August 22, 2017

Colourpop No Filter Concealer Review & Swatches

I finally got my Colourpop No Filter Concealer after a little drama with the shipping. No Filter Concealer is a lightweight, creamy formula that promises to blur imperfections with a crease-proof matte finish. It’s available in quite a wide shade selection and the best part is the budget friendly six buck price tag. Can’t beat that right?

I ordered a few shades the day it launched and about 8 days later I got the wrong items with an invoice addressed to someone else and a label on the box addressed to me. I was headed away for the weekend so I grabbed the invoice as I went out the door, snapped a picture, and sent an e-mail to Colourpop telling them I got a box addressed to me but the items and invoice weren’t mine. They replied that I’d have to take photos of the address label and photos of the contents of the box. For some reason, this got me rather pissed off. It took a while to get the concealer and now I was away with no way to take photos which would mean more wait time for my items. I also didn’t love the fact they needed all this proof to correct their own mistake. Shrug!

I finally got my order a week later but yeah, it put me off Colourpop a bit. I’ve had really good customer service from them up until now. Oh well.

Anyway, I here’s some thoughts, review, and swatches on Colourpop No Filter Concealer!

Colourpop No Filter Concealer is 0.14 oz in size and arrives in a chunky barrel with a flat sponge applicator for application. The applicator is an excellent size and saturates well with color. This is one of those instances you truly appreciate the applicator because I’m of the belief that a bad applicator can totally break a formula. If Bobbi Brown Instant Full Cover Concealer had this style applicator I’d probably be more inclined to rave the formula! This saturates very well with the concealer and allows you to apply it either sheer or heavier.

I realize matte isn’t exactly what you want to hear when you have drier eyes but I decided I’d give this a chance since I had such great success with Tarte Shape Tape Concealer. I never expected to like a matte concealer under my eyes but Shape Tape does change your perspective on the finish.

For a first time formula from a company that’s concentrated solely on creating a small selection of color cosmetics I’d say No Filter Concealer shows a lot of promise. It won’t garner the attention from older women and men that are drier and showing the signs of aging around their eyes but it will be an ideal pick for younger woman and men who aren’t struggling with dryness or finer lines. It isn’t a complete write off for the maturer user though but it does take a little more prepping, time, and patience to apply correctly. This is especially the case for under eye use but doesn’t apply to areas of the face where it should work just fine for any and all users.

The formula is incredibly pigmented and should provide fuller coverage or more natural coverage depending how much you apply. It’s quite thin but also creamy. As I was applying it I almost felt like I was dabbing liquid foundation under my eyes. It has a fluid-like consistency that’s very loose and thin. It blends quite easily but it has a severe problem with setting very quickly which in turn can cause blending problems. Allow me to explain a little more. I typically swipe concealer under both my eyes and I proceed to blend. I do not do that with this formula. Why? Because as I’m working on one eye the concealer I swiped on the opposite of my eye is drying down super flash fast. The formula quickly morphs and becomes a little difficult to blend if I leave it hanging out. So, do one eye or one area at a time, blend, and proceed to apply on the other area or eye and blend. Don’t try dotting it around your eye or face and waiting. It has a quick to set formula that won’t fully cooperate when you finally get around the area to blend.

Colourpop No Filter Concealer (Light Neutral 15)

Colourpop No Filter Concealer (Beige 25)

Colourpop No Filter Concealer (Medium 30)

Colourpop No Filter Concealer Swatches (Light Neutral 15, Beige 25, Medium 30)

Colourpop No Filter Concealer Swatches (Light Neutral 15, Beige 25, Medium 30)

The coverage is very seamless. Once you start blending it sinks right into your skin and looks incredibly flesh-like. It just molds to your skin in a very smooth, even layer. You do need to prep well especially if you have drier, finely lined eyes like my own. A good hydrating eye cream, perhaps a tiny dab of facial oil, and some primer will go a long way at creating as smooth and hydrated as an area as possible to ease the way for the concealer. Oddly enough, I did struggle a little with formula inconsistencies. All three shades I selected had the same thin, quick dry formula that was fairly easy to blend but the two lightest shades seemed to work best for me. They had a smooth, even appearance but the darkest shade (Medium 30) had a very bad set. It ended up aging my eyes, looking very dry, and creasing five hours into the wear. It was a very weird experience and I tested it several different times and it happened with each application. The two lightest shades wore seven straight hours in humid weather without migrating or creasing and they never aged my eyes. But the darkest shade looked horrible.

Speaking of shades….

