Masking with Clinique Turnaround Revitalizing Instant Facial and Even Better Brightening Moisture Mask

Clinique Turnaround Revitalizing Instant Facial and Even Better Brightening Moisture Mask review

Clinique Turnaround Revitalizing Instant Facial

Clinique Turnaround Revitalizing Instant Facial review

The ultimate facial and exfoliator in one, the Clinique Turnaround Revitalizing Instant Facial is an amazing all-in-one pick-me-up to prepare for a special night out. It works fast to remove dead skin on the skin surface to create an instantly illuminated appearance. There are micro crystal exfoliants in the mask to also provide some physical scrubbing action. The micro crystals are very fine in texture and delivers even exfoliation all over my face. I have relatively sensitive cheeks and I find that the mask base, combined with the crystal scrub, are still gentle enough on my skin without creating irritation.

The main downside is that I feel the micro crystals leave shimmer or glitter on my skin even after washing off the mask, therefore I usually have to wash my face again with my usual face wash to get off all the shimmer.

The recommended “dosage” of this mask is twice a week, and I find that to definitely be enough to keep my skin looking bright and smooth. Definitely love!

Clinique Even Better Brightening Moisture Mask

Clinique Even Better Brightening Moisture Mask review

The Even Better Brightening Moisture Mask is a cream mask that you apply on your cleansed skin, leave on for 10-15 minutes, and then tissue off. I usually prefer to wash off because I like to use my normal night cream, but you can just tissue off, or tissue off and lightly wipe off with a moist towel. If I don’t wash off, it feels a bit sticky and heavy on my face, never really absorbing completely into my skin and then leaving a slight film on the surface. I’ve used this mask a few times I find that it doesn’t really deliver in terms of its brightening effect – at most it’s lightly hydrating, but not really groundbreaking in anyway.

Overall, I’d recommend checking out the Turnaround Revitalizing Instant Facial but skipping the Even Better Brightening Moisture Mask. You can find much better alternatives for brightening and/or moisturizing masks, but the Turnaround Revitalizing Instant Facial is an all-in-one cleansing, brightening, smoothing, and exfoliating mask that’s great for those short on time and in need of a quick pick-me-up.

Product received as PR samples for review consideration; all opinions are my own.

Review + swatches: Clinique Lid Pop in 01 Vanilla Pop, 03 Cocoa Pop, 05 Willow Pop, 08 Petal Pop and 11 Surf Pop

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Two years ago, Clinique released the Cheek Pop line and everyone went crazy over them. The success was followed by the release of the Pop Lip Colour lipsticks. Early this year, Clinique expanded the Pop line to include eyeshadows, lip glosses, and sheer lipsticks. The eyeshadows – Lid Pops (C$22) – come in the same sunflower imprinted pots as the Cheek Pops, which are super cute. I have five shades to share with you today:

Clinique Lid Pop in 01 Vanilla Pop, 03 Cocoa Pop, 05 Willow Pop, 08 Petal Pop and 11 Surf Pop

  • 01 Vanilla Pop is a matte cream off-white that is perfect for as a base colour. This shade applied creamy with minimal fallout, and stayed on all day.
  • 03 Cocoa Pop is a medium, warm-toned brown with a satin finish. I don’t generally gravitate towards browns but this one is very smooth, pigmented, and generally a lovely staple colour.
  • 05 Willow Pop is an olive green with gold shimmers. This one is one of two of my favourites of the ones I received, along with Petal Pop. It applies very pigmented and smooth.
  • 08 Petal Pop is a beautiful pink with silver almost duochrome shimmer. This definitely my favourite of the bunch. Even though it is sheer compared to the others, it adds a beautiful pop of colour when layered on top of other shadows.
  • 11 Surf Pop is an ocean blue with silver shimmers. This is the worst performing of all the shades, applying patchy with lots of fallout.

