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I suffer from incredibly dry lips all year round, so am always trying new lip products and this is just one of many that I have tried! It costs around £13, which seems expensive but I actually think is quite reasonable for a high end lip product. The only trouble is that its not as good as you would expect if you are looking for a lip treatment...
The packaging is pretty unremarkable, so I won't dwell on it. Standard Clinique colours, in a standard lip balm tube with angled tip for application.
The treatment itself is a clear gel, and the consistency is very gloopy and if you're used to standard balm sticks or more lotion-y lip products then this can be very irritating and I would recommend not using a great deal per application. It also feels quite sticky on the lips, and just seems to sit on the surface rather than being absorbed so I don't feel that I actually get many moisturising benefits from this product. I do however think that it can prevent further drying as due to the fact it sits on the surface it protects from wind/ air con and other factors that can dry the skin. It applies smoothly though, and gives just the right amount of shine to conceal any dryness. I'd say that depending on what you're doing it lasts about an hour and a half before feeling like you need to reapply. In that respect it is quite good, as stick balms I find tend to not last this long on the lips. Another benefit is that this balm doesn't have a taste at all, which is great as some I've tried leave a bitter taste in the mouth if you're drinking or accidentally lick your lips.
So after using for a few months, I pretty much only use it now as a clear gloss or a topcoat for lip stain (to be fair it is absolutely brilliant as a topcoat, as although too gloopy to be a balm it is not as gloopy as many glosses).
Interestingly, this product is also available with colour but these are marketed as moisturising glosses yet this clear version as a lip treatment. A moisturising gloss is a far better description of this product, and if it were marketed and packaged as such then I'd think it a brilliant product. However since it is marketed as a treatment, I'd say it doesn't live up to expectations at all and I've used far better products.
As I have dry lips I'm always on the lookout for something to use to soften them up and keep them looking good. I find most lip balms work for a bit but then leave my lips as dry as ever, at Christmas with all the cold weather my lips were the worst they'd been so I turned to a slightly more expensive option on the recommendation of a friend. I paid £9 for Clinique's Superbalm Lip Treatment from Debenhams, and this is a pretty uniform price although it is £10 in some places too.
The Promise: "Deeply hydrating balm that helps to repair distressed lips and replenishes moisture loss. Contains a combination of naturally-derived ingredients to help condition, repair and prevent dry, flaky lips.".
The lip balm comes in a small squeezy plastic tube which contains 7ml of the product; the tube is Clinique's well known bluey green colour and clearly holds the company logo in gold. The lid screws on/off which means it's quite safe to keep in your bag and has never come undone yet on me and I've been using it for a few months. Once you unscrew the lid you just lightly squeeze the tube to apply the balm you simply rub over your lips, my one complaint is that the top does get sticky but it's simple enough to give it a wipe over with a baby wipe.
The balm itself is quite heavy, and feels very sticky when you first apply it, I always find myself rubbing my lips together as I almost always apply too much and it's worth knowing you don't need much at all to soften up your lips so it does go a long way. The stickiness does put me off a lot but you know your lips are protecting whilst you're wearing the Superbalm and my lips are left feeling a lot smoother and more moisturised. I do continue to use Clinique's Lip Treatment, my lips have visibly improved and they are nowhere near as dry as they used to be however I do like to keep using to ensure they stay nice and soft.
Clinique's SuperBalm is highly recommended , it's a little let down by its stickiness and at times can feel a little gloopy, however, I really can't argue with the results, my lips look and feel a lot better and my little tube has lasted me ages so it's definitely worth the money.
I have unusually dry lips and I am ever so slightly obsessed with keeping my lips in tip top condition to prevent them from looking dry and flaky.
I use so many different products for them that the majority of my purchases on my last Debenhams card statment was for various lip sticks/glosses/balms/treatments etc.
One of my all time favourite lip conditioning treatments is by Clinique and it is their superbalm lip treatment.
It costs £10 for a tiny 7ml tube and the first time I bought it I was left feeling a little guilty about spending so much money for something so small but after using it I was left feeling convinced that it was worth every penny.
The superbalm lip treatment is a lip balm that not only leaves lips feeling immediately smoother and softer but it also helps to actually recondition them to leave them in better condition when not using it.
