Color Pop | Tips to those of you making your first order

Hey there you lovely humans. Okay so color pop is a brand that seems to be floating around social media. At times it feels like it’s almost crammed in your face. You go onto Instagram and it’s everywhere. It can be to the point where you feel a little left out if you haven’t tried anything from there. I do enjoy the products I purchased, their quality isn’t at questioned but I definitely feel with all the exposure they get a few myths can start around them and I know for me I went in and I learnt a lot of things the hard way.

So I am here to pass what I learnt from my first color pop order and just some advice that will help you try it out (if you actually want to)

1.      First things first – don’t buy a zillion products at once. I know looking at the stuff makes you want to own everything. I know for me, I was planning to save up a lot of $$$$ and make a big ass order. I tend to go for chaos then buying 1 -2 things at a time. But when thinking about their blushes, bronzers, eye shadows and highlighters. Yes the formula is still different and a bit unusual BUT they are still cream so they will dry out eventually, probably before you are done using them. So if you buy 50 items, they’ll probably go off around the same time. I asked my friend and she said around 9 months ish is when you start to notice the drying out ness.

2.      Secondly, google swatches!!! I know from the eye shadows at least the pictures on the site aren’t exactly what you are going to get. Lucky for us plenty of bloggers have taken photos of swatches, so just be sure to look at photos bloggers have taken when deciding on the shade.

3.      Now I can’t speak for all the shades but these eye shadows sometimes swatch better then they apply. But this I mean you swatch them and they are pigmented and gorgeous and opaque BUT you apply it on the lid and only about half / three quarter of the opaqueness goes onto the lid. I feel like a lot of product reminds on your finger. With certain shades this isn’t an issue like the really poppin’ lid shades. But for the subtle lid shades it can be quite annoying as you kind of half to build them up which isn’t easy.

4.      Let’s talk about the eye shadow. Though the formula is creamy and silky and they glide on – the best way to apply them is with your finger. I have yet to find a brush or hear of anyone find a brush that still applies them with good pigmentation. Because of this application, choosing shades that you won’t put directly on the eye lid is a bit pointless. If I were to purchase a dark matte brown color pop eye shadow which obviously I’d want in the crease it would be quite difficult to apply. So keep that in mind and know it will be a tricky road – I personally am going to stick to shades I’d apply directly on the lid and use powder eye shadows for the crease.

5.      Formula wise – their products are silky, smooth and glide on the skin and they are long lasting. With the blushes and bronzers I was worried they would be annoyingly pigmented. You know what I mean – where you apply a tiny bit and before you know it you look like a clown. The color pop blushes don’t do that. I won’t call them sheer but they are somewhere between sheer – to medium opaqueness the perfect amount. And they do last very well on the skin! The bronzer I have I do like – originally I didn’t get a dark shade for contouring because I was worried it would be annoyingly pigmented, therefore difficult to use. But now that I know more about it I can go with a darker shade for contouring and use the one I have for bronzing. The highlighters are silky and once again smooth on the skin. I say the shade I have is more on the natural side but their shade range is so big I am definitely going to get more pale shades for a dramatic highlight!

6.      Certain shades, I don’t know how to exactly describe them. If you were to compare those shades to powder eye shadow – they would be the transition shades. Super natural and pretty. Yes, pigmented when you swatch them however they hardly appear on the eye lid, this is because they are on the more sheer side – and of course how would you work with a cream transition shade when the only good way to apply it is with your finger? So keep that in mind. There are a few shades I can hardly use because they’re just too natural.

What will I repurchase? I definitely want to repurchase some more highlighters in more pale shades as well as blushes and some darker bronzers. And more lid shades! I guess I am delaying it till I see how the formula changes when they dry out. My biggest pet peeve is when products turn sour before you’re done using them up. Hopefully they are still usable even when they’ve dried up.

That wraps up the post. Have you guys tried color pop? What are your thoughts? And if any of you have experienced a color pop item drying out, tell me about it? Is it still usable? Drop a comment and let me know. I hope you have a wonderful day and I’ll see you in the next post.

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  1. Yiota

    December 22, 2016 at 8:33 am

    These are great tips! I placed a ColourPop order a few months ago and I am very pleased with that I received. I am thinking of placing another order but I keep thinking about custom charges, the amount is just too much to pay for, including shipping charges. That is my only concern.


    1. themakeupaficionado

      December 22, 2016 at 9:15 am

      Yes shipping charges suck! It’s one of the reasons it took me so long to make my first order.

  2. laurajaneatelier

    December 22, 2016 at 8:45 am

    I have always wanted to try this brand it looks so good

  3. Shelleen

    December 22, 2016 at 8:57 am

    Great tips, I haven’t purchased anything from ColourPop, the shipping/custom charges definitely put me off x
    A Blushing Beauty Blog

    1. themakeupaficionado

      December 22, 2016 at 9:16 am

      That was the case for me too. And it’s one of the reasons it took me so long to make my first order and why haven’t made another one yet.

  4. Caroline Malone

    December 22, 2016 at 10:31 am

    Before making my first order there were a bajillion different eyeshadows to chose from and have to admit, it was really overwhelming! I agree googling swatches really helps because some products look totally different on the website photos and in the pan, than in real life! xx

    1. themakeupaficionado

      December 22, 2016 at 10:49 am

      yes it’s why I procrastinated making my first order. The same with makeup geek. I wanted everything! hhaha. x

  5. breshoppingdadany

    December 22, 2016 at 5:24 pm

    Que interessante!
    Eu não conhecia a marca, acredita?
    Gostei muito dos produtos e fiquei curiosa para experimentar.

