REVIEW: Clinique Smart Custom-Repair Eye Treatment

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Hey everyone!

Aging is unarguably one of women’s greatest fears. As the age of thirty draws near, I can literally feel my face becoming droopy and less resilient at the jowls. However, my main concern have always been my eyes because the delicate skin around them makes the area terribly prone to fine lines and wrinkles. Just so you know, the eyelids are one the few body parts which will reveal one’s age first. Therefore, some precautions have to be taken to prevent premature sagging around the eyes, especially since I work with eye makeup on a regular basis. And removal of eye makeup is notorious for causing premature wrinkling.

But much as I try to avoid doing things that would potentially cause the skin to stretch over time during makeup application, sometimes it’s just inevitable that the lids are tugged with say, drier eye pencils, or even from frequent eyeliner use. Thus, apart from having products dedicated to skin care, I think it is also essential to have some specially for the eyes as well to sort of reverse the damage you have done to the sensitive skin around them. And that’s where I feel Clinique’s latest eye treatment cream comes into play!

Clinique Smart Custom-Repair Eye Treatment (S$79)

Clinique Smart Custom-Repair Eye Treatment (S$79)

If a woman can do at least four things at once, her skin care should too. NEW Clinique Smart Custom-Repair Eye Treatment does exactly that for women. An advanced eye treatment that visibly brightens, lifts, smoothes crepiness, and diminishes fine lines to crow’s feet. Plus, a boost of hydration that helps repair dehydrated skin, which is susceptible to cellular damage. Utilizing “smart” technology, NEW Clinique Smart Custom-Repair Eye Treatment is fortified with a cocktail of potent ingredients that help to keep skin calm, comfortable, and receptive to ingredient benefits.

Clinique Smart Custom-Repair Eye Treatment

Clinique Smart Custom-Repair Eye Treatment

Clinique Smart Custom-Repair Eye Treatment

Clinique Smart Custom-Repair Eye Treatment

I am usually a lot more cautious and selective when shopping for facial products due to my mildly sensitive skin which would occasionally break out in a rash (although it’s a lot better now). But with Clinique, I am confident that I won’t suffer from adverse reactions to their products because they are all allergy tested and 100% fragrance-free (and also the world’s first to do so). That means every product (formulated without known allergens) is tested – 12 times on 600 people – and if even one of those 7200 applicants incites an allergic reaction, the laboratory  starts all over.

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Clinique Smart Custom-Repair Eye Treatment – 15ml

The eye treatment is packed with numerous beneficial ingredients to help rejuvenate your eyes. Some of the ingredients are as follows:

Cladosiphon Okamuranus Extract – soothes the skin

Algae Extract – helps keep skin soothed and calm and make it more receptive to repair

Hydrolyzed Rice Protein and Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract – support skin’s natural repair process

Sodium RNA – helps eradicate the appearance of damage caused by stress, UV and other harmful assaults

Acetyl Hexapeptide-8 and Palmitoyl Hexapeptide-12 – helps to diminish lines and wrinkles by plumping the skin

Whey Protein – helps minimize the appearance of lines and wrinkles while helping skin to look and feel firmer and more resilient

Plum Extract – brightens full and fatigued-looking skin

Morus Nigra Root Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract and Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Fruit Extract – help restore radiance and luminosity for a more even-toned appearance

Ascorbyl Glucoside – helps counter dullness in the under-eye area

Glucosamine Ferment – helps promote cell renewal at the uppermost layers of the skin to gently diminish the appearance of surface dullness

Hyaluronic Acid – attracts and binds moisture to thirsty skin

Cucumber Extract, Sunflower Extract and Barley Extract – help keep skin perfectly hydrated

Clinique Smart Custom-Repair Eye Treatment

Clinique Smart Custom-Repair Eye Treatment

I don’t have a huge issue with wrinkles (so no comments on that aspect) but I did notice my eye bags getting worse progressively (though very gradually and not considered serious yet – phew – I thank my lucky stars) due to late nights (can’t help it because I’m busy all the damn time) so this launch was pretty timely. I put it to the test to see if it helps combat my problem and it has been close to 2 weeks since I started using the product.

Now, I don’t have any pictorial evidence to show because the change is honestly not very visible so it couldn’t be captured on camera. But I did indeed feel a slight improvement to the appearance of my eye bags. They seem less puffy and my eyes generally feel more awake now (making my eyes appear bigger than before HAHA!)

