Is there anything better than a Colourpop haul? I don’t think so! I am not going to lie, their lip products are among my all time favorites (I’m talking about you – Ultra Satin Lips!). Initially I was obsessed with the eyeshadows from the brand, but now I can’t walk past a new lip launch… Needless to say, I was more than curious about their Blotted Lip formula.
The description on the website talks about a sheer matte finish that’s lightweight and buildable, but they are not as sheer as you may expect. In fact, they have a very good color payoff and the sheerness will only be noticeable if you have freckles or discoloration on the lips. Otherwise, you won’t really see your natural lip shade under your chosen Blotted Lip color.
I am a bit on the fence about this particular formula – some shades are excellent, but others not so much. They are very matte and almost have a powdery finish which, unfortunately, can emphasize all your imperfections. Out of the four shades I currently own, only one of them is forgiving enough to wear without exfoliating and moisturizing my lips. Others will cling onto flaky and dry areas, making them much more prominent. Some colors from the line can also look a bit patchy if you apply just one layer. Let’s talk about each individual shade in more detail.
Candy Floss is my favorite out of the lot. It’s a beautiful terracotta nude shade that works with every eye look and every outfit. The product goes on smoothly and provides a nice, even coverage with one swipe.
It’s a great shade for those of you who don’t like to worry about touching up your makeup a lot throughout the day. The color is likely to be very simlar to your natural lip hue and won’t show the product wearing off.
Sucker is, unfortunately, my least favorite. I love the coral shade and I would wear it a lot if the formula was better. At the moment it just feels dry and looks patchy. I can only make it work if my lips are perfectly exfoliated, moisturized and when I apply multiple layers.
If you have any flakiness or dry areas on the lips, this sucker (pun intended…) will make it look worse. The color may be worth all the extra steps, but you won’t be able to use it as a “throw it in your purse”, easy to wear option.
On a Stick is a warm-toned pink shade, much more vibrant than what the image on the website would suggest. I don’t mind that at all, though, as it’s a fantastic summer color that instantly brightens up your complexion.
The formula is not as dry as Sucker, but not as good as Candy Floss. Luckily, you can get away with wearing this shade if your lips are not perfectly smooth (although I would still recommend exfoliating beforehand). The color is opaque, but if you have any freckles or sun spots on your lips, they may remain visible.
Bee’s Knees is a fuchsia pink, a tone or two darker than On A Stick. This one also has a nice formula and doesn’t tug as much as Sucker. It provides nice coverage with one layer and you can always apply more if needed.
I feel like this shade may be good for those of you who only begin to experiment with bolder lip colors. It will also be a nice fall and winter shade – Snow White vibes!
What I really like about the Blotted Lip formula is longevity. They stay on for hours and are capable of surviving your lunch break (unless you’re having something really oily or greasy). For a matte formula they are not very drying and won’t leave your pout begging for a lip balm. What I’m not crazy about is the packaging. The Bee’s Knees shade popped out the second time I was about to use it. It’s still usable, but it would be nice if it was attached properly.
Do you need to jump to the Colourpop website right this moment and purchase every available shade? Definitely no. If you’re only after one color to sample the formula, get Candy Floss. Otherwise, you can always apply your favorite lipstick, blot the excess with a tissue and apply a tiny layer of translucent powder to achieve similar effect. I will definitely continue using them, but won’t be expanding my collection in near future. Ultra Satin Lips are still unbeatable, but I may go for the Ultra Blotted Lip version next time I feel like a Colourpop kick…