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Colourpop Concealer Review and Swatches


Colourpop Cosmetics is a cruelty free beauty brand that focuses on making affordable cosmetics. It is owned, and made in the USA, but has free Australian shipping with $50 purchases. In the middle of 2017, Colourpop Cosmetics released the No Filter Concealer. I purchased the lightest colours when they launched, but they were so dark that they weren’t worth reviewing. 6 months ago, Colourpop expanded the shade range and introduced fair concealers that were actually light enough for fair skin. The Colourpop concealer shade range now includes 30 shades that range from white to deep dark. I have the shades Fair 00, Fair 02, Fair 04, Fair 06, Light 10 and Light 12. All of the Colourpop Concealers are vegan and you get 4 grams of product for $6. The concealer comes in a typical concealer tube with a paddle applicator.

Colourpop Cosmetics No Filter Matte Concealer in Fair 00 White
Colourpop Cosmetics No Filter Matte Concealer in Fair 00 White

The Colourpop No Filter Matte Concealer is described as being lightweight and full coverage, with soft blurring pigments that give a crease-proof and, natural matte finish. When this concealer launched, many people said it was comparable to the Tarte Shape Tape concealer coverage wise, but that’s not the case. The Colourpop No Filter Concealer does have good coverage but it doesn’t have the total coverage that Shape Tape has. I however don’t like Shape Tape, so that’s not a negative in my book. The problem I do have with this concealer is how matte and drying it is. I can’t use it as an under-eye concealer as it creates texture that’s not there, emphasises fine lines and makes the whole area look dry and cakey. I can however use it to cover up redness on my cheeks, as long as there are no dry skin patches. The same goes for blemishes, if there is any dryness, this concealer will cling to it which just doesn’t look good.

Colourpop concealer comparison - top to bottom - Fair 00, Fair 02, Fair 04, Fair 06, Light 10 (previously Fair 5) and Light 12 (previously Fair Neutral 10)
Colourpop concealer comparison – top to bottom – Fair 00, Fair 02, Fair 04, Fair 06, Light 10 (previously Fair 5) and Light 12 (previously Fair Neutral 10)

The thing I love about this concealer is the shade range. The original shade range was terrible as the lightest shades were nowhere near light enough for fair skin, but they did a good job when expanding the range as there are now 5 concealers that are suitable for fair skin (which includes the white concealer). I have found it very difficult to find a concealer that is light enough and pink enough for me. Any brand that makes “fair concealers” tends to make them way too dark and way too yellow for me, so I was really excited when I saw that Colourpop had a shade I could use. The shade I use the most is Fair 06 which is described as having a rosy cool undertone for fair skin tones. Fair 00 is white, Fair 02 is described as a neutral cool concealer for fair skin tones, Fair 04 is described as a golden warm concealer for fair skin tones and fair 08 (that I don’t own) is described as a golden warm skin tone for fair skin tones. I also have Light 10 (previously known as Fair 5 in the first launch) which is described as a golden warm concealer for light skin tones, and Light 12 (previously known as Fair Neutral 10 in the original launch) which is described as a rosy cool concealer for light skin tones. I have included the Colourpop press images so that you can see what the new name is for the colours in the original launch. The shade I get the most use out of is actually the white shade (Fair 00). I have found it to be a really good foundation mixture. Being as pale as I am, I struggle to find any foundation that is light enough for me, so I have tried quite a few foundation lighteners on the market, but they’re all such a thin consistency that they tend to change the formula of the product I’m mixing it with. The white Colourpop concealer is much thicker than all of my whiteners so it is works better with my foundations and bb/cc creams as a mixer. I just swipe a large amount of the concealer on the back of my hand, or a mixing palette and then add the foundation on top of that and mix it together, and I can get a shade that is a much better match in seconds. I would prefer it if brands actually catered to my skin tone, but at least I have a product that works as a good mixer now.

