Colourpop Haul

Well guys, I got suckered in again. Being an absolute concealer junkie, when I heard that Colourpop was releasing their own line of concealers, I just had to try them out. Of course while browsing the website there was a whole bunch of other stuff I was curious about so I ended up with a whole haul of new products that I’ve been playing with over the past few weeks.

The No Filter Concealer is what started this in the first place. I picked up two shades, Light 20 and Medium 30. Upon first application, these are a really nice texture, pigmented and smooth, but I find that they are very tough to blend out, and they oxidize like crazy. I mean, MAJOR oxidization. I would suggest that if you want to try these out, to go 2 shades lighter than your actual skin tone. I’m tan right now and Light is working out well for me because it goes so much darker. It also settles into pores pretty badly so I think I will stick to using these under the eyes. Would I re-purchase? Honestly, no.

Another new release from Colourpop was their line of brushes; I only picked up one, the Small Fluff Brush, which is pretty versatile; it applies highlighter really well as well as setting the undereye area. For the price point, I would definitely recommend this brush and am totally open to picking up some other ones in the future.

A launch that I missed ages ago was the release of their Pressed Powder Shadows; they are known for their Super Shock Eyeshadows, which I’ve tried and blogged about before. I will say that the powder eyeshadows are really quite lovely, this was probably what impressed me most out of everything I hauled – they’re soft and blend out well with almost no fallout. I bought four since they send a free palette for them, which is nice, although I will say the palette is very large and bulky considering how little product they house. The shades I picked up (L-R in the swatch) are: Ringer, Save it for Later, I Owe You and Conundrum. I’ve always been super curious about the orange / burnt sienna shade as a crease shade and I think I Owe You is a perfect colour; it’s not too bright that it looks too strange for everyday. The two shimmery shades are really beautiful and unlike anything else I own, despite the fact that they are still in the gold/champagne/bronze family. I’ve been using these four shadows and they are really great for doing everyday and even more dramatic looks.

I’ve been trying to get my hands on a new bronzer so in the Sale section of the website I snagged the Alexis Ren X Colourpop collab called Topaz, which consists of two large pans of bronzer (Golden Moment) and highlighter (She’s Here to Stay) – first two swatches in the middle picture. The highlighter is obviously too dark for me to use in that manner, but I’ve been treating it like a massive pan of eyeshadow, and since I love my gold eyeshadows, I’ve been really enjoying patting some of this all over the lid on days I don’t use the other pressed shadows I picked up.

Another set I picked up in the sale section were a bunch of lip products. First up is the Lippie Pencil in the shade Toy, which is a lovely pinky nude. Next, I got a set (no longer sold, sorry!) of three of the liquid lip products – an Ultra Matte Lip in The Twirl, Ultra Satin Lip in Likely, and an Ultra Glossy Lip in Up Do. I’m not sure if I’m a huge fan of the liquid lippies from the brand, as I think the very thin liquidy formula is very difficult to apply neatly. But the shades are lovely and I like how they are unscented, but I don’t believe I’ll be buying any more of them in the future, except maybe some nude lip gloss shades.

All in all I’m quite pleased with my overall purchase. While I find Colourpop products to be hit or miss, the price point is really great so I don’t feel like I’ve spent so much of my hard-earned cash. What have you tried from Colourpop and what would you recommend?


Giorgio Armani Power Fabric Foundation

If you’re familiar at all with my foundation preferences, I’m all about the drugstore life. L’Oreal, Maybelline, Milani, I’ve tried and loved many of them. The high end stuff I’ve tried has been mostly so-so and not really worth the price tag, I’ve found. But there are so many popular luxury brand foundations, in which I’ve always been interested. Giorgio Armani’s Luminous Silk is one of the most popular foundations at high end stores, and I have lots of friends who swear by it, but having such naturally oily skin I always run away from anything claiming to be ‘luminous’.

So earlier this year, when Armani released the Power Fabric Longwear High Cover Foundation, my curiosity was instantly piqued. I read review after review, but simply couldn’t wrap my mind around dropping a cool $70 on a single bottle of foundation. I barely spend that much on skincare! But after sitting on this product for months and slowly thinking about it, as well as being able to finish three or four older foundations in my stash, I was coming around to the idea. The real catalyst was when I got a $100 mall gift card. At that point, I decided to pick up a sample and see if I was actually into the stuff (I would highly recommend doing this before dropping that much money on makeup). I got samples in shades 4.5 and 5, but as of now I have not even touched the 5 since it’s far too pink for me, as well as being too dark despite my summer tan. 4.5 is basically my perfect shade – and it barely oxidizes on me either, huzzah!

The sample lasted me around a week’s time, during which I wore it almost everyday. Power Fabric has a very thin texture and applies very easily (I used a beautyblender to apply). One thin layer covers up a decent amount; two layers covers basically everything – I even went without concealer a couple of days, which almost never happens for me. It has a demi-matte finish, definitely not flat, and when it dries down, it doesn’t feel like there’s anything on the skin. It wears fairly long – I wore this on a couple of 7 am – 11 pm days and by the end it was definitely wearing off around my nose and chin, but honestly, that’s 16 hours of wear without touching up, and on my extremely oily skin I don’t expect foundation to ever last that long. Overall I ended up really liking this foundation, between the great colour match and the texture/longevity. So I went back to Sephora and ended up picking up the full size bottle, which I’m really happy about. The only thing that worries me is the fact that now that I’ve gotten somewhat accustomed to the idea of spending so much money on a foundation, I might be getting into more luxury products, which is not good for my wallet! Either way, I’m very pleased with Power Fabric and would recommend it to anyone looking for a lightweight full coverage foundation, who is also willing to part with some hard-earned cash.

Have you tried Power Fabric or any other Armani foundations, and what would you recommend?