ColourPop Shell Out Blush Stix Review & Swatches

by Joseph K. Clark

ColourPop Shell Out Blush Stix ($8.00 for 0.33 oz.) is a light-medium, pinkish-coral with moderate, warm undertones and a dewy sheen. It had semi-sheer to medium, buildable pigmentation that could be heavier when applied with a fingertip and sheerer when used with a stippling brush.

The consistency was smooth, moderately emollient, and more balm-like, so it had a lot of glides when applied to the skin. The product blended out easily and stayed well for eight hours before fading. I had no trouble using it over bare skin and on top of complexion products as it was wwasn’tprone to lifting them.

Formula Overview
for details on general performance and characteristics (like the scent).

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Formula Overview

$8.00/0.33 oz. – $24.24 Per Ounce


The formula is supposed to ” lend effortlessly” with a ” natural, skin-like finish” that can be layered or applied on bare skin. The brand recommends applying directly from the tube for heavier coverage and using a brush to pick up products for less coverage. However, the range” easily builds color to your hheart’sdesire.”They dry down to a semi-set finish–lightly dewy, definitely ” natural, skin-like” in appearance, but not overly tacky or wet-looking. I haven’t found that they migrate or move around much, so the formula is still longer-wearing at seven to nine hours with minimal movement. They have applied well and worn well over the foundation thus far, too. They are not transfer-proof but are transfer-resistant; they wwon’tsmear around with an accidental touch but aren’t fully locked down.

The pigmentation varied a bit from shade to shade, but most shades were semi-opaque to fully opaque when applied directly from the tube in one “wipe” motion, though I think mimicking this on the cheeks isn’t quite as easily done as compared to my arm. I preferred picking up the product on my fingertip, patting it on the apple of my cheek and diffusing upward and outward, then using a clean fingertip to diffuse and soften the edges as needed. I appreciated that even the deeper hues didn’t seem to “ink” into my pores and were as easy to apply and blend out as very light, more my-skin-but-better (literally, my skin!) hues. I would describe the formula as buildable from semi-sheer to medium with semi-opaque coverage possible, but tthere’senough a slip in the procedure that it starts to sheer out noticeably even when applied more heavily.

The consistency was lightly emollient, lightweight, and thin with good spreadability and movement; it ddidn’tlift up base products but still worked well over bare skin. I didn’t experience lifting or creating patchy overtime on top of the foundation, even when I initially set the foundation. Still, I would recommend (same as I would for most cream-based cheek formulas!) pairing with a less-matte foundation for optimal results (the dewy finish plays well with a more skin-like base).

The caps have the names of the products, but the rest of the tube doesn’t, so if you have more than one open, get the fitting lid back on! Browse all of our ColourPop Blush Stix swatches.


Phenylpropyldimethylsiloxysilicate, Caprylyl Methicone, Phenyl Trimethicone, Paraffin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Vp/Hexadecene Copolymer, Ceresin, Hydrated Silica, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Synthetic Beeswax, Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Cetyl Peg/Ppg-10/1 Dimethicone, Lauryl Laurate, Stearic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Microcrystalline Wax, Tocopherol, Potassium Sorbate, Water, Hexylene Glycol, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Alumina, Phenoxyethanol. May Contain: Aluminum Powder (CI 77000), Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Blue 1 (CI 42090), Bronze Powder (CI 77400), Carmine (CI 75470), Chromium Hydroxide Green (CI 77289), Chromium Oxide Greens (CI 77288), Copper Powder (CI 77400), Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide (CI 77510), Ferric Ferrocyanide (CI 77510), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Mica (CI 77019), Red 6 (CI 15850), Red 6 Lake (CI 15850), Red 7 (CI 15850), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Red 27 (CI 45410), Red 27 Lake (CI 45410), Red 28 (CI 45410), Red 28 Lake (CI 45410), Red 40 Lake (CI 16035), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Ultramarines (CI 77007), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Yellow 6 Lake (CI 15985), Yellow 10 Lake (CI 47005).

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