So, back in May, ColourPop ran this amazing promotion that offered all of their eyeshadows at 3/$10 (really it ended up being 3/$9.99), plus a free mini Ultra Satin Lip for every $20 spent, plus—and this was the real kicker for me—free international shipping on all orders.
You see, while ColourPop do offer free shipping to Canada on orders of $50 and up, this is still not that great for Canadians. Not ColourPop’s fault, of course! They’re awesome for even offering free shipping to Canada, at all!
The issue is that Canada charges duties on imports which value a measly CA$20 and up, which is about US$15 at the moment. By comparison, the US exempts duties for imports valued at $800 and under.
This means that for Canadians, a US$50 / CA$66.67 order will likely end up getting charged $10 for Canada Post’s handling, plus tax, which for me in Ontario would be 13%, around $8.71. Also, if customs don’t notice that ColourPop’s products are all made in the US, and therefore eligible for NAFTA, they might tack on an additional duty of around $5. That means a US$50 order just became CA$66.67 + CA$23.71 = CA$90.38 (or US$67.79). Stinks, right?
But Canadian customs officers are busy, so they don’t bother to charge on every single package that comes through (though I have heard that more packages are getting stopped due to an ongoing fentanyl problem). So, packages with values around US$20 are less likely to be stopped and charged.
I got super excited about finally being able to order from ColourPop without being charged an arm and a leg for shipping and duties—and to top it off, ColourPop was running a fab sale!—so I placed four separate orders, ranging in value from US$22 to $35. I was lucky and not one of them got hit for duties. Phew!
ColourPop’s packages always arrive in adorable-on-the-inside boxes, and the contents are securely wrapped. My kids are enjoying playing around with the colorful boxes. (Boxes are better than toys any day, right?)
My orders included a combination of Super Shock Shadows, Pressed Powder Shadows, and Ultra Lips in various finishes.
This post just covers the Pressed Powder Shadows. I picked up thirteen shades:
- Backseat (Metallic, deepened aquamarine)
- Ego (Metallic, rosy taupe)
- High Strung (Metallic, dusty rose)
- Locked and Loaded (Matte, pale yellow)
- Made to Last (Matte, neutral mauve)
- Pebbles (Satin, yellowy pink)
- Pinky Promise (Metallic, wine)
- Play by Play (Metallic, duochrome peach with a green gold flip)
- Ringer (Metallic, warm champagne)
- Sauvage (Metallic, duochrome peach with a hot pink flip)
- Sideline (Metallic, duochrome eggplant with a green flip)
- Take a Break (Metallic, duochrome peach with a subtle gold flip)
- Up and Up (Metallic, duochrome teal with a green flip)