It’s hard to imagine a better matte lipstick for less than $6 a pop. Whether you’re a beginner to lipstick and hesitant to shell out your hard-earned bucks for a look you’re just trying out, or you’re a pigmented pout–connoisseur looking to add to your collection, Colourpop’s Lippie Stix are here for you.
In terms of design, this lipstick is a winner when it comes to ease of use. The slim packaging will fit into any pocket or purse, no matter how tiny. And while the white packaging might not scream “I’m expensive,” the color does make it incredibly easy to locate in a cluttered makeup drawer or the deepest, darkest corners of your tote. The pen-like shape and angled tip are great for easy application, combining the preciseness of a lipliner with the speedy coverage of a traditional lip bullet. Whether you have full lips, narrow lips, or have a hard time following the contours of your cupid’s bow, this lippie goes on like a dream. The tube itself twists up and down easily without a lot of friction (you can even twist it up with one hand), enabling you to pop on the color of your choice and head out the door without any mistakes, even if you’re already running late. The incredible pigmentation led us to dub it a “one-swipe wonder” — you don’t have to build up coat after coat to achieve a bold lip look.
In addition to the serious pigmentation level, the texture of the lipstick glides right over lips, never tugging or getting messy. It applies like a cream but dries almost immediately, leaving a comfortable — and never tacky or sticky — finish. Although formulated with vitamin E and shea butter, your lips will certainly not be *more* moisturized after wearing almost any lipstick, so if hydration is a concern, we’d recommend starting with a base layer of lip balm or ColourPop’s own Lip Primer (which moisturizes and smooths lips pre-application). While some transfer does occur onto straws, mugs, and tissues, that transfer doesn’t affect the coverage. Your color of choice will outlast most meals, with only the inner parts of your lips losing coverage — and no smearing outside your lip line. When it comes to reapplication, the product does tend to “ball up” if you reapply immediately over any lipstick remnants, but it’s very easy to quickly remove with a tissue and apply a fresh coat (it’ll go on as quickly and easily the second time around).
Between the matte and matte X finishes, this lipstick comes in a whopping 40 shades. There’s a huge array to choose from, including a wide range of browns and roses, so you can find a great nude option. On the ColourPop website itself (the only place you can actually score these), you can navigate their range of shades by category (pinks, reds, oranges/corals, purples, darks, and nudes) to make the range of shades less intimidating to sort through. With 12 red shades alone, you’re sure to find the one you’re looking for.
As Sarah Han, a writer on our As/Is team puts it, “ColourPop is not just about the affordability factor. I take my lipsticks VERY seriously and they need to have high color payoff (we’re talking one swipe), and be relatively long-lasting and comfortable to wear — and ColourPop makes ’em just like that. My fave is a plum wine color called LBB, but there’s definitely a shade out there for everyone. It’s creamy, non-drying, and not prone to feathering. What more can you ask for?”
Whether you’re looking to get started with the whole ~matte lipstick~ thing or simply trying to find new colors without going broke, these ColourPop Lippie Stix have your lips (and bank account) on lock.