Clinique Lid Pop is the brand's powder eyeshadow entry into its "Pop" line of products that feature bright colors and streamlined packaging. It comes with claims that it provides an "instant pop of color" with "richly pigmented shades." For the most part it delivers, which is why it almost earned our top rating (there are a couple of caveats we'll get to in a moment).
The packaging for Lid Pop is decidedly cute; It features a clear round plastic container with a flip-up top and a daisy design embossed on the shadow. It's a great way to show off the bold colors most of the shades have, and makes picking the right color out of your makeup bag a snap.
As for the shadow itself, it's fragrance free and has a smooth, silky texture that's easy to pick up on a brush (or fingers). It applies easily with no drag across eyelids, and is very blendable. The majority of the offerings for Lid Pop are medium or darker shades (such as purple, chocolate brown, and bronze), and they're richly pigmented, with strong color in a single application.
The reason this isn't getting a higher rating, though, is that the lighter shades are quite sheer, to the point where it takes a bit of work to get them to show up. In particular, Petal Pop requires several layers to become visible on lids, though the good news is that the addition of multiple layers of shadow doesn't result in flaking.
All the shades are top-notch when it comes to performance over time, though. These wear well through a standard workday without noticeable fading, creasing, or flaking. When it came time to remove these, they also came off easily with makeup remover (and even just cleanser alone).
Overall, there's a lot to like about Clinique Lid Pop shadows, especially if you prefer soft, yet bright, colors. If you happen to "pop" by your local Clinique counter, they're certainly worth checking out!
Strengths: A few excellent moisturizers and serums; excellent sunscreens; very good cleansers and eye makeup removers; unique mattifying products; impressive selection of foundations, good concealers; some remarkable mascaras; much-improved eyeshadows, lip colors and blush formulas.
Weaknesses: Bar soaps (which can clog pores and dull skin); alcohol-based toners; unfortunate choice of jar packaging for antioxidant-loaded moisturizers.
Estee Lauder-owned Clinique launched the concept of cosmetics being "allergy-tested," "hypoallergenic," "100% fragrance-free," and "dermatologist tested." Of those marketing claims, the only one with significance is "100% fragrance-free," which, for the most part, Clinique maintains (although it does add some fragrant extracts to a few products). Unfortunately, terms like “hypoallergenic” and “dermatologist tested” aren’t regulated by the FDA and can mean anything—thus, you still need to rely on the ingredient list to tell you whether their product contains any ingredients with the potential to irritate skin.
That inconvenient fact aside, Clinique is leading the way with cutting-edge, state-of-the-art moisturizers and serums, plus some formidable makeup and more than a few excellent sunscreens. While Clinique has some products that we see as missteps for reasons discussed in their reviews, more than ever, what they offer is quite good (just have realistic expectations, as some of their claims go beyond what their products are capable of).
Turning to makeup, Clinique continues to offer a vast palette of colors and textures, especially with their enormous selection of foundations—many of which feature effective sunscreens. Without a doubt, the numerous formulas offer something for every skin type and almost every skin color—though the blushes, eye makeup and lip colors are frequently not pigmented enough for deeper skin tones.
The bottom line is that, despite a few shortcomings, Clinique is one of the most comprehensive (and comparably affordable) department-store makeup lines, and it is completely understandable why they enjoy such broad appeal.
Note: Clinique is categorized as one that tests on animals because their products are sold in China. Although Clinique does not conduct animal testing for their products sold elsewhere, the Chinese government requires imported cosmetics be tested on animals, so foreign companies retailing there must comply. This requirement is why some brand’s state that they don’t test on animals “unless required by law”. Animal rights organizations consider cosmetic companies retailed in China to be brands that test on animals, and so does the Beautypedia Team.
For more information about Clinique, call (800) 419-4041 or visit www.clinique.com.
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