Sneak Preview / Review: Clinique Pop Lip Color + Swatches of all 13 shades

The passing of our Founding Father LKY seems to have brought out the true Singaporean in me, and by that, I mean my unwavering determination in queuing for hours (especially to pay my last respects), as well as my kiasu-ness. In colloquial terms, kiasu translates literally to “being afraid to lose” and implies the need to be first. So ta-dah~ here’s (a possible) countrywide first dibs on all 13 shades of Clinique’s new Pop Lip Color + Primer!

clinique pop lip color primer styledClinique Pop Lip Color + Primer, $33 each

clinique pop lip color primer all 13 shadesAvailable in 13 shades, and these are divided into colour families – Nudes, Tawnies (corals/oranges), Pinks and Violets

  • Nudes: 01 Nude Pop, 03 Cola Pop, 04 Beige Pop (02 isn’t brought it cos it’s a super dark colour)
  • Tawnies: 05 Melon Pop, 06 Poppy Pop, 08 Cherry Pop
  • Pinks: 09 Sweet Pop, 10 Punch Pop, 11 Wow Pop
  • Violets: 13 Love Pop, 14 Plum Pop, 15 Berry Pop, 16 Grape Pop

—NUDES—

Clinique pop lip color primer nudes Clinique Pop Lip Color Primer Swatches (1)

Clinique Pop Lip Color Primer 01 nude pop01 Nude Pop: Beige with some pink – similar to 04 (but that has more beige)

Clinique Pop Lip Color Primer 03 cola pop03 Cola Pop: Brownish burgundy red

Clinique Pop Lip Color Primer 04 beige pop04 Beige Pop: Similar to 01 but this has more nude beige

—TAWNIES—

Clinique pop lip color primer tawnies Clinique Pop Lip Color Primer Swatches (2)

Clinique Pop Lip Color Primer 05 Melon pop 05 Melon Pop: Beige with a hint of coral pink

Clinique Pop Lip Color Primer 06 poppy pop06 Poppy Pop: Coral red (with hints of orange)

Clinique Pop Lip Color Primer 08 cherry pop08 Cherry Pop: Reddish fuschia with blue undertones

—PINKS—

Clinique pop lip color primer pinks Clinique Pop Lip Color Primer Swatches (3)

Clinique Pop Lip Color Primer 09 sweet pop09 Sweet Pop: Everyday-wearable pink

Clinique Pop Lip Color Primer 10 punch pop10 Punch Pop: Bright hot pink with blue cool undertones – this is my favourite simply cos it’s a bright without being too glaring.

Clinique Pop Lip Color Primer 11 wow pop11 Wow Pop: Bright lilac pink (this is a hydrating version of my YSL in Tropical Pink)

—VIOLETS—

Clinique pop lip color primer violets Clinique Pop Lip Color Primer Swatches (4)

Clinique Pop Lip Color Primer 13 love pop13 Love Pop: A burgundy red with slight gold sheen

Clinique Pop Lip Color Primer 14 plum pop14 Plum Pop: A surprisingly neutral, wearable plum-pink

Clinique Pop Lip Color Primer 15 berry pop15 Berry Pop: Possibly the darkest colour I’ve ever tried – this is a deep, rich burgundy (with some hints of purple) red

Clinique Pop Lip Color Primer 16 grape pop16 Grape Pop: This is a lilac-purple (a hydrating version of VDL’s Candy You Expert Color Lip Cube)

I say…

The Packaging: It’s an angled square tube that prevents it from rolling off surfaces – always a godsend for le klutz of me. The cap is a click-on one that fits snugly and won’t be easily removed by accident from the rollin’ rollin’ rollin’ around in the handbag.

The Texture & Application: It’s smooth, creamy, somewhat moisturising – pretty decent and I’d call it above average. What I love about this is that it’s a primer and lip colour in one – it really helps in smoothing over the lip flakes and filling in the fine lines so that the colours (even the lighter shades) can go on properly. What I love even more about this is that despite trying on 13 shades in one shot (as well as multiple removals using the cleansing sheets), my lips surprisingly did not get sore or chapped – the lippie removes easily without leaving a stain, and it also helped moisturise and soothe the lips.

The Verdict: It may not be all that visually appealing (sorry Clinique!), but don’t be deceived by its looks. This is kinda like the girl-next-door in terms of lipsticks – it looks like a Plain Jane, but one that can do a one-two punch knockout because it is both a primer and lip colour (or should I say one-two-three punch since it also helps to moisturise the lips?). The colours are also pretty wearable – not the superbly bright ones for the less adventurous, and I daresay these colours are mostly office-safe 😀 Defo worth a try! (psst: For those who love brighter and more vibrant colours, check out my post on the sold-out Laneige Two-Tone Lip Bars which contains swatches of ALL 10 shades as well as a tutorial how to get Kpop ombre lips!)

Update as of 1 Nov 2016: If you want something that’s superbly pigmented, hydrating and with a slight matte finish, try Clinique’s Matte Lip colour.

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11 thoughts on “Sneak Preview / Review: Clinique Pop Lip Color + Swatches of all 13 shades

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  3. Hi Cheryl!!
    This blog post was very helpful!! I am colour blind and I do not know the exact colour of the lipsticks I buy. I read this review and knew what I wanted. Thanks so much!! 😀
    Joanna

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