Colourpop BYOP Haul and Review: May 2019

Hey, all!

Today’s post is an exciting one because I finally order my first ever Colourpop BYOP palette! Yeay!!

I always wanted a face palette because I travel quite often and bringing my face makeup all in one palette can save so much time in packing and so much space in my travel makeup bag. There are so many face palette in the market of course, but the idea of being able to design my own palette or put together all the shades that really suit my skin tone or my preference is really appealing to me. And that’s why I’ve been eyeing this BYOP palette for a long time.

PS: stay tuned until the end to get a 20% off discount code to shop on Colourpop website (NOT A CLICK BAIT)

What is BYOP?

First of all, I want to give general information about what BYOP is. So, if you don’t know what it is, or if you know about it already but want to know more why it’s so recommended to buy it, I’ll give you general information about it here! But, if you know all the detail about it already, you can just skip to the next section, which are my swatches, haul, and review section!

BYOP stands for ‘Build Your Own Palette’. Just like its name, you can make your own palette that consists of several selections of products that you can choose by yourself, and an empty magnetic palette to store the products you’ve chosen. The products could be pressed shadow singles, pressed cheek powder singles (including setting powders, bronzers, highlighters, and blushes), or combination of them. Here are some arrangements CP offers on their website.

BYOP selections

Here are the normal price of every BYOP products individually:
Single shadows: USD 4
Setting powder: USD 8 (pan only) and USD 9 (with compact)
Bronzer, blush, highlighter: USD 7 (pan only)
Magnetic empty palette: USD 10

Technically, BYOP is always available on CP website, but not the BYOP SALE. The BYOP itself without the SALE has already reduce the price of all the products together. As you can see from the picture above, the total price of 6 cheek products plus 1 empty palette should be 6 x 7 + 10 = USD 52, but if you buy them from BYOP section on CP website, the price became USD 38. BUT! During the BYOP SALE, the price is even cheaper. That USD 38 becomes USD 30 (see picture below). That’s why if you really want the BYOP, you better snatch it during the BYOP SALE.

BYOP during SALE

Haul

As I mentioned before, I always wanted a face palette, and CP BYOP has been in my wish list for a long time, but I couldn’t pick it up because of my low-buy rules. And actually, according to my rules that I made myself, I can only buy new products on June. But, when CP finally had the BYOP SALE on May, and especially with the empty palette design that I really want (the pink desert palette, see picture above), and at the same time they also had a 20% off their Disney collection products PLUS 40% off their super shock products, I decided to finally break my 4 months of no-buy and place my order of BYOP and some other things that were on sale at that time.

The pink desert palette that I really want

The first things I picked up were from Colourpop x Disney Villains collection, which were the ‘Maleficent’ creme lux lipstick and Maleficent highlighter (called ‘Mistress of All Evil’). Not that I’m a big fan of Maleficent, it’s just because I like CP creme lux lipstick, and from all creme lux lipstick in this collection, only this color I don’t have in my collection. And I picked up this highlighter just because I like the shade the most among other highlighter in this collection.

Maleficent lipstick and highlight

The next things I picked up were from 40% off super shock products, I picked up two 2019 Spring collection blushes, which were ‘Growth Flirt’ and ‘Get Leid’, and one super shock shadow, which was ‘Sequin’. The super shock shadow came broken, but fortunately since it’s in super shock formula, I can re-press it without problem.

Broken ‘Sequin’ super shock shadow
Swatch of ‘Sequin’. Left: sheer swatch. Right: packed swatch.

The next two things I picked were not on sale, they were ‘Ur Thriving’ creme lux lipstick from Spring 2019 collection and ‘Mesmerize’ blur lux lipstick.

‘Ur Thriving’ lipstick, ‘Growth Flirt’ blush (left), ‘Get Leid’ blush (right)
Swatch of ‘Mesmerize’. This color is such a neutral muted pink. Really love it!

I also got an ultra matte lip in the shade ‘Monday’ because they sent my order a little bit late.

Ultra Matte Lip in ‘Monday’ as freebie.
Swatch of ‘Monday’. The color is pretty neutral, but the formula is too dry for my liking.

