January 28, 2016

Clinique Lid Pop Review & Swatches

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Clinique Lid Pop

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.

Clinique Lid Pop Eyeshadow

Clinique Lid Pop Swatches (Petal Pop, Vanilla Pop, Cream Pop, Cocoa Pop)

Clinique Lid Pop Swatches (Petal Pop, Vanilla Pop, Cream Pop, Cocoa Pop)

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.

Clinique Cocoa Pop Lid Pop

Clinique Cocoa Pop Lid Pop

Clinique Cocoa Pop Lid Pop Eyeshadow

Clinique Lid Pop Cocoa Pop

Clinique Cream Pop Lid Pop

Clinique Cream Pop Lid Pop

Clinique Cream Pop Lid Pop Eyeshadow

clinique cream pop

Clinique Petal Pop Lid Pop

Clinique Petal Pop Lid Pop

Clinique Petal Pop Lid Pop Eyeshadow

Clinique Petal Pop

Clinique Vanila Pop Lid Pop

Clinique Vanila Pop Lid Pop

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.

Tried them?

Do share!

Clinique Lid Pop are available now on counters or at Sephora.com, Ulta.com, and Nordstrom.com.

I purchased this item and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post.

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Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Maria A

    OMG why did I have to see this why……. I really want to the golden looking one, but if it applies like pop should I pass? Can you use glitter glue as a base to make it stick and pop? Just curious.

    • Isabella Muse

      haha sorry! Glitter Glue might help, good primer helps a little bit! Something thick like a white cream shadow under it would make for a smoother look and would intensity the shade.

      • Maria A

        Like a sephora eye crayon or NYX jumbo pencil. That cream and cocoa pop are really tempting me…. PS did you test out the MJ pallet yet (social butterfly)? I played around a little with the matte shades and I like it. I used the light brown nude all over the lid and then used the matte dark brown with a pencil brush as eyeliner for the upper lash line, some tarte dollface blush on the cheeks and MJ lipgloss in moonglow on the lips and it actually looks very nice, simple and clean for work (although I have worn glitter on the eyes to work. I love glitter lol). I didn’t think I was going to love that pallet, but I am so happy I purchased it.

        • Isabella Muse

          yup! NYX Milk would be great for this! Not yet! haha! I’m so behind but now it sounds lovely 😀 Looking forward to cracking it open!!!!!!!!

  • Chelsea

    I picked up the Willow shade because I love khaki greens, hopefully that one isn’t too bad! It’s arriving today, so I’ll get to play with it.

  • blee

    Well, they do look very pretty with the daisy embossed on the top. And as many other eye color that I have I could see blending them in with them with a good eye primer?

  • breyerchic04

    After I saw Christine’s review, I put my melon pop cheek pop on my eyelids, and realized that yeah maybe not so much. I hoped it’d be a perfect formula but you’re right it’s not right. I’ll keep looking for some interesting different shadow than anything I have.

  • Katherine T.

    Too bad about the formula because these are stunning to look at. Can Petal Pop be used as a highlighter?

    • Isabella Muse

      Not on me sadly! I tried it! It clung to my dryness rather badly and was way too shimmery/frosty!

  • Sara

    How do you apply the Cheek Pop blushes? If you use a brush, what kind? I don’t have the same success everyone else in the world does with those and I wonder if it’s my brush.

  • Upsy Daisy

    Shame, I’ve already read temptalia’s negative review on these, but came here literally to convince myself to get one anyway. Cream Pop really calls to me, but as you’re not in love with these either I’m not going to spend on it. :s

    • Isabella Muse

      aw sorry upsy daisy 🙁 Maybe order from Sephora, if you hate it they have a great return policy!