Sunday, 13 November 2016

Review: Colourpop Lippie Stix Brink (swatches and dupes)

 *colourpop lippie stix brink review swatches*

Hello everybody! Hope everyone has been having a good day.

Recently, I made a Colourpop purchase during their Free Internation Shipping promotion (which they have now extended to the end of 2016) and I bought two items. I purchased the Colourpop Lippie Stix in Brink (one of Lily May Mac's lipsticks as seen here) and Colourpop Lip Pencil in Chi. Today I will be reviewing the Colourpop Lippie Stix in Brink, so let's go!

Colourpop Lippie Stix Brink Review

Colourpop Lippie Stix are sold in a slim plastic twist up tube. It is very light, perfect for travel, and the lid pops on securely with an audible click. The shade name is on the bottom of the tube, allowing anyone to easily reach for the colour in a lipstick rack. However, the white colour, though distinct, makes the lip pencil easily dirty but is quick to clean.

Holographic prints are used for the logo on the lippie stix and box, giving a very unique look. The twist mechanic of the lippie stix is smooth to use, easily twisting up and down (there is no lock disallowing you to twist down) and the overall feel is sturdy.

Colourpop Lippie Stix in Brink has a very natural finish that is extremely comfortable to wear throughout the day. It is NOT extremely matte. The Colourpop Lippie Stix has one of the more comfortable formulas along with the Ultra Satin Lips and is a perfect lipstick for someone on the budget. However due to this finish, there is slight transfer.

Colourpop Lippie Stix Brink Swatches

The above picture is a swatch of the Colourpop Lippie Stix in Brink in a cool lighting, while below is in a warm lighting. All swatch photos on this post have been digitally edited to match the real life colour most accurately. In the below photo, I wanted to do a comparison between the dupes I have found, from left to right, the Sleek Matte Me in Birthday Suit, Colourpop Lippie Stix in Brink and the Urban Decay Ultra Nourishing Lip Gloss in Beso. The colours are quite similar but you can see there is a huge difference in finish between these three lip colours. Sleek Matte Me in Birthday Suit is a liquid lipstick that dries completely matte while the Urban Decay Ultra Nourishing Lip Gloss has a glossy finish.

Sleek Matte Me in Birthday Suit is only slightly more darker and pink compared to Colourpop Brink while Urban Decay Ultra Nourishing Lip Gloss in Beso has slight purple undertones.

The finish of the Colourpop Lippie Stix, even though advertised as matte, is not as matte as liquid lipsticks or typical matte MAC lipsticks. However it has a very natural matte finish, with only a very slight sheen. Off topic, but Colourpop Brink also smells very sweet.

Colourpop Brink Dupes (Sleek Matte Me Birthday Suit, Urban Decay Ultra Nourishing Lipgloss Beso)

 While looking for Colourpop Brink dupes, these were the three colours and lipsticks that came to mind. The shade Brink is very common and not at all an unique one, but it is very affordable and a great alternative for the Sleek Matte Me in Birthday Suit (if you do not mind the difference in finish).

Colourpop Brink on Light Asian Skin Tone

This is how the Colourpop Lippie Stix in Brink looks like on a light Asian skintone. I have yellow/warm undertones and am around shade NC20 in MAC foundations. In natural lighting and real life, this colour is pure pink with a slight hint of brown, as opposed to what is seen on the Colourpop Brink page (attached below). I would not describe it as a 'warm dusty taupe' but more a 'warm dusty pink'. However I know there are problems with inconsistencies with Colourpop shades so your Brink might not look exactly like mine. My friend has Brink but it leans more brown, even though she has yellow undertones like I do.

The wear time is like any normal natural finish lipsticks. With eating and drinking, you definitely need to apply at 4 hours but it wears forgivingly (from the inside lip first) and doesn't bleed much even without a lip pencil.

Colourpop Brink on Light Skintones

 Overall rating? 8/10. It works as a lovely natural finish lipstick that is very comfortable to wear daily. The colour is also wearable for all occasions and the price of US$5 makes it one of the most affordable lipsticks on the market.

I will be doing separate review posts on the Colourpop Brink dupes : Sleek Matte Me in Birthday Suit and Urban Decay Ultra Nourishing Lip Gloss in Beso soon. Please anticipate!

I have a separate YouTube video review on my experience with Colourpop, plus lippie stix and lip pencil first impressions here if you are interested.

Until next time, annyeong~

*this post was not sponsored. all items were purchased by me.

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