Today’s review is the Clinique Cheek Pop Blush in Pansy Pop ($22.00 USD/$26.00 CAD, available here and here). I chose this shade because it looked unique — you don’t often see many lavender blushes on the market. The formula is described as a “vibrant yet natural-looking cheek colour that looks virtually powderless”. The “powderless” thing caught my eye because, as someone with very dry skin, blushes can often look very dull and powdery on me if I’m not careful. I also liked the claim that it’s natural-looking because, with my fair skin, I can go from zero to clownface real quick when applying blushes that are super intense.
Pansy Pop – a medium lavender pink with a very subtle satin finish.
Why You Might Like This:
- This blush lives up to its “powderless” claim. It blends nicely into the skin and doesn’t look like it’s sitting on top of the cheeks like some other powder blushes can.
- This would work well on most skin types. It has enough of a satin finish to apply nicely on dry skin (sometimes blushes that are too matte can look dry and “flat”), but not so much that it adds a visible sheen, which can accentuate oiliness and emphasize pores.
- I would describe this blush as “foolproof”. While the colour is very buildable, it’s almost impossible to get too much product on your brush at once, so you’re easily able to avoid the whole “clown cheeks” thing. Unless that’s what you’re going for, in which case: layer away!
- This particular shade is great if you like cool toned blushes. Lavender is unique as far as blush colours go, and it actually has a brightening effect on sallow or tired-looking skin. This particular shade has enough pink in it to keep it wearable, though, so don’t worry about your cheeks looking too purple for the office.
- If you happen to be a sucker for packaging/embossing, this blush will catch your eye — it’s gorgeous!
Why You Might Not Like This:
- If you have a deeper skin tone, I would strongly suggest swatching this colour before buying. Since it’s so light and cool toned, it can very easily look ashy on darker skin (but definitely check out the other shades in the line).
- If you like your blush to be bold and pack a lot of punch in one swipe, this isn’t the best formula for you. You’ll have to layer it a bit to get an intense colour.
- If you like your blushes to be frosty, you’ll probably be better off looking at a different formula. You could, however, layer a highlight on top of this blush to get that effect.
I think I’m going to get a lot of use out of this one, especially going into spring — it’s such a “fresh” colour! What other shades from this line should I look into? Do you have any favourite lavender blushes from other brands? Let me know in the comments!