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Colourpop Ultra Matte Lips in Cheap Thrills & Are N Be [Swatches + Review] by Jinra Ilustrisimo on Oct 25, 2016

Now that we're in Fall, it's becoming more apparent to me that I have a season-specific matte liquid lipstick shade type. That shade type is purple and all variations of it. Colourpop's Ultra Matte Lips in Cheap Thrills & Are N Be are both shades in the purple family that called (screamed) to me.


Product information from the official ColourPop web site:

"Step 1: Make sure your lips are bare and dry! Step 2: Apply matching lip pencil for a precise and perfected application. Step 3: Apply Ultra Matte Lip with the applicator or your favorite lip brush. **For smoothest finish always exfoliate your lips first! This thin and lightweight formula glides onto the lips smoothly and leaves SUPER intense pigment-rich colour with a bold, ultra matte look. It's very long wearing and completely kiss proof! We suggest storing these babies upright and shaking before application!"


The ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip (3.2 g/.11 oz) is packaged in a sturdy, clear glass tube featuring a chrome silver cap. The wand applicator is your average doe foot for precise application. It's simple and easy to use. Here's a closer look:


Cheap Thrills is described as a, "dusty lilac," while Are N Be is described as a, "rich mauve plum." Both are accurate descriptions of each shade.

Texture starts out as a creamy liquid, then dries down to a true matte lipstick finish. It's slightly drying as most matte liquid lipsticks tend to be but at the same time is not of the mousse-y or tacky texture. All four shades wear comfortably when I start off with hydrated, exfoliated lips. Some swatches in natural indoor lighting:

Cheap Thrills

Are N Be

For funsies, I wanted to see how Are N Be compared to other similar shades in my collection:

L-R: Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Amore, Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Exorcism and Colourpop Are N Be

Above is basically my lip trinity at the moment. All of my moods in one swatch photo!




The performance or formulation of the ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip hasn't changed since I first reviewed the Ultra Matte To-Go Foxy Set at the beginning of the year. The deeper, more pigmented the shade, the longer-lasting it is. Both shades will survive a good eight hours of wear, including meals, without the need for any reapplications. No transferring!

Application is still easy using the doe foot applicator. Depending on the size of your lips, I found that it took up to a minute for the Ultra Matte Lips to dry down to its true shade without any patchy-ness.

The feel of the ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip is a teeny bit drying. Such is the nature of most liquid lipsticks I've experienced lately. My solution to the dryness of a liquid lipstick is to apply a bit of Aquaphor (or your favorite lip balm) to the center of your lips in a dabbing motion. The finish will change from matte to satin but at least it's some comfort for your lips!

One last thing to note is that none of the shades feathered or bled out.

Availability:, $6

Disclaimer: ColourPop Ultra Matte Lips were provided to me for review purposes only. The opinions of this review are 100% my own.

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2 points
Oct 29, 2016
You've inspired me to try purple lipsticks!
1 point
Nov 20, 2016
Try it gurl!
1 point
Nov 14, 2016
Only the weird kids at my school wears purple. Like me haha
1 point
Oct 31, 2016
moar swatches! purp isn't for me.
1 point
Oct 30, 2016
these are good, but i kinda hate having to reapply them all the time.
1 point
Oct 29, 2016
Yes, more swatches plz.
1 point
Oct 28, 2016
I use natural moisturizes as best I can. Anything with shea butter is what I recommend for lips.
1 point
Oct 27, 2016
With liquid lipsticks, they're all kinda just drying. It's just a thing with them. Plus ya'll should be moisturizing anyway. lol
1 point
Oct 26, 2016
I would love to see more swatches...
1 point
Oct 26, 2016
Pretty much every review I read mentions the lip hydration part. Just chiming in...
1 point
Oct 26, 2016
I have the same problem with dry lips. For the longest time I stayed away from liquid lipsticks until a friend of mine told me to try EOS lip balm. It worked for me!
JinraIlustrisimo Flauntme Staff
1 point
Oct 25, 2016
Yes! I feel like it can't be helped. What lip balm do you like to use under liquid lipsticks?
1 point
Oct 25, 2016
My lips are a bit dry too, so I use lip balm or whatever before I put them on myself.