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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Samples from Feelunique.com

I recently discovered the sample scheme on Feelunique.com (yes, I know I’m a little behind the times!) and I think it’s a brilliant idea! If you don’t know what it is, the site offers the opportunity to choose 5 samples of your choice and you just pay the £3.95 postage. You can do this as many times as you like as far as I’m aware and there are a huge range of samples, from haircare to beauty to perfume.

The £3.95 postage seems just a tad expensive for amount of product you actually get but the principle of being able to try before you buy is great. I think this is especially good when some of the products are not available in stores and you may not be able to see them in a shop first. I’m possibly a bit unusual in this, but I still quite dislike buying beauty/skincare products online unless I’ve tried them first, so this is perfect for me.

The samples I got were these:

1. Madara Organic Face Delicate Cleansing Milk (£17.50, 200ml)

2. First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Hydrating Serum (£28, 30ml)

3. Elemis Nourishing Omega-Rich Cleansing Oil (£31, 195ml)

4. Bioderma Soothing Repairing Cream (£7.10, 40ml)

5. La Roche-Posay In-Depth Nutri-Reconstituting Cream (£16.50, 50ml)

So after trying the samples, would I actually buy any of these products?

1. Madara Organic Face Delicate Cleansing Milk (£17.50, 200ml)

I really liked this product! It felt lovely to apply to my skin and I enjoyed incorporating it into my nightly cleansing routine. After my make-up remover, I usually just use a face wash, but after trying this product, I definitely want to switch to a cream cleanser as I think it is a lot better for my skin. This product is organic, which I don’t know if this really makes a difference to the quality of the product but it certainly felt very gentle on my skin and after I had rinsed it off, I didn’t experience any tightness at all, which is just short of a miracle for me because usually anytime I put water on my face, it dries me out!! I was very impressed with this product so I will definitely purchase when my current face face has run out.

2. First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Hydrating Serum (£28, 30ml)

I don’t have very much to say about this product really. I don’t find that serums feel particularly nice on the skin – kind of tacky and filmy – so you’re using them for the moisturising effect and this product didn’t seem to be any better than any other serums I’ve tried. It was fine and it does do it’s job but I don’t think it’s that special. I haven’t looked in detail at the ingredient list but this serum essentially felt the same as The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid and for 6 times the price, I don’t know why I would pay for this product.

3. Elemis Nourishing Omega-Rich Cleansing Oil (£31, 195ml)

I had never used a cleansing oil before but I think this is a good one. Firstly it smells amazing, sort of citrous-y and fresh – really lovely. It feels great on the skin, very moisturising and smooth. I think it would be a bit heavy on the skin to use in the morning but as an evening cleanser it would be really nice to use when your skin needs a treat. For this reason, I probably wouldn’t buy this cleanser as I don’t think I would use this as an everyday product.

4. Bioderma Soothing Repairing Cream (£7.10, 40ml)

Of the 5 products, this was the one I was most disappointed with. I had chosen it hoping to find a product that would be good for my eczema but I found this to be extremely ineffectual and not that nice to apply to my skin. It comes out of the tube a rather odd colour and the consistency is strange: it appears creamy but when you rub it in, it goes weirdly watery and thin. Definitely wouldn’t purchase!

5. La Roche-Posay In-Depth Nutri-Reconstituting Cream (£16.50, 50ml)

This cream was nice to use and smells really good. It absorbs really well into the skin while still being quite rich and creamy, which I liked because it means it’s great to apply before make-up and it still gives my skin the moisture it needs (and my skin needs a lot!). Having said this, I don’t think I would buy this product simply because I am still wedded to The Body Shop Vitamin E moisturiser, which is so far the best moisturiser I have ever used.

To conclude, there is only 1 out of the 5 products I tried that I would actually buy and it isn’t the one that I thought I would like best. Madara wasn’t a brand I’d heard of before ordering these samples so I would probably never have discovered it otherwise! In writing this post, I have also found it interesting to find out the price of these products. When I picked these samples, I didn’t actually look at how much they would be to buy in full size so it was good to try the products without being influenced by their supposed ‘value’. I think it is definitely easy to be swayed by branding and price (where expensive is supposed to equal better) so it was a good little experiment in this sense too.