Colourpop No Filter Foundation Review

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First world problem: us Europeans can’t buy Colourpop in stores. It seems exclusive to the USA and Canada. We can buy it online, of course, and the Colourpop website is superbly made (I’ve been watching too much John Maclean lately). However, the customs duty we have to pay on overseas parcels coming into Belgium is insane (I already mentioned that in my first Colourpop haul). Just to give you a rough idea: my last order was $52 and customs duty was $40. But that wasn’t enough to stop me from placing another order. I bought a bunch of single shadows, super shock shadows and the No Filter Concealer, but that’ll be for another day. The item I really wanted to get my hands on was the Colourpop No Filter Foundation. And I’m glad I did.

Ingredients (I know you care)

Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclohexasiloxane, Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Phenyl Trimethicone, Glycerin, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Silica, Peg-10 Dimethicone, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Synthetic Sapphire, Polypropylsilsesquioxane, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Polysorbate 20, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Potassium Sorbate, Trisodium Edta, Hexylene Glycol, Tocopherol; MAY CONTAIN: Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891).

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Price, packaging, quantity and shade range

Price: $12 (£9.15 or €10.27, not including customs duty) on the Colourpop website (duh) or at Ulta.

Colourpop No Filter Foundation

The packaging is pretty cute: it’s a glass bottle with a basic white plastic pump. Easy to use, easy to clean. I’m a sucker for the little stars. 

The quantity is 25ml (0.85 fl. oz) so the price per litre would be €410/L, If you remember my rant in the Makeup Revolution Conceal and Define Foundation review. It’s more expensive than Maybelline Superstay, but cheaper than Revolution.

The range has 42 shades, so that’s pretty badass. Since I was ordering online, I kind of had to go with my intuition and picked up the shade LIGHT 50. Turned out to be fine, a tiny wee bit yellow, and I think it will most likely be too dark in the winter (so I have to use it all up now) (and I don’t mind).

Colourpop No Filter Foundation
Light 50

Matching myself online wasn’t much of a challenge, though, as the Colourpop website is very helpful. You can either let them help you find your shade or your can enter the shade you use in another foundation (which, hopefully, is one of the foundations they have in their list). 

Colourpop No Filter Foundation find your shade
Find your shade with Colourpop
Colourpop No Filter Foundation find your shade
Find your shade through other brands

Colourpop products are made in the USA, are vegan and cruelty free


Our oil-free, buildable full coverage foundation was formulated with soft blurring pigments to give you a natural matte finish. No filter needed.

My thoughts on the Colourpop No Filter Foundation


The application is very pleasant with a beauty sponge, brushes or fingers. In perfect seamlessness. 

Colourpop No Filter Foundation
Colourpop no filter foundation review


Colourpop claims that the foundation can be built up, but it’s pretty obvious upon the first application that it’s going to take at least two layers to achieve full coverage. I’m a firm believer that if you claim your foundation to be full coverage it should be on the first layer. I hate piling on foundations because it just makes them look cakey and they crack like a dried up mud mask after a few hours. 

The Colourpop No Filter Foundation is naturally medium coverage and that’s perfectly fine. 

Colourpop No Filter Foundation
Live, laugh, love.
(one layer)

Staying power

The staying power is honestly very good. I’ve worn it for up to 12 hours and noticed that it gets a little bit on the dewy side after 5-6 hours, which is pretty common on oily skins like mine. The foundation never separated, however, and that made the dewiness seem very natural. 

It doesn’t oxidize. If anything, it melts into the skin to look even more natural. 

When testing the foundation, I didn’t use any primers and hardly set it with powder. Living on the edge. 

Would I recommend the Colourpop No Filter Foundation?

I definitely would if:

  • you are looking for a natural finish
  • your skin is oily and foundations usually separate on you after a few hours
  • your skin is textured and you need something that will naturally blur your imperfections
  • you’re looking for a great value foundation and you live in America

Not if you are looking for:

About the claims, I’d have to slightly nuance the full coverage one. It can be, but it’s not a *naturally* full coverage foundation. All the other claims (natural matte, oil-free, blurring effect) are true. 

This has personally become one of my favourite foundations and is a close second to my Holy Grail Clinique Superbalanced and I’m sure I will definitely repurchase it when I run out of it. 

Have you tried the Colourpop No Filter Foundation? Are you planning to? Do you think I might have a foundation addiction issue? Leave a comment below!

Here’s a cute pin for your boards:

Colourpop No Filter Foundation


  1. December 5, 2018 / 8:34 pm

    So glad Katrina shared your blog post on Twitter! I ordered this foundation when it was free shipping around Cyber Monday. I just got it in but have been nervous to use it for some reason so I haven’t gotten around to it. Definitely going to give it a whirl now 🙂 Thanks for sharing!!!

    • Kate
      December 5, 2018 / 8:40 pm

      It’s one of my faves, honestly!
      Thanks for commenting 🙂

  2. December 5, 2018 / 6:18 pm

    okay well shit now I need this too?!

    • Kate
      December 5, 2018 / 8:39 pm

      I would say you do.

  3. September 18, 2018 / 12:34 am

    Oooo vegan and cruelty free? The foundation looks pretty good too it’s the customs that makes me uncomfortable! My mother in law is off to NY soon I think I’ll start building her a shopping list! Anything else you recommend from the range?

    • Kate
      September 18, 2018 / 3:21 am

      The foundation is great, but it’s hard to let someone else take the risk of matching you. I know you’re a lipstick lover, so I’d say: have a look at their range. You are bound to find something you like. Very affordable, too!

  4. September 16, 2018 / 9:33 pm

    This is such a cute bottle! I’m loving the little stars, these would grab my attention immediately! Wow, the shade range is huge! It sounds like it’s pretty easy to pick the right shade via the website. It looks great on you and so natural too. It would be awesome if Colourpop was available in the U.K. Great review Kate, thank you for sharing <3 xx

    Bexa |

    • Kate
      September 16, 2018 / 11:41 pm

      The little stars are totally up your alley, Bexa.
      Thank you so much for commenting 🙂

  5. September 16, 2018 / 5:13 pm

    Looks so cute! Never bought anything from there yet but I need too, love this

  6. September 16, 2018 / 2:25 pm

    I love the natural coverage of this. I’m already looking at the website! I love the bottle also with the little stars. I wonder if the empty could be re-purposed…

    • Kate
      September 16, 2018 / 2:52 pm

      I’m sure it would!

    • Kate
      September 16, 2018 / 12:38 pm


  7. September 16, 2018 / 12:28 pm

    This sounds really good, because I prefer a natural coverage. I love the packaging too. It’s just a shame I don’t live in America!


    • Kate
      September 16, 2018 / 12:38 pm


  8. September 16, 2018 / 8:15 am

    The packaging is so cute, love the little stars on the bottle! Great to hear it comes in such a large number of shades too!

    • Kate
      September 16, 2018 / 11:11 am

      Yup! Thanks for your comment 🙂

  9. September 16, 2018 / 4:31 am

    Great review! ☺️ I’ve actually never bought anything from Colour Pop before even though I’m in the states, but I’m always so tempted.

    • Kate
      September 16, 2018 / 11:12 am

      I think if I lived in the States my Colourpop collection would be huge lol
      Def. recommend!

    • Kate
      September 15, 2018 / 5:50 pm

      It’s really good and we are def. missing out 🙁

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