Clinique Superprimer

Clinique’s latest offering is the Superprimer – a range of six, lightweight, oil-free primers designed to cater for every skin tone. The Universal Face Primer is a colourless primer ideal for women without specific skin concerns, but for those that do – Superprimer to the rescue!

The new range contains:

Yellow tinted primer to correct red skin and give a neutral, even base. 
Pink tinted primer that corrects dull lacklustre skin and leaves a vibrant, radiant base.
Bronze tinted primer, which is softly pearlised, designed for deeper skin tones to correct ashiness and dullness leaving a radiant, healthy base.
Peach tinted primer to correct dark spots, acne scars and hyper pigmentation for a brighter, more even-toned base. 
Lavender tinted primer to correct sallow skin and leaves a healthy looking base. 

As a former sufferer of bad skin, and some scarring, the Peach seemed right up my street, so I’ve been road-testing it for the past couple of weeks. 

As you may be able to tell from the middle photo, the texture is somewhat moussey. It’s easy to apply to the face, but I found that you do need a fair amount to feel as if your whole face is covered. The primer is odourless, which I found pleasant, and silicone-based; so straight away it creates a silky layer on top of the skin ready for the application of foundation. The photo above shows just how well it’s blurred the web of lined over my hand, and it does the same thing for the face – minimising the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in an amazing way. 
In terms of the colour correction, there is a slightly better overall appearance to my skin, although nothing that will change my life. I do think it improves the appearance of scarring, but I still need to use foundation and or concealer for them to be totally invisible. 
The primer itself is great – foundation glides on over the top of it, lasts well throughout the day, and also stays true to colour. The feeling of my skin with the primer on is lovely too. I would imagine it would be even more of a blessing for those with oilier skintones, as I feel my face is quite matt using the primer. It definitely doesn’t make my skin feel dry – I am just used to adding more of a radiance-creating primer now my skin is drier. 
Clinique Superprimer costs £20 for 30ml and is available from Selfridges from 6th September

Clinique Chubby Sticks for Eyes

When the nation went crazy for Clinique’s Chubby Sticks for Lips, it seemed natural for them to extend the range. The Chubby Sticks are a perfect design for easy application on the go and next week, they are introducing 12 shades for the eyes to the Chubby Stick range.

I went down to the Clinique Head Office last week for their launch, which featured a cute little candy shop and teeny milkshakes from bottles… and got to play with all 12 shades of the new Chubby Sticks.

I was given 2 to take away with me – was complete luck of the drawer as to which 2 that would be – I ended up with Portly Plum and Big Blue.

The outer design is exactly the same as the Chubby Sticks for Lips – they are in a crayon shaped barrel and removing the silver lid reveals a crayon-like product, which you twist the base of to get more of the product out. The only noticeable difference is that Chubby Sticks for Eyes are rounded at the end for easy application to the eye lid, while the lip version is pointed to apply to the lips with ease.

Neither of these are shades I would have picked out – my initial reaction would be to go for the neutral and bronzey shades (Whopping Willow Fuller Fudge and Ample Amber in particular, I’m talking to you!) which, with about 5 different tones, are just gorgeous. However, I seem to be having a little affair with purples at the moment, so was pleased I got to try out Portly Plum. It is a dusky purple with a hint of pinky purpley iridescence. Big Blue reminds me of the colour of Cinderella’s dress – it’s a very pale blue with an almost frosty finish, with pale blue iridescence.

I applied the Portly Plum for the first time and noticed that once it’s on the eyes it is much more sheer than when I had swatched it on my hand. One sweep left a sheer wash, which I patted in with my 4th finger to create a base. One more sweep left a much more opaque finish – it is definitely very buildable and I could have gone over it again and again to create a more dramatic look. I found the shape of the bullet easy to apply the product under my lower lash line too. I used a brush to blend out the edges of the shadow then added some eyeliner and mascara and this is how it looked. (I put a dab of the blue in the inner corners too just to see if it could be used for highlighting purposes… I think it looked ok!)

I found it to be a purpley brown on the eye which is right up my street, so will definitely wear it again! I’d also like to try it as a base to eyeshadows – I think this would look great with a black smokey eye over the top.

The full range of colours is Bountiful Beige, Lots O’Latte, Fuller Fudge, Ample Amber, Whopping Willow, Portly Plum, Pink & Plenty, Curvaceous Coal, Lavish Lilac, Big Blue, Mighty Moss and Massive Midnight. I swatched all of the 12 shades at the event….

There are some lovely ones there aren’t there?!

They launch on 15th February at Clinique Counters nationwide, and priced at £16

Clinique High Impact Extreme Volume Mascara

For the past couple of months I have been using Clinique’s High Impact Extreme Volume Mascara, and it’s definitely gone on my Favourite Mascaras list!

I’m not normally a massive lover of the plastic wand, but this one just works. The wand is rather large with bristles varying in length which somehow manages to capture your lashes right from the root. The domed tip, with shorter bristles make it easy to reach shorter hairs and corner lashes without making a mess!

I find it really easy to apply, and the results are as follows….