And finally, for the BYOP itself, I picked up the 6 cheeks palette that consists of 1 highlighter in the shade ‘Made Me Do It’, 2 bronzers in the shades ‘Private Party’ and ‘Spectacle’, and 3 blushes in the shades ‘To The 10’, ‘Tick’, and ‘Parakeet’.

My BYOP 6 cheeks palette!

BYOP Swatches and Review

Here are the swatches of my BYOP:

Swatch of my BYOP palette

‘Made Me Do It’ is a champagne pink highlighter. When swatched on hand, the pink is visible, but when applied on the face using a brush, actually the pink is very subtle and the champagne is more dominant. I like that the highlight is not glittery at all. It just gives a very natural sheen. And for me who usually go for a matte finish for my makeup look, I feel like my skin looks more dewy (but not greasy) when wearing this highlighter.

‘Private Party’ is a satin bronzer which I never even think of trying before. But, when I heard Kathleen Lights raves so much about it, I thought I want to give it a try. And I’m not disappointed AT ALL! It’s so pretty and gives natural-looking sculpt to my face. I can’t stop wearing it every time I do my makeup. I can even wear it alone without blushes. But be careful when applying it because it’s so pigmented. A little really goes a long way.

‘Spectacle’ is a light brown bronzer. So as I use ‘Private Party’ as a bronzer, I think I need one cool-toned bronzer as a contour in my palette because I do contour my nose and my cheeks. This bronzer is a little bit light for my liking and my skin tone but it still works fine. And for your reference, I use Colourpop No Filter Stix foundation in 81N and concealer in Medium 26. So if you have deeper skin tone than me, I think it won’t show up on your skin.

‘To The 10’ is a neutral warm pink blush. I love neutral tone pink so picked this one up. It’s the most natural blush shade in this palette and it has matte finish. This will be my go-to when I just want a slight flush on my cheeks.

‘Tick’ is a soft orange blush and it has satin finish. I picked this to give a different shade and finish on my palette.

‘Parakeet’ is a bright warm pink blush with matte finish. It’s so pigmented so you have to go light hand when applying it. The other two blushes I picked up here are not as pigmented as this one, so the first time I tried this on my cheek, I almost ended up with a red face. Fortunately it blended out nicely so I could still save my look that day!

20% Discount Code

This is what I promised you guys. I have a referral link so that you can get 20% off your FIRST purchase only. This is not an affiliate code but I will get also 20% off my next purchase if you use this link to make your FIRST EVER purchase with CP. So it’s a win win for us!

https://www.talkable.com/x/boSyX0

This code (as far as I’m aware) is applied for all Colourpop’s products including new arrivals. So it’s a very good deal! Please feel free to use it or not. I really appreciate if you decided to use my referral link to make your purchase! ^^

Final Thoughts

That’s all my review about my BYOP palette. I had fun choosing the shades and I’m glad that I have everything I want in one palette. From a highlighter, satin warm bronzer, matte cool contour, matte natural pink blush, satin more orangey blush, and finally a matte bright pink blush. I was actually considering to pick up a setting powder, but I still have so many powder I want to finish, so I decided not to pick it up (for now).

What do you guys think about my haul? Will you be getting your own BYOP? What shades really call your name? Please tell me on the comments below!

I’ll see you next time!

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Colourpop 2019 Birthday Collection: Buy or Bye

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Hey, all!

Today’s post is another episode of my Buy or Bye series where I talk about recently-released full makeup collection and discuss whether it’s worth a purchase or not. At first I didn’t plan to make this a series in my blog, but from time to time, I find some full collections worth to discuss! I wrote one before, which was the Zoella x Colourpop collection. As they are still available now on Colourpop (CP) website, do check that link if you want to know more about my thoughts on that collection.

This month, May, Colourpop, the so-called brand that never sleeps, is celebrating their 5th birthday. CP has been releasing a bunch of new stuffs and drops many sales every other week, so of course this month is no different, especially since it’s their birthday month. According to their tradition, they always released a full huge collection as well as one special super shock shadow that is limited edition and comes as freebie for every purchase.

By the time I wrote this post, I actually have placed my order, so I’ll tell you what I got!

Ok, without further ado, let’s dive right into the post!

