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Top 10: Luminous Blushes (Cool-Toned Edition)

For those who prefer their cheek colors on the cooler side, today’s edition features cool-toned options for blushes with a more luminous sheen (see yesterday’s warm-toned picks).

  1. Laura Geller Plumberry — A Cool Berry with a Luminous finish.
  2. Becca Gypsy — A Warm Pink with a Luminous finish.
  3. Colour Pop Monster — A Cool Lavender with a Pearl finish.
  4. Urban Decay Bittersweet — A Warm Purple with a Satin finish.
  5. Clinique Pansy Pop — A Cool Lavender with a Satin finish.
  6. MAC I'm a Lover — A Cool Pink with a Satin finish.
  7. Makeup Geek Head Over Heels — A Cool Pink with a Luminous finish.
  8. IT Cosmetics Magical in Mauve — A Cool Plum with a Luminous finish.
  9. Clinique Berry Pop (03) — A Cool Fuchsia with a Satin finish.
  10. MAC Peony Petal — A Cool Pink with a Semi-Matte finish.

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Top 10: Luminous Blushes (Warm-Toned Edition)

If you’ve followed my favorites, you’ll know that I favor more shimmery blush, and specifically, luminous blush. The kind of shimmer that doesn’t read frosted or metallic but more of glowing sheen. Here are some of my favorites of the moment!

  1. Chanel Golden Sun (280) — A Warm Brown with a Luminous finish.
  2. Laura Geller Ballerina — A Warm Copper with a Luminous finish.
  3. Chanel Malice (71) — A Warm Coral with a Luminous finish.
  4. MAC Make You Mine — A Warm Copper with a Satin finish.
  5. Makeup Geek Love Affair — A Warm Pink with a Satin finish.
  6. Clinique Peach Pop (02) — A Warm Coral with a Satin finish.
  7. NARS Lovejoy — A Warm Plum with a Pearl finish.
  8. MAC Love Thing — A Warm Plum with a Luminous finish.
  9. Burberry Blossom — A Warm Coral with a Luminous finish.
  10. Tom Ford Beauty Love Lust (Discontinued) — A Warm Coral with a Frost finish.

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Round-up: Clinique Pop Lip Colour + Primer Overview & Thoughts

Clinique Pop Lip Colour + Primer ($18.00 for 0.13 oz.) made some really big claims, and unfortunately, fell short of most of them. They’re not smoothing, and they’re not long-wearing; they’re more in line with your average lipstick–three to five hour wear and lightly wearing with some shades applying/looking smoother than others. I had the best luck with the brighter and darker shades in the range, while the lighter shades tended to have application and wear issues.

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Clinique Cherry Pop & Wow Pop Pop Lip Colour + Primer Lipsticks

Clinique Cherry Pop Pop Lip Colour + Primer
Clinique Cherry Pop Pop Lip Colour + Primer

Clinique Cherry Pop Pop Lip Colour + Primer ($18.00 for 0.13 oz.) is described as a “rich, blue red creme.” It’s a bright, medium red with cool, blue undertones and a soft shine. It had mostly opaque pigmentation that covered the lips evenly and smoothly, and this was the longest-wearing shade that I tried from the range, as it lasted six and a half hours with a strong stain left behind. It was moisturizing while worn. Buxom Scoundrel (P, $21.00) is glossier. Guerlain Garconne (P, $51.00) is darker, glossier. Urban Decay 69 (P, $22.00) is brighter. Maybelline On Fire Red (P, $7.49) is brighter, glossier. Guerlain Greta (P, $51.00) is glossier. MAC Evening Posh (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Tom Ford Beauty Vampire Kiss (LE, $50.00) is lighter, brighter. Guerlain Rouge Parade (820) (LE, $51.00) is lighter, warmer. Too Faced Melted Ruby (P, $21.00) is cooler, glossier. Estee Lauder Vengeful Red (P, $30.00) is lighter, brighter. Tom Ford Beauty Luciano (LE, $32.00) is darker. Tom Ford Beauty Alejandro (LE, $32.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Clinique Wow Pop Pop Lip Colour + Primer ($18.00 for 0.13 oz.) is described as a “bright, blue pink creme.” It’s a brightened, light-medium cotton candy pink with strong, blue undertones and a natural finish. It had good color payoff, though there was a veil of translucency still. The color applied smoothly but over the five-hour wear time, some of the color pulled into lip lines. It was comfortable and hydrating to wear. MAC Playtime (LE, $17.00) is more shimmery, warmer, glossier. Bite Beauty Satsuma (LE, $24.00) is darker, brighter. Illamasqua Luster (P, $26.00) is lighter, brighter, glossier. NYX Privileged (P, $6.00) is lighter, warmer, glossier. MAC Happy-Go-Lucky (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter, glossier. NARS Angela (P, $32.00) is darker, more muted. Tom Ford Beauty Preston (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Maybelline Power Peony (720) (P, $7.49) is lighter, more muted. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Formula Summary: Clinique Pop Lip Colour + Primer ($18.00 for 0.13 oz.) is supposed to have a “weightless” feel with “bold, saturated colour” that is combined with a “smoothing primer” so it applies with a “modern-velvet finish” (which Clinique also describes as “demi-matte”) and hydrating, 8-hour wear. As you might expect with a Clinique product, the formula has no scent or taste, which is always a bonus. If I ignore a lot of the claims, it’s a fine lipstick, but color coverage is more semi-opaque to opaque, wear three to six hours, and a couple of shades weren’t smoothing. They do feel lightweight with a thin, lightly creamy consistency that slides over the lips without tugging, and they’re lightly hydrating while worn. The shimmery shades seem to apply less smoothly and are more prone to wear issues (pulling into lip lines, shorter wear).

