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Clinique Travel Exclusive Makeup Palette
Member Name: dkm1981
Clinique Travel Exclusive Makeup Palette
Date: 07/05/11, updated on 08/05/11 (158 review reads)
Advantages: Good mix of products, travel sized, good mirror, handy to have
Disadvantages: Price, powder too pale
High Impact Mascara in black
Superpowder Double Face Powder in Matte Beige (No 2)
Soft Pressed Powder Blusher in Mocha Pink (No 20)
Colour Surge Eye Shadow Quad in Spicy (No 2)
2 x Long Last Lipstick in Creamy Nude Soft Shine (No 3) and Blushing Nude Soft Shine (No 12)
2 x Colour Surge Lipstick in Extreme Pink (No 17) and Wild Berry (No 21)
Moisture Sheer Lipstick in Silver Pink (No 22)
A selection of mini make up brushes and sponges
The palette is about five inches by three inches, so is small enough to carry around in your handbag all the time. It's a cute little palette that is mirrored on the top, with just a small Clinique logo to the side, so you can actually use it as a mirror without having to open it. The inside lid is a mirror as well and it's a good sized one so you can use it to apply the make up with no problems. The only thing to bear in mind is that the inside mirror gets pretty dusty because the powders and eye shadows are directly underneath, but it's nothing that a quick wipe with a tissue won't fix.
There are two layers to the palette; the top has the mascara, powders, eye shadows and sponge on, whilst the bottom has the lipsticks and other brushes on. The bottom layer works like a drawer and slides out from underneath. I think this is great, because it stops you from getting powder on your lipsticks.
The mascara is a miniature version, but still lasts quite a long time. I really like the mascara because the wand has a bushy end, which I find works really well to separate my eye lashes without making them look spidery. The only problem I can see occurring is being able to replace the mascara when it runs out because the little groove that it fits into wouldn't accommodate a normal sized mascara from any brand.
The lipsticks are various shades of pink and red, although none of them are bright red and none are that non-existent pink colour that you sometimes get. There's a good selection and I really like the moisture rich one as it helps my dry lips, especially when I'm on holiday. This one is also my favourite because it has a bit of glitter to it (with it being silver pink), so it's nice for special occasions and parties especially. There's a little lipstick brush that is quite good. It's a slide out one, so you don't get lipstick marks all over the rest of your palette and it is really good for applying the lipstick. Usually I just use my finger, but I find that the brush it really good as getting a nice even coat.
The eye shadow quad is four shades of brown. One of them is almost a nude colour and is good for a base coat. Then there are two that I would say are for actually giving colour, one I prefer much more than the other because it's a pinkier brown whereas the other is more of a chocolate brown. They are both nice, but I personally prefer the first. The other one is a much darker brown and I actually use that as a liner (because that's the one product that this kit is missing). The eye brush again is pretty good although it is very short. It would be perfect if it was a bit longer - I'm not sure why it isn't either because there is certainly room for it to be a little longer. The brush is double ended with a sponge tip and one end and a lovely soft brush at the other. The sponge end is good for applying the darker shadow as a liner as it gives a nice thin line, whilst the other end is really good for covering your upper lid.
The blusher is a really nice colour and I actually sometimes use it on my eyes (this set is so versatile!). It's called Mocha Pink and I think that is pretty much a perfect description because it is light brown, but with a lovely pink sheen running through it - a perfect compliment to holiday bronzed skin. There is a little brush to go with this as well which is lovely and soft. It is good but not great for applying the powder - mainly because it's so small, it is easy to get thin streaks of blusher on your cheek rather than general sweep. This is easy to solve once you have the knack though and if you don't get the knack, it's really easy to rub the powder in a bit.
The pressed powder is probably the only product that I don't use that much because it is just too pale for me, especially when I'm on holiday. It's a very milky colour, which is a shame because it is actually a nice powder that lasts quite well. It also comes with an application sponge which is really good.
===Price and Value===
This palette is a travel retail exclusive, so you can only buy it at airports and on planes, where it retails at between £30 and £35. It does seem a little pricey, but I think it's a good buy because you get a lot of Clinique products for your money and they're all pretty good. It's such a handy little thing to have (for the mirror if nothing else!) and it's got pretty much everything you need - certainly everything I need.
I've also bought a couple of these as presents and they've always been very much appreciated! I would recommend the product if you like Clinique and you have a bit of spare cash to treat yourself - it's cute, handy and pretty!
Summary: A bit pricey, but worth it!
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