Colourpop is a brand with great products, great pricing and especially a great volume of releases. So much so that you can easily get overwhelmed by what they have on offer. Every once in a while I place an order with this affordable brand and during one of those orders I decided to throw in a few of their Lux Velvet Blur lipsticks. I picked up three shades and when I showed these in a recent full face of Colourpop, many people seemed to like these. High time to show them in more detail and give you the full lowdown.
Review: Colourpop Lux Velvet Blur Lipstick including swatches & lipswatches
The days that all Colourpop items are $5 may be over, but that still doesn’t mean that they are that expensive. These lipsticks retail for about $8 a piece. That is not that much money. However, how affordable Colourpop is, depends on where you live. I am located in Europe and then Colourpop can be quite expensive. That is why I don’t order from them continuously, but rather I wait until I have a few items that I would like to get and then get more in one go. If I place an order large enough to get free shipping, then the customs fee is not too bad and I usually wait for them to have some sort of sale around too. Then, when you add it all up, you pay about as much as when you would at a regular price point. So if you are not in the US, I can recommend making a wishlist and waiting for a sale.
Lux Velvet Blur Lipstick? What does that mean?
Colourpop describes this lipstick as a matte formula with a soft blurring effect and a velvet soft texture. Sounds great doesn’t it? That is what drew me in in any case. I love a matte lipstick, I like it when they are comfortable and still wear well. That these lipsticks come in some cool colors was another great plus point. I just saw that not all the shades I own are still available and that is one of the downsides to Colourpop: they churn out releases, products and shades are only around for a hot minute and nothing stays around for very long. That makes it harder to make reviews on their products and there is always that risk that when you do decide to buy your favorite product ends up being discontinued.
What shades did I pick?
Whenever I try lipsticks for reviews I like to buy a nude, a bright and a red. So that is what I did when I placed my order for the Colourpop Velvet Blur lipsticks. The nude I bought is called Mesmerize. The purple shade is called Sorry Not Sorry and the bright red is called Superbloom. Of these three lipsticks only Superbloom is still available. Luckily that is also my most worn of the three: if you are looking for a super bright, neon coral red then this lipstick is totally up your street. And can we take a minute to appreciate the cute star print on these lipsticks? That of course does not reflect on the quality of the lipstick, but it is just a great added detail that adds a bit of fun.
How do these lipsticks swatch?
So remember this is called a Velvet Blur lipstick? And you can see that in these swatches. These are not the kind of lipsticks that will give you a very defined lip line. Because of that blurring effect these end up having a fuzzy edge which has to be your cup of tea. The lipsticks are also clearly matte and devoid of any sort of shine or shimmer. They are fully opaque though and have good pigmentation. One swipe and the color goes on. The lasting power of these is reasonable. They are not a dry down matte lipstick so these do not last all day, but a good 5 – 6 hours you can still wear these without touching up.
How do these lipstick apply?
Let’s have a look at Mesmerize first. This nude is a deep mauve shade which is why I knew I’d like this. It is a bit darker than I would usually go for but I think this is a lipstick shade that just goes with a lot. It is a nude, but not so light that is washes me out and it is not too dark that you can’t wear this with a darker eye. In short a very versatile shade that is very wearable too. This shade is currently not available but the current Velvet Blur line consists of many nude like shades, so I am sure there is a shade that is similar to this. Because even though Colourpop discontinues products left and right, their new lines usually feature products and shades that are very similar to what they discontinued.
The second shade I want to show you is Sorry Not Sorry. This looks like a straight up purple shade in tube, but when you swatch it and wear it is looks a lot more pink. It is a strange shade: it has a bit of a blue undertone to it, which can made it more difficult to wear. These kinds of shades are once I usually wear with very basic looks. The lipstick is just a bit too much out there and just needs to be the shining star of a look when I choose to wear this. That does mean I don’t wear this a whole lot. I still like this, but the shade is a bit out of my comfort zone and it going only with particular looks, I tend to not wear this much.
Lastly, we have Superbloom. Depending on the lighting this looks almost neon. It is marketed as a red, which is why I bought it, but I would call this a red toned coral. I don’t normally like corals, but this I love. This is fun, bright and on me very pretty. But you know I love a good red lipstick so that should not come as a surprise. Of these three lipsticks this is the one I am reaching for most. It is such a perfect spring/ summer shade that is super flattering on and just adds that bright pop of something that I love.
My final thoughts
These lipsticks were a great find. They are not my favorite all time lipsticks (that title still goes to MAC, Bite Beauty, Charlotte Tilbury, Urban Decay and Catrice) but these are good lipsticks that add something unique to my lipstick collection. I don’t own any other blurring lipsticks and these are pretty, bright and very wearable. They are comfortable even when you wear them all day and they just overall work the way I would expect a lipstick to work.
Would I recommend the Colourpop Lux Velvet Blur lipsticks?
If you are looking to place a Colourpop order then I think adding one of these to your basket is not a bad thing to consider. Are they a total must have? Not really. The fact that the shades currently on offer are mainly nudes and nothing too special would not have me go to Colourpop just for these. Superbloom is a super pretty shade though and if you are into reds and are looking for a brighter, fun take on a red for summer then I would recommend throwing this one into your shopping cart.