Clinique Black Honey Pop Cheek Pop Review, Photos, Swatches

Clinique Black Honey Pop Cheek Pop Blush
Clinique Black Honey Pop Cheek Pop Blush

Clinique Black Honey Pop Cheek Pop Blush ($23.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a medium-dark pinky plum with warm undertones and a luminous finish. Flesh Beauty Pulse (P, $26.00) is more shimmery, warmer (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Soleil d'Ambre (Blush) (LE, $60.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Sweet Samba (LE, $29.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). NARS Out There (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Glossier Storm (P, $18.00) is warmer, glossier (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #310 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Sand Pink (DC, $30.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Dior Dolce Vita (555) (P, $44.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Viseart Enamored (Blush) (PiP, ) is less shimmery, more muted (90% similar). Too Faced Peach Berry (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Becca Nightingale (P, $32.00) is darker, brighter (85% similar). NARS Dolce Vita (P, $30.00) is lighter (95% similar). Anastasia Velvet (PiP, ) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (95% similar). NYX Apricot (P, $15.00) is warmer (90% similar). theBalm Houndstooth (P, $22.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Ironic (LE, $29.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Laura Geller Roseberry (P, $28.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Make Up For Ever S502 (P, $23.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Shiseido Berry Dawn (08) (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). LORAC Caribbean (LE, $23.00) is less shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The formula is described as “vibrant yet natural-looking cheek colour that looks virtually powderless.” The texture was smooth, soft, and dense, so it was never powdery in the pan or on the skin. The blush had good color payoff that was easily sheered out (or you could apply less, as the denser texture makes that easy to control). It’s the kind of texture that almost blends itself as soon as you start applying and working it onto the skin. The finish became more luminous as I blended the powder onto the skin, but it was never shiny or overly shimmery, so it always looked smooth on my skin and did not emphasize pores or my skin’s texture. It wore well for nine and a half hours on me before I noticed a bit of fading around the edges.

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Clinique Black Honey Pop Cheek Pop Blush
Clinique Black Honey Pop Cheek Pop Blush

Clinique Black Honey Pop Cheek Pop Blush
Clinique Black Honey Pop Cheek Pop Blush

Clinique Black Honey Pop Cheek Pop Blush
Clinique Black Honey Pop Cheek Pop Blush

Clinique Black Honey Pop Cheek Pop Blush
Clinique Black Honey Pop Cheek Pop Blush

Clinique Black Honey Pop Cheek Pop Blush
Clinique Black Honey Pop Cheek Pop Blush

Clinique Black Honey Pop Cheek Pop Blush
Clinique Black Honey Pop Cheek Pop Blush

Clinique Black Honey Pop Cheek Pop Blush
Clinique Black Honey Pop Cheek Pop Blush

Clinique Black Honey Pop Cheek Pop Blush
Clinique Black Honey Pop Cheek Pop Blush

Clinique Black Honey Pop Cheek Pop Blush
Clinique Black Honey Pop Cheek Pop Blush

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Clinique Black Honey Pop $21.00/0.12 OZ.
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Makeup Look

On face:
  • Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Foundation
  • Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder
On eyes:
  • bareMinerals Bubbles Eyeshadow
  • bareMinerals Bling Eyeshadow
  • bareMinerals Boardroom Eyeshadow
  • bareMinerals Come True Eyeshadow
  • bareMinerals Granted Eyeshadow
  • bareMinerals Daydream Eyeshadow
  • Sephora Good Mood Contour Eye Pencil
On lips:
  • Tom Ford Public Display Contour Lip Duo

About the Reviewer

Reviewer

Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). For more matches, please read our full Foundation FAQ. For more information on our review process, please read our Review FAQ.

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I think there’s not quite enough warmth for it to be in burnt territory – like it’s just “cool” enough that it’s warm but not burnt? I promise I can make sense sometimes…

As I have done with a few of these…. I may buy it for my mom and sneak a try on myself. This formula looks really good on mature skin (or my mom’s at least!).

