I love Clinique and in a recent summer sale I stocked up on quite a bit of makeup and also got this eyeshadow brush. The RRP of the brush is £11, but as I got it in the sale I paid just £5.50, which I am very happy with and wish i'd bought a few more! Even at £11 though, I think it is still a worth while investment, and despite the reasonably low price tag (compared to other high status brands), the brush is actually really good quality and does the job well.
The brush case is thin and a pearly silver in colour. It has the clinique brand name is black writing on the end of the brush. The top end of the brush has a silver kind of 'case' around it to keep the bristles in place, this blends in with the rest of the brush. It isn't the most attractive brush, but it is nice and sleek looking and is quite a discreet makeup brush. The bristles were really scratchy at first when I used the brush at certain angles, so I would reccomend soaking the brush in some water, allowing it to dry and then using it - that way the bristles are much more gentle and friendlier to my sensetive skin and it's nicer to use it. The bristles are soft and dense however as far as I am aware they are not synthetic. Because the brush is quite thin it's nice and lightweight to use but it's thick enough to get a good grip of it.
The tip of the brush is slightly curved which allows more accurate application and even coverage. The brush is great for more pigmented eye shadows, and it applies the powder evenly, giving a nicely pigmented layer of colour to the eyelids rather than a streak. With dazzle dusts I would not reccomend this brush as it's a little too large in my opinion. The brush doesn't have any difficulty picking up the colour on less pigmented eyeshadows as long as you take time applying the powder evenly to the brush (this can be achieved by simply swerling the brush in the powder).
This is quite a multi purpose brush and I have used it to apply bronzing powders and blushers. It does not cake or streak the powder, doesn't clog in the pores and it is a great brush to use for blending, especially along the hair and jawline. It's great for precise shading and although the surface of the brush isn't huge, it''s really good at picking up a generous amount of powder and it blends the blush/foundation briillantly. It's great for accurate and neat application.
The brush is easy to clean and is fine to wash with water, however I rarely need to wash it as the residue usually falls off easily rather than getting trapped and clumping up. Despite this, I do wash it along with my other brushes around once a fortnight to ensure the brush is not holding and nasties such as dirt, oil, etc. To ensure my brush is nice and clean I add a drop of tea tree oil. I have washed this brush 2 times so far and the bristles have stayed in shape, none have fallen out and it's still nice and soft, so overall I would 100% reccomend it - for £5.50 a brush it is a real bargain, however if you can't find any reduced then I wouldn't hesitate in paying full price.
I am an avid purchaser of Clinique products particularly foundation and lip products. I had a large blusher brush from them which was amazing and decided I would splash out on one of their eye shadow brushes following this success.
I used to just apply my eye shadows with the applicator sponge or brush provided which often fell apart or provided little to no control during use. I decided to spend some money on a decent eye shadow brush and Clinique seemed the appropriate brand to try for me.
The brush comes in a frosted rubber/plastic packaging pouch which fits the brush fits into snugly and allows you to keep the brush safe in your make up bag so the bristles don't become frayed or displaced. The brush itself is about 15cm in length and a silver colour, the end of the stick opposite the brush end is thinner and widens more as you get the the bristles. The shape, length and weight of the brush allows for good grip during your eye shadow application.
The bristle section of the brush is thick and full with very soft and long bristles. The shape is slightly fanned and glides easily across the shape of your eyes. The bristles are extremely soft and tender much like I found with my bronzer brush from Clinique and do not cause any discomfort or irritation during use, they simply stroke your eyelids very softly and gently when you apply your make up.
To use the brush you choose your desired eye shadow colour and rotate the brush around the powder, the bristles easily pick up and hold the eye shadow colour on them. You then remove any excess powder by tapping or lightly blowing the brush and apply on your eyelid, sweeping the colour from the inside to the outside of the eyelid. The shape of the bristles along with the density allow you to apply an even and full colour to your eyes. I find it is also easy to blend colours on your eyelids with this brush, it mixes them well rather than giving a blocky appearance.
To keep the brush clean, safe and in optimum condition it is advisable to brush the remaining eye shadow onto a tissue and keep the brush stored in its pouch. At £11 this is not a brush I would happily fling into the bottom of my handbag and leave for a few months to mis-shapen. It is available online from Clinique and also in stores such as Boots and Debenhams that have Clinique counters.
This brush, like most of Cliniques make-up brushes boasts unique antibacterial technology in the bristles which keeps them germ free, somehow!
For use on All Skin Types
I have been using this for many months now and am really happy with the investment, it works a treat and gives great results every time, therefore 5 Stars!
For a while now I have been wanting the Mac make up brushes in the roll up pouch but I cant afford the huge price tag, I would never use all 24 brushes and I cant justifie the price of the brushes to apply my make up every other day.
A friend recommended Clinique brushes suggesting they are very good and worth the small investment.
I would normally buy my Clinique products online or in debenhams. I went to Debenhams in glasgow because they have a Clinique counter separate and there is always a member of staff ready to help out. After a quick look and feel of all the different brushes I chose the eye shadow brush because that is the brush I needed to replace from my own collection at home and the brush i make the most use of.
The Clinique eye shadow brush cost £9.99 a little more than I was expecting to pay to be honest.
I liked the packaging of the brush as i comes in its own sleeve that's white frosted effect with the shiny Clinique logo on it, its made from plastic and is an ideal pouch to store the brush in my make up box, keeps the brush clean and protected.
The eye shadow brush is silver and comes with a lid, when taking the lid of you have to turn the top of the brush to push the brush bristles up (like the motion used on a lip stick).
The brush handle is long and thin, measures around 14 cm in length that's with the bristles up.
