We Need to Talk: Review of ColourPop No Filter Concealer, Foundations, and Setting Powders

Thursday, August 23, 2018

ColourPop No Filter | bellanoirbeauty.com


So we need to talk about ColourPop's complexion products. I had pretty high expectations for them, as ColourPop has rightfully earned that reputation. I purchased the No Filter Concealer in Dark (48), two of the foundations, and two setting powders in the shades Banana and Deep Dark. When you spent $40, ColourPop threw in a free foundation brush.



Skin overview

Type: Oily and imperfect; fading acne scars on cheeks and chin
Texture: Tiny icepick scars on my cheeks; relatively smooth elsewhere
Tones: neutral-to-yellow

Concealer


What it's supposed to do

From the brand: A lightweight, creamy, full-coverage concealer formulated with soft-blurring pigments to create the ultimate matte, flawless complexion.

Ingredients

Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Caprylyl Methicone, Butylene Glycol, Silica, Cetyl Diglyceryl Tris(Trimethylsiloxy)Silylethyl Dimethicone, Peg-10 Dimeticone, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Phenyl Trimethicone, Alumina, Isopropyl Titanium Triisostearate, Sodium Chloride, Bis-Peg-15 Dimethicone / Ipdi Copolymer, Peg-2 Soyamine, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Trisodium Edta, Polypropylsilsesquioxane, Potassium Sorbate, Hexylene Glycol, Pesudoalteromonas Exopolysaccharides, Citric Acid, Sodium Salicylate, Plankton Extract, Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891).

How I use it

I use this shade solely underneath my eyes to bring some brightness there and distract from the eye bags I have. I will set it with a powder, either Laura Mercier's or a banana powder. I often alternate between Ben Nye and Essence Brighten Up Powder.

ColourPop No Filter Concealer | bellanoirbeauty.com

ColourPop No Filter Concealer | bellanoirbeauty.com

ColourPop No Filter Concealer | bellanoirbeauty.com

ColourPop No Filter Concealer | bellanoirbeauty.com


What I like about it/What could be better

The concealer was the best purchase out of the bunch, even though I think it's too bright for me. It reminds me of the LA Girl Pro Concealer in Toffee, but that doesn't take away from the performance of it. It reminds me a little bit of Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Concealer in how smooth it is. I like the performance of it and would consider repurchasing it in a different color. It doesn't crease or separate either, musts in concealers for me.

Foundation and Setting Powder


No Filter Foundation 190 with Dark Loose Setting Powder and Banana Powder

What it's supposed to do

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

Setting Powders
From the brand: Smooth, weightless loose powder sets makeup for all day wear without creasing, caking, or flashback.

Ingredients

Foundation: 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).

Setting Powders: Talc, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Boron Nitride, Lauroyl Lysine, Silica, Nylon-12, Dimethicone, Lauroyl Lysine, Chlorphenesin, Dehydroacetic Acid; MAY CONTAIN: Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Mica (CI 77019), Red 30 Lake (CI 73360), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891).

How I use it

190 is the darker of the two shades I purchased, in that it had redder undertones, so I decided to start with that one. I would describe it as medium- to full-coverage.

ColourPop No Filter Foundation | bellanoirbeauty.com
I applied the foundation over the concealer; as you can see, the foundation definitely overpowered the concealer. I started out using the foundation brush included in the haul, but it went on extra streaky and I could not get the brush to work for me. I switched to a more dense face brush.

ColourPop No Filter Foundation | bellanoirbeauty.com

ColourPop No Filter Foundation | bellanoirbeauty.com
A look at the foundation with flash

ColourPop No Filter Foundation | bellanoirbeauty.com

ColourPop No Filter Foundation | bellanoirbeauty.com
Dark setting powder applied on left side of face
I used the same dense brush to apply Dark Setting Powder I used to apply the foundation, as I usually do. I have been using this one for a couple years and it's amazing. Initially, I attempted to use the foundation brush I received in the haul, but that did not work out swimmingly for me.

ColourPop No Filter Powder | bellanoirbeauty.com
Banana Powder applied under eye area
I generally use an angled face brush like this one to apply any powder going underneath my eyes. That resulted in pure tragedy when I tried that with this banana powder.

