The Worst of ColourPop | Top 10 Worst Products

If you’ve been a reader of mine for a while you’ll know that I’m a pretty big fan of Colourpop Cosmetics. Affordable prices, great formulas, and maybe a little too many product releases. I’ve been sharing my love for Colourpop on Always Cleia for a while now, but from time to time I come across a product that I really don’t like. In today’s post I’m sharing a Worst of ColourPop list with my Top 10 Worst ColourPop Products.

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Worst 10 Products from ColourPop & Fourth Ray Beauty

The Top 10 Worst Products from ColourPop

I don’t want to throw shade on ColourPop, so to balance things out I want to remind you to check out my blog post about the top 10 Best ColourPop Products. I truly do love their products, so please make sure to check out that corresponding blog post!

And now a bit of a disclaimer: These products didn’t work for me for various reasons. Not all of them are bad products, but there are reasons why I included them on this list. If you love these ColourPop products and don’t agree with me that’s 100% okay! Keep loving them, and share with me why you do in the comments below.

ColourPop Super Shock Blush | Get Leid

ColourPop Matte Super Shock Shadows

ColourPop’s super shock shadows are possibly THE most iconic ColourPop release. The bouncy texture is certainly unique, and no one has been able to make it quite like ColourPop. My personal favourites are the glitter super shock shadows like Tea Party and Frog.

The ultra glitter Super Shocks are great… but the mattes aren’t my cup of tea. First off, I find that Super Shock Shadows apply best with my fingers, not a brush. Unless I’m applying a single matte shade all over my eye I find it hard to apply and blend the matte shades. They really don’t blend out with a brush (for me at least) and so I find it hard to build beyond a basic eye look.

The Matte Super Shocks always dry out really fast for me, and I’ve hit hard pan on several of them with only a few uses. The ultra metallic &  ultra glitter Super Shocks are great.. but the matte formula doesn’t work for me. Including the Super Shock Blushes.

ColourPop No Filter Foundation | Haul

No Filter Foundation – Liquid

The liquid version of ColourPop’s No Filter Foundation is terrible, especially if you have dry skin. It doesn’t blend out without a lot of effort. The Maybelline Fit Me Foundation blends 10 x easier than the ColourPop No Filter Foundation, costs about the same and has a nicer finish.

I found that No Filter clung to dry patches a lot, and generally didn’t look great at the end of the day. If you’re looking at ColourPop’s complexion line I recommend trying the No Filter Foundation Stix instead of the liquid foundation. The stick version is much better!

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ColourPop Element Of Surprise Palette Review

Element of Surprise Palette

Lucky for you this palette is no longer available. You dodged a bullet right there if you never picked this up. At a first glance the colour story is beautiful, but many of the shades were muddy and just wouldn’t blend out for me. I found that there wasn’t a lot that I could do with it after trying it out for a few weeks.  – Reviewed Here

Sweet Talk Palette Color Story

ColourPop Pressed Glitter Shadows

I don’t know why ColourPop insists on pushing pressed glitter shadows in almost every new palette… The pressed glitters are probably the worst Colourpop product out there in my opinion. I’ve hated their pressed glitter since the day I first tried it. I wish they would focus on putting more super shocks in their eyeshadow palettes, because I’ve genuinely enjoyed those so far.

Sweet Talk is one of my favourite palettes for the Spring time, super shock included but the pressed glitters almost ruin the whole palette for me. Both glitters are extremely chunky and have no adherence properties on their own. I don’t want to have to reach for a glitter glue on top of an eyeshadow primer.

I had the same issue with the pressed glitter shadows in both Frozen II Palettes. If you want some amazing pressed glitter shadows check out the Tati Beauty Textured Neutrals Vol. 1 Palette. I was blown away by how fine the glitter is and how well it sticks to the eyes.

ColourPop Brunch Date SuperNova Shadow Bundle

ColourPop Super Nova Shadows

I really thought that the liquid Supernova Shadows would be good when I first bought them.. but the shimmer/glitter inside wouldn’t grip to my eyelids evenly, and when I tried to build them up the wand would remove more shadow from my eyes than it put on.

I’ve noticed that these aren’t on the website anymore, so it looks like they’ve been discontinued? It’s probably for the best.

ColourPop Uh Huh Honey & Just My Luck palettes

ColourPop Sol Palette Review | Colour Story

The Monochromatic Palette Trend

Ok I’ll probably get hate for this.. but I don’t like the monochromatic palette trend and I want it to stop. Immediately. If you want to stifle creativity… get yourself a nine pan palette with shades that are so similar you might as well just have bought one.

