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Colourpop Matte Reds Lippie Stix Haul



Happy Hump Day! It's been a little while since I did a dedicated lip product post and let's be honest, that means my blog is sincerely lacking doesn't it because I do love the lip products. Since deciding to go cruelty free with my beauty products, I've had a huge clear out of my makeup and worked out what I can use up quickly because it's in my usual routine and then never repurchase and also what I can give away to friends etc. as I don't use it often enough. Something I was quite happy to see is the fact that most of my lip products in my collection were from cruelty free brands already, but there were a handful that were not and unfortunately, they were some of my most worn lippies.

So with that in mind, when I saw a Colourpop email stating "free international shipping" drop into my inbox, I knew it was fate. I have been meaning to try out Colourpop for the longest time as they're super affordable, always get rave reviews, and seem to have an extensive collection of shades and formulas in lots of different products including my beloved lip products. So after making a hefty order of various lip things, I thought I'd break it down into a couple of posts based on the style of things I ordered. One of the things I was most excited to try out from them was their Lippie Stix as so many of my fave beauty YouTubers over the pond always rave about them. I stuck to ordering mattes this first time because matte formulas tend to be my favourite as they don't slip and slide and that's definitely a bonus when it comes to a red lip for me. Which leads me on to the next "rule" I seemed to stick to - I only ordered reds/oranges. In hindsight, I should have ordered some nudes because I wear nudes more and more these days, but the range or red and orange shades seemed *so* good, I just couldn't say no.

From left to right: TGIF, Love Life, Trust Me, Bootie, Chi Chi

So before I talk about the individual colours, let's quickly discuss the packaging. Colourpop's Lippie Stix come in nice simple and sleek white plastic packaging with silver branding on the outside and the casing holding the actual bullet is the same shade as the bullet itself. The base of each Lippie Stix has an indication of the colour inside and also the name of the particular shade printed. They also have the formula printed below the shade name which I personally think is so so helpful as I sometimes find I want to wear a certain formula more than thinking "I want to wear *that* shade" so it's great to make these easy to spot and pick out in my collection. Lippie Stix retail for $5.OO so of course the packaging is very light and cheap feeling however this doesn't bother me at all as it means they're great to travel with as they weigh hardly anything but the packaging is still sturdy enough that I wouldn't worry about it being thrown around in my luggage.

The formula of the Lippie Stix has no scent at all and they're advertised as being pigmented and comfortable to wear options so based on that I would consider wearing these for a long day rather than a couple of hours. As soon as I swatched each of these lippies on my hand, I was blown away with the pigmentation. These are very much one swipe products that don't need to be built up which is exactly what I like in a lip product. They glided onto my hand and then onto my lips incredibly well with minimal pull and drag despite being matte formulas. Each shade I picked up was creamy to apply and they honestly feel like I have nothing on my lips. They do dry out on the lips as the day goes on, but they are by no means an uncomfortable drying product as I don't find they settle into or emphasise lip lines and they keep a velvety feeling to the lips rather than a crumbling feeling which many matte lipsticks have if you wear them for more than a few hours. I picked up two regular matte shades and three matte X shades and I will talk a little bit about what the differences are (if any!) in each shade's mini review, so let's start!



Colourpop Lippie Stix 'Chi Chi' | Matte True Orange shade | $5.Oo - I'll start with the lightest shade I purchased and that is Chi Chi. This shade is advertised as a true orange and I'd totally agree with that. It's a nice bright and warm orange that doesn't look to garish or neon bright on the lips. I really like this shade against my pale skin but I think this shade would also suit olive skin tones and really dark complexions. It's very pigmented and comfortable but one tiny thing to note is this one does have the faintest scent compared to some of the others which don't. It's a faint sweet vanilla smell so it's not overpowering or horrible scent but it's worth a mention! This lipstick lasts incredibly well and doesn't really need touching up - even if you've been eating or drinking so this is definitely going to be a go-to for me this summer.



