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Seriously Well Named - It Is Super (er, and a balm)!
Clinique Superbalm Moisturising Gloss
Member Name: missrarr
Clinique Superbalm Moisturising Gloss
Advantages: Moisturising, long lasting, not gloopy, great subtle colour
Disadvantages: Arguably pricey but I think this is a rare product that seems cheap at the cost
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.
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.
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.
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!
Summary: I love this - will definitely be buying the full-size version when this eventually runs out