In my quest to find some great choices for fall lips, Clinique’s lipsticks in A Different Grape, Black Violet, and Double Truffle appealed to me. (I really love the Double Truffle name; it makes me giggle!) The lipstick formula itself is creamy, softly shimmery (reminds me of a lustre). The shimmer looks more like a nice glossy sheen once applied to the lips.
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Cinique’s Modern Matte is a collection focusing on matte eyes and high impact color on the lips. I am loving the new High Impact Lip Colour lipsticks – they are gorgeous, and there are so many shades to choose from. I know only a few are featured/highlighted in the actual Modern Matte collection, but there is basically a separate launch filled with these babies! I’m hoping to get to do some lip swatches later on this week, but here are some photos to hold you over.
(Pictured above are… Midnight & Night Plum Matte Shadows; Very Blush Blushwear; Red-y To Wear, Pure Posh, Go Fig, Plum Nude, Rose Spectrum, Sunset Glow High Impact Lip Colour)
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CLINIQUE | Modern Matte | Fall 2008
Colour Surge Eyeshadows ($17.50)
Available in: French Vanilla, Sable, Chocolate Chip, Martini, Stone Violet, Dark Denim, Slate, Night Plum, Midnight
This formula is the newest addition to the ever-popular Colour Surge Eye Shadow family. With this latest edition Clinique now offers a contemporary soft matte finish with intense, buildable, easy to blend hues. Colour Surge Eye Shadow Stay Matte is perfect for women of all ages. This formula leaves behind a soft smooth appearance.
High Impact Mascara (Black) ($14.00)
This mascara provides instant gratification by delivering intense, glamorous, dressed-up lashes in a flash! Women crave long, thick lashes and that’s exactly what Clinique’s multi-benefit mascara delivers – dramatic volume and length, fast! High Impact contains a built-in base of polymers that preps lashes automatically. The wide eyed, dramatic look is easily achieved without having to build layer after layer of mascara. This formula binds onto each and every lash, thickening on the spot and lengthening lashes by 36 percent.
High Impact Lip Colour SPF 15 ($14.00)
Available in: Go Fig, Rosette, Plum Nude
This sophisticated lipstick delivers superior colour and moisturization benefits from the moment it’s applied. The multi-tasking formula is long wearing, feather-resistant and has stay-true colour all while helping to provide protection from the sun’s harmful rays. Packed with the amazing treatment benefits that we’re known for, this product provides intense levels of moisturization while helping to protect fragile lip skin from UVA and UVB rays. Dry lips are comforted and lip condition is improved immediately upon application.
Defining Liner for Lips ($14.00)
Available in: Cider, Pomegranate, Sugared Fig
This liner is a wood clenched lip liner pencil with a built-in sharpener. It offers a smooth creamy application due to high level of cushiony feeling oils. The long-wearing formula (up to 8 hours) extends lipstick wear, helping to prevent feathering outside of the lip line or into fine lines. The precision sharpenable point can deliver a thick or more defined line depending on preferred use for customized application. The built-in sharpener provides ease and convenience for on-the-go touch ups and application; no need to tote another piece in your makeup bag!
Blushwear Cream Stick ($18.50)
Available in: Rosy Blush, Shy Blush, Very Blush (Limited Edition)
Creating a natural, healthy looking flush no longer requires a brisk jog around the block.
Blushwear Cream Stick is a modern cream-to-powder blush that blends effortlessly into cheeks to provide a natural punch of colour. This silky, oil-free formula provides buildable coverage that can be applied anytime, anywhere. Designed for women of all ages and skin types who desire longer-wearing cheek colour that’s a cinch to apply.
Availability: August 2008.
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If you’re living in a naturally warmer climate (cough, California!), it’s easy to confuse spring with the beginning of summer as blue skies dominate and the sun shimmers down. But whether you’re jonesing for a touch of summer in your life or are already breaking out your booty shorts, bronzers are often turned towards for a subtle, sunkissed glow that is an earmark of summer and fun.