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Clinique Love Pop, Plum Pop, Grape Pop Pop Lip Colour + Primer Lipsticks

Clinique Pop Lip Colour + Primer
Clinique Pop Lip Colour + Primer: Melon Pop, Poppy Pop, Sweet Pop, Love Pop, Plum Pop, Grape Pop

Clinique Love Pop Pop Lip Colour + Primer ($18.00 for 0.13 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone shimmer raspberry.” It’s a lightly brightened, medium-dark berry-red with fine gold and berry pearl. This shade had the most shimmer out of all the shades I bought. It had near full coverage, but there is some translucency where the natural lip color will peek through. It lasted for five and a half hours and was lightly hydrating. Urban Decay Sheer Shame (P, $20.00) is less shimmery. Guerlain Lou-Ling (LE, $35.00) is less shimmery, darker. Bite Beauty Brandy (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, darker. Buxom Moonlighter (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, cooler. MAC Gospel (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Clinique Plum Pop Pop Lip Colour + Primer ($18.00 for 0.13 oz.) is described as a “soft, neutral plum creme.” It’s a soft, medium rosy plum with neutral-to-cool undertones and a satin finish. This shade was quite pigmented with a slightly thicker consistency that covered evenly. It lasted for four and a half hours on me and was hydrating over time. Guerlain Georgia (P, $51.00) is lighter, warmer, glossier. Urban Decay Rush (P, $22.00) is darker, warmer. Urban Decay Fiend (P, $22.00) is warmer. Buxom Centerfold (LE, $21.00) is glossier. Chanel Rendez-vous (87) (P, $35.00) is glossier. Marc Jacobs Beauty Infamous (228) (P, $30.00) is darker, warmer. Chanel Elise (448) (P, $36.00) is lighter, glossier. MAC Nouvelle Vogue (LE, $16.00) is cooler. MAC Yield to Love (LE, $16.00) is darker, cooler. Givenchy Brun Vintage (105) (P, $36.00) is warmer. Givenchy Rose Plumetis (207) (LE, $36.00) is darker, more muted, warmer. Givenchy Rose Taffetas (201) (P, $36.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Clinique Grape Pop Pop Lip Colour + Primer ($18.00 for 0.13 oz.) is described as a “neutrla, blue purple creme.” It’s a softly brightened, medium-dark purple with warmer, rosy pink tones and a soft sheen. It had semi-opaque coverage that glided on evenly and smoothly. This shade stayed on well for five hours and was hydrating while worn. MAC Up the Amp (P, $16.00) is cooler. MAC Romantically Inclined (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer. Bite Beauty Grape (LE, $24.00) is lighter, brighter. MAC Vogue en Violet (P, $23.00) is darker, brighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Formula Summary: Clinique Pop Lip Colour + Primer ($18.00 for 0.13 oz.) is supposed to have a “weightless” feel with “bold, saturated colour” that is combined with a “smoothing primer” so it applies with a “modern-velvet finish” (which Clinique also describes as “demi-matte”) and hydrating, 8-hour wear. As you might expect with a Clinique product, the formula has no scent or taste, which is always a bonus. If I ignore a lot of the claims, it’s a fine lipstick, but color coverage is more semi-opaque to opaque, wear three to six hours, and a couple of shades weren’t smoothing. They do feel lightweight with a thin, lightly creamy consistency that slides over the lips without tugging, and they’re lightly hydrating while worn. The shimmery shades seem to apply less smoothly and are more prone to wear issues (pulling into lip lines, shorter wear).

