Beige Pop: The Wearable, Comfortable Nude

clinique pop colour primer lipstick review

I do love it when I rediscover something utterly amazing; the eye cream that feels instantly nourishing (Elemental Herbology), the face base that feels as light as a feather (Effaclar BB Blur), the mascara that makes me look twenty times more alive (Guerlain Maxi Lash)…

It’s an unfortunate fact of my beauty-testing life that lots of great products end up being pushed aside so that I can trial something new. I always try to keep my favourite things in the front of my mind, because I think it’s good to be able to make well-considered comparisons and – at any rate – if they’re that fabulous then I will want to use them again! But quite often I’ll stow my precious bits and pieces away – usually in a labelled drawer – and not come across them again until I’m rummaging for something similar or compiling a “best of” sort of post.

clinique pop colour primer lipstick review

Anyway, I don’t know how this lipstick ever managed to escape from my makeup bag because it’s absolutely brilliant: Clinique’s Lip Pop Colour + Primer in Beige Pop*. For me, it’s the perfect “wearable nude” lip shade – a light beige with just a hint of pink. It’s polished with a pretty edge – there’s a slight sheen to the finish, but no obvious gloss, and the primer in the formula really does help to smooth my lips. Though I think that the benefits of the in-built primer are more apparent when you use the brighter shades – the colour bleeds less, stays put for longer and looks altogether more even. The texture is soft, buttery and incredibly comfortable.

Beige Pop is actually quite light on me, almost a sixties, Twiggy sort of shade. But the sheeny finish and the pinkish hue keep it entirely wearable and flattering – it’s not “my lips but better” subtle, but it’s definitely an easy way to wear a lighter lipstick.

clinique pop colour primer lipstick review

I’ve just realised that I did a whole review on the Clinique Colour + Primer lipsticks and I included Beige Pop in my Top 5 Nude Lipsticks video. I’m sure I must have mentioned it in other posts and videos too, so I think it’s fair to say that it’s a firm favourite. If you’re looking for a buttery-smooth lip colour then you can’t go too far wrong with these – you can find them online here* for £16.50.

The packaging you can see on this page is the new, limited edition version in collaboration with designer Jonathan Adler. Very retro! Usually it’s a – very pleasing – square case with colour-coded lid.


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  1. August 2, 2017 / 9:16 am

    Oh! That lipstick is gorgeous. I’m with you with the lighter shade. It looks natural with a hint of pink shade.

  2. Kate
    August 2, 2017 / 9:41 am

    Is beige pop masquerading as R2D2?

  3. Lisa
    August 2, 2017 / 10:36 am

    Lovely fresh makeup look Ruth. What base are you wearing? Love x

  4. August 2, 2017 / 1:01 pm

    I keep saving these perfect products for special occasions, which more often than not equals forgetting about them…

  5. August 2, 2017 / 2:02 pm

    Thanks for this recommendation! I’ve been trying to find a nice nude lipstick and I will defiantly check this one out!


  6. Mansi
    August 2, 2017 / 2:26 pm

    this nude looks gorgeous on you! Totally off shade, but any deep wine lipstick recommendations, something like Tom Ford in bruised plum, but not as posh.

  7. August 2, 2017 / 3:31 pm

    That is SUCH a beautiful shade of lipstick! Ugh, I can’t even tell you: I am in a perpetual state of “I need to wear more lipstick, you’re entering the 30+ category now, your lips look like pale leather.” But whenever I invest in a lipstick — particularly lighter or nude shades — in the cold, harsh light of day (aka, not in a well-lit department store), the colour looks horrid. Pale-like-I’m-dead, or weirdly pink.

    This nude, however, looks beautiful, and very promising. I am pretty much open to ANY lipstick suggestion at this rate, but that colour on you is gorgeous. I’m hoping that the colour will suit other (aka moon-face-pale) complexions too!

    Eire |

  8. August 2, 2017 / 3:43 pm

    So pretty!! xx

  9. Tatiana
    August 2, 2017 / 4:09 pm

    Clinique makes some of the most comfortable lipsticks to wear. Non-drying, unscented and unflavored. And reasonably affordable given the price of department store lipsticks these days.

  10. Meghan
    August 3, 2017 / 3:25 am

    That’s exactly my kind of nude! I might just have to pick one up for myself…

  11. Sandie
    August 3, 2017 / 7:05 pm

    Beautiful shade. Beautiful model. Your hair and makeup lookso lovely!!

  12. Kerry
    August 5, 2017 / 9:18 am

    Ruth have you tried bobbi brown’s lipstick called beige. Awful name (it shouts out bland and boring) but gorgeous shade…a perfect nude.

  13. August 8, 2017 / 2:42 pm

    Oooooh this is a really nice nude

  14. August 9, 2017 / 5:18 pm

    The colour is so nice, and you are so right it is definitely twiggy-esque! I am always on the look out for new nudes, as they are something that I really struggle with for some reason. I think it can be hard to find the perfect shade for paler skin. This looks like a goodun’ and I will definitely be checking it out! Thanks for the tip-off

    Holly from The Art of Being Holly x

  15. August 23, 2017 / 8:56 pm

    Clinique makes the absolute most agreeable lipsticks to wear. Non-drying, unscented and unflavored. Also, sensibly reasonable given the cost of retail chain lipsticks nowadays

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