Clinique is a first cosmetics brand for many — their makeup is dermatologist-tested (and considered to be teen-friendly), their price points are lower, and their pigment (eyeshadow, for instance) is generally subtle.
Clinique also offers fabulous gifts with purchase, and Nordstrom has one starting May 20. With $25 purchase, you get a cute, springy Trina Turk makeup bag, stuffed with Lash Doubling Mascara, Tenderheart lipstick, Blushwear Cream Stick in Rosy Blush, Superfit Makeup foundation, Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion, a Colour Surge Eyeshadow duo in Sunburst, aaaaand Take the Day Off Makeup Remover for Lids, Lashes, and Lips.
So in case (like me), you sometimes find yourself in the position of wanting a GWP and not knowing what to buy, I wanted to mention my favorites from the line.
1. High Impact Lipstick â€“ $14 (click here for swatches)
It’s amazing to me that this lipstick is $14. High Impact is fantastically moisturizing and long-lasting (it’s so rare to get both). And it contains SPF 15. Honey Blush is my favorite shade.
2. Creamshaper Eyeliner â€“ $14.50
Lovely, soft, easy-to-apply pencil eyeliners with great staying power. My personal favorite is dark-bronzey-green-brown Egyptian (likened to UD Stash). For cream liner lovers, check out the mousse-like Brush-On Cream Liner ($14.50). Egyptian was a limited edition shade, but you can still sometimes find it at Estee Lauder outlet stores.
3. Colour Surge Eye Shadow Soft Shimmer â€“ $14
I seldom wear just one eyeshadow — I like the combination of a lid color and a crease color — but there is one shadow I’ll wear alone with liner: Clinique Foxy. It’s just such a quick-and-easy, can’t-miss color with very subtle, gentle shimmer.
4. Lash Power Mascara â€“ $14
This is a pretty new offering from Clinique, a flake-proof, smudge-proof, tubing mascara. It’s supposedly immune to anything but warm water — swimming pools, makeup remover, crying — though if you’re bawling at the end of Field of Dreams and rubbing your eyes with a tissue in a devil-may-care manner, you will take it off.
I tried it, and I was impressed to say that my lashes looked exactly the same at the end of the day as they did when I first put it on — but definitely have your Tweezerman lash comb handy when you apply.
5. Quick Eyes Cream Shadow â€“ $15 (click here for swatches)
Whether you’re a cream-eyeshadow kind of girl or just in a hurry in the mornings, Quick Eyes cream shadows are lovely (Truffle is my favorite).
6. Fresh Bloom Eyeshadow â€“ $16.50 (click here for swatches)
These soft, shimmery shades were limited edition for spring, but if your counter still has them, this could be the perfect time to pick up Maple Blossom.
What are your favorite Clinique products?