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Round-up: Clinique Cheek Pops (Spring 2015) Overview & Thoughts

Clinique Cheek Pops ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) now come in eight more shades! It’s one of my favorite powder blush formulas, so I was thrilled to see them expand the range from four to twelve, but I was even more excited to find them to be as high-performing as the original four shades. There are a lot of great things about the formula, but my personal favorite is the luminous finish that gives the skin a real glow without looking shimmery, frosted, or shiny. All of the new shades had good color payoff, long-wear, superior blendability, and were very easy to use. The weakest part of the range is how dupable many shades are, so you may find you already have similar shades in your stash from other brands. You can’t go wrong with any of the shades, and I would happily use any of the twelve. I think it’s going to come down to your own preference for color and undertone and what you might reach for more. I would love to see an almost highlighter-like shade (something champagne/beige), neutral medium rosy brown, and a cool plummy-taupe next, please and thank you!

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WARM UNDERTONES: Cola Pop (A+), Fig Pop (A+), Ginger Pop (A), Melon Pop (A-), Nude Pop (A), Peach Pop (A)
COOL UNDERTONES: Berry Pop (A), Heather Pop (A-), Pansy Pop (A-), Pink Pop (A+), Plum Pop (A), Rosy Pop (A)

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Clinique Fig Pop Cheek Pop Blush

Clinique Fig Pop Cheek Pop Blush
Clinique Fig Pop Cheek Pop Blush

Clinique Fig Pop Cheek Pop Blush ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a deepened, orange-coral with a hint of pink-red and a subtle, golden micro-shimmer that gives it a luminous sheen.
MAC Puttin’ on the Spritz (LE, $22.00) is more orange, cream product. Chanel Malice (71) (P, $45.00) is pinker. MAC Make You Mine (P, $23.50) is darker, browner. MAC Sea Me, Hear Me (LE, $25.00) is similar. MAC Modern Mandarin (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, brighter. Sleek MakeUP Pink Mint (P, $6.99) is similar. Make Up For Ever #420 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is more orange, less shimmery, cream. Make Up For Ever #410 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is pinker, less shimmery, cream. Clinique Ginger Pop (01) (P, $21.00) is brighter, pinker. Illamasqua Sleek (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, cream. Tom Ford Beauty Savage (P, $55.00) is darker. Tom Ford Beauty Love Lust (P, $55.00) is lighter, pinker. MAC Ripe for Love (LE, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Ring of Saturn (LE, $27.00) is darker, redder. MAC Early Morning (LE, $27.00) is similar. MAC Fiery Impact (LE, $25.00) is more orange. Dior Coral Glow Blush (LE) is pinker, brighter. Chanel Frivole (P, $45.00) is brighter, less shimmery. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The texture of this blush was incredibly soft, smooth, and almost velvety, despite being a powder product. It sits beautifully on the skin giving it a luminous sheen but never emphasizes pores or the skin’s natural texture. It had rich, true-to-pan color payoff that can be applied and blended down, applied with a lighter hand, or at full intensity, but no matter whether you want to build the color or take it down, it’s easy to work with. I feel like when I applied the blush, it already looked soft, diffused, and blended, while still seeing plenty of color show on my skin. On me, the blush wore well for nine hours before fading slightly. The only downside is that I think it is close enough to Ginger Pop that it may be redundant depending on how you apply Ginger Pop, though this seems a bit less shimmery and more toned down.

P.S. — A round-up is coming — thank you for your patience! You can see all the swatches here.

Clinique Cheek Pop Blush Fig Pop
Fig Pop

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ColourPop More, Please Super Shock Cheek

ColourPop More, Please Super Shock Cheek
ColourPop More, Please Super Shock Cheek

ColourPop More, Please Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “vivid fuchsia with a violet-blue duochrome in a pearlized finish.” It’s a bright, fuchsia magenta with cool, blue undertones and silver and violet pearl. Colour Pop Pie (P, $8.00) is more matte. Colour Pop Homie (P, $8.00) is purpler, matte. Colour Pop Pegacorn (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, more muted. Colour Pop Fantasy (P, $5.00) is more shimmery, purpler. Colour Pop Slave2Pink (P, $5.00) is more shimmery. Make Up For Ever S852 Neon Pink (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned, matte. Too Faced Monaco (P, $16.00) is similar. Urban Decay Jilted (P) is purpler. Sugarpill Smitten (LE, $13.00) is cooler-toned. Fyrinnae Superstar (P, $6.80) is more shimmery. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The Super Shock Cheek formula is a cream-based blush that will have the most intense pigmentation when applied with fingertips and lesser, more buildable coverage when used with a brush (the more feathery or less dense the brush, the sheerer the coverage). A little goes a ridiculously long way when it comes to this shade, as it is intensely pigmented: a mere pat of the fingertip on the surface is enough for semi-sheer coverage. The shimmer is a lot more visible on the skin than it has been in other shimmery blushes I’ve seen from ColourPop, so it’s nice to see the finish actually show up on the skin. It had a wetter, more emollient and cream-like consistency compared to other Super Shock Cheek shades I’ve tried, which made it easier to apply and very, very blendable on the skin, but it didn’t slide all over the place. This shade wore well for almost ten hours on me.

