Clinique Cola Pop Cheek Pop Blush Review, Photos, Swatches

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

Cola Pop

Clinique Cola Pop Cheek Pop Blush ($25.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a rich, medium-dark reddish-berry with subtle warm undertones paired with a luminous finish. 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).

FURTHER READING: Formula Overview for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

Formula Overview

$21.00/0.12 oz. - $175.00 Per Ounce

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. Most shades lasted between eight and nine hours on me.

Browse all of our Clinique Cheek Pop Blush swatches.


Hdi/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer , Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate , Glycerin , Dicalcium Phosphate , Squalane , Ptfe , Dimethicone , Lauroyl Lysine , Ethylhexylglycerin , Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan) , Polysorbate 80 , Caprylyl Glycol , 1,2-Hexanediol , Zinc Stearate , Silica , Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate , [+/- Mica , Red 7 Lake (Ci 15850) , Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891) , Manganese Violet (Ci 77742) , Red 36 Lake (Ci 12085) , Iron Oxides (Ci 77499) , Ultramarines (Ci 77007) , Red 6 (Ci 15850) , Yellow 6 Lake (Ci 15985) , Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090) , Orange 5 (Ci 45370) , Bismuth Oxychloride (Ci 77163) , Carmine (Ci 75470) , Red 30 Lake (Ci 73360) , Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140) , Iron Oxides (Ci 77491) , Iron Oxides (Ci 77492)]

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Cheek Pop Blush
$21.00/0.12 oz.



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Christine Mielke is the editor-in-chief and has been reviewing products for over 14 years.

She has normal-to-dry skin with occasional dryness on cheeks and nose. She has a light plus skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones (view her foundation matches here).

Learn more about her review process here.

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This is gorgeous, unlike any other shade I own, and – most importantly – will show up on my skin! I’m excited about this’un.

I feel so happy when a product gets such a great review! I have Kevyn’s Neolita, so this shade is a pass. I’m so glad they’ve added more shades to such a well-liked blush.

This is the first Cheek Pop color that has really caught my eye! I’m definitely going to seek this out to add to my collection as I don’t have anything quite like it. So beautiful!

That’s it, Christine. You wore me down. I’m buying a bunch of these. How do you think this compares to Nars Dolce Vita? Looking at your cheek that’s kinda what DV looks like on me.

I think the formula is extremely forgiving! I don’t usually personally LIKE really dark and intense blushes for myself, because they’re more work than I want to put in, but this was so easy to apply.

I really really want this! I’ve been looking for this brownish-red FOR EVER. I have a Milani that is only ok…. I think the dupes are a little too pink.

However, Sephora won’t let me buy it because I’m not a VIB Rouge member, and it’s not at Nordstroms or Amazon or Bloomindales, as far as I can find.

I can’t believe Sephora is going to screw me on this… 🙁

Thanks for getting these Cheek Pop reviews up so quickly. We can always count on you. I was on the fence about this color but now I know that I’ll have to add it to my collection. My Sephora shipment arrived yesterday with Fig, Heather, Melon, and Nude. This is beautiful and so are you!!

I knew I was going to need this lol. It’s so beautiful and the formula sounds perfect. Looks like I’ll be adding this to my list for the Sephora sale lol

Right, Fancie, girl! I assume it’s permanent, once it opens up. It’s on my S sale list, too. Why spring for it Rouge, when you can get it cheaper later? The S girls are getting sick of my shake down cruises, but I’m whittling the list. An SA said the sale will start April 12 for Rouge + so on…. can’t confirm she’s right, though. And this fits in with the COTY/Marsala theme. NICE! It’ll look FAB on you. Make sure you post it!

From the name Cola and the looks of it in the pan, I thought it would be more brown, but it’s a red. I think this is great for darker skintones

As beautiful asn this one is, I’m on the fence… I was hoping/expecting it to be more brown. However, because it isn’t as pink as some similar shades, this may not produce the dreaded sunburned look this type of shade tends to give me. All in all, I think it’s worth a look when it finally arrives at counters!

All these shades are great!! I bought the first four when they came out, but now I need to go buy all the new shades too. My poor wallet.

What a gorgeous color but its a skip since i have MUFE’s 510. I reallllllly wanna try this formula but i already have dupes for most of ’em. Anxiously waiting reviews for heather and fig 🙂

They are like crack!! I got 3 (fig, pink and berry) and they were just as beautiful as you said they were, then my niece came over and had ginger in her purse, which I promptjy went and ordered after swatching and added rosy to the bag as well!! I have never lusted after a blush before…until now!! Curse you Clinique, I even want this one and I already have a lot of red in my skin and so stay away from red toned blushes…my wallet is not happy but my makeup collection is thrilled!!

I didn’t think I would like this looking at it in the pan, but it looks gorgeous on you and swatched, it looks so pretty. Considering that I really like the dupes, I think I will have to get this one. What a surprise!

So excited! Pansy and Cola should be arriving early this week for me. I’m loving Clinique’s increased color exploration. Very exciting blush shade for anyone!

This is a gem and I own nothing it! I had to order it i know I am on low buy. But $21 for such a gorgeous blush. Smart buy In my reasoning.

