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Brand: Clinique / Skin Care - Lip Balm / Type: Face Balm / Subcategory: Moisturiser / Skin type: for dry skin and for all types / What it does: Moisturizes, regenerates, / Gender: Ladies Cosmetics

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      09.03.2014 23:22
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      The best lip gloss and balm I have used

      Clinique isn't a brand I have a lot of experience of mainly due to the cost of the products. I can't really justify paying out a lot of money on skin care and make up products and have found other brands I am more than happy with at a price to suit my purse.
      My daughter on the other hand is a big fan of Clinique and just over a year ago she presented me with a couple of Clinique products as a gift. One was a facial moisturiser which I have to say I was very impressed with and the other was a Superbalm Moisturising Gloss which I didn't actually try until recently. The reason being I had another lip gloss to use up and lip gloss isn't something I use very often.

      Clinique Superbalm Moisturising Gloss comes in a range of shades and is described by Cliniques as lip balm with a colourful twist. Gorgeous colours are said to treat your most undermoisturised skin to helpings of soothing shine. It promises to instantly relieve dryness, protect with antioxidants and more.
      The full size product is 15ml and priced at £16.00 which is expensive, but when I did a little research I found that it has been voted a top product by various magazines and also customer reviews are often very generous. Indeed 98% of reviewers on the Clinique website state they would recommend this product. Based upon my experience of the Clinique moisturiser I used, I was expecting another quality product and I am happy to say I was not disappointed.

      The shade I was given is known as Rootbeer - a sheer coffee brown nude shade from the Naturals/Nudes shade range. This is most probably the shade I would have personally chosen if I had bought this myself as I prefer natural/brown shades for my lips for day to day wear.
      My lips are quite often dry particularly in the colder winter months and I do carry a lip balm around with me in my handbag at all times. I have also carried lip gloss around with me too on occasion, but I don't really associate lip gloss with being moisturising or protective. Also I have found most to be sticky and as I have long hair, I have experienced my hair being stuck to my lips on more than one occasion after application which I find annoying. Therefore I tend to stay away from lip gloss, which is another reason why I haven't got around to trying this lip gloss until recently.

      However, this Clinique Superbalm Gloss I have found, is quite different compared to any lip gloss I have used previously.
      Directions for use are to apply Superbalm Moisturising Gloss to clean, bare lips, or over your lipstick for extra shine. I have tried both, but prefer to apply this product to bare lips rather than over a lipstick as my lips tended to feel too clogged with product when I tried this.

      When using this gloss I can state that Clinique's claims of eliminating dryness are true. My lips feel soft and smooth after application and I like how they look too. It has great staying power too. I find one application can last hours without the need to reapply and the shine is still evident on my lips during this time, as is the soft feeling I get.
      As for the colour, I find this particular shade is ideal to wear during the day when I want a natural look. I am left with a very subtle soft nude-brown colour and a nice subtle shine too. This gloss scores top marks from me too for its total lack of stickiness. It is the sticky feeling which has put me off lip gloss in the past and I am happy to report there is no sticky feeling when using this product. There isn't really a scent or taste to this lip gloss either, which is something else which pleases me personally.

      This Clinique Superbalm Moisturising Gloss is without doubt the best lip gloss I have ever used and it has the added bonus of being a protective balm too, smoothing and softening my lips instantly each time I use it.
      The only downside for me personally with this product is the price, but then Clinique products are not cheap. I cannot really justify spending a lot of money on beauty products as I mentioned earlier, but I am so impressed with this product I may find I have to treat myself to another one once I have used it all!

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        20.05.2013 21:15
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        disappointing

        I receieved a sample-sized superbalm in a Clinique gift set in the colour 'Grapefruit'. I've since read this product has won an Elle beauty award. I wasn't as impressed as Elle obviously!

        Clinique is widely available in Boots and all department stores. I would recommend when purchasing from Clinique you keep an eye out for the 'bonus time' deals.

