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.
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).
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 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 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.
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:
- a full coverage glam kind of foundation (if that’s your case, the Makeup Revolution Conceal and Define Foundation would be more suited)
- a super matte finish which stays matte all day
- a duty free foundation
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!
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