I use it by first lightly scrubbing my lips with a toothbrush I have especially for this job to remove the flaky bits and then slicking on a generous layer of the balm. The effect is immediately apparent with my lips looking and feeling immediately more smooth and softer.
The balm is quite thick but it does feel like it is absorbing in to my lips and they look so much healthier and plumper when I have used it.
I do find that it isn't the most long lasting of balms and I have to reapply continuously throughout the day and night which means the tube doesn't last me for very long but the results that it gives is impressive and for me it definatley leaves my lips looking and feeling better when I stop using it as opposed to the cheaper balms.
For me I think that the superbalm lip treatment is one of the best that I have tried. As a balm it isn't the best but as a conditioning treatment for my lips I don't think anything else can come close to how this leaves my lips looking.
I first came across Clinique Superbalm Lip Treatment at a duty free shop in Paris. I was trying to use up some Euros so I ended up buying this because I always like trying new lip balms. Superbalm claims to be a deeply hydrating balm that helps to repair distressed lips and replenish moisture loss so it sounded right up my street as my lips do have a tendency to get dry.
Superbalm comes in a 7ml light green squeezy tube and the balm comes out of a hole at the top- you can either apply the balm directly to the lips or with your finger. Superbalm is unfragranced and uncoloured, it comes out a transparent white colour. The balm is quite thick, not runny at all but it is sticky- you don't need to use much on the lips. The balm looks lovely on the lips, clear and glossy and it gives me a polished look. It doubles up really well as a clear lipgloss and looks good worn over lipstick too.
In terms of moisturising, I don't think Superbalm does a very good job at all! It felt good at first but after it had wore off, it left my lips feeling dry and feeling that I needed to put something on my lips to stop the dryness. It is one of those lipbalms that I felt I kept having to apply because my lips felt uncomfortable when I didn't have balm on them, surely that shouldn't happen! I think Superbalm just sits on the lips rather than actually penetrating and moisturising them so for that reason, I would not repurchase as I need a lip balm which is more hydrating. I think Superbalm works better as a lipgloss to be honest as it does look nice on the lips.
Another thing I noticed about this lipbalm is that after a couple of months, it started to smell rather strange! Like it had gone off? I know it is meant to be unfragranced but it smelt really unpleasant and put me off using it alltogether. This may of just been a one-off though, I might have had a dodgy tube.
Superbalm costs around £10, so not cheap but it is Clinique. It can be brought from Boots and all major department stores.
My husband proudly presented me with a tube of this Clinique lipbalm for my birthday, and was pleased as punch to tell me that he had done lots of research and it got the best reviews!
But he's a man who's not into things like this, so I thought I would give a girls opinion on this product.
Clinique Superbalm is a lip treatment which comes in a dinky 7ml tube in the signature mint green packaging associated with this quality brand.
As with all Clinique products, it is packaged plainly and in an understated way, but anyone who is familiar with upmarket skincare brands would recognise it as being reliable, if a bit boring.
The lipbalm itself is well documented on the website and in various reviews as being heavy duty, and therefore suitable for chapped and very dry lips. The blurb on the back of the tube states that it is a "deeply hydrating treatment for damaged lips" which "provides an instantly healthier look and feel."
I can confirm that the product does exactly what it says!
The lipbalm is non-offensive and comes out of the tube clear and a little like Vaseline in its appearance, however it is thicker than Vaseline and coats the lips more effectively. Once on it is neither sticky nor gloopy, and really does stay put for quite a while.
I've been using this product for a few weeks now and my winter worn, chapped, sore lips are already back to normal and feel much smoother and softer.
There is no fragrance to this product, and while I usually prefer fragranced lipbalms, I didn't expect one with this as I am aware that Clinique pride themselves on keeping things as natural as possible.
Much to my husbands horror this lipsalve cost £10 in Debenhams. He might have been shocked, but I think its well worth the price and is so far lasting me very well indeed!
I bought this as a result of a Clinique offer where if you spend over £30 you get a free gift set. I'd actually gone out to buy the dramatically different moisturiser but ended up buying this as well to make it over £30. It was £8.50 for 7ml from Debenhams and I thought it seemed like a good idea for the winter.
