As the last few beauty related Style File Friday posts have explained, I am make up challenged. However, the exception to that rule of my life is Clinique- it’s the one brand that I am familiar and comfortable with, probably because I started with their Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief and it changed my skin’s life. I haven’t needed anything Clinique lately so I hasn’t been to The Bay lately, but that changed this past weekend! I repurchased my moisturiser AND was able to take advantage of one of those “gift with purchase” deals- and I’m very glad that I did.
With a $35 purchase, you had your choice of a Spring Nudes or Spring Pinks gift set- as implied by my newly purchased Naked3, I am all about the pinks. The first high end/professional make up that I ever purchased a full size of was a Clinique shadow duo, and it was because I tried it from a travel size! So, what did I end up with this time?
-Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+
-Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief
-Chubby Lash Fattening Mascara
-Long Last Lipstick
-Rinse-Off Foaming Cleanser
-All About Shadow Duo (Ballet Flats and Morning Java)
-Blushing Blush Powder Blush
I already have the Moisture Surge (see above), and I’ve also used the Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+! I’ve not specifically bought the Lotion+ but I’ve received several travel sizes samples- it’s perfect for plane travel. I find that it’s a little heavy for regular face use but it works in a pinch and counteracts the damage of travel.
Chubby Lash Fattening Masccara, you didn’t win me over. I used to use the High Impact Mascara from Clinique; it is a decent mascara but not better than my $4 Covergirl mascara. This Chubby Lash Mascara is not really anything to write home about, it looked fairly thick for the first few hours and slowly came off. I’m glad I tried it, though!
The Long Lasting Lipstick (in Watermelon) is actually long lasting, I already own this in a gorgeous deep red shade. I’m excited to wear this pink for the summer, and I might actually pick it up in the full size. I don’t wear lipstick a lot, but I think that this is a good choice for me.
The Rinse-Off Foaming Cleanser worked quite well! I haven’t ever seen this in a gift or travel set, so I was pretty excited to see it. It’s great for sensitive skin and you don’t need a lot of product to work up a good lather. It’s only $25 for the full size tube, and from all of the research on skincare I’ve done that is actually quite a good price. There is also no fragrance, if that’s a concern!
And now for the Shadow Duo and Blush- I love them. I mean, I knew that I would. First of all, you gave me the colour “Ballet Flats”? Clearly I was going to make that work. It’s wonderful quality, long lasting, and the duo allows for shading (á la the crease- you make up savy folks probably know where else to put it….). It’s nice and light, has a little bit of shimmer but not too much, and minimal kick up! The blush is also lovely- it is a cool toned pink that goes on fairly sheer but can be layered for more of an effect. I’ve got to say, Clinique does a wonderful job with their powdered products!
Have you used any of these products? And do you wait for gift sets?