Lip Gloss -Clinique - Vitamin C Lip Smoothie Mango-thon
StefieJ 2/26/2011 11:49:00 AM
Mango-Thon is a beautiful peachy pink color with just a hint of shimmer to it. It comes in a click pen applicator - which I love. It gives a nice airbrush kind of feel. The Vitamin-C smoothies in general are pretty non-sticky. My main problem is that there is a small amount of product in the click pen, but the benefits are worth it. Clinique claims it delivers antioxidants to the lips to prevent premature lining. I would definitely buy again. I wear it almost every day on top of brighter pinks I want to tone down.
Tinted Moisturizer -Clinique - Moisture Surge Tinted Moisturizer SPF15
StefieJ 2/26/2011 11:23:00 AM
Clinique recently has discontinued their usual tinted moisturizers (Almost Makeup and Moisture Sheer Tint) and replaced it with Moisture Surge Tinted Moisturizer SPF15. It is meant to play off the success of their moisture booster, moisture surge extended thirst relief. Unlike moisture surge extended thirst relief, which is a gel, this tinted moisture is NOT gel like at all. It has the texture of a standard foundation - a nice sheer cream. It comes in 6 shades. I got shade 01, which is the lightest shade. Clinique claims it has neutral undertones, but I find it leans slightlllly pink. The coverage is surprisingly good - much better coverage than almost makeup. It is enough to cover my minimal redness and blemishes on my skin. The finish is very dewy. I prefer a more natural finish, so I top it with almost powder and it looks fantastic. An oil free formula, they also claim it lasts 12 hours without fading. I found this to be true. I'm very pleased with the longevity. And also like the moisture surge extended thirst relief, this claims to give all day hydration to the skin. Can oily skinned people use it? Absolutely. Will they look really dewy with it? YES. I would highly suggest that anyone with oily skin wear a mattifying powder on top. Dry skinned people, you will love it.
An interesting new product by Clinique - Bottom Lash Mascara. It comes in a small tube (about half the size of normal mascara) and retails for $10. The brush in it is verrry small, short, and tiny, and is supposed to define delicate bottom lashes better than traditional mascara brushes. It comes in black and black brown. The formula claims to be water resistant and only comes off with warm water removal (it's a tubing mascara). I have found that it is definitely smudge resistant - no flaking or black rings under my eyes at the end of the day with this mascara. It definitely lengthens and defines bottom lashes without clumping, but in my opinion not any differently than a traditional mascara would do. I would buy it again because it's a nice convenient product and I love how smudge resistant is. It's a great product for you if you have problems using larger brushes on your bottom lashes. If you're satisfied with your current mascaras performance and it works for your bottom lashes, then this isn't necessary for you. Edit: Clinique actually advises to apply this with the brush vertical - the opposite of the traditional horizontal way of applying. I tried it this way, and it made a biggg difference. Much less clumping, much longer lashes.
Lipstick -Clinique - Chubby Stick - Super Strawberry
StefieJ 1/7/2011 9:52:00 PM
Clinique came out with a NEW formulation of their old Chubby Sticks. The new ones are a solid balm that deliver sheer, moisturizing color. They are automatic and do not require sharpening. Contrary to the old ones, which were more like a huge lip liner that was rather drying. The color "super strawberry" is a beautiful, strawberry pink. On my NW15 complexion, it's gives a berry stained, fresh lip. The formula is WONDERFUL. With shea butter and other oils, it is not drying at all. I actually use it as my lip balm throughout the winter because it's so moisturizing. All in all, these are awesome and I'm going to get one in each color! *Edit: Don't understand why some people say this is drying. It is the most moisturizing formula lipstick out of ALL estee lauder companies (MAC, Bobbi Brown, Lauder, etc.). This isn't my opinion, this is Estee Lauders statement. *Edit: Have been using this almost daily for a month now, and still love it. Lasts about as long as a lipstick, I was afraid the product would be used up quickly, but I have well over half of the tube left. Still moisturizing, still using it as my every day MLBB color!
Clinique came out with a NEW formulation of their old Chubby Sticks. The new ones are a solid balm that deliver sheer, moisturizing color. They are automatic and do not require sharpening. Contrary to the old ones, which were more like a huge lip liner that was rather drying. The color "graped up" is a beautiful, plummy pink. On my NW15 complexion, it's very "My lips but better". The formula is WONDERFUL. With shea butter and other oils, it is not drying at all. I actually use it as my lip balm throughout the winter because it's so moisturizing. All in all, these are awesome and I'm going to get one in each color! *Edit: Don't understand why some people say this is drying. It is the most moisturizing formula lipstick out of ALL estee lauder companies (MAC, Bobbi Brown, Lauder, etc.). This isn't my opinion, this is Estee Lauders statement.
Moisturizers -First Aid Beauty - Ultra Repair Cream
StefieJ 11/29/2010 4:30:00 PM
This First Aid Beauty moisturizer is by far, without a doubt, my HG x 100 moisturizer. A little background - I am dry combination, on differin, have rosacea, and quite sensitive. I have been using this for about 4 months now. The product now comes in 3 different sizes - a "travel size" which is a 2.5 oz squeeze tube for $15 (most hygienic, in my opinion) A 'regular size' 6 oz jar for $28, and a "jumbo size" 12 oz jar for $35. This moisturizer is an oil free, antioxidant filled product that goes on effortlessly without leaving a greasy film on the face. It seems to sink into the skin quickly, leaving it moisturized and supple. I had verrry flaky skin from using differin, and noticed that along with regular exfoliation, this product left my skin noticeably smoother and more moisturized, dramatically reducing the flakiness. I also have rosacea, but haven't noticed an increase or decrease in redness with the product. All in all, I would recommend this product to anymore who is looking for a light feeling moisturizer that delivers intense moisture deep into the skin. I don't have very oily skin, so I can't comment on how it would fair for oily skinned people, but because of the thin texture, I would imagine they would like it as well!