Colourpop Lippie Stix 'Bootie' | Matte X True Orange Red shade | $5.Oo - The next shade - Bootie - is a shade again that is true to the description. This is a very vibrant shade and has great pigmentation but this is the one shade that I think you need to be careful with applying. As it *such* a vibrant shade, it can go from looking nice to clownish in seconds so if you're someone who is pale like me, you might want to be cautious with this one just to stop it being *so* vibrant and in your face (nothing some blotting can't sort out though). This is a great one for summer as it's a nice red but the orange definitely pulls through - especially on certain skin tones. I've seen a lot of people review this as being a gorgeous shade for freckly red heads so if you slip into that category - this may be a one for you. As this is a Matte X shade, you can hopefully see from the swatches that it is very much a flat matte with no sheen on the lip at all and it doesn't transfer like the other regular Matte shades do. This means this shade can feel a little more drying on the lips if you're wearing it for a longer period of time, but it still doesn't crumble or settle into lines so I'm still a huge fan.



Colourpop Lippie Stix 'Love Life' | Matte X Brownish Brick Red shade | $5.Oo - Okay okay. This shade is probably the one I was most excited to try out as I love brick reds or terracotta sort of shades. This was the shade I popped on my lips as soon as the parcel arrived as I wanted to see how it wore. Although it is a Matte X shade, I found this one to feel lighter and not as dry on the lips as Bootie which may have something to do with the shade formulation. I wore this for a few hours just around the house when it first arrived and ate some greast Chinese food and drank a few cups of hot tea and honestly? There was zero difference before and after. I had the tiniest bit of product missing from the centre of my mouth, but it hadn't created that dreaded halo oily foods often do to lipsticks and it hadn't settled in an odd way. This is one of the shades I think the website has actually captured really well on their swatch which is good news when buying online although I thought it pulled through more of a burnt orange red on me than a brown which actually - I prefer! This one does have the slightest artificial/plastic-y smell but it's only very slight.



Colourpop Lippie Stix 'Trust Me' | Matte X Vivid True Red shade | $5.Oo - If you need that perfect red lipstick guys, you've just got to buy Trust Me. This is your class true red in every sense and looks classic and retro on the lips. If you're someone who died and went to heaven the first time you wore Ruby Woo from Mac but you were then disappointed with how dry, crumbly, and tight-feeling it was on the lips, buy this for a fraction of the price and you can thank me later. Despite being the more 'no budge' matte X formula, this shade is so smooth to apply and is still as light an airy on the lips as any other Lippie Stix. The pigmentation in this shade is unreal and it stains the lips a little making it perfect for a date night full of food and drinks as it doesn't really transfer and stays put. I think this shade is one of the most popular on the Colourpop site and it's easy to see why!



Colourpop Lippie Stix 'TGIF' | Matte True Brick Red shade $5.Oo - The darkest shade I picked up on this order was TGIF - a true brick red shade. This shade is quite dark and almost vampy on me with my pale skin and dark hair but I really like that about this. It has a slight sheen on the lips as it is the regular comfortable matte formula, but it still doesn't slip and slide around the face which is so important to me especially with darker shades. This shade unfortunately doesn't have a swatch on the website so was a bit of a wildcard for me but I was pleasantly surprised. I wouldn't honestly say it pulls a true brick red on me as it looks almost more plummy on my lips, but it still has that warmth and heat of a red in the undertones so I really like it. This is definitely a one for a night out or for when we start to transition into the autumn months and I'm still reeling at how pigmented it applies. Say goodbye to patchy dark vampy tones if you pick up this baby.

Colourpop have such a great range of shades in the Lippie Stix and I'll definitely be picking up some nudes and dark vampy shades in future for sure. I also really want to try out the satin formulas in this range because if the mattes are so light and comfortable, the satin formula Stix must be an absolute dream.



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