ColourPop Cosmetics No Filter Foundation Review

Hi, friends! Hope you all are having a great start to the second half of 2018! It’s still so crazy to me to think that we’re closer to 2019 than we are to 2017. *insert shocked emoji*

And you know what’s even crazier? In just a few months, I’ll officially be closer to 30 years old than 20 years old. *insert shocked emoji times two*

For today’s post, I’ll be reviewing ColourPop’s new No Filter Natural Matte Foundation. I was very excited when I heard the news that ColourPop was expanding their range of complexion products that I bought it on the very first day it was available.

However, despite my excitement, I actually did not have high hopes for the foundation. Unlike many people, I don’t really like ColourPop’s No Filter Concealer.

It just doesn’t work for me. It works for A LOT of people, but it just doesn’t work for me. If the concealer is any indication of how the foundation would work out, I was prepared to not like it.

I know that’s a terrible way of thinking before even trying it out. But, I’m being honest with you guys and that’s how I felt!

I guess my excitement just came from how much I love ColourPop in general for making really quality products available for such an affordable price.

Alright, I’ll stop rambling now and get straight into the review!

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Description from

“Developed for the Selfie Age, our buildable full coverage, natural matte foundation delivers flawless looking skin from day-to-night. The oil-free, lightweight formula blends smoothly and is easily customizable to create the coverage you want. Build it up or sheer it out, it was developed with innovative soft-blurring pigments to deliver true color while looking and feeling natural. The lockable pump is easy to use and keeps your routine mess-free! As always, 100% cruelty-free and vegan.”

Cost: $12.00

Net Weight: 0.85 fl oz (25 mL)

Available in 42 shades – 7 shades in each shade category (fair, light, medium, medium-dark, dark, deep-dark)


Finding My Shade:

ColourPop has a great guide on their site that tells you what your shade might be based on your shade in 6 popular foundations: MAC Studio Fix Fluid, Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r, Estee Lauder Double Wear, Maybelline Fit Me, NARS Natural Radiant Longwear, and Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless.

This is great, right?! At least they give you some kind of guideline.

The problem with this was that I only know my shade in two of those foundations – the Fenty Pro Filt’r and the NARS Natural Radiant Longwear – and the shade that matches me best in those foundations (190 and Deauville, respectively) weren’t listed as options!

This means they don’t offer a shade that is comparable to those shades! How is it possible that in a foundation line that has a shade range of 42 shades, there isn’t one that matches me?!

So, I had to just rely on knowing what my undertone is and try to guess what shade I would be. Am I the only one that feels like their undertone is different depending on the brand?

Even though I’m normally a neutral undertone, I swear I have foundations that are warm, neutral, and cool-toned in my foundation collection.

I guess this is just because it’s up to the brands discretion to decide how much warmth to put in (or take out of) a shade.

Anyway, I decided to get two shades because I couldn’t really decide which one would be best for me. I got Light 45 and Light 50. Light 45 is described as a ‘neutral foundation with yellow undertones for very light skin tones’ and Light 50 is described as a ‘warm foundation with yellow undertones for light skin tones.’

Neither one of these really match me, but Light 50 is closer than Light 45. 



The bottle is definitely not bad at all. It’s a nice glass bottle and it has a pump! At first, I didn’t like that it doesn’t come with a cap to go over the pump because what if I want to travel with it?

That shit would squirt everywhere! But, then I realized that the pump locks by twisting it, so all peace was restored in the world. Somewhat.

This is just me being really picky, but I don’t like how the foundation doesn’t get sucked back into the bottle when you let go of the pump.

There’s always a drop of foundation hanging at the hole of the pump after I put it back into the locked position and it just drives me insane!

I have to wipe it every time I use it and I can never seem to get it completely clean because it’s white! You know what would solve this problem? A CAP. So I wouldn’t have to see it. But, that's just me.



There isn’t much scent to this foundation at all. In fact, I actually unscrewed the cap to see if I could smell any distinct scent. And there really isn’t any.

Those of you who are sensitive to heavily scented products don’t have to worry with this foundation!



Yooo this foundation is so much more liquidy than I expected. It reminds me a lot of the NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation, although not quite as liquidy.

You definitely have to be careful if you dispense it onto the back of your hand because it will slide off if you move your hand around.

I always dispense the foundation onto the back of my hand and use a flat-top kabuki brush to blend it out using stippling motions. (My favorite is the Morphe Y-6.)

This foundation dries down fairly quickly so I like to do work in sections of my face, re-dipping my brush into the foundation as needed.