It comes in a really cute little bottle that is like a mini version of the other Clinique products. It is the usual mint green colour which I'm not a massive fan of but it does look simple and clean, like the products. It has a big silver C and 'Clinique' written at the top then 'superbalm lip treatment' written in dark green underneath. It has a screw off top and you squeeze the bottle to make it come out. It is a standard plastic sloped applicator with a hole in where the balm comes out and you can use the applicator to rub it in.
It claims on the Clinique official site that it is a "deeply hydrating balm that helps to repair distressed lips and replenishes moisture loss." And I think it really lives up to this claim.
The balm is a really thick consistency with a Vaseline-like colour. Except when you apply it, it feels thicker than Vaseline and more like a lip gloss. It leaves your lips looking really shiny and would definitely substitute a clear lip gloss.
It doesn't have any smell at all, which is a shame as I usually prefer lip products to have a nice smell. However Clinique pride themselves in making products that are sensitive and usually therefore fragrance free, so it makes sense.
I usually only use this as a lip balm at night usually before I go to bed, then I can leave it doing its work while I'm asleep. But I prefer to use lighter lip products during the day, however it would be suitable for carrying around and using throughout the day if that was what you wanted to do. I find you don't have to apply a lot as it goes a long way, and if you do put too much on it ends up feeling a bit heavy. I wouldn't describe the balm as sticky, like Lancôme juicy tubes can be, but if you have your hair down and it blows onto your face it probably would stick which is annoying!
The best thing about it though is how well it works. It instantly soothes your lips and makes them feel soft even if they had become quite dry. And I found after using it for a few days I noticed already that my lips felt more moisturised and I didn't need to apply lip balm as often during the day to stop them becoming dry.
The bottle has lasted me quite a while, I got it a couple of months ago and have been using it every night and still have a bit left.
I think this is a really nice product and have been really pleased with it. I'm aware there are similar cheaper products like it, such as the Nivea care lip balms but you can definitely tell the difference in quality with this. I admit when it runs out I probably wont bother buying it again because of the cost, unless there's another offer on that tempts me. But it does make a nice treat or present for someone else. I would also advise it for anyone suffering from severely dried out lips as I think it would tackle that better than cheaper ones.
Despite my fairly huge make-up collection, I've never been a big fan of lipstick. However, I do have a bit of a problem when it comes to lip gloss- it always looks so sheer, pretty and girly, I'm rarely seen out of bed without a good coating of gloss. But the problem with gloss is that if you wear it all the time, it can dry out your lips giving you a rather unattractive flaky look. Clinique's Superbalm tinted lip treatment is the perfect solution for whenever my lips start to dry out- it's a lip balm combined with gloss, meaning that you can condition your lips while looking fantastic!
The balm comes in three shades: mango tint (which is the one I bought), a peachy colour; raspberry tint, a bright pink; and grape tint, a rather scary looking purple!
Now, I've always been a bit put off by Clinique simply because of the packaging. The green colour, combined with the name, has a rather cold, clinical feel to me and their products are functional rather than fun. Some lip glosses shout 'fun'- Stila Lip Glaze, Lancome's Juicy Tubes- and some scream classy- Dior's Addict lip gloss has to be the most glamourous around- but the Superbalm just states "I'm here to do a job." It comes in a small tube containing 7ml of balm and is designed in exactly the same way as Lancome's Juicy Tubes with a slanted applicator for easy application. Unlike the Juicy Tubes or Stila lip glaze though, they've splashed the Clinique green all over the tube, presumably to make it appeal to a more mature age group but actually makes it look rather unattractive and cheap. Call me a snob, but if I'm going to fork out for a pricey product, I like it to look pricey as well! The tube is very functional though- small enough to fit into the smallest handbag!
On application I found that this was different to any lip balm I'd tried before- squeezing it out of the tube was quite difficult and this forces you to massage it into your lips, getting rid of dead skin cells and plumping up the lips. Because of this massaging effect, I find that I can't wear this over lipstick or the lipstick just ends up all over the tube! The consistency is very light and slightly more sticky than other lip glosses I've tried but feels really smooth when you rub your lips together.