Clinique Smart Custom-Repair Eye Treatment

Clinique Smart Custom-Repair Eye Treatment

Clinique Smart Custom-Repair Eye Treatment

Clinique Smart Custom-Repair Eye Treatment

A teeny weeny bit pumped out for each eye will do (also because it’s quite expensive, so use sparingly and make it last). As it has a thinner consistency, I usually apply it before my face cream so that it can penetrate the skin better. I apply it day and night around the eye area, including the lids. In the day, I would let it settle fully for at least 10 minutes (it definitely takes a shorter time than that. I just like to be extra cautious) before I proceed with my makeup routine.

As it is lightweight and oil-free, it doesn’t leave a greasy and sticky residue after application. In fact it has such great absorption properties that it doesn’t feel like it’s there anymore after a few seconds! It is colourless too once you spread it out. Therefore it’s suitable for all skin types and ethnicities.

However, you’d feel a very slight tingling sensation with every application. It’s absolutely bearable, though (not because I have high pain threshold. It really is!), and it dissipates before you even know it.

Application

Application

Tadah, gone!

Tadah, gone!

Sure, there doesn’t seem to be a need for me to use this product but, as the saying goes, prevention is better than cure. I believe that the skin will prevail against aging if we take care of it early in life 🙂

So what are your thoughts on this new product? Do share with me in the comments below!

Thanks for reading!

The Clinique Smart Custom-Repair Eye Treatment (S$79) is now available at Clinique island-wide.

REVIEW: Clinique Pretty Easy Liquid Eyelining Pen in Black & Chubby Lash Fattening Mascara in Jumbo Jet

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Hey everyone!

Despite being one of the oldest and most trusted brands within the cosmetic industry, Clinique has never rested on their laurels. They just keep getting better and better with new products regularly being developed to cater to the needs of every individual (including men), as well as to address specific aspects of skin care. Therefore, after launching a range of improved face, cheek and lip products that were such a hit with the market, it doesn’t take a genius to figure out what is next on their docket. Yup, that’s right! Clinique has recently brought forth a series of eye products consisting of a mascara, eyeliner and an eye serum (which will be covered in the next post).

Clinique Pretty Easy Liquid Eyelining Pen

Clinique Pretty Easy Liquid Eyelining Pen (S$34)

Clinique Chubby Lash Fattening Mascara

Clinique Chubby Lash Fattening Mascara (S$30)

I’m really excited about this new lineup! Eye makeup is something that resonates with me for it was what evolved me into a more confident person. Growing up, I was always dissatisfied with my small, uneven Asian eyes and I hated how they would narrow into a slit whenever I smile. Likewise, my self-esteem was further battered by the taunts from my peers (although I knew they were just joshing around) because of my appearance. Therefore when I discovered the wonders of makeup in my late teens, I invested quite a lot in eye makeup products to enhance the shape of my eyes and I guess that’s what got me started on them!

Pretty Easy Liquid Eyelining Pen

Get the drama of liquid eyeliner without the drama of putting it on. Introducing NEW Clinique Pretty Easy Liquid Eyelining Pen, an error-proof pen that creates a clean line in one steady and simple sweep. This liquid liner is a tapered, precision brush that easily paints on pure, deep colour in a continuous, even and defined line. Use the tip to create an ultra-thin line or hold the brush flat for a bolder thicker line. NEW Clinique Pretty Easy Liquid Eyelining Pen promises 12-hour smudge-resistant and transfer proof wear that can be used effortlessly in three different ways to create a bold and dramatic look.

Pretty Easy Liquid Eyelining Pen (S$34)

Pretty Easy Liquid Eyelining Pen (S$34)

Pretty Easy Liquid Eyelining Pen

Pretty Easy Liquid Eyelining Pen

Pretty Easy Liquid Eyelining Pen

Pretty Easy Liquid Eyelining Pen

Pretty Easy Liquid Eyelining Pen

Pretty Easy Liquid Eyelining Pen

Pretty Easy Liquid Eyelining Pen

Pretty Easy Liquid Eyelining Pen

The pen glided on very smoothly on my tiny lids and was very comfortable to apply. With the very consistent and pigmented output, achieving the perfect cat eye is easier than you can imagine. The colour dispensed is matte and opaque and the tip is supple and soft, making it pretty easy to create a precised lining along my waterline. It didn’t poke nor tug my lids and I didn’t have to press it down too much to get the product out. It dried almost instantly after application (give it 8-10 seconds), perfect for days when I’m in a hurry.

Considering the warm and humid weather in Singapore (plus my tears of joy in between from laughing too hard while watching some comedy clips), I was astonished that it never smudged one bit even after 12 hours of wear. Therefore, do expect some difficulty in removal.

