Clinique's Sun-Kissed Face Gelee Complexion Multitasker is a tinted gel that can be added to your foundation to give it a sun-kissed bronze effect. It takes a little experimenting to master applying, but once you do, it offers a unique way to give your complexion a splash of tan color without a powdery look.
Housed in a squeeze tube, Sun-Kissed Face Gelee Complexion Multitasker has a deep chestnut brown color that's not orange or shimmery in the least. It's so dark in fact, that it looks a bit intimidating at first glance (for those with lighter skin tones anyway), but you'll find the translucent color sheers out as you blend it into whatever you're mixing it with, be it a foundation, BB cream or moisturizer.
It's important to mix the product well to avoid patchy color. Alternatively, you can also use it alone, wherever you would naturally apply bronzer. Keep in mind a little goes a long way, and the matte finish dries down rather quickly so you'll need to blend swiftly. For those with fair skin, the singular "Universal Glow" shade may look too dark when worn alone.
Per Clinique's instructions, wash your hands immediately after you use Sun-Kissed Face Gelee Complexion Multitasker to avoid staining. Although the formula has less of a staining effect when mixed with another product, you may notice a slight temporary tint even after washing it off.
Sun-Kissed Face Gelee Complexion Multitasker is fragrance free and workable for all skin types as claimed. With the recommended use of mixing it in with your foundation, it allows for customization to any skin tone.
It takes some trial and error to figure just how much you need, and we also experimented with where we used it. We found it best to apply our foundation alone in certain areas first and then mix this with the remaining foundation for the areas we wanted to turn a deeper bronze color.
While Sun-Kissed Face Gelee Complexion Multitasker presents a unique way to give your complexion a bronze boost, some may not find it as effortless to use as a traditional powder bronzer. For that reason we recommend nabbing a sample of this from your local Clinique counter to try before buying.
We found success after playing with it for a few days—enough that one of our beauty editors wouldn't give it back! Perhaps you will too—we'd love to hear your experience under the Community Reviews tab, so please share!
Strengths: A few excellent moisturizers and serums; excellent sunscreens; very good cleansers and eye makeup removers; unique mattifying products; impressive selection of foundations, good concealers; some remarkable mascaras; much-improved eyeshadows, lip colors and blush formulas.
Weaknesses: Bar soaps (which can clog pores and dull skin); alcohol-based toners; unfortunate choice of jar packaging for antioxidant-loaded moisturizers.
Estee Lauder-owned Clinique launched the concept of cosmetics being "allergy-tested," "hypoallergenic," "100% fragrance-free," and "dermatologist tested." Of those marketing claims, the only one with significance is "100% fragrance-free," which, for the most part, Clinique maintains (although it does add some fragrant extracts to a few products). Unfortunately, terms like “hypoallergenic” and “dermatologist tested” aren’t regulated by the FDA and can mean anything—thus, you still need to rely on the ingredient list to tell you whether their product contains any ingredients with the potential to irritate skin.
That inconvenient fact aside, Clinique is leading the way with cutting-edge, state-of-the-art moisturizers and serums, plus some formidable makeup and more than a few excellent sunscreens. While Clinique has some products that we see as missteps for reasons discussed in their reviews, more than ever, what they offer is quite good (just have realistic expectations, as some of their claims go beyond what their products are capable of).
Turning to makeup, Clinique continues to offer a vast palette of colors and textures, especially with their enormous selection of foundations—many of which feature effective sunscreens. Without a doubt, the numerous formulas offer something for every skin type and almost every skin color—though the blushes, eye makeup and lip colors are frequently not pigmented enough for deeper skin tones.
The bottom line is that, despite a few shortcomings, Clinique is one of the most comprehensive (and comparably affordable) department-store makeup lines, and it is completely understandable why they enjoy such broad appeal.
Note: Clinique is categorized as one that tests on animals because their products are sold in China. Although Clinique does not conduct animal testing for their products sold elsewhere, the Chinese government requires imported cosmetics be tested on animals, so foreign companies retailing there must comply. This requirement is why some brand’s state that they don’t test on animals “unless required by law”. Animal rights organizations consider cosmetic companies retailed in China to be brands that test on animals, and so does the Beautypedia Team.
For more information about Clinique, call (800) 419-4041 or visit www.clinique.com.
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