This foundation blends out beautifully. It’s one of my biggest pet peeves when foundation that you’ve already laid down gets disrupted when trying to add more coverage on top of it.

But, I’ve never had that problem with this foundation. Building up coverage is always such a breeze.  



ColourPop claims this foundation is buildable full coverage. And I totally agree that it is buildable TO full coverage.

I’d say a normal amount of this foundation to use is two full pumps. And with two full pumps, this foundation is definitely not full coverage.

I would call it medium coverage, but it is really easy to build it up to full coverage.

To get the amount of coverage that I prefer (VERY full), I usually will have to use 4 full pumps of this foundation.

I always start off with just two pumps, and then I’ll add more as needed. I’ll start off with dispensing just a half-pump at a time, but I always end up adding more and more LOL.



This foundation is matte. Although the description says “natural matte,” I see nothing natural about it. I would consider it very matte.

And personally, I don’t like how matte it is. I feel like I have no glow in my skin at all – like it’s just blank and lifeless.

It’s even worse after applying setting powder because most setting powders will make it even more matte.

I don’t have oily skin at all, so this combination made my skin look SO dry. Especially in areas where I really pack on the setting powder to avoid creasing, like my under-eye area.

I can’t really go without applying setting powder because I want my face to be dry to the touch and I want the foundation to last all day, but forgoing setting powder may be an option for some.

I’ve tried highlighting to filth, using a dewy setting spray, mixing in luminous drops, and I didn’t really like how any of those options turned out.

It just looks so matte and dry on me. Even by lunchtime (around 12 pm) when I normally do my first blot of the day on my nose, it isn’t really necessary with this foundation. (That could actually be a good thing, though.)

This foundation may be great for those with oily skin because of its oil-free matte nature, but I definitely wouldn’t recommend it for those with dry skin.

I have quite a few dry patches right now and this foundation emphasized them like crazy. I need some moisture to kind of blend those dry patches into my skin and I just wasn’t getting any with this foundation.

I feel like my texture is even more pronounced with this foundation.

I haven’t experimented enough with this next point, but I still think it’s important to note: this foundation seems to make my highlighter emphasize texture even more.

I’ve used a handful of different highlighters on this foundation, and they all seem to not look their best. I don’t know what it is – maybe because it’s like dry powder just laying on top of a really matte foundation?

I don’t know, I just know I’m never happy with how it looks. I’ll still have to experiment more with this, but I thought it was interesting enough to mention.



The longevity of this foundation is pretty good! I think a lot of that has to do with how lightweight it is.

It’ll definitely last me a full day of working and it’ll still feel very comfortable by the end of the day.

I only experience a bit of separation and wear around my nose and mouth, but that is completely normal for me.

Foundation on my nose always wears off the quickest because that’s like the only place on my face that I ever feel oily. And the foundation around my mouth always wears off because I’m always eating LOL. 

However, I did notice that I have to be extra careful while blotting my nose when wearing this foundation.

More so than other foundations, this one transfers quite a bit while blotting. Unless I want to completely rid my nose from foundation, I have to be sure to blot very lightly.

Although a very unusual situation, I would like to mention that this foundation doesn’t hold up well with tears!

It wasn’t even a bawling type of moment, it was more like a few drops of tears after a sad scene in a movie.

Normally this would have little to no effect on my makeup, but when I looked in the mirror after, the foundation literally came off only in the path the tears took down my cheeks.

And I didn’t wipe the tears off with tissue at all. *insert shrug emoji* I know that won’t happen every time I wear this foundation, but it speaks to how well it adheres to the skin. 


Is it worth the cost?

MOST DEFINITELY. Guys, it’s $12! It comes in a nice glass bottle and comes with almost the industry standard of 1 oz. for liquid foundations.

It’s even cheaper than many drugstore foundations and it’s a decent foundation. There really is no doubt it’s worth $12.


Final Rating:

I would have to give it a 2.5/5 because to me it’s just average. It’s like middle-of-the-pack, nothing special about it, average.

I’ve been wearing it a lot recently for the purpose of writing an informative review, but after I finish writing this, I’ll honestly probably never wear this foundation again.

I may have given it a better rating if I had oily skin because this foundation is definitely not meant for my dryish skin type.

So, if you have oily skin, keep in mind that my review is coming from a dry-skin perspective.

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Have you tried this foundation? If you have, I'm so curious to know what you think of it! I've heard a lot of amazing reviews on it that makes me feel like I'm missing something. Be sure to let me know in the comments! 

Thank you so much for reading and until next time! <3


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ColourPop Cosmetics No Filter Foundation - Full Review
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