Can’t stop staring: Colourpop Crystal Lip balm Review
When I first got these two Crystal balms, I did not expect to love them as much as I do. Whenever I wear these, I can’t stop looking in the mirror, shocked at how good my lips look. Nevertheless, there is a learning curve when it comes to using these puppies, because they can bring you from plump, juicy lips to Halloween Galaxy looking ones. Interested? Keep reading to find out why!
Before going into the specific shades themselves, I wanted to talk about the balm itself. With nourishing ingredients such as vitamin E, the balm does help moisturize chapped lips, but personally, I wouldn’t use this as a traditional lip balm (more on that later).
At first, I needed to play with these balms for a couple of days before I got the hang of them, but once I did, I fell in love. There is no other product in my collection that does what these lip balms do. Here is how I’ve learned to use them:
- Don’t use these on their own
- Only use these on top of “wet” lip products
Don’t use the Crystal Balms on their own
As you can see from the photos of the balm by itself on my lips, these balms look a little strange when they are worn on their own. Personally, I don’t love how it looks because they make my lips look frosty and metallic, which in turn emphasizes dryness and lip lines. Layered on top of other lip products though, is when the magic happens.
Only use these on top of “wet” lip products
When I first tried these on, I layered them on top of a liquid lipstick that has already set on my lips. When the balms are used in this way, the metallic, frosty look is very apparent and unflattering in my opinion. So the best way to use these is to layer it on top of lipsticks that don’t set – in other words, creamy lipsticks. Another way to use them if you want to wear a liquid lipstick is to apply them before the liquid lipsticks have set. That way the balm can mesh with the liquid lipstick and not just sit on top of it.
When used on top of “wet” lip products, these balms give the most flattering, plumped look to the lips (see for yourself in the photos!). Prior to this product, I only ever reached for lip glosses when I wanted to give an illusion of bigger, fuller lips. So if you don’t like the feel of gloss, but still want the subtle effect of fuller lips, I strongly recommend this product!
I’ve applied the Aquamarine or Rose Quartz Crystal balms on the left side of my lips for all the photos below and you can evidently see that the left sides have more shine, especially when they were used in conjunction with nude lip colours. Note that in all the photos below, the Crystal balms have all been applied on top of “wet” products. Even when I used liquid lipsticks as a base, I applied the balm before the liquid lipstick dried down.
I was pleasantly surprised when I tried this Colourpop balm on because it was surprisingly wearable when you layer it on top of other colours. The balm itself provides a beautiful blue shift that many times looks purple once applied on top of other lip products (since most lip colours have pink/red bases).
I wanted to try this product because I was curious to see whether or not it would transform my existing lip products to cooler toned colours and make my teeth whiter. Although this was not the case, I will definitely use up this whole tube because of the plumping, juicy effect it gives once layered properly.
This balm has a warm, yellow gold base with hot pink shimmers in it. Contrary to what I initially thought when I first received this product, I found the Rose Quartz balm slightly more unwearable than the Aquamarine Crystal Balm (more details about the Aquamarine shade above).
When worn alone, the Rose Quartz balm has a cool toned hot pink shift that bold lip wearers would probably love to rock. But if you are a nude lip lover like me, you will probably find this Rose Quartz shade much too daring. Especially noticeable with this shade is that if you layer it on top of a set liquid lipstick, the hot pink sheen still shows itself full force. Because of this, the Rose Quartz Colourpop balm transforms wearable nudes to much bolder, hot pink shades.
The overall feel of the packaging is incredibly sturdy and much heavier than I thought it would be. Unfortunately, the bullet for Aquamarine broke right from the base of the lipstick after a couple of uses. Even after putting it in the freezer, the base was still very fragile, so this was disappointing.
I love both the Aquamarine and Rose Quartz shades, but if I were to only choose one, I would probably choose the Aquamarine shade because of it’s uniqueness and surprisingly wearable colour.
With all that being said, I would not recommend using this as a lip balm to throw into your purse for when your lips are dry. With how the Colourpop Crystal lip balms are made, I find them very unwearable when worn alone, which is what I often do with lip balms. Instead, I would apply a tiny bit to the center of my lips, layered on top of creamy lipsticks. Although this is not the most mindless product (since it does take some playing around to get used to), I think that the effect it gives once used properly is nothing short of amazing. Huge thumbs up to these Colourpop Crystal balms!