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ColourPop Rum Runner Blush Stix Evaluation & Swatches

ColourPop Rum Runner Blush Stix ($ 8.00 for 0.33 oz.) Is a medium-sized coral with moderate, warm undertones that are balanced between pink and more orange, paired with a dewy sheen. It had semi-transparent, buildable pigmentation with a smooth, balsamic consistency that slipped moderately and was best applied with a fingertip or dab brush.

The formula worked well on bare skin as well as base products and blended well (although I didn’t do a good job on the first sample photo, but on the test confirmed it was my fault!). This shade stayed good for eight hours before fading a little.

CONTINUE READING: Formula overview for details on general performance and properties (such as fragrance).

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Formula overview

$ 8.00 / 0.33 oz. – $ 24.24 per ounce

The formula is designed to “blend slightly” with a “natural, skin-like finish” that can be layered or applied to bare skin. The brand recommends applying straight from the tube for greater coverage and using a brush to pick up the product for less coverage, although the coverage “easily builds color to your heart’s content”. They dry to a semi-solid finish – slightly baptismal, definitely “natural, skin-like” in appearance, but not overly sticky or really wet looking. I haven’t found them hike or exercise a lot, so the formula is still more durable at seven to nine hours with minimal exercise. So far, they have also applied and worn well over the foundation. They are not transfer-safe, but transfer-resistant; They don’t smudge with an accidental touch, but they’re not completely locked.

The pigmentation varied a little from shade to shade, but most shades were semi-opaque to fully opaque when applied straight from the tube in a “swipe” motion, although I think mimicking this on the cheeks is not quite as easy as it is Compared to done my arm. I preferred to pick up the product with my fingertip, pat the apple of my cheek and spread it up and out, then use a clean fingertip to spread and soften the edges as needed. I appreciated that even the deeper shades didn’t seem to “sink” into my pores and were as easy to apply and blend as very light, more my skin-but-better (literally my skin!) Shades. I would describe that the formula can be built up from semi-transparent to medium strength, with a semi-opaque opacity being possible, but the formula has enough slippage that it falls out noticeably even when heavily applied.

The consistency was slightly emollient, light and thin with good spreadability and agitation; It didn’t lift the base products, but it still worked well on bare skin. I haven’t seen it lift or stain the foundation over time, even after I initially applied the foundation, but I would recommend (as with most cream-based cheek formulas!) Matte foundation for the best results (the dewy finish plays well with a more skin-like base).

Oh, the caps have the names of the products, but the rest of the tube doesn’t. So if you’ve opened more than one, be sure to put the correct lid back on!

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Phenylpropyldimethylsiloxysilicate, Caprylylmethicone, Phenyltrimethicone, Paraffin, Caprylic / Capric Triglyceride, Vp / Hexadecene Copolymer, Ceresin, Hydrated Silica, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Synthetic Beeswax, Hydrogenated Soyabic Acid, Capricol, Cryetlycol, Hydrogenated Soyabic Acid, Capricol, Cryetlycol, Potassium Soybean Oil, Capricol, Styrocarbon, Hydrogenated Soybean Oil , Water, hexylene glycol, triethoxycaprylylsilane, aluminum oxide, phenoxyethanol. May contain: aluminum powder (CI 77000), bismuth oxychloride (CI 77163), blue 1 (CI 42090), bronze powder (CI 77400), carmine (CI 75470), chrome hydroxide green (CI 77289), chrome oxide green (CI.) 77288), copper powder ( CI 77400), iron (III) ammonium ferrocyanide (CI 77510), iron (III) ferrocyanide (CI 77510), iron oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), mica (CI 77019), red 6 (CI 15850), Red 6 Lake (CI 15850), Red 7 (CI 15850), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Red 27 (CI 45410), Red 27 Lake (CI 45410), Red 28 (CI 45410), Red 28 Lake (CI 45410), Red 40 Lake (CI 16035), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Ultramarines (CI 77007), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Yellow 6 Lake (CI 15985), Yellow 10 Lake (CI 47005).

Disclaimer: The ingredient lists are available from the brand (or retailer) at the time of publication. Please always check the product packaging, if any, the applicable ingredient list for the product you purchased, or the brand or retailer website for the most up-to-date list of ingredients.

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