Color Studio Professional Pure Matt Lipsticks, £8.50 each | Color Studio
Color Studio is not a brand I had heard of when this beautiful Pure Matt Lipstick Gift Set came through my door a few days ago. I was instantly drawn to these lipsticks and started snapping some pictures for a potential blog post, in case their performance was equally as impressive as the packaging and presentation.
A bit of background information on the brand, in 2011 Color Studio established themselves as a high performance makeup brand for makeup artists. Between 2012 and 2014 the brand opened corporate offices in New York and developed the product line, experimenting with colour payoff in different skin tones and climates, but the availability of their products was still limited to online stores and pop-up stores in South East Asia . In 2015, Color Studio went global, establishing international headquarters in London, with a view to expand their market beyond Asia and into Europe between 2016-2018.
Now the brand has over 60 lipsticks shades available and all products are cruelty-free, free from animal derived ingredients and paraben-free. As a relatively new brand in the UK, most reviews I’ve found online of Color Studio products are from Asian blogs, so hopefully my review will be useful to any of you who come across Color Studio products.
The product line-up consists mostly of lipsticks and one Blush Gift Set. I received the Color Studio Pure Matt Gift Set Volume II, the ‘rebel’ collection (£45), which contains 9 Pure Matt Lipsticks varying from nudes, oranges, pinks and reds.
The Color Studio Pure Matt Lipsticks are marketed as wearable, long-lasting, ultra pigmented and of high colour payoff. With 28 lipsticks in the Pure Matt collection, it has a fantastic shade range to suit all skin tones (and undertones). They contain Bamboo Extract, Shea Butter and Vitamin E, which are all known for their nourishing and moisturising properties.
Moving on to performance, I first noticed that the Pure Matt lipsticks were incredibly pigmented. I smudged some of it on my finger and it wasn’t easy to rub it off, but it came off eventually, which is exactly what I like on a highly pigmented lipstick; it has to be long-lasting but not impossible to remove, otherwise I can’t be bothered with the hassle.
The lipsticks are truly matte, comfortable on the lips and smooth on application. They are not drying but they are also not particularly moisturising on the lips, so if you have cracked or chapped lips like me, I recommend exfoliating and moisturising your lips with a lip balm before applying the Color Studio Pure Matt lipstick. Some shades are easier to apply than others, but overall I rate them as outstanding lipsticks, comparable to some of my high-end favourites from MAC, Chanel and YSL.
The Color Studio Pure Matt lipsticks lasted about 4 hours on me without fading, but after that I definitely needed a touch up, especially in the middle of my lips. Perhaps next time I will apply a lip liner before to help with the longevity of this lipstick. The lipsticks have a mild vanilla fragrance, but I didn’t find the scent overwhelming or too noticeable.
Overall I highly rate these lipsticks! The positives: they are truly matte, smooth, comfortable on the lips, highly pigmented, long-lasting and reasonably priced at £8.50 each. The negatives: they are not very moisturising, but not drying either, they are mildly scented and availability is still very limited.
Color Studio Professional Pure Matt Gift Set Volume II is priced at £45 and each individual Pure Matt lipstick costs £8.50, so you’re saving £31.50 if you get the gift set! Bellow are all the lipstick shades from the set swatched on my lips with and without flash. For reference, I have medium olive skin tone with neutral undertones, and my lips are a bit pigmented naturally.
Color Studio Pure Matt Lipstick – 118 Crush (light pink with a hint of peach), £8.50 Color Studio
Color Studio Pure Matt Lipstick – 145 Korean Pop (bright orange coral), £8.50 Color Studio
Color Studio Pure Matt Lipstick – 133 Heart Throb (muted orange-red), £8.50 Color Studio
Color Studio Pure Matt Lipstick – 141 Fury (fuchsia pink with a hint of coral), £8.50 Color Studio
Color Studio Pure Matt Lipstick – 130 Assassin (bright coral with a hint of red), £8.50 Color Studio
Color Studio Pure Matt Lipstick – 155 Rebel (vibrant fuchsia with a hint of berry), £8.50 Color Studio
Color Studio Pure Matt Lipstick – 135 Dare Devil (warm nude with a hint of peach), £8.50 Color Studio
Color Studio Pure Matt Lipstick – 144 Iced Mocha (warm nude with a hint of brown), £8.50 Color Studio
Color Studio Pure Matt Lipstick – 162 Twig (berry red with a hint of pink), £8.50 Color Studio
What do you think of the Color Studio Pure Matt Lipsticks? Have you come across Color Studio products before? Which is your favourite shade?