Clinique Lid Pop in 01 Vanilla Pop, 03 Cocoa Pop, 05 Willow Pop, 08 Petal Pop and 11 Surf Pop

I’ve tried these a few times and while I do like them, I’m not sure they’re worth $22 each especially because of all the others out there on the market that perform similarly, or even better. These colours aren’t the most unique either, so you will likely find dupes of these in your makeup collection already. The only exception is Petal Pop, which is beautiful and I think everyone should go buy. Otherwise in this era of incredible-performing makeup, these Lid Pops are just not good enough for me to recommend.

Clinique Lid Pops are $22 each and available now at Clinique counters and at Sephora.

The swatches

Clinique Lid Pop in 01 Vanilla Pop, 03 Cocoa Pop, 05 Willow Pop, 08 Petal Pop and 11 Surf Pop
Clinique Lid Pop in 01 Vanilla Pop, 03 Cocoa Pop, 05 Willow Pop, 08 Petal Pop and 11 Surf Pop

Brows, brows, brows! Featuring brow products from Marcelle, Annabelle, Urban Decay, Clinique, The Face Shop, FusionBeauty, and Tweezerman

Fall 2015 is the season for bold, neatly groomed brows. There are a plethora of new brow products released on the market this season and I’m here to share some of my recent discoveries with you.

Marcelle and Annabelle

Marcelle and Annabelle fall 2015 eyebrow pencil reviews

Canadian beauty brands Marcelle, and younger sister Annabelle have released several brow products for this fall. The Marcelle Nano Eyebrow Liner (C$11.95) is a retractable micro-pencil with a spoolie on the other end. It comes in 5 new shades – Blond, Fair Ash Blond, Medium Brown, Auburn, and Dark Brown. It has a drier texture and dries down to a matte, powdery finish, and creates a natural, filled in brow. The spoolie is slightly flimsy but quite good for a drugstore brand. The Forever Sharp Eyebrow Pencil (C$11.95) is a self-sharpening waxy brow liner that’s ultra soft, waterproof and long lasting. This is probably my least favourite of all the brow products because I feel like I’m painting on my brows rather than carefully drawing them on. The tip is thicker than what I’m used to, and also because it’s so soft, it’s easy to go overboard with the colour.

Marcelle and Annabelle fall 2015 eyebrow pencil reviews

From Annabelle, we have the Brow Show Brow Liner and Highlighter (C$9.95) is among one of my favourites – it’s a convenient duo-ended brow pencil and brow bone highlighter in one. It comes in light and medium shades, which covers off a good spectrum of beauty lovers. My biggest dislike about this product is how it needs to be sharpened… little lazy me hates sharpening stuff, which is why I don’t reach for this one as much as I would like to. Lastly, the Stay Sharp Long Wearing Brow Liner (C$9.95) similar to Marcelle’s Forever Sharp in that it’s a self-sharpening brow liner. The formula is similar to that of Marcelle’s as well, which is creamy and slightly waxy. If you prefer that more painted on brow look, then this is the choice for you. Unfortunately, I prefer a drier brow product formula so I wasn’t in love with this. Lastly, we have Annabelle Brow to Go Brow Shaping Kit (C$9.95, not pictured), which comes with a two complementary eyebrow powders, brow wax, pair of mini tweezers and a mini brush applicator. For those who prefer brow powder, this is a great value set that contains everything you need to create perfectly groomed brows. The tweezers and mini brush aren’t very good for everyday use (quite flimsy), so you’ll need to supply your own tools, but they’d be good if you were on the go.

Annabelle products are available for purchase at London Drugs.

