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Clinique has been releasing quite a new products recently. Not all of these products are “new” but most, if not all, are released in 2014. Here are some products that I have been eying on.
Acne Solutions Clinical Clear Gel ($17-$25): Some people say this is a bigger version of the Acne Solutions Spot Healing Gel, which is my holy grail acne spot treatment. I’ll definitely try this out after I run out of my current bottle!
Cheek Pop Blush ($21.00): These blushes are molded in the shape of a flower and they are so adorable! There are 4 shades available. These blushes have a satin finish and they look great on the skin! See swatches on Temptalia.
Lash Power Feathering Mascara ($17.50): This is the second mascara to the Lash Power line. It is designed to lengthen and separate the lashes. This formula can be removed with warm water. The other mascara in the same line is the Lash Power Long-Wearing Formula, which is a smudge-proof mascara. Sounds like the long-wearing one would be better suited for me because nearly all mascaras smudge under my eyes.
Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm ($28.50): Cleansing oils and cleansing balms are the latest makeup removers. This is a solid balm that turns into oil once you mix it with water. It’s able to remove both eye makeup and face makeup. This product seems to have the best reviews compare to the Cleansing Oil and Cleansing Milk of the same line.
Photos courtesy of clinique.com
Olay Fresh Effects Dew Over Hydrating Gel Moisturizer
New product launched in spring 2014
The weather has been super crazy lately. We’d get a few days of 70 degrees and then it’d suddenly drop to 30 degrees the next day. My skin has been breaking out more than usual due to these sudden changes in humidity. My winter face cream feels too heavy but summer lotion doesn’t provide enough moisture. I picked up this new gel moisturizer since it seems like a good product to be used during seasonal transitions. For combination skin, I find gel moisturizers to be the best but they tend to be very expensive for my student budget. Has anyone else noticed that gel products tend to be more expensive than lotion/cream type of products? I wonder why that’s the case. Anyways, a couple of my favorite gel moisturizers include the Clinique Moisture Surge ($37) and H2O Plus Face Oasis Hydrating Treatment ($36).
Packaging & Price
Compare to other similar size Olay products (generally 2.0 fl oz), the this moisturizer has a taller box and shorter jar (1.7 fl oz). This type of jar packaging is not very hygienic so I’d recommend using a Q-Tip or mini spatula to get the product out. The price (~$13) is comparable to the products in the Age Defying line. But I think it’s pretty pricey for a drugstore non-anti-aging moisturizer.
I use this at night since it doesn’t contain SPF. My skin drinks this up very quickly and it feels nice and light on the skin. The down side is that I need to use more product than I had expected, especially on the sides of my face. It’s not nearly as hydrating as the Clinique and H2O gel moisturizers. This product is more suitable for spring and summer. I’d suggest using a face oil or serum before applying this moisturizer to get an extra boost of hydration. However, this gel does not mix well with other substances so the oil/serum must be applied on its own and you need to wait for it to be absorbed first. This moisturizer is lightly scented. It’s infused with honeysuckle but the smell is more like a fresh scent than a floral scent. It doesn’t bother me since I think it’s quite nice and it doesn’t linger for too long.
I also tried applying this moisturizer during the day under makeup. I would not recommend doing so because my BB cream literally sat on top of my skin and did not blend in at all. Throughout the day, my makeup became more and more patchy. I used a primer in between the moisturizer and the BB cream. But it was so easy to remove my makeup if I accidentally touch my face.
I would only recommend this product to those with oily skin. I have combination skin and this gel works well for the T-zone but it’s not hydrating enough for other parts of my face. I love the fact that the gel is very lightweight and it gets absorbed quickly. But I still think it’s a bit expensive for what it does and there are many less expensive lotions that could provide more hydration.
Trendy Makeup: BB Cushion
Lately, a ton of Korean beauty bloggers/vloggers have been using something called “BB cushion”. I first heard about this type of product from sunnydahye. It’s basically a compact with a sponge soaked with liquid BB cream. It might sound strange at first but I think it’s a great concept because you can take it on the go and it’s very travel-friendly. I don’t think it would count as a “liquid” on flights…. but don’t take my word for it. Inside the compact, there’s a special sponge for application. Instead of applying the product using a wiping motion, you are supposed to pat it on so that it provides the best coverage. All of them contain SPF. The biggest downside is that there are usually not that many shades available for Asian cosmetic products.
Currently, most of these products are only available in Asia and you’d need to find them online if you live in the U.S. like me. But as some of you might have already heard, the popular Korean cosmetic brand, Laneige, is now available exclusively at Target! I’m very excited because I heard lots of great things about this brand and I’ll definitely try out some of their products very soon. Right now, the products are only available online at target.com and the selection is quite small. But they will be available at selected stores around April. Some of the prices are better at Target than Asian cosmetics online retailers.
Side story: For those of you who have seen the Korean drama, You From the Stars, actress Jun Ji Hyun was often seen wearing vibrant lip colors. I heard that some of the lipsticks she used is the Laneige Serum Intense Lipstick.
Anyways, back to BB cushions. The following brands have been releasing this type of product for a while now and here’s what I’ve gathered from watching/reading reviews:
Laneige BB Cushion ($34): medium coverage; comes with a refill; SPF50 PA+++
Mamonde Real Skin Founder ($27.99): medium-full coverage; foundation + powder hybrid; SPF33 PA+++
Innisfree Mineral Melting Foundation ($28.99): buildable light to medium coverage; SPF32 PA++
Espoir Face Slip Nude Cushion ($44.99): light coverage; comes with a refill; SPF50 PA+++
Etude House Precious Mineral Any Cushion ($19.99): medium-full coverage; SPF50 PA+++
This morning, I saw a promotional email from Clinique and they made a CC cream compact! There are 6 shades available. Based on the picture online, it doesn’t seem like it’s CC cream soaked in a sponge. It looks more like a cream foundation. I have yet to see it in person so it’s hard to judge. I personally really like the Clinique CC Cream because it provides good coverage and does a great job of color correcting my skin tone.