying awhile back after I heard it was similar to Glossier’s Generation G lipstick, which I have in the color Like. And you know what…ColourPop’s version comes with a more intense pigment at less than a third of the price. It’s also ever-so-slightly more moisturizing; Blotted Lip is still a little drier on my lips than I like but it’s more comfortable over time than Generation G.

ColourPop Blotted Lip: Drip

Lastly, I ordered the Lippie Pencil in Brink ($5). I saw this used on a live Get Ready With Me video on Instagram and thought it looked like a perfect rosy nude, so I had to have it. This is a really creamy pencil that comes in a plastic casing and at first, I was super confused about how to sharpen it because it’s not one of those self-sharpening pencils that you twist up from the end. I ended up Googling how to sharpen it and it turns out you can just use a regular makeup pencil sharpener…go figure.  😛

ColourPop Lippie Pencil: Brink
It was hard to get a pic with focus on the pencil tip!

Here you can see a swatch of the Blotted Lip in Drip along with the Lippie Pencil in Brink. They actually pair pretty well together!

ColourPop Drip and Brink swatches
Top: Blotted Lip in Drip. Bottom: Lippie Pencil in Brink

I’d be remiss if I didn’t include pics of me wearing my new products. Here I am after doing my first-ever live Get Ready With Me on Instagram!* I decided to do a trial run of Valentine’s Day makeup using Give It To Me Straight eyeshadows (the video will be up at @adventuresherman for another four or so hours). The look is bolder and more pink/red than usual for me, but it was a fun experiment!

Below I’m wearing the Blotted Lip in Drip (love this color!!):

ColourPop Blotted Lip in Drip

And here I lined and filled in my lips with the Lippie Pencil in Brink:

ColourPop Lippie Pencil in Brink

Overall I’m very happy with my first ColourPop haul and I definitely recommend the brand for its quality and value.

Are you a ColourPop fan? What are your favorites from the brand?


*I had been wanting to do a live GRWM video for awhile but I would get nervous and make excuses not to. Yesterday I finally took a deep breath and tapped the Go Live button…and I’m actually quite happy with how I did. I normally avoid public speaking like the plague, but a live Insta when you don’t have a shit ton of followers isn’t the same as speaking in person to a crowd. And having a few people live in the chat to banter with really helped. It felt surprisingly great to take a chance!