Urban Decay

Urban Decay Brow Beater Microfine Brow Pencil and Brush review

Urban Decay has released two new brow products that I’ve just been loving. Brow Beater Microfine Brow Pencil and Brush (C$24) is a tiny, tiny eyebrow pencil that’s amazing for filling in those gaps with naturally drawn-in brows that mimic the look of natural hairs. It comes in an ultra slim design that’s sleek, with an accompanying spoolie brush for grooming the brows. Normally I like to go for a taupe/natural brown shade for my brow pencil, but after trying this in Dark Brown, I’m digging the sultry look that works great with a vampy lip. In addition, Brow Tamer Flexible Hold Tinted Brow Gel (C$24) is a must-have for those with unruly brows that need to be kept in their place. It comes in tinted, where you can just brush and go for those days when you’re in a hurry, or clear, where you can brush on top of a more carefully sculpted brow to set them in place. These Urban Decay brow products come in four shades – taupe, warm brown, neutral brown, and dark brown – which can be problematic if you have lighter hair and need a lighter brow colour too.

Urban Decay products are available for purchase at Sephora.

Urban Decay Brow Beater Microfine Brow Pencil and Brush review
Urban Decay Brow Tamer Flexible Hold Tinted Brow Gel review
Urban Decay Brow Tamer Flexible Hold Tinted Brow Gel review

Clinique

Clinique Just Browsing Brush-On Styling Mousse review

Just Browsing Brush-On Styling Mousse (C$19) is a new tinted brow mousse released for fall by Clinique. Available in four shades – blonde, light brown, deep brown, and black/brown – there’s a good shade selection for the majority of beauty lovers. It’s a creamy mousse to powder type formula, setting down to a powder and essentially smudge proof. The colour I have is black/brown, which is slightly too dark for me, even with the dark sultry brow look. I probably would suit the dark brown colour better, and with the correct colour match, it’d make brow grooming a breeze because you just have to quickly brush it in and you can go – it’s a convenient all in one product! The small applicator tip also means that you can get precision application without having to worry about smudging. The one big downside is that the tube is tiny. It’s 0.07 oz, which is half the size of the Urban Decay Brow Tamer at 0.15 oz.

Clinique products are available for purchase at select Shoppers Drug Mart, The Bay, and more.

Clinique Just Browsing Brush-On Styling Mousse review
Clinique Just Browsing Brush-On Styling Mousse review

The Face Shop

The Face Shop Brow Master Eyebrow Kit review

The Face Shop’s Brow Master Eyebrow Kit is a brow powder kit that comes with a mini spoolie and a mini brush. The colour I have is 02 Gray Brown which is a cool-toned palette for those with brown or black hair. It contains an ash-brown shade and a medium brown shade, used together to create depth on your brow. For a natural brow look, the darker shade is used to fill in any gaps between hairs in the middle section of the brow (starting from about 1/4 of the way in, and ending about 1/4 of the way out), as well as to strengthen the arch. The lighter shade is used to shade in the first 1/4 and the last 1/4 of the brow, so that you don’t get a brow that looks uniformly dark, like a stripe.

The tools included in this kit, albeit small, are good quality compared to tools you get in other brow kids. The brush and spoolie are both relatively firm, and give good control over application.

The Face Shop Brow Master Eyebrow Kit review

FusionBeauty

I didn’t get a sample of this to try, but I learned about this at a recent press event so I wanted to share – FusionBeauty is releasing a STIMULASHFUSION Grooming + Enhancing Brow Duo (C$44). It is a dual-ended topical day and night conditioning treatment designed to stimulate eyebrow growth and nourishment, with the company claiming that it works in just 6 weeks. One side contains a night treatment serum and the other side contains a daytime treatment groomer that can also be used as a brow gel to keep hairs in place.

FusionBeauty is available at Shoppers Drug Mart, Murale and murale.ca.

Tweezerman

Tweezerman tweezer review

No article about brows is complete with a section for Tweezerman, the stylish father of brow tools. Tweezerman tweezers are my go-to, I have at least 2-3 lying around in my room, my makeup bag, at my desk at work, etc. In addition to the functionality and sharpness of the tweezers, I also love the limited edition whimsical designs that get released every season.

Tweezerman products are available at London Drugs.