I was just taking a drink when I read “I promise I can make sense sometimesโ€ฆ” such a vulnerable yet doubly hilarious time to get a good surprise laugh out lol Actually you were making perfect sense to me. I got exactly what you were saying..but then again I’m the woman with diet pepsi carbonation dripping from my nose. IOU one Bwahahaha

Wow, this is stunning!! Love the luminous finish, and how smooth and pigmented your swatch looks. An A+ and Temptalia recommended, impressive. I normally don’t wear red blush much as it looks too bold on my skin, but this is tempting me…..

no way, this is black honey? this looks more like pink honey according to the sephora pictures. i totally ordered black honey because it looked like a darker version of cola pop :\

I agree! I would think Black Honey would be darker than Cola! This blush, while pretty, doesn’t live up to it’s name! I just looked at the Sephora pics, and they’re way off. The Pink Honey looks much darker than it is IRL too!

This is so pretty! The stock photo on Sephora.com makes this blush look like the same color that the lipstick is in the tube – an extremely dark purple that seemed unwearable. Glad to see that’s not the case IRL!

I didn’t really pay attention to the promo photos (I just saw new shades and bought with barely a thought!), but they are misleadingly dark for sure. I mean, I can tell you that lining up Pink Honey, Black Honey, and Cola Pop all in a line – Black Honey is several shades lighter than Cola Pop in person! It is definitely more of a light-medium to medium kind of color.

Oops, nope, I do: I have a discontinued blush from Aromaleigh called Gerbera, which is this plus a satiny neutral pink highlight. Not sure I can justify the same color just without the highlight.

Hope there wan’t some kind of goof. I have not looked at the promo photos, but naming it black honey DOES suggest something darker. This is not in the same family as the iconic lip products. But it is drop dead gorg. Only one dupe, and I love cola pop. These are brand extensions, rather than holiday LE, right? Almost sure I will be in on this one eventually.

I don’t own any of the cheek pops and haven’t really paid attention to them. I vaguely knew they were popular but this is absolutely stunning. I am headed to Missoula, Montana tomorrow, (the nearest “big city”), and will go by Dillards to check these out. Thank you so much Christine. Everything looks amazing on you.

This. This is the one for me this winter. Way more rich in color than the Cheek Pop from yesterday! Especially considering that my CP Cruel Intentions is beginning to smell like Play-Dooh.

This shade looks more like Red Honey, than Black Honey! I picture a deep burgundy like the lipstick. I’m glad the formula is still getting great reviews.

LOVE IT! Looks pretty on you Christine, and goes well with that TF contour duo too.
I’ve worn Black Honey nail polish for a hundred years I think and I just might get more wear out of this than the Cola Pop.
Thanks for the review!

Such a pretty colour. Clinique have done some really good stuff the last couple of years and for me they are out of the dull zone. ๐Ÿ™‚

I wish this was more similar to Clinique’s other iterations of black honey, which pull more brown…
But it’s nice that they keep expanding this range and that they perform consistently well.

Sephora really needs to take better pictures! I too thought the Black Honey shade was going to look darker like how it was on their site and was excited for it. People who bought from Sephora blind may be quite disappointed as this is not how it looks on there, nor does it look like the rest of the Black Honey line. Very disappointed.

Now THIS has me excited! I think this shade is what I’d hoped Cola Pop would be. I can definitely wear this shade ๐Ÿ™‚ Wow, I’m 2.9 seconds away from faking a migraine so I can leave work and go buy this right now lol….

Hi Hilary,

I don’t compare or trust promotional photos in general, I can only go by what I have here. I purchased mine from Sephora, and this is what I received!

Hi Christine,

Thank you for all of your hard work, you and I both have very similar skin tones doc I look to you a lot when undecided on a product ๐Ÿ™‚

Quick question? Do you apply a ‘heavier’ layer of products (particularly blush) for pics or is this how dark the blush is on first application? It’s really hard for me to gauge how blush will look on me until I know the answer!! Lol

Maria

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