This spring Clinique are going for a natural look with a variety of products that compliment each other. There are a selection of new products in the Almost Spring collection and a few not so new products. The re-promotes are the Naturally Glossy Mascara which I’ve talked about here, the Moisture Surge Tinted Moisturiser, which I talked about here, There are the Blushwear Cream Sticks, which I’ve not tried, three of which are permanent shades and there’s a Black Honey variant which is a new Limited Edition. Then there are the things that I have to show you today.
Almost Lipstick. These are new according to the press release I have but are they? I have a vague memory of these existing in the past? There are 8 shades available, I reviewed Black Honey here and I have five more to show you. These lie somewhere between a lipstick and a lipgloss… not quite as glossy as a lipgloss, but sheer, smooth and intended to be sheer so they’ll look different on everyone. I’ve done a few hand swatches here but they aren’t terribly useful because of the sheerness but just in case they are useful to anyone here you go.
L-R – Lovely Honey, Shy Honey, Luscious Honey, Chic Honey and Tender Honey. (The same order as the photo at the top there).
What will be moderately more useful are the following lip swatches…but of course, since they are sheer and since they we all have different coloured lips… it’s only going to be a guide. Here goes anyway.
These are lovely. Really lovely. I find them to be very moisturising and I must say the wear is exceptional. Chic Honey lasted me through two slices of Tiger Bread, a yum yum and two cups of coffee without needing a top up. I was truly amazed. Of all the shades, my favourites are Luscious and Black Honey.
I find them not altogether unlike the Chubby sticks but the Chubby Sticks have more pigment, the finish is similar though. £16 each and lovely. Having just had a horrible cold my lips are v. dry, but these are really helping so they are all I wear at the moment.
Finally are the Quickliner for Eyes Intense. These aren’t new, and I’ve reviewed two of them here. In total there are six shades and I was sent Intense Black. £13.50
If black black liner is your thing then you need to check this out. I love these liners. They don’t budge. I don’t like heavy black liner around my eye, but I do like it on my waterline and these last well and really pack a punch. They don’t smudge or budge one in place which makes then really impressive. The following pics show the liner drawn, and then smudged the best I could with the smudger on the end of the pencil.
You can see that although the line is faded, it’s not actually smudged really, and this works well for me as this is my preferred way to wear it. Of course, if you want a true true black, this is perfect. Below, it’s on my lid, and “smudged”.
So there are some lovely things in this collection. The liners are highly recommended. I love Intense Plum and it’s regularly used by me and the black is great.
According to the press release I have this is due out on 1st February but I have heard tell that people have been able to purchase already.