Clinique Blushing Blush Powder Blush

Clinique Blushing Blush Powder Blush (Picture courtesy of www.clinique.co.uk
Clinique Blushing Blush Powder Blush (Picture courtesy of http://www.clinique.co.uk)

I saw this blusher whilst browsing Clinique’s website – and was initially taken in by the swatched shade picture of ‘Bashful blush’, it appeared on the website as a very pale pink, and I am pushed to find a light coloured blush that won’t end up making me look like a clown, a very embarrassed clown. Let alone a blush that’s allergy tested.

Instead of risking it and purchasing the £22.00 (!!) blush online, I decided to take a peek in store.

Unfortunately the ‘Bashful blush’ turned out to be quite a bright pink, very unlike the website swatch.

Needless to say, I ended up leaving with the colour ‘Innocent peach’ which on first attempt, did not seem too innocent, just very very bright and very very orange.

I persisted with this blusher for a little while – taking  to dabbing a tiny amount of powder on my brush and trying my best to spread it evenly along my cheek bones.

It seemed to always look uneven unfortunately, like streaks of orange journeying up my face.

In regards to my skin being irritated by the product – I don’t recall any irritation at all, which is one plus point I suppose.

This blush is definitely not for the fairer skinned in my opinion and I don’t think I’ll be purchasing it again anytime soon.

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SEVENTEEN Clear Definition Mascara.

17 Clear Definition Mascara (picture courtesy of Boots.com)
17 Clear Definition Mascara (picture courtesy of Boots.com)

Quick post to say – buy this!

I find that most the other brow perfecting/ clear mascara-ing mascaras a bit itchy due to fragrances and excessive properties.

I have been using this one since I was a teen, back in the day when it was called No.17.

I really want to try No.7’s ‘grown up’ version of this, but a quick look at the ingredients on the Boots website has put me off slightly. It’s also a hefty £8.50! Argh!

No7 Essentially Natural Foundation

BOOTS MATCH
Women in Boots No7 advertisement enjoying her lunchtime ‘perfect match’ testing.
Essentially natural foundation (image courtesy of boots.com)
Essentially natural foundation (image courtesy of boots.com)

I was intrigued by this high end brand of make up when I saw their advertisement of  a woman rushing out on her lunch break to get her perfect shade of foundation, priorities ladies! what’s a nutritious lunch when you have your perfect foundation match??

I had also seen the match machine doing it’s magic on many ladies at the No7 counter on my regular trips to Boots and was keen to see what it could do for me.

No7 are a hypo allergic and mostly fragrance free brand and because I am a ghastly shade of translucent (sometimes red) pale, I was interested as to how the ‘match machine’ would work through all this adversity my skin had to offer to find my ‘perfect match’.

When I did manage to pluck up the courage to approach the No.7 counter theSales representive was in fact on her lunch break ( I kid you not). After no more than ten minutes of waiting I was greeted by women at the counter who asked what I was looking for; I explained I was looking for a foundation for my dry and sensitive skin.

She recommended  No7 Essentially Natural foundation, her reasoning was that natural ingredients would be less likely to irritate my skin. To find out the colour she had to use the match machine. Exciting!

She pressed the contraption onto my cheek and explained that it was taking ‘over 20’ micro-photos of my skin to determine my skin shade. I was impressed.

But then she delivered the confusing news that the machine had suggested I was in fact between  two colours, a conclusion I usually come to by myself  when choosing a foundation – and was hoping that this was the answer to my constant deliberation over foundation colour. That was not to be.

The two shades the sales assistant suggested  were ‘Calico’ and ‘Cool Vanilla’, the ‘Calico’ tester seemed to blend well with my skin tone but the ‘Cool Vanilla’ had a slight yellow undertone about it – which I usually find essential for my red-prone skin (the yellow cancels out the red).

After much pained deliberation on my part – (think I even wondered aimlessly around the store a bit) I went for the ‘Calico’ shade.