Tweezerman tweezer review

In conclusion
Buy: Marcelle Nano Eyebrow Liner; Urban Decay Brow Beater, Clinique Just Browsing Brush-On Styling Mousse, The Face Shop’s Brow Master Eyebrow Kit
Skip: Marcelle Forever Sharp Eyebrow Pencil; Annabelle Stay Sharp Long Wearing Brow Liner

Clinique invites you to their exclusive workshops for the World Congress of Dermatology

Clinique Counter WCD

The World Congress of Dermatology is the world’s premier, international gathering of dermatologists, taking place every four years.  This year, to celebrate Vancouver’s hosting of the World Congress of Dermatology, Clinique is partnering with Hudson’s Bay to offer Vancouver beauty enthusiasts the exclusive opportunity to learn the latest tips and techniques from Clinique’s team of global skin care and makeup experts.

 

There will be daily complimentary “You Time Services” consultations that you can sign up for, designed to teach or treat depending on the choice of service. In addition to the consultations, there are also specialized workshops taking place during this week, taking place with Clinique global experts from countries such as France, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Brazil, United States, UK, and Canada. These sessions have targeted topics and are great for anyone who loves beauty and wants to learn more about a specific topic.

There are several sessions to choose from, and interested attendees can reserve a spot at one of the twice-daily workshops led by Clinique’s global experts from around the world. These workshops (some available in both English and Mandarin) will take place daily at 2pm and 4pm, and participants can reserve their seat with the purchase of a $20 – $40 HBC gift card depending on the session.  Some session options include:

  • Instaglow: How to get vibrant, selfie-ready, radiant skin
  • Daily Detox: Expert advice on how to protect skin against the effects of pollution and the environment
  • Eye-Dos: How to get brows that wow, and how to wear the latest eye makeup trends
  • Clear Skin: Examining the real causes of acne and how to get on the path to clear, unblemished skin
  • Flawless Fast: Expert tips on finding the perfect foundation match, and application tricks to making it look flawless
  • Pick Your Pout: Let the experts show you how to use the power of lip colour to make teeth look brighter, lips fuller, creating the perfect nude lip or the trendy ombre look
  • Jump Start: What are the common causes of skin aging? The science of looking younger and how to create smooth, contoured and even toned skin

In addition to the advice and one-on-one attention from these international experts, Clinique will also be providing participants with special token of appreciation gifts, and complimentary samples custom-fit to their skin concerns. You can also use your gift card towards anything at The Bay.

Details

  • Time and dates: June 8-13, 2015, 2PM and 4Pm
  • Place: Clinique, The Bay Downtown Vancouver
  • How:
    • For the workshops: purchase a gift card from The Bay worth $20-$40 and call the counter to reserve your spot
    • For the “You Time Services” consultations: call the counter to book your space

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Review + swatch + look – Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer

Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer review

Clinique’s Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer (C$34 for 30mL) is the perfect base product to use when you’re running short on time. This creamy, whipped texture foundation touts 24-hours breathable wear that’s ideal for very dry to combination oily skin types. It’s oil free, providing full coverage without clogging pores.

It comes in a tall glass bottle with a doe-foot applicator that helps to control how much product to apply. You only need a tiny bit to spread on your face, and one “dip” of the doe-foot applicator gives you more than enough product for your entire face, plus some for double duty concealing.

Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer review

I’ve been using this in the shade 4 Creamwhip, which is a neutral light beige that’s a very good match for my MAC NC25 skintone. The texture is quite lightweight for a full coverage foundation. I absolutely love how creamy it is, blending into my skin very easily and creating a smooth canvas for the rest of my make-up. Coverage is medium to full, although I’ve been wearing it more on the medium side because I generally prefer a more natural base. You can easily build this up to create full coverage without looking cakey or heavy.

I’ve been using my fingers to blend this into my skin, dabbing a bit of foundation on my forehead, each cheek, nose, and chin, and then blending out like I would do for moisturizer. The finish is ultra perfecting, smoothing out my pores and covering any minor blemishes on the skin – almost like an airbrushed effect. Emphasize that a little goes a super long way; it’s ultra blendable so it’s easy to go overboard and end up with a mask-like effect on your face.

