Clinique knows what it's doing when it comes to skincare products designed to treat lips, and its Pep-Start Pout Restoring Night Mask is no different when it comes to delivering what it takes to improve the look and feel of lips.
This lip mask—which is essentially a somewhat thick, very emollient lip balm—comes in a squeeze tube with a rounded applicator. Its texture is close to that of petroleum jelly (not surprising, since petrolatum is the first ingredient), but it's not overly goopy or greasy. Instead, it feels cushiony and soft, providing an immediate plumping effect to lips.
Along with the petrolatum (which is an excellent emollient), this lip mask contains antioxidants, skin-restoring, and skin-replenishing ingredients to make lips look and feel better. Even after this has worn off (which takes a few hours, depending on whether you eat or drink), lips feel soft and soothed. For best results, apply a thick layer at night.
This is fragrance and irritant-free, too, which is another big plus. Nice work, Clinique!
- Cushiony-soft balm provides immediate plumping effect.
- Contains antioxidants, skin-restoring, and skin-replenishing ingredients.
- Fragrance free.
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 arent regulated by the FDA and can mean anythingthus, 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 foundationsmany of which feature effective sunscreens. Without a doubt, the numerous formulas offer something for every skin type and almost every skin colorthough 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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