        THE CLAIMS:

        * lip balm with a colourful twist

        * Gorgeous colours treat your most undermoisturised skin to helpings of soothing shine

        * Instantly relieve dryness, protect with antioxidants and more

        MY EXPERIENCE:

        I love lip gloss! I've tried so many and this just didn't stand out for me. I'm grateful I received it as a freeby and didn't part with £14.50 for it...it just isn't worth it. It is a lip balm yes but the colourful twist?! There wasn't any colour it was basically clear. It gave a nice shine but was a bit slimey on the lip. It didn't last long and I wasn't impressed with the taste either, it was a very odd plasticy taste. It did a good job of moisturising my lips but thats about it. It is availabe in 8 shades and although I've only tried one I feel like it wouldn't make much difference what shade you chose, the colour is very weak. I found it more useful to apply it over the top of a lipstick to add shine.

        THE PACKAGING:

        It comes in a clear plastic tube with a plastic cap. I'm not a fan of lipgloss in tubes as I find them very messy and wasteful. I also find you cannot get the precision with them that you would get with a wand.

        VALUE FOR MONEY:

        It costs £14.50 for a 15ml tube and as you've probably guessed I wouldn't repurchase especially for £14.50. I only had a sample-size so it didn't last long I don't know how long a 15ml tube would last. I generally like Clinique products but this was disappointing.

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        28.12.2012 20:54
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        a decent moisturising product for your lips but very expensive.

        I received a sample of this lip gloss after asking for Clinique products for Christmas. I received it as part of a box set which contained other moisturising products.

        Appearance
        As always Clinique products are elegant in their appearance with simply designed jars and packaging. This product comes in a clear squeezable tube with a clear screw-top fastening. This lid of the tube allows for the lip gloss to be stood upright meaning no product will get stuck in the tube becoming unable to be used. The product itself is a light pink colour and I understand that you can get varying colours depending on which flavour you choose; I have number 10 which is named grapefruit.

        Use of product
        This product is easy to apply as the tube has a sloping top allowing the gloss to be smoothed over your lips easily and evenly. The gloss goes onto your lips creating a soft sheen, and slightly darkened the colour of my lips but not vastly, which is what I was looking for. I felt the gloss had quite a long staying power as I didn't have to reapply very often during the day. Once I had applied the gloss I felt that my lips felt smoother and softer, and they certainly looked a lot more moisturised. I tend to have very dry lips which can become sore in the winter months due to the weather but this gloss seems to apply a protective layer on my lips, moisturising them whilst giving them a nice sheen enhancing my lips subtly and completing my make-up look. This is not a product to be used purely for the moisturising quality as there are other products on the market which will provide better results but as part of a lip gloss I find it to be quite effective in protecting my lips and helping them feel a little smoother.

        Price
        Clinique is a high end beauty product which comes with a price tag but I get round this by asking for products as gifts. My other half has assured me that the gift set he got me for Christmas was a good buy compared to the price of the individual elements. This superbalm is around £14.50 for a 15ml tube which is very expensive. I would not normally pay this much for a lip gloss but getting it as a sample in this gift set has been ideal as it is something I am enjoying using.

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          26.07.2012 00:37
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          Recommended.

          I have used Clinique Superbalm Moisturizing Gloss for a couple of years - and I have a number of different shades in my make-up bag. I am a big fan of Clinique and have a number of products from Clinque - and I also love lip gloss - and so put the two together, and Clinique Lip gloss was bound to be a goer for me. A tube of the Clinique Superbalm Moisturizing Gloss costs £14.50 from the Clinique website (www.clinique.co.uk) which is clearly more expensive than most lip glosses - but I guess this is to be expected as it is Clinque and you do end up paying for the name. I have, at times, been able to pick up this lip gloss on offer and sometimes it is possible to get it for half price.

          The gloss comes in a plastic tube which is transparent and just has Clinique logo'ing on the tube. It has a metal screw top which is secure and so it's safe to keep in your bag or pocket. Each tube contains 15 mls of the lip gloss which may not sound like a lot but a little actually goes a long way. The lip gloss comes out the top of the plastic tube and there is a flat plastic applicator at the top which allows the gloss to come out of the tube easily and be applied to the lips neatly.

          There are a number of different shades, namely rootbeer, grapefruit, apricot, mango, ginger, currant, raspberry and lilac. I have the currant and the root beer shades, which are like a pink and a nude shade. I like the fact that when the gloss goes on my lips it doesn't change the shade of my lips by very much but it just gives a hint of colour which accentuates the natural colour of my lips. It does make my lips look wet, but the gloss is not gloopy or sticky and so it makes my lips feel really nice. The lip gloss is also moisturising and so it leaves my lips less dry and feeling in much better condition.

