As much as I love the pocket friendly price tags drug store beauty brands have to offer, every now and again it’s worth the treat to indulge in a little high end spend. Clinique is a brand that I’ve had just a few encounters with in the past but as I’m now the proud parent of this sleek & shiny face, eye & lip palette it’s given me a worthy opportunity to get acquainted once again with Clinique’s frequently raved about cosmetic range… before I invest in topping up my collection with their individual range of lipsticks, shadows and powders.
Superpowder Double Face Powder in 02 Matte Beige: I have to admit, I’m not normally a fan of face powders but after applying my regular No 7 Beautifully Matte foundation the Double Face Powder was the perfect finishing touch to help set my makeup and keep it in place through the day. It has a beautiful velvety type texture, very soft and not at all drying. The ideal lightly dusted top layer to keep your face looking fresh and radiant.
Soft Pressed Powder Blusher in 20 Mocha Pink: This is a deliciously roasted blush with a just a slight hint of pink to it. A beautiful shade when applied however it didn’t last as long as I hoped it would, of the entire palette range this was definitely the first to fade.
Color Surge Eye Shadow Quad in 02 Spicy: Such a treat for the eyes… I simply adore these warm autumnal shades that are perfect for adding a soft bronzed glow to my eyes. Although these shades would work well with almost any eye colour I have to say I think it compliments blue or aqua eyes the best (lucky me!) These lasted for such a long time. On applying at 10 am that morning, the colour still looked fresh at 8:30 pm. Beautifully pigmented and long lasting – I’ll definitely be reinvesting in more of Clinque’s shadow range.
Long Lasting Lipstick in 12 Blushing Nude (soft shine) : Being such a huge fan of my beloved MAC Brave I was shocked at how similar these two shades where in comparison of formula. Both are a warm rich nude tone with a buildable finish that’s not drying or quick to fade. If you’re a fan of MAC Brave, Patisserie or Faux then you’ll love this shade!
If truth be told there’s very little negative feedback I can give about the formula and longevity of Clinique’s products. Of course being fragrance free and allergy tested they’re ideal for those who have sensitive skin too. However one thing I will say regarding the design of the palette itself is that I’m not in any way a fan of the mini sponges and brush applicators included, if anything I’d prefer to pay a little extra for more product! In my humble opinion, anyone who’s spending fact I don’t know anyone who regularly uses those miniature tools.
On the whole I’m extremely impressed with the contents and how long lasting everything was (okay the blush was the only major stumbling block) Would I still recommend Clinique or reinvest? Most definitely. A palette is certainly the ideal gift for Christmas, Birthdays, Mothers Day etc. So if you’re on the hunt for something a little extra special for yourself or someone else why not visit the Clinique website and check out their range of stunning gift options.
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