The one thing I dislike about this foundation is that it can cling to any dry spots that are on my face. I was going through a dry chin period while testing this foundation and I found that it really did not sit well on any drier parts of the face. You have to make sure to thoroughly moisturize beforehand, otherwise the foundation may not adhere or set properly. In addition, this is available in 20 shades from a light pink-toned beige to very dark. Although the shade range seems very big, it seems to start off rather dark already since I wear the 2nd lightest shade available, and it’s not even that light. I could probably get away with wearing the lightest shade Alabaster, except that it’s too pink-toned for me.

Overall, I am in love with this foundation. I believe that a full coverage foundation is something every woman should have in their makeup bag for those occasions where coverage more coverage is needed. The Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer is a fantastic option. You can get yours now at Sephora, the Bay, Shoppers Drug Mart, and Holt Renfrew.

The swatch

Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer review
Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer review

The look

Wearing Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer in 4 Creamwhip

Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer review

Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer review

Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer review

For foolproof contouring, check out the Clinique Chubby Stick Sculpting Contour & Highlight

clinique chubby stick contour review

Are you a contour noob? Do you want to contour like a pro? Then you MUST check out the new Clinique Chubby Stick Sculpting Contour & Highlight (C$24 each). The newest addition to the Clinique Chubby Stick family is easy contour that’s extremely foolproof, AKA your new best friend. The duo (sold separately) come in only one shade – Curvy Contour, for the contour shade, and Hefty Highlight, for the highlight colour. Curvy Contour is a matte medium hazelnut, and Hefty Highlight is a shimmery champagne.

Like the Chubby Stick Cheek Colour Balms, these are creamy and super easy to blend, and take a while to dry down so you can blend blend blend for the most natural contoured look. The Chubby Stick Sculpting Contour & Highlight will give you an incredibly natural looking shadow and highlight on the sides of your face; you won’t get any of that shape, editorial-like cheekbones look, which makes them great for every day use. They’re also not too intensely pigmented, so you can start off with just one swipe and then layer your way to the level of cheekbone you want – that’s what makes it such a great beginner’s product.

clinique chubby stick contour review

There were three things that I noticed about the Chubby Stick Sculpting Contour & Highlight that you might want to be aware about. The first is that the contour shade is very warm, more of a bronzer tone than a taupe-y colour you often see pros contour with. Unfortunately, if you contour with a taupe colour too strongly, it will look ashy and make you look kind of dead, especially if you’re not used to contouring, which is why this is great for beginners. If you are looking for a more pro product, this one won’t be for you. Secondly, the colours are quite sheer, which means you will need to do some build up if you want a more intense look. Again, this is why it’s better for a daytime subtle look rather than a night time look with more sculpted cheekbones. Lastly, because it only comes in one shade, you do have to be relatively light in skin in order to use this. I’m about NC25 in skintone so it works really well for me, but if you’re NC35 or above, this probably won’t create much of a contour for you.

clinique chubby stick contour review

At the end of the day, the Clinique Chubby Stick Sculpting Contour & Highlight are foolproof products and are great for the everyday consumer. As a lazy morning person myself, I don’t have the patience to stand there with a sculpting brush and my Chanel Notorious for 20 minutes trying to sculpt out the perfect cheeckbones, which is where this product comes in. Get your sculpted cheekbones for just 2 minutes here!

The Clinique Chubby Stick Sculpting Contour & Highlight is available now at Clinique counters at Sephora, select Shoppers Drug Mart, the Bay, and other places that carry Clinique.

