Colourpop Blotted Lip vs Glossier Generation G Lipstick: Comparison, Review, and Swatches

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Today I have swatches and a review of the Colourpop Blotted Lip and a comparison to the Glossier Generation Gs. The Glossier Generation G Lipsticks were released in 2016 to the delight of many people searching for a low-fuss sheer matte lipstick. I reviewed two shades on the blog, Cake and Leo before on the blog

Almost a year later, Colourpop released their Blotted Lip as part of a collaboration with Alexis Ren. The Blotted Lip was described as providing a sheer matte finish that's buildable and lightweight and given how much I liked the Generation Gs (at least in Cake), I thought I'd get the Blotted Lip and compare the two (and it turns out they share quite a few similarities) and see if it could be considered a dupe of one another.

Colourpop Blotted Lip vs Glossier Generation G Lipstick

Continue reading to hear my thoughts, read the comparison, and see swatches!

Product Description Comparison

  • Sheer matte lipstick that creates the perfect popsicle pout! Formula is lightweight, matte and buildable for light to medium coverage.
  • Generation G is a new kind of lip color that gives the look and finish of just-blotted lipstick, without the blot. We’ve created a short list of the six most important shades, with dialed-down pigment loads for a casual look: Zip, Leo, Crush, and Jam, along with the super subtle Cake and Like, which give some oomph to lighter lip tones. They’re lipsticks that adapt to you, not the other way around, so they'll appear a bit different on everyone as your natural lip color shows through. The effect? Diffused, matte goodness—just swipe it on.
Price/Sizing Comparison

The Colourpop Blotted Lips are $5.00 for 1 gram of product while the Glossier Generation G are $18.00 for 2 grams of product. I'm surprised at how much product the Blotted Lips are cause it has the same casing as the Generation G, only a bit longer. Since it goes by weight, perhaps it's just less dense? 

Color Range Comparison

There are six colors in the Generation G range while there are eight colors in the Blotted Lip Range. There are two more subtle shades in the Generation G range while all the Blotted Lip appear to have a similar level of pigmentation.

Here are the Blotted Lips. Left to right: Drip, Ice Cube, and Sucker.

Colourpop Blotted Lip in Drip, Ice Cube, and Sucker

Here are the Generation Gs. Left to right: Cake and Leo.

Glossier Generation G Lipstick in Cake and Leo

Packaging Comparison

Both lip products are packaged in a slimline white tube. The Blotted Lip has a matte finish while the Generation G has a glossy finish. The tube for the Blotted Lip is a bit longer than the Generation Gs. The Generation G is all white on the inside while the lining for the Blotted Lips are color coordinated.

The Generation Gs are notorious for having a rather flimsy cap, in fact both of my tubes have cracked caps. Though I haven't owned the Blotted Lips long enough to know whether they'll crack or not, it does feel like the cap is a bit sturdier.

Colourpop Blotted Lip vs Glossier Generation G Lipstick Comparison

Formula Comparison

The Glossier Generation Gs tout having a "dialed down pigment load" for most of the shades (Leo included) while also describing Cake and Like as being "super subtle". Because of this, Cake takes at least four to five swipes to get a light finish while it's two to four for a sheer finish with Leo. 

The Colourpop Blotted Lips in comparison give light coverage from the get go and build up to a medium coverage with multiple swipes. 

Hopefully these arm swatches will help you see the difference. From left to right, Colourpop Drip, Ice Cube, Sucker, Glossier Cake and Leo.

Colourpop Blotted Lip vs Glossier Generation G Lipstick Comparison Arm Swatches

Both do feel firm in the tubes but the Generation Gs feel more emollient than the Blotted Lip. The Generation Gs glide much easier on the lips, some of the Blotted Lips tug on the lips when I apply them though it's improved if I pair it with a balm. I do feel like both formulas are neither drying or hydrating.

The Blotted Lip in Drip and Sucker have closer to a semi-matte finish while Ice Cube has a more flat matte finish and feels firmer/tugs more on the lips. The Generation Gs in Cake and Leo have a natural matte finish, not as flat matte as the Blotted Lips. The natural matte finish makes the Generation G's more comfortable to wear compared to the Blotted Lips. However, you can make the Blotted Lips by applying one layer of Blotted Lip, a layer of lip balm, and a layer of Blotted Lip. 