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Clinique Melon Pop, Poppy Pop, Sweet Pop Pop Lip Colour + Primer Lipsticks

Clinique Melon Pop Pop Lip Colour + Primer
Clinique Melon Pop Pop Lip Colour + Primer

Clinique Pop Lip Colour + Primer ($18.00 for 0.13 oz.) is supposed to have a “weightless” feel with “bold, saturated colour” that is combined with a “smoothing primer” so it applies with a “modern-velvet finish” (which Clinique also describes as “demi-matte”) and hydrating, 8-hour wear. As you might expect with a Clinique product, the formula has no scent or taste, which is always a bonus. If I ignore a lot of the claims, it’s a fine lipstick, but color coverage is more semi-opaque to opaque, wear three to six hours, and a couple of shades weren’t smoothing. They do feel lightweight with a thin, lightly creamy consistency that slides over the lips without tugging, and they’re lightly hydrating while worn. The shimmery shades seem to apply less smoothly and are more prone to wear issues (pulling into lip lines, shorter wear).

Clinique Melon Pop Pop Lip Colour + Primer ($18.00 for 0.13 oz.) is described as a “light, light creme peach.” It’s a light-medium, pink-peach with fine pearl and a natural finish. It had semi-opaque coverage, but the texture was thin enough that it emphasized lip lines, while the lighter color pulled into them even at initial application. The shimmer in it made it seem almost grainy when I was applying it, though it didn’t actually feel gritty once on. As the color wore away, the color further pulled into lip lines, so it didn’t wear away as evenly as I’d like. All told, it lasted for three and a half hours on me and was lightly hydrating. MAC Reel Sexy (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery. Givenchy Beige Plume (102) (P, $36.00) is less shimmery. NARS Descanso (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery, darker. YSL Peach Passion (13) (P, $34.00) is less shimmery, brighter, glossier. NARS Julie (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, cooler. Chanel Cheri (61) (P, $34.00) is lighter. Chanel Cheri (61) (P, $34.00) is lighter. MAC Real Redhead (LE, $16.00) is more muted. Charlotte Tilbury Bitch Perfect (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, darker. Colour Pop Fiesta (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter. MAC Ever Hip (LE, $16.00) is glossier. MAC Coral Bliss (P, $16.00) is cooler. Burberry Devon Sunset (P, $30.00) is darker, glossier. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Clinique Poppy Pop Pop Lip Colour + Primer ($18.00 for 0.13 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone orange creme.” It’s a brightened, medium orange-red coral with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had fairly opaque coverage that went on evenly and smoothly without gathering into lip lines. This shade lasted for six hours on me and was hydrating while worn. Estee Lauder Fierce (P, $30.00) is more muted. Bite Beauty #003 (LE, $36.00) is brighter. Maybelline Rose Rush (735) (P, $7.49) is brighter. Tom Ford Beauty Adriano (LE, $32.00) is cooler. Tom Ford Beauty Diego (LE, $32.00) is warmer. Estee Lauder Carnal (P, $30.00) is brighter, glossier. MAC Excite (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Bobbi Brown Lady Ruba (P, $26.00) is lighter, warmer. Tom Ford Beauty True Coral (P, $50.00) is cooler. MAC True Red (LE, $16.00) is brighter, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Clinique Sweet Pop Pop Lip Colour + Primer ($18.00 for 0.13 oz.) is described as a “bright, yellow pink creme.” It’s a muted, light-medium pink with subtle, cool undertones and a natural sheen. It had mostly opaque color payoff that went on fairly smoothly. It leans bluish in the tube, swatched, and applied, though if you swatch it next to a very strongly blue-based pink, it doesn’t look as cool-toned, but next to yellower pinks, it stands out, but it might be one of those shades that will lean warmer/cooler depending on your undertones and what you pair it with. It lasted for four and a half hours and was hydrating over time. Marc Jacobs Beauty Jolly Molly (220) (P, $30.00) is lighter. Colour Pop Sweet-Thing (LE, $5.00) is lighter, brighter. Colour Pop Fetch (P, $5.00) is lighter, brighter, less glossy. NARS Marisa (P, $32.00) is lighter, brighter. Estee Lauder Powerful (P, $30.00) is lighter, brighter. Bobbi Brown Pink Flush (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery, lighter. YSL Fetish Pink (8) (P, $34.00) is lighter, brighter, glossier. Too Faced Razzle Dazzle Rose (P, $22.00) is lighter. MAC What a Feeling! (LE, $20.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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