The swatches

clinique chubby stick contour swatches

The look

I applied Clinique Chubby Stick Sculpting Contour to the hollows of my cheeks, right beneath my cheekbone, and blended upwards towards my temples closer to my hairline; you can find the hollows of your cheeks by sucking in your cheeks and looking like a fish. I then applied the Chubby Stick Sculpting Highlight to the top of my cheekbones, blended upwards in a C shape towards my temple, but closer to my eyes.

clinique chubby stick contour swatches
clinique chubby stick contour review
clinique chubby stick contour swatches

Review + swatches: Clinique the Nutcracker Act I and Blended Face Powder in Snowflake Dreams from the Nutcracker Suite collection

clinique nutcracker act 1 palette

For Holiday 2014, Clinique released a small and compact collection of just 3 items, inspired by the classic Christmas ballet, the Nutcracker. The collection includes the Nutcracker Act I, an eye and cheek palette; Chubby Stick Baby Tint in Budding Blossom; and Blended Face Powder in Snowflake Dreams. I have the Nutcracker Act I and the Blended Face Powder in Snowflake Dreams to share with you today.

The Nutcracker Act I palette

The Nutcracker Act I palette ($46) contains 4 eyeshadows and 1 blush. The theme of the palette is pinks and plums, and reminded me instantly of the Sugarplum Fairy. The eyeshadow shades are an icy white, pale blue-based shimmery pink, satin plum, and matte black with some silver speckled glitter. The blush is a shimmery mauve.

I was not a fan of the dry, powdered textures of this palette; the shades were also very sheer and required several layers in order to show up decently. The best performing colour in the palette was the plum, but everything else was pretty much a dud. I really wanted to love this palette too because the combination of pink and plum makes it a very holiday-esp palette that is also feminine and unique.

clinique nutcracker act 1 palette

Blended Face Powder in Snowflake Dreams

clinique snowflake dreams

The Blended Face Powder in Snowflake Dreams ($29) is a loose powder for highlighting the cheekbones or anywhere else on the body. The shade Snowflake Dreams is a pink-based powder with a ton of silver sparkles. You can see in my swatch that they do not go easy on the sparkles! I honestly cannot see myself wearing this at all because of the sparkles. It would be great for a masquerade ball or Halloween but if you wanted to impart a more natural glow/highlight, even on your body, there are way better alternatives out there for highlighters. It comes with a travel-sized brush that’s quite scratchy (but if you were applying this on your body, the quality of brush probably wouldn’t make a huge difference).

clinique snowflake dreams

Overall, in my opinion the Nutcracker Suite collection by Clinique was not a very good performer. The collection lacked depth and the quality just isn’t up there with the Christmas collections launched by other brands. If you’re still set on getting this, the collection is available now exclusively at Hudson’s Bay.

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Review + swatches: Clinique Chubby Stick Cheek Colour Balm

Clinique Chubby Stick Cheek Colour Balm review and swatches

My cream blush streak continues with Clinique’s new Chubby Stick Cheek Colour Balms. With the Chubby Stick family now extended to include eyeshadows, lipsticks, lip crayons, and sheer tints, I knew it was just a matter of time when Clinique would introduce cheek blushers into the mix. New for fall 2014, the Chubby Stick Cheek Colour Balm is available in four shades, and I have two to share with you today – Robust Rhubarb and Roly Poly Rosy.

In general, these Chubby Stick Cheek Colours are relatively dry and waxier compared to the typical cream blush. It is less creamy, more waxy in texture. These don’t dry down as quickly as other cream blushes, and the good thing is, if you do make a mistake, these don’t stain your cheeks like other cream blushers would. You can easily wipe this off or blend it further to your heart’s content. The applicator makes it super easy to apply, just dab on your cheeks and blend out.

Clinique Chubby Stick Cheek Colour Balm review and swatches

Robust Rhubarb is a sheer coral pink shade. I wasn’t too impressed with this shade because it really required you to build up the colour a LOT before it would look like anything on the cheeks. It was really easy to blend out and is foolproof because it is so sheer – anyone can use it without the risk of overdoing.

Roly Poly Rosy (I know, who comes up with these names?!) is a beautiful rose-red shade; it fits perfectly with my current obsession of red blushes. Roly Poly Rosy is much more opaque and delivers a more pigmented wash of colour with each swipe. It is still super easy to blend out, and still pretty much foolproof, but just less effort required. I use 2 dabs per cheek and it is enough to give me a nice flush of colour.

