Today’s post is an exciting one for me – my very first haul from ColourPop! I’m so late to the game as people have been using their products for years, but I’ve always held off on buying from them because 1) The exchange rate wasn’t working in my favour, 2) I hate paying for duties and pretty much try to avoid it at all costs. I decided to bite the bullet this year and just go for it, considering our Canadian won’t be improving anytime soon so I may be waiting for years to try the brand. Read on to see my experience ordering from this brand, and of course what products I picked out!
I placed my order from the ColourPop website on Thursday, February 8th, and received an email on Monday, February 12 that my order had been shipped. The website states that orders usually ship within 3-5 business days of the order being placed, unless there is a high volume due to new releases. Considering that their new Lux lipsticks had been restocked the day I made my order, I assumed that their volume would have spiked and I would have to wait a little longer for my order to ship. It still got out the door within the normal period of time, which I was impressed by!
Shipping is $5.99 USD within the US, or free for orders over $35 USD; for international customers, a purchase of $50 USD or up is eligible for free shipping, otherwise it’s a flat rate of $9.99 USD. The order I placed was $54 USD, just over the $50 limit – I did this purposely in order to receive free shipping to Canada, haha!
My order arrived at my community mailbox in Monday, February 19, a full week after receiving the shipping confirmation. I was hoping my package would arrive on the Friday prior, which would have allowed me to take photos of my haul during the long weekend, so I was a little bummed when it didn’t arrive that Friday. However, it made it just in the nick of time the following Monday, when I still had just enough sunlight to get some photos in!
Anyways, back to my order – I was anticipating customs charges, but somehow I got lucky and didn’t get dinged for customs. Oh, lucky day! The $54 USD order translated to $70.99 CAD, which consisted of 9 products – this means that my average price per item went from $6 USD to $7.89 CAD; not quite as good of a deal as when you’re buying in US currency, but still not bad!
Now the fun part – the haul! In terms of choosing which products to purchase, I was a little overwhelmed because my cart had gotten so large over the years from adding things on my wish list into it. Even though ColourPop products are so affordable, I wanted so many items that this haul could have easily been over $100 USD. Ultimately, I decided that my goal for this haul was to try one or two shades from every type of product that I was interested in. I did some research on formulas and swatches to narrow my choices down, and finally ended up with 9 picks.
I don’t need anymore highlighters in my life, but I’ve been wanting to try the Super Shock Highlighters for so long that I couldn’t do my first ColourPop Haul without picking one up. Surprisingly, none of the shades really popped out at me – I felt like a lot of them were champagne/pearl/gold shades that I already own a million versions of from other brands. At the same time, I wasn’t interested in “out there” shades like blues and purples that I wouldn’t get any use out of. I ended up picking the shade Hippo, a lilac-pink. It’s a lot more purple-toned than I anticipated, so we’ll have to see what I think of it applied.
The one thing I was really hesitant about was lip colour. I have a hard time buying lipsticks without swatching or trying them on because my skin tone doesn’t work with a lot of shades, particularly nudes – what looks like the perfect nude on other people in photos/videos has a tendency to make me look dead. The lip products I wanted to try the most were their Lippie Stix, their Ultra Satin Lips, and their new Lux Lipsticks, which had just launched on January 31st.
Ultra Satin Lips
Out of the lipstick formulas I chose, I thought the Ultra Satin formula would have the most potential to make me look corpse-like, so I looked up swatch after swatch to make sure I wasn’t buying a shade that would look too light on me. I ended up with November which is a warm peachy-pink – should be safe, right? I didn’t realize until my order came that this was released in a collaboration with Kathleen Lights.
From the Lippie Stix, I chose Topanga, another coral-pink shade (I think I’m subconsciously stocking up lipsticks for spring…) This looked so gorgeous in swatches, so I hope it looks flattering on me. I also picked up Lumiere, which is a shade I’ve wanted since it was first released (also in collaboration with Kathleen Lights). This one looked like a mauve shade in swatches, which tends to be a safe shade for me since it’s my natural lip colour.
I hadn’t intended on picking up the Lux Lipsticks, but I saw that ColourPop had sold out of most of their Lux Lipsticks as soon as it launched and that it was restocking in the few days I was thinking of ordering, so I waited to make my order on the restock day. There were about five shades I was interested in, but I didn’t want to go crazy considering I didn’t know whether I would like the formula. I picked up two shades, Still Crazy, which is a nude on me, as well as Lay Over, a medium pink. The packaging of these lipsticks is gorgeous!
Pretty much the only eye product I wanted to try from the brand for my initial haul, were their Super Shock Shadows, although I think later on I would like to do another haul of their pressed shadows! The shades I picked were Game Face, a bright copper which is a colour I’ve somehow never owned anything similar to even though I’ve owned hundreds of eyeshadows, as well as Weenie, a rose gold that is yet again was released by Kathleen Lights. I don’t even watch Kathleen very often and I in no way set out to buy any of her products on purpose, but apparently I like her taste! The last shade is So Quiche, a really interesting dirty taupe shade packed with glitter.
That is it for my first ColourPop haul! I know my choices were quite neutral and boring. But I had to be honest with myself: in terms of eye makeup, I almost always go for a neutral eye, and when it comes to lip products, I already own a bunch of bright lipsticks that I only get to use on weekends. I couldn’t justify getting anything bright for my lips OR my eyes at this point in time. Maybe in my next ColourPop haul, I’ll include some more colourful picks!
Have you tried any of these shades? What’s your favourite product from ColourPop that I should pick up in my next haul?