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Colour Pop Super Shock Cheek More, Please
More, Please
More, Please
A+

Limited Edition

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Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total

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Clinique Heather Pop Cheek Pop Blush

Clinique Heather Pop Cheek Pop Blush
Clinique Heather Pop Cheek Pop Blush

Clinique Heather Pop Cheek Pop Blush ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a muted, medium pink with subtle cool undertones and a soft, shimmer-sheen finish. There’s an almost plummy tone to it, but it is light enough that it seems more pink than plum. Clinique Rosy Pop (P, $21.00) is brighter, slightly darker. Clinique Pink Pop (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned. Physicians Formula Rose (P, $12.99) is cooler-toned. MAC Kindergarten Red (LE, $32.00) is less shimmery. Guerlain Angelic Radiance (LE, $53.00) is lighter. Chanel Jardin de Chanel (LE, $55.00) is less shimmery. MAC Please Yourself (LE, $27.00) is more shimmery. Make Up For Ever #330 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is a cream product, less shimmery. Revlon Haute Pink (002) (P, $9.99) is more shimmery. MAC Formal (LE) is more matte. MAC Dame (P, $21.00) is is cooler-toned. MAC Gentle (P, $27.00) is more shimmery. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

It had mostly opaque coverage that was buildable to fully opaque with two layers, but it didn’t have quite as rich of pigment as many other shades from the range have had. It’s also surprisingly similar to two of the other new-for-spring shades, so it may be redundant if you already picked up either Rosy Pop or Pink Pop. The powder had a soft, smooth consistency that was easily applied and blended on the skin for a beautifully diffused, glowing cheek color. It wore well for eight hours before fading slightly.

Clinique Cheek Pop Blush Heather Pop
Heather Pop

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Clinique Cola Pop Cheek Pop Blush

Clinique Cola Pop Cheek Pop Blush
Clinique Cola Pop Cheek Pop Blush

Clinique Cola Pop Cheek Pop Blush ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a rich, medium-dark reddish-berry with subtle warm undertones paired with a luminous finish. Make Up For Ever #510 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is lighter, cream. NARS Goulue (P, $29.00) is lighter. Kevyn Aucoin Neolita (P, $37.00) is cooler-toned. Bobbi Brown Berry (LE, $26.00) is darker, cooler-toned. NARS Soulshine #3 (LE, $29.00) is more shimmery. NARS Taos (P, $29.00) is slightly warmer. MAC Hidden Treasure (LE, $21.00) is warmer. MAC Keep It Casual (LE, $22.00) is cream. Chanel Rouge (LE, $45.00) is cooler-toned. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

This is such a beautifully intense shade that is so forgiving and blendable that it is going to be a real versatile product, regardless of whether you’re very fair or much deeper in color. I think the subtle warmth of it helps it straddle the fence for warmer and cooler skin tones, too. It had very rich, true-to-pan color payoff, but it’s the smooth, velvety texture that makes it easy to work with. The color blends easily over the skin for smooth, even, and glowing rosy red cheeks. It has that same luminous sheen that gives the skin a healthy glow without emphasizing pores or having really obvious shimmer or frost. This particular shade wore longer than a lot of the other Cheek Pops at nine and a half hours. I’m so glad Clinique has added this really rich, deep hue to their line-up (which has trended towards softer shades).

Clinique Cheek Pop Blush Cola Pop
Cola Pop

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Clinique Nude Pop Cheek Pop Blush

Clinique Nude Pop Cheek Pop Blush
Clinique Nude Pop Cheek Pop Blush

Clinique Nude Pop Cheek Pop Blush ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a light-medium, muted, peach-brown with a soft, shimmery finish and warm undertones. MAC Nude Pink (LE, $32.00) is less shimmery. Chanel Caresse (180) (LE, $45.00) is lighter, less shimmery. Chanel Jersey (80) (P, $45.00) is darker, less shimmery. Tarte Muse (LE, $30.00) is a cream product, rosier. Guerlain Petrouchka #8 (LE) is less shimmery, darker. Too Faced Papa Don’t Peach (LE) is more shimmery, pinker. Becca Fig (P, $25.00) is a liquid product. Becca Fig/Opal (P, $27.00) is a cream product. Revlon Naughty Nude (006) (P, $9.99) is more shimmery. Kevyn Aucoin Natura (P) is darker, less shimmery. MAC Baby Don’t Go (P, $23.50) is less shimmery, more muted. bareMinerals The Close Call (P, $22.00) is darker, less shimmery. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Nude Pop is definitely one of the lighter, subtler shades in the range–both in the pan and as applied, as the color is true-to-pan–and will be a great option for those with fairer complexions who want something that’s easy to use and won’t require a light hand. On the other side, for deeper skin tones, it may only add a warm-toned sheen overall without adding noticeable color. I have medium-colored skin with warmer, yellow undertones, and I get subtle color and a luminous sheen that doesn’t emphasize pores. It’s the type of color I’d reach for often when wearing really bold eyes or lips. This is one of the more shimmery Cheek Pops when swatched (think Peach Pop), but it doesn’t look shimmery or frosted on the skin. The texture was soft, smooth, and easily blended on the skin. Every time I use a Cheek Pop, I’m just reminded at how easy it is to use these and get a beautiful finish out of the product. It wore well for eight hours on me before fading slightly.

Clinique Cheek Pop Blush Nude Pop
Nude Pop

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