Chubby Lash Fattening Mascara

Lusciously plumped, full-bodied and thick lashes are just a wink away. Introducing NEW Clinique’s Chubby Lash Fattening Mascara that creates bold, volumized and luscious lashes with just a few strokes of an over-sized brushed. To create fine and faint lashes into bodacious and bold lashes, our volumizing brush fattens up lashes without weighing them down.

The Chubby Stick family just got bigger with the newest addition of NEW Clinique’s Chubby Lash Fattening Mascara. Add a hint of colour to maximize your sultry lash look with NEW Clinique Chubby Lash Fattening Mascara in Jumbo Jet (Black). These sexy and fun blackened pop colours create the perfectly styled lashes to complete your look in a buildable formula.

Clinique Chubby Lash Fattening Mascara (S$30)

Clinique Chubby Lash Fattening Mascara (S$30)

Clinique Chubby Lash Fattening Mascara

Clinique Chubby Lash Fattening Mascara

Clinique Chubby Lash Fattening Mascara

Clinique Chubby Lash Fattening Mascara

Clinique Chubby Lash Fattening Mascara - no falsies!

Clinique Chubby Lash Fattening Mascara – no falsies!

I don’t have the habit of putting on false eyelashes at all so when it comes to purchasing mascaras, the essential qualities I usually look out for are lash-lengthening and volumising. Not surprisingly, this mascara fulfilled all my requirements because my lashes really looked longer, more intense and visible. The product applied evenly on my lashes and had even attempted to separate them without leaving any clumps. The formula is amazing – it doesn’t overload upon application and it also allowed a buildable volume from the root of the lashes after each stroke. It took me just 4 full strokes to achieve my look. On top of that, the brush of the mascara managed to catch all the lashes from the inner to the outer corners of the eyes, giving my lashes the extra lift to stay in position.

Having said that, I’m not really fond of the oversized wand (ironically, the unique selling point of this mascara) because I find it a little too big for my short and sparse eyelashes. It was a challenge for me to manoeuvre the wand without inadvertently hitting my lids (which happened way too many times). I guess if you have a wider pair of eyes, the size of the wand shouldn’t pose a problem for you.

But ultimately, I have to say that the pros definitely outweigh the cons for this. It doesn’t leave any (zero, I swear!) small grains under my eyes after application! Okay scratch that. Not a single speck of fall out at all even after 12 hours! I was absolutely impressed by this because fibre fallout is a very common problem I encounter with mascaras in general. It is also not waterproof hence removal was a breeze as well.

So should you get it? Hell yes!

Comparison with other mascaras I have

Comparison with other mascaras I have, applied in left-right motion

Check out the intensity and the smooth appearance of the Clinique mascara! The wand that has a cluster of fine bristles that grip on to each lash, giving you a beautiful fringe of well-defined lashes. It also didn’t feel as sticky and heavy as my Urban Decay mascara (which could be due to it being waterproof).

Pretty Easy Liquid Eyelining Pen and Chubby Lash Fattening Mascara

Pretty Easy Liquid Eyelining Pen and Chubby Lash Fattening Mascara

Finished look

Finished look

Both products are ophthalmologist tested and safe for sensitive eyes and contact wearers. They are absolutely, 100% fragrance-free.

What do you think? Would you consider buying any of these products? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below! 🙂

Thanks for reading and do check back for another Clinique review 🙂

tHE clinique Pretty Easy Liquid Eyelining Pen (S$34) and Chubby Lash Fattening Mascara (S$30) are now available at Clinique island-wide.

REVIEW: Clinique Pop Lip Colour + Primer

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Hello everyone!

I believe Clinique needs no introduction. Having thrived in the beauty business for the past few decades, it has become a trusted brand to generations for its high-quality and reliable products. In a bid to fight off competition from a string of younger cosmetics startups, more innovative and attractively-packaged products were launched to appeal to the younger consumers. Lately, it has been creating a lot of buzz with the release of their Cheek Pop Blush last Spring in four colours. The vibrant yet natural-looking cheek colours have proven to be a crowd favourite across the globe, spurring the high-end cosmetic brand to churn out six new shades this Spring.

I’ve personally tried swatching the colours at Sephora, and loved how soft they appeared. The colours are drop-dead gorgeous! But I’m more of a lips person (I don’t mind owning tons of blush but I’d prefer having a truckload collection of lipsticks). How awesome would it be if Clinique decides to turn these colours into lipsticks?

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POPS LITERALLY! GIMME!!!!

Well, if you shared the same thoughts, you’d be delighted to know that Clinique is indeed launching Cheek Pop equivalent in the form of lipsticks! YAY. Called Pop Lip Colour + Primer, this 2-in-1 lipstick + primer collection comes with 13 delicious shades. Some of them are really named after the blush colours. 😀

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Clinique Pop Lip Colour + Primer is a rich colour lipstick and smoothing primer in one to provide an intense colour payoff.
Available in 13 fun, flirty and feminine shades in nudes, tawnies, pinks and violets, you can now achieve intense velvet all-day colour in just one application.

