I used Clinique when I was in high school. And that was 20 years ago, no kidding. I mostly used their three-step skincare system. You know what I’m talking about: the bar of soap in the pale green dish, the purple toner, and the light yellow lotion.
I remember liking those products, but let’s face facts, I really just wanted the gift that came with it — usually a cosmetic bag with samples of makeup. I still have a few of the bags today and I still use them!
But I don’t recall really using Clinique since then. If I’m being 100% truthful, I have never even considered Clinique as a player in my makeup or skincare game.
However, the last few times I’ve gotten my hair done (I have a regular stylist at Ulta), the same woman, who works for Clinique, comes into the salon and offers samples of products.
I’ll start with the Clinique Moisture Surge. It’s more of a gel facial moisturizer and feels light when you put it on, but offers intense hydration. I’ve never been one to pay much attention to the moisturizer I use, but I put this to the test when I packed my two samples for my London trip.
London chilly wind be damned! This stuff kept my face flawless — seriously I had no wind burn, not even a spot of dry skin with this stuff. I have been using it morning and night ever since.
I tried out the Clinique Happy Body Cream on a random day after a bath and… I forgot how great Clinique Happy smells?!? Amirite? The body cream was not greasy and it is a pretty light orange color 🙂
Onto the Fresh Pressed Renewing Powder Cleanser. I thought this was so cool because it comes individually wrapped, so I packed it in my carry-on and used it to wash my face during a layover on my way overseas.
Technically, you’re supposed to use it in the mornings, as it has Vitamin C in it and helps brighten the skin and reduce age spots. However, I just thought the powder aspect of this was so cool; haven’t seen anything like it.
So, when I made my little trek to the outlet mall over the Easter weekend, I wanted to check out more Clinique products.
Of course, I spotted the Moisture Surge first (it was on my list of things to buy), but I also saw the 7-Day System they put together surrounding the Fresh Pressed Powder Cleanser — it’s the cleanser packets plus a Vitamin C booster, and it promises to give brighter skin in just seven days.
Then, I started looking at all the products, and here’s what I took home: Pep-Start Hydrorush Moisturizer, Clinique Fit Workout Makeup, Chubby Stick Sculpting Highlight, and their Foundation Buff Brush.
When I was sampling the Moisture Surge, I started looking up reviews online weeks ago and I came across the Pep-Start line. The entire line is packaged in bold, bright colors, and it includes an exfoliating cleanser, cleansing wipes, bubble mask, moisturizer, lip balm, eye cream, and a nighttime lip mask.
The Hydrorush Moisturizer has an SPF 20 and is free from fragrance, oil, and parabens. It’s a cream, but isn’t heavy… and I love it! I like a bit of a thicker face cream, at least right now, and this delivers. I’m excited to keep using it.
Ok, let’s talk about the Workout Makeup. I know the name alone is likely a little controversial, but… I used to always wear makeup to the gym. Not on purpose, but I’d be coming straight from work and just kept it on.
Now, I don’t wear makeup unless I have a meeting, so I’m always at yoga or dance sans makeup. I know this is totally fine and preferred by most people, but… I love makeup and I feel much more confident with it on.
Just a few days before seeing this Workout Makeup, I thought to myself, “I should get a tinted moisturizer or something” purposefully for workouts, just to give myself a little coverage. So, when I saw this on the shelf, I lunged for it and couldn’t get my hands on it fast enough.
There were four available shades and I got the lightest one (fair 02), and it has an SPF 40. I used it right away and am really enjoying it. It’s very light — almost seems water-based in texture. It offers medium coverage and really melts in with the skin so it doesn’t feel like you have anything on. I use this in combo with the Chubby Stick Sculpting Highlighter pre-yoga and I feel so much better.
If you’re not a makeup-at-the-gym gal, this would be good if you’re going to be outdoors, or maybe just for an option for the beach or a pool day.
It should be noted that Clinique has an ENTIRE LINE called Clinique Fit, which includes Post-Workout Moisturizer, 24-Hour Mascara, Workout + Go Dry Shampoo, Post-Workout Face and Body Wipes, Post-Workout Neutralizing Face Powder, Face and Body Hydrating Spray, and Lip and Cheek Flush.
All of these products are sweat-proof and said not to cause breakouts. I honestly wanted to buy every single thing — the dry shampoo is the fine powder type, and I’m a sucker for any face powder… but honestly I felt like many of these products were made for people who workout at lunch and go back to an office, or workout and then meet people for social events… and I do none of these things.
But I mean, I still might need to buy all of it. I just think the idea of it is so great!
Finally, I got the Chubby Stick Sculpting Highlight — I love these types of things. They are great for travel and not only can you use it as a highlight, but you can also rub a little on your lids or under the brow. Heck, swipe a little on the lip if you’re feeling fresh.
I have been using the foundation brush to apply the Workout Makeup and buff it in, which has been working great. And then I wash the brush after every use because it’s one of the nicest brushes I’ve ever had!
There you have it — now I see you, Clinique. This post was NOT sponsored, but I will definitely be paying much more attention to this brand from now on. Do you use Clinique? I’d love to know what products you love so I can add them to my “to try” list!
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