PS: stay tuned until the end to get a 20% off discount code to shop on Colourpop website (NOT A CLICK BAIT)

Full collection

Since this is their Birthday Collection, of course everything must be so special. Not only it’s a HUGE collection, the main theme of this collection is also not disappointing (at least for me!). The theme of this collection is watermelon. Every items here are designed and named accordingly. The graphic design of the packaging is so cute, and you know I’m a sucker for a cute packaging. If I had unlimited amount money, I’d probably have bought everything just because of the packaging! ><

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The full collection consists of following items:

Main Squeeze eye shadow palette: USD 12
Best Served Chilled bundle: USD 24
Three liquid lipstick duos: USD 12 each
Melonade ultra matte lip: USD 7
Big Slice so juicy plumping gloss: USD 7
Three Supernova shadow and Mini Gliterally Obsessed duos: USD 12 each
Mini Gliterally Obsessed trio: USD 12
Two Full size of Gliterally Obsessed: USD 8 each
Birthday Treat super shock shadow: free with any purchase while stock lasts

Now, let’s break it down one by one!

Main Squeeze Eye Shadow Palette

In every CP releases, of course the eye shadow palette is the star of the collection. This palette is meant to be a red monochromatic palette, and it’s an addition of their currently existing monochromatic palettes, such as Brown Sugar, Ooh La La, It’s My Pleasure, and Just My Luck.

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Apparently, this was a highly requested monochromatic palette, and I was actually one of them who requested a red palette, so I’m not complaining. I love red, and I personally don’t have anything like this in my collection. I’m currently liking the 9-pan palette as I can create a quick look without having to think much. Since this one is right up my alley, this is the first item from this collection that I know I’ll pick up!

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However, after looking some swatches and reviews online, I must admit that a lot of the shades in this palette are somewhat ended up looking so similar once applied on the eyes. It’s also lacking in depth. There is no light enough or deep enough shade. If you look this palette as a whole, it’s full of medium and transitional shades only. The darkest shade which is the one on bottom right corner (“red bottoms”) could’ve been even deeper. And I can’t tell which one is the lightest shade, the 1st one (“frose”), or the 6th one (“big gulp”)?

Aside from that, some also mentioned that since it’s a watermelon themed palette, there should be a green, creme, and black shades. I personally don’t mind the fact that even though they claimed it to be a watermelon palette, it’s only consists of red colors. I’m sure they want to add this palette to the monochromatic palettes family without having to release another red-only palette.

With that being said, I did pick up this palette! This is my favorite item from this collection, the packaging is stunning, and the fact that it’s a 9-pan palette is also practical. I can’t wait to create all-red looks using it!

Best Served Chilled Bundle

This bundle is a collaboration with CP sister skincare brand, Fourth Ray Beauty (FRB). It consists of Watermelon Face Milk, Watermelon Seed Oil, and Watermelon flavored Lippie Scrub. Watermelon Seed Oil is previously existing product from FRB, while Watermelon Face Milk is a new one, and Watermelon flavored Lippie Scrub is also a new product from CP’s Lippie Scrub line. By the way if you’re wondering, Watermelon Face Milk is a light weight moisturizer that’s supposed to be hydrating but non-greasy.

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I’ve been wanting to try FRB products and CP lippie scrubs, but since I’m on a low buy year, I can’t just buy them whenever I want. I have to follow my low buy budget and schedule (PS: you can read my low buy rules here). So, when I saw that CP offers this bundle, which include literally everything I’ve been eyeing, I know I want to pick up this bundle. Additionally, from swatches and reviews I saw online, many people seems liking this bundle also.

This bundle retails for USD 24, while the actual total price of three of the items is USD 26, so we’re not really saving a lot of money by buying them in a bundle.

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I was actually a little bit iffy to buy liquid products internationally because I’ve read from several bloggers who ordered FRB stuffs that their stuffs came leaking (I read from my friend AlwaysCleia and PolishedAndInspired). I wish that they are sold individually so that I can pick up only the lippie scrub which doesn’t have high risk of leaking. But, since I’ve been wanting to try FRB products for a long time, I decided to pick up this bundle and just hoping for the best that there won’t be any spills during the shipping! ><

Liquid Lipsticks Bundles

There are so many liquid lip products within this collection and I like it since it’s very suitable with the theme. The three liquid lip bundles are: Sweet Crush, Slice of Life, and Our of Your Rind.

