It’s that time again. Travel Exclusive Tuesdays (catch the first one and background deets here). My latest duty free discovery? A quint of 5 Clinique Long Last Lipsticks at an incredible value. O.K., so I’ve probably mentioned this before but Clinique is a brand that I think is often overlooked – particularly when it comes to makeup. It’s been years since I’ve used any of their colour cosmetics (apart from my beloved Stay Matte Foundation). When I spied this little set, I was won over by nostalgia – Clinique lipsticks were among my first department store brands years and years ago.
These particular ones are part of the long wear line. According to Clinique, this is the their longest-wearing formula, promising to keep its just-applied look for hours without feathering, creeping, staining or drying out. When Clinique says no “staining”, I’m inclined to think that they’re using the term in the strictest sense of the word (defined as a “mark or discolour with something that is not easily removed). In other words, while the lipsticks are long lasting – they don’t leave behind the evidence like a Sharpie. That’s how I interpret it anyway…otherwise, the long last thing doesn’t make sense.
Anyway, the travel exclusive set of five full sizes set me back $54.00 BSD (which is equivalent to USD). As you might have seen from the little sticker in the upper right hand corner of the box, they tell you you’re paying for four lipsticks and getting one free. But it was actually a greater value, because four lipsticks should be $64.00. Basically, you’re getting each one for $10.80. What I also really enjoyed about the set is that each lipstick is packed in it’s own box – making it more appealing if you plan to share or gift any of them. If you’ve got five friends to give to, each can get one that still looks all pretty in its packaging.
Clinique’s long wear lipsticks are divided into color groups: Nudes, Pinks, Red/Tawny, and Violet. The five shades included in the travel exclusive set are: Pink Moon, All Heart, Berry Freeze, Creamy Nude and Blushing Nude.
Pink Moon – A8: A mid-tone pink that reminds me so much of MAC’s Hot Gossip (which I do own). Pink Moon is a tad warmer and more yellow than Hot Gossip but they are very similar once on the lips.
All Heart – 15: A bright brick red. I can see this red appealing to many for its brightness and the radiance it brings to the face. It’s also one of those reds that makes your teeth look whiter. 🙂 Red/Tawny color group.
Berry Freeze – 10: Such a classic, timeless shade. It’s red-brown berry that looks deceptively boring in the bullet but is so spectacular on the lips. A red for those that don’t do red. A perfect tone to perk up the complexion. If you’re into the “color of the year” trend, this definitely has the Marsala vibe. Nudes color group.
Creamy Nude – 03: A pale brownish nude with a hint of peach. On me, this is one of those “concealer” like shades that just doesn’t work. I’ve heard that some people really enjoy it so it might just be the fact that it does not blend well with my particular natural lip color (pale mauve). Nudes color group.
Blushing Nude – 12: A pinky-nude that for many could be a contender for a MLBB (my lips but better). Pinks color group.
After testing these lipsticks for about two weeks, I found that formula was not uniform across the board. Pink Moon, All Heart, and Berry Freeze are most similar in texture and finish. You can probably tell from the photographs but these three have have a shimmer to them. Though this doesn’t come across on the lips, it lends itself to a finish that is somewhere between a satin and a glaze. They glide easily across the lips, leaving a semi-opaque sheen finish. In contrast, Creamy Nude and Blushing Nude are almost semi-matte in texture and finish. They are creamy with a soft shine and full coverage. Kind of like a MAC Cremesheen. However, Creamy Nude applied somewhat patchy whereas Blushing Nude was much more even.
As to the claims of maintaining “a just-applied look for hours without feathering, creeping, staining or drying out”, I did not experience feathering or creeping or drying as promised. However, performance on long wear varied.
Again, Pink Moon, All Heart and Berry Freeze were most similar. After about 2-3 hours the sheen wears and you are left with nice even wash of color that is slightly less vibrant than the lipstick would be freshly applied. Some might call this a stain. The “wash of color” will last another few hours, bringing total wear time to about 5 hours. Creamy Nude, on the other hand, disappears quickly and is moderately drying. Blushing Nude lasts a little longer and is probably the most comfortable on the lips – almost hydrating.
Overall, I’m enjoying these lipstuicks and happy to have some Clinique makeup in my life again. Pink Moon, Blushing Nude and Berry Freeze are fantastic colors for year round wear and a great red (All Heart) always has a place in anyone’s collection. The only shade I probably won’t get any wear out of is Creamy Nude. 🙂
Which one is your favorite? And do you shop Clinique?
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