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A couple of months ago I placed a massive Clinique order on the Boots website and ended up spending around one hundred and fifty pounds on products. Now I did this as I was running out of multiple things and also as they had a points offer and a free gift offer on which meant that I received £40 of points and several free gifts as well. It was also during the time before I returned to University so I was feeling quite wealthy having been working for the past year! Now the majority of the products were simply replacement ones but I did get a bit carried away by ordering a couple of things I didn't really need... including the Clinique Shimmering Stripes Powder Blusher.
Clinique is a brand that I've been using for a couple of years now and, on the whole, I've been really pleased with the results from its products. The brand is one of the world's leading brands of prestige skin care, make up and fragrance products. It was launched back in 1968 and since then it's been recognised worldwide for its allergy tested, 100% fragrance free products which are all developed by dermatologists. Their mission was, and still is, to meet individual skin care needs and this is reflected perhaps most effectively in their rather famous custom fit three step skin care system. They offer a range of skin care, beauty and fragrance products for both men and women.
While I was doing my shopping on the Boots website I decided to have a look at blushers as I did need one. My previous Clinique blusher was absolutely fine and did the job but I quite fancied a change, as I've been using the same one for over a year now I decided it was time to update. I came across the Shimmering Stripes Powder Blusher and decided to give it a go, mainly because it was a powder and I much prefer powder blushers to anything else and also because it looked a little bit more exciting than my previous blusher. It was priced at £22.51 which arguably wasn't cheap but by this point I was having a bit of a spree and didn't stop to think about the cost!
The blusher comes in a square compact that has a silver metallic base (it would be great to use as a mirror except Clinique have put a big sticker on it!) and a clear lid that just flips open. The lid has the brand name on it but apart from that is clutter free, overall it's sturdy packaging that has withstood being thrown around in my handbag for a few months now yet it also retains that uncomplicated air of class that Clinique packaging seems to have. My only issue with the packaging is that there's no where to store an applicator brush, the product does come with a brush which I'll talk about later but you can't store it within the compact which I could with my old one.
Upon opening the compact I found that there was no real fragrance to the blusher, obviously there was a very slight make up powdery smell to it but as the products are all fragrance free I wasn't expecting much. The compact is roughly two inches by two inches and has four stripes running vertically through it. Each stripe is a different colour although they've all been attached together so as to seem completely solid. The shade on the left hand side is a very light pink and quite neutral looking, the next shade is more of a deeper golden pink, the next shade is more of a red pink almost and the final shade on the right hand side is a deep golden brown colour.
Applying the compact is really easy and can be done with the free brush or with a separate blusher brush. The blusher does come with a small brush that is about two inches in length and width, with half of its size being devoted to rather soft bristles. To apply the blusher you simple need to dust the brush across the compact a couple of times in sweeping streaks to ensure you get an even blend of the colour. You then repeat this action on your cheek bones and anywhere else you wish to highlight. I personally wasn't a big fan of the brush, I prefer to have a longer brush handle to hold on to so I can do bigger sweeps across my face and have replaced it with my own brush.
That's really all there is to it, you don't need to be a scientist to work out how to use it! As for what I think of the product well... The thing that put me off about the blusher at first was the word "shimmering" as I prefer my blushers to provide a matte type effect rather than a glitter type effect... I certainly don't want to appear to be shimmering as such during the day! When I first saw the powder I was slightly alarmed as there is a shimmering effect to it, although there isn't any glitter to be seen (thankfully) there is a slight sparkle which is evident when you move the compact under the light. This is also the same when it's applied, there's no shimmer or glitter in sight!
The compact gives a really even and healthy summer glow to my cheeks, the colour is more of a deep and dull pink colour that's more bronzed and red than baby pink really. My old blusher was more of a baby pink colour and I much prefer the effect of this one, it looks natural and stops my cheeks from looking pink or as if I'm flushed. As I wear bronzer most days the golden brown tones in this blusher really compliment the bronzer and make me look quite naturally tanned. The colour is very natural and it's warming to, despite being called Cabana Pink there's nothing overly pink about it really, instead it's much more natural with browns, pinks and reds.
I've been really pleased with my blusher; I've had it for a couple of months now and despite using it every day I've hardly made a dent in it. I really don't need to use much in a morning to get the desired level of colour and find that if I touch it up at lunch time it lasts throughout the day. It comes off really easily with my standard facial wash and it hasn't caused me any skin problems at all. The good thing is, if I'm going for more of an evening look, I can just use a thinner blusher brush and focus on one of the compact shades which will result in a darker, redder blush. I'll certainly be buying it again despite its rather hefty price tag and I would recommend trying it if you like Clinique.
Thanks for reading.