Colourpop vs. “High-End” Review


Natalie Dearman, Staff Writer

Recently, there has been much debate over the pros and cons of drugstore, or generally inexpensive makeup, versus high-end brands. Sometimes, it can be difficult to tell which drugstore/inexpensive brands are worth it, especially since you can’t swatch them in-store. However, if you’re looking for a quality product that isn’t too pricey, there are some decent options out there, such as Colourpop.  Colourpop is typically known for their eyeshadows and liquid lips, starting collaborations with makeup artists such as Kathleen Lights, mimicking collabs that high-end brands have done such as Tarte and Too-Faced with youtuber and makeup artists grav3yardgirl and NikkieTutorials. This helps Colourpop and the high-end brands come out with best-selling colors, a positive for both. Pricewise, anyone would prefer to buy a $5 Cp dupe of an $18 Urban Decay SINGLE eyeshadow.

 However, the quality and pigment between a high-end dupe can be questionable. From my experience with Cp eyeshadows, they are of a creamier consistency than most brands, and the glitter eyeshadows are VERY pigmented and glittery, while most high-end brand eyeshadows I’ve tried such as Urban Decay, Tarte, Stila, Too-Faced and Lorac, have a substantial amount of pigment, and glitter for the glittery shades, but not nearly as creamy and pigmented as a $5 Cp.

 But like any other makeup product, Colourpop also has it’s cons. Within 3 days after purchasing several matte and glitter Cp eyeshadows, such as “Wattles” and “Birthday Girl”, they started to crack and fall apart, a few of them even completely falling out of the pot (onto the floor, my clothes, my sink, RIP). On the other hand, my Tarte “In Bloom” palette, I have probably dropped, kicked, thrown against my wall, cried into after a long day’s work, countless times, has not even attempted to crack, and STILL smells like creme brulee (Cp smells like nothing).

Cp’s liquid lips, on the other hand, really don’t have any cons (in my opinion). Honestly, I think they’re even better than Kat Von D’s liquid lipsticks, which I find to be very drying and SO much more expensive than Colourpop. And no, I’ve never tried a Kylie Lip Kit, I don’t care nearly enough about liquid lipstick, or Kylie Jenner to buy one (but if [queen] Kim comes out with lip kits sign me up).