Makeup Play: Making Them Cheeks Pop with Clinique Berry Pop

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Very Berry

I reviewed the Clinique Cheek Pop in Berry Pop* before (full review here) but never got around to posting an FOTD wearing it because I was in the midst of an acne battle during that time — and on the cheek area nonetheless. So, despite my best efforts (okay, maybe not my best because I’m always too lazy to do full coverage makeup) to try and make any blush look good on my skin — I just couldn’t. Moral of the story: skincare is key, ladies. What is good makeup if our skin is acting up. Clinique Cheek Pop in Berry Pop is a vibrant medium-dark fuschia that I honestly wouldn’t dare to even swatch had I been counter-hopping and looking for new makeup to try. At first glance, it seems like a scary shade especially for a subtle blush lover like myself. But upon trying the product (a few minutes after staring at the beautiful gerbera daisy embossing and taking lots of photos of it), I couldn’t have been more wrong.

The Look

brights4 By Terry Touche Veloutee (buy here). No foundation or any base product on except for this. I’m so obsessed with this magic wand recently that I’ve been using it almost everyday and actually prefer it over foundation and concealer! This was created by the same person that came up with the YSL Touche Eclat (Terry de Gunzberg) except she went steps further to improve on the YSL version. It doesn’t do full-on coverage for dark circles and the under-eye area, though. Laura Mercier Artist Palette (buy here). I’ve been reaching for this palette recently again because for some reason, I find myself in love with the African Violet shade. Actually, all the purple shades (Kir Royal, Violet Ink) in this palette are my favorites. Bobbi Brown Lip Color in Pink Kiss*. One of the few lipstick formulas I’ve tried that doesn’t dry my lips out too badly. I do have to reapply every so often, but I’d take that over peel-y lips. Also, the beautiful milky coral pink shade is something I’ve loved ever since I first tried it on. Ben Nye Buff Powder*. (buy here). I’ve been sent this Ben Nye powder by online retailer, Lannel Boutique, a few months back and have been using it sporadically. I do think it smoothens out the skin really well, being so finely-milled that it leaves no pore unfilled — hence, the “HD” effect. I mean, you can see on the photo above, I look like I’m ready for a commercial/print ad shoot (yet I’m only wearing Touche Veloutee and this!). It doesn’t feel heavy at all as well, which is a huge plus. I guess all in all, I could say I understand the hype around this. I’d choose to wear this for long days and/or special occasion nights, though. As for daily wear, I’d still go for my Hourglass Ambient powders just because they aren’t too “full makeup looking“.
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  1. May 19, 2014 / 7:12 pm

    Hey Shari, Berry Pop looks great on you! I have it too, and I’ve been wearing both that and Ginger Pop often. They’re really effortless to work with!

    • May 19, 2014 / 8:28 pm

      Thanks Sunny!! I agree with your observation re: these cheek pops! So much that I really want to get Ginger Pop! But have been on a low-buy recently so I’m waiting it out : )

  2. Raven Ang
    May 19, 2014 / 7:15 pm

    Such a gorgeous color on you!

  3. Toni Elarmo
    May 19, 2014 / 7:18 pm

    Okay, so it’s pretty much established that I dream of having cheekbones like yours, but then I realised, your eyebrows are perfect too! What do you use to fill/shape them? 🙂 I have a chronic b*tch face, so I can’t really shade my eyebrows (they’re naturally dark), and my natural brow arch is pretty high, so all I can do with my brows is to groom the stray hairs (but I want brows similar to yours!!!!!!).

    • May 19, 2014 / 8:31 pm

      Toni, wow thanks for the sweet words *blush* heh 🙂

      For your chronic bitchessa face, I think coloring your hair will help 😉 A shade or two lighter, not super light naman – so it’ll tone down the bitchessa-ness. Then for your eyebrows, you can use brow mascara to lighten them a bit.

      If you don’t wanna color your hair naman, you can use MAC’s Beguile Brow Set to lighten your brows even if you have dark hair parin. I used MAC Lingering brow pencil to fill in before but now I use the Fluidline Brow Gel Creme in Dirty Blonde (my super HG brow product!).

  4. May 19, 2014 / 7:19 pm

    lol your love for african violet is obvious! there’s a good dip going on in that pan. i like that shade a lot and have been contemplating getting the single of it.

