This might sound blasphemous to some, but I don’t have the best of relationships with matte liquid lipstick. I neither like the dry feeling, nor do I appreciate how most of them will go crumbly and re-apply unevenly after meals. In short, comfort is a major factor in lip color, so I’ll only start using a liquid lipstick that feels right even if it isn’t necessarily a flat matte. A perfect example is Clinique Pop Liquid Matte Lip Colour + Primer in Black Licorice Pop (PHP 1,100 ; USD 18.50).
Quick Specs: 6 ml / 0.2 fl oz; made in Italy
The Clinique Pop line of lipsticks come in rectangular packaging (for a change), giving a more edgy, youthful appearance that also showcases the vibrancy of the shades. The Liquid Matte Lip Colour and Primer comes in a frosted plastic body as opposed to the Clinique Pop Lacquer Lip Colour’s shiny see-through body. So if you’re about to start a collection of Clinique liquid lippies, you’ll be able to differentiate the mattes from the glossies. Both have a full doe-foot applicator that sops up a whole bunch of product, and this could prove tricky for darker colors like the one I have. (I’ll elaborate later.)
Application of this fragrance-free liquid lipstick is smooth and even, because the lippie isn’t too creamy or thick. The mouth-feel isn’t dry or sticky, though the formula doesn’t hydrate either. That being said, the challenge is in wrangling that doe foot applicator in order to put on just the right amount that it doesn’t turn into a hot mess. For this particularly bolder, darker shade, precision application is key, and the soppy applicator tends to deposit too much on the pout, making it easy to go beyond the lip line as you try to spread everything out. Luckily, clean-up isn’t hard. And in all fairness, even the accidentally thick application doesn’t end up drying into a crumbly and gross disaster.
Clinique makes good on the pop of color. 08 Black Licorice Pop is a fuchsia-touched medium plum that pops beautifully in contrast to my NC15/NC20 skin and leaves a stain on the lips. Think of a much more opaque and slightly deeper version of MAC Rebel, because the formula allows for near-opaque application in a single thin swipe. The finish of this line definitely has a sheen, so I’d say that it is more satin than matte.
Without eating or drinking, the finish stays the same for about 4 hours before the subtle shine starts to dull out. I accidentally slept with it still on, and I was surprised to wake up the next morning to the full color still there. And my lips didn’t feel dry at all! The color also didn’t bleed on the edges. However, do note that the Clinique Pop line is not transfer proof.
Verdict: This might be a great gateway product into liquid lipsticks! Color and comfort go hand-in-hand for a most eye-catching effect. I would like to explore the lighter/brighter shades in this collection, and I will be reviewing a lipstick from Clinique Pop next.
For a look at the other products in the Clinique Pop Collection, check out my article on Project Vanity.
*I received this product free-of-charge from Clinique after attending a media event for Project Vanity. I was not otherwise compensated to write this review. All opinions expressed here are entirely my own.*