          I like the stay ability factor of this lip gloss as it doesn't need to be reapplied every five minutes. I do find that after about 2-3 hours it does need to be topped up, but having said that, my lips look glossier even when the gloss has worn off.

          Overall, I recommend Clinique Superbalm Moisturizing Gloss and think it's a really good product.

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            30.06.2012 00:38
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            A great lipgloss when you don't use much but no different to any other

            My friend bought some Clinique things and gave me the free samples and this was one of them! I'm not a lip gloss person and they only thing I really use on my lips at all is Vaseline but as it was free I gave it ago.

            I smoothed a small amount across my lips, the colour came out quite clear and darkened my lips a little whilst giving them that shiny coating that a lip gloss does, it wasn't overly glittery which I liked, just coloured gloss. It smelt pleasant too, I find other lipgloss' I have tried before have quite an off putting plastic smell.

            The only downside I found was my lips became very tacky, they would stick together a little when I opened my mouth which I found really annoying. To fix this I patted some off with a tissue, (even though I hadn't even used much in the first place!) I much preferred this as my lips were shiny but not overly so and they were not sticking together. Even when I managed to rub or lick it off later in the day my lips felt extremely soft and moisturised all day.

            I would not buy this product at full price at all as I don't think it's much different from any other lipgloss on the market and I don't use much so it's a bit wasted on me.

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            10.06.2012 16:15
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            A lovely every day gloss for very subtle lip colour

            I am a big fan of Clinique's skincare and makeup. All of Clinique's products are hypoallergenic and should be free of irritation for everyone, including those with sensitive skin or who sometimes react badly to cheaper makeup.

            The lip glosses come in large 15 ml tube with typical simple Clinique branding. They bear the Clinique C and the product name is written in English and French. The shade name is stated on the back along with the information that they are fragrance free and allergy tested. The tubes have silver screw top lids and slanted applicators inside, allowing you to apply straight to your lips.

            The tubes are clear plastic, allowing you to see the lip gloss inside. In my experience the colour of the lipgloss does not really reflect the colour you will get on your lips, so when you look at the range of these at the counter you might think that some are too bright but in fact they are very sheer and subtle. The differences between the shades on the lips is not as marked as you would think from looking at the tube. I therefore definitely don't think it is necessary to collect them all or buy a lot of different ones. I have two tubes of Clinique Superbalm Moisturising Gloss: Grapefruit, which is a very pale pink colour which looks almost clear on the lips and only gives the most subtle wash of colour and Raspberry, which looks dark pinky red in the tube but also only goes on very sheer and subtle, only slightly darker than the Grapefruit shade giving a more noticeable hint of colour but it is still very subtle compared to most coloured lipglosses.

            To apply this, I squeeze a little bit of the gloss out on to the applicator and smooth it onto my lips. It feels quite thick but very silky and not too sticky or gunky. Once it is smoothed over the lips I can feel it there while I'm wearing it but it feels moisturising and soothing, not uncomfortable at all and I like to be able to sense something on my lips to be able to tell it has not worn off. As it does have a slightly sticky texture, my hair can end up sticking to it a bit if I go out in windy weather. Although this is annoying, it happens with nearly all lipglosses so it is not a problem unique to this Clinique superbalm lipgloss.

            This lipgloss lasts longer on my lips than a lot of cheaper lipglosses. It tends to last well until I eat or drink a lot. It can stay on my lips in good condition for about 5 or 6 hours, which I think is very good for a lipgloss.

            As well as wearing it on its own, I often wear it on top of lipsticks or liptints to stop my lips feeling dried out by those products. The lipgloss gives a nice and slightly wet looking shine which can brighten up other lip colours. The moisturising effect definitely does work and make my lips feel more comfortable. I can avoid my lips drying out with lipsticks by adding other cheaper products on top which work just as well, such as Burt's Bees lip balm (see recent review) but the Clinique Superbalm has a slightly different effect as it gives a glossy look, so I do think it's worth having both depending on the look I want.

            The lipglosses cost £13.50 which I think is an okay price considering how large the tubes are. I think they are worth it as they feel really nice and moisturising and give a nice, subtle and sheer wash of colour making them appropriate for every day, even when you don't want to look overly made up. If you do want a stronger colour, then you would have to wear a lipstick or tint underneath or try a different and more pigmented lipgloss instead of this.