In terms of lasting power though, I found that these don’t actually last super long, which is a disappointment. I put this on in the morning and usually by early afternoon, the blush has mostly disappeared. In comparison with the Chubby Stick eyeshadows that last all day and night, the blushes weren’t so impressive.

All in all though, I would still buy more of these if more colours came out. I love how versatile and easy to apply these are, and the stick applicator makes it travel friendly as well – no need to bring brushes or sponges, and you don’t have to worry about them staining your fingers. If you are looking for a long-lasting blush though, these probably aren’t for you.

Swatches left to right: Robust Rhubarb and Roly Poly Rosy
Clinique Chubby Stick Cheek Colour Balm review and swatches

Gadget review: Clinique Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush

Clinique Sonic Brush review

I’m super excited to share with you the Clinique Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush! This new cleansing brush is powered by sonic movements and uses a dual-fibre brush for deep and gentle cleaning, depending on the area of your face. Designed to work with the Clinique 3-Step program and its facial soaps, it promises to deliver smoother and more radiant skin, with fewer clogged pore.

Clinique Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush review

I’ve been using the Clinique system for a few weeks, in combination with the Clinique Liquid Facial Soap and other foaming cleansers, and I am very impressed with the results. The sonic pulsations help create a nice dense foam to cleanse with, and the brush glides against my skin really easily with the foam. The dual-fibre brush is a genius design, because I can use the gentler white bristles on my cheeks, and the green firmer bristles on my T-zone area and chin.

Clinique Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush review

The main thing about the Clinique system is that it doesn’t promise to treat anything or cure anything miraculously. It is good for one thing, cleaning and removing dirt and makeup from the skin. It has definitely achieved that, because my skin feels super clean at the end, but it has never, not once, felt tight or stripped. When toning, I don’t see any left-over dirt or makeup on the cotton pad, which means that the brush has helped to remove everything. I don’t notice any tightening of pores or eradication of fine lines, but I didn’t expect that from something that is supposed to just clean the skin.

Clinique Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush review

I do find that my skincare products are absorbing better and my skin feels softer from the gradual, gentle exfoliation. I do still deep exfoliate my skin 1-2 a week, either with a physical scrub or with a chemical exfoliating enzyme mask, and it has just helped to further the benefits of those products because the top layer of my skin is free from gunk, so the other products can penetrate the skin more easily.

After 2 weeks of using this every day, I can say that my skin is smoother, more radiant, softer, and looks overall better. Even my mom (who is usually my worst critic) says my skin looks super radiant, even with the change the weather normally wrecking havoc on my skin. Also since I got this and started using it, I haven’t had to charge it once – my first charge has lasted me this long!

Clinique Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush review

Another bonus is that the gadget is extremely light, and very travel friendly – I plan on taking this with me to Mexico at the end of November! The charging base is also equally light. A single charge can last up to 3 hours of usage, which considering each usage is 30 seconds to a minute, it will last for a long time on a single charge.

The downside is that distribution is relatively limited, as you can only purchase this at Clinique counters or online at Sephora. The brush replacement heads are even harder to find, and are available only at Clinique counters.

The Clinique Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush is available now at Clinique counters, online at Clinique and Sephora for $95 for the brush, and $29 for the replacement brush head. It comes with a 2-year warranty, and Sephora also has an excellent return policy for those who want to try this out! I definitely highly recommend trying this, especially if the Clarisonic just isn’t doing it for you.

