Lipsticks can be a lot more than just makeup, sometimes they can even be ways to cheer ourselves up or give us a confidence boost. Check out Why do we use make up…and should we?
Lipsticks are also a nice way of expressing our mood or character on the day, and some can even condition and protect our lip skin from damage.
I have very dry lips all year round and I’ve been on a mission to find the most nourishing and hydrating lipsticks out there that also last a long time. In my mission I definitely found a few that are very good choices, if you missed those posts check out:
However, I wanted to dedicate an entire post to the lipsticks that I think, at the moment at least, are THE BEST for dry lips, without losing out on longevity and colour selection, the Clinique Pop Lip Colour and Primer.
Let’s have a detailed look.
Texture and Finish
I usually go through the colour range category first but bear with me, there is a method to the madness!
These lipsticks come in 4 different finishes (glossy/shiny, glittery, matte and sheer) but Clinique categorises them as 3 different products.
The Clinique Pop Lip Colour and Primer: This title covers the lipsticks that have a glossy/shiny and sometimes also glittery finish.
The Clinique Pop Matte Lip Colour and Primer: This covers the matte lipsticks.
The Clinique Pop Glaze Sheer Lip Colour and Primer: This covers lipsticks that are a little more sheer in colour.
All lipsticks, no matter of category, feel creamy and smooth to the lips.
As mentioned above, Clinique classifies their lipsticks under three slightly different names (and so do some online retailers) which in practice means nothing to you other than if you are searching for them online, it might be a better idea to just search something general like “Clinique lipstick”.
The Clinique Pop Lip Colour and Primer range contains 24 shades.
The Clinique Pop Matte Lip Colour and Primer contains 13 shades.
And last, the Clinique Pop Glaze Sheer Lip Colour and Primer range contains 6 shades.
As I mentioned above, all of this means nothing really other than there’s lots of colours and finishes to choose from and when you search online you might want to search for these more generally. Thankfully, the colour names are unique, so there is no way you will get the wrong finish if you just buy a lipstick based on the name.
In practice, even if you go to a Clinique counter, you will likely find all of the lipsticks bunched together and you might not even realise that they come under a slightly different Clinique product name. They are all essentially the same product and all work equally well, they just have a different finish.
The colour range doesn’t include fifty shades of grey or more daring neon colours but there are many shades of browns, pinks, reds and nudes so you will find a couple of options and finishes for any look.
In total, counting all the finishes together, there are 43 shades. It would make this long post even longer to show them all, so here’s some of my favourites in the picture below.
Smell and Taste?
These lipsticks have a very subtle crayon type of smell. Some of them more than others, which makes me think it’s either from their packaging or from some of the dyes that the different colours have. Either way the smell is very, very faint and you will most likely not smell it at all.
I’ve added a taste category here too, but please don’t eat your lipsticks. The category is here simply because practically whether you want to or not, it’s not uncommon to lick your lips or somehow taste the lipstick off your lips while you eat or drink something.
These lipsticks don’t taste of anything.
Nourishing lipsticks usually tend to last less than the top lipsticks because their formula is more focused on giving you a creamy, hydrating feeling, than on fixing the colour on your lips.
However, these lipsticks last as long as the Urban Decay or MAC ones without making your lips feel as drying! Their nourishing and moisturising ability doesn’t reduce their lifetime which is amazing!
One 3.9g Clinique Pop lipstick (no matter of what finish) retails for £17. This makes them cheaper than both an Urban Decay lipstick which retails at £16.50 but contains 3.4g of product and a MAC lipstick which retails at £17.50 but contains only 3g of product.
If that wasn’t enough, there are also ways to get these lipsticks for even cheaper, in Clinique gift bundles like this Christmas edition (called Clinique Kisses Set but there are other versions too) shown below. This beautiful plastic box contains 5 lipsticks that are almost full size, 3.8g (0.1g off a full size but we will forgive that!) and the set retails for £39! Yes, you read that right! This makes each lipstick worth £7.8 which is obviously so much cheaper than buying them individually! Absolute steal!
The formula of the lipsticks is the same and the colours also. The only “catch” here is that the packaging of the lipstick is obviously not as nice and luxurious as their normal one (see packaging section below).
