BIY Blend It Yourself Pigment Drops
BIY Blend It Yourself Pigment Drops are liquid pigments that come in different shades to be mixed in with your moisturizer. Depending on how many drops you add, the coverage ranges from a sheer tinted moisturizer (one drop) to fuller opacity (three+ drops). Clinique wasn't the first to come up with this idea (cue Cover FX's Custom Cover Drops), but they did a great job with it nonetheless—and its packaging is a wise improvement over Custom Cover Drops!
BIY Blend It Yourself Pigment Drops come in a small, plastic, needle nose bottle. You simply shake the formula and tap the bottle upside-down it to dispense the drops. Clinique recommends a single drop for light coverage, two for medium, and three for full.
In comparison to the Cover FX Custom Cover Drops, Clinique BIY Blend It Yourself Pigment Drops cost a bit more per ounce, but some may find the needle nose bottle more convenient (and less messy) to use than the glass dropper of Custom Cover Drops—we certainly did! Either way, a bottle will last you a decent amount of time given the tiny amount needed per use.
The fluid-thin formula fluid blends seamlessly with a moisturizer but can also be mixed with a variety of other products including serums, primers, gels, or your liquid or cream foundation. We wouldn't, however, recommend applying it straight to skin, as the concentrated formula looks overly mattifying (even on oily skin).
BIY Blend It Yourself Pigment Drops are great for customizing coverage and color. We're happy to report that the fragrance-free formula comes in a wide variety of shades for light to deep skin tones and varying undertones.
Well done Clinique!
- Allows you to tailor the coverage and tint of a skincare/makeup product.
- Shade range runs the gamut from light to deep skin tones.
- Easy to use, and a little goes a long way.
- Fragrance-free formula.
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 brands state that they dont 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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