This is an impressive cream-to-powder eyeshadow, though not because it offers wonderful skin-care benefits for your eye area. The formula contains a dusting of fruit- and vegetable-based antioxidants and a teeny-tiny amount of peptide, but these won’t “coax fine lines into a blanket of smoothness” nor do they make eyelid dropping or sagging look better.
An innovative feature of this eyeshadow is its rounded metal-tip applicator. Not only is it contoured to fit the eye area, it remains cool to the touch (as most metals do) and as a result this feels cooling as its applied but the cooling isn’t from irritating ingredients.
Lid Smoothie has a slightly thick cream texture that softens as you apply. There’s enough slip for even blending without going outside the intended area, and this sets within several seconds. Once set, it tends to stay in place without creasing or fading, though if you have oily eyelids you likely won’t experience worry-free wear for as long as 8 hours.
Although this eyeshadow’s finish is powdery in feel, the look is color with obvious shimmer. The shade range presents some enticing, easy-to-work-with options though the darker shades (Lick-orice, Impromt-Blue, Seventh Heather, and Sassy-fras) go on lighter and sheerer than they appear in the tube. It’s a pricey, but good cream-to-powder eyeshadow with a unique applicator many will find refreshing. Regular powder eyeshadows may be applied over or under this product.
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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