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              26.03.2012 21:15
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              I love this - will definitely be buying the full-size version when this eventually runs out

              I don't normally let myself indulge in trashy fashion magazines but the other day when early for a train on a foggy, dull day I had a browse in the station coffee shop where they sell their magazines rather than stand out in the cold.

              Big mistake! There was Cosmopolitan magazine, in all it's pro-woman power bright loud pride, boasting an added extra - two sample size Clinique products. I love Clinique, but rarely let myself indulge, particularly now they've discontinued my favourite powder product. They last, but they're not cheap to take that initial hit when you're on a tight budget.

              This copy of Cosmo had a balm and a skin product. I couldn't resist. At the end of the day, two products from a top range and a read on the train for £3.50 was something I could just about handle the day after I got paid.

              So this review is of my new favourite lip product - Clinique's Superbalm Moisturizing Lip Balm.

              ***THE PRODUCT***
              Superbalm came into my life in a 7ml sample size of Grapefruit. It's a pale pink balm devoid of any daft glitteriness.

              The product claims that it is basically a balm - but it brings colour. So this isn't a gloss as such.

              It boasts that it will moisturise the lips and can be worn alone or over other products.

              Normally this retails at £13.50 for 15ml.

              ***MY EXPERIENCE***
              Not normally someone who likes sticky lip glosses, I was dubious. But on the flip side, I do like to try to keep a kissable pout and I've been struggling for some reason after winter and an illness to keep my lips unchapped, particularly in one troublesome spot where they keep splitting - so, a lot of balms and creams get used. So this was intriguing.

              I applied this on the same day I got it, without any other colouring product on my lips and all previous soothing products long since worn off. I was instantly impressed with how the colour transfers - it's barely visible, yet you do have a more 'polished' look, a slight exaggeration of a natural shade. Most of the shades available are based on pretty natural hues, so I would suspect this applies across the range.

              So, to the texture. I can't stand that sticky, gloopy feel of most glosses, but I have to say that whilst you undeniably can feel that there is a moveable product on your lips, 'sticky' is not adequate to describe it. It doesn't feel soothing like a balm would immediately (you would hope) and initially I worried it would be drying. The texture is not unpleasant, and feels like a thicker-than-normal standard lip balm. However, the light reflection and pigmentation is very much that of a high quality gloss. I was impressed.

              Yet I was going to be more impressed. In addition to the above, you don't need much of this at all - I have 7ml and it is going to LAST. A tiny bit of the product is more than adequate to give you a shimmer. And the best bit? Even when using just that tiny bit, you get the best effect this product has to give...

              ...As I have my hair dyed at the moment I have been keeping lips neutral and focusing on eye make up - both is tacky, at my age! So I was enjoying this light shimmering gloss and tiny hint of colour, and kept using it that day after it wore off (which it only did when I ate or drank - also a plus). I also applied the next morning, and the day after that. Again, in tiny amounts. Then I realised - my perpetually chapping and splitting lower lip wasn't splitting again. And not only that - it looked full, plump, moisturized and basically a heck of a lot better than it had in weeks.

              So, in short, this product works - really, really well! It's got all the balm benefits - but unlike a lot of balms this one delivers effectively and really fast for minimal application - and it's got that lovely quality of high-range glosses that allude to colour without stickiness and glittery additions to their mixture.

              It comes in a clear tube so you can clearly see the texture and the colour you are investing in - another good move from Clinique - and if this sampler I have is 7ml then I have to say that, even taking into account what I said about Clinique prices above, 15ml of this for less from £14 is an absolute bargain because it will last you for ages AND give you the benefit of a beauty product rather than just a make up one. If I could ask for one more thing it would be some SPF protection, but I'm splitting hairs here.

              ***OTHER WAYS TO WEAR***
              I have discovered that I LOVE to wear this with a lip stain or tint pen used before (I used the Max Factor one previously reviewed on here) - use this for a slightly brighter than usual colour and then use the tiniest bit of this balm on the centre of the lower lip and smooth out and slightly press on to the top lip. The result is colour and shiny and healthy, plump lips without looking fake.

              ***CONCLUSION***
              I love this and when the tester eventually runs out I will be buying it at full price. Brilliant product for any girl who thinks keeping her smile flawless is important - go for it and enjoy!

