Monday, October 18, 2010

Update - Clinique’s free gift with purchase

Just wanted to give you an update on my post about the free gifts with purchase that were included in the last Clinique promotion, see my full initial post here Clinique's free gift with purchase

Item: All About Eyes Serum De-Puffing Eye Massage

Original thoughts: This is supposed to instantly refresh & reduce puffy eyes on contact.  There are a lot of positive reviews about this product.  People report that it’s very soothing and they can instantly see less puffiness and under eye swelling.

Update: I love putting this on in the morning, the coolness of the roller ball against
my skin feels refreshing if nothing else.  I feel like it does help reduce puffiness under my eyes but as this isn’t one of my issues, I don’t know how effective it would be on others who have more under eye swelling. 

Will I purchase: Most likely, I’m started to become addicted to the soothing feel of the roller ball, it’s a great way to wake-up.  Oil free, non-irritating, ophthalmologist tested. $25.50 for 0.5oz on 

Item: High Impact Mascara

Original thoughts: I’ve tried the Clinique Lash Doubling mascara before and I really like it.  I find it doesn’t clump, really defines my lashes and is easy to apply.  It also doesn’t flake or transfer to my skin.

Update: I much prefer the Lash Doubling mascara over the High Impact.  I had some issues with the product clumping & flaking and it didn’t really make my lashes look that great, working thru the effort to apply it wasn’t worth it. 

Will I purchase: No, but I would buy Clinique’s Lash Doubling mascara. Ophthalmologist tested. $18 on

Item: Color Surge Eye shadow quad

  Stone Violet Sunburst duo, Darker shade from beach plum duo 
Frosted blossom soft shimmer, Night plum stay matte

Swatched in order listed above

Original thoughts: The eye shadows are a beautiful combination of violet colors, both matte and shimmer.  The shimmer is very subtle and I think they will be beautiful very wearable colors. 

Update:  I am not wowed by these eye shadows.  None of them are particularly unique colors that you couldn’t get at the drugstore.  The two darker shades are the most matte shades but I found them difficult to apply and the color payoff wasn’t great.  The frosted blossom and the ‘darker shade from the beach plum duo’ have more shimmer.  They are both easier to apply and have good color payoff, but these are fairly shimmery.  They are all generally long lasting shadows, especially with a primer. 

Will I purchase: No (Item is not for individual sale-no pricing available)

Item: High Impact SPF 15 lipstick in 19 Extreme Pink
 Extreme Pink
Slightly sheered out
Original thoughts: The lip color is a very bright deep pink, which really lets everyone know you’re wearing lipstick.  It’s a flattering color, but I’ll have to be in a brave lipstick mood to wear it, as I tend towards more muted colors.

Update:  Yup, it’s bright alright.  I am just not someone who can pull this color off.  I do like the color thou and have found a way to wear it.  I apply it to the centre of my lips and then sheer it out with some Vaseline – pretty!  I do like the formulation of this lipstick, it’s quite moisturizing and has good staying power. 

Will I purchase: Undecided.  Given the way I apply it, this one will last me forever.  Good thing it doesn’t expire until 2013!  Allergy tested, fragrance free. $18 on

Item: 7 day scrub cream

 Original thoughts: The jury is still out for me on the 7 Day Scrub Cream.  This is meant as a gentle exfoliating scrub and has very fine, non-gritty particles in it.  I think it’s more of a blend of a scrub and facial cleanser rather than just a scrub, which is a good thing.  I just don’t know if my skin is too sensitive for it or not as it did seem to cause more redness to my skin, but I’ll give it another try. 

Update: I like it.  I apply it over clean damp skin.  I use the softest facecloth I own to take this off and I am loving how this makes my skin feel.  I don’t find it is causing any redness and I haven’t seen any adverse reactions from using it.  I only use it about once a week, even thou they claim it’s gentle enough for everyday use.

Will I purchase: Yes, I think this makes my skin look brighter. Fragrance free and allergy tested. Priced at $22 for 100ml on

Item:  Clinique Quick Eyes Cream Shadow in Rock Violet (purchased)

With primer                    Without primer

Original thoughts: I had read positive reviews that this shadow was a pretty silver lilac color and that it could be worn on it’s own or as a base for other shadows.  I am always a little worried about creasing with any cream shadow, but people report that his doesn’t do that & stays put all day.  I also think it will go well with the lilac shadows that came with my free gift.

Update: This is a silver lilac but it is also a VERY frosty looking shadow, and I don’t do frost.  The good news is that it doesn’t seem to crease but I could only wear it under a powder shadow, in order to tone down the color.   If you apply it with a primer, the frost seems to be toned down a bit but not enough for me. 

Will I re-purchase: No but I did like the idea of these shadows and will be checking out their other colors to see if I can find one that might work.  Ophthalmologist tested. $19.50 on


  1. very nice review, thank you a lot!

  2. Eye makeup is a very important part and it requires special attention. The Clinique serum is very soothing and you can instantly see less puffiness and under eye swelling after applying it.

    Clinique bonus time at belk


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