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Cheeks be Poppin’
I’ll be honest — I’m not at all familiar with Clinique makeup. I’ve tried their 3-step skincare routine during my college years and continued exploring their skincare range throughout the years, but I was just never attracted to their makeup line. I did use their Superpowder Double Face powder (which was a gift) a few years ago which I did like for a time, but forgot about as I veered away from powder products in the years that followed.
Enter these cute Cheek Pops that exploded in beauty blogs not too long ago and there I was, convincing myself I didn’t need more blushes yet still stared a few minutes too long at those beautiful gerber daisy embossings. Never mind that it was in a clear plastic packaging which I’m not usually drawn to. They just look too pretty, my grubby lil hands wanted to touch them.
I initally had my eye on Ginger Pop and just when I found out that they aren’t actually out here in the Philippines yet after a visit to a Clinique counter, the Clinique Philippines team kindly sent me Berry Pop* to try out. Hallelujah! I think I’ve been blessed by the Makeup Gods way too much this year, but I’m not complaining.
Shade. Berry Pop is a bright medium fuschia pink with bluish undertones. I think this is the most vibrant shade so far in my stash. It reminds me of Tom Ford Narcissist and Burberry Hydrangea Pink – both I have had my eyes on but have foregone because I was too scared to use them on my cheeks. I love my barely-there blushes even if they all look the same on me. LOL. Sad, but hey, I’m starting to open up to bolder shades here.
The other shades in the collection are Plum Pop, a light cool pink. Ginger Pop, a warm coral red and Peach Pop, a warm coral pink.
Texture & Finish. The texture of Berry Pop is between super smooth and almost-dry, slightly nearer the smooth territory though. Not too soft that it’s crumbly but not too dry either that it’s dense and hard to pick up. When swatched with my fingers, tiny tiny parts of the daisy embossings are chipped off which means they’re not rock hard but rather almost creamy.
Actually… it does feel somewhat like a cream when applied since there’s no powder kicking at all. Virtually none. Wait – this could actually be a cream blush – oh wait no, it’s powder. You could’ve fooled me, Clinique. The finish is a soft satin with a slight glow, not a truly flat matte. Very similar to the finish of the Rouge Bunny Rouge blushes I reviewed for Day 2, but they differ in pigmentation and level of creaminess.
Pigmentation. Speaking of pigmentation, one swipe of Berry Pop gives quite a saturated pay-off. Applied on the cheeks, it packs quite a punch but can be blended easily and sheered out to your desire. Those who don’t like to build up blushes will find solace in these Cheek Pops because they are very pigmented in one go (Berry Pop, at least!).
Longevity. I wore this again today and it’s been 6 hours and it hasn’t faded yet. The other day I tested it, it went for a full 8 hours with some fading on the edges. Do note that I tested this while in air-conditioned areas 80% of the time. This lasted longer than some of the NARS blushes I own and definitely longer than Chanel baked blushes.
I thought the brightest blush I could ever have I already found in Chanel Creme Blush in Affinite. Apparently, that pales in comparison to Clinique Berry Pop, which is almost a full-on fuschia compared to all the others I’ve swatched beside it. Chanel Ultra Rose is a blue-toned hotpink, so different that I almost slapped myself for even comparing it. Rouge Bunny Rouge Orpheline is more a watermelon shade while Chanel Rose Tourbillon is a lighter, softer cool-toned pink.
Basically, I have nothing close to it yet in my stash so the beautiful Berry Pop is a definitely a great addition! And unfortunately, no FOTD with the blush on because I’ve been dealing with acne scars and am currently in hiding. Will post one on this entry (or another entry altogether) soon!
One more photo of this beautiful gerber daisy embossing. Just because I’m quite inlove with it that it actually took a good half hour to select photos NOT to include.
I would have to say that Clinique formulated these blushes really well. They could be more buttery but for their price point, I’m already more than impressed. They are not your usual run-off-the-mill powder blushes at all as they apply like a cream and virtually don’t exhibit any powder-like behavior.
But then they’re not entirely blush-revolution either – I am sure there are blushes that have the similar formula. But if you’re looking for a new blush to try out this upcoming Spring/Summer season with a beautiful formula that’s long-lasting, easy to use and especially worth every cent, then I would recommend Clinique’s Cheek Pops.
I would even go out on a limb and say that these may even be better than the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes (of which I’ve only tried one yet but have two more coming so I’ll update this theory soon). I am impressed with these Cheek Pops that yes, I will definitely be grabbing Ginger Pop when comes out in the Clinique counters here in the Philippines soon.
Thoughts on these Clinique Cheek Pops for those who’ve tried it? And to those who haven’t yet — are you eyeing these?
You can buy Clinique Cheek Pops online here. Locally, they will be available soon in all Clinique counters. *Affiliate Links
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