Update 12/30/2014 – after 3 months of using this cleansing brush six out of the 7 days in a week, I have yet to have to recharge it since the initial charge. That’s 3 months of near daily use on the same charge! That is incredibly impressive and I wonder how much longer it can last without a charge…

Clinique Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush review

Comparison with the Clarisonic

I’m not a huge fan of the Clarisonic. I had the Clarisonic Mia, which is your basic, run-of-the-mill model for just cleansing and nothing else. Even while using the Delicate brush head, I felt it was just too abrasive for my skin to be used once a day, let alone twice a day like they recommend. I was using it for 2-3 times a week and still felt it was too abrasive so I gave it up after approximately 6 months of use. The main difference between this Clinique system and the Clarisonic is definitely in the softness of the brush fibres, and also how long and often they recommend you use this for.

Like I mentioned before, Clinique system’s dual-fibre brush is ultra soft (the white part), and the green part is more deep cleansing for use on the T-zone. The Clarisonic’s Delicate brush is composed of the same bristles and is a lot harsher compared to the Clinique brush.

Clinique recommends that you use the tool for 15 seconds on cheeks and another 15 seconds on T-zone, and this was to be done once a day. Clarisonic recommends that you use their product for 20 seconds on the forehead, 20 seconds on the nose and chin, and 10 seconds per cheek, but this was to be done twice a day. I found that the Clarisonic method was too much for me, especially combined with the harsher brush. My skin became really sensitive and turned red easily, whereas it hasn’t happened with the Clinique brush yet.

Overall, I prefer the Clinique Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush to the Clarisonic, and I can see myself continuing to use the Clinique Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush as my experience has been extremely positive so far.

Have you tried this, and what are your thoughts?

Clinique Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush review

Clinique Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush review

Review: Clinique Even Better Essence Lotion (for combination and oily skin)

Clinique Even Better Essence Lotion review

I’m really excited to review the Clinique Even Better Essence Lotion for you as it has quickly become a staple in my skincare regime. The version I have is for skintype 3 and 4, which are combination and oily skin. I use this as the first step in my morning skincare regime after my cleanser and before my serum, moisturizer and sunscreen.

My skin profile: I have very dehydrated cheeks with a t-zone that gets oily. I occasionally get break-outs, usually 1-2 around that time of the month. My main skin concerns are hyper-pigmentation and dehydration in the cheek area and fine lines in the eye area. My ideal skincare products are ones that provide good moisture to my skin, absorb quickly and leave no left-over product sitting on top of my skin.

What it claims (from Sephora.com)This astounding lotion provides both instant and long-term benefits. The rich formula plumps for softer and more comfortable skin, while moisturizing ingredients help bind water to the skin surface to improve its overall condition. Soothing botanical and cucumber extracts achieve the appearance of inner radiance.

Price: C$37 for 100mL

Texture/Scent: Scent free; slightly thicker fluid

The good: Three drops of this product in the morning is really all you need, and it absorbs quickly, leaving behind skin that is prepped for the next steps of the skincare regime and no residue. Even though the version I have is for combination/oily skin, I find that it is the perfect level of hydration for mornings, especially in the summer. Since using this product, my skin has felt smoother, softer, more supple, and definitely more hydrated. In terms of the “inner radiance” part of its claims, I’ve noticed that my skin definitely looked healthier.

  • Very hydrating
  • Skin feels smoother, softer, more supple, and looked healthier
  • Need very little product to achieve maximum benefits

The bad: Even though you only need a few drops of this product, C$37 for 100mL is pretty steep for a hydrating watery lotion.

  • Expensive

Overall: I think I have found a new staple product by Clinique. I love using this in the morning, and I can only see myself continuing to repurchase this product after I’ve used up my first bottle. After just a few weeks of use, I can already see visible benefits in my skin, and it has helped all of the other products I use after this absorb better as well. The result is a smoother, more hydrated canvas for makeup, and just a healthier look overall.

You can purchase Clinique Even Better Essence Lotion at Sephora locations now, or at The Bay counters starting in July. It also comes in a dry/normal skin version that is a lot more viscous and perfect for the winter!

Product: 20/20
Packaging: 3/5
Value: 2/5
Overall: 25/30 | A
Repurchase? Yes!

Clinique Even Better Essence Lotion review