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                24.11.2011 16:43
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                5 stars

                I bought this as a treat to myself. I consider it a treat as it costs £13 which I think is a lot of money to pay for a lip gloss/balm.

                I do rate Clinique products very highly as I think they are very effective and always work well so I guess you do get what you pay for.

                This is a lip balm which is tinted so that you can use it like a lip gloss which I think is a great idea. I used to put Vaseline on my lips but found that they would have a shiny effect and look a bit odd whereas with this it just looks as though you're wearing a lip gloss instead so is very effective.

                It is a little gloopy and sticky feeling but this doesn't last long after you've put it on. I found it easy to apply to my lips and preferred to smooth it on with my fingers. It had a very good effect as it added a subtle tint to my lips to make it look like a gloss and it shined nicely too.

                I find that when I use this it helps to keep my lips from going dry so the moisturising element definitely works which is what you would want from a balm.

                I am very pleased with this. I like that it does two things at once- I look like I'm wearing gloss and at the same time it is moisturising my lips too. It is especially useful now that the weather is going colder so I shall be using this on a daily basis to keep the dry lips away!

                Highly recommended!

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                16.08.2011 09:31
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                Worth the money

                I love the Clinique range of products and I use a number of them and one of my current favourites is this Superbalm Moisturising Gloss. It is a high quality product however that does mean you have to fork out a few pounds for it as a small tube will set you back £13. There are eight colour varieties, at the moment I own a couple, Mango which is a great summer colour and gives my lips a coral look and raspberry which is a darker pink colour and gives them a richer feel. Overall the eight varieties provide a nice spread of colours to choose from.

                The balm comes in a clear plastic tube with a silver top and to apply you just give it a little squeeze and apply it straight from the tube which is nice and simple and no need to mess about with an applicator. It spreads on really easily and it does not need a lot to give your lips a full covering of balm.

                I like the thickness of this lip gloss, it gives my lips a nice deep, rich colour and they look plumper as well when ever I use this product. It leaves them with a wet look but without the stickiness that other products leave you with. My lips are nice and shiny and the moisturising effect is pretty good as well with this balm.

                For me this is ideal for every day use and while it is not cheap it does last a long time so you do feel like you are getting good value for money from the product. Plus sometimes you will find Clinique products as part of a promotion so it is a good idea to stock up when you get the chance.

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                  06.08.2011 22:17
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                  If you care about your skin this is a product to have in your make up bag.

                  I buy this superbalm moisturising lip gloss all the time I absolutley love it, expensive at £13.50 for 15 ml but a little goes a long way.

                  It comes in a plastic tube that is durable and needs a firm squeeze, you can use by putting a small amount on your finger or directly onto your lips.

                  There are several lovely colours to choose from,
                  Rootbeer
                  Apricot
                  Mango
                  Grapefruit
                  Ginger
                  Currant
                  Raspberry
                  Lilac
                  The shades are quite light and give a lovely sheen to the lips without being too over the top.
                  The gloss does not drip down from the lips.
                  If your an older lady with a few creases in the lips its best to use a wax base around the lips to prevent the gloss going into the lines this is readily available at Bobby Brown in Boots.

                  This product instantly relieves dry lips and contains antioxidants.

                  Beware of buying fake lip gloss from China its not cheaper because it is fake and you don't know what is in the product.

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                  05.08.2011 11:59
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                  A luxurious lip balm that although overpriced would make a lovely gift for someone!

                  I bought this lipbalm/lipgloss a few months ago as a way to use a Debenhams voucher. I did think it was a little pricey at £13.50 for 15ml, not a price I would usually be willing to pay. I got mine in the Apricot shade and there are 4 different shades to choose from: Apricot, Raspberry, Rootbeer and Grapefruit.

                  The packaging is quite a sturdy plastic tube (presumably to stop you squeezing out too much), with the Clinique logo on the front and a silver lid. The product is designed so you can put the lipbalm on your lips directly and not sticky your fingers up.

                  I found that it went on ok, it wasn't sticky or gloopy and it didn't taste/smell of anything (like a lot of Clinique products), so I didn't feel like I was eating some sickly sweet lip balm. The colour on my lips was very faint and subtle, which I liked for the summer. It also left my lips super soft and smooth so it must do what it claims to. All in all an expensive lip balm, but a lovely treat....request one as a present if you don't want to spend all that money.

