What’s in the ColourPop Blush Stix?

TrueThings by Kinnari
4 min readJun 19, 2020

The creamy melon tint with a slight sparkle slides smoothly onto the skin. It’s silky texture blends evenly creating a layer of pink. It’s compact packaging and quick application can be used anywhere and anytime. With a quick swipe and blend adding color to the face is easy. And so, my favorite blush stick so far is the ‘Mini Me Blush Stix In Melon Pink’ from ‘ColourPop’.

This vegan and cruelty-free blush made me want to look at the ingredients. With one glance, I was confused. But, not for long. Below is the list of ingredients in the ‘Mini Me Blush Stix In Melon Pink’ from ‘ColourPop’.

Phenylpropyldimethylsiloxysilicate, Caprylyl Methicone, Phenyl Trimethicone, Paraffin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Vp/Hexadecene Copolymer, Ceresin, Hydrated Silica, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Synthetic Beeswax, Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Cetyl Peg/Ppg-10/1 Dimethicone, Lauryl Laurate, Stearic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Microcrystalline Wax, Tocopherol, Potassium Sorbate, Water, Hexylene Glycol, Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Mica (CI 77019), Red 28 Lake (CI 45410), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891).

Yes it’s confusing, but it won’t after this. Below is the list of ingredients defined with short summaries.

Phenylpropyldimethylsiloxysilicate — Phenylpropyldimethylsiloxysilicate is a siloxane polymer. Used in makeup products as a skin-conditioning agent (not enough info available). (

Caprylyl Methicone — Caprylyl Methicone is also a siloxane polymer. A clear, colorless, low viscosity, volatile (does not absorb into the skin but rather evaporates from it) silicone fluid that has excellent spreadability and leaves a light, silky and smooth feel on the skin. (

Phenyl Trimethicone — Phenyl trimethicone is a silicon-based polymer that is used as an antifoaming agent. (

Paraffin — Paraffin wax is obtained from petroleum by dewaxing light lubricating oil stocks. It’s used to make a waxy layer on the skin without being absorbed. (

Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride — Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride is made by first separating the fatty acids and the glycerol in coconut oil. This is done by hydrolyzing the coconut oil, which involves applying heat and pressure to the oil to split it apart ( It is used to moisturize the skin without clogging it.

Vp/Hexadecene Copolymer — This ingredient is a synthetic polymer based on hexadecene, a hydrocarbon obtained from petroleum, and vinylpyrrolidone ( It serves as a moisture barrier and provides good pigment dispersion, specifically in skin creams and cosmetics (

Ceresin — Ceresin is a waxy mixture of hydrocarbons obtained by purification of ozokerite, a naturally occurring mineral wax. It’s used as a binder. (

Hydrated Silica — Hydrated silica is a form of silicon dioxide (sand). It is used as an anti-caking agent.

Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax — Carnauba wax is extracted from the leaves of the carnauba palm, Copernicia cerifera, a plant native to Brazil. It is used as an epilating agent and depilatory (

Synthetic Beeswax — Used as a binding agent, Synthetic Beeswax is a wax synthetically derived to be generally indistinguishable from natural beeswax with regard to composition and properties.

Hydrogenated Soybean Oil — Hydrogenated Soybean Oil is an end product of controlled hydrogenation of Glycine Soja(Soybean) Oil (q.v.). It is used as a skin-conditioning agent. (

Cetyl Peg/Ppg-10/1 Dimethicone — This skin conditioning agent is a synthetic chemical consisting of dimethicone, a silicon-based polymer and polyethylene glycol (PEG)-polypropylene glycol (PPG) polymer. May be contaminated with potentially toxic manufacturing impurities such as 1,4-dioxane. (

Lauryl Laurate — Lauryl Laurate is a low molecular weight natural wax-like ester that is compatible with most cosmetic ingredients. It is made from a mixture of coconut and palm oils. (

Stearic Acid — Stearic acid is derived from vegetable fat, mainly palm for it’s fatty acids. Used as a protective barrier against anything being absorbed in the skin.

Phenoxyethanol — Phenoxyethanol is a synthetic material typically made by mixing treating phenol with ethylene oxide in an alkaline medium. The resulting ingredient is light in color and has a mild rose odor ( This prolongs the shelf life of the product even when it’s opened by fighting any bacteria that may enter.

Caprylyl Glycol — Caprylyl glycol is an alcohol derived from caprylic acid, which is naturally found in palm and coconut oils. Caprylyl glycol is a humectant, meaning it’s a substance that helps the skin retain water. (

Microcrystalline Wax — Microcrystalline wax is a hydrocarbon wax derived from petroleum. It is also used as a binding agent. (

Tocopherol — Tocopherol is a form of Vitamin E typically derived from vegetable oils. Helping increase the brightness of the skin.

Potassium Sorbate — Potassium sorbate is a potassium salt of sorbic acid, a naturally occurring antimicrobial compound; used as a preservative. It is used as a preservative. (

Hexylene Glycol — Hexylene glycol is a small molecular weight surfactant. It is used as a solvent. (

Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499) — Iron oxides are inorganic chemicals used as colorants. ( Iron Oxides are naturally occurring pigments, ranging from black, yellow, red and brown in color. However, commercial forms are produced by synthesis. (

Mica (CI 77019) — Mica is one of the most important naturally occurring minerals often used in makeup foundations. It adds sparkle and shimmer to the product and creates a glow effect. (

Red 28 Lake (CI 45410) — Most lake pigments are synthetically produced from coal tar or petroleum. ( Used for its reddish tint.

After reading the ingredients I understood that even though there are a lot of synthetic ingredients, there are many ingredients that are used for it’s creamy formulation. It’s color ingredients are non-toxic which doesn’t harm the skin. And it’s vegan and cruelty-free formulation makes the product even better.

All the data and usage facts are based on my research and my use of the product. I am not a skincare expert, I am just expressing my opinions. I have not been paid by ‘ColorPop’ to write this article.

TrueThings by Kinnari

High schooler who loves Biology, Science, and Ingredients