Colourpop ….. Instagram is full of Colourpop! So much so that when I got an email with a discount code including free international shipping I had to have a ‘look’!!
Having seen many of their palettes and lipsticks on one of my fave Instagrammers Mayas Makeup Madness I asked her for some advice on what would be good for a first order and she also gave me some lip colour advice…thanks Maya!
The palette I had seen recently featured was the ‘Yes, Please!’ pressed powder eyeshadow palette.
All of these shades are gorgeous! They are super pigmented and the ones I have used so far blend like a dream. When swatching them the pigment was true to shade in the pan with the shimmery shades being impressively bright.
The shades are:
I also picked a single eyeshadow in ‘Blowfish’. It is a neutral pearlescent shade which is the type of shade I use a lot as I use them as a base shadow, highlighting shade for the arch of my brow and inner corner of my eye.
Glass Bull is also another single shadow, very pretty shimmery shade which will look fab on it’s own or as a topped to other shades.
Bae is one of their Super shock eyeshadow singles. I wanted to pick just one of these, although all of their shades are hugely tempting!! This gorgeous shade is eggplant with blue glitter, stunningly shimmery! The pigment is intense and the texture is extremely soft. This will be perfect for the party season!!
Lastly, Lippie Stix lipstick all look amazing, but I wanted a pinky nude colour. Maya recommended Lumière and it doesn’t disappoint! Very creamy formula with a matte finish. It contains shea butter and vitamin E which is why as soon as I applied it, it felt like I was applying a lip conditioner!
In terms of the products themselves, the quality is amazing! Price wise, this whole order came to around £40, which given I had bought 2 of the palettes (not both for me!!) it was a total bargain….or so it was until it entered the UK!
The shipping for this order was free and one thing I already knew was that Colourpop do not take into account any import duty and so on. I googled this and accepted I may have to pay around £7/£8 for VAT. What I didn’t expect was Royal Mail would stick an £8 ‘handling fee’ on top! This fee apparently is charged for any parcel they handle that is subject to charges of duties. I’d love to know how anyone knows this…if indeed they do! I had placed a small order on purpose so that I didn’t end up with huge duty charges and the reality is £16 of charges (£8 of which as I said was Royal Mail) meant that I was paying almost 50% of my order total on top of my order, bringing it to just over £56. It is frustrating and I think people need to be aware! I knew to check with HMRC what taxes or duties I could expect ….. why would I think of checking Royal Mail?
Have you had an order imported and not been aware of Royal Mail’s additional charges?
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