ColourPop – Back to Cool: 2015 Autumn Lippie Stix Collection

I have fallen in love with the ColourPop lippie stix.  The pen style applicator makes putting on the product really easy and I particular like the formula of these lipsticks.  They wear really well, particularly the matte shades, which last an extremely long time, even when eating and drinking.

But I digress.

Lets talk about the 90’s inspired Back to Cool 2015 Autumn collection of lippie stix.

ColourPop Autumn Collections 2015

ColourPop Autumn Collections 2015

I purchased these lippie stix when ColourPop had a sale where all their Autumn collection products were 20% off.  For my colouring I find all these shades really wearable.  I know that this was designed for autumn but I am excited to wear some of these shades this spring and summer!  What I like about these sets is that they offer a nice range of shades and formulas.  My favourite formula is the matte formula as it wears so well and for so long.  They aren’t overly drying and the colour just stays put.  The creme formula is glossy, very moisturising and is silky soft to apply.  The colour doesn’t wear for as long, but that is normal for a creamy formula.  If you tend to buy a certain colour range of lipstick then perhaps this kind of kit isn’t for you, but I really like to try different colours and finishes so this is super fun for me.

Swatches from left to right: Chocker (creme), Mosh Pit (matte), Baewatch (matte), Out of Sync (matte), Too Sexy (satin), TGIF (matte).

Swatches from left to right: Choker (creme), Mosh Pit (matte), Baewatch (matte), Out of Sync (matte), Too Sexy (satin), TGIF (matte).

Choker is a creme formula and is a cool-toned nude.  This works well for me with my pale skin but I suspect that if you are more tan than I am this could be pale and perhaps not so wearable.  This is perfect for everyday wear.

Mosh Pit is a matte formula and is a mid-toned brown.  This looks very chocolately on my lips and I really like this with a neutral eye look.  So pretty and very 90’s!

Baewatch is a beautiful, dusty-rose colour in the tube but it looks more mauve coloured on my lips.  I love this colour; it feels very sophisticated to me and is a classic feminine colour in my mind.

Now for something that is a bit of a bug bear.

Baewatch is in the same colour family as another lippie stix called Lumiere which I also own.  I would say that Baewatch is a shade deeper but on the lips I think it gives the same look.  If you compare the lip swatches on the ColourPop website these two shades look much more different than they do when I swatch them.  I would use these two interchangeably.  If you already own Lumiere it is not worth owning both.

comparison swatches from left to right: Out of Sync (Back to Cool), I Heart This (permanent collection, Baewatch (Back to Cool), Lumiere (Kathleen Lights collaboration).

comparison swatches from left to right: Out of Sync (Back to Cool), I Heart This (permanent collection), Baewatch (Back to Cool), Lumiere (Kathleen Lights collaboration).

Next up is Out of Sync which is also a matte finish and is a very bright fuchsia colour.  I love this one for summer and can’t wait to wear it.  BUT, again, this is a very similar colour in the permanent collection called I Heart This (that I also own – grrrr!) but I would say that Out of Sync leans more pink and I Heart This leans slightly more red.  Again, if you already own I Heart This, you don’t need both, but none-the-less this is a stunning colour.

Then we have Too Sexy.  Now, this one is SOOOOO interesting.  On the packaging this is described as a satin formula but on the website they call it a matte finish.  It certainly feels matte to me so I would say that is the truer description but this doesn’t look matte as it has a stunning sheen to it.   The swatch does not even begin to do this lipstick justice.  I would describe this as a duo chrome shade with a violet base and blue duo chrome flash.  It is lush.  Totally a ‘going out shade’ for me, but what a dramatic lipstick for a special night our during the holiday season!  This is my favourite colour in the set.

Lastly, we have TGIF lippie stix which is also a matte finish and is a brick red colour.  I thought this might be too dark for my skin tone but actually it isn’t as dark on my lips as it looks in the tube which is evident in the swatch below.  I like this with a warm eye look.  It is surprisingly beautiful.

Back to Cool (top to bottom): TGIF, Too Sexy, Out of Sync, Baewatch, Mosh Pit, Chocker.

Back to Cool (top to bottom): TGIF, Too Sexy, Out of Sync, Baewatch, Mosh Pit, Choker.

Back to Cool is a well balanced collection in my opinion.  My only criticism is the fact that there are two colours in this set that are dupes of other lippie stix in the ColourPop range, and beautiful as they are, I don’t want to own two sets of the same colour.  If I had realised that there were colour duplicates in this set to lippie stix already in my own collection, I would not have purchased it.

If you are interested in trying the ColourPop lippie stix or want to add to your collection I can certainly recommend this set and you can find it here.  I am enjoying these colours 🙂

Have a fantastic day!!

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