REVIEW: Clinique Acne Solutions Acne Solutions Liquid Makeup in “Fresh Alabaster”

I don’t tend to use a whole lot of acne products, and I certainly haven’t used Clinique in about 15 years. However, recently I was in desperate need of some extra moisture for my skin, so I turned to the Clinique Moisture Surge Intense For Very Dry To Dry Combination Skin. When I made that purchase, I also got the Clinique Acne Solutions Acne Solutions Liquid Makeup in “Fresh Alabaster” because of MakeