Clinique “Warm Up” Cheek Pop Palette – Review, Swatches and Looks

Every time Clinique releases a Cheek Pop trio, I hope it includes Cola Pop. So over the past little while, I’ve watched as new trios were released, sans-trio.

clinique warm up cheek pop palette review swatches

Then, I saw Temptalia review a Cheek Pop trio with the shade I had been lusting over. Sephora Canada didn’t have it, so off I drove to Ulta to pick it up (with a 20% off coupon!).

The Clinique Warm Up Cheek Pop Palette is housed in a pastel glitter-covered plastic box with a magnetic closure.

Once you open it up you’ll see the three blush shades surrounded in baby pink. This trio includes the shades Blush Pop, Sorbet Pop and Cola Pop with a combined 10.5 g of product.

clinique warm up cheek pop palette clinique warm up cheek pop palette swatches

Blush Pop a soft satin pink. The first layer gives a bit of colour, so it required an additional two or three dips back in to get colour payoff.

blush pop

Sorbet Pop is a light creamsicle. This one was my least favourite of the three because it was very close to my skin tone, so it was difficult to show up even when I dipped in 4+ times. The pigmentation just wasn’t there for me.

clinique sorbet pop

Cola Pop, the shade I’ve been waiting for, is a gorgeous reddened plum that’s perfect for winter. Where Sorbet Pop lacked, Cola Pop thrived – it was highly pigmented and required a single gentle dip of my blush brush.

clinique cola pop

These blushes are pressed very tight, so I’d recommend using a firm brush rather than a soft blush brush. For example, I found the MAC 116 Brush which is firm and has a flat side to apply the product worked significantly better than a Real Technique Blush Brush which is rounded and soft for these blushes.

clinique warm up cheek pop palette review swatches

This palette retails for $41 USD, which breaks down to $15 USD per shade. Compared to the price of a Clinique Cheek Pop on its own, which is $25 USD, this palette is a better option than buying them individually. Because I loved one shade (Cola Pop) and liked another (Blush Pop), buying the blushes is the trio format is still a good deal because you save $35. That being said, I wish Blush Pop and Sorbet Pop had more…..pop! If I were to design my dream Clinique Cheek Pop Palette, I’d make one with Cola Pop, Ginger Pop and Pansy Pop.


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