Clinique Lid Pop Eyeshadow ($17) is a very, very exciting Spring 2016 release because well, duh, Clinique Cheek Pop Blush! Clinique took the idea of its popular Cheek Pop Blush and creates a cute range of Lid Pop Eyeshadows to go along with it and I, for one, couldn’t be happier.
I know I’m not the only Cheek Pop Blush fan around here and I think many of you would agree it was one of the blush hits for Spring 2014.
Just like the iconic cult favorite blushes the new Clinique Lid Pop sport a darling little embossed Spring daisy design and come housed in a clear acrylic case. Personally I live for makeup as cute and vanity worthy as these eyeshadows. They are a very, very appealing presentation and as we know from the blush formula they aren’t just a joy to look at but the formula is pretty fab too.
Or is it?
Clinique Lid Pop Eyeshadow are $17 each and weight in at 0.21 oz each with a formula that promises to be silky, long wearing, and richly pigmented.
The funny thing is the smooth almost ice rink-like consistency that works incredibly well for the blushes was a problem with the eyeshadows in my experience. The eyeshadows are just a little too dense and picking up color with a regular brush proves a little difficult (sponges eyeshadow applicators work best for me). During application color seem to sheer out considerably so a good deal of building is necessary. I had varying results from shade to shade though as the formula seems to apply differently with each finish. For example, Petal Pop and Cream Pop seem to have an iridescent finish and these tends to look patchy on my lids. Vanilla Pop was a satiny matte with a silkier formula but this shade applied dry and a bit powdery. Cocoa Pop was matte and applied the best out of the four shades I purchased but during application it dragged a little bit. All four shades had a fast to fade formula as without eyeshadow primer the color would crease and lose intensity at around five hours but you’ll gain better millage with a good eyeshadow primer.
I think with the density of Cheek Pop was one of the benefits of the formula as it allowed for a smooth, airbrushed appearance on cheeks. Unfortunately, this formula doesn’t quite translate well to Lid Pop Eyeshadow as it hinders the formula and the application of these very, very pretty eyeshadows.
If you’re curious about them I’d give a green light to Cocoa Pop. It’s a great shade that proved the best out of the shades I tried. I can see myself using this shade quite often and I wasn’t bothered by the density of the formula as it did apply fairly well. However, the other shades I tried just didn’t quite grab me and had formula and application quirks that weren’t entirely forgivable.
Clinique Lid Pop Eyeshadow are an exciting release but sadly the formula does so disappoint.