A well-manicured set of brows can be the perfect finishing touch to a makeup look, and Clinique's Just Browsing Brush-On Styling Mousse claims to be just the tool you need to get them. While this brow enhancer has some good things going for it, there are enough drawbacks that it's not likely to become a must-have part of your makeup kit.
Just Browsing (cute name, by the way!) features pretty standard packaging for a brush-on brow product—a plastic tube with a twist-off spoolie applicator. True to its name, this mousse has a lightweight texture that glides through brows with ease. The fragrance-free formula does a good job holding brow hairs in place throughout the day with a soft finish that's never stiff or waxy.
The main reason this doesn't earn a higher rating is that the pigment is quite sheer. If you have full brows, you won't notice it as much (your brows will appear darker because the hairs are closer together), but if your brows don't fall into that category, you will. Therein lies the problem, as Clinique claims this fills in even the sparsest brows, but if you have very light or sparse brows, this won't do much for them—a brow pencil can go further.
Even the darker colors among the selections offered sheered out when spread over eyebrows, to the point where it was barely noticeable on the lighter parts of our brows.
Could this be used along with another brow product, perhaps just to set and groom brows after they've been filled in with pencil or another brow product? Yes; however, we rated it based on Clinique's selling points: The claims and positioning show every indication that this is meant to be a standalone, "does it all" brow product—yet it comes up short.
If this were more pigmented, Just Browsing Brush-On Styling Mousse definitely would have earned a higher rating, especially if you op to use it with another brow-enhancing product! Instead, if you're looking to have more defined brows (especially if they're sparse) from one product, you'll find much better options on our list of Best Eyebrow Fillers & Shapers.
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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