The photo above is taken wearing just one coat of the mascara, however it is easily buildable for times you want more volume to the lashes. It seems to fan my lashes out on application, and doesn’t leave them feeling crispy, which is a big pet hate of mine!

The colour I’ve been wearing is Black, but I’ve noticed they also sell a Blackest Black, which I will definitely try once this one runs out – I don’t quite know how they can get it any blacker than this!?!

It is supposedly suitable for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers – after having my laser eye surgery in November, my eyes are a lot more sensitive, however this mascara hasn’t bothered them at all. It stays put all day and comes off easily with regular eye make up remover. There’s nothing I can fault about it – I truly love it and highly recommend it!

Clinique High Impact Extreme Volume Mascara costs £17 and is available at and Clinique counters.

Clinique Chubby Stick Intense – Plushest Punch

Last Tuesday night I went to the Clinique party where there were there were some fab items on show including their new Chubby Stick Intense Moisturizing Lip Colour Balms. I picked up lots of goodies to show you, so expect those over the next few weeks – one of them is the Chubby Stick Intense in the shade Plushest Punch.

They work on the same theory as the regular Chubby Sticks – they come in a crayon-like barrel and are super moisturising, except this time, instead of a sheer wash of colour, these babies are intense!

I am absolutely in love!

There are 8 shades in the new range, varying from Caramel to Berry tones – Plushest Punch is a gorgeous, wearable bold pink that isn’t too in your face; it still feels safe to wear during the day.

The design of them means its really easy to line and fill in your lips without the need of a brush, and the pigmentation means one swipe and you’re good to go.

God knows what I’m doing in this photo!

I can’t wait to try out more when they hit the shelves in mid November!

Clinique Chubby Sticks

On 1st June, Clinique introduced 8 new shades to their popular range of Chubby Sticks. I had heard great things about Chubby Sticks in the past – they are really hydrating for lips; containing Shea Butter, Mango Seed Butter and Jojoba Seed Oil – this is make up that is doing good for you while looking good for you!

I loved the look of Curvy Candy and Pudgy Peony – they are similar in colour but still quite different from each other,

Curvy Candy is my new love, I have been wearing it constantly for the past couple of weeks – it’s a slightly coral toned pink which gives a nice natural flush of colour.

Pudgy Peony is still quite sheer, but much more powerful – a more definite fuchsia colour.

All the shades can be layered to create new shades too – they have a feature on their site where you can mix and match the colours and see the end result. I tried layering mine, but as they are quite similar colours there wasn’t a massive difference in the shade. It’s still nice to know that if I end up adding more Chubby Sticks to my collection it’s something that can be done easily.

They are essentially, a coloured lip balm – the type of
finish they give is ideal for summer days when you don’t want to wear
anything too heavy and they feel fantastic on the lips.

I love the packaging too – they are like a fat colouring pencil – you twist the end once your stick gets ‘blunt’. I think these will be an essential in this summer’s make up bag!

Chubby Sticks are available at Clinique counters and at for £16.

Do you have any? What do you think of them?

Clinique Age Defense BB Cream

BB creams are all the rage at the moment, so it was no surprise to hear that a top brand like Clinique was bringing their own version out.

The Clinique Age Defense BB Cream has an SPF30 and helps to prevent the premature signs of ageing with UVA and UVB protectants. It has a very lightweight formula but also manages to smooth the skin and hide some imperfections. It seems to have a lot more coverage than all other BB creams I have tried, but without looking any heavier. In fact, to me, it looks as though I am wearing no make up when I wear it – in a effortless kind of way, not a ‘daaaamnnn, get that girl some make up’ kind of way!

I have quite a lot of scars on my face, and it managed to cover them with ease. At the time of taking the photo below I was having a period of particularly bad skin – apart from the raised spot near my nose, the BB Cream has managed to hide those imperfections.

It wears well through the day without needing to be reapplied and leaves the skin with a nice, naturally dewy kind of finish.

As I am used to wearing a full-on foundation it feels a little strange
to me going out feeling so light in the face, so I have taken to wearing
it for days I’m not meant to wear make up but am not brave enough to go
barefaced – like swimming.

As well as being worn on its own, it can also be used under foundation as a primer to help your foundation last longer – I have enjoyed doing this, knowing that what I am putting on under my (quite heavy) foundation, is doing good to my skin.

It is allergy tested, 100% fragrance free, oil free, dermatologist tested, ophthalmologist tested, Super Gorgeous tested, non-comodegenic and suitable for all skin types. Phew!

It comes in two shades for pink or golden undertones – I used the pink – which is fine for me, but too light (almost white) on my mum who has golden tones – so if you decide to invest, make sure you get the right one for your skin tone.

Clinique Age Defense BB Cream is available exclusively at Harrods and right now, and nationwide at selected Clinique counters from the 2nd March 2012 and is priced at £25 for 40mls.

Bag a free Clinique Mascara!

Starting from today, if you take any full-sized tube of mascara (it can be empty!) to a Boots Clinique counter, they will give you a free Clinique mascara in return.

You can choose from High Lengths (5ml) or High Impact (4ml) and will be available while stocks last – or 1st February if stocks last that long! I can imagine this is going to be very popular, so if you can, try today!

Happy Saturday! x