I love the name of Clinique's latest limited edition collection.. not only does the politically correct term "Holiday" as in what us Brits simply call "Christmas" make me smile (cue my jovial attempt at an American accent... "Haaaappy Holidays!"), but the words "Strawberry Fudge" also conjure up images in my mind of pretty pinks and browns. Altogether very sweet and cosy.
Limited Edition Strawberry Fudge Holiday CompactRRP £25
Inside the substantially-sized mirrored compact, we're treated to an eyeshadow trio and a powder blush. All shades are neutral-toned.
I'm not a pink eyeshadow wearer, so I was surprised to find that I actually liked the soft pink in this compact. Once applied, it takes on a light golden shimmer which lights up the eyes and from certain angles doesn't look pink at all. The eyeshadow trio also comprises a shimmering chocolate brown and a matte, slate shade.
All the eyeshadows are very lightweight and as I've come to associate with Clinique eyeshadows, not especially pigmented (if you're used to more pigmented brands). The matte slate shade is particularly difficult to get a deep colour but the smoky colour can be built up by patting on layers, which is great if you usually find black eyeshadows too scary to use.
The eyeshadows last very well through the day (over primer) and stay intact even through a few tears (tried and tested no less!).
I found the matte blush on first impression (i.e. swiping with a finger) to be as difficult to pick up as the slate eyeshadow, but it was quite pigmented once I was using a brush to apply it onto my cheeks. And I love the colour - it's the colour of naturally flushed cheeks. I believe the shade already exists as Clinique's Soft Pressed Powder Blusher in "New Clover".
|Eyeshadow swatches on top row, blush swatch on bottom row|
Defining Liner for Lips in "Plush Pink"RRP £12.50
I use lip liner a lot. I actually prefer lip liner to lipstick because lipstick slides all over the place, dries out my lips and rarely lasts long. On the other hand, using lip liner to line and fill in my lips makes any gloss I apply over the top more opaque and long-lasting.
The shade of this liner is quite similar to the lip liners I usually use... nudey, rosy pink. I find the pencil lead quite "hard" and it doesn't glide like some other liners I used (e.g. from NYX or Le Métier de Beauté). But the benefit of the texture is that it won't slide once it's on.
I was wondering why the lid of the pencil was so bulbous and realised there was a handy sharpener hidden inside!
Vitamin C Lip Smoothie Antioxidant Lip Colour in "Strawberry Bliss"RRP £13.50
This mineral oil-free, super-shiny, moisturising gloss gets a juicy new shade for the party season. I'd describe the shade as a pomegranate pink with flecks of gold shimmer. Very pretty and polished.
The gloss itself is smooth and comfortable to wear with no stickiness or tackiness. For a gloss, it lasts a long time (hours), especially if worn over lip liner. It does actually feel quite conditioning too.
Full marks for being 100% fragrance-free too. I don't like flavoured lip products... ick.
The full ingredients of Vitamin C Lip Smoothie Antioxidant Lip Colour are:
Triiosostearyl citrate, Hydrogenated polyisobutene, Octyldodecanol, Microcrystalline, Wax / Cera microcristallina / Cire microcristalline, Butyrospernum parkii (shea butter), Punica granatum (pomegranate) sterols, Polyethylene, Tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, Theobroma grandiflorum seed butter, Disteardimonium hectorite, Euterpe oleracea sterols, Lecithin, Linolenic acid, Caprylyl glycol, Lauryl PCA, Hexylene Glycol, Oleic acid, Tocopheryl acetate, Calcium sodium borosilicate, Phenoxyethanol, [+/- Mica, Titanium dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Red 28 Lake (CI 45410), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090), Red 22 Lake (CI 45380), Red 30 Lake (CI 73360), Carmine (CI 75470), Bismuth oxychloride (CI 77163), Red 3 Lake (CI 17200), Red 6 (CI 15850), Yellow 6 Lake (CI 15985)] [ILN35542].
|Left to right, Defining Liner in "Plush Pink", Vitamin C Lip Smoothie in "Strawberry Bliss"|
High Lengths MascaraRRP £12.50
Clinique High Lengths Mascara (alcohol-free I should note) looked promising with its curved "willow" wand applicator designed to follow the natural curvature of the eyes. The theory is that the fine-toothed comb can then grab each lash at its root.
The curved wand is indeed easy to use on the upper lashes but I found it almost impossible to load a decent amount of mascara onto my lashes. I ended up trying to build it up with layers but ended up with spindly lashes instead of the plush ones that I covet. The lengthening effect was mediocre.
I found the shape of the brush very, very difficult to handle on my lower lashes. A lot of hand switching and contortion was required.
The mascara is the type that melts slightly in heat and dissolves in water so I don't think it'd be great in hot, humid climates.
This mascara is for you if you like natural-looking lashes and if you think the wand applicator shape would substantially improve your application of mascara.
I've tried several Clinique mascara and I'm yet to find one that I want to use again. Maybe they're just not for me! I've also noticed that my lashes fare better with traditional bristle wand applicators rather than the plastic comb types.
Clinique Holiday 2010 Strawberry Fudge applied
Other products used:
Face Atelier Ultra Foundation in "Wheat"
Varama Cover Cream in "VC1" and "VC3" as concealer
Urban Decay Razor Sharp Ultra Definition Powder
UNE Eye Brow Accent Pencil in "B04"
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Eyeliner Pencil in "Zero"
The Clinique 2010 Holiday Strawberry Fudge Collection is available at Clinique counters from 12th November 2010. Will you be checking it out?
Disclaimer: PR samples