Clinique is my go-to skincare and make up company- I have sensitive skin that will break out on the spot if it doesn’t like what I put on it. I was first introduced by a friend who let me try her Moisture Surge, and I was hooked! I also love their make up, as it is fairly understated and suits my natural make up well. The universe knows timing- right before my Moisture Surge ran out, the Bay called my mom to let her know that there would be a gift with purchase. I love their small sets, because it is a great way to find new products/colours, and to get travel and purse sized products. This Pretty Treats set is no exception, and it is one of their better collections!
For these gifts with purchase, the bags are designed by Marimekko, a Scandinavian design company with fun and bold patterns! You were able to choose your bag from two designs, a Marimekko mirror or pouch, and one of two sets. I went with the mirror as I have many small pouches already and I keep realizing that having a mirror handy would be useful. (I have to say, Clinique gift with purchase bags are some of my favourite make up bags- they are a lot of fun, and very durable!)
The Pretty Treats collection has five skincare and make up items: Rinse Off Foaming Cleanser, Moisture Surge Supercharged Concentrate, Chubby Cheek in Amp’d Up Apple, Chubby Lip in Super Strawberry, and High Impact Mascara! I haven’t tried the Rinse Off Foaming Cleanser in quite some time, so I am very excited to give it a shot again. Their Cleanse the Day balm is fantastic, so I have high hopes for the cleanser- although I don’t use the whole skincare line like a lot of peoplr, I’ve got to admit that their cleansing products are worth the higher price tag! The Supercharged Concentrate is also one of my favourite Clinique products. The building I work in is incredibly dry, and I carry this in my purse to target specific dry spots during the day. You can also use it as a whole face moisturiser if you need an extra boost (though it might get expensive to do that on a regular basis….).
The Chubby Cheek, Chubby Lip, and Mascara are the perfect spring look! I love using pinks in my make up, so the only thing I like about spring is my ability to finally be “on trend” make up wise with light make up. I would say that along with the Moisture Surge, Clinique’s Chubby Lip is one of their best products for me- they offer three levels of coverage and several colours to choose from. They are cheaper than a lot of lipstick options out there, and have cute and sleek packaging! (I like that you can actually see the colour through the tube, that doesn’t seem common nowadays.) I’ve not used the Chubby Cheek before, but my quick test is showing that I like it as much as the lip version! The mascara isn’t an amazing product (my favourite mascara is a $4 Covergirl) but it is good quality and the small tube will last me months without drying out. The full size tube also isn’t cripplingly expensive, which seems to be the norm when I walk through Sephora.
All in all, I think that gifts with purchase are great ways to top up on products that you love, and a good way to discover new products and brands. However, I wouldn’t necessarily specifically buy a product only to get the gift with purchase, as they aren’t worth the $95 value promised. If you have a brand that you love, I would recommend connecting with your local counter to be in the know for specials like this!
What is your go-to skincare and make up brands?