Cleansers -Estee Lauder - Sparkling Clean Purifying Mud Foam Cleanser
amandaeclark 5/31/2012 2:15:00 PM
This should be called Squeaky Clean, not Sparkling Clean. My skin really does squeak and is very clean after using this. And yet, it is not dry, red, stripped, irritated, or itchy. My skin tone is improved. Haven't had a new spot since I started using it. I have combination skin that is very sensitive and has hyper pigmentation, so it is a miracle this doesn't make my face red. I will def repurchase.
Lipstick -Estee Lauder - Pure Color Gloss Stick - Berry Pink
amandaeclark 5/31/2012 2:03:00 PM
Has great payoff - just like a lipstick. I was expecting from the name it would be more of a sheer glossly color. Not so - I don't see any more sheen than I do with most lipsticks and it is very dark fushia. The formula actually feels heavy and I wore it without a liner and it feathered and transfered something awful. I much prefer the regular EL Pure Color lipsticks.
Lipstick -Estee Lauder - Pure Color Crystal Lipstick- Crystal Pink
amandaeclark 5/31/2012 12:53:00 PM
I have several Pure Color lipsticks and like the formula very much. They wear for a couple of hours and are not drying - stay creamy on the lips. I would never had bought this color though if it hadn't been in a GWP. I stay away from true pinks - and this one looks candy like in the tube. However, the color is beautiful on. Not chalky at all. Very pretty and cool pink. I've had it for 6 days now and have worn it 3 days. I like to wear it with my no-makeup summer look and I have also worn it as a pale lip with a smoky grey eye.
Skincare - Face -Estee Lauder - Take It Away total make up remover
amandaeclark 5/31/2012 12:48:00 PM
Okay, first off know that it stinks. I do not like this "fresh" scent. However it really works. No more beige cotton ball after toner. I wear Double Wear foundation and other removers were not taking it off. I use this and then wipe off with an exfoliating pad before washing my face. Most importantly, it does not irritate my sensitive skin in the least - no redness at all.
After reading comments here I bought this to use a concealer. It has become my HG concealer. It blends seamlessly and looks natural (not cakey) and covers EVERYTHING. I do not use it under eyes, too heavy for that - but everywhere else. I use it in 01 Very Light and use Double Wear Foundation in Ecru.
Eye Makeup Remover -Estee Lauder - Gentle Eye Makeup Remover
amandaeclark 5/31/2012 12:40:00 PM
Does not remove the new long-wearing gel liner formulas without scrubbing.
Eye Primer -Clinique - Touch Base For Eyes in Canvas
amandaeclark 5/31/2012 12:32:00 PM
My absolute go-to primer. Perfectly matches, so I can use it all the way up to my brow. It conceals the broken cap I have in one eyelid that will otherwise show thru a powder eyeshadow. Has good staying power. I know some others like the clear primers, but as I am also trying to conceal I prefer this.
Always one of my faves. It doesn't bleed, the wear is decent and never needs sharpened. It applies very well, doesn't get dry and drag against my lid. On the flip side it is not so creamy that I can't control exact placement. For me, it is an excellent formula, the perfect consistency. I would not try a super thick line with it - this liner is more about subtlety. The color payoff is good, which is why I have several. I wish there were more colors.
I really like these. They are always the first lip liners I reach for from my bag. They have decent staying power, never bleed, never need sharpened and are not drying. I have several colors, but my fave is Baby Buff bc it perfectly matches my natural lip color so I can wear with anything.
Eye Shadow -Clinique - High Impact Shadow Duo-Double Date
amandaeclark 5/31/2012 12:20:00 PM
I have repurchased twice. This is a perfect neutral that can be worn soft or dark. I can really vamp it up with some effort into a fantastic smoky eye that is not harsh at all. The beige is neutral, and the bronzy-brown shade does not have an orange or red undertone at all. The shimmer is VERY soft, not glittery. I always take this when I am on a trip and don't want to take along a lot of makeup bc I know it will compliment whatever I have packed.
Misc Beauty Tools -Clinique - Makeup Brush Cleanser
amandaeclark 5/31/2012 12:14:00 PM
Best cleaner I have used. Can be used without water for a quick change - just spritz, massage and towel dry. But I love this best for deep cleaning my brushes. Before I purchased I would not clean my brushes as often as I should. Most cleaners are too sudsy and it seemed to take forever to rinse out so they were clean. Also they did not dry as soft or retain their shape as well as with this one. To clean I cup my palm and spritz into my hand rather than directly on the brush and then I dip the brush into my hand and gently massage, then rinse clean. I find my powder and foundation brush sometimes need a repeat. This stuff really gets the brushes clean though. My MAC 217 is just as white after this as when I purchased.
IMO this is too heavy for the eye area. It doesn't blend well and it settles into creases. Also, it seperates and its not like you can effectively shake it up in this tube. Seem like if I did not use it for a couple of days, then the first bit to come out would be clear water. It's gross. I do not recommend.
Eye Primer -Clinique - Touch Base for Eyes in Up-Lighting
amandaeclark 5/31/2012 11:48:00 AM
I love this color. I wear it under any brown shadow as a primer or I wear it alone as a cream eyeshadow. The color is amazing and changeable. Ir is a beautiful taupe-ish color that seems to take an undertone from the rest of my eye makeup. Sometimes it seems to have a purple undertone and sometimes more of a bronze. But mostly it looks perfectly neutral and seems to have a glow from within. It has a very soft shimmer. Not even a hint of glitter. It is absolutely my favorite eye makeup product - my HG cream eyeshadow. Easily blended. Just make sure you keep the foil seal and replace it after each use or it will dry up on you.
Scrubs -Clinique - 7 Day Scrub Cream Rinse Off Formula
amandaeclark 5/31/2012 11:41:00 AM
This is one of the best scrubs I have used. I do not use it daily, I don't need to. This reminds me more of a microdermabrasion treatment. It has a very fine grit that is not too harsh but is highly effective. Much better than any drugstore scrub I have tried. After I use this my skin is red (but it fades quickly) and very soft and smooth. It really clears away the dead skin and any other impurities. I use it 1 or 2x weekly and will continue to use.
I am very pale. I have this in 01 Matte Ivory and it is just a teeny bit too dark, not so much I have a line or will discontiue use. I do not wear this over liquid foundation - I don't need that much coverage. I also do not wear alone as a foundation because I think it looks un-natural built up that way. I do wear it over a tinted moisturizer, or as of now, over the Clinique BB cream. I apply very lightly to set with a small brush. I very much like it for this. It provides extra coverage and a matte finish in my t-zone where I need it and I leave it off my cheeks and temples where I don't need the extra coverage so my skin still looks radiant. I will repurchase.