*Colour and Gloss*
Once applied, the colour is very sheer- on me the mango tint gives a really subtle barely there hint of colour and a pretty glossy finish. If you're looking for a more striking look the raspberry tint gives a more noticeable colour. Unlike a lot of other lip glosses, you don't have to spend ages picking out one that will suit you, as all 3 shades should suit everyone! Because the colour is so subtle, it's perfect for people who just want a really natural look, but if your style is more dramatic then this probably won't suit you. But it's once you've applied this that you really notice the main difference between this and the Juicy Tubes or Stila Lip glaze. One of the best things for me about lip gloss is the fantastic smell that they have- strawberry, raspberry, orange- fruit smells always create such a fun, summery feel. But, as with all Clinique products, the Superbalm has no smell at all- it's 100% fragrance free. But, while this is a disappointment for me, for other people who don't like strongly scented products, this would be a huge bonus. And it certainly reduces the temptation to lick it all off!
Where the Superbalm really wins points from me is in its staying power- I've never had a lip gloss before that lasts this long! I can apply this and 3 hours later it's still there! Obviously it doesn't make it through a meal but you can't expect miracles! And I do find that it works as a moisturiser- my lips are much softer and in much better condition when I use this.
Clinique products can be bought in Boots, Debenhams or House of Fraser stores. The Superbalm tinted lip treatment (7ml) costs £9 so is on a par price-wise with other quality brand glosses like the Juicy Tubes (10ml) which cost around £12. And because the Clinique gloss doesn't need re-applying as frequently, I find that, even though you get less gloss, it lasts a lot longer than a Juicy Tube.
I've used this lip treatment from Clinique for years, and I find it's the only lip balm that actually works whilst not bringing me out in a horrible spotty rash around my lips!
It's a tiny little 7ml tube which costs £9, which is expensive but when you can't use anything else without breaking out in a rash what'll you do? Anyway it's a little green tube with a slanted applicator with a hole in the middle, you just squeeze a little out of the tube and rub the applicator over your lips, or you could use a finger instead.
It's a very sticky slimy gel like consistency which in all honesty I really don't like the feel of at all, and it also has a very odd and not at all pleasant scent. So, you put this horrible sticky goo on your lips, and yes, it keeps them lovely and soft and smooth and keeps them from becoming dehydrated or chapped. It really does work well as a lip balm, much better than any other I've tried, I just wish it didn't feel so greasy and sticky and horrible.
So if you're like me and can't use lip balms without coming out in a rash, give this one a go, it might feel awful, but it's hypoallergenic and fragrance free, and it really does the job!
I have definately been converted to clinique after trying the Superbalanced foundation.
I was allways put off by the price ( I paid £17.50), however I think its fantastic-all other foundations I have used have cracked, left me looking a little pinkish, dried out my skin etc etc.
I have now been using this foundation for a year and have only purchased one every 6 months so really its great value for money.
Especially considering how elegant the bottle is.
My skin is so much clearer as it doesnt block your pores like some cheaper alternatives others can. It smoothes on so easily and is easy to blend in-I even blend it onto my neck so I dont get that line around my jaw! Its a really lovely creamy texture.
When I brought it I was quite pale but it still looks great when I have abit of a tan, this is because its a foundation that you can build up so its great if you only need light coverage some places and more in others.
Its superbalanced, which means its great if you have combination skin. It wont dry your skin out but it wont leave it looking greasy either.
I love going to a clinique counter and being served by the helpful staff there who will sit you down and find the perfect match for you, this is alot better than grabbing the nearest looking one from a counter in boots! They package the items beautifully and you walk away feeling great.
I wear this to work everyday and my skin still looks great after a long day at the office!
I'd recomment waiting for their gift time as with two products purchased you get a great little set, I've had one that contained eyeshadows and mascara and fashwash, all of which were fantastic!
This really is a great products and I promise you wont go back after buying it!
Others have written about foundations and normally I don't use foundation, don't like it but a friend who used it who doesn't use foundation normally converted me to it. My friend was given a sample of Superbalanced and adores it, she has olive skin and it looks like she wears no make-up - ie foundation, so it must be good stuff.
