I first discovered Clinique Cheek Pops early last year when they released four shades (Plum, Ginger, Peach and Berry Pop). I picked up Peach and Plum Pop early on, but with the limited shade range I felt my collection was pretty complete.
Imagine my excitement when I found out that Clinique was to release a whopping 8 additional shades earlier this Spring. As soon as my local Sephora store had them in I went in for a swatch session.
The formula on these blushes is very unique. It’s not a powder, but it’s not really a cream either. It’s a hybrid product but I wouldn’t describe it as a gelee. The product feels very silky to the touch, but it’s not pliable or “bouncy.” They are pigmented enough to work for many skin tones but not so pigmented that they are hard to work with.
Once applied to the cheeks you notice a glow, almost how your skin looks after a facial. They are not shimmery or dewy, which helps combination skin girls like me get longer wear time. Speaking of that, these last all day on me. It’s rare that a blush formula will do that on me.
Plum Pop is a bright berry pink that perks up even the dullest complexion days.
Peach Pop is a perfect peach/coral blend that looks great on tan skin. Nude Pop is a brown, almost flesh toned shade that adds dimension and a hint of color to the cheeks. My favorite way to wear my new shade, Nude Pop, is to sweep it generously across my cheekbones, focusing more on the back and then layering a small amount of Peach Pop on the very front of my cheek bones. It creates a perfect bronze-blush shade that I will definitely be wearing all summer long.
I still have my eye on Heather Pop or maybe Fig Pop, but I’m trying to wait until fall since it’s likely I won’t get a lot of use from that type of shade until then. But all of the colors are so tempting, I could see how it would be easy to own the whole collection.
Cheek Pops retail for $21 each at Nordstrom, Sephora and Clinique. They get a big A+ from me.