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Let’s talk about them one by one!

Slice of Life

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This bundle consists of one ultra glossy lip (UGL) in “Fresco” and one ultra BLOTTED lip (UBL) in “Swing Away”.

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It’s been a long time since CP released a new shade of ultra blotted lip so I’m very excited to try it. But I’m actually not a glosses type of girl. I like lip products that are pigmented and not sticky. If they were sold individually, I would’ve pick up only the UBL. But since they are only available in bundle (as of now), and luckily the UGL here is the only one that actually has color in it among the three bundles, I decided to pick up this bundle. I don’t hate glosses so I will just wear it from time to time.

Sweet Crush

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This bundle consists of one UGL in “Granita” and one ultra MATTE lip (UML) in “Sherbert Shop”.

I actually really like Sherbert Shop, it’s the type of lip color I like to wear. But since it’s only sold in a bundle, and I rarely wear glosses especially clear glosses, I decided not to pick up this bundle. Were they sold individually, I think I might’ve picked up only the UBL from previous bundle and the UML from this bundle.

Out of Your Rind

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This bundle consists of one UGL in “Scorcher” and one UML in “On The Grill”.

I don’t wear a lot of hot pink or fuchsia matte lippies because I find it too “in-your-face”. If the shade On The Grill was in UBL formula, I don’t mind it since UBL looks more muted than UML. I also rarely wear glosses, so this bundle is a pass from me. But I still think it’s a pretty color. I just hope it was in different formula.

Melonade Ultra Matte Lip

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I actually can’t justify why they include a single UML with only one shade option. I really like the color, tho, it’s right up my alley. But if they want to include a single item, there is one item I think is better than one shade of UML. They should’ve included a true red loose pigment! It much more makes sense to include a single loose pigment than a single UML that’s already available in bundles, too. But this is only my suggestion, I’m sure they had their own justification.

Honestly, if all of the items here were available as singles, I think the ones I picked up would be the watermelon lippie scrub, UBL in Swing Away, UML in Sherbert Shop, and this one. Since I have limited budget, I decided not to pick this one up, although I really really want to pick it up also 😥

Big Slice So Juicy Plumping Gloss

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As I mentioned before, I don’t usually wear glosses, let alone a thicker one like this. I personally think the color is pretty and really suits the theme. I actually considered to pick this up because I think this time might be a good time to try this plumping glosses. But since I have a limited budget, this one didn’t make the cut.

Supernova Shadow and Mini Gliterally Obsessed Duos

It’s been a long time since CP released new shades of supernova shadow. The last time was in their collaboration with Zoella. I never tried a supernova shadow before, so I can’t say much about it. I imagine it’s just like a usual liquid shadow.

Gilterally obsessed (GO) is not a new product, but this time they released it in a mini size which I think is a clever idea! The full size is 15 g/ 0.53 oz and retails for USD 7.5. The mini is 3 g/ 0.11 oz, and if we break it down from this bundle, since supernova shadow retails for USD 8, this GO mini’s value is around USD 4.5. If you wanted to try it since before but not quite ready to commit to a full size, this could be your chance. But you might want to keep in mind that you pay around half of full size price with the amount of 1/5. Of course we can’t always value a product based on their weight only since there’s also packaging that contributes to the price. But I think I just want to mention this in case it helps you decide on whether to buy the mini or not.

There are three of these duos, they are Dear Summer, Sandia Smash, and Slip N’ Slide.

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Dear Summer

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This bundle consists of “Wish Me Luck” GO and “Sand Castle” supernova shadow. Wish Me Luck is an existing GO shade but Sand Castle is a new one.

I was actually intrigued to try this since I never tried a supernova shadow and GO before. But I need to consider whether I will get a lot of use out of it. On daily bases when I go outside, I wear hijab and my whole body is covered except my face and my palms. On the other hand, GO is intended to use on the body or maybe face except the eye area. However, there’s not many part of my body that is shown. The highest possibility is only to use it around my face or my eyes (which is not safe). But I can’t justify going to a mall wearing glitter on my face XD. So although I like the shades of this supernova and actually don’t mind wearing glitter, I don’t think I can get many use out of it. So I decided to pass on this bundle (and also any glitter products within this collection).

