ColourPop Ultra Matte Lips Review & Swatches!

ColourPop Ultra Matte Lips

ColourPop has quickly become one of my favorite makeup brands. The prices are unbeatable, the quality is fantastic, the color selection is diverse and beautiful…it’s an all-around incredible line. The ColourPop team recently sent me their latest gorgeous collection of Ultra Matte Lips to review and swatch for the blog. Read on for photos and a breakdown of each shade!

ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip Swatches

Top to Bottom: Instigator, Chilly Chili, Bad Habit, First Class, More Better


ColourPop initially released their liquid lipstick, Ultra Matte Lips, a few months back. I fell in love with two of the colors, and quickly placed my order. Maybe my expectations were too high, but the shades I ordered (Midi and Tulle) just didn’t do it for me. I don’t have very dry lips and I can usually handle the dryness of a liquid lipsticks, but I didn’t like the feel of these. You could see every line in my lips because of how drying the formula was. I am very happy to announce that it seems like the ColourPop team listened to us, and the formula for this new batch of lippies is exponentially better! The new Ultra Mattes are dry, but not unbearably so. It applies smoothly, but you have to work quickly. They dry in under a minute, so there’s not much room for error. The doe-foot applicator makes it very easy to get a precise line. You could use a lip liner, but I wouldn’t say it’s completely necessary. Once it dries, the lipstick feels lightweight and it has an almost velvety, powdery feel to it. It’s unlike any liquid lipstick I have tried before.

***As with any liquid lipstick, prepping your lips is crucial. For the best results, exfoliate your lips and apply a hydrating lip balm. For a even more precise finish, follow that up with a lip liner. I used Urban Decay’s Ozone pencil. Apply the Ultra Matte with the doe-foot applicator provided.

The one thing I’m not crazy about is that, even after the lipstick sets, it can transfer. I wore More Better throughout the day, and after four hours (still a very long time!), I definitely saw fading in the center of my lips. This is after eating and drinking a giant iced coffee, so it’s not entirely unexpected. It wouldn’t bother me at all, except for the fact that I have used liquid lipsticks with zero transfer (NYX Liquid Suede and Anastasia Liquid Lipstick), so I’m nitpicking. At only $6 a pop for a big tube that looks luxurious, this is a tiny complaint and definitely wouldn’t stop me from repurchasing these. The new Ultra Mattes are a definite WIN for ColourPop. Below, I’ve swatched and reviewed each shade in detail.

ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip in Instigator

ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip in Instigator: ColourPop describes this shade as a ‘mid-tone peachy nude’ which sounds right up my alley. In reality, it had a bit too much orange in it for my liking. It’s a gorgeous shade, just not my style. Out of all five shades, the formula of this one was the best. It applied like a dream and only one coat was needed. It was completely opaque. Light colors often go on patchy, and I expected to have to work with this, so the opacity was surprising and refreshing.

ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip in Chilly Chili

ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip in Chilly Chili: If you love brown lips, this shade is for you. It’s an unapologetic, bold, rich brown. It’s a shade that probably won’t work on everyone – your lips literally look like they’ve been coated in chocolate – but when it’s good, it’s good. It’s a quintessential fall/winter hue. The formula felt very lightweight and comfortable to wear. It glided on smoothly and evenly. When applying, be prepared to work quickly so that it dries to an even finish.

ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip in Bad Habit

ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip in Bad Habit: I believe this shade sold out in less than a day, and it’s no surprise why: it’s the ultimate trendy ‘Kylie Jenner’ lip color. (Don’t worry: ColourPop has promised it’ll be back in stock soon!) Bad Habit is described as a ‘dusty mauve pink.’ It’s perfect for everyday wear, and it can also complement an evening look. It was a little tricky to work with: it dried down so quickly; I barely had time to apply product to my entire lip before it was completely matte. That being said, the final look wasn’t patchy or uneven. Just be prepared to work fast! The stunning color is well worth it.

ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip in First Class

ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip in First Class: If you’re into bright hues, you will love this shade! Not entirely sure why this was released in the fall; it’s a shade that screams summer. I’m just happy they created this shade at all. It’s one of the most beautiful shades in a vast collection of beautiful shades. It’s an attention-getter. It goes on a bit patchy, but I found that two coats fixed that up. It was the only shade that benefited from layering, in my opinion. Since it’s such a bold shade, I would recommend a lip liner to keep everything within the lines.

ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip in More Better

ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip in More Better: This shade is also currently sold out, with good reason. It’s a total dupe for Anastasia’s Craft, and 1/3 of the price. It’s such a stunning, rich color, and would flatter many different skin tones. It’s an ideal fall shade. Described as a ‘deep violet wine,’ it reminds me of one of my all-time favorite ColourPop shades: LBB. I found that the darker shades were a bit harder to work with – this dried down extremely fast, and it took some work to get it to look good, but I was very happy with the final result. Definitely worth $6! It rivals products that are four times the price.

Overall, I was thrilled with this new line of Ultra Matte Lips. It’s clear that they listened to their fans, worked on the formula, and delivered something visibly better. Thank you to ColourPop for sending me the products for review. Opinions are entirely my own.

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