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                  04.08.2011 13:16
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                  It really is a fabulous lip balm but the results don't warrant the price tag

                  As you will no doubt be aware I am a bit of a cosmetic junkie and as I have worked in the industry for many years I feel that it's my duty to try everything on the market!.
                  I am not a brand snob and my beauty suitcase (Well, it wont fit in a drawer!) has high end brands sitting next to lot's of budget brands and I get a kick out of purchasing a bargain as much as a luxury brand.


                  I bought the gloss last Christmas while shopping, I had bought lots of Christmas presents for people and I decided to buy myself a little gift also, as you can see I can and will use any excuse to buy cosmetics.
                  I had purchased something for my mum from Clinique and my eye was drawn to the lip gloss section.

                  The Product -

                  At first I thought that this was just a standard lip gloss, when I picked a tube up I realised that it was actually a lip balm with a hint of colour to it. Well I thought, It's winter and my lips are dry and it's really two products in one, almost a bargain.........Although at £13.50 for 15ml I am not sure even I could get away with calling it a bargain!

                  The product is called Superbalm and is designed to repair, condition and protect your lips while also providing a subtle colour.

                  There are 6 different colours to choose from and while they range from Peach, pinks and slightly darker shades they are all quite subtle and wont give you a strong colour look on your lips.

                  The balm comes in a strong plastic tube with a sliver screw lid. The plastic is hard enough to stop it from being squashed in your makeup bag and means you wont squeeze too much out, I have lost 20 lips worth of gloss from squeezing a tube too hard! . Having said that it doesn't mean that you need to apply lots of pressure to dispense the lip balm.


                  Applying The Product -

                  The design of the balm allows you to apply straight to the lip from the tube but I always just use a clean finger as I find that it's easier to apply and rub in with a finger rather than an applicator.

                  The balm has quick a thick consistency when you apply and I noticed that my lips felt instantly smooth and well coated and I only applied quite a fine layer which considering its not the biggest tube is good. Along with most Clinique products there is no real scent or "Taste" to the product.

                  I chose quite a pale pink colour and on my lips it appeared as a very subtle pink and the colour is quite sheer so you can not really tell that I am wearing a colour and my lips just look rather healthy.


                  Repair And Protect? -

                  I do have quite dry lips and it doesn't matter if its summer or winter my lips tend to suffer and usually my little Vaseline pot does the job just fine and I really wasn't sure if the extra expense of this product would deliver better results to warrant the difference in price.

                  Almost instantly my lips felt nourished and soft and after using the product for a while I noticed that the condition of my lips had improved and those dry sharp edges had gone and in their place were a pair of smooth looking lips.

                  Through winter and summer my lips feel protected and on most days I will wear a slick of the balm to protect my lips and also give them a subtle colour. I do always wear the balm on top of any lipstick that I wear and it give the lipstick a lovely soft shine .


                  Staying Power -

                  The balm clings onto the lips longer than a Big brother contestant clings onto their 15 minutes of fame.
                  I usually find that due to the very nature of a balm or gloss it lacks the staying power that I like, however I was more than pleased with this particular one as It stayed in place most of the day and only required a top up once or twice.

                  What I did notice after a while was that I couldn't really feel that I was wearing it, it's very comfortable to wear and while it gives you protection and coats your lips you don't get the thickness that you can sometimes get with other brands.


                  Conclusion -

                  All in all the Superbalm is a great way to repair your lips if they have suffered from the elements and protect them in the future while wearing a soft sheer colour.
                  The biggest advantage that it has over other products for the lips such as Vaseline is that it has great staying power and you don't need to use a great deal. However with products such as Vaseline being low cost you can apply them as often as you want to and you can now get the ones with a subtle tint so unless you really love your brands stick to something cheaper!

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                    07.07.2011 08:13
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                    Glossy lip colour from Clinique

                    I tend to wear and own a lot of lipglosses therefore when buying presents my family tend to purchase lipglosses as a safe present. My parents tend to purchase more premium brands of cosmetics as presents for me as they know because I'm on a budget I won't purchase these for myself so like to "treat" me on my special occasions. Amongst my birthday presents this year they opted for Clinique Superbalm Moisturising Gloss.