Anyway, went to my local Clinique counter, got my shade and tried it, it covers blemishes well, is moisturising and yes, you can't tell I have a foundation on. 17.00 GBP is the price which I think is fair, so far mine has lasted over 2 months. I'm not overly keen on the glass bottle either but then again I've used foundations in plastic tubes where you struggle to squeeze the last drop out so I don't mind the glass bottle so much after all!
in most dept stores and most cities
dressed in white coats, can be a bit abrupt and sometimes not as friendly as i'd like, you do get the odd nice person though.
the foundation - a glass bottle with silver/metal lid. Rest of cosmetics, i think they used to be in green plastic packaging, not sure if changed. Lipsticks are or were in silver coloured metal ridged containers.
I think, not 100% sure, if you don't like colour or it irritates your skin (ie a rash) then you can return for refund. don't quote me on this though!
anyway, i am a make-up addict who normally goes for the posher brands so for me to say i like any foundation but especially Clinique is something else....! What can i say, it works. i'm pleased! :-)
Cliniques superbalanced make-up is a fanstatic invention. It is designed so it moisturises the areas of your skin that are dry and absorbs the oil from your skin in those areas too. It sounds very highstreet now, but with Clinique its been around for over a year, and the best thing is that it is specifically designed for those of us with sensitive skin. The benefits of this make up is that it is 100% fragrance free and is tested extensively on guniea pigs (as in people not animals) with sensitive skin before it has been released. For people like me, this is a god send. I had a Clinique make-over which was how I discovered it, and when you go and buy products they will probably give you a skincare test so they can find the right foundation for you, but I would say this is probably the best for most people as it helps to balance the things that are wrong with your skin. They also taught me how to use it, no fancy sponge and fingertip blending, the staff at the counter could not have been more friendly and they definately knew their subject. The practicities of the product are simple, you get what you pay for, I find that the foundation lasts 8 hours, pretty much, but I would have thought that putting a little loose powder over it would help it stay in place even longer and only requires a little more on the areas of your face like the nose. It comes in a wode range of colours, I know there are 5 very widely available, and probably there are more, but they also have products to match with the foundation too. Price wise its not too bad, while £17 is alot, the bottle does last alot longer than it looks, I wear it every day and after 15 months I am only half way through the second bottle. I think that your skin has to come before the price, and while its a luxuary its definately worth the extra cost.
I admit I have been lazy lately using foundations that you buy from the supermarket. No problem I thought and to be fair they did cover up the blemishes and ravages of less sleep than usual (a new son !). But while in town last week I saw that Clinique had a Bonus Time again. Let me explain - every now and again Clinique has a promotion called Bonus Time. This is where you get a collection of goodies free (well if you purchase two or more items!). So needing some more Clarifying Lotion, I decided to purchase some foundation so that I could qualify for the Bonus Time. Now I have combination skin which is fairly sensitive and the beauty assistant recommended Superbalanced Makeup. This foundation is water based which means that if you suffer from oily skin you won't be putting more oil into your skin, as with other foundations. It also provides moisture to dry areas of the skin. My skin is very sensitive so this foundation is ideal because it is hypoallergenic meaning that it has been tested for allergic reactions. One good thing about buying foundation from a beauty counter (as apposed to buying from the supermarket) is that the beauty assisstant will try several shades to find the one best suited to your skin. She tried a couple on my face - not on the back of my hand so that the match would be perfect. Now I have been using this foundation for a week and I must say there is no contest - I would not use another. It provides an even coverage that looks natural, (no caked on look). It is quite good at covering blemishes although you would need concealer for big spots (you know - the ones that appear the day before that big night out?) It is expensive at £17.00 for 30ml but I think worth it because you dont need a lot to provide total coverage. It comes in a glass bottle and it is easy to use. Be careful though because it is quite runny and you can end up with a handful of foundation! I wo
uld recommend that this foundation is used in conjuction with Clinique's 3 step cleansing system because the skin is then 'primed' for the foundation. It doesn't seem to go on as well if you have not done this.
Clinique Superbalm Lip Treatment / Deeply hydrating balm that helps to repair distressed lips and replenishes moisture loss / Contains a combination of naturally-derived ingredients to help condition / repair and prevent dry / flaky lips / Increases the skin's natural ability to rebuild and renew skin / thereby / improving the overall density of the lip skin / When applied regularly / over time / there will be a noticeable difference in the firmness / cushion and texture of the lips / Moisturising.