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Is it a lipstick, Is it a gloss, No It's Superbalm!!
Clinique Superbalm Moisturizing Gloss
Member Name: mrshez
Clinique Superbalm Moisturizing Gloss
Advantages: Does indeed repair and protect with a hint of sheer colour
Disadvantages: The Price
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.
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!
Summary: It really is a fabulous lip balm but the results don't warrant the price tag