                    *** Clinique Superbalm Moisturising Gloss***
                    "Meet Clinique Superbalm - lip balm with a colourful twist. Gorgeous colours treat your most under moisturised skin to helpings of soothing shine. Instantly relieve dryness, protect with antioxidants and more. Dip in. " Is the description of the lipgloss on the Clinique website.

                    The gloss comes in a wide variety of colours the most widely available include apricot, raspberry, mango, liliac and rootbeer. The colours are generally very pink and pastel based therefore for those that prefer more orange/ brown tones of lip colour this may not be for you.

                    The Clinique Superbalm Moisturising Gloss comes in a small 15ml plastic squeezeable tube. The tube is clear so you can see the exact colour of the lip gloss and you can also see how much of this product that you have left. The lip gloss lid screws off to reveal the end of the tube which acts as an applicator. This is a slanted piece of plastic with a hole in the middle which dispenses the lipgloss when you squeeze. In comparison to other lipglosses in similar packaging, this hole is smaller therefore less product dispensed when you squeeze.

                    As this was a gift I obviously did not visit a store and purchase it myself. However in my true fashion I did check up and find out the price and where the product was available. Clinique Superbalm Moisturising Gloss is sold at Clinique counters in department stores which includes John Lewis, Debenhams, Selfridges, House of Fraser and Fenwicks. Boots also sell this lipgloss. A 15ml tube costs £13.00 therefore this would definitely be considered a "premium priced" lipgloss if compared with the average high street brand which costs around £5 a tube.


                    ***My experience***
                    My mum purchased Clinique Superbalm Moisturising Gloss in Grapefruit. This is a very light bright pastel candy pink type colour when looking at it in the tube, however do not let this put you off as the colour when on your lips is more subtle and diluted in its intensity.

                    To apply you simply squeeze the tube and run the applicator along your lips. This dispenses lipgloss out of the hole in the nozzle and the angled nozzle rubs this onto your lips. The consistency of the lipgloss makes it easier to apply than many other lipglosses with a similar style packaging design. This is because the lipgloss is reasonable thick, therefore because it is not runny it means you do not risk the lipgloss running over your lip line. It also means you do not apply excess product as at £13.00 per tube wastage is not at all desirable!

                    Once spread onto your lips the grapefruit colour was not as intense as it looked in the tube. The light candy pink colour was more subtle and gave a light pink shimmery shine to my lips rather than a matte block candy pink colour. The effect is very glossy and has a mirror like varnished shine rather than just a wet balm type look.

                    The lipgloss does not have a real taste to it. There is a slight sugar sweet flavour if you lick your lips but it is not fruity or fragranced like many lipglosses are. Once on your lips you do have to take care (especially when you go out on a blustery day) that your hair (if long) does not get stuck to your lips causing a sticky mess which happens with all brands of lipgloss but I would not consider Clinique Superbalm Moisturising Gloss to be an excessively sticky lipgloss that leaves an uncomfortable sticky feeling on your lips.

                    The Clinique Superbalm Moisturising Gloss stays on your lips slightly longer than most lipglosses. I find that if I do not drink or eat this lipgloss will stay visible on my lips for up to 3 hours. If you are eating and drinking you will find that you need to reapply in order to maintain a shiny glossy look.

                    The effects of the Clinique Superbalm Moisturising Gloss are great for those like myself with dry chapped lips. The Clinique lipgloss has a soothing moisturising effect which you can feel working on your lips immediately. I found my lips had a lovely cool smooth feel to them. After around 3 applications of this lipgloss, my chapped sore lips looked perfectly smooth and free from chapped skin.


                    ***Overall***
                    I was very impressed with the Clinique Superbalm Moisturising Gloss. The thick consistency of the lipgloss makes it very easy to apply but means a little product goes a long way. Once on your lips it does not have an excessively sticky feeling to it but it has a very nice super glossy colour which last longer than average compared with most lipglosses. The moisturising effects of the lipgloss is also impressive and leaves even excessively dry chapped lips like mine, smooth and free from dryness within only 3 applications.

                    I do think this is a great lipgloss both the moisturising effects, colour, shine and also its staying power but at £13.00 per tube it is not a product I will be purchasing regularly as I would not describe it as an "outstanding" beauty product. However it will be appearing on my Christmas and birthday lists as it makes a lovely gift!

