Swatches: Cult favorite Colourette Colourtints get a fresh, new upgrade

I have been hearing great things about the Colourette Colourtints from the Project Vanity team and community. Pigmented, blendable, and with strong lasting power – for P249 each, they definitely sound like a steal! Recently, the Colourette team launched new formulations of this cult favorite to be even better. The original Matte shades now have an even richer pigmentation, and they introduced a new Fresh version for fans that prefer a lightweight, my-lips-but-better tint.

Matte shades, from left: Evee (lush strawberry red), Kaiya (wearable muted orchid), Sansa (stunning rich magenta), Liv (soft plumy brown), Naomi (watermelon punch pink), Piper (radiant peachy coral), Dione (bright true tangerine), Ondrei (warm golden brown), Zola (universally flattering terracotta), Coco (deepest blood red)

Now that I’ve got to try them myself, I can say that I understand the hype! They’re definitely a far cry from the wash of color type of lip tints that Kbeauty tints tend to be, but they’re different in a good way. On the lips, the matte shades feel a lot like thin, lightweight, and opaque liquid lipsticks. I don’t find them to be drying because of their oil base but they do require lip prep (always exfoliate and moisturize!) to look nice and even, without any clumping or bunching. The finish doesn’t quite dry down to a full matte, and the tints can transfer and bleed outside the lip lines. I just make it a point to retouch after meals but they do leave a nice stain.

On the skin is where the Colourtints truly shine IMO. You need just one or two tiny dots on each cheek or eye for a natural looking flush that could last an 8 to 5 shift. They’re easy to blend and are never streaky, plus Colourette ain’t kidding about the pigmentation! This is hands-down the most pigmented tint I’ve ever come across. I have been using them for a week straight and I’ve been enjoying how easily I can create Monochromatic MOTDs - I just apply these tints on my eyes, cheeks and lips!

Fresh shades, from left: Poppy (summer popsicle red), Nia (juicy peachy pink), Kelsey (fresh salmon pink), Nala (light cotton candy pink), Winter (sweet subtle taro), Gigi (muted brick red), Kira (spicy chili red), Maddie (deep smokey plum), Thalia (plump cranberry red), Lola (vibrant sangria berry)

The Fresh variants are for those who want just a wash of color on the lips. They’re still richly pigmented but are less opaque, and apply more like stains than liquid lipsticks (with the exception of the shade Kelsey, which feels more like a Matte). Even with my pigmented lips, the colors apply evenly and feel like nothing on the lips. The darker shades wear the whole day but the lighter ones tend to fade away completely after meals. On the face, they feel and look similar to the Mattes but are not as long lasting. I get about five hours of wear time with the Fresh tints on my oily skin.

A word of warning: do take the instructions seriously to shake the tints up real good! The Colourtints are powdered pigments suspended in oil and they do separate when left still for a while. I take a good 30 seconds of shaking to completely marry the tint prior to application. Even so, there are just a few shades that can apply patchy on the lips but they all apply nicely on the face in my experience.

The Colourtints get a thumbs-up from me, and they’re great value for money at just P249! Are you Team Fresh or are you Team Matte? Which shades are making your heart flutter?

Ingredients for both the Matte and Fresh Colourtints: White Beeswax, Isododecane, Polydimethysiloxane, Talcum, Titanium Dioxide Anatase, Argannia Spinosa Kernnel Oil, Flavor, May Contain (+/-) CI 77491, CI 77499, CI 77492, CI 177491, CI 15850:2, CI 15850, CI 15985, CI 45410:2, CI 77491, CI 77718