Make Up & Hair

Dear ColourPop, My Skin Color is Not A “Typo”


Every teenager/twenty-something girl has , at some point during her quest for the perfect contour, stumbled upon a review or ad for the budget friendly yet high quality makeup brand ColourPop. Almost every beauty youtuber and their devoted legion of followers constantly rave about how pigmented, smooth, and camera friendly ColourPop cosmetics are. I, being the firmly anti-trend, person that I am just recently decided to delve into the mysterious world of ColourPop that leaves my friends broke and their faces #beat.

I’m not going to lie, they have so many products in a variety of colors that makes my inner Kandee Johnson squeal for joy (if you don’t have a clue who Kandee Johnson is, you should check out her youtube channel, she’s literally a magician with a makeup wand). I was getting ready to go crazy and #TreatMySelf, that as a college student I shouldn’t even be doing, when a tweet caught my eye.

immediately killed my shopping high. You see, I hadn’t gotten to the contouring section of my shopping list, when this tweet popped up. It basically contrasted the names of the lighter shades versus the darker shade contouring sticks featured on the ColourPop sight. The lighter shades got names such as “Gummy Bear” and “Castle” while the darker shades got names such as “Yikes” and “Typo”.


I’m the least person that acts triggered, but these names HAD ME SHOOK. Society already views dark skin as inferior and unwanted. Light skinned girls are praised for their eurocentric beauty and are always the subject of “get you a lightskin/white girl” memes on the internet that rack up thousands of retweets. Darker skinned girls like myself, grow up perming their lovely, natural afros because they want the soft silky hair that barbies and lighter skinned people are praised for having. They have to endure the “you’re so dark I can’t even see you” jokes and the “why is your skin the same color as poop” jokes. They have to work extra hard to silence themselves and hold their anger at injustices because they don’t want to perpetuate the unattractive “mad black woman” stereotype. Scrolling through ColourPop’s instagram page, they have a variety of women with different skin tones looking fierce in their products. They almost fooled me into thinking, finally, here is a budget friendly, high quality makeup that values the diversity of their target audience which made me want to spend an extra $20. The names of their sculpting sticks really revealed to me how this company views dark skin.

I’m not going to apologize for the fact that I have dark skin ,which I didn’t choose to have, that forces you to make more colors. I’m not going to sit here and spend my (but really my parent’s) hard earned money on a makeup brand that approves the names like “Yikes” and”Typo” and “Dume” on cosmetics that are in darker shades, so I immediately cleared my basket (and saved myself $70) and vowed to never spend a dime at ColourPop. What would it have costed them to change the names to something with a nicer connotation?  Dume, according to Urban dictionary means a very stupid human creature. I’m glad that you want me to spend my money on your products even though you think that people of my shade are very stupid humans especially since I’m an engineering student at a Tier One institute that graduated Cum Laude from a nationally ranked High School (for all you naysayers who think black people only get into high school because of affirmative action). In fact, many girls that share my skin tone are beautiful, formidable, intelligent women that enroll in university at a higher rate than any other skin color . Despite those strides, why are colors that match are skin tones being referred to as “Yikes”? Why couldn’t “Café” or “Rum” suffice? It’s not okay to only pay lip service to diversity when you have darker skinned girls, and young teenagers, buying products to match their skin tone called “Yikes”. You perpetuate the societal stereotypes that dark skin is undesirable which these girls will then have to spend the rest of their lives trying to unlearn. I’m an adult, and I’m still trying to love my darker skin; buying a product calling my skin tone “Dume” does not help girls that look like me use makeup to enhance and love the God-given skin that they’re in.

Update: Colourpop has changed the name of the colors. Sadly, they haven’t issued a public apology.



Moyo Ajepe is a slightly salty black woman and engineer in training. She enjoys obsessively refreshing twitter, watching soccer, haute couture, and binge watching documentaries. She one day hopes to have her own talk show, run socially conscious businesses, and become BFFs with Rihanna. Do you want her to write for you? Contact her @ or slide into her DM @movaughan97 on twitter



  1. Terra

    September 19, 2016 at 5:55 pm

    Dume refers to Point Dume in California. The description for the shade literally says “get to the Point in this warm mocha brown.”

    • majepe

      September 19, 2016 at 6:03 pm

      And according to urban dictionary Dume means a stupid person ( Why couldn’t the name “Mocha” suffice or why couldn’t they say this shade is inspired by Point Dume in California? If they are going to use a name with multiple meanings, they should clearly state, for all of us non Californians, what they mean.

