Colourpop No Filter Foundation & Concealer Review and Swatches!
OK, so I am WELL aware that I am extremely late to jump on this train, but at least I’m finally on it! After watching multiple makeup tutorials with these products and researching this into great depths, I realised that the only real way I could sleep at night (a little over dramatic) was to jump in head first and just go for it. So! Here we go!
Colourpop No Filter Natural Matte Foundation
“Our oil-free, buildable full coverage foundation was formulated with soft blurring pigments to give you a natural matte finish. No filter needed.”
So the first thing I noticed about this foundation is the shade range. Not only is this broken down into skin tone, but also undertone – undertone is a big thing for me as I have a light skin tone, but the majority of foundations I have tried are too beige or too pink. I need yellow (Lisa Simpson anyone?). On top of this, there are 42 shades!!!!!!! Thankfully shade ranges have become much more of a necessity with companies lately and if a brand doesn’t have a good range then it is, frankly, highly inappropriate and there is no excuse. If you need help narrowing down your shade, they have a “Find Your Shade” tab which breaks this down further. AND they have a “Match By Brand” option – genius!!!!
So about the actual foundation. Starting with the packaging, I am in love. A lot of the the tutorials I watched pointed out that as the actual container is made of glass it isn’t particularly travel friendly. As I really don’t stray very far from home this is not a problem for me and I think the glass makes it look more expensive and classy. The other down side to the packaging is that it doesn’t come with a lid. The pump does twist to lock, but if you are a regular traveller I can see why this would be unnerving – a bag covered in foundation is never a pleasure. Again as I don’t travel this is not an issue for me and to be honest I would probably end up losing the lid anyway.
Shade wise these are spot on. I went with Light 50 and Light 70 – one for “with fake tan” and one for without. The yellow undertones are perfect and to be real the photos of a swatch don’t really do that justice (I’m just not quite sassy enough yet to put pictures of my face on the internet!) But the undertones and shades are pretty much bang on as described so you can choose a shade online with confidence.
Application – fabulous. I have tried applying with both a beauty sponge and a brush and both work brilliantly and there isn’t really any difference that I can see. The consistency is in the middle for me, not too runny and not too thick. It instantly makes me think I’m not going to be a cake face, but also that it is actually going to do something. The coverage!? Dang! This stuff means business. That being said a sheer layer is perfect for that “no make-up make-up” look, but build this up!? Mate stop! It covers everything.
The other important thing to me is how long a foundation lasts, or at least how it wears. I am happy for a foundation to fade in a natural way, but if it starts going patchy or flakey then it’s a no from me. I work outside so it is a pretty harsh test for any base product to be honest, but this does not dissapoint. It didn’t oil up, it didn’t dry out, there has been the odd “sink” into fine lines e.g. smile lines but this is normal for me and this was only towards the end of the day (approx 9 hours) later – plus a little blot and these dissapeared and I could have easily gone on for the evening. Overall, I may have found my soul mate, and if you travel I personally think just put it in a clear bag if you’re nervous about the packaging – totally worth it.
Colourpop No Filter Matte Concealer
“Our full coverage concealer was formulated with soft blurring pigments to give you a creaseproof, matte finish. No filter needed.”
As far as the shade range for this concealer goes it pretty much mirrors the foundation selection. There is again the “Find Your Shade” option and there are 30 shades to choose from – all with detailed descriptions on skin tone and undertones.
The packaging is pretty standard for a concealer with a doe foot applicator (lid included this time and actually reminded me of a paddle rather than a doe foot). I chose the shades Fair 08 and Light 10 – again the undertones and shades were exactly what I was expecting and brighten/conceal perfectly pair with the foundation and the swatch pictures still don’t do this justice.
Application wise this honestly goes on like a dream. The consitency is perfectly creamy, again not too thick and no too runny. It covered up just enough to make my skin look “healthy” without looking cakey. Blending this out was ridiculously easy too. I tend to use my fingers, but I did test this with both a sponge and brush for the purpose of this review and had pretty much the same effect. On a side note, these to together and like ying and yang. The blend together beautifully.
Staying power again was pretty impressive. This did settle into lines a little quicker than the foundation, but this was mainly smile lines – what can I say I’m clearly just a smiley person! And as with the foundation with a little blot from my finger and these dissapeared and it continued to look flawless.
This concealer makes me think of a concealer/undereye illuminating love child. It’s not shimmery or anything, but it somehow brightens and makes me look like I’ve had a 3 week holiday and rested the entire time.
So overall!! I feel like I am starting to sound like a broken record, but in my honest opinion I love this collection. I also have the Colourpop No Filter Loose Setting Powder (which is GLORIOUS!) and the Colourpop All Star Prep & Set Duo (review to follow – keep your eyes peeled!) and the whole brand just works together like a dream.
Finally, moving on to the situation of the fact that this is SO easily accessible in America and I am in the UK, fear not!! I take full advantage of any friends or relatives that are holidaying in America (like I said I like my home comforts and don’t particularly travel) but there are now UK options! Colourpop do ship to the UK and they offer free global shipping over $50, but you will have import fees – full details can be found here.