This specific bundle has a Christmas decoration theme and is made of sturdy but not expensive feeling plastic. I personally dislike that I will have to use Christmas decorated lipsticks all year around, but then I get reminded of how much I payed for them and it all feels worth it again!
In case you haven’t realised the difference yet, taking into consideration the 0.1g difference, this set is worth £82.84 and you would have payed £39 making a save of £43.84. That’s more than 50% off, 53% to be exact. Obviously, Clinique is saving some cash from the “cheaper” packaging so the actual value, if you want to be super technical, is not exactly that but you get the general idea. You get an amazing product for much cheaper than you could otherwise, and the quality is the same.
There are few different sets so have a look before purchasing. Some even contain other products too like liquid lipsticks etc. I personally love the colours of the Clinique Kisses Set and I would highly recommend it as a gift to your loved one, whether for Christmas or just because!
The standard packaging of these lipsticks is simple but elegant and feels of high quality. The top is silver, made of metal and has the Clinique logo sideways. The bottom is plastic and has the colour of the lipstick you bought. Interestingly, the finish of the plastic changes depending on whether you got a matte, cream/glittery or sheer finish lipstick, accordingly. I love these little details because it makes the lipsticks so much easier to identify while going through your collection, without even having to open them up!
However, you might also find these lipsticks in many other types of packaging, as I mentioned above. Here’s a picture of the types I came across so far but there are definitely others too.
The first two are standard first two are standard (the first is matte and the second is a shimmer but it’s hard to tell in this picture), the third is a smaller travel size that you can sometimes find in free Clinique gift bags, the fourth is the one from the Clinique Kisses Set (the different sets have different designs) and the last is a full size one that I got from a free Clinique gift bag.
All these lipsticks are the same quality, just different packaging depending on how I got them!
These lipsticks are hands down, amazing for dry lips. They feel hydrating all the time, not just those first couple of minutes of wear but are not sticky, runny, smudgy or short lasting. Basically, they have all the good attributes from the top lipsticks like the Urban Decan and MACs BUT they are also nourishing and moisturising to your lips.
However, even if you don’t have dry lips these lipsticks are still great for you. They will nourish and hydrate your lips which is something we often forget in our skincare routine, that our lips are skin too. Skin in fact, that goes through so much throughout the day, from eating, drinking, speaking and making tons of gestures. Take better care of your lips and your lipsticks will last and look better!
If I had to wear only 1 brand of lipstick for the rest of my life, it would definitely be the these.
To find out more about how hydrating and nourishing they really are check out the Ingredients section below.
Practicality of use – user experience
Like any lipstick bullet, these are very easy to use and apply on the lips. These lipsticks feel very soothing and moisturising, especially to dry lips, and the colours look gorgeous.
The brand doesn’t specify a specific skin type for this lipstick range, it’s very rare for brands to do so for lipsticks anyways! Nevertheless, I’d say that these lipsticks are appropriate for all and an absolute MUST HAVE if you have dry lips.
There are also no skin type specific ingredients.
There is no mention on how long these lipsticks last for, neither on the outer or actual bullet packaging.
Here’s what Clinique says about them.
For the Clinique Pop Lip Colour and Primer:
“Luxurious yet weightless formula merges bold, saturated colour with a smoothing primer. Glides on effortlessly to give a modern-velvet finish. Colour stays true and keeps lips comfortably moisturised for 8 hours. Allergy Tested. 100% Fragrance Free.”
For the Clinique Pop Matte Lip Colour and Primer:
“Weightless yet pigment-saturated formula hugs lips with 8 hours of creamy matte comfort. Built-in primer helps smooth lips for an easy, even glide every time.”
For the Clinique Pop Glaze Sheer Lip Colour and Primer:
“A pretty pop of bold yet see-through colour + smoothing primer in one coat. Luxurious yet weightless formula with built-in primer glides on effortlessly, wears for up to 8 hours. Keeps lips comfortably moisturized instantly and over time.”
Each lipstick has slightly different ingredients, especially due to the different pigments contained. Nevertheless, most of the ingredients are the same so the analysis below can be considered general.
