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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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 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.
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!
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
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 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.
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.
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 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…
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.
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!