Moisture Surge Pop Triple Lip Balm
Clinique’s Moisture Surge Pop Triple Lip Balm nourishes lips with a comforting layer of hydration and imparts a healthy shine. The fragrance-free formula is good—just don’t expect it to provide 72 hours of hydration as claimed and don’t expect it to impart much color (more on that below).
Housed in a traditional twist up component, this lip balm in stick form comes with what Clinique describes as “three cores” that resemble the shape of a target circle. The inner core is supposed to provide the tint, the middle layer is billed as the hydrator, and the outer ring is intended to add shine.
One thing we noticed right off the bat is that the tinted color is so sheer that you really can’t see it at all. We first assumed that may just be an issue with the shade that we bought (Grapefruit), but in looking at other customer reviews, it’s a common complaint for all of the other shades as well. In other words, if you’re hoping for noticeable color payoff, you’re likely going to be disappointed.
On the plus side, the formula imparts clear shine to perk up parched lips and treats your pucker to emollients that leave a protective, hydrated feeling without a heavy, sticky finish. You’re also getting some ingredients that could help keep lips looking youthful long term (including a couple of peptides and antioxidants). These work with the moisturizing ingredients to reduce the appearance of lip lines, a benefit which this balm provides as claimed (but so do lots of other lip balms).
We did notice comments in customer reviews that certain shades appear to be more overtly glittery than others. The shade that we tested did not contain chunky/grainy glitter—in fact it was so finely milled we hardly noticed it was there at all—so this may be a shade by shade issue (share your experience in the Community Reviews section if you’ve tried this product).
The bottom line: This earns our praise for the skin-softening, smooth hydration it delivers to lips, but don’t count on it for much color. And because the emollients wear away after a few hours, unless you reapply on the regular you won’t get 3 days (72 hours) of hydration!
- Leaves a smooth, protective-feeling layer without a heavy, sticky finish
- Softens and hydrates lips.
- Includes beneficial ingredients to keep lips looking youthful long term.
- Imparts healthy-looking shine.
- Fragrance free.
- The sheer tint is pretty much invisible, so if you’re hoping for color, this isn’t the product for you.
This multi-tasking balm with three different cores deeply hydrates for up to 72 hours, plus helps instantly reduce the appearance of lip lines. Lips are softer, smoother, and more comfortable. Delivers a super sheer tint and a subtle glimmer finish.
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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