Monday, 29 November 2010

Review: Clinique Vitamin C Lip Smoothie

Disclosure: PR sample


When Clinique's latest lip gloss, Vitamin C Lip Smoothie, in the Strawberry Bliss shade, dropped into my paws the other day, I was very pleased: I'd seen adverts for them on the tube and had decided that this was a lip product I wanted to try.  I'm not quite sure why - there's nothing massively innovative about the product - I'm choosing to believe it's the "smoothie" part of the name, which for me conjures not only images of fruity healthfulness, but also makes me think of food... and products which are food related are quite likely to get love from me.



Anyway.  What we have here is a brush-tipped, twisty-ended tube of sheer but buildable lip colour, which contains vitamin C and anti-oxidants so that "lips look and feel their healthy best".  I can't quite work out exactly how these ingredients benefit the lips; the product description is pretty vague.



The texture of the gloss is fairly thick, and while it's not the stickiest gloss I've ever applied, it veers more to the sticky end of the spectrum than some of the silicone heavy, slippy glosses on the market at the moment.  Application is pretty easy, thanks to the flexible brush tip, which allows you to paint on the gloss precisely.  The combination of thick gloss and brush tip, though, means that if you leave a long while between applications, you might need to brush off the dried in product before twisting the base to dispense more.  This is one of the problems with this kind of packaging, although the plus is that the gloss itself is kept sealed against contamination, as it's never directly exposed to the air.



I really, really like the colour of the Strawberry Bliss shade.  A pretty medium pink with subtle golden sparkles, it goes on sheer, adding just a hint of colour to the lips.  It also adds a lot of shine.  For me, this is the perfect partner for a more strong eye look, or for days when I just can't be bothered with maintaining a strong lip colour.  Added to the very pretty effect is the staying power: I've been applying the gloss at 7.30 in the morning on the way to work, and can still feel and see it on my lips at midday.  Generally, one or two top ups during the afternoon and early evening are enough to get me through the day.

Overall, I'm really enjoying using this gloss - the combination of the pretty colour, great wear, and comfortable feel make it a cut above many of the other glosses I own.  I'm already considering buying another.  If you turn to gloss for a low-effort option like I do, you'll probably find that this is right up your street.  My only reservation is that at £13.50 for 1.5ml, this is a rather expensive gloss - an Estee Lauder gloss, for example, costs around £15 for 6ml.  That said.. I've never actually finished a gloss, so I'm not sure the relatively expensive price is enough to put me off.

If you'd like to try it for yourself, you'll find it at Boots and the usual department stores, or online at Clinique's website, where 1.5ml will cost you £13.50.

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