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Member Name: katyboo123
Clinique High Impact Lip Colour
Advantages: Colour density, moisturising, shiny (without looking like teenager gloss)
Disadvantages: Tricky to apply, feathers if using a lip brush to build up colour, pricy - loses 1 star
As those of you who read my reviews will know I am a Clinique - a - holic and I generally trust the brand completely. Aside from one very disappointing episode with their Facial Soap, I am a fan and when my partner text to say a little Clinique pop-up stand had made an appearance at work, I wasted no time in sending over instructions on what products I'd like buying... as a 'present' of course!
I miss Clinique's green packaging, so many of their products are now packaged in modern mirrored chrome packaging and I always find myself drawn to anything in those vintage green colours. So when I opened the bonus time gift and found a full sized High Impact Lip Colour SPF15 in GREEN packaging rather than the shiny chrome tube it comes in I was so excited! I was (at the time) on the hunt for a perfect red lipstick to suit me, so the fact it was in 'Red-y to Wear' made it all the more delightful.
Clinique claims that it's High Impact Lip Colour lasts 8 hours, is super moisturising and boasts SPF15 which is an absolute essential benefit I look for when selecting make up to protect against signs of premature aging from the sun (yes, even on a dreary, drizzly, British afternoon!). Red's always been a colour I can't quite get away with (but oh-so-desperately want to) so in order to test it out, I decided to go whole hog and prep my lips, line them, use a lip brush - the full works.
Several applications, half a box of cosmetic tissues, a sore mouth and a tear or two later; I admitted defeat. No matter how lightly or heavily I applied it, the colour feathered right past the lip liner and made me look more 'red faced' than 'red lipped'. No doubt, it was very moisturising, it simply glided over my lips - and judging from the amount of make up remover it took to take it off each time it could very well last 8 hours with such a deep staining effect, but the texture was so oily it made it impossible to apply it using a brush.
Disappointed, I put the lipstick in the back of my vanity case and all but forgot about it until I got some new red nail polish. I REALLY wanted to wear it, so I was all co-ordinated (and in my heart couldn't quite give up on a Clinique product!); so I decided to give it another go. This time, I didn't bother with lip liner, or a smoothing base, I simply applied the lipstick direct, blotted and guess what? - It worked! And looked fantastic! I headed off to town to show off my scarlet pout.
The colour lasted all night though it did transfer on to every glass I drank from (but we're testing staying power here not whether it transfers!), it looked great - crease and feather free - and maintained shine (without looking like teenager gloss) and density - just like Clinique promised me. I received tonnes of compliments and felt so sixties glamour puss-like. It comes in a range of nude, pink, coral and violet shades! For £15 it's not a budget beauty buy, but I've tried many lipsticks and none have lasted as long, moisturised as much or coloured my lips so well - so if that's what you want from your lipstick, then it's definitely worth the investment. And of course, as with most Clinique products, a little goes a long way and it will last you a long time depending on frequency of use.
Highly recommended! Available at the Clinique counter in large department stores including House of Fraser, Selfridges, Boots; as well as online at www.clinique.co.uk
Summary: Get yourself a scarlet (or violet or nude or pink or coral) pout from Clinique!