Friday, July 1, 2016

ColourPop Lippie Stix, Lippie Pencils, and Lippie Primer

Hello again readers!

I started a new job, and I've been working 9-5, 5 days a week. It's really a big change to what I was doing before (which was a lot of doing whatever I pleased, and some education). It's left me so tired, but I'm happy to be getting back into the swing of things again.

I'm about halfway done now with my ColourPop reviews. I'm starting my third round today: Lippie Stix, Lippie Pencils, and the Lippie Primer.

Lippie Stix and Lippie Pencils

The Lippie Stix... have a very peculiar name. Now, Lippie isn't anything new. It's been slang for lipstick for ages now, but instead of saying "Lipstick Stix", they just went straight to slang. I don't personally have a problem with it (have you ever heard of the Chunky Dunk Hydrating Lippie?) as it rolls easily off the tongue, but I know that there are many who despise the name. They find it to be childish, and I can definitely see where they're coming from. Just think of trying to explain what you're wearing on your lips to a complete stranger...

The name aside, let's move on to the product. The packaging for these is really sleek, and I'm really happy with them. They have clean looking white plastic packaging with the holographic brand name on the side. Each of the Lippie Stix has a color-coded bottom, with a sticker telling the shade name, and the shade finish.

The Lippie Stix come in 8 finishes: matte, matte-x, sheer, pearlized, glossy, satin, créme, and satin luxe. I only have three different finishes in my collection (for now...): matte, sheer, and glossy.

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Many of the Lippie Stix come with coordinating Lippie Pencils to match, making a cohesive, clean look easy to obtain. 

Each of the Lippie Pencils are housed in white packaging, with a white cap. They all have the name of the Lippie Pencil printed on the side, with the same holographic print that they use for the company name. The pencils have color-coordinated bottoms so it's extremely easy to find the liner that you're looking for in your liner collection.

They are NOT twist-able pencils. They MUST be sharpened if you need more product. That's a shame, because sharpening ends up taking away some of the product... The upside is that because they need to be sharpened, the formula is creamier than say their Créme Gel Liners.

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Nevermind Lippie Stix and Lippie Pencil

Nevermind (Matte): Deep Violet

I really like this color. It doesn't look like much on the skin, but on the lips it ends up being a deeper shade of violet, more like Wet n Wild's Vamp it Up, or MAC's Cyber. Although it has more of a true violet color, compared to a blackened violet.

While I like this color, it's one of the shades that I feel needs the coordinating Lippie Pencil to work properly. Nevermind is a very creamy formula, that until it sets will feather out of the lip line. The Lippie Pencil ensures that the color stays on the lips, where I want it to be. Once it dries down, it's more like a Satin Matte finish, because it still feels creamy on the lips. 

The color needs a little build-up to be fully opaque, but this is one of those shades that I don't mind working with, since I don't wear it too often.

Tootsi Lippie Stix and Lippie Pencil

Tootsi (Matte): Greige

Tootsi was one of my first Lippie Stix, as it came in my first ever order from the brand. I cannot get enough of the grey-toned beige pink colors that are available in the market, so having so many in my collection is not a hassle! The Lippie Stix version of this shade, is really pigmented and goes on opaque with a slightly creamy consistency. That creamy texture goes away once it dries down to a matte finish. 

Close up of bottom of Lippie Stix to show color-coordination

Bound (Glossy):
Kiddo (Sheer):

Bound is one of those shades that I just really appreciate it as a glossy finish. I found that I liked it better off than if it was such a bright, cool-toned pink in a matte finish. I wouldn't ever reach for it otherwise. The finish remains through the entire time it lasts on the lips. However, with the formula being well, glossy, it doesn't last too terribly long on the lips. I find that I have significant wear in under 2 hours. It's easy to add more layers, and it's easy to remove as well. Out of all of the finishes, this is my least favorite because of the wear time.

On the other side of the spectrum, Kiddo is one of my favorites, only because it's a sheer, slick formula. One swipe gives a subtle flush of color, but it can also be built up. I like this one best, because I only use a little bit and then as it wears down through the day it doesn't look incredibly obvious the more that it fades. It fades more evenly than the other shades in my collection. Perfect for work.

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Finally, I have the matte Lippie Stix.
Oh Snap, Tootsi, Lumiére, Brink, Grunge, and Creature.
Oh Snap: Dusty pink nude

Tootsi: Reviewed above

Lumiére: Dusty mauve pink.

Brink: Dusty beige taupe

Grunge: Cool-toned plum brown.

Creature: Blackened burgundy.

I'm really impressed with these Lippie Stix. They go on smoothly, they are opaque and build up quickly, and they dry down to a comfortable matte finish. Not always a flat matte, more likely a satin matte finish instead, like a traditional matte lipstick.

They are not transfer proof. If you touch or rub your lips, the product will smear off of them. That's fine, because it makes taking the lipstick off to eat something that is easily done. With liquid matte lipsticks, I just have to eat and hope they don't look too awful while eating.

The only shade I wasn't a huge fan of, was creature. The color was gorgeous, and it was one of the first products from ColourPop I ever purchased. I just found it to be incredibly patchy, and because of this it was difficult to apply evenly. It never ended up looking good, even with a lip liner underneath. It was hard to work with, and isn't worth the effort.

The biggest downside of this product, is that it seems like such a deal! $5 for a lipstick? Heck yeah! Of course, you only get .035 oz of product... Say for example, a full-size MAC lipstick you get .1 oz. It takes about 3 Lippie Stix to make just the 1 MAC lipstick... in the end they end up costing the same. You save about $2 with the Lippie Stix option... However, who really uses up a whole lipstick (except past me who was determined to use up every lipstick that I hated...)? If your collection is large, you probably won't use up a full size, especially say, a mint green! It's up to you on what you'd like to spend your money on.

I really enjoy the Lippie Stix as a whole, and I look forward to adding more to my collection.

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Lippie Primer

The Lippie Primer has the same packaging as the Lippie Stix. I really like that, for convenience and storage sake.

I wasn't really looking forward to using this product, because how much can a lip primer really change up your lipstick game? Let me tell you, it makes a difference!

The primer smoothed out any lip lines I had, and gave it a nice base to adhere to. I definitely noticed a difference (especially with creamier formulas, compared to matte formulas) in longevity. It lasted much longer with the primer. I was really surprised that it made a noticeable difference.

The downside, is that it's an extra step and I tend to forget to use it. I don't have such a discipline when it comes to my lips, than I do to my face or eyes.

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Each of these products contains .035 oz of product, and retails for $5, and I recommend them! Especially if you're interested in a wild or hard-to-find color or you're interested in expanding your collection on the cheap.

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Thanks for reading!

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