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Average Lipstick with a Premium Price Tag
Clinique High Impact Lip Colour
Member Name: jo1976
Clinique High Impact Lip Colour
Date: 01/06/11, updated on 10/10/13 (79 review reads)
Advantages: Even, moisturising coverage, SPF15
Disadvantages: Does not last longer than cheaper brands
I don't usually have the budget for premium make up brands such as Clinique, so when I discovered that Glamour magazine were giving away Clinique products with each copy a few months ago, I was delighted. I bought several copies and amongst my haul of Clinique goodies was this High Impact lip colour in Rosette.
Unlike the metallic silver version shown here on Dooyoo, my lipstick comes in a much more subtle design. It is a simple pale green outer case, that looks classy and stylish whilst clearly sporting the Cinique colours and logo on the top of the lid. Personally, I much prefer this simple design as I find the silver version looks, rather ironically, a little cheap and tacky - almost as though it is trying to hard to look expensive and creating the opposite effect! I always associate metallic silver with teenage make up so I'm glad that my particular lipstick looks a little classier.
Using the lipstick is extremely straightforward, as you'd anticipate. The lip colour twists easily without needing too much effort and closes securely after use. The lip colour itself is totally fragrance free which makes it far more pleasant to apply to my lips and leaves no detectable taste behind either. On application, it feels smooth and comfortable and I find it easy to apply an even covering to my lips. Clinique describe this product as 'ultra moisturising' and I do find it feels comfortable and natural on my lips, particularly as someone who doesn't wear lipstick very frequently. For added reassurance, this also comes with SPF15 sun protection.
This particular shade (Rosette) is a dark pink shade which I think is pretty versatile for all occasions. This is a shade that I'd be perfectly happy to wear for a (all too rare) glam girls' night out on the town but it is subtle enough for wearing to the office or just for everyday wear, although I'm not a girl that wear lippy everyday! It's certainly a colour that I find suited to my pale skin tone without feeling like a little girl raiding my Mum's make up bag! My favourite aspect of this shade is the slight gold tones to it, which give it a bit of an iridescent sheen whenever my lips catch the light. Even though the lip colour creates a matte, rather than a glossy, finish the gold shimmering tones help to create shine and make the overall effect seem more glamorous.
The only real disappointment with this product is the overall staying power. This lip colour does make impressive claims about its lasting power, supposedly lasting up to eight hours between applications. I must admit that I was incredibly dubious about these sorts of claims as I've never found a lipstick that lasts anywhere beyond an hour, particularly on a night out when there is lots of drinking going on. I was right to be sceptical about Clinique's claims as this lip colour wears off within an hour, just with the efforts of talking and breathing, despite appearing to be quite a deep stain when first applied. It also comes off very easily on to cups and glasses so I find its long-lasting claims fairly inaccurate. To be fair, it's no worse than other brands but it's certainly no better than others - even the very cheapest brands out there.
Clinique High Impact lip colour usually costs around £15 from their counters in stores such as Boots and Debenhams. It's not a price that will break the bank but I probably would not purchase another at full price, as I don't feel that it really offers anything above and beyond the quality and performance of cheaper brands on the market. If this did live up to its claims and lasted longer I would be delighted but, sadly, this seems a fairly run-of-the-mill lipstick, despite its premium brand name so I wouldn't particularly rush to recommend it.
Summary: Good but not great