Friday, April 4, 2014

Wishlist | A Clinique Moment

If you were to meet me at the fresh age of 17 and starting to get about serious beauty products, you would have found me deep in a collection of Clinique products. Though the ladies in the stark white lab coats can be a little intimidating (actually, the MAC ladies in all black can be scary too), the range was a good stepping stone into the world of department store brands with it's affordable pricing and large selection of wearable colours. Looking into my drawers now, I realized it's been years since I've used Clinique so I went browsing and thought I'd bring you some old favourites and new discoveries.


ACNE SOLUTIONS SERIES | Tried it
After a good wrestle with my acnegenic skin in my younger years, I have for the most part concluded that unless you really need it, a full fledged acne system is a bit too much. However, I have used the Acne Solutions system and found that it worked well for light to moderate acne. The toner, with its shine reducing powder should be used sparingly but does its job of keeping skin matte. The moisturizer is well loaded with natural based extracts but also a dose of benzoyl peroxide, an ingredient that worked well for me.

TURN AROUND CONCENTRATE | Curious
Clinique's Turn Around Concentrate looks to be a skin renewing, radiance boosting serum product with a peeling effect from AHA ingredients. It's been around for a good number of years now and seems to be one of it's top sellers.

TAKE THE DAY OFF BALM | Curious
I always look at this whenever I'm in the skincare section of Sephora and for some reason I always put it back down. As someone who uses cleansing oils regularly, the idea of a balm to oil product really intrigues me, not to mention I can definitely sneak this past airport security as a non-liquid cleanser. Must pick this up next time I'm shopping Clinique.



SUPERBALANCED FOUNDATION | Tried
Forget about the balancing part, I think this is a well rounded and simple everyday foundation for those who want medium coverage. The dry down is natural and just a bit matte. It's very likeable and a good starting point for makeup novices but as a foundation junkie, there isn't anything about this that makes me go wow. Colours can be a little tricky Clinique base products as they tend to run pink but Cream is a good match for me in their North American colour spectrum.

CHUBBY STICK INTENSE | Curious
I got lured in by the ads, these look fun, adorable and with the intense formulation now available, they look pretty colourful too! I never quite understood the love for a stick lip product as it just look like a repackaged version of lipstick bullet but the reincarnation seems to cause quite a stir. I've seen swatches of the darker shades and must admit these look delectable.

SUPER PRIMER | Curious
A series of primers catering to colour correcting your specific skin issues while acting as a smoothing base for your foundation. The concept is a great one and seems to mirror that of the Makeup Forever HD Primer series. I am slightly worried that these might be heavily silicone based but will have to confirm once I swatch them at the counter.



EVEN BETTER FOUNDATION | Tried
Probably one of the top 2 foundations from Clinique in my books (can you tell I had a foundation fling with Clinique?), the Even Better has a beautiful bright and slightly glowy finish. It has medium buildable coverage, is very easy to blend and hides what you need without loosing that fresh skin finish. The main reason I stopped using it was my frustration at finding a perfect colour match, there are a few decent shades but my best match is actually Fresh Beige which is an Asia exclusive colour.

CHEEK POP BLUSH | Curious
I've never been a faithful fan to any high end blusher but these little flowers not only look pretty but come in at an affordable price point and I've heard they have a very soft consistency. There are four wearble shades available and everyone I've talked to have absolutely loved them.

BOTTOM LASH MASCARA | Curious
What is a girl with little to no bottom lashes doing looking at a bottom lash mascara? Well, I can dream can't I? The truth is that my bottom lashline is very uneven, my right eye has a very obvious empty spot but I love the look of dark bottom lashes contrasted with my Dollywink falsies. My current rotation is the Covergirl Clump Crusher but the small dainty wand of this is likely a better option.

Is anyone here a Clinique fan? What have you used that's a must try? While traditionally their products have always looked a little clinical for my taste, there's been a slight shift into fun packaging and colours in the past few years. I think I might dip back into a little Clinique next time I'm at The Bay, it's been too long!

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