Hi guys, today I’m finally getting around to reviewing the Colourpop No Filter Foundation(s). I shared my first impressions back in November and told you I’d do full reviews when I’d had a bit of time to play with them. After a quick Twitter poll, I’ve decided to review both of their No Filter Foundations together and compare them. You guys said you’d rather see a side by side than two separate reviews, so that’s what we’re doing.
Spoiler: I like one way more than the other.
As this is a two in one and my foundation reviews are usually ridiculously long anyway, please prepare for this to be longer than your dissertation.
As I’m sure many of you know, Coloupop are an online retailer based in California. They’re known for being budget friendly, I kinda see them on as a similar level as Revolution? The brand is cruelty free and both of these foundations are vegan friendly.
The No Filter Liquid comes in an impressive 42 shades, the stick has a respectable 30. I have the lightest shade, 05 in both of these formulas, but it’s described as a slightly different shade. The stick says ‘Warm foundation with subtle yellow undertones for very fair skin tones’ and the liquid says ‘Neutral foundation with subtle yellow undertones for very fair skin tones’. Not much difference, but it’s worth noting when there are so many shades to choose from.
On my skin I find 05 to be almost perfect in both. It is ever so slightly too light but not so light that I’d need to go up a shade if I bought again. You’ll see in the swatches that the liquid comes up a very similar shade to Fenty 100, which is the palest shade I currently have in my collection.
I have really pale, slightly olive toned skin and usually prefer neutral undertones. I find warmer yellows often make me look ill seeing how my skin leans ever so slightly, green? I’m not a nice golden olive, I’m more of a ‘does she have jaundice?’ olive.
I took some pictures with other foundations for you to compare. I’ve said this a million times before, but my hands are a lot darker than my face/ neck/ chest which is why the shades look off in the photos. The swatches include the Revolution foundations; I don’t consider those to be some of my paler ones but it’s a shade range I think a lot of people will be familiar with.
The liquid is slightly smaller than most foundations, being only 25ml compared to the regular 30ml. I tend to find the amount you get in sticks varies a lot, but this one is 9.5g. For reference, the Bobbi Brown stick is 9g and the Revolution Fast Base is 6.2g
This is where it gets interesting. Those of you who read my first impressions may recall that I first tried these when my skin was recovering from an outbreak. My skin was incredibly dry and I was taking the state of my skin into consideration as I wrote how they performed. Yes, they were clinging to dry patches, but even my most dewy foundations were them.
As my skin recovered, which is still dry, I noticed a big difference. The stick was still dragging on my skin, the liquid got much easier to blend. I find the stick quite difficult to blend out, it drags on dry patches and I fit it takes quite a lot of product for it to blend easily. I’ve tried it with both a Beauty Blender and the Zoeva Face Shape brush (which is usually my favourite for sticks) and I’m still not a huge fan. Of course, it is winter in the UK and my skin is dry, so this one could perform better over summer.
The liquid surprised me, it’s a natural matte foundation and I was expecting to have to put some work in prepping my skin for it to look good. I was wrong. If you read my November Favourites, you’ll know that I love how this one looks mixed with Rimmel Wake Me Up for a natural, healthy skin look.
But I’ve recently been wearing it alone to be able to review it fairly. I’ve found that as long as my skin has had a heavy moisturiser or an oil applied the night before, it blends really nicely. It does have a matte finish, but not too drying. As it’s matte, it will cling to the really dry bits but blends well on ‘average’ dry skin.
As you can imagine, the one that doesn’t apply well doesn’t wear all that well either. Sometimes stick foundations can go on dry because of the stick formula but the oils from the foundation come through when it’s applied and settles at a natural finish. I’m afraid this one does not do that. I don’t think I’ve worn this one yet for a long day because of this reason. I’ve also found that this one seems to emphasise texture a lot more as the day goes on.
The liquid does hold up well. I find that powder products wear really well on top of it and it still looks pretty good after a full day. If it clung to the really dry bits when first applied then they will be slightly more visible as the day goes on. But this doesn’t magically disappear from my nose like some do and I haven’t found it separating throughout the day either. Unless the skin underneath is really dry, I don’t think it emphasises dryness more as the day goes on.
It’s pretty obvious that I have a clear winner here. I don’t think the stick is an awful foundation, but I don’t think it’s that good on dry skin. I was really shocked by these two, I’d watched and read reviews of both before purchasing and most people seem to prefer the stick? Can’t relate.
In the two months or so that I’ve had them, I’ve worn the stick a handful of times purely because it takes so much effort to blend out and look good. The liquid, on the other hand, was my most used foundation in December.
Maybe if you have more normal skin, you’ll get on with the stick better than I did but I’m a very big fan on the liquid.
Would I repurchase?
Erm… I already have. As Coloupop are in California, shipping can be expensive unless you’re placing a large order. They had free international shipping one weekend before Christmas and I took advantage and picked up another bottle of the liquid. I can’t see myself repurchasing the stick, which is a shame as that’s the product I was most excited about when I placed my first order.
Have you guys tried either of these? What are your thoughts? Are you shocked by my reaction? If you have tried the stick and I’m missing something when it comes to blending, please let me know!
Until next time,