I do like a lot of my monochromatic palettes.. the Uh-Huh Honey palette added some yellow to my collection which I was severely lacking. But the only Monochromatic palettes from ColourPop that I actually reach for on a regular-ish basis are the Just My Luck & new Going Coconuts palette. Other than that they collect dust on my shelf.

Let me know if you do reach for these palettes on a regular basis, and if you can get more than one or two looks out of them.

Fourth Ray Beauty Reveal Serum

Fourth Ray Beauty Raydiate Vitamin C Elixir

So we all know by now that Fourth Ray Beauty is ColourPop’s sister skincare brand right? I’m lumping them into this post because ColourPop sells both Fourth Ray Beauty and their body glow line Sol Body directly on their website.

This Vitamin C product was terrible! I suffered the worst break out I’ve ever had after incorporating this into my morning routine. This didn’t brighten my skin or really do anything it claimed to.

Related Reading: Fourth Ray Beauty Raydiate Review

Fourth Ray Beauty Matcha Milk & Watermelon Seed Oil

Fourth Ray Beauty Watermelon Seed Oil

This oil is.. the worst. It never absorbed completely into my skin, even after sitting on my face all night. I always felt greasy when wearing it, and I have desert DRY skin! My skin should drink this up, but nope. I don’t understand how it has so many five star reviews…

ColourPop Haul | Uh Huh Honey

ColourPop Créme Gel Colour

The thing about ColourPop’s gel pot eyeliners is that not all of them are bad. The ones from the Karrueche Brown Sugar Collection are creamy, pigmented and glide across the eyes, but I’ve tried a few from the regular ColourPop line and they’re… ok.

They work well at first but even if you close the lid tightly after each use they completely dry up in two or three months. My Ink Gel Liner from Pretty Vulgar has been open for over a year and it’s still useable, so I don’t know why the ColourPop liners dry out so fast. I can’t recommend these for that reason.

Brow Boss Pencil | ColourPop Haul

ColourPop Brow Boss Pencil

I actually like the Brow Boss Pencil. It’s a great option for everyday. My problem with it is that the packaging is awful. Both times I have ordered this pencil the cap got stuck on the spoolie, and trying to remove the cap took the spoolie with it. I was left with a spoolie-free brow pencil afterwards. I’ve also gotten these in the mail with the “lead” broken into a few pieces, so order at your own risk. It’s for that reason I’ve included in on my Worst of ColourPop List.

Packaging aside this is a good product. You can check out my review Here.

What are the worst products you’ve tried from ColourPop?

Once again I want to reiterate… just because I don’t like these products for various reasons doesn’t mean that they are actually bad or that you won’t like them. If you already do love some of these keep loving them. We’re all different!

The Worst ColourPop Products



  1. March 25, 2020 / 10:50 pm

    I think I’ve decided that most Vitamin C products do not work for me and I am going to stay away from them from now on. I seem to get breakouts a lot of the time, and it is often hard to track down what it is. It is always so tempting to add in these bonus skin care products, like vitamin C, AHAs etc. But my skin always freaks out and I never see good results that make it worth it. So from now on, the simpler the better for me.

    Nice round up! I think it is good to balance your love for a company πŸ˜› It shouldn’t be unconditional!

    • April 9, 2020 / 2:33 am

      There’s something to be said for simple skincare routines! I think a lot of us are influenced by instagram trends and the latest boosters brands are putting out, but I think I read that your skin can only absorb so many ingredients at a time, so layering four or five products is somewhat useless. I could be wrong though, so don’t quote me on that!
      If simple works best for your skin type there’s nothing wrong with that πŸ™‚

      Thanks for reading! I hope ColourPop is able to start shipping in a few months, I’m itching for another haul.

      • April 10, 2020 / 4:42 pm

        Yeah I don’t know about a capacity in terms of products applied, but the molecule size is certainly important!

  2. March 17, 2020 / 3:20 pm

    I’m not a huge fan of the monochromatic trend either! I picked up a couple to add some colors I didn’t have (like yellow, green, and the black/grey), but mostly to use with OTHER palettes, not on their own! I hope it’s a trend that dies soon haha

    • April 9, 2020 / 2:13 am

      I think that’s the best way to use them! I got the yellow & green palettes too because I was lacking those types of colours. They’re great if you’re combining them with other palettes, not so great if you’re trying to create more than a few different looks. I hope the trend goes away!

  3. March 13, 2020 / 12:06 pm

    I quite liked the element of surprise palette lol. And I agree with the pressed glitters. I absolutely loved the super shock shadows in the sweet talk palette but I haven’t really dipped into the glitters much 🀣 I also got a brow boss and being that its mechanical, it broke off for me too. So I lost a huge chunk of it and theres not a lot of product in there to begin. I like it too but I also bought the nyx one and I think I like that one better. The CP shades all seem to lean a bit too warm for me and I have to use another product to cancel those orange-y undertones.

