Clinique Pop Lip Color + Primer review, swatches, photos | Beige Pop, Poppy Pop, & Fab Pop

Clinique Pop Lip Colour + Primer lipstick review photos swatches

The product: Clinique Pop Lip Color + Primer in 04 Beige Pop, 06 Poppy Pop, and 12 Fab Pop

New this spring from Clinique are sixteen Pop Lip Colour + Primers, which are designed to pair rich colour with a smoothing primer. They’re part of Clinique’s current strategy of releasing pretty, accessible products without any complicated steps, and just like the rest of the no-fuss products Clinique has released recently… these rock.

Clinique Pop Lip Colour + Primer lipstick review

The formula: It’s been a long time since I fell in love with lipstick formula, but the Pop Lip Colour + Primers had me at hello. The formula is perfect: creamy and comforting without feeling too heavy, slippery, or drying, and absolutely packed with smooth, velvety pigment. These remind me a lot of the (mosly discontinued) Marcelle Rouge Vitality Lipsticks, AKA my favourite lipsticks ever — but the Clinique Pop lipsticks might just be even better.

Formulated with shea and murumuru butters and designed to provide “moisture maintenance” with a flexible polymer blend, these are one of the only lipsticks I’ve ever worn that don’t leave my lips crinkly and dry. They feel just as rich in texture as they are in colour, and on top of all that, the formula is totally scent-free.

Clinique Lip Pop Lip Colour + Primer swatches beige fab poppy

Clinique Pop Lip Colour + Primer swatches in Beige Pop, Fab Pop, and Poppy Pop


A quick, messy iPhone shot of Fab Pop, filched from my Instagram — @thenotice

The shades: I tried three of the sixteen Clinique Pop shades, and surprisingly enough, Fab Pop was the one that I realy fell in love with. It’s bright and milky with lavender undertones, and really brightens up my face without looking like TOO MUCH (caps lock totally necessary.)

I wasn’t as crazy about Beige Pop, which is an objectively lovely medium-nude (I need a little less pink from my nude lipsticks to counteract my natural lip colour, unfortunately), and Poppy Pop wasn’t really for me, either — poppy reds make me look, for some reason, both flushed and yellow-toothed.

But Fab Pop — oh, my. What a shade.

Clinique Beige Pop lipstick primer review swatches

Clinique Pop Lip Colour + Primer in Beige Pop

Clinique Fab Pop lipstick primer review swatches

Clinique Pop Lip Colour + Primer in Fab Pop
Clinique Poppy Pop lipstick primer review swatches

Clinique Pop Lip Colour + Primer in Poppy Pop

The verdict?

You need. You absolutely, totally, definitely need. I’ve been wearing Fab Pop bascially non-stop for the past two weeks, and it hasn’t lost its appeal by even a bit. (Plus, for once, my lips don’t feel stiff and dry when I’m wearing lipstick.)

The Clinique Pop Lip Colour + Prime formula is fast becoming one of my all-time favourites, and for anyone looking for creamy, luxurious, scent-free lipstick, these are totally it.

Availability: $18 USD/$21 CAD at Sephora, Clinique, and Nordstrom.

Clinique Beige Fab Poppy Pop lipstick primer swatches

L-R: Clinique Pop Lip Colour + Primer swatches in Beige Pop, Fab Pop, and Poppy Pop

Clinique Beige Pop swatch review lip color primer

Clinique Pop Lip Colour + Primer in 04 Beige Pop Clinique Fab Pop swatch review lip color primer

Clinique Pop Lip Colour + Primer in 12 Fab Pop Clinique Poppy Pop swatch review lip color primer

Clinique Pop Lip Colour + Primer in 06 Poppy Pop

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  • Jodi Butler

    Aghhhh. I have Poppy Pop and I am so. in. love. I need more of these so badly!
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    • Omg and I bet it looks AMAZING ON YOU I'm so jealous!! (I would have to put in a lot of work in order to wear a colour like Poppy Pop. Like, a freaking mountain of work. And you probably just pull it off effortlessly like some terribly chic not-actually-French French girl. ;))

  • I've only hear good things about these so I'll have to check them out! Your photo with the hat is so adorable x
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  • swatchandreview

    I think I need Beige Pop. Great swatches… and I love this photo of you with the floppy hat!!!

    – Julie
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  • emma

    have you tried bare pop? I'm in love with it even tho it has a tiny little bit of shimmer. mywomenstuff made a post about it a while ago and I can't get enough of it. you should give it a shot off you don't mind shimmer in your lipsticks!

    • I haven't! Honestly, shimmer is one of my biggest turn-offs when it comes to lipsticks — it's one of the reasons why I'm so fond of these! (It is HARD to find a lipstick that isn't glossy/shimmery but still feels great.) Bare Pop does look great on Paris, though… maybe I'll have to make and exception and check it out anyways. ;)

  • lulle79

    I swatched these in a store a few weeks ago, and while I wasn't super excited about the lighter shades, I couldn't help say Ooooh when I got to Cherry Pop. Intense, rich and beautiful color, and the finish seems forgiving enough. Currently on top of my wish list! I really love when Clinique makes awesome products that are also affordable.
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    • Yesss. Let me know what you think of Cherry Pop when you get it, girl! ;)

  • tirurit

    wow!! those swatches look stunning.

    I have heard many bloggers rave about the formula of these lipsticks, so I might just have to give them a try!
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    • They're worth the "splurge"! (I mean, they're actually really well-priced. But once you have three or four or ten of them, it's a bit of a splurge. :p)

  • whatandydidnext

    These sound amazing! The swatches <3 WANT!
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  • Row

    You had me at "don't leave my lips crinkly and dry". :D I have the same issue when wearing lipstick, so this formula sounds like a winner… will have to check it out soon. Thanks! :)
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  • Ah, Fab Pop looks fab on you indeed, Rae whale! I have Melon and Cherry, and while I'm interested in Berry and Cola, I think I'll give them a miss. I think I suddenly accumulated quite a few dark berries in my stash in the last few months!

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  • Ooooh, these do look good, although I've been more into sheer/jelly finishes, lately!
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    • I just saw the prettiest jelly lip glosses the other day — I want to say maybe coming out soon from L'Oreal? My eyes got all starry and glazed when I saw them. :p

  • Susie

    OMG!!! This I got to try out. Lovely colors and very nice finishes. I am eyeing on that Poppy Pop.

    • I'd be a great shade for someone with warmer/beiger colouring!

  • kristenglambunctious

    You look so adorable in your hat! These definitely seem like must-haves. I ordered Grape Pop today! :D
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