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Clinique Long Last Glosswear SPF 15
Member Name: redhead78
Clinique Long Last Glosswear SPF 15
Advantages: Wide variety of shades to choose from, widely available, nice packaging, gives nice colour and shine
Disadvantages: Expensive, still feels quite thick and gloopy
On a recent clear out of my makeup bag I came to realise just how many lip glosses I actually own. Lip gloss tends to be one of those items that I see in a shop, like the look of, buy on impulse and then relegate the one I'd been using up to then to the bottom of my handbag or the back of my 'overflow' drawer. One that I found lurking at the bottom of my makeup bag was a tube of this Clinique Long Last Glosswear. I have no idea how I came about having this one, although my tube is only a small one so I suspect it may have been part of one of my mum's duty free gift sets.
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY
As Clinique is such a big brand this is available in many department stores and larger branches of Boots (or boots.com). A quick check online shows Boots sell this for £14.50 for a 6ml tube (as suspected mine must be a travel sized one as it's only 2.3ml), which of course accrues advantage points for you as well, or there are also some available on Amazon for £10 plus delivery. Still quite pricey for a lip gloss I think.
I was quite surprised to see just how many shades this is available in. I have it in the Tenderheart shade, which is a nice pale, slightly corally pink colour, but on the Boots website there are 18 different colours available altogether, mostly variations on pink, but with some brighter ones thrown in there and also some verging on a cream colour. Whatever your colouring or makeup preferences, though, I would imagine there would be a shade to suit you.
One of the things I like most about Clinique products is that they don't skimp on their packaging - and for the prices they charge nor should they! Their items always have a quality feel about them and even when the packaging is plastic it feels like good quality, solid plastic rather than the flimsy specimens some companies use. This lip gloss tube is no exception. The tube itself is a clear plastic, meaning you can see easily how much is left inside, and the lid, housing the applicator wand, is a contrasting silver colour.
Their branding is usually quite simple and this is no different. The Clinique name is written on the clear part, along with the name of the product, the fact that it is SPF15, allergy tested and fragrance free and a warning to stop using it if it causes irritation. And that's about as much information as you're given! I do like the packaging as it's nice and simple but quite elegant at the same time, although I suspect the fact that it's so understated might be one of the contributing factors in it being able to hide so easily at the bottom of my bag!
The lid screws easily from the tube to reveal a white spongey type of applicator. I prefer these to the squeezey tubes of lip gloss as they give a much better finish and are easier to apply with precision. When I use the squeezey ones I inevitably end up with way too much product glooped all over my lips. This applicator, however, doesn't seem to hold too much product so it is very difficult to apply too much of it. One plunge of it into the tube isn't enough to coat all of your lips, so as it takes two or three attempts to get full coverage it means you have a much greater control over how much you're using and so don't waste any.
The gloss itself is like most other glosses, quite thick and gloopy and on application that's quite similar to how it feels on my lips too. It is easy to apply with the wand and just glides onto your lips smoothly without leaving any litle clumps of gloss, which others I've used have been guilty of doing. The colour it leaves behind is very subtle in the case of this Tenderheart shade, which is exactly what I want from a lipgloss anyway. If I do wear makeup I tend to focus more on my eyes and so generally have a neutral colouring on my lips. Tenderheart is such a pale pink that it gives a barely there colour but adds plenty of gloss and shine to my lips.
It is, however, quite sticky and leaves my lips feeling well-coated in gloss. If I purse my lips together I can definitely feel that they're layered with something. This seems to be something that happens with all lipglosses however and, even though it's not something I particularly like, I've gotten used to it now.
Once applied this gloss seems to last for a couple of hours but I always need to reapply if I have a drink or something to eat. It's not a product that you can apply and expect it to last a full night out or shopping trip, which means having such a small sample tube actually comes in handy because it's so small and light I hardly even know it's in my handbag and if I'm not taking a bag out with me it actually fits into my purse too.
As this wears off quite quickly I've never had to take it off with the rest of my makeup so I've just done a quick experiment for the sake of my review and it comes off easily with one of my usual face wipes (Nivea), so I assume it would pose no problem to other makeup removers either.
Whilst I do like this lipgloss and the barely there colour and shine it gives to my lips I don't think it's any better or worse than other, much cheaper brands I've used so I think it is quite severely overpriced. I wouldn't buy it myself and I won't be repurchasing when this tube runs out. Whilst it does have some redeeming features - the nice packaging, the variety of colours, the SPF 15 (although that's wasted on my as I would never trust a lipgloss to provide sun protection and would always use proper sun cream if going out in the sun), I still don't think that the full RRP is worth it. If I were to pay that much for a lipgloss I would certainly expect it not to feel so sticky and gloopy as cheaper brands but that is not the case with this one and so it gets 3 stars from me.
Summary: A nice lipgloss but nothing extraordinary and certainly nothing to warrant the price tag