By now it's reasonably obvious that I really love Colourpop's products, and as a little post-Christmas treat I ordered a few of their sale items and value sets, including this Hot to Trot Lippie To Go set. I'm not usually one for lip liner, but I know generally it's seen as a beauty must to really help keep your lippie where it should be, so when I saw this lippie stix/lip liner combo I had to give it a go.
The packaging is a purple cardboard box with white patterns on it and a pale pink inside which is a cute touch. It arrived a bit bashed but after a journey from the US and customs etc I can't complain about a bit of bent cardboard.
The packaging is the classic white design with holographic font, one end is the lip liner and the other is the lippie stix. They have a really firm and distinct 'click' into place which is something I really like, I hate losing lids in my handbag and these don't shift unless you want them to.
Some of these are colours I already had, but I couldn't resist the travel size/lip liner combo. The colours are listed on the back so you can see which colour is the liner and which colour is the lippie stix.
With every swatch I did of the lip liner, the very tip broke off, bar one. The ends were really hard and when I applied a bit of pressure to get them to work it just snapped off. I was a bit gutted but they still worked just fine and were much softer once the tip was gone.
The lippie stix end is the rounded, slightly angled applicator. I really like the shapes of the lippie stix and their small size, I actually think they are easier to apply than traditional lipstick shapes, they are much more precise.
And the ever important swatches! I've swatched the lip liner and their corresponding lippie stix next to each other, they aren't all exact matches which I like, it can make the application a bit more interesting. The pale fawn colours are a bit too light for me in the Skimpy/Cookie set on the far left, so I've given that to my Mum who it really suits. Bound/Cami is next and I can already tell you that this will be a firm favourite of mine for spring, it's a lovely mix of pink and purple. The middle one is LBB at both ends, so the only true match, I love a good purple and wear LBB a lot so I'm glad to have the liner too. Bossy/Trust Me is a fantastic true red with cool tones which is exactly what I like for my skin tones, and Dukes/Chateau is a fab browny purple, perfect for those days you want to be a bit more dramatic and goth.
I really like these as a set, and will certainly be keeping my eye out for more like this, at $18 for the full set, meaning $3.60 per lip liner/lippie stix you really can't go wrong.