The jury is out (at BBB Towers) about the Clinique Pop Lip Shadows. These arrive in two parts – the wand with the brush as well as a tube containing the powder. You replace the plastic lid with the colour pot which gives you a bit of a Louboutin looking lip colour. In the colour pot section is the powder well, which, when you screw onto the tip keeps the sponge loaded with colour.
Like so. The pluses are that you can get a very precise lip line because the shaping of the ‘sponge’ tip is very good and accurate which makes it easy to fill in with colour. It doesn’t bleed or wander and is probably one of the most ‘stay put’ lip products I’ve ever used. The formula, although dry, didn’t immediately make my lips pucker up with dryness – in fact, they stayed smooth looking which in itself is a minor miracle. The minus is that to get a good level of coverage you need to re-dip into the pot at least twice per application and I had to work hard to make it look completely even in colour. I did choose to test the red though which is one of the most impactful colours and the easiest one to be critical of, I feel.
I think my swatch shows the issue. However, you’re not supposed to swipe as you would a normal lipstick or lip pen – more effort is required and I used – I guess you would say a stippling action – to get it completely even. The powder formula is weightless, flat matte and rather than disappearing over time does more of a gentle fade. It’s fiddly but impressive. They’re £16.50 each HERE – I’d say for matte die-hards only, but if you are that person, you’ll never look back!
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