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

Nails of the Day – YSL Duo Vernis No 08

This nail polish is the other half of YSL’s Duo Vernis No 08. It’s similar to the pink polish in it’s brightness – through the bottle I thought it would be a fairly pastel shade of orange, when in fact it’s bright, bold and brilliant!

I would describe it as a bright mandarin colour… or a toned down neon peach! Either way, it’s gorgeous. It will look amazing on tanned skin, but even looks good against my pale and pasty talons!

The brush is angled which makes it a dream to apply – it’s easy to get to the sides, and the pointed side is great for filling in any sneaky chips.

It’s very streaky after just one coat, but two does the job perfectly.

Do you like this polish? Have you seen anything similar?

Sleek Pout Polish: Peach Perfection & Monte Carlo

I won a Sleek competition a while ago, and part of the prize was a Pout Polish in ‘Monte Carlo’ – a limited edition hot pinky purple which is part of the Mediterranean Collection. This was the first Pout Polish I’d owned and I really liked it, so much so that this weekend I bought another, ‘Peach Perfection’, which is a gorgeous peachy nude.

The Pout Polishes are £4.30 for 10g and are comparable to MAC’s Tinted Lip Conditioners which are £11 for 15g. They have SPF15, so I shall definitely be using them during the day on holiday – as well as making your lips look gorgeous, they are really good for your lips as they contain Almond Oil, Shea Butter, Avocado Extract and Vitamins A, C and E.

Monte Carlo tastes a little like marshmallows, and in fact I’d say the colour is quite similar to Lancome’s Marshmallow Juicy Tube. A small amount can be put on for a wash of colour, or it can be built up for a bit more impact. Be careful it doesn’t end up on your teeth though!

Peach Perfection tastes just like sugar and I am totally in love with the colour. It’s gentle yet effective and doesn’t ‘white out’ the lips like a lot of nudes do. I can see myself using this a lot (excuse the funny camera angle!)

I think these are a fab addition to anyone’s make up collection, and I’m keen to check out more of the range. The only downside to them is that I notice a strange taste after a while of wearing them, but it’s bearable.

Sleek Pout Polishes are available from the Sleek website.

Nails of the Day – Revlon Tropical Temptation

This colour just screams “HELLO THE WEATHER IS WARM” to me. It’s a perfect bright peach with great coverage, great staying power and always receives compliments. Someone said to me that it works really well with my skintone and hair colour, but they can imagine it being trashy on someone that was blonde. I’ve seen it on blondes before and I think it looks just as lovely – I guess it depends if the rest of you is dressed like a tramp, regardless of hair colour, it might look trashy.

Nails of the Day – Barry M Marshmallow Pink

I’ve had this nail polish for a few years, I’m not even sure it’s still available but it might be knocking round in the back of someones cupboard, or on eBay. It still goes on perfectly, as if it were brand new, which goes to show what great formulation Barry M polish is.

When Essie’s Van D’Go came onto the scene earlier this year it was like nothing I’d ever seen before, I thought. I had to have it. I got it, and wasn’t that impressed. Gorgeous colour but the formulation wasn’t to my liking – it had far too much white in it, chipped easily, and the Essie brush is annoying. The other day, I was looking through my polish collection and rediscovered Marshmallow Pink. The colour is identical, it’s like everything the Essie should be. I will do a dupe pic soon, I’m sure I’m right, if not I apologise, but shade-wise I think they’re extremely similar.

The bottle doesn’t actually say the name of the polish on the bottom, as they usually do these days, just the number 278, which after a bit of Google investigation, I discovered was named Marshmallow Pink. I’m not sure I’d have named it that myself – it’s more peach than pink, a really pale pastel apricot shade.