ColourPop No Filter Powder | bellanoirbeauty.com
A closeup of the texture of the powders... whew, chile!

ColourPop No Filter Powder | bellanoirbeauty.com
Banana Powder with flash

ColourPop No Filter Powder | bellanoirbeauty.com

ColourPop No Filter Powder | bellanoirbeauty.com
I really want to emphasize how bad the texture of this powder is. Reminded me a little of corn meal.

ColourPop No Filter Powder | bellanoirbeauty.com
Every imperfection grabbed on to this powder; I have never experienced anything like this.

ColourPop No Filter Powder | bellanoirbeauty.com
I attempted to salvage this look by going heavy on the blush and adding red, exotic lips to distract from the powder.

ColourPop No Filter Powder | bellanoirbeauty.com

ColourPop No Filter Powder | bellanoirbeauty.com
Final look with flash

ColourPop No Filter Powder | bellanoirbeauty.com

What I like about it/What could be better

The loose setting powders are probably the worst beauty products I have ever tried. If not, they are high up there on the list! The foundation is basic and not very sophisticated in formula based on application; you certainly get what you pay for in this case! Really surprised that ColourPop released such awful quality products, especially the setting powders. I wonder if the pressed powders are better than these. The foundations are $12.00 a piece and the setting powders are $9.00 each. I say save your money on these. For a foundation that's comparable in price, but superior and actually almost half the pricer, try The Ordinary's Coverage Foundation. This experience has definitely made me want to try other drugstore/budget loose setting powders to see if there is something better out there in that price range. As of now, I am sticking to my Laura Mercier and I also recently purchased the new Lancome Setting Powder, which so far, I am impressed with.


No Filter Foundation in 185, No Filter Concealer, and Banana Powder applied with a damp beauty sponge.

The shade 185 has more yellow undertones than 190.
ColourPop No Filter Foundation | bellanoirbeauty.com
Concealer and foundation applied. I used a dense face brush for the foundation.

ColourPop No Filter Foundation | bellanoirbeauty.com

ColourPop No Filter Foundation | bellanoirbeauty.com
Banana Powder applied with a damp beauty sponge

ColourPop No Filter Foundation | bellanoirbeauty.com

ColourPop No Filter Foundation | bellanoirbeauty.com
A look with flash

ColourPop No Filter Foundation | bellanoirbeauty.com
Final look

ColourPop No Filter Foundation | bellanoirbeauty.com
Definitely not as bad as using the powder dry, but still not ideal.

What I like about it/What could be better

This method had better results but it was then I decided I would give up on the powders. The amount of time it takes to get it looking decent isn't worth it to me.

No Filter Foundation 185, No Filter Concealer, Laura Mercier Translucent Powder in Medium Deep, Ben Nye Banana Powder

How I use it


ColourPop No Filter Foundation | bellanoirbeauty.com
This time, I decided to not use the setting powders and go in with Laura Mercier's Translucent Powder in Medium-Deep on top of the No Filter Foundation in 185

ColourPop No Filter Foundation | bellanoirbeauty.com

ColourPop No Filter Foundation | bellanoirbeauty.com

ColourPop No Filter Foundation | bellanoirbeauty.com

ColourPop No Filter Foundation | bellanoirbeauty.com
I then used Ben Nye Banana Powder for brightening underneath my eyes and other areas on my face.

ColourPop No Filter Foundation | bellanoirbeauty.com

ColourPop No Filter Foundation | bellanoirbeauty.com

ColourPop No Filter Foundation | bellanoirbeauty.com

ColourPop No Filter Foundation | bellanoirbeauty.com
Final look

ColourPop No Filter Foundation | bellanoirbeauty.com


ColourPop No Filter Foundation | bellanoirbeauty.com

What I like about it/What could be better

From this exercise, I decided that the foundations are just ok; I have tried some L'Oreal and Maybelline foundations in the past that are much better. The setting powders are canceled. The concealer is superior to everything in the No Filter collection that I have tried and is the only thing I had no trouble with.

The Foundation Brush

Booooooooooo. Boooooooooooo!

I hated it. I tried it with the No Filter Foundation and with other cream and liquid foundations and it still left my foundation all streaky in both instances. The door!

Where to indulge

ColourPop

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