I just couldn’t resist this appealing online bonus from Clinique that popped up last month. I received the above products after ordering something of $27 or more and I thought I would do some mini reviews of these sample products. I also purchased the Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel and a Clinique Pop lipstick and I will review these as well. I chose the “glow” option at checkout in hopes of finding some nice summer makeup options. So far I am pretty pleased with the whole bonus. Read on to see what I have to say about each product!
I’ll start off reviewing the makeup that came in the bag because it is easiest to judge with one application. The first piece of makeup included was a Clinique Color Compact composed of an All About Shadow Duo in 02 Black Honey and 01 Sunset Glow and a Powder Blusher in 20 Mocha Pink. There was also your basic Lash Doubling Mascara and a Long Last Lipstick in the color All Heart. I also purchased a Clinique Pop lip color in Melon Pop. I wore the eyeshadow duo and All Heart on the same day and I have to say I’m impressed. They both definitely go along with the “glow” moniker and look very natural and summery. I’ve had trouble before with the pigment of lighter base colors from Clinique (I’m looking at you Rock Violet) so I was pleased that Sunset Glow was noticeable. Black Honey is a bronzy shade and is something I will be reaching toward all summer because it has a lovely look in the sun. I also really liked the lipstick because it is a color I have never really seen before. It is like a mixture of pink and red, so it looks distinctive but not overwhelming. I have pictures below.
I didn’t actually wear the Mocha Pink blush in these pictures but I have received that color before in another sample and I’m a big fan. It is such a beautiful neutral pink that looks good all year. You can make it look very natural or go for a more daring look if you layer it on. It almost becomes a pinkish/red when you wear it heavily which is pretty unique. The mascara is also nice, but nothing special. It creates volume nicely for me, but it definitely got better as it dried out more. The last piece of makeup I tried out was the Clinique Pop Lip Color + Primer. I have been hearing great things about this lipstick all over the internet and I couldn’t resist. I must admit I am extremely impressed. The lipstick is definitely the most moisturizing lip color I have ever worn. It doesn’t dry down on your lips and I was still comfortable after 4 hours of wear. There is no drying or flaking lips with this stuff; it is incredible. I bought the color Melon Pop, which is a peachy neutral color and the pigment payoff is ridiculous. I highly recommend trying this product out if you have a chance.
Finally I can do a mini review of the skin products in this bonus. I think skincare is hard to review without using it for a longer period of time, but I’ll give my first impressions. This bag contained samples of the Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+, the Repairwear Sculpting Night Cream, And the Repairwear Laser Focus Wrinkle Correcting Eye Cream. I can already recommend the lotion because I’ve been using a sample already. This stuff makes my skin look awesome. The only downside is that is can leave my skin a bit oily when I wake up on hotter days. I have normal/oily skin so it makes sense because the lotion is made for dry skin. That is why I picked up the product in gel form. I’m liking the gel as it moisturizes just as well but leaves the skin’s surface less sticky. The night cream and eye cream are pretty average for me so far. They work well but they don’t seem to be anything magical. I do like the eye cream’s texture though. It almost feels like cold cream with the texture of cream cheese. I know that sounds weird but it is the best description I can give. I’m sure both of them will work well, but I don’t know if I would repurchase them as of now. I got an extra sample of a scrub but I haven’t been able to try it yet. The perfume sample in the scent Happy is ok, but it is a little strong for my taste. Otherwise this kit was a winner! I think it’ll keep my skin happy through the summer and give me that nice glow. I’d recommend picking up any of the makeup in full size if you have the chance! -Kate