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                    28.06.2011 16:45
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                    An expensive glue

                    I received a batch of Clinique products as part of a promotion not long ago, and the Moisturising Lip Gloss was among them. I adore lip gloss and generally much prefer it over lipstick, at least during the day. My gloss of choice is Nivea Care Gloss and Shine, and I have been using this for a good few years now. For some reason I have had great difficulty tracking this down in the last few months, and so when I ran out recently I remembered I still had this one to use.

                    Some glosses, like the Nivea product mentioned above, can be applied and forgotten about as they feel so lightweight. The same cannot be said of the Clinique product. The gloss is so viscous it makes application tricky at first. You need to give the bottle a good squeeze to get a fat blob of the stuff out, and then carefully manoeuvre it over your lips to ensure even application. I found that using my finger to do this worked best, and the warmth of my skin also seemed to encourage the gloss to glide over my lips more smoothly.

                    Every time I used the gloss I was very aware that it was there. It feels heavy, and when I rubbed my lips together for the first hour or so there was a tackiness that I did not much care for. Windy weather is also a problem. I have long hair which I like to wear loose, and when a gust of wind came over me and made my hair come into contact with the gloss I found the two almost glued together. Even when I managed to free the glued strands, they often smeared the product in trails across me cheeks, and retained it so that the hair closest to me face became a little stiff and sticky. This does not sound good I know, but there are very good things to be said about the Moisturising Gloss; most importantly, it delivers fantastic moisture. I often get dry lips and so prefer glosses that will repair and make my lips soft as well as making them look good. This product excels in that regard. I have used it when my lips have been very dry, and discovered that even after as little as a few hours they are feeling almost normal again.

                    I experimented with the gloss in a number of ways, and while there is no method of eliminating the heavy feel or the 'glue hair' effect, if you apply a small amount of simple lip balm such as Vaseline prior to using the gloss, you can get away with using less and thus minimise the disadvantages previously mentioned.

                    I would be reluctant to purchased this product at the full price of £12, but it is certainly effective in terms of its moisturising ability. If you want a gloss that is equally good at repairing the lips but is significantly light and will not glue your hair to your face, try the Nivea Care Gloss. If you can find it.

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                    28.06.2011 13:19
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                    Good lipgloss, not too thick and good staying power.

                    My major problem with lip products, like lipgloss and lipstick is that my lips tend to end up really dry after using them. I have found a few (typically more expensive products which do not do this, such as the Estee Lauder high gloss lipglosses) products which avoid this, and seeing as I am currently going through a Clinique phase I decided to give this ligloss ago! It ended up costing me around £12 as I got it as part of a special offer whereby you buy a couple of products and get a lovely make up bag free.

                    The lipgloss comes in a wide variety of shades (I saw about 10 in my local counter) and I went for a very light pink colour, as I have found that suits me more than the deeper shades.

                    The lipgloss comes in a thin plastic tube, which has a screw on and off lid, which once you take off gives way to a small hole which you can queeze the product out of. It is quite easy to get the right amount out as the squeezing mechanism is quite sensitive. The accuracy is a bonus as it means you can always do a quick touch up of your lip gloss without having to be in front of a mirror. This makes it nice and easy to apply 'on the go'.

                    The lipgloss has no real scent, and the texture is quite thin and not too thick and sticky which can sometimes be a problem for me. I hate the feeling that my lips are covered in a really thick product and that as soon as the wind blows all my hair will be stuck to it!

                    The product wasn't very shimmery, which I think I would add as an improvement, just because I find the shimmery colours more flattering than the translucent ones. The lipgloss had great staying power, it only needed to be re-applied every couple of hours and that is with drinking drinks and lots of talking!

                    The finish was not too shiney, I am not a fan of the mirror lip glosses you can get, so in that respect this gloss suited my tastes. The big test was once I had taken it off with make up rmeover, how my lips felt afterwards. They did not feel any drier than before, so this lipgloss passed my dryness test! All they need to do now is bring it out in some shades which I like a bit more and then I will become a regular customer!

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                • Product Details

                  Clinique Superbalm Moisturizing Gloss 15ml / Meet Clinique Superbalm / lip balm with a colourful twiSt. Gorgeous colours treat your most undermoisturised skin to helpings of soothing shine / Instantly relieve dryness / protect with antioxidants and more / Dip in / Sheer Coverage /