One of the many things Benefit Cosmetics does really well…
Like the Clinique Cheek Pops before them, the new Lid Pops ($20 CAD) promise a silky wash of sheer colour, long wear and easy blendability. There are eight shades available, from blue to teal to chocolate brown to light cream. I grabbed three as soon as they went on sale in hopes to create a gorgeous, soft and shimmery look.
WILLOW POP is a shimmery gold khaki.
Swatched dry above and damp on the bottom, this is a beautiful gilded khaki through and through. Not much colour shift, just gold reflections under direct light.
VANILLA POP is a shimmery warm vanilla.
Swatched dry above and damp on the bottom. This is a bit sheerer than I had hoped but is a great base or highlight colour.
PETAL POP is a gorgeous pink rose shade with a ton of gold shift.
Swatched dry above, you can see how sheer this can be. It reads more pink applied this way. Swatched damp, the gold shift really becomes apparent.
Dry application, Willow Pop in the crease, outer corner and inner corner. Petal Pop in the centre of lid and Vanilla Pop under the brow.
I also tried using Petal Pop on my cheeks and Vanilla Pop as a highlight. It’s a bit too sheer for that.
Applied damp (using Fix+) on the lid and blended out, you can see how heavy you can make Willow Pop. It was easy to blend out too!
I applied Petal Pop to the centre and inner corner of my lid, damp, and it’s hard to see it in this light but it shifts really nicely from soft pink (in the centre) to rose gold in the corner all depending on the lighting situation.
My thoughts: the formula for these is a lot like NARS Dual-Intensity or MAC Extra Dimension. These are sheer and buildable when applied dry and have a bit more of a powderless, metallic finish when applied wet.
The Clinique Lid Pop eyeshadows are available now at Sephora.
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