Sunday, 6 January 2008

Clinique Airbrush Concealer

RRP: £15 for 1.5ml
# of shades available: 3

--What does the promo say?--
"Airbrush Concealer is a light reflecting makeup must-have. Not only does it hide shadows but it also illuminates and perfects your complexion and eye area. What are you waiting for? – get Airbrushed now!"

Recently the Yves St Laurent Touche Eclat concept for packaging has boomed and while YSL has taken its classic format to new heights with a lipgloss packaged in the same way, Clinique has copied this idea for its concealer, as have other companies such as L'Oréal. The Clinique concealer is finished in its trademark organic green colouring, with the company logo and product information gracing the little pen in silver. The lid is also silver and at the other end, you'll find a twist mechanism to operate the product.

Be patient the first time you use this, as it will take some time for the concealer to start flowing through the pen, but once you've used it a few times, it's a breeze - just twist and go.

Smooth and fine. Non-irritating to the skin.

It blends well with any foundation and powder you happen to be using at the time, even if they aren't Clinique, and it also looks really nice when used by itself. Even if like me you have less than perfect skin, you can dab it on and still go out without feeling like an absolute tramp.

Really very good, but honestly no better than L'Oréal's equivalent, which is half the price...

I won't lie. It's not perfect and will need some reapplication throughout the day, but only because I think most people touch their faces during the day without necessarily meaning to. In terms of the product as a whole, I had only had it a couple of months when it ran out, so I'd say that other similar products I've used previously have definitely lasted longer overall.

--Value for money--
Not the most expensive product on the market, and it certainly puts on a good show. It is also miles better than Clinique's foundations, even though the range of available colours is somewhat limited, and thus goes some way to redeeming the brand in my eyes. However, since L'Oréal's product lasts twice as long and costs half as much for the same quality of concealer, I think I'll be sticking with that.

perfect partners
Clinique All About Eyes eye treatment, £20 for 15ml
Clinique High Impact Mascara, £12.50 for 8g

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