Review: Colorpop Lippie Stix Primer

Sometimes I wonder if all the steps taught in the skincare/make up routine necessary?
Some are clear cut, for example, the sunblock, but for others like the primer... is it really necessary? 

Tested a primer from Colorpop recently. Colorpop is known for its massive collection of lipsticks and eyeshadow colours at affordable prices.  




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Colorpop Lip Stix

What: Lip Primer
Suitable for: Anyone who wears lip colour 
Functions: Smudgeproof & Anti-feathering
Colour: Nil/transparent
Smell:  Vanilla
Size: 1g
Price: $6 USD
Where to buy: Colorpop Website




Ingredients 

Isododecane, polyethylene, glyceryl hydrogenated rosinate, pentaerythrityl tetraisostearate, isononyl isononanoate, polymethylsilsesquioxane, microcrystalline wax, zeolite, silica, ethyl vanillin, flavour, butyrospermum parkii (shea butter), mangifera indica (mango) seed butter, allantoin, glycerin, tocopherol, persea gratissima (avocado) oil, hydrogenated vegetable oil, glycine soja (soybean) oil, c12-16 alcohol, hydrogenated lecithin, palmitic acid, betaine, momordica grosvenori fruit extract.




Promises

It enhances the wear of any lip product and keeps your lips looking and feeling healthy! Being smudge-proof & anti-feathering, it fills in fine lines for a smooth application and longer wear time.





Packaging 

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Long slim twist-up tube. No issues with the packaging/mechanism. Some lip products were ‘stuck’ when I twisted out up to take a look.


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Slanted tip for easy application



Amount of product 

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Quite a lot of product for the price paid. 



Colour

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Transparent, or nil. You really can’t tell when I put this on. Makes a good base to layer on the second lip product.



On Lips

You can feel there's something on your lips but it is not sticky or uncomfortable.



Swatch/Test

This is my natural lip colour and condition.




Tested it out with Kylie Liquid Matte Lipstick.




Honestly, I can't bring myself to even use Kylie Liquid Matte Lipstick. It is well-loved by many but it just can't work for me (as you can already tell).

With the lip primer on, it certainly looks better but still not great enough for me to wear out.
Wanting to give this primer another chance, I tested this with another lip product.

This is how it looks like for Nars Matte Lip Crayon




Less obvious lip lines but the rest are more or less the same. It makes lip colour look more 'matte'.



Lasting

Not very noticeable.



Anti-feathering, Anti-smudging

Not that I noticed.



Overall

Does Colorpop Lip primer work? Yes to a certain extent. When you apply a lip primer before lipstick, it feels like you are gliding on a smooth canvas. Liplines are not as obvious and the colour becomes more vibrant.

I will keep this for special occasions. I find it too bothersome to add one more thing in my routine for minimal effect.

A lot of lip primers are more pricey but I really don't feel the need to pay such a price for something with such low mileage. Hence, I feel this is great for people who are exploring lip primers and don't wish to pay so much for it. CP checked.




Pros:

- Smooth & velvety texture
- Colourless
- Reduce the appearance of liplines
- Value for money


Cons:

- Touching up of lipstick still required





On lips: 3.5/5
Lasting effect: 2/5
Colour enhancement: 2/5
Blurring liplines: 4/5
Value-for-money: 5/5




Rating: 
Will repurchase until I find a replacement



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