Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Clinique Ginger Pop

Clinique Cheek Pop in Ginger Pop
Clinique has never been a brand I've paid much attention to. Their popular 3-Step Skincare line is widely reputed to be overly harsh (and ineffective) by those in the know and I've always associated their cosmetics with being a bit boring...and for the 'older woman'. Clinique has undergone a renaissance over the past few years, though. They more or less launched the lip pencil phenomenon with their Chubby Sticks. They also hit the ball out of the park with their Chubby Stick Shadow Tints for Eyes last year. And their High Impact Mascara is a cult favorite. So, I guess I shouldn't be surprised at how impressive their latest launch--the Cheek Pops--are, and how quickly people are falling in love with them! Virtually all of the reviews I've seen of these beauties, which come in four shades, have raved about their all-around amazingness. 

The Cheek Pops are currently available in four shades: Berry Pop, Plum Pop, Peach Pop, and Ginger Pop. All four shades look beautiful, but I was immediately drawn towards Ginger Pop (mainly because of the name, if I'm honest). I'm a sucker for anything with Ginger in the name (see this post, for another example!) Ginger Pop is a warm, muted strawberry shade. It is perhaps not an obvious choice for someone with my skintone (cool & fair), but I think it is stunning. The jury is still out on the packaging--I'm not sure if I think it's kitschy-cute or hideous. But either way, the blush inside is outstanding. 

The Cheek Pops are a powder product, but Ginger Pop applies so smoothly and effortlessly, if I didn't know better, I would guess it was a cream once upon the cheek. It retains the lasting power of a powder, though, so don't worry if you are not a fan of cream blushes--I had zero problem with Ginger Pop fading. It is not powdery in the slightest and it imparts the most luminous glow to the skin. The finish is satin--there is no visible shimmer or glitter--so I have no idea how they make the skin look so glowy! But difficult science questions aside, Ginger Pop blends seamlessly into my skin and makes me look radiant. If I am brutally honest, I like the glow of Ginger Pop far more than the Hourglass Ambient Blush in Diffused Heat that I've been testing out over the past week!

Ginger Pop blended out on left; heavy swatch on right
Ginger Pop isn't the most pigmented blush I've ever seen, but the upside of that is it is hard to overdo. And fortunately, it also builds up color very well. I simply added a couple of layers until I achieved my desired level of blushiness. Confession time: I love to wear what most people would probably consider 'too much blush', aka clown face. Ok, I don't reach actual clown face levels, but I like for it to look like I'm wearing blush. With Ginger Pop, though, the effect is a more natural, beautiful flush on the cheeks. A nice change of pace for me...and I'm sure it will be exactly what many people are looking for!

Even if Ginger Pop isn't a color that appeals to you, I highly recommend you take a look at the other shades in this range (I think Plum Pop might be my next purchase). They are currently available on and at Clinique counters, but they haven't hit my local Sephora store yet! The price point on these is also extremely reasonable (only $21). One thing I'm interested to see over the coming months is how long it takes the embossed flower pattern to start to wear away. I'll keep you posted!

Have you tested out the Cheek Pops? They've made me interested in checking out more Clinique makeup, so if you have any favorites, let me know below!

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