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30 May 2015

Clinique Pop lipsticks: first impressions

Clinique says: Luxurious yet weightless formula (that) merges bold, saturated colour with a smoothing primer. 

Laura says: Thin, maybe even slightly greasy feeling lipstick that underwhelms on first application and doesn't quite compare to competitor offerings. 

This was my initial point of view….

It would be true to say that my expectations for the "Pops" were SKY HIGH. I think this is a result of watching too many YouTube videos and reading too many blogposts. I was led to believe that these were an amazing release from Clinique and so I made sure I picked up two in duty free before flying back to Dubai.

I got Beige Pop and Wow Pop.

L - Beige Pop / R - Wow Pop

Now first things first, I admire the way these products are structured from a packaging perspective, departing from the classic Clinique lipstick style and appearing far more modern with a sleek format that presents a clear indication of the shade and a subtle presentation of brand.

So there's that.

Colour wise, Beige is not a shade that I like to wear on my lips, for fear of them blending into my head, but Beige Pop is a special little number with a gorgeous peach undertone to lift and distinguish.

Wow Pop is, and there is no better way to describe it, a "bright ass pink" that Barbie might wear for a date night with Ken.

The important part to consider though is how they wear. Clinique calls them luxurious but I wouldn't. The first couple of applications feel very thin, maybe even a little greasy. Admittedly once you get into the swing of applying them the creaminess comes through a little more but I was surprised at just how distinctly average they seemed - nice and all but nothing special.  A good NARS Audacious or Estee Lauder Lipstick Envy is what I would call luxurious and truly creamy - and as a result they tend to last a little longer on the lips.

Having said all this, I can't lie to you - I am wearing Beige Pop ALOT. Every-single-day-ALOT. It's an easy colour - less nude that the likes of MAC Creme de Nude - and a pretty one at that.

Will I be buying more?

Well as I said these are perfectly nice and they are not drying in the least but you don't need to sell your Granny in order to stock up. There are many other products in the market that perform slightly better. I've already name checked these but Estee Lauder Lipstick Envy is where it's really at it.

What did you think of the Color Pop lipsticks? 


  1. Really appreciate this review. With everyone raving about them, I did become a tad suspect. Could they really be as incredible as everyone claimed?

    Rachel | www.currentlyrachel.com

    1. Thanks Rachel! I had such mega high expectations but it turns out they are "nice" - how boring is that?! :)

  2. Loved reading this honest review! Both shades look really nice on you!

    xo, Liz

    1. Thanks so much Liz. I do have a soft spot for Beige Pop :)

  3. So I was on the fence about these as you know....and your review has made up my mind...I'll be purchasing another Nars Audacious instead :)

    Lis x

    Ps. Both colours look great on you, I wish I could get away with those barbie pinks!

  4. Both shades really suit you but I think i'd go to Beige pop. It looks like the perfect nude for me x


  5. Thanks for the review - Beige Pop looks like a really nice shade that i'd consider buying although it reminds me of 17 Beehive which is a bit more affordable!

    Caz | thisiscaz

  6. Great review! I had my eye on these because, as you said there's a lot of buzz around their release on YouTube and other blogs. The colours look great but I'm not going to spend my money on an 'average' lipstick when I could get similar at the drugstore.


  7. I haven't tried them (and probably won't after reading your review), but your descriptions crack me up.

    LindaLibraLoca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

  8. Lovely shades !!! I want to try them soon :)

    great blog. x


  9. Ohhhh ma god these lipsticks sound AMAZZING. I neeeeed to go and buy one!!! Beige pop is definitely my kinda colour, it is perfect for an every day lip!

    Jasmine | jasminehardingmakeup.blogspot.co.uk

  10. There's a shade I've been eyeing up (the name of which I can't remember), but I think I will have to go to a counter and have a swatch of them in person to get a feel for them. I do agree, the packaging is so fun and summery! Xx

    Olivia - www.cravemorebeauty.blogspot.co.uk

  11. Both shades are gorgeous but I really love Beige Pop :) X


  12. Such a shame, they do look pretty but I would much rather spend my money on something like NARS.

  13. It's good to see a review from another perspective after seeing so many reviews on YouTube that are so positive, may be saving my money on this product now!

  14. These looks so pretty! I love the Beige Pop the most!


  15. I actually have one of these myself, I forgot the color but I think it's Beige Pop, and I wear it all the time too! Definitely agree with the first couple applications feeling thin, you kinda have to layer it a couple times for a nice look!

    Kendal | Life With Kendal

  16. Those shades are gorgeous!

    Sophie x

  17. I tried Melon Pop and as much as I love the colour it just didn't last on me.

  18. I bought wow pop and fab pop online, but I'm not really feeling them at all. I don't mind the consistency but I'm just not sold on the colours. Wow pop is definitely a little too barbie for me on a day to day basis. I probably prefer fab pop x

    The Beauty Bloss

  19. Thin and greasy? Will it smear off easily? sounds high maintenance.

  20. Definitely attracted to the packaging, but haven't played with them. Will probably not purchase as I have the Estee Lauder Lipstick Envy's in a few colors and will just stick with those :-) Thanks for the review :-)

    Monica, www.pear-shaped-gal.com

  21. I love the look of the Beige Pop shade!
    Beauty Wanderer

  22. They do look lovely on you but there is nothing better than finding a lipstick that just feels amazing on your lips. To the point you just rub your lips together and look in the mirror. Is that just me...? xx

  23. Look great and seems they are great!!!


  24. I have the beige pop one too, and I really like it. I have not tried any of the Nars lipsticks, so may just have to go and check those out too.


  25. I really like the Melon Pop shade that I have! Need to try Estee Lauder clearly :)

    Erin | Erin and Katherine Talk Beauty

  26. Beige Pop looks great on you and definitely a shade I'd get along with too!

    Cass | CassandraMyee

  27. I picked up one of the pinks too - also have my eye on beige pop!

    Gem x | www.flutterandsparkle.com

  28. both stunning! and what mascara are you wearing?! omg it's amazing! xx. gigi. www.gigikkitchen.com

  29. Love the honest review, I've not tried these yet but the beige looks really pretty on you.

    Tasha xxx sincereblonde.com

  30. Love a good honest review. The beige pop does look pretty on.

    M xx

    The CSI Girls