  4. March 5, 2020 / 4:42 pm

    Great post! I haven’t tried nearly as much ColourPop as you, but I have to say I like the Super Shocks a lot. However, I do really basic shadows looks with just one wash of color across the lids. I can totally see them being frustrating with a brush, or if you want to create a more detailed eye look. So I guess it depends on what you go for!

  5. March 5, 2020 / 11:07 am

    This was such an interesting post to read. I’ve never tried anything from Colourpop but love reading your reviews and agree that they release new products way too much! Also I 100% agree with you on the monochromatic trend, it needs to go now! I did really like the look of the yellow palette but I feel like I would just use a couple of shades and then find other palettes to use instead. πŸ€·πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ

  6. March 5, 2020 / 9:14 am

    I definitely have not tried as much colourpop as you have, but from what I have tried, I would agree with everything you mentioned! I do love their brow pencil though. It’s such a great alternative for someone like me who loves the ABH brow wiz. I also like the monochromatic shade. I don’t think it’s a type of thing that I would own that many of them, because the only one I was interested in was the peach one and the uh huh honey. I liked it as a cheap way to get shades I don’t have in my collection! Great post Cleia xxx

    Melina |

  7. March 4, 2020 / 10:28 pm

    Wow, you’ve tried a lot of ColourPop products! i think everyone agrees that ColourPop needs to stop releasing those awful pressed glitters, stat. They probably won’t stop though, people continue buying the palettes even when they contain the pressed glitters.

    Okay, I’m glad someone has FINALLY said something about the monochromatic palettes!! I don’t own a single one (other than the Going Coconuts palette, but to be honest I just see that as a regular neutral palette) for exactly that reason, all the shades just end up looking the same on the lids.

    I have a post coming up where I mention that I regret buying all my Fourth Ray Beauty products! Admittedly I haven’t tried many of their stuff, but I haven’t liked anything I’ve tried from them so far.

    • March 5, 2020 / 7:06 pm

      Way too many it seems πŸ˜‚ I don’t know of anyone who actually liked their glitters! I’d rather buy a smaller palette minus those shades.

      I had to stop buying them, it was getting a little ridiculous! I haven’t reached for blue moon once since my review. Variety is key to different looks!

      I’m looking forward to reading your post! I’m really hesitant to try anything new from Fourth Ray Beauty. I feel like I’d just be posting negative review after negative review, it’s not worth it πŸ™ Thanks for reading!

  8. March 4, 2020 / 8:27 pm

    I’ve tried many colourpop products (apart from any skincare) and I absolutely hated their Golden State Of Mind palette! It was awful but looked beautiful in pictures.

    • March 5, 2020 / 6:55 pm

      Oh no, I never got that one. I’m sorry you didn’t like it! It did look really beautiful in the pictures πŸ™

  9. March 4, 2020 / 3:15 pm

    I actually really love the Zoella Supernova shadow bundle, I find laying down a shimmery base shadow and applying the product to my finger and swiping it over the lid works a treat! The product is lightweight and stays put all day without flaking off. I have a couple of the monochromatic palettes and can see what you mean, certain palettes like the yellow one don’t have enough different tones so the looks would be very similar. I love Sol and Strawberry Shake as they have more shade variety and I can create different looks with them πŸ™‚ I don’t think I’d enjoy matte Super Shock products either!

    • March 5, 2020 / 6:54 pm

      I’m glad that your super Nov shadows work for you! I don’t know why, I haven’t been able to get them to work. I ended up throwing mine away πŸ™
      I use the Mar palette a lot, it’s neutral but has a few pops of color. I guess that’s what I really like in a palette, but I understand why most people love the 9 pan palettes!

      Thank you for sharing why you love some of these 😊

      • March 5, 2020 / 7:43 pm

        I have heard plenty of other people say they aren’t fans of the Supernova Shadows. I wonder if Colourpop were trying to make something similar to Stila’s Magnificent Metals πŸ€” I can see why you like the Mar palette, it’s one of the original 9 pans that would have had more time and effort out into it 😊

  10. March 4, 2020 / 9:05 am

    Completely agree, I wish ColourPop would stop doing the pressed glitter formula in every palette and instead do the super shock shadows as they are get. I also dislike the brow pencils, for me I find it pulls out my brow hairs no matter how light of a touch I use.
    β™₯ Mae |

    • March 5, 2020 / 6:52 pm

      They’re so awful!! I’ve been avoiding most of their new palettes because of it. I won’t use them and I don’t want to pay for shades I won’t use.
      Oh my gosh, pulling out brow hairs sounds awful, I wouldn’t use them either.
      Thanks for reading! x

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