Boots.com describes this foundation as a  ‘foundation that leaves skin feeling fresh, comfortable and hydrated’ . I think the ‘essentially natural’ part of the foundation comes from the ingredients ‘mineral complex of ruby, amethyst and sapphire’.

The next day I was eager to try out my new foundation – I decided for it to make it’s debut on a day that I had back to back lectures so I would give it a good run.

First application my skin didn’t burn straight away – ‘hurrah!’, it spread quite evenly across my skin and didn’t really accentuate any of my ‘dry bits’. It covered my redness fairly, but not necessarily well. This could have been down to the colour rather than the coverage. Unfortunately it came out with  a pinkish undertone which I was sure didn’t help any redness that was apparent – it also looked kind of greyish in some lights  ( corpse chic anyone?)

The foundation had a very ‘clay’ like smell to it but apart from that it seemed to keep my skin moisturised as it had promised (thumbs up).

But here’s where the real problem lied – the next day I woke up and my skin was  very very dry (dryer than usual) – I am certain it was down to this foundation as it was the only product that was different in my routine.

I tried it again another day to make sure – and it happened again the next day.

I’m personally not going to use this foundation again, but it’s maybe a good foundation for a one off occasion but not daily use.

Clinique Supermoisture makeup foundation

Clinique Supermoisture foundation
Clinique Supermoisture foundation
Picture courtesy of http://www.clinique.co.uk

 

 

Clinique Supermoisture foundation was the first foundation that I found since Almay stopped selling their products within Europe. I had carried on Ebaying my once favourite make up product Almay Line-smoothing foundation from sellers in America and ended up paying ridiculous shipping prices for an item which once cost me £9.00 in Boots.

Enough was enough.

On a trip to Boots, I found myself at the Clinique counter. I knew that from previous (uncomfortable) experiences that I am in fact allergic to most if not ALL the foundations available in the low end make up section in Boots. Most containing itch-inducing parabens and fragrances. So to head to the high end counters just made sense.

Clinique as a brand prides itself on making “skin care and makeup products that are all allergy tested and 100% fragrance free” so naturally with my sensitive skin I was drawn them right away.  The lady that I approached at the counter was wearing white lab coat, perhaps a marketing gimmick – to give the impression that they were scientific experts on skin care and not just your average make up sales representative. Whatever the reason for her attire – the sales representative was happy to assist me on finding the right the foundation for my skin type and colour.

The initial shade I was given by the sales representative was Ivory 04 but as soon as I got the product home – I knew this wasn’t my shade – it had a very pink and almost frosty undertone – I have eczema redness so a pink-based foundation is never a good choice for me. I went back and asked to swap to Linen 02, according to the sales representative it was a good balance between a pink undertone and a yellow undertone.

Once I had the right colour – it was time to test the foundation itself. The main things I look for with a foundation is – moisturisation, – this usually means  a dewy finish. Most dewy finish foundations are not full coverage however. This does present a problem when your trying to cover up red eczema patches but on the other hand it is less like to dry out your skin and sit in those infamous dry skin lines that eczema or dermatitis bring to your skin.

Clinique’s Supermoisture foundation is a dewy set – as expected. It is a light consistency and does not feel cakey on the skin. One of the few reservations that I had with this product  was that it appears to have  a shimmer to it. I was initially concerned that the shimmer would irritate my sensitive skin but after about 8 hours with it on my face, I couldn’t detect any irritation. I will note here that it does have a slightly ‘Edward Cullen’-esque effect to it in some lights, I personally don’t mind it – as it appears to be quite fashionable at the moment to use excessive amounts highlighter, plus it gives me a glow that people with dry skin tend to lack.

Overall I would say Clinique SuperMoisture foundation was  a good alternative to my beloved Almay line smoothing foundation, and I plan to buy it again once this one has been used.

 

 

02 Linen
Image Courtesy of http://www.clinique.co.uk

 

04 IVORY
  IVORY 04 Image courtesy of http://www.clinique.co.uk