I have been eyeing their “pop” blushes but none of their colors really caught my eye….until this one! It’s so unique and absolutely beautiful!! As soon as it opens up to the “public” (aka non VIB rouge), it will be in my cart and added to my collection! 🙂

Oh, heck yeah, I’m getting this! This shade is perfection for all us medium-toned ladies and deeper, first off, it’ll really look natural on us, and for those with deeper tones, it will show up very nicely.

I honestly think all skin colors can wear this one, though it is definitely going to be very lovely on deeper skin tones!

I actually purchased this the day you mentioned they were available on Sephora and I’m so happy I got this one…So beautiful and the formula is amazing… I want to get ginger poo but I’m worried about how it would look on my NW50/55 skin….

I think Ginger Pop should work on darker skin, but since that one has been out for awhile, you may be able to find someone closer to your coloring that’s swatched it!

m in love with the look of this blush – it’s so unique! And now you’ve given it an A+ so I want it even more 😉 I’m fair, though; NW20 – do you think I can pull this one off, Christine?

Wow it looked so brown in the pan but so nice swatched. I already have Chanel Rouge so I will be skipping this, but I look forward to your reviews of the other new shades 😀

Stopped by my local counter again. This time I asked the workers if they knew when they’d be getting the new colors. At first they told me I was wrong, there were no new colors. When I told them Sephora had them they told me they were Sephora exclusive. When I told them two colors were Sephora exclusive, they told me to check back in June. Apparently in May the counter associates have training on new products and they won’t have anything new until after that. REALLY CLINIQUE!

I use whatever I’m testing/have on hand – there’s no go-to brush for me on this one, because I’ve never had a brush not work with it, lol! I don’t remember what I used here (I use a different blush brush for each shade when I am swatching, and I went through eight blushes when I did this one, sorry!) specifically. You can find my favorites here:

Stunning! I completely didn’t think this would work for me, however I was already eyeing off the MAC 184 fan brush, which I’m thinking would be perfect for using with this blush…!

I love this colour but it is way to pigmented for my skin tone I think. I honestly think that it would look absolutely beautiful on people with darker skin tones though

I was waiting for this review because I was a bit awe struck by the promo image of this blush. It looked incredibly unique. I have to confess I am disappointed and was hoping the blush swatched closer to pan colour, more cola, less red. I can see this would look really beautiful on many skintones, but I still wish it ran more towards Dr. Pepper (that comparison made me laugh..)

I expected this to be bit more brown but its a gorgeous color nonetheless and I will be picking it up soon 🙂

Gorgeous! How does this compare to Surratt Rougeur and which would you recommend for very fair skin with dark hair? Thanks for all of your posts and swatches!

Rougeur is a lot more cool-toned! Either one will work for fair skin/dark hair, but it’s really going to come down to which undertone you prefer!

When these were initially released I purchased all 4 shades cause they were just so darn cute and I have a thing for blushes… well makeup as a whole. Anyways… now we have a whole boat load of shades to choose from but this particular COLOR is so beautiful and dare I say unique? I simply love it, love what you’ve had to say in your review of it… and could it be better named?

I am looking for a neautral blush…you know something that goes with every look…cause I am lazy like that…also because I really want to pick one up… I hold on to my temptation with the last four…but looks like I have to pick atleast one now 🙂

Will Cola be good enough 🙂

Oh wow I need this shade! I have peach pop and plum pop and love them both! I have bobbi brown blush in berry, which might be similar, but this is so pretty! You look gorgeous!

This is really sick and wrong, the makeup equivalent of hitting rock bottom but I have out of state family I love visiting and I’m hiding in the bathroom long enough to say ermagerhd!!! I love this shade but thought it was impossible for my pale yet ruddy complexion. My cousin knows I love makeup and she just picked this up with zero clue it was new or special. She just wanted to show me her new blush. She let me try it and oooooh despite all evidence to the contrary you were right, it DOES work on pasty pale folk!!! Christine, you are an undisputed beauty Jedi!!! HA! A beauty Jedi you are. Uh ok..time to leave the bathroom…this has gotten very weird lol

LOL! That’s so awesome that your cousin grabbed it! It was like the fates were conspiring to prove it to you just how lovely it could be on your skin tone 🙂 Thank you for sharing – it is always great to hear when something works for someone!

I’d like to thank you for being responsible for finding me this blush – I am ghostly pale (especially after a long dark winter) and applied with the lightest touch, it is simply outstanding. It changed my whole look at a time when I was feeling rather sickly.

My mother promptly stole it too, forcing me to buy another one, so she thanks you too!

Christine, how does Cola Pop compare to MUFE’s M846 (Morello Cherry)? I’m thinking of getting one or the other depending on the color intensity and brightness (i plan on doubling it as an eyeshadow).

As a heads up, Morello Cherry isn’t eye safe, though Cola Pop probably isn’t but as it is specifically marketed as a blush, it doesn’t specify.

Morello Cherry is matte, so it is going to appear darker, especially blended out. It is lighter as well in general color.

Thanks a bunch!
Yeah, i know that both are supposed to be blushes… but luckily for me, I can use reds around my eyes. I’ve been using ME744 Poppy as a both eye and cheek color. I think I’ll go with Cola and hope that it looks half as gorgeous on me as it does on you.

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