Urban Decay Baked Bronzer ($24.00) looks very much like a the famous MAC mineralize skinfinishes, so if that’s your bag… you should definitely get your butt to your nearest Sephora to check this out! What I like about the Baked bronzer is that you can use it either wet or dry, and using it wet won’t ruin your product or leave a wet stain/spot behind. I actually tried a coming-soon shade in Gilded, which will is part of Urban Decay’s Summer 2008 launch. Original shades Baked and Toasted are fairly uniform in color throughout the product, but Gilded has gold spun through it (very much reminiscent of MSFs!).
Clinique True Bronze Pressed Powder Bronzer ($23.50) is an ultra lightweight powder compact that goes on so smoothly and lasts awhile. I like that it comes in four shades, which gives possibilities to different shades to go for subtle bronzing or deeper color as they please. The compact is sleek and transportable, which is great for doing makeup on the run as I know many of us will be spending plenty o’ time outdoors once weather permits.
Xen-Tan Perfect Bronze Perfect Bronze ($28.00) is a velvety smooth bronzing powder that is designed to “never look orangey or pink, even on fair skins.” Unfortunately, as I’m nowhere near fair, I can’t report on the accuracy of that statement, but it does give me hope for those who have been hesitant about getting into bronzer because of the orange-effect.
Guerlain Terracotta ($42.00) is a luxurious bronzer (hello, it’s Guerlain) that is moisturizing and lasts all day. The powder is also supposed to help protect your skin against free radicals. According to Guerlain, “neutral bronze” is suitable for all skin colors, though the product does come in four shades. If you’re a fan of this brand and have extra cash in your wallet, this isn’t a bad item to splurge on. Though I personally find that for bronzing, since I rarely use straight bronzers by themselves, that I do not need a product like this (then again – it would last me eternity!).
Stay tuned for part two, with even more bronzers to choose from!
Find these bronzers and more at Nordstrom.com or Sephora.com.
CLINIQUE | This Summer the Bronze Keeps Going and Going — Introducing Long-Last Bronze.
No one ever wants the summer to end, yet somehow the time between Memorial Day and Labor Day just flies by. Well, Clinique can’t promise a longer summer, but we can promise that your makeup will stay put throughout the day from the beach to a BBQ. Traditional summer makeup is light and airy, but because of the heat and humidity it also tends to melt off the minute you set foot outside. Clinique remedies the warm weather makeup conundrum by introducing Long-Last Bronze. Summer 2008 | CLINIQUE, a beautiful bronze makeup collection for the gal who hates to re-apply but loves to look her best.
Stay tuned for a detailed review of Clinique’s latest launch!
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While I was in New York for Fashion Week, Megan over at Clinique made sure I had a sample of Clinique’s Almost Powder, a new foundation, that also comes with build-in SPF 15. This product utilizes new technology in pressing and processing that ends up making production take twice as long as a normal powder would. It’s even produced exclusively in Japan!
I’ve been wearing Almost Powder for the past week or so, and I have to say, I do like it. I don’t think it is going to replace my holy grail Studio Fix Fluid (liquid), mostly because I like liquid foundation and the coverage. However, there are many days where SFF is just a tad too heavy, or I’m not really needing a foundation of that nature. I find Almost Powder perfect for everyday, incredibly natural-looking skin. The powder is incredibly silky, and it feels lightweight. The compact includes a sponge, but I also tried Clinique’s powder brush ($30.00) with it. I found the sponge was better at reducing any “powdery” spots, and it was a lot faster. I’m personally not a fan of sponge technology (just seems like it is a bacterial growth zone!), so I tend to opt for the brush method. The brush was SO soft, and I liked it for initial application and buffing later with a buffer brush.
The coverage you get is lightweight to light-medium coverage. It basically gave me natural coverage, so I didn’t look cakey or really like I was wearing any foundation–which is always a plus. I would definitely need to look into concealers if I wanted to wear this on more acne-prone days, though, since it covers, but not quite enough (though not many lightweight foundations do this, so it’s not really a negative).
What sells this foundation is how soft it is and how nicely it settles into the skin. If you’re looking for a more polished look, without looking like you’re wearing makeup, this is right up your alley. This is perfect for those on-the-go, and anyone who wants to keep foundation light, minimal, but something that works and really evens out skin tone.
Availability: March 2008 at counters and www.clinique.com, but currently available for preview at QVC.