Today I wanted to chat about my absolute favourite skin care brand, Clinique.
I’ve wanted to do a post like this for a while, and I’ve finally collected and tried enough products for a good honest review.
I will start with the items that I love, repurchase ad can’t live without.
These are my holy grail, without fail products.
#1. Clinique Exfoliating scrub: I used to think the thicker the scrub the better exfoliator, all that changed after using this superfine refreshing scrub. The superfine granules leave my skin so soft after only using a tiny pea sized amount. On top of that it has a super minty pore cleansing formula that feels like it reaches the deepest depths of my pores. I will use this product after the Take The Day Off balm.
#2. Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief: Just the name alone was enough to make me buy this product. I am on my second tub and going strong. I have found this to be THE only moisturizer that feels like it is truly sinking into my skin ad repairing the dryness. The gel formula makes it extra cool to the touch adding an extra thirst quenching sensation to the skin. Not only is this great for your morning/night routine, you can use this product overtop of makeup as well. Often I will apply my foundation, and then spot treat my dry areas with this product e.g. under eye, nose even lips.
#3. Take The Day Off Balm: This is my favourite way to remove makeup now. No more hundreds of cotton pads, scrubbing your face raw, or raccoon eyes. Simply apply a little or a lot (depending on your visage) and massage into the skin. After all of of the makeup is broken down I add a bit of warm water, massage until it turns white, and wipe away with a warm face cloth. This also counts as a skin cleanser, leaving the skin soft and clean, with no dryness.
#4. My last holy grail is the All About Eyes Rich formula: This is a lifesaver. The perfect eye cream in my opinion and my second or third repurchase, I cannot even remember 😛 I like using the rich formula, it means I use less product but it covers and moisturizes the same amount of surface. Somehow this product sinks into the skin, providing relief immediately, whilst continuing to do so all day after. I will even apply it (like the Moisture Surge) after applying makeup, just to brighten up my under eye.
Now onto my not so fave products. This is not a dig at the products themselves, they personally just did not work for me or my skin type.
A much smaller list as you can see!
#.1 Smart Night Custom Repair Moisturizer: I originally was looking to buy a totally different product but a very pushy clerk had looped me into buying this. I believe what I initially was looking for was the Moisture Surge, but only had a faint memory of a sample to work off. I even explained the texture and feel of the cream and she gave me this. This product is excellent for very oily skin types ,which I do not have. Along with that it didn’t match my description of the product at all and, not to be dramatic, was a waste of money frankly. I still use it but just as an extra step for my T-zone.
#2. Pore Refining Solution: I came to the realization that I may have bought this for a problem I don’t have. I was told this would help shrink my pores and make them less noticeable. I’m not sure if I can say it helped with that at all. I think my pores are the same size, but what it does do is fill them in and prep your skin for foundation. It feels very similar to any other silicon based matte primer. I definitely would not say the it shrunk my pores.
#3. Even Better Eyes, Dark Circle Corrector: Once again, I bought something for a problem I don’t have. Having dark circles under my eyes was a big insecurity at one point in my life. Instead of trying to get a better sleep or drinking more water I bought this under eye corrector. I don’t mean that in a condescending way either (only towards myself) I’m sure there are people that genuinely have that problem, I just had it because I wasn’t taking care of myself. I used it over and over again, hoping for an instant fix and it obviously didn’t work. What did work was making sure I got my butt into bet before 11 pm and drinking 2L of water every day. Personally it didn’t work for me, and I won’t be repurchasing.
If you’re looking at the pricing and thinking ‘that’s crazy!’ I can agree to an extent. I’ve never been shy about spending a buck on skincare, but I love a good deal too. My biggest tip with Clinique would be to keep an eye on the online store. Quite often they’ll have the option of 5 free samples with a certain amount of money spent. I have found that to be a great way to test if a product is right for me 🙂
Also, shopping during the holiday season. I know it’s naughty, but they always have amazing sales, and they put together sets of products that are such a steal of a deal. PLUS, I live for the free gift bags that they give away. I am so guilty of the ol “oh if you spend twenty more dollars you get a free gift”. Always sucked in.
As always, thank you for reading! I hope this could help in any way 🙂
This is the Clinique Website (which already has amazing holiday deals) and no, no-one is paying me to say all this I just love and support the brand 😛