    Blog Breshopping da Dany
    Conheça também o Breshopping da Dany KIDS
    Instagram: @breshopping_da_dany

    1. themakeupaficionado

      December 22, 2016 at 9:20 pm

      Thank you. This brand is all over social media. it’s part of the reason it got so popular.

  6. Katherine Tran

    December 23, 2016 at 5:02 am

    Google swatches is a great tip, wouldn’t have thought of that!

    1. themakeupaficionado

      December 23, 2016 at 6:34 am

      I didn’t think the swatches on the site would be incorrect but there are quite a few that are totally different in real life.

  7. harrietday98

    December 23, 2016 at 10:28 am

    These are such great tips, I really want to try color pop they look like they have so many great shades.

    1. themakeupaficionado

      December 23, 2016 at 10:38 am

      They do have lots of nice shades. it can be very overwhelming.

  8. TheOneThatTravels

    December 23, 2016 at 10:33 am

    Everybody is raving about Color Pop products… I really love to try them but they are not available in my country

    1. themakeupaficionado

      December 23, 2016 at 10:39 am

      The shipping fees are quite intense. Sometimes I feel like colorpop is over exposed and they are trying to shove it down your throat.

  9. alittlekiran

    December 23, 2016 at 10:51 am

    I wish I had read this before making my first order at Colour Pop *sobs* great post! Love your tips, so helpful. Those damn shipping fees kill me xxx

    ALittleKiran | Bloglovin

    1. themakeupaficionado

      December 23, 2016 at 10:53 am

      I know right. I feel like the way color pop is spoken about at times, it’s made to seem perfect and no brand is perfect. I know right. I pretty much only got lid shades though I did get a few shades while decently pigmented, they are more of a transition shade and so they don’t show up well on the lid. I just hope they don’t go off too quick.

  10. Tamzin 🖤🎄 (@TamzinSwann)

    December 23, 2016 at 3:14 pm

    Definitely googling swatches is a must, when I did my first order all my shades were the opposite to what I thought!! Such good tips xx

    Tamz |

    1. themakeupaficionado

      December 23, 2016 at 9:41 pm

      I know right! And the way color pop has set up their images they make you feel like you can trust the swatch photos.

  11. clare

    December 23, 2016 at 5:29 pm

    I never really thought about them drying out! i still really want to try colour pop though 🙂 thanks for the tips

    1. themakeupaficionado

      December 23, 2016 at 9:41 pm

      Apparently 8 – 9 months they start to dry out and color pop say they have shelf life of one year.

  12. lauratough

    December 23, 2016 at 10:50 pm

    Great advice! I’m a huge fan of Colourpop, but I didn’t know about the drying out within in 8-9 months, I’ll have to keep an eye out on the few that I bought to see how they go.

    Laura ||

    1. themakeupaficionado

      December 24, 2016 at 12:29 pm

      Yes color pop claim they have a shelf life of one year but apparently up to 9 months and they become dry.

  13. Paula

    December 24, 2016 at 3:51 pm

    The shades from colour pop are sooooo great! I love them!

  14. Sarah A

    December 26, 2016 at 8:43 am

    I have never ordered any colorpop products so this is really helpful! Thank you for the detailed advice 🙂

    Sarah | What Sarah Writes

  15. Catarina Jesus

    December 26, 2016 at 3:41 pm

    I always search for bloggers/youtubers reviews. That is definitly a great tip beacause we can see how they look and decide if it’s worth it 🙂

  16. Shannon

    December 27, 2016 at 12:30 am

    Thanks for these tips. They are really helpful. I haven’t tried any of this brand yet but your tips are great. Especially since I tend to be the person that has to buy a whole heap of products at once haha


    1. themakeupaficionado

      December 27, 2016 at 6:04 am

      I am like that as well. I wish I was one of those who could buy makeup in moderation, slow and steady. But I have hoarder tendencies I make giant hauls or little hauls close together and half the time I feel like I need to get everything. I almost did that with this brand but then changed my mind and decided to test it out first which I’m glad. I definitely want to buy more stuff but I am worried about how long color pop lasts before it goes off. x

  17. Sara

    December 28, 2016 at 1:56 am

    I’ve been dying to try this brand! Thanks for the tips!!

    Sara |

    1. themakeupaficionado

      December 28, 2016 at 2:05 am

      This brand is awesome. I am way over due for an order.

  18. kelly1393

    December 28, 2016 at 12:45 pm

    I love this post… I ordered my first order not that long ago and I’m still waiting for it to arrive. The only problem I’m facing now is whether I’ll have to pay for the customs 😀 I hope everything turns out well, though x


    1. themakeupaficionado

      December 28, 2016 at 8:44 pm

      Thank you. Hopefully everything does go well!

  19. Beauty & Colour

    January 2, 2017 at 4:03 am

    I’ve actually been thinking about ordering from Colour Pop, thanks for the tips!

    Caitlin, Beauty & Colour

    1. themakeupaficionado

      January 2, 2017 at 6:02 am

      No worries. They have awesome stuff but there are stuff about the brand that sometimes gets left out when people rave about it. x

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