Clinique Cool Down Cheek Pop Palette is a new, limited edition trio of Cheek Pops that features one, limited edition and exclusive shade–Ballerina Pop–while the other two can be purchased in the permanent range. All three shades performed consistently with past versions of Cheek Pops that I’ve tried: pigmented, blendable, and long-wearing with a denser, cream-gel-powder base formula that requires a heavier hand to pick up but goes on seamlessly and sits beautifully on skin. The palette contains $75.00 worth of Cheek Pops (which retail for $25.00 and contain 0.12 oz. for individual, full-sized compacts).
Ballerina Pop is a pale pink with finely-milled pearl and subtle, warm undertones. It’s more of a highlighter on my skin tone, but it may be a subtle blush on very light skin tones. The texture was smooth to the touch, dense and more firmly-pressed in the pan (but consistent with this formula), so I’d recommend using a moderately-dense brush or heavier hand to pick up product evenly. It had nearly opaque pigmentation in one layer, though it could easily be dialed back with a lighter hand.
Pansy Pop is a medium lavender with subtle, cool undertones and a satiny sheen. It had good pigmentation in one layer, which was buildable to full coverage with a second layer. The powder had a smooth consistency that felt denser and firmer to the touch, but I didn’t have any issues picking it up with a brush, other than using a denser and more moderate hand to ensure even pickup of product–which I find is the norm for this type of formula.
Heather Pop is a muted, medium pink with subtle, warm undertones and a satin sheen. It had good color coverage in one layer, which was easily built up to full coverage with a second layer or sheered out by buffing the edges gently.