In general, a Clinique pop lipstick contains 33 ingredients positives that will offer you some kind of skincare benefit (some more than others), 3 potential negatives and 12 irritants (colour pigments were not included in this assesment as they are different for each lipstick colour).
There aren’t any serious red flags in fact, these lipsticks are one of the most nourishing and good for your skin lipsticks out there. There are plenty of skin conditioners and moisturisers and even ingredients that will help the colour survive longer without becoming patchy.
The nourishing ingredient list is long and I’m not even taking into consideration compounds such as vitamin E (Tocopheryl Acetate), because almost all lipsticks contain that nowadays. When I say these lipsticks contain good skin moisturisers and skin restoring/nourishing ingredients, I am refering to compounds such as Hyaluronic Acid, Ceramide, Cholesterol, Squalene, extracts and more.
They also don’t contain unnecessary ingredients, such as fragrance, which is amazing.
To keep this article short, I am only listing the skin nourishing or skin positive/negative ingredients (or in this case ones that make the foundation function better in some way) and ignoring the ones that only play formulation purposes. For the full list of these products’ ingredients scroll down to the “full list of ingredients” section.
- Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil – Moisturiser and skin conditioner.
- Diisostearyl Malate – A skin conditioner.
- Trioctyldodecyl Citrate – A skin conditioner.
- Lanolin Oil – A skin conditioner and good moisturiser.
- Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride – A skin conditioner and replenisher. Can enhance the delivery of vitamins, pigments and other ingredients.
- Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax\Candelilla Cera\Cire De Candelilla – Skin conditioner.
- Castor Isostearate Succinate – Skin conditioner.
- Silica – An absorbent and anti-caking agent, good for oily skin. Can improve spreadability and help the product adhere to the skin. It can even prevent setting of the product ensuring that it is evenly pigmented.
- Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2 – A skin conditioner.
- Hydrogenated Polydecene – A skin conditioner that creates a smooth and silky feeling on the skin. Some studies claim it can reduce wrinkles and lines.
- Ethylhexyl Palmitate – Skin moisturiser.
- Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Extract – Skin conditioner and softener.
- Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Extract – A skin replenisher, emollient and anti-oxidant.
- Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Bran Extract – A skin conditioner.
- Microcrystalline Wax\Cera Microcristallina\Cire Microcristalline – Skin conditioner, good for dry skin.
- Astrocaryum Murumuru Seed Butter – A skin conditioner and humectant (=locks moisture in).
- Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil – Skin conditioner and anti-oxidant.
- Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) – A skin conditioner with anti-flammatory properties. It can sooth itchy, irritated and sun burnt skin. Also absorbs UV-B.
- Cholesterol – A good skin conditioner and replenishing compound that can help maintain the skin’s healthy feel and appearance. Our skin naturally contains cholesterol, it works by strengthening the outer structure of the skin and protecting it from dehydration.
- Hordeum Vulgare (Barley) Extract\Extrait D’Orge – Anti-oxidant.
- Ceramide 2 – A skin conditioner and replenisher. Our skin naturally contains ceramides.
- Palmitic Acid – A skin replenishing agent.
- Squalane – A moisturiser, source of replenishing fatty acids and anti-oxidants. Creates a barrier between the skin and the environment, keeping the moisture in and also conditions the skin.
- Lauryl Pca – A humectant and skin conditioner.
- Linoleic Acid – A very good skin soother, anti-oxidant, skin restorer and skin conditioner. Deficiency in this ingredient can cause many effects including slower wound healing. It is also used as an anti-inflammatory compound, for acne reduction, and moisture retention.
- Tocopheryl Acetate – A more stable form of vitamin E. A hero anti-oxidant molecule. A skin conditioner that also enhances the ability of sunscreens. Can help with inflammation. Check out: Vitamins C & E – Do they work in skin care?
- Glyceryl Stearate – A lubricant giving smooth and soft skin appearance.
Easily penetrates skin, slows water from escaping by forming barrier, anti-oxidant.
- Butylene Glycol – Skin conditioner that can also prevent moisture loss from the skin. Sometimes also used as fragrance.
- Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate – A stable form of vitamin C. Can increase collagen production keeping the skin healthy and younger looking, reduce melanin production giving a brighter skin appearance and can even repair the effects of UV-exposure. This specific form of Vitamin C even has the ability to stimulate production of moisturising compounds in the skin. A hero compound. Check out: Vitamins C & E – Do they work in skin care?
- Sodium Hyaluronate – A hero compound, known as the “fountain of youth” molecule. Plays a major role in anti-ageing processes and is found in embryos in high concentrations. Can hold onto water 1000 times of its weight meaning that it is an amazing moisturiser by locking moisture in. Helps wounds and burns heal and it’s linked to increased collagen generation Also used as a temporary cosmetic filler. Check out: Hyaluronic acid – the fountain of youth?
- Alumina– Anti-caking agent that can also absorb oils.
- Silica Dimethyl Silylate – Has a couple of formulation roles but can also moisturise and help the lipstick last longer.
- Aluminum Hydroxide – Can act as a skin protector.
- Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Extract – Skin bleaching agent.
- Alumina– Although it is approved by the FDA and BDIH, the metal itself can bioaccumulate and it is a neurotoxin. However, it is believed that it does not penetrate the skin.
- Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate – Potentially persistent and bioaccumulative in wildlife.
Ingredients that can cause irritation to some:
This is actually really case specific, as different people have different sensitivities and allergies. Just because a compound has been reported by some to cause sensitivity, it doesn’t mean you will have an issue. “Sensitizer” compounds being present is not a negative in my opinion, as this is the case with pretty much everything out there and funnily enough, I’ve seen products that are targeted specifically for sensitive skin, containing some compounds that have been reported by some, or are known to be, sensitizers.
If you have sensitive skin or you are prone to skin sensitisation and unwanted reactions, try a little bit of this at the back of your hand first and consult a medical doctor if you are concerned.
The following compounds present in the Clinique Pop lipsticks have been either proven or claimed by some to be sensitizers, irritants, allergens etc: Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Diisostearyl Malate, Trioctyldodecyl Citrate, Lanolin Oil, Octyldodecanol, Polyethylene, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Microcrystalline Wax\Cera Microcristallina\Cire Microcristalline, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Cholesterol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Butylene Glycol.
Full list of ingredients:
Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Diisostearyl Malate, Trioctyldodecyl Citrate, Lanolin Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax\Candelilla Cera\Cire De Candelilla, Castor Isostearate Succinate, Silica, Octyldodecanol, Ozokerite, Polyethylene, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Extract, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Extract, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Bran Extract, Microcrystalline Wax\Cera Microcristallina\Cire Microcristalline, Astrocaryum Murumuru Seed Butter, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Cholesterol, Hordeum Vulgare (Barley) Extract\Extrait D’Orge, Ceramide 2, Palmitic Acid, Squalane, Lauryl Pca, Lauryl Methacrylate/Glycol Dimethacrylate Crosspolymer, Linoleic Acid, Tocopheryl Acetate, Glyceryl Stearate, Oleic Acid, Butylene Glycol, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Potassium Sulfate, Alumina, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Barium Sulfate, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Aluminum Hydroxide, Tin Oxide, [+/- Mica , Iron Oxides (Ci 77491) , Iron Oxides (Ci 77492) , Red 7 Lake (Ci 15850) , Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090) , Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891) , Yellow 6 Lake (Ci 15985) , Red 33 Lake (Ci 17200) , Red 6 (Ci 15850) , Bismuth Oxychloride (Ci 77163) , Iron Oxides (Ci 77499) , Carmine (Ci 75470) , Red 30 Lake (Ci 73360) , Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140) , Red 22 Lake (Ci 45380) , Red 28 Lake (Ci 45410)]
If I had to only wear one lipstick product for the rest of my life it would be a Clinique Pop. These lipsticks are not only nourishing and moisturising, but they also last for a long time and they look gorgeous. It also doesn’t hurt that there are cheaper than their competitors!
You really must try these, especially if you have dry lips. They are an absolute must have, holy grail for dry lips!
I highly recommend the Clinique Pop lipsticks.
Beauty is a very personal thing, we all have different skin, requirements and biological build which can influence things. What worked for me might not work for you and vice versa. Have you ever tried these products? Did they work for you? Let me know your experiences below!
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