My first experience of using Clinique was over 30 years ago when I wanted a foundation and my mum steered me towards the Clinique counter. Though it was an expensive choice for a 16 year old, my mum insisted that it was important for my skin that I used a good quality product. This meant that I missed out on that teenage beauty milestone of wearing a foundation several tones more orange than my skin (even in those days Clinique’s shade range was really good). It was also the start of a lifelong relationship with the brand. I don’t think there’s been a time in the past few decades when I haven’t been using at least several Clinque products. Here are 3 my current favourites…
Even Better Glow Light Reflecting Makeup SPF15
Once you get older the true test of a foundation isn’t what it looks like when it’s freshly applied but how it looks a couple of hours later. Unfortunately on more mature skin, a lot of foundations have a tendency to sink in and emphasise pores, dry patches and lines so what starts off looking good can soon end up looking anything but. Even Better Glow definitely isn’t one of those foundations – it looks great freshly applied and it looks great 5/6 hours later.
It has a moisturising formula and claims to offer sheer to moderate coverage. Though the moisturising aspect is spot on, I’d personally describe it as medium coverage. It evens out tone without completely masking skin. Another reason I like it is that it’s quick and easy to apply. I use my fingers and find that it settles well without the need for endless blending and buffing. It also contains vitamin C which helps improve skin texture and protects against future damage.
There’s a massive 30 shades in the range and, as with all Clinique foundations, you can get a free trial from counters to test out at home before buying. The Even Better Glow Light Reflecting Makeup is £27 for 30ml.
This Cream Chamois – CN 40
High Impact Lash Elevating Mascara
I’m a big fan of Clinique mascara’s as they don’t irritate my sensitive eyes. Lash Elevating is their latest and I’m seriously impressed. It really does give lashes a lift as well as thickening and lengthening them. It gives a very fluttery, wide eyed look which I love. It has great staying power and lasts the day in tact. I’ve worn it to dynamic yoga classes and to the gym without even suffering the smallest smudge. As an extra bonus, it contains marmey seed oil which helps keep lashes in good condition. The High Impact Lash Elevating Mascara is £18.
Take The Day Off Face and Eye Cleansing Towelettes
Take The Day Off Makeup Remover for Lids, Lashes and Lips is my my go-to eye make up remover and I regularly treat myself to the Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm. However, the stand out product for me in this range is the Take The Day Off Face and Eye Cleansing Wipes and this is because superior face wipes are really hard to find. I know that wipes shouldn’t be the first choice when it comes to cleansing but there are times when they are the practical choice. I use them at the gym and I’ve wasted so much money on cheaper versions that I’ve ended up throwing away because they’re too scratchy, too stinky or make me skin feel odd.
These ones are fragrance free and very gentle on my skin but they cleanse thoroughly. They also have a sturdy lid that snaps shut. Most of the cheaper ones have a sticky seal that comes off in your bag which isn’t hygienic and causes the wipes to dry out. After trying out too many different brands of wipes to mention I’ve reached the firm conclusion that the Clinique ones are worth the extra cost. Take The Day Off Face and Eye Cleansing Towelettes are £16 for 50.
Lastly, a quick note on the Clinique bonus offers. They really are worth keeping an eye out for. I’ve been tempted by two in recent months and I’ve been delighted by both the contents and the bag they came in. Just having had a quick look there’s currently a good offer online where you get 6 treats when you spend £45 and a fab one at Harvey Nichols.This post contains press samples unless otherwise stated. Please visit my Disclosure page for more information