Packaging – These lippies look exactly like the Clinique Pop Lip Color + Primer, I have done a full review on them here. The only difference is the colored tube has a matte feeling and look to it appose to the glossy look and feel to the original ones. Other than that the packaging is exactly the same and I believe the words I used to describe the originals were sleek and gorgeous and I still feel the same. The cap close with a tiny bit of resistance which I can still appreciate as I know it will not create havoc in my makeup bag.
Application – This lipstick is saturated with pigment and is extremely opaque. When I applied this for the first time it was the first thing that I noticed and to this day it still impresses me how pigmented this formula is. You do not need more than one swipe because not only is this lipstick opaque but it is also smooth and with the built-in primer that is all you will need.
Formula – On the Clinique website it states the following : “Weightless yet pigment-saturated formula hugs lips with 8 hour of creamy matte comfort. Built-in primer helps smooth lips for an easy, even glide every time.”
I enjoy the weightless feeling and boy oh boy I can not get over how pigmented this lipstick is. The 8 hour claim I have a bit of a problem with, for me its more like a 2 hour thing, but I agree with it gliding on smoothly and that it hugs the lips. The formula is very comfortable on the lips and I do not feel that it dries out my lips. After a while it does dry down matte, but even then it feels comfortable and lightweight.
Staying Power – Like I said, the staying power is more like a two hour thing for me but to be honest, I would much rather choose a comfortable matte over a long-lasting matte lipstick. It take 5 seconds to re-apply (which by the way, this lipstick layers very well) rather than a week to nourish chapped lips back to normal. When applied over a lip liner it lasts a tiny bit longer, but nothing worth writing home about.
Color Range – Again there is only 8 shades that range from pink to mostly purples with one red and a nude. Still I feel that a coral and a dusty pink will complete the range. The shade I have reviewed is called Icon Pop.
Where to Find – You can go to Clinique’s online store and order it from there or you can find it at any Edgars, Red Square, Foschini or Truworths that has got a Clinique counter
Pricing – These lippies also retails for R295
Now if you were to ask me which one between the two I prefer, I would choose the Color Pop Matte lip color + Primer. Yes, it might not last as long as the liquid lip, but it is way more comfortable on the lips. If you tried any of these lippies, let me know what you thought of them and tag me in a picture of you wearing it.