REVIEW: Clinique Superprimer

I bought the Clinique Superprimer (£22) about 3 months ago and I have been really pleased with it. I have it in the universal shade which is designed for all skin types but it does also come in three other shades: one to correct redness, one to correct discolouration and pigmentation and the other to correct dullness in darker skin tones. This is actually the first ever primer I’ve bought so I was a little unsure if it would work, but after using it for a while now, I have not been disappointed.

I like the packaging. The box is pretty yet sophisticated and it’s very classic Clinique – simple and minimalist, which reflects the ‘no fuss’ approach to this product. It is 100% fragrance free like many of their products, which is great for sensitive skin.

It glides on the skin beautifully and seems to absorb well – it doesn’t feel tacky at all and my face genuinely feels much smoother to the touch. It does have a slight silicone feel, which I know a lot of people don’t like, however this isn’t an issue for me at all with this primer because I feel it works so well.

I like to wait a few minutes after putting my moisturiser on before applying the product. The reason for this is that because I use quite a rich, creamy moisturiser for my dry skin, I think that the effects of the primer are reduced if it mixes too much with my moisturiser. However I think for someone using a light moisturiser this wouldn’t be an problem.

You don’t need to use very much – I tend to use a pea sized amount with each application – so it lasts really well. As I said, I’ve had this product for 3 months already and it still feels at least half full so although the tube is quite small, I think it’s reasonable value for money.

This primer really helps to improve the application of my foundation. My foundation definitely goes on more smoothly with this primer as a base, particularly in the areas around my nose and under my eyes. It prevents an creasing and improves the overall tone. I haven’t noticed that the primer particularly improves the staying power of my foundation but equally, I don’t have too much of a problem with this usually so this isn’t a major concern for me.

The number one thing that I was looking for in a primer was to improve the smoothness of my foundation and concealer and this product definitely delivers. I would be open to trying a few different ones to see how this one compares, especially as I’m very new to using a primer, but overall I think this is a great product and I would buy again.

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New Mascara

I try to buy a new mascara every 6 months as I think this is usually when they start to dry up a bit and also I think this is the most hygienic. (I’ve recently started being super organised and actually keeping a note of when I bought products so that I know how long I’ve had them/when I should throw them out).

I’m pretty loyal with mascara brands and have rarely gone off-piste with a completely new brand. This is because I think mascara is a product that you don’t need to spend a lot of money on, investing in expensive, luxury brands; a drugstore brand is just fine. My favourites are Maybelline and MaxFactor.

My last mascara was the MaxFactor False Lash Effect Mascara (£10.99) and I was very pleased with it. I had it in a Brown Black colour as I think this looks the most natural for me (one of my pet hates is people with very fair colouring wearing extremely black mascara – in my opinion it looks very weird! But who am I to judge?)

However I do like to have a darker colour myself when I want a more dramatic look so this time I chose the Maybelline Falsies Volum’ Express Mascara in Black (£7.99), which I’ve had before and thought was good. I like this mascara because it gives noticeable length and volume. It has been slightly more clumpy that I remembered, although this has improved over the last week and so I think with being a new bottle, there was just a bit too much product on the wand.

In a lot of ways, I think the mascara wand can be more important than the product inside. I prefer quite long bristles (is that the right word??) over those short, plastic spiky ones, which in my opinion are absolutely useless for giving any length.

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This the wand for the Maybelline mascara and I think this is perfect. This one is also slightly curved to follow the line of your eyelashes which I think is very effective.

Overall I do prefer the MaxFactor mascara, as I think the wand is slightly better for really separating inividual lashes. I also think the formula is less likely to clump so when it’s time to renew again, this is the one I’ll go for. That being said, I still think this Maybelline mascara is a great product, especially for a dramatic look.

What is your go-to mascara brand?

 

Choosing the Right Foundation

Choosing the right foundation can be a such a difficult task that I sort of dread my foundation running out and having to buy a new one! This wouldn’t be the case if I had managed to find the perfect one and then I know I could just re-purchase (how I long to find this elusive product!!) But I don’t think I’ve got there yet.

That’s not to say that I haven’t used some good ones. I am pretty pleased with my latest foundation, which is the Fresh Nude Foundation with SPF 15 by The Body Shop (£15).

The best thing about this foundation is the shade, which is an almost perfect match with my skin. I have the shade Chelsea Porcelain and when I tried it in the store, I just couldn’t not get it. I have pale skin with pink undertones and I often find that the palest shades are more yellow so it was nice to find one that is right for me. It was also refreshing to find this shade easily in store without having to go through the rigmarole of a beauty counter (sometimes I find the asssitants trying to convince me they have got the right shade so I’ll make a purchase even when I can tell that it just isn’t quite right).

I’m also pretty pleased with the texture and consistency of this foundation. As my skin is dry, I definitely need a more creamy and hydrating foundation – I absolutely cannot have anything that dries my skin out even more, otherwise I turn into a horrible, flakey mess! I also like to have a foundation that blends well using just my fingers. I have used brushes and sponges before but I find that it takes me too long to apply foundation using these, so on a day-to-day basis I just use my hands and save the other applicators for special occasions when I want more coverage. This foundation ticks both of these boxes. I make sure that I have applied moisturiser and primer first, otherwise it can be just a tad chalky, but overall I find this foundation really nice to apply.

In terms of coverage, I personally only like light coverage for daily wear and this foundation fits the bill. If I wanted more coverage I think it would be easy to build, but if you’re looking for more full coverage every day then this probably wouldn’t be quite right.

I think the price is very reasonable, especially when I compare it to a couple of more expensive foundations that I have tried and been quite disappointed with. One in particular that springs to mind is the Bobbi Brown Moisture Rich Foundation (£34); the shade match was excellent but I found the application of this product to be really difficult. Firstly there is no pump in the bottle, which makes it very hard to get out (this was just annoying) and secondly, despite being a foundation designed for dry skin, I found that it really did not blend well on mine. It seemed to crease and cake very easily, even when using a minimal amount. I definitely expected better from a premium product!

I’m still on the hunt for my perfect foundation but this one from The Body Shop is a solid 4 out of 5 and I would definitely consider buying again.