March 31, 2018

Glossier Generation G vs. ColourPop Blotted Lip Review + Swatches

Just looking at the Glossier Generation G lipstick and the ColourPop Blotted Lip, it’s easy to see some immediate similarities. However, there are also some important differences that may impact which one you decide to buy, if any. Naturally, I thought a comparison review was necessary. Today I’m sharing my review of the ColourPop Blotted Lip and the Glossier Generation G Lipstick to help you make your decision. Thanks to fellow beauty blogger Maria for inspiring this post!

Disclosure: This post is not sponsored. These products were purchased by me with my own money. I’m not a Glossier rep. This post does not contain affiliate links.

Let me just start off by saying this: these are both good lipsticks if you’re into the sheer matte wash of color thing. This isn’t so much a “which lipstick is better” post as it is “which lipstick will you prefer.” Because of this, I won’t be naming a winner, the winner is purely up to your own personal preference.

To begin, let’s look at the ColourPop Blotted Lip.

ColourPop Blotted Lip

I have the shades Candy Floss and On A Stick. At one point, I also owned Lolly, but got rid of that one because the color was too patchy on me. The shades I still have, I love. I don’t find Candy Floss or On A Stick to be patchy at all, though On A Stick can cling to dry patches a little bit.

One layer of ColourPop Blotted Lip in On A Stick

Candy Floss is a terracotta peach, and On A Stick is a watermelon pink shade. Both are semi-opaque, buildable, and unscented. One of the only things I don’t like about these is the way they apply. They’re quite stiff and waxy, so they kind of drag onto the lips. I find that I can’t do my lips in one swipe with these.

One layer of ColourPop Blotted Lip in Candy Floss

When you build these up, they start to take on a very slight sheen, but otherwise they’re still very matte. In my experience, this isn’t hydrating or drying at all. It basically just feels like having nothing on the lips.

Now let’s consider the Glossier Generation G lipstick.

Glossier Generation G Lipstick

The shade I have is Cake, which for me is a “my lips but better” color. It’s a very light, very sheer peach, and is the lightest shade in the range. If you have deeper skin or more pigmented lips than I do, Cake may not show up on you. As far as shade goes, it’s most comparable to ColourPop Blotted Lip in Candy Floss, but much less warm and less pigmented. This is also unscented.

One layer of Glossier Generation G Lipstick in Cake

In contrast to the ColourPop Blotted Lip, the Glossier Generation G lipstick glides onto the lips a lot better. It doesn’t have the same stiff, waxy feel that the ColourPop lipsticks do. Generation G has a similar amount of slip to a lip balm or a silicone face primer, but is less emollient and less heavy feeling than either of those. On the lips it’s very soft, barely detectable, and very slightly moisturizing. As it fades, it does start to feel less dry, so it’s definitely not something I would consider to be a tinted lip balm. I agree with the description that Glossier gives for them of “sheer matte lipstick.” There’s no shine to this at all.

I think the sheerness of this lipstick is part of what sets it apart from the ColourPop Blotted Lip. There’s very little color to this, but it’s obvious that it’s intentional and not the result of a bad formulation because of how even the pigmentation is. The color can be built up a little bit. However, it never becomes as bright and opaque as the ColourPop Blotted Lip does.

The Battle of Glossier vs. ColourPop

One layer each, top to bottom: Glossier Generation G in Cake, ColourPop Blotted Lip in Candy Floss, ColourPop Blotted Lip in On A Stick

Pigmentation is what I would call the number one difference between these two products. It’s closely related to the second difference of wear time. Lastly, the third difference is the texture and how it applies to the lips.

The biggest drawback of the Glossier Generation G lipsticks for me is the wear time. With a normal amount of drinking, this fades very quickly. After eating pretty much anything, it’s just gone. I find I have to reapply every 2-3 hours. I don’t mind that too much on the weekend, especially because it fades evenly, but this is definitely not something that would last through the workday.

On the other hand, the ColourPop Blotted Lips last around 4 hours on me, but they don’t fade evenly, especially if I’ve eaten something. I end up with that awkward ring of color around my lips and next to no color on the center of my lips.

I definitely prefer how easy it is to apply Glossier Generation G lipstick, but the application of the ColourPop Blotted Lip isn’t so bad that it keeps me from wearing them. When I first purchased the ColourPop Blotted Lip I was surprised by the pigmentation. It’s still sheer, but I wasn’t expecting the colors to be so bold. Still, these work great if you’re trying to create popsicle lips or like the softer appearance of a blotted lip.

The Verdict

Like I said, I’m not naming a winner here. I like both for different reasons, and both have their drawbacks.

Go with ColourPop Blotted Lip if…

  • Price is a top concern
  • You’re willing to accept the way it drags during application
  • You want something that’s more on the pigmented side
  • Wear time is important to you, but you realize that this isn’t long-wearing

$5 for 1g ColourPop

Go with Glossier Generation G if…

  • You want a truly sheer lipstick
  • Wear time isn’t important to you
  • The price isn’t out of your budget
  • The application experience is important to you
  • It’s important that your lip color fades evenly

$18 for 2g Glossier

Which lipstick is the winner for you?

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