When it comes to lip products, I feel like we’ve got all the bases covered. Between mattes, satins, and glosses of various opacities, we’re pretty much set, right?
ColourPop – the innovators they are – didn’t think so. They came out with a pretty unique combination, actually: lipsticks that are matte and sheer. It’s a combination that I don’t think has been done elsewhere (or at the very least isn’t popular enough for me to have tried it before).
ColourPop’s Blotted Lips promise sheer colour with a matte finish for a popsicle-stained effect. As someone who spent her childhood pretending popsicles were lipstick and deliberately trying to stain her lips with them, I was like hey, sign me the heck up.
They retail for $5 each, so I picked up three shades: Candy Floss, Drip, and On A Stick.
Candy Floss is a peachy nude on me. I like it, but wish it had a little bit more orange in it.
Drip is the shade I reach for most of the three – it’s a mauve-y, MLBB situation that goes with every makeup look and I’m so here for it.
On A Stick is a punchy, just-ate-a-cherry-popsicle colour.
Although I really like the shades I picked, I quickly discovered why the matte + sheer colour combo is not more common (and why most brands do sheer and glossy lippies instead). These bad boys are pretty patchy in the application department, but that’s no problem because I can build them up to get a more-or-less even finish. Plus, it’s summer and I’m lazy, so perfectly imperfect makeup is fine by me.
What really irritates me about these is that they emphasize every line, every bit of texture on my lips. Even if I exfoliate, it tends to settle into the lines. (On A Stick is worst for patchiness and line-emphasis, as you can see above.) Also, these are not super comfy to wear. They go on balmy at first, then dry down to a comfortable matte, and then suck every ounce of moisture from my lips like some sort of moisture vampire as the day goes on. I don’t know about you, but if I’m signing up for that kind of mild discomfort, I’d rather go for full-on liquid lipstick pigmentation.
The way I remedy this is by layering them over a lip balm, usually the Dr. Pepper Lip Smacker
because I am a child. This makes them way more comfortable and even to apply, but then they’re no longer matte because of the balm. My conclusion? You can’t have it all.