“Since Clinique Pop lipsticks are so highly pigmented, it’s best worn as the boldest part of your beauty look. It can also be blotted down to a stain for a more subtle but still signature statement look,” Jenna Menard, Clinique Global Colour Artist.

They will be launching in Singapore on 9 April 2015 and retailing at S$33 each.

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I was invited to the preview to try them out! Here’s my first impression 🙂

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(courtesy of Clinique)

Gone are the days of dry and uneven lips and feather-prone lipsticks. With this new lipstick lineup, ladies can now enjoy primed lips and the look of full coverage lipstick with just one application. Unlike Clinique’s existing lip products, this contains formula with a smoothing complex to prime the lips, create a smooth surface feel that allows colour to lay down more uniformly and look richer. This complex contains elements (including Shea and Murumuru Butters) that actually smooths lips over time.

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13 beautiful chosen shades after surveying all the markets around the world for their best selling lipstick shade. So every shade here is guaranteed a following. But really, this line-up is so irresistible, you’d be spoilt for choice!

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FUN FACT: The colours on the metal piece depict the exact shade of the lipstick. This was achieved after several trials. As a designer/photo editor, I can tell you that it’s not an easy feat at all!

I like how practical the packaging is. The metallic part of the casing is reflective so it can also be used as a mirror. That’s a very essential feature for me because I rely a lot on my phone’s front facing camera when touching up my makeup outdoors.

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Names of all 13 shades. I actually love how they incorporate the word ‘pop’ in the name. It sounds so fun and youthful. And yummy. Wouldn’t it be nice if lipsticks are edible hahahahaha ambitious much.

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The lipsticks are formulated to keep colour vibrantly true all day! They also have staying power that enable them to last once applied, and never really wear off.

The 13 shades are categorised into Nudes, Tawnies, Pinks and Violets. Let’s have a closer look at each of them:

Nudes

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01 Nude Pop, 03 Cola Pop, 04 Beige Pop

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These are designed to cater to different skin tones. Therefore there’s a dark shade in it 🙂 I guess for Asians, we are more suited for Beige Pop.

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One swipe

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Cola Pop on lips. My pick from this category!

I wore this colour to work today and it actually stayed on for a good 4 hours (until I had my lunch). The texture felt really soft and emollient, and it didn’t weigh down my lips. Despite it being lightweight, never once it bled and I didn’t have to line my lips nor powder it down with tissue to keep it in place. Most importantly, my lips were NEVER flaky the whole time! I can’t stand the feeling of roughness on my skin and my itchy fingers would tend to reach for the dry flakes on my lips when I use some other lipsticks, leaving huge patches of raw skin underneath. This didn’t happen today.

Tawnies

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05 Melon Pop, 06 Poppy Pop, 08 Cherry Pop

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One swipe. Gosh, look how pigmented they are?

This group of lipsticks generally have yellow undertones. My favourite here is Cherry Pop which is the reddest shade in this lineup. Got one for myself 🙂

Pinks

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09 Sweet Pop, 10 Punch Pop, 11 Wow Pop

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One swipe

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With Punch PopSomehow it looks more fuchsia than hot pink.

I reckon this category would sell like hot cakes when the sale of this collection goes live because pinks are usually the more popular shades. The pinks are very pretty but sadly, I don’t think I can pull them off.

Violets

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13 Love Pop, 14 Plum Pop, 15 Berry Pop, 16 Grape Pop

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My pick from this category is Berry Pop! Hahaha no surprises here. And oh, here’s me with Vanessa from Clinique 🙂

Easily my favourite category in this release, it has the perfect nudes as well as shades for the more adventurous. Vanessa put on the darkest shade upon my persuasion (like many Asian girls, she was rather apprehensive about wearing dark lip colours because of ridiculous stereotypes which I’ve absolutely outgrown) and was pleasantly surprised at how good it looks on her. So I really, really encourage you ladies to ignore naysayers and try a dark shade! You won’t know if you carry it off until you try it 🙂

That’s all for this preview!

Note: If you’re wondering why there are missing shade numbers, that’s because this collection originally comes with 16 shades (all were launched in U.S.). I guess these 13 colours are what Clinique deemed most suitable for Asian skin tones 🙂

Thanks for reading! ❤

Clinique Pop Lip Colour + Primer will be launching on 9 April 2015 at all local Clinique counters. Each lipstick will retail at S$33.