I use powder eye shadow and this brush can make it a little messy as i swoosh it around in the eye shadow the bristles pick up to much of the product so I do need to blow gently to remove some before applying. I find the brush easy to hold and to apply my products using the brush. The bristles are very soft and feel nice against my eye lids.
The price of the Clinique eye shadow brush seems alot but this brush should last a long time. You don't have to clean the bush either because it has antibacterial protection built into the bush meaning the bristles will stay clean and germ free.
I love this brush and it does its job well. I hope to invest in getting some more Clinque brushes in the future to help build up my collection.
I highly recommend the Clinique eye shadow brush.
As my obsession with Clinique has slowly built up I decided if I was going to buy the cosmetics I should also buy the brushes that match them. I tend to only try and treat myself on rare occasions as I have 3 young children to look after so most of my collection is made up of Christmas and Birthday presents. This is one of the things I received for my Christmas 2010. It costs £10 to purchase from the Clinique counter and for your money you get a tall handle with a fanned head of bristles at the top of it.
The handle is made is very fin but still very durable and comfy to hold which helps while applying the shadow. Silver in colour like most Clinique products its very simple but effective.To use the brush you twist it into the eye shadow gently tab and then stroke upon the eyelid working from the bottom left hand corner working out. The brush is the perfect size for applying eye shadow to your eyes and you are able to reach everywhere that is needed.
The bristles are very full there is a lot of them but they are very soft so that it does not irritate you eyelids. It holds the powder well so that it does not fall off before it reaches the eyes yet transfers onto the lids easily when needed.The fan effect leaves a straight line at the top of the bristles which is needed to highlight just under the eye whereas the main body of the brush works well on your eyelids.
Apparently the brushes have a special anti bacterial formula which is reassuring but they are very easy to clean with a little warm water or make up remover which is great as some things can be a nightmare to keep clean. They also have a life time guarantee so that is even more reassuring that they will not thin and can continue to be used with confidence.
I love Clinique and it is now overtaking my dressing table. This is perfect company for their eye shadows but also works well on other eye shadows and helps achieve great application. I would recommend this brush to anyone although it may seem a little expensive it is well worth the money.
After splashing out a while ago on a Clinique Foundation brush I decided that it'd been such a useful tool to have in my make up bag that I'd treat myself to another. This time I opted for the Eye Shadow brush which is very similar in design yet used to apply eye shadow oppose to foundation. Now I'm not really a huge eye shadow wearer but I thought that maybe this was just what I needed to make me a bit more eye shadow friendly!
Clinique is actually an off-shoot of Estee Laudir and was established in 1968. It is advertised as a premium brand of makeup and skin care products which is currently stocked at Boots, Debenhams, Selfridges and other large department stores. The range includes basic skin care as well as make up, hair care and specialised skin products although is most renowned for its makeup and skin care regime. All products are allergy tested and fragrance free so it's really good for anyone who suffers from sensitive or troubled skin.
The range of brushes is much smaller than the makeup and skincare ranges, as well as the eye shadow brush there's also a blusher brush, a concealer brush, a foundation brush and several other eye and lip brushes as well. The brushes seem to start at around the £10 mark with the foundation brush being the most expensive at £20. So they're arguably not the cheapest brushes you will find on the market at the moment.
The brush comes in a small frosted plastic packet that's ideal for keeping it clean in amongst the rest of my makeup in my makeup bag. The brush itself is about 5 inches in length with a small head of bristles that are under 1 inch in length. The handle itself is silver, the same as a mirror meaning it does get covered in fingerprints! When you take the matching lid off you need to twist the brush for the bristles to appear.
To use the brush it's recommended that you simply swirl the brush into your eye shadow, if it's a powder eye shadow then you need to be careful to remove any excess eye shadow before applying whereas if it's a compact eye shadow then you simply need to sweep the brush over the compact. You then carefully dust the brush gently over your eyelids in even and sweeping motions to cover your eye lids evenly.
The bristles are really soft on my skin and don't cause any irritation for me. I always find it's best to gently tap off any excess eye shadow into a sink or something similar so that you don't get any clogging on the brush or any large deposits on the eyelid. I also make sure I gently wipe my brush with toilet paper or cotton wool to remove any remaining eye shadow before twisting the handle and putting the lid on.
Just like the foundation brush I've bought it has a unique antibacterial technology built into the brush bristles themselves meaning that they actually reflect any bacteria that attempts to get onto them. Despite the advisor assuring me that the brush could be used for months without cleaning I do still prefer to clean it once every month or so, I generally use either hot water or hot water mixed with a little tea tree oil.
Now firstly the Clinique brushes were recently voted the best makeup brushes by Cosmopolitan Beauty Award Winners 2008 which made me think this would really be something special. It's priced at £10 making it one of the cheapest brushes that Clinique do, yet still a little above its competitors. However I have to admit that I really felt quite indifferent towards this brush...
it applied the eye shadow nicely enough.
it didn't cause the eye shadow to clog at all.
it was easy to use and store in my makeup bag.
Yet... I really didn't think it was any different to the previous eye shadow brush that I'd been using which only cost me £6 from Boots. I didn't have any problems with it at all and it certainly met all my requirements, my only gripe was that I found the eye shadow tended to gather around the base of the bristles so when I twisted the base to make the bristles retract some eye shadow always invariably went down there as well.
So I probably won't bother to replace this brush with the same one when it runs out, I certainly don't regret my purchase but I can't help but feel that there are cheaper alternatives that do the exact same job. Here is one product where I actually think you're paying more for the brand name Clinique than the actual product itself. So would I recommend it? Well yes, if you've got £10 to waste then go right ahead!
Thanks for reading.