      • majepe

        September 19, 2016 at 6:04 pm

        That also doesn’t excuse the name of their shades yikes and typo.

      • KatyH

        September 19, 2016 at 7:07 pm

        Urban Dictionary is sourced by trolls. Are you seriously trusting a definition from there?

        • majepe

          September 19, 2016 at 7:22 pm

          As much as we hate to admit it urban dictionary has a wide array of slang that we use in everyday language. The last thing you want to do is stir up negative feelings in a customer while they are trying to shop. Why did the darker shade have to be called typo or dume? Those words don’t reflect the true nature of the hue, so why couldn’t those words be assigned to lighter shade contour sticks?

          • Hikki

            September 20, 2016 at 10:59 am

            Anyone can post on Urban Dictionary. BTW. Illuminati clearly refers to the Albino skin toned character from the book.

          • Beyong

            October 18, 2016 at 10:43 am

            I would really hate it if I looked to makeup contour names for acceptance.

  2. Nicola

    September 19, 2016 at 9:18 pm

    I dont know. A Google search shows that this word is very uncommonly used, I’ve never heard it used myself either. Urban Dictionary says that this definition was posted by a user 7 years ago, and only 21 people voted up, 16 voted down.

    I really doubt that Colourpop would have wanted to call a dark shade the equivalence of “retarded”. For starters, it’s not a good business move.

    It definitely refers to Point Dume (a beach close to their offices). Not some obscure, old fashioned, seldomly used slur.

    • majepe

      September 19, 2016 at 9:30 pm

      Just because you haven’t heard it used like that doesn’t mean it hasn’t been used or isn’t used in social circles. For example we use the slang finna even though it’s over 40 years old. Why couldn’t a lighter shade be called dume? Especially since that particular hue has no resemblance to the color of sand on the beach. In their description they could have clearly stated inspired by Malibu’s own Point Dume or something of that nature. People seem to be very fixated on dume but ignore Yikes and Typo. Why would they pick words such as typo or yikes with such negative connotations in the first place, regardless of their description especially since “yikes” is not another name for any color. Darker skinned people are already made to feel insecure about their skin color, so using words with a negative connotation as their shade name is very demoralizing.

  3. Sarah

    September 20, 2016 at 7:57 am

    What about yikes and typo? They named a Brown color “yikes” really!?! Its so sad. I really wanted to try colourpop but now i feel so disrespected

  4. Charmaine harvey

    September 20, 2016 at 3:18 pm

    Seriously? Fuck these other commenters trying to find excuses and loopholes! You don’t have to respond to them queen. Thank you for writing this informative article! I hope that Colourpop and other bigots will learn. Thank you also for writing this because I hadn’t seen these sticks, and up until this point was supporting them!

    Like seriously…. Who TF wants to buy something called “yikes” and apply it to their skin. I’m sickly

  5. Tink

    September 20, 2016 at 5:03 pm

    Shame on Colourpop.

    PS- Kandee Johnson has a pretty sordid past so I’d be hesistant to recommend her. She’s swindled people out of a lot of money and is known to be a pretty good scammer. :/ I used to like her too.

  6. Shan

    September 21, 2016 at 3:04 pm

    My issue is that A) I’ve been to California once and my first thought was Duke Beach. Secondly “Yikes” has become a funny and popular word as of late on activist type pages. B) no one seems to be considering the fact that these are highlight AND contour sticks. Unless you are very very very verrryyyy pale you will need one light and one deep shade. I think you are reading way too much into this. 95% of the time I’m the lightest available foundation shade but I would still needy to buy “yikes” to contour, that’s the entire concept of highlighting and contouring. Glad they changed the names so people will stop reading too much into it and tweeting about something so meaningless. I hardly think the names of two shades (excluding Dume for obvious reasons) speak on the entire companys views of skin tone and diversity. Espcially since they have been so mindful of diversity in every way since the beginning.

  7. Shan

    September 21, 2016 at 3:07 pm

    Also, you recommend names like “hazelnut” or “rum” but everyone was PISSED when morphe released their concealer and all of the darker shades (past a medium tan) were named after foods like Latte, Cinnamon, I believe they had a Hazelnut as well. I think everyone needs to decide what they are and aren’t offended by and stick to it for once.

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