Clinique Cheek Pop Blush Review

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I want to tell you a story of how I went to Sephora looking for a very specific item, left with something drastically different, and how this turned into a Clinique Cheek Pop blush review. Can you relate?

Shopping Sephora as a Beauty Expert

You don’t get to spend over 50 years on the planet without turning into a bit of a….well, a know-it-all. It’s an obnoxious quality, but like wrinkles, hot flashes, and errant hairs sprouting from your chin, it comes with the territory.

So when I head to Sephora, I know exactly what I want. My list is in one hand, and my cell phone, filled with screenshots of products spotted on Instagram, is in the other. And I want to be left alone to shop in peace.

Hi, my name is Phyllis Bourne, and I’ve been a beauty blogger, beauty writer, and beauty lover for years. And because of my beauty expertise, I frankly don’t want to be bothered with a sales associate, no matter how helpful.

Usually, I can shake ‘em with a firm but polite “No, thanks” or “Just looking.” But the friendly associate offering her assistance at a location I popped into during a recent trip to NYC wasn’t deterred so easily. Not even my middle-aged lady stink-eye stopped her from sticking to me like glue and babbling away about the virtues of every product I placed in my hand cart.


 Clinique Cheek Pop Review

My initial Sephora shopping list completed, I started checking out the products I'd taken screenshots of – helpful sales associate still in tow. First up was Clinique Cheek Pop blush. I knew it wasn't what I wanted or needed but I was intrigued and needed to see it up close and personal.

Clinique Cheek Pop Blush Review

Clinique was my go-to brand when I worked my first job after college. You would find me on weekends at the local department store Clinique counter, often leaving with a new product in one of their signature green cass.

However, I haven't revisited Clinique much in the last couple of decades. I couldn't tell you why, but this history drew me to the Clinique Cheek Pop blush.

I tested the shade I screenshot from social media, as well as a few more colors from the blush line. I first tested them on the back of my hand; they looked fabulous, but I wasn't sure. Clinique's Cheek Pop blush was a powder when I was hoping to finally find the perfect cream blush. My fellow midlifers, you feel me. That cream is kinder to us than a powder.

“I love that blush,” the yappy sales associate said.

My eyes rolled back in my head.

She continued. “It's a powder that basically turns into a cream on your face.”

clinique cheek pop blush review

Now she had finally said something helpful! Next thing you know, I was sitting in a chair while she tried several colors on my cheeks. This blush indeed turned powderless upon application. Clinique Cheek Pop blush also gave me a natural, youthful flush usually found on girls in their teens.

I ended up purchasing three shades of the Clinique Cheek Pop blush. I also have a new favorite Sephora sales associate when I visit NYC!

Phyllis Bourne

A Harlequin romance author and former newspaper crime reporter, Phyllis Bourne writes to feed a growing lipstick addiction. When she’s not at the computer, she can be found at a cosmetics counter or her favorite hair salon spending the grocery money. She lives in Nashville with an understanding husband, who in one kiss can discern the difference between department store and drug store lip gloss. Check her out online at www.phyllisbourne.com.

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  1. Do you apply it with your fingers or some type of special makeup pad or brush? I prefer creamy blush myself & am currently using Loreal’s Blur. It’s in a small tube & you just squeeze out a bit & rub in.

    1. Hi Lee4!

      I apply it with an angled blush brush – and a light hand. It’s very pigmented. So start off with a little and build on it if necessary. I think you’ll find this a good alternative to Loreal’s Blur.

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