Eye Shadow -Clinique - Colour Surge Duo in Sunburst
StefieJ 8/12/2010 10:17:00 PM
Probably my favorite Clinique eyeshadow! A duo, costing $17.50, with a creamy beige side and a coral/orange side. I'm NW15, and usually look quite bruised when I wear warm shades. This eyeshadow, however, is a GREAT duo for cool toned girls to pull off. If you want a bright, doe eyed look, this is the makeup for you. I get complements when I wear it! Here is how I apply - 1) Bare study paint pot or any other shimmery beige primer 2) Apply the beige side all over lid and apply under lash line 3) Apply a generous amount of the orange side to the outer portion of the crease and outer V. Don't bring it too far in the crease! 4) Finish with a deep brown liner and mascara!
This is one of the new limited edition quickliners that are part of the fall trend for Clinique. The shade is "intense plum". In my opinion, these quickliners are far superior to the regular quickliners. I'm not sure if they reformulated them, but they are vibrant and creamy. Very reminiscent of the creamshapers in texture, but with better pigmentation to them. The shade 'intense chocolate' is a deep solid neutral brown. Darker than chocolate lustre cream shaper, and MUCH better texture than the other million brown shades of the quickliners. Amazing texture, only downfall is I hate the packaging. It's an automatic pencil, so you can't sharpen it into a point.
This is one of the new limited edition quickliners that are part of the fall trend for Clinique. The shade is "intense plum". In my opinion, these quickliners are far superior to the regular quickliners. I'm not sure if they reformulated them, but they are vibrant and creamy. Very reminiscent of the creamshapers in texture, but with better pigmentation to them. The shade 'intense plum' is a great deep dark purple color. There is no noticable shimmer to it. Darker than starry plum cream shaper, and more intense than the violet and other purple quickliners. Amazing texture, only downfall is I hate the packaging. It's an automatic pencil, so you can't sharpen it into a point.
Eye Shadow -Clinique - Plum Potion color surge duo
StefieJ 4/22/2010 2:17:00 PM
I love this duo - Let me start out by saying I am NW15 who wears a lot of neutrals. This duo is perfect if you're like me and want to branch out. No, it's not insanely vibrant, and it's not supposed to be. It creates a lovely, soft smoked out plummy eye. The left side is a very light frosty silvery purple. It's perfect for all over the lid. The right side is a more intense dark plum, which works perfectly in the crease. It's decently pigmented but not insane like a MAC pigment would be. It's meant to give a subtle, polished smoky plum eye and not meant to be used as theater makeup. I'd definitely buy this again, it's great to wear to work or a night out on the town if you deepen up the crease a bit. http://img.makeupalley.com/thumb.asp?sb=h&f=5_8_8_1_1182260.JPG
For reference, I am NW15. This is the best duo from NARS, hands down. It is perfect for an every day, polished, 'go to work' look, or great for a classic beautiful night on the town. There are some complaints people have brought up about the duo, so I'll address them here. 1. Many say the shades don't show up; In my experience, they definitely show up, just maybe not as brightly as many would want. Thats the beauty of this duo - it's impossible to overdo it, and it creates a very natural effect. Ghost the makeup artist even says he uses this on people who are NC35-40. 2. Both of the shades look the same; The shades are similar, but NOT the same. The left side is a bit darker, and has a satin finish. The right side is a lighter, whitish peachy pink and has a shimmery finish. This is how I love to wear this duo - First, I apply a base like UDPP or TFSI, then some kind of paintpot that suits my skintone like painterly or barestudy. Second, I use a stiff flat brush (MAC 239) and apply the shimmery side to my lid and slightly above the crease. Then, I take a fluffier brush, and dust the shimmery side all the way up to my brow bone (Don't worry, it's not THAT shimmery) Next take your favorite crease brush and apply the satin side into your crease. It won't be MUCH definition, but just a little, enough to look natural and give your crease that little shadow effect. Then apply the shimmery side to your tearducts. lastly I usually line with a brown liner (My favorite right now is clinique brown brush on cream liner) and smudge it slightly. Finish off with mascara, and BAM. You have a beautiful, classic, polished look.
Awful - this is NOT translucent, it is verrry orange. I'm NW15, and it turned me orange like an oompa loompa. Not finely milled at all and kind of gritty. The packaging is OK - it has a little turn thing so that you can close the sifter which makes it nice for travel.
I'm NW15 but I lean towards neutral. This blush is by far the best I've ever bought! I have ruddy cheeks with lots of redness, so usually blush looks so awful on me! It's a true pink that has nice staying power. I apply this with a skunk and it gives a nice perfect natural flush. Highly recommend! Would Def. buy again
Wow, this gloss is amazing! Probably the best gloss I've ever used. It's very smooth, feels like clouds on your lips. It is not sticky AT ALL which I love! Glee is a bright pinkish red with sparkle to it. The applicator is a brush, as opposed to a doefoot, but its still really nice and high quality. Not nearly as crappy as the Bobbi Brown applicators. Would highly recommend, it's worth spending the money on!
Eyeliner -Clinique - Cream shaper for eyes starry plum
StefieJ 11/12/2008 11:53:00 AM
A really nice eyeliner! It is a deep deep purple with ever so subtle shimmer. Great for a smokey look if you don't want to wear an intense black. Soft like all the rest of the cream shapers. I do wish it had a built in sharpener like their other eyeliners, but would buy again.