Clinique Plum Pop (04) Cheek Pop Blush Review, Photos, Swatches
Plum Pop (04)
Clinique Plum Pop (04) Cheek Pop Blush ($25.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a brighter, medium pink with subtle, warm undertones and a natural sheen. It was richly pigmented with a smooth, moderately dense texture that felt more firmly-pressed into the pan but had no powderiness and sat beautifully on my skin.
With this formula, I’d recommend using a moderately dense blush brush to pick up product evenly, but the advantage of these more gel-powder hybrid formulations is how well they sit on bare skin. The powder applied evenly and blended out seamlessly with minimal effort. The blush stayed on well for eight and a half hours on me before fading visibly.
FURTHER READING: Formula Overview for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).
- Guerlain Cherry (02) (LE, $42.00) is less shimmery, cooler (95% similar).
- Makeup Geek Hanky Panky (DC, $9.99) is less shimmery (95% similar).
- MAC Bred for Beauty (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar).
- Makeup Geek Rendezvous (DC, $9.99) is less shimmery, more muted (90% similar).
- Too Faced Plumagranate (Blush) (PiP, ) is less shimmery (90% similar).
- Urban Decay Crush (DC, $26.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar).
- Tom Ford Beauty Cool (Winter 2016) Blush (LE, $60.00) is less shimmery (90% similar).
- Urban Decay Naked on the Run Blush (-, ) is more muted (90% similar).
- Kosas 8th Muse (High Intensity) (Blush) (PiP, ) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar).
- MAC Dollymix (P, $24.00) is more muted, warmer (90% similar).
$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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I have been loving your swatches of these new Clinique blushes. I’m excited to try them.
They’re so amazing!
Ooh, this was the one I was waiting for! It looks great on you! This might be a plum I could work with on my fair skin. Thanks 🙂
No problem, Jenn!
This is why I love the work you do Christine – I was debating between this and peach pop, but after this review I’ll go with peach because I have Dollface and Florida already. Thanks so much!
Happy to help, Grace! 🙂
Ooooooh I think I like this one better than Berry Pop after all! What a beautiful blush! Now I know I’ll just end up collecting them all (as opposed to the Hourglass blushes, which I’m currently planning to nab 2 or 3… depending on how different the remaining blushes look when applied).
They’re not too bad on the wallet — less than the average blush but I imagine most of us won’t actually finish all the blush we own, so a lower total cost is nice!
OMG. Seriously??! I cannot even handle these new Clinique blushes. I have this weird visceral reaction every time I see you’ve reviewed a new one. Ridiculous! Where were these back in the 90’s when I worked for Clinique in college and the product was sad and they made us apply it with Q-tips?! HAHAHA Oh my. Well, guess my wallet will be taking ANOTHER hit. Sorry Hourglass, but so far Clinique has one-upped you. 🙂
Christine, how different is this from Pink Pop, which I think you also compared to Florida (clearly, I struggle with using the swatch feature to compare swatches that aren’t already in the same “grouping”).
It is lighter, less pink, and cooler-toned compared to Berry Pop, though applied they look more similar than dissimilar! I don’t think they’re technically dupes, but if you go for a sheerer application of Berry Pop, then they’ll end up looking more similar applied.
Here are all four Clinique blushes: http://www.temptalia.com/swatch-gallery/?sg=155130,155034,154926,154852
So cute & summery! I can’t wait to try one of these!
I hope you love it half as much as me–at least!
Hi Christine! All the Clinique Cheek Pop blushes look so beautiful on you! Would you say that this wouldn’t be worth getting if I have NARS New Attitude? I know it wasn’t listed as a dupe, but I saw in your New Attitude post that Tarte Dollface was similar, just less blue-based. (And Tarte Dollface was listed as a similar shade for Plum Pop.) Do you think Plum Pop would look flattering on NC30s? Thanks so much Christine! 🙂
I don’t think that this is similar to NARS New Attitude, which is matte, lighter, and cooler-toned, so I think it’s fine to have both -http://www.temptalia.com/nars-new-attitude-blush-review-photos-swatches
I’m NC25/NC30, so if you don’t like it on me, there you go 🙂
Thank you, Christine! It looks beautiful on you 🙂 — I will be purchasing this!
This looks beautiful! I am seriously consider getting this now!
I hope you get a chance to check it out in person, Kai!
Oh gosh, you have me wanting all of these, Christine! The perfect Springy shades and the packaging is so pretty! xo
I love them all! 😀
So pretty…I really have to check these out! Kind of nice thing about literally owning two blushes is that I feel my collection has room to expand 😉
That is a very nice thing indeed!
This one may actually work for me! I’m excited to swatch this one, and Berry Pop, which are the 2 I thought would be the least interesting, LOL!
Definitely want to pick one up, but the problem is which one? 🙂
It’s a good problem to have, at least 😉
This one is my favorite of the four!
It’s a very nice color!
Gah, I’m gonna buy all 4
Enjoy your new blushes 🙂
I just love those embossed blushes! so cute
I’m so happy that they’re cute AND awesome!
This is my fave. I love your reviews 🙂
Thanks a lot, Valerie! 😀
Oh I’m really liking Plum Pop! So pretty! I’m really fair but I think this one will work for me!
I think it will!
There goes another A. Okay, that’s more than enough reason to buy all shades. 😀
This one is pretty too! I guess 1 from ginger pop or peach pop and other from plum or berry should cover it. 🙂
This is gorgeous. I had thought Berry Pop was the one for me, but after seeing both of these swatched, I’m fully in Plum Pop camp. So glad I waited, especially since they are both so similar. I need this shade!
They all look lovely on you. Which one is your favorite?
That’s hard to say! Maybe Peach Pop because I like corals so much, but I love them all.
The Clinique blushes look gorgeous! How would you say Plum Pop compares to Tom Ford’s Wicked?
Tom Ford is darker, not quite as cool-toned!
How is this compare with thebalm argyle?hehehe
Is it similar?
Argyle is warmer, lighter, no shimmer – http://www.temptalia.com/thebalm-argyle-instain-long-wearing-powder-staining-blush-review-photos-swatches
I couldn’t help myself – after your gorgeous reviews and swatches I took the plunge and just ordered Berry Pop & Plum Pop. I have a very fair, cooler toned complexion, so I’m going to see which one looks better on my complexion. So excited for them to get here!
Thank you so much for your reviews and swatches – I might have just overlooked these if it weren’t for your review!
My pleasure, Melissa! I would have overlooked these, too, if they hadn’t been embossed with flower petals, which I think contributed to how excited readers were over them (and since readers were excited, I reviewed!).