The ColourPop No Filter Complexion Products featured in this post were purchased by me. All opinions are 100% my own.
The moment the ColourPop No Filter Complexion products became available in June 2018, there’s one thing this affirmed makeup junkie did – I made a purchase of the ColourPop Foundation, Pressed Powder and Loose Powder and eagerly awaited for the arrival of these new goodies.
You know what I did the morning after I placed my order for the ColourPop No Filter Complexion products? I said “oh, no” and realized I probably should have paid closer attention to the fact that the oil-free, mattifying foundation contains the words “No Filter” in the name, which means one thing and only one thing -DIMETHICONE!
So, what’s the deal with dimethicone and why do I do my best to avoid products that include this very common cosmetic ingredient. Basically dimethicone, or silicone, is a budget-friendly filler that is used to add slip and moisture to makeup, skincare and hair care products. It does make your makeup go on more smoothly and look good, for sure. My problem with dimethicone is that over prolonged use it does irritate my skin and lead to clogged pores, as well as major build up in my hair when I use hair care that includes dimethicone.
I decided to proceed with my review of the ColourPop complexion products and gave them the good old fashioned beauty blogger breakdown, testing them in a variety of situations. Besides the foundation, pressed powder and loose powder, ColourPop also offers a concealer that I’m not sure why I haven’t gotten around to trying. In the past it’s been sold out whenever I went to make a purchase and I have to admit it doesn’t cross my mind!
While there’s no way to test the ColourPop complexion products before you make a purchase, ColourPop gives you a guide and I took a chance with No Filter Natural Matte Foundation in Medium Dark 145 ($12). It’s a bit too warm, and I think I’d do best with a shade lighter, but I’m not mad at this color.
Here is the foundation swatched next to the pressed powder.
ColourPop No Filter Sheer Matte Pressed Powder in Medium Dark ($9) comes in basic white packaging with a nice sized mirror, but no sponge or powder puff, FYI. I use this after I apply foundation,and you can also tote it around to touch up with during the day, in which case I’d recommend using a retractable foundation brush. The formula is cruelty-free, vegan and also contains shea butter.
ColourPop No Filter Loose Setting Powder in Translucent ($9) is ultra fine and comes in translucent, banana and translucent deep, which I think are a nice variety of shades. I use a large powder puff to finish my entire makeup application. I think it’s interesting that this powder does contain dimethicone, while the loose powder does not.
Overall I have to say I’m impressed with the performance of these three products. They do photograph beautifully.
Also, they do stick around pretty well and passed the “long, long, long day, no touch ups possible” test. Here’s my skin about 8 hours after applying.
My Final Thoughts: ColourPop No Filter Complexion Products are not the worst thing my oily skin has ever experienced. I love the way the combination of the products photograph and look on my skin at the end of a long day. My problem with them has to do with the fact that they include dimethicone, an ingredient that irritates my skin after prolonged use. So,I’ll be using these products and incorporating them in future makeup looks, but not on a regular basis!