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A gloss revival plus mood-boosting limited-edition packaging to get you through winter.
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Clinique Marimekko Pop Splash Lip Gloss-BEAUTYGEEKS

The new Marimekko for Clinique Pop Splash Lip Gloss collection is all about the feels. First, look at those vibrant graphic lids paired with such pretty lip colour shades. Instant mood defense against the middle-of-winter blues.

Second, Clinique Pop Splash Lip Gloss ($24 CAD and $18.50 USD at contains watermelon extract, glycerin, hyaluronic acid and Vitamin E, and delivers on its promise of lightweight comfort and hydration. The formula's not long-wear, but it lasts on me well enough, unless I spend time leaving lip prints on coffee cups, mugs or glassware. And really, I don't mind having to re-apply – it's just another excuse to look at a cheery lip gloss tube and enjoy putting on a fresh coat of gorgeous colour. Makes me feel happy.

Marimekko for Clinique Pop Splash Lip Gloss-BEAUTYGEEKS

Third, Marimekko Clinique Pop Splash Lip Gloss leads to lovely compliments. Yesterday I wore Watermelon Pop, the I'm-not-shy pink in the centre of the above image. It's a bit more pigmented than some of the others – and it elicited the sweetest comments that brightened my day. I'd have worn it again today except I forgot it in the pocket of the sweater I'm not wearing right now. 

And although I haven't tried any of the other sample shades yet, it's a plan. Plus I'd like to acquire at least one more shade, Sangria Pop, a rich, blackened violet.

L-R: Vino Pop, Rosewater Pop, Watermelon Pop, Caramel Pop, Spritz Pop, Juicy Apple

L-R: Vino Pop, Rosewater Pop, Watermelon Pop, Caramel Pop, Spritz Pop, Juicy Apple

Fourth, these give me hope that gloss is coming back. Not that I don't enjoy matte, but a hit of lip shine is just so youthful and fresh, especially as the number of birthday cake candles increases. I also dig that the formula is sheer enough in some of them to let the natural lip colour influence the final look – that means the gloss shades will suit a wide range of complexions.

If you're not familiar with Marimekko, it's a Finnish design and fashion label that was founded in 1951 by Armi Ratia to create prints for her husband's textile printing company. Still based in Helsinki, the company is known worldwide for its distinctive simple and joyful graphic prints splashed across fabric, tableware, toys, accessories and more. Learn more about Marimekko here.


The Marimekko for Clinique Pop Splash Lip Gloss collection launched with 20 fragrance-free shades that include shimmer as well as cream finishes, all available on the Clinique website as well as In Canada, Marimekko for Clinique also includes 10 Clinique Pop Lip Color + Primer lipsticks ($24 CAD at and $18.50 USD at and, for Chinese New Year, a Moisture Surge Hydrating Supercharge Concentrate ($46 CAD at and $39 USD at, the lightweight lady version of this Maximum Hydrator our Craig Macinnis reviewed here.

If you're a long-wear formula lady, these glosses likely aren't for you. And they aren't for you if you're all about the natural. But if you love a pretty and comfortable gloss in oooh-what's-that? packaging, these absolutely qualify.

Thoughts? And are you a long-wear-lip-colour only person, or does pretty packaging and a comfy, moisturizing formula make it okay to have to reapply?

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Marimekko for Clinique Pop Splash Lip Gloss ingredients: hydrogenated polyisobutene | polybutene | pentaerythrityl tetraisostearate | ethylene/propylene/styrene copolymer | c12-15 alkyl benzoate | ethylhexyl palmitate | citrullus vulgaris (watermelon) fruit extract | lens esculenta (lentil) fruit extract | glycerin | water\aqua\eau | pyrus malus (apple) fruit extract | sodium lactate | sodium pca | tocopheryl acetate | lauryl methacrylate/glycol dimethacrylate crosspolymer | cholesterol | glyceryl stearate | butylene/ethylene/styrene copolymer | silica dimethyl silylate | oleic acid | palmitic acid | butylene glycol | sodium hyaluronate | potassium sulfate | bht | phenoxyethanol | [+/- mica | iron oxides (ci 77491) | iron oxides (ci 77492) | iron oxides (ci 77499) | red 7 lake (ci 15850) | yellow 5 lake (ci 19140) | manganese violet (ci 77742) | red 6 (ci 15850) | titanium dioxide (ci 77891) | red 27 (ci 45410) | red 22 lake (ci 45380) | red 30 lake (ci 73360) | carmine (ci 75470) | bismuth oxychloride (ci 77163) | yellow 6 lake (ci 15985) | red 33 lake (ci 17200) | red 21 (ci 45380) | blue 1 lake (ci 42090) | red 28 lake (ci 45410) | orange 5 (ci 45370)]

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