Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Like and Dislike ……Clinique

It was so difficult to mention the best 5 products from Clinique, one of the best skin care and makeup brands in the world (partly because I work but wholly because I love) in the Makeup Planner series so I decided to write it in this post. Clinique, the first brand developed by dermatologists and known for its allergy tested and 100% fragrance free products does not need an introduction. Everyone right from our grandparents and all know about Clinique and swear by their amazing skin care, makeup and fragrances since generations. What I also love about Clinique is their innovative ideas, sleek and futuristic yet very simple and elegant packaging and their commitment towards giving the best in the cosmetic industry.

Please read and follow the disclaimer from my previous MAC post here.

Btw Clinique is one of the giant pillars of Estee Lauder and owes its success to the best dermatologists in the world.


I love almost all the products and don't feel that I am biasing. Here are the best few.

  1. Blushing blush and Fresh bloom all over color as one of the most amazing blushes in the market. I like them because they deliver just the right amount of color that you need to look flushed and beautiful. Clinique does understand what blush means and puts it into reality with these amazing blushes. The Blushing blush blushers come in universally flattering shades and flatter every complexion doing justice to the skin tone and color. I love Smoldering Plum, Bashful Blush, Precious Posy and Pink Love.
  2. Clinique makes wonderful state of the art mascaras which cater to various needs and various lash concerns. The High Impact and High Impact curling mascaras give dimensions and drama to lashes, while the edgy High Definition Lashes mascara makes mascara application a glamorous experience. The Lash Power mascara adds length and Lash Doubling mascara defines while volumizing. The brushes of each of these mascaras are like epitomes of research and I swear by the formula. The High Impact mascara contains "melanin" in it as one of the ingredients and thanks to it; the lashes are colored dark, dramatic and dreadfully appealing. Its lash furniture after all. When Clinique mascara is a washable one, it washes off easily with soap and water without leaving traces.
  3. Brush on cream liners are the best of eye makeup Clinique could ever offer. The smudge proof formula is just right for Indian women and Indian weathers and it only budges when you want it to go. I love the strong black pigment that gives the formula an intense jet black color to define and shape eyes. If used cautiously the brush on cream liner could also be used as eyeshadow base but you need to master the technique.
  4. Quickliner for eyes is the smudge proof twist up eye pencil that comes in a wide array of colors. They have 'play time' in which the pencil sets into non budging formula and can be blended to give the look of smoky eyes in a minute. The pencil also has a smudger at the other end that helps blending. I love the color called Black-brown and Grape. Something different here. Also I love the Kohl shaper for eyes, especially Blackened Amethyst and Blackened Pewter.
  5. Color surge soft shimmer mono, duo and quad eyeshadows are amazing. In single eyeshadows I love Peacock, Black Orchid, Kittycat, Rum Spice, Sparkling sage and Twiglet. In duo eyeshadows I love Beach Plum and Like Mink. In quad eyeshadows I love Plum Seduction, Spicy, Pink Chocolate and Choco-latte. The colors are soft and blendable and stay all day long. Plus some of them have a vibrant edge. Clinique soon shall launch their Stay matte eyeshadows in India and I'm waiting to get my hands on some.
  6. Clinique makes some of the most beautiful formulations in lipsticks one can see and also certain colors that women have been buying for ages. Luckily they revamp the formula and get it in their next collection which is a good part. In Long Last Lipsticks I recommend strongly, Paprika, Blushing nude, Soft Bloom, Party Red, Bamboo Pink and Soft Bronze. I high impact lipstick SPF 15 I love Toasted Rose and Rosette. In Butter shine lipsticks I love Pink Toffee, Crushed Grape and Cinnamon Stick. The colors are sensuous and the long last lipsticks are true to what color you see in the packaging.
  7. In foundations I love Superbalanced, Perfectly Real and Perfectly Real Compact Makeup, Even Better foundation SPF 15 and Supermoisture makeup. They are skin complimenting shades with a wide spectrum of colors that go on most of the complexions and most of skin tones. The compacts are oil free and combat shine and I cant stay without the mineral enriched Blended Loose Powder.
  8. Some of the products I haven't mentioned are not available in India and that's the reason they are not listed.
  9. You'll also love the lip glosses at Clinique. They are a little sticky but that's why they stay longer and longer. You'll love the Superbalm Moisturizing lipgloss as its a tinted lip balm and the colors are gorgeous. So are the Vitamin C Lip smoothies that are fantastic shine with high wattage shimmers and long lasting color as an added benefit.
  10. Clinique also makes excellent makeup removers and are allergy tested and 100% fragrance free.


  1. Superfit foundation is the only foundation I don't like because I find it too white for my taste. It's a good foundation but can go grey as it is very drying and mattifying.
  2. I also don't like superfine liner for brows which are pencils that are too thin to draw lines and barely visible at times.
  3. I don't prefer some eyeshadows like Sugar sugar and Blackberry frost as they are too frosted for Indian taste and go grey.

Clinique is a fantastic brand to browse and it's a learning experience if you ask the skin care consultants there. They do offer half face makeup consultations and teach you how to do makeup DIY. Do try these services….

Till then,


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