Colourpop No Filter Concealer press images
Colourpop No Filter Concealer press images

The closest match that I have to Colourpop Fair 06 in another mainstream brand is Fair Beige from Tarte. I unfortunately find those two formulas too dry for my skin, so I’m really hoping that Colourpop will create another concealer that is more like Urban Decay’s Naked Skin Concealer. I love the formula of the Naked Skin Concealer as it is skin like and not overly matte or drying, but the lightest shade, Fair Neutral is too dark and much too yellow for me to be able to use seamlessly. I have a swatch comparison of some of the Colourpop Concealers against some mainstream concealers so that you can get an idea of the colour range. The swatches show that the Kat Von D Lock-It Concealer Creme in L1 is lighter than Colourpop Fair 02, Colourpop 04 is more yellow than Tarte Shape Tape in Fair Beige but Fair 06 is very similar to Fair Beige, and only slightly lighter and the Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer is a darker and much more yellow than Colourpop 02,04 and 06, and is a lot more yellow than Colourpop Light 10. I don’t own many other I don’t own concealers from a wide range of brands as most just don’t cater for my skin tone – I’m really hoping that changes soon as fair girls love makeup too.

Colourpop Concealer comparison - top to bottom - Colourpop 02, Kat Von D Lock-It Concealer Creme L1, Colourpop 04. Colourpop 06, Tarte Shape Tape Fair Beige, Colourpop Light 10 and Urban Decay Naked Skin Fair Neutral
Colourpop Concealer comparison – top to bottom – Colourpop 02, Kat Von D Lock-It Concealer Creme L1, Colourpop 04. Colourpop 06, Tarte Shape Tape Fair Beige, Colourpop Light 10 and Urban Decay Naked Skin Fair Neutral

I like my makeup to have a natural to dewy finish, so matte products just don’t tend to work well for me. My skin is normal to dry, but my eye area tends to be the driest area, so a matte concealer was never going to work well there for me. Matte products also don’t work well with fine lines and wrinkles, so the Colourpop No Filter Matte Concealer is made for younger skin that is oily to normal. Other skin types can use it, but there will be more problems for them. The expanded shade range is great, it actually caters for porcelain skin tones and goes right through to very deep shades. I still get use out of the Colourpop concealers in shades Fair 06, for covering redness on my cheeks, and Fair 00, as a white mixer, but I would love it if Colourpop created a concealer that was more suited to fair skin, with the same great shade range. After the new concealer shade range was released, Colourpop also released the No Filter Natural Matte Foundation, No Filter Loose Setting Powder and No Filter Sheer Pressed Powder, which I have found to be even worse for dry skin than the concealer. However, Colourpop has just launched the No Filter Foundation Stix which might suit dry skin better, but the pink fair shades are lacking. If you want a full review on any of those products, let me know as I can do that for you, with swatches as always. If Colourpop create a concealer just like this that is a bit more satin or dewy, I will be up at 3 am to buy it at launch time for sure. Brands don’t cater to porcelain skin tones and if they do it’s either a bright yellow product or for oily skin, so I am really hoping more brands cater to my needs soon as I still don’t own the perfect cruelty free concealer after so many years of searching. For US $6, the Colourpop Cosmetics No Filter Concealer is worth a try. If you have dry skin, a lot of hydrating products underneath may make it work for you, and it should work well for those of you with normal, combo and oily skin tones. I do own a lot of Colourpop products, so if there is something you want reviewed, let me know and I will try to do that for you. I still plan on swatching all of my Colourpop single eyeshadows, but you can check out my Green Single Shadow Swatches for now. I’ve also done swatches and reviews of the Colourpop Super Shock Highlighters and Ultra Satin Lips. If you want to get my new blog posts sent to your inbox, then sign up to email updates. You can also find me on social media – Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest – I have a full Pinterest board dedicated to Colourpop.

Have you tried the Colourpop No Filter Matte Concealer? What do you think of it? Is there anything you want me to review from Colourpop next?

Love, Alinta

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