    A Beautiful Zen

    • May 19, 2014 / 8:38 pm

      I would’ve bought the single if it weren’t sold with the palettes! I really liiiike it 🙂

    • May 19, 2014 / 8:38 pm

      Thanks Zazie.

  5. Rena Blank
    May 19, 2014 / 7:50 pm

    Love the look! your eyes and cheeks really pop! xx Rena Kiss and Make Up

  6. Tine Despares
    May 19, 2014 / 8:30 pm

    very pretty Shari! those products looked wonderful!~ I hope to see more make up tutorials from you soon hehhe

    love lots,


    • May 21, 2014 / 4:17 pm

      Hi Tine! Nice to hear from you again – and thanks so much! Will try to do detailed ones soon 🙂

    • May 24, 2014 / 3:00 pm

      Thanks dear!!

  7. May 19, 2014 / 11:46 pm

    I love the blush on youuuu! <3

    • May 24, 2014 / 3:00 pm

      Thanks VVcakes:*

  8. expatmuaddict
    May 20, 2014 / 1:51 am

    You look GORGEOUS!! Incredible!

    I also love African Violet and Kir Royale

    Stacey Expat Make-Up Addict xx

    • May 24, 2014 / 3:01 pm

      African Violet + Kir Royale = ✓✓

  9. May 20, 2014 / 6:33 am

    Very pretty! I’m obsessed with the Cheek Pops and Berry Pop looks lovely on you 🙂

    • May 24, 2014 / 3:02 pm

      What’s your fave shade, Jenn? ☺

      • May 24, 2014 / 8:09 pm

        I have Ginger Pop and it’s beautiful! I originally wanted Peach Pop, but they were sold out. So happy I got Ginger Pop instead- it’s definitely unlike any other blush in my collection 🙂

  10. May 20, 2014 / 10:32 am

    I love love the lipstick and cheeks together, it just complements your flawless neutral eye! Love it, so jealous you have that palette!

    • May 24, 2014 / 3:04 pm

      Thank you, Sharlynn! ❤ The palette is one of my most-used ones – glad my mom picked it up for me when I wanted to just pass on it at first!

  11. May 20, 2014 / 2:57 pm

    You do look pretty flawless in this pic, Shari! Hot stuff! It ain’t subtle, but it sure is pretty. I still have to do a look with Ginger Pop – I am so behind on things. But whatever, the Sun is shining! *pours herself a cocktail*

    • May 24, 2014 / 3:05 pm

      TOO SWEET, ISABELLY!!! ❤❤ Can you pour me one, too? Cheers to being behind – just keep on keepin’ on babe!

  12. May 20, 2014 / 3:57 pm

    I am neither the biggest fan of clinique nor bobbi brown but omg, this cheek and lip combo looks amazing on you, I bet I already have a dupe for that blush, time to use some pinks now! You inspired me to pull out my mac chatterbox lippie actually <3

    • May 24, 2014 / 3:06 pm

      I’m sure you do, Claire!! 🙂 I cant wait to see more of your delicious (delish, really?) swatches! I even dreamed of your lovely coral swatches last night :))

      • May 24, 2014 / 5:38 pm

        aw, thank you so much 😀 yes, I got into that coral thing now as well LOL. but you reminded me that I have a fav chatterbox – gloss combo, haven’t worn it in so long x

  13. May 20, 2014 / 4:42 pm

    People are split on Ben Nye. I like it though. Esp over siliconey foundations.

    • May 24, 2014 / 3:09 pm

      Parang I like it too – pero it makes me look fully made up which at most times, I don’t prefer looking like ☹ But for full-coverage looks – it is AMAZING

  14. May 20, 2014 / 11:25 pm

    Sooo gorg, Ate Shari! <3

    I haven't used the LM Palette! Grabe 2 months ng nasa akin. Kalerks!

    • May 24, 2014 / 3:09 pm

      Gurl, buksan mo na at paglaruan ✓✓✓

  15. KPsays
    May 21, 2014 / 12:42 am


    • May 24, 2014 / 3:09 pm

      Thank you KP!! ☺

    • May 24, 2014 / 3:09 pm

      Thanks, Glenda! ☺

  16. May 24, 2014 / 3:02 pm

    Hmmm, I hope they stock these cheek pops over there soon! 🙂 They’re quite beautiful – esp the powderless formula!

  17. May 25, 2014 / 10:43 am

    I agree, African Violet is the real winner in the LM palette. 🙂

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