Wear time for the Generation Gs are about two to four hours, while a good wear time for the Blotted Lip is about three to four hours but you can make it last five to six hours. By good wear time, I mean the lips can look dry with the Blotted Lip after three or four hours because it's not as creamy/more matte. 

Do I consider these a dupe? Not 100% but you can certainly get a similar effect with the Blotted Lips.


All these swatches were taken in natural daylight with no flash. 

Colourpop Drip

Colourpop Blotted Lip in Drip Swatch

Drip is described as a "warm rosey mauve". My favorite of the three Blotted Lips and it's perfect to wear to work.

Colourpop Blotted Lip in Ice Cube Swatch

Ice Cube is described as a "cool-toned berry". It's quite a pink but I didn't like this as much because it felt quite hard in the tube and tugged more than the others when applying.

Colourpop Sucker

Colourpop Blotted Lip in Sucker Swatch

Sucker is described as a "soft coral". It is bright for everyday wear for me but I think this would be perfect during the transition time between spring and summer.

Glossier Cake
Glossier Generation G Lipstick in Cake Swatch

Cake is described as a "subtle peachy nude". My favorite of the Generation Gs, yeah it doesn't look like much but it's so easy to apply and I never have to worry about it looking messy. It adds just a nice hint of color.

Glossier Leo

Glossier Generation G Lipstick in Leo Swatch

Leo is described as a "warm cocoa brown". I prefer wearing this more sheerly because I think it can look too brown when built up. You can certainly build this to look a smidge more pigmented.

Ingredients Comparison:

This particular comparison made me rather interested, there is a lot of overlap between the two formulas. I didn't include the colorants for the Glossier ingredient lists since each shade has different ones but the base formula is the same.

  • Ethylhexyl Stearate, Polyethylene, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, C10-18 Triglycerides, Isohexadecane, C30-45 Alkyl Cetearyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, BHT, 
  • Ethylhexyl Stearate, Polyethylene, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, C10-18 Triglycerides, Isohexadecane Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, C30-45 Alkyl Cetearyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, PEG/PPG-20/23 Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Punica Granatum Extract, Silica, Aluminum Dimyristate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Isoceteth-10, Disodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Cyclotetrasiloxane, Laureth-4, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Agave Tequilana Leaf Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, BHT.
The first seven ingredients for both products are listed in the same order, though obviously that doesn't mean they're in the same ratios. I think the extra ingredients used by Glossier provide a more emollient feel and the better glide on the lips.


There are similarities in the ingredients, packaging, wear time, and effect on your lips. The differences are in the pigmentation, finish, color range, comfort on the lips, and pricing. The question comes down to whether you want a lip color with a better feel and lighter coverage that you don't mind building up or the price of (Glossier) or if you want even more versatility by having a product you can wear sheerly or have more coverage from at an inexpensive price (Colourpop) that's not as easy to glide on.

For me, I really love the Generation G in Cake and how it looks on me and unfortunately there's not a similar color in the Blotted Lip formula so that's a color I plan on repurchasing. If you like brighter lip colors with a versatile finish, I say try out the Blotted Lip since there's a ton of colors and you'll get a similar effect to the brighter shades from the Generation Gs if you don't mind giving up some of the comfort. However, given the fact that you can get three of the Colourpop Blotted Lips for the price of one Glossier Generation G, I don't think you'll mind pairing it with a lip balm to improve the comfort level.

I hope you enjoyed this comparison post between the Colourpop Blotted Lip and the Glossier Generation Gs. If this is your first Colourpop order, you can receive $5.00 off using my referral link and I get $5.00. If this is your first Glossier order, you can receive 10% off using my referral link and I get $10.

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Disclaimer: I purchased both products myself (I used affiliate credit for the Glossier Generation Gs). I was not compensated/paid for this post. This post does contain affiliate links, which provide me with referral credit if you use it for your purchase. All opinions are my own!

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