I’ve been trying a few different subtle blushes lately since I’ve been enjoying more creativity with my eyeshadow. Also it’s spring in the Midwest, so my skin is very fair and only a touch of color is needed on the cheeks before I start looking a bit clownish. I finally purchased Clinique Nude Pop after years of hearing everyone rave about it and having it sit on my wish list.
I will say it is a very nice blush and lives up to the hype. The formula is lovely and has a satin, skin-like quality that I look for in a blush. I don’t like it when a blush is TOO matte since I find that can come across as chalky. You can see in the finger tip swatches that Nude Pop has a smoother texture compared to Briliant Nude (which has some small glitter/sparkle particles) and Rosa Romantica (which has a moderate metallic sheen). Brilliant nude can also come across as a bit too golden/orange on my skin tone.
In the arm swatches (below) you get a better sense of the actual color shade and depth for each blush. Nude Pop is the pinkest and darkest.
Clinique Nude Pop retails for $26 and is available at many retailers. Link to purchase Nude Pop Blush at Ulta.
I also own Clinique Fig Pop. While I really love the shade of Fig Pop, it’s easy to overdo the application on fair skin. The picture below compares Nude Pop to Fig Pop as well as a couple Milani blushes (Luminoso and Petal Primavera). Luminoso can be a bit too orange for me but Petal Primavera is a huge favorite of mine.
You can find more swatches of Hourglass Brilliant Nude in my post Hourglass Blush Swatches.
Overall, I definitely recommend the Clinique Blush Pops. Their formula is very smooth and skin like without being shimmery or sparkly at all. If you see a shade in their line up that you like, I think you’ll be really pleased. The price of $26 is also very fair for a mid- to high-end blush.