I hauled three different shades but none quite fit my skin tone. I got Light Neutral 20, Beige 25, and Medium 30. Light 20 was sold out when I made my purchase and I’m hoping that might be my shade as Light Neutral 20 and Beige 25 were a little too light for me and Medium 30 was a smidge too dark. Beige 25 was probably the best fit if I had to choose one shade to keep but it is a tiny bit pasty under my eyes.

I wouldn’t say Colourpop No Filter Concealer is going to replace any of my current favorite concealers but I wouldn’t write it completely off either. At six dollars it packs pigment and a fairly easy to work with formula that offers excellent coverage. It’s worth trying out at this price to find out if you might just be impressed with the formula!

Have you tried it?

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  • Megan

    Interesting! I probably won’t be ordering from the ColourPop website anymore since Sephora will be stocking their products soon. I’ll wait to try it!

          • Lori Richardson

            Bummer. I’m tired of buying a shadow only to discover I don’t like it. I’m a huge fan of the cream shadows, and now, so is my niece (she gets all my β€œrejects”.

            PS. I LOVE your blog! You are my go-to before I purchase any products.

          • Isabella Muse

            totally a bummer. I think we all though that Sephora would carry more of the line but they never got anything else πŸ™ I am too! I really love shadows. It’s sad they don’t do more singles at Sephora so we can swatch. You’re a great aunt ;-D Aw thank you very very much <3!!!!!!!

  • Heidi

    I’m intrigued, and missed out on the initial chance to order. It doesn’t sound ideal for my undereye circles, but maybe for discolorations… One thing I hate about ColourPop is it can take a while for an order to ship. They always seem to take at least a week to process the order. It’s not horrible, but my greedy-for-makeup self doesn’t enjoy the wait.

  • Christina D.

    Slightly off topic but since your post brings up the subject of customer service and shipping issues…

    Have you had the misfortune of dealing with LaserShip? Apparently that is Sephora’s new delivery service and it S-U-C-K-S. I’ve had three orders in a row delivered (yes, I received the orders but it usually entailed a search for where the package was left) by them and I have complained three times to Sephora. I’ve told them that I will stop ordering on-line from them and, as a VIB Rouge, they will be losing my $1,000+ per year.

    I needed to vent. Thanks for listening and heed the warning. I’m hoping if enough of us complain — and the Customer Service Rep told me they are getting tons of complaints — Sephora will go back to UPS.

    • Isabella Muse

      I honestly haven’t had an issue although, still slow. They say two days but it turns into more like four days or even five. :-/ Aside from that, no problems! I’m sorry to hear shipping has been crap! You’d think they’d take a look at your account and acknowledge the issue knowing how much you spend $$$! I haven’t gotten any. It seems like they always forget my samples! I used a code for a deluxe sample last go round and didn’t get it!

    • Sarah

      Omg, Christina D – I couldn’t agree with you more!!! Im super pissed about the Lasership. They lost the last package I ordered and the tracking info is inaccurate…. Lasership sucks!!! I called and complained as well; the rep said they’ve been getting a lot of complaints. Can’t understand why a multi billion dollar company would change it up if what they were using worked fine. Good move, Sephora. : /

    • Kim


      I share you agony with SEPHORA…I’ve had a ton of problems with them too. VIB Rouge member, spend a sh*t ton of $$ there only to have my “2 day flash shipping” (what a joke!) arrive a week later! Beyond pissed. Also had to deal with crappy CS and ended up with a lousy ‘store credit’ for $10 bucks ‘for my time’ and “free shipping on your next order’!!!!!! I’m a VIB Member! I already get FREE shipping! Nightmare lately with them….thanks, I had to vent too! πŸ™‚

  • Christina D.

    P.S. And what is up with the samples? I have not gotten one single sample that I chose for the last several orders. It may be a small thing (definitely smaller than the shipping issue) but for all the money I spend, Sephora needs to step up their game.

    • Lauren

      Call them and complain. I rarely order from Sephora but when I do it is because of the samples. I called and complained re. completely missing samples (2x calls re. the same order) and they gave me a hefty amount of BI points as compensation.

  • kjh

    Always OOS, when I go to CP. Some day. If I got yes, please,I can get this.

  • Claire L

    I often have to mix 2 shades in my concealer and foundation because I’m often between shades. So I usually buy and use 2 different shades together.

  • Krizthal

    Wow finally lol!

    Does Medium 30 oxidize on you? I literally did a 5-10 second swatch difference and it gets to be really dark. My Kat Von D lock-it concealer in warm 25 oxidizes very slightly but at least it fits my skin
    If colourpop’s concealer didn’t oxidize on me, it would have been perfect TT.

    • Isabella Muse

      Sorry for the delay πŸ™‚ It does! It kind of goes orange-y on me!