Mini ColourPop Haul + Swatches

6 Aug 2016

I think everyone and their cat is aware that ColourPop now ship to the UK (about time, right?!). I'd spent so many hours watching people swatch their eyeshadows and gush over the colours, and just feeling downright mad that it was only available in the US. So when it was announced they would finally be shipping internationally, I was so so excited. After I graduated, I thought "screw it, I've worked hard and I deserve a little treat," so I placed a little order, and by little, I mean it really was little. I decided to pick up five things, which were four eyeshadows I'd been lusting after and a gel liner. But before, we get on to talking about the actual products, let me just tell you a little something about my buying experience.
I knew shipping would be expensive, and I wasn't surprised that it was $25. I couldn't expect £3.99 shipping from an LA based company, so I just took it on the chin. Each item I bought was $5, making the total $50, which I wasn't mad about. What I was mad about was the unexpected customs charge that I had to pay! I don't know if I'm being naive, but I thought the customs charge would have been covered in the postage price. I had been tracking the parcel online, like the eager beaver I am, and when I saw it said the parcel had been delivered, I was very confused because it hadn't at all. Then I got a lovely card through the door telling me I had to pay £11.33 customs. I just wasn't expecting it at all, so please, someone tell me if I should've! Once the products actually got here though, I forgot all about that pesky customs charge.
Let's just take a minute to appreciate these swatches. I am absolutely obsessed with these eyeshadows, and I can completely understand why everyone raves about them. The colours I ordered were (in swatch order) Hanky Panky, Amaze, Get Lucky and Porter, and I love every single one, which is something I don't say too much! It's so hard to describe the texture of them, but they're like nothing I've ever felt before. They're quite soft and buttery, but almost bouncy too... I think it's one of those things where you've got to see it to believe it. It's quite hard to get my head around the fact that these eyeshadows are only $5 each, yet the quality of them could rival some of the top brands. I am just head over heels. Let's talk a little more about those colours, shall we?

The first is Hanky Panky, which is a very soft nude. In comparison to the other three, this one is definitely a lot more understated, but I think it would make such an amazing all over base shade. I was inspired to buy this shade by one of my favourite YouTubers, Kiera Rose, as she'd talked about how much she loved it in a video, and she just rocks the colour! So thank you Kiera, for fuelling this new obsession of mine. The next colour is Amaze, and I picked this up because I thought it would work so well with Hanky Panky. It's a beautiful, metallic rose gold, and it certainly packs a punch. I couldn't believe how opaque it was when I applied it, and I actually just had to sit there for a while, just staring at it. Now this next shade really is something special. This is Get Lucky, another one inspired by Kiera, and oh my goodness, just look at it! It's an intense, metallic gold, and I'll be honest, I've got no idea when I'd use this but I just couldn't resist it. It's so opaque and I've never seen a finish quite like it! Last, but certainly not least, is Porter, which is from a collaboration with Kathleen Lights. It's a stunning burgundy shade with just a smattering of gold glitter running through. I think this would be perfect for darkening the crease, or for creating a gorgeous, purple smoky eye. I'm so pleased with every one of these, and I'm already scrolling through the endless list of ColourPop shades to find my next ones!
The final item of my order was a creme gel liner in the shade Swerve. I've never actually used a gel liner before, and I usually just stick to my trusty felt liners, but I'm always up for trying something new! As you can see, Swerve is a true black shade, not as black as a felt liner, but what I like about this is that you can control how dark you want it. By applying different amounts of pressure, I was able to get a more solid line or a more faded, smoky line. I found the texture to be very soft and it glides like a dream. It also does not budge! I've wiped my finger across my hand several times and it just will not go. Although I still think I'll use felt for my signature flick, I'd love to experiment with this gel liner in my waterline and see how it holds up.

I'm so pleased with this little haul and I can definitely see myself buying from ColourPop again. I would absolutely love for it to be available in stores though, so we can all avoid having to pay a fortune to get it here. I would love to be able to walk into a shop, swatching my little heart out and buying almost everything. We can only dream! As a treat though, I really think that it's worth it. The colour pay off with the shadows is enough proof!

Do you own anything from ColourPop? Is there anything that you would like to try out?

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