Clinique’s new Powder Matte Lipsticks

This is a new one – a lipstick which is a powder! Well done Clinique on another innovative launch.  The Clinique Pop Lip Shadow Cushion Matte Lip Powder is a whole new way to wear matte – and we are ALL wearing matte!

The backstage beauty hack you may know of is, to create a really velvet-like matte lip look, makeup artists often dab a spot of pressed powder on top of lipstick.

Inspired by this pro trick, Clinique created their latest lip innovation, to deliver a vibrant burst of matte colour in a transformative texture.

Clinique's new Powder Matte Lips

So, what you get is a super saturated creamy pigment which goes on effortlessly and transforms into a weightless, powdery finish, giving lips a “bright pop of show-stopping colour.”

And I think it actually does! I was a little sceptical at how this would feel on, but it really doesn’t feel like powder, and isn’t drying.


The product has an anti-bacterial sponge tip applicator which you can easily use to build the intensity, and it won’t cake. It’s easy to apply, you just untwist the applicator and sweep directly onto the lips. Clinique suggest applying on top of lip balm for optimum comfort, which is a good tip, but not necessary.

You replace the applicator and twist closed to load more colour on to the sponge, and repeat. You can blur it out for a soft wash of colour, or you can repeat to build up a more intense look.

I have tried the shade called Bright Pop, which is a bright red shade. There are eight shades in total, ranging from nudes to berries – called Fun Pop, Bright Pop, Fuchsia Pop, Dune Pop, Brown Sugar Pop, Crimson Pop, Blossom Pop, and Fiesta Pop.

Clinique's new Matte Lip Powder swatches

Clinique Pop Lip Shadow Cushion Matte Lip Powder, £16.50 each, at Clinique counters, and clinique.co.uk