Speaking about the bundle itself, I think the shade of supernova shadow in this one is the most consistent within this whole collection, which is around red and coral color family. The other two bundles are too pink-y and purple-y, which I think a little off to be paired with the palette if you want to wear them together.

Sandia Smash

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This bundle consists of “Avenue of The Stars” GO, which also an existing GO shade, and “Ice Pop” supernova shadow, which is a new one. I actually really like the glitter since it’s very colorful, and I do think the supernova shadow’s shade is also pretty, and the overall shade of both of them quite matches. But again, since I won’t be wearing them a lot, I decided to pass on this one.

Slip N’ Slide

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This bundle consists of “Disco Lady” GO, which also an existing GO shade, and “Hazy” supernova shadow, which is a new one. Among the three bundles, I think the supernova shadow in this one doesn’t quite match the theme. It’s still a pretty shade, so if you like the shade alone without considering the whole theme in this collection, I’m sure you’ll be happy to have it! I also passed this one with the same reasoning as I mentioned above.

Mini Glitterally Obsessed Trio

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This trio consists of three mini GO retails for 12 USD. Each of them is 3 g/ 0.11 oz and if we break it down from the bundle’s price, each would be USD 4. The shades are “Starfire”, “Star Party”, and “Keep it Plutonic”, which all of them are existing shade. If you don’t want the supernova shadow bundle, you can have this instead. I myself didn’t pick this one up.

Full Sized Gliterally Obsessed

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There are two new GO shades in this collection which are “Trippin on Skies” (the left one from image above) and “Bring The Heat” (the right one from image above). They are just like typical CP GO that has been released before. I can’t say much about it since I never tried any of them. I also passed on this one.

Free Birthday Super Shock Shadow

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Just like CP’s previous birthday celebration, they give this super shock shadow (SSS) as a freebie with every purchase made during the birthday period. I love SSS and this color is perfect for this collection. I obviously get it for free with my purchase and can’t wait to play around with it!

Additional Bundles

Besides the ones mentioned above, CP also offer some additional bundles. The first one is “Birthday Bash” which consists of four previous birthday-special SSS retails for USD 20.

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I didn’t pick this up because I have limited budget and for this purchase, I decided to pick up products I never tried before such as FRB stuffs, lippie scrub, and UBL, so this one didn’t make the cut. But now I’m kinda regretting myself by not picking this one up. They are special SSS and not sold in singles anymore so I should have pick this up to complete my collection. Now I only hope they make this bundle a permanent so I can pick it up a little bit later 😥

The next bundle is “Sweetest Fling” which consists of Main Squeeze palette, Melonade UML, and Big Slice Plumping Gloss. This one retails for USD 26, which actually doesn’t save any money.

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The next bundle is “In Season” which consists of Main Squeeze palette, Best O liner, and Get Paid liner retails for USD 20. I actually considered to pick this up since it saves USD 3. But after considering the liners included here, I think I don’t really want them at the moment.

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Overall Thoughts

So that is it guys my thoughts about CP 2019 birthday collection. The ones I picked up are Main Squeeze palette, Best Served Chilled bundle, Slice of Life bundle, and Birthday Treat SSS. Overall, I really love the theme and in my opinion they executed it well with the selection of products, the graphic design, and the product/ shade names. There are some elements that could’ve been better, such as a wider range of reds in the palette, adding another type of product outside the bundle instead of one single shade of UML, and selling the products individually so that we could choose them more freely. In the end, I am still happy with my purchase and can’t wait to play around with it!

20% Discount Code

This is what I promised you guys. I have a referral link so that you can get 20% off your FIRST purchase only. This is not an affiliate code but I will get also 20% off my next purchase if you use this link to make your FIRST EVER purchase with CP. So it’s a win win for us!

https://www.talkable.com/x/boSyX0

This code (as far as I’m aware) is applied for all Colourpop’s products including new arrivals. So it’s a very good deal! Please feel free to use it or not. I really appreciate if you decided to use my referral link to make your purchase! ^^

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That’s all for today’s post! Now let me know what you think about this collection. Did you pick anything up? Which is your most favorite product? Or did you completely skip this collection? Please comment below!

I’ll see you on my next post!