It’s been a difficult couple of months, but my one true constant in life is that I must look good no matter what. (Maybe not on very bad depression days, but even then I make sure to shower and look presentable when I leave the house.)
If anything, I cannot handle looking like stress is eating me alive, even when it actually is. Bad enough that I’m dealing with bullshit, right? I’m not going to let it dictate how I look, too.
The goal is to look fresh and unbothered, which can be pretty easy to fake with the right products.
There’s my tried and tested Urban Decay Naked Skin Color Correcting Fluid in Peach to cover up my dark circles; it makes me look like I sleep at least 8 hours a day and never met a problem I couldn’t solve. I pat that shit on and pretend I have everything under control.
My latest discovery, however, has been a real game-changer.
Sure, lip-and-cheek tints aren’t groundbreaking, but the right combination of color and formula has made this one of the best additions to my makeup arsenal.
I’m talking about the Colourtints by Colourette Cosmetics, those wonderful little bottles that now line my desk like dutiful soldiers.
Colourette wasn’t even on my radar until a friend mentioned the brand’s birthday sale last month. She looked so cute wearing one of the Colourtints (Bambi) that I simply couldn’t resist and ended up with 6 different shades (plus a Shimmertint).
It’s safe to say I got a little carried away.
That said, the good news is that everything I bought from Colourette is fucking fantastic. My face has been subjected to a conga line of Colourtints every day since the tiny bottles arrived and I just… I need more.
Please. I’m absolutely obsessed with these things! (Send help. Or, if you own Colourette Cosmetics, send more Colourtints huhu.)
I’m so in love with these that it’s getting a little hard to organize my thoughts. I’ll pretend I’m not scatterbrained, though, by adding sections to this post. That should do it.
Shake it like a Polaroid picture.
No, seriously. Shake it like you mean it.
I was trying to do my makeup while half-asleep this morning and forgot to shake my Shimmertint so it looked like blobs of gold when I opened the bottle up.
(I have also, on different days, washed my body with shampoo and tried to apply liquid foundation with a fluffy powder brush. It’s a problem.)
It’s all because of the weird formula. I’m not going to pretend that I understand these things, but basically if you leave a Colourtint undisturbed, the pigment separates from the oil and settles at the bottom of the bottle. A good strong shake brings the pigment right back into the mix, like Michael Corleone in Godfather III.
Matte versus Fresh
It’s really not so much “versus” as it is “and”. You need both, is what I’m saying.
The Fresh variant is slightly more watery/runny in formula, but not so runny that you have to deal with dripping. Fair warning: when you use Fresh on your cheeks, make sure to give it a minute to settle before adding more.
Because it’s “watery”, it can take a little time for the actual pigment to become visible after blending. Let it set before going ham, because Colourette takes its pigments way too seriously.
Matte is a bit thicker and it reminds me of my beloved BLK Cosmetics Creamy Cheek Paint. I prefer it on cheeks than lips because of the texture, but that’s just me.
Both Matte and Fresh Colourtints are easy to use, have good color payoff, and never look dry or crackly because of the oil-based formula. It all boils down to preference, but I suggest you try out both variants to know which one better suits you.
Don’t sleep on the Shimmertints.
I was never into liquid highlighters, at least until I got my meaty hooks on a bottle of Colourette’s Shimmertint in Yellow Diamond. (Doesn’t that name just sound like the most fabulous Super Sentai soldier? Yelloooooooow Diamond!)
See liquid highlighters are runny and uncooperative — terrible traits when you want precision. Cream or powder highlighters are a lot easier and are super good for targeted application.
It took me a couple tries to work out how to use the Shimmertint but it’s all been smooth sailing ever since. It’s not glittery, it’s not chunky, and it’s super good at creating that “lit from within” look with just two tiny drops on each cheek.
(Pro-tip: always start out with just one drop. You can always add more after if you think you need a bit more.)
So what I do, since I have a flat-ish East Asian face with no prominent cheekbones, is put a tiny dot of the Shimmertint on the apple of each cheek and blend. The highlighter is buildable, but I find that two drops per cheek is enough for me to achieve that K-drama glow in real life.
Bonus lighting round!
Some more thoughts on the Colourtints:
- They smell like freaking donuts. I love it.
- The applicator is weird and ticklish. Would love a different one, to be honest.
- There are so many shades to choose from! Some work better on the cheeks than the lips (as is the case with the shade Kelsey, for me), but that will definitely depend on your skin tone.
- Despite the formula being oil-based, I never get that oily feeling with these.
- Use sparingly, because Colourette has bomb pigment. They’re not shy with their colors, is what I’m saying.
- I like all the shades I got, but my one true love is Bella. It’s the perfect faded pink red and I can see myself using this till the end of time (which can be anywhere between next week and 2035.)
They’re on sale!
Not yet, of course, but 11.11 is right around the corner. I’m a little jaded now because we just had 9.9 and 10.10 and will likely get 12.12, too.
If you’re looking to try Colourette’s lovely Colourtints, 11.11 is the best time to get your hands on them for much less. They’re affordable as is, but who doesn’t love sales and bargains, right?
You can add the stuff you want to your cart now so you can just checkout when the sale starts. Don’t have to get ready if you stay ready, you know.
Of course if you bitches put Zola out of stock again, I just want you to know that my father will hear about this and I am suing ALL OF YOU for unjust vexation. You’ve been warned.