Dec 4, 2016

Clinique Pop Matte & Pop Liquid Matte Lip Color + Primer - Swatches

Clinique Pop Matte - Pop Liquid Matte Lip Color + Primer Lipsticks - Swatches
Clinique Pop Matte & Pop Liquid Matte Lip Color + Primer at Sephora

Matte lipsticks and glosses - or liquid lipsticks - have been quite a trend this year, and it seems like every brand has managed to put out a range or two to cater to this trend.  Clinique joined the fray with it's range of matte lipsticks and matte liquid lip colors - Clinique Pop Matte Lip Colour + Primer lipsticks as well as the Clinique Pop Liquid Matte lip colors.  The colors in this range are what I typically associate with Clinique - basic plums, browns, pinks - all of which would work well on anyone looking for an easy but polished makeup look.  Scroll on for swatches of some of the colors in this range.
Clinique Pop Matte Lip Colour - Primer Lipsticks - Swatches
Clinique Pop Matte Lip Colour + Primer lipsticks ($18.50 each)
Clinique Pop Matte Lipsticks - Swatches - Blushing Beach Icon Rose Pow Bold Avant Garde Clove
Clinique Pop Matte Lipsticks - Swatches
Blushing Pop - Beach Pop - Icon Pop - Rose Pop - Pow Pop - Bold Pop - Avant Garde Pop - Clove Pop

Clinique Pop Matte lipsticks have a soft matte finish with a texture that feels light and nondrying.  The lipsticks apparently have a primer added into the formula, which makes the lipsticks go on smoothly.  While there is a good selection of colors in this range, the colors I found at my local Sephora didn't seem that unique.  These are basic, easy-to-wear colors - and for someone like me who rarely looks beyond neutrals that's always a good thing - but they also seem easy to dupe.  I haven't tried all the colors in this range, though.  What does set these lipsticks apart from most brands is that Clinique makeup, much like their skincare, is allergy-tested and fragrance-free, so if you have a hard time finding makeup that doesn't set off your sensitive skin/nose, then do give these a try. 

Clinique Pop Liquid Matte Lip Colour + Primer ($18.50 each)
Clinique Pop Liquid Matte Lip Colour + Primer - Swatches  Cake Petal Ripe Flame Candied Apple Sweetheart
Clinique Pop Liquid Matte Lip Colour + Primer - Swatches
Cake Pop - Petal Pop - Ripe Pop - Flame Pop - Candied Apple Pop - Sweetheart Pop
Clinique Pop Liquid Matte Lip Colour + Primer - Swatches  Black Licorice - Boom
Clinique Pop Liquid Matte Lip Colour + Primer - Swatches
Black Licorice Pop - Boom Pop

Clinique Pop Liquid Matte lip colors fall somewhere between a lipgloss and a matte liquid lipstick.  The formula is quite pigmented and dries to a soft matte finish.  Unlike some other matte liquid lipsticks I have tried, these don't seem to apply or set like a thick cake layer, and I definitely prefer this formula over the drier versions.  Unlike the Clinique matte lipsticks above, I found the color range as well as the formula much more appealing, with a good mix of brighter shades as well as deeper colors.  Somehow, Clinique has managed to make bright pops of colors seem easy to wear.  My favorite of the shades I tried out would be Black Licorice Pop - it's a perfect fall/winter color.  I did find the chubby applicator on these a bit odd, especially since a lot of brands now come with very precise applicators.

Clinique Pop Matte lipsticks as well as the liquid lip colors are a good pick for those who prefer  neutral/nude colors and/or those looking for allergy-tested, fragrance-free makeup options.

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