What it is: ColourPop Lip and Cheek Balms are multi-use cream products that can be used as blushes or tinted lip balms.
Price/Quantity: $12 for 4.75 g / 0.17 oz
Availability: ColourPop exclusive
Shade Range: 3 shades, can be purchased as a set for a small discount or individually.
Packaging: Plastic heart shaped compact with a mirror inside and a snap closure. It has a notch at the very bottom of the heart point where I can use both of my thumbs to pry the lid apart from the base to open it. I feel it is easy to open and stays shut securely. I don’t think the pan is removable from the compact.
Smell/Fragrance: It smells like nothing to me. The very bottom of the ingredients lists some different fruit oils, but they don’t seem to add any kind of scent to the product.
Expiration/Shelf Life: I don’t see an indication of expiration on the product itself or the box it came in.
PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRAISOSTEARATE, DIMER DILINOLEYL DIMER DILINOLEATE, TRIISOSTEARIN, ISOPROPYL MYRISTATE, POLYETHYLENE, MICROCRYSTALLINE WAX, POLYBUTENE, SYNTHETIC BEESWAX, STEARALKONIUM HECTORITE, ZINC STEARATE, PHENOXYETHANOL, PROPYLENE CARBONATE, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, DIETHYLHEXYL SYRINGYLIDENEMALONATE, THEOBROMA GRANDIFLORUM SEED BUTTER, TOCOPHEROL, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, HEXYLENE GLYCOL, BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII (SHEA) BUTTER, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, FRAGARIA VESCA (STRAWBERRY) SEED OIL, PRUNUS ARMENIACA (APRICOT) KERNEL OIL, RUBUS IDAEUS (RASPBERRY) SEED OIL, SAMBUCUS NIGRA SEED OIL, ALUMINA, IRON OXIDES (CI 77491, CI 77499), RED 28 LAKE (CI 45410), TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891), YELLOW 5 LAKE (CI 19140).ColourPop.com
I picked up Heart’s Content, which is the lightest shade. It’s a neutral, maybe even leaning warm light-medium pink with no shimmer or sparkle. Color payoff is buildable easily going from sheer to very noticeable on me if I layer it up. It’s not very dewy and doesn’t leave my skin feeling tacky/sticky. Just looks like a natural skin finish. My hair doesn’t really stick to it unless I try hard to make it happen. I have lighter and cooler pinks and I feel the depth and warmth of this is just right for my skin tone.
It feels somewhat firm in the pan but is creamy enough to pick up easily with a quick swipe of the finger. I can apply it to the cheeks with my fingers but the firmness of the product requires a bit of effort to blend it out. Using a brush is much faster and easier. The product has a lot of wax in it and as a blush, it doesn’t leave my skin feeling overly balmy, greasy, or sticky. As a lip balm, personally, I think it feels a little too waxy and not necessarily hydrating or protective. It applies easily to the lips, stays on decently well and doesn’t have much of a shine.
I’ve tested it for wear time twice (8-10 hours) and I can tell it fades by the very end of the day but doesn’t disappear completely. For most of the day, I notice no fading at all. It’s only by the very end that I see noticeably less color on my cheeks. As long as I apply it a bit heavily early in the day, it holds on well enough.
Swatched from left to right, I have:
- ColourPop Lip and Cheek Balm in Heart’s Content
- Elf Liquid Blushes in Pinky Promise and Dusty Rosé
- Saie Dew Blushes in Baby and Chilly
- Too Faced Cloud Crush Blurring Blushes in Candy Clouds and Velvet Crush
Elf Liquid Blushes are way more pigmented but leave a similar finish on the skin (not overly dewy and not dry/matte).
Saie Dew Blushes are dewier, stickier and are more geared toward drier skin types. If you have oilier skin, you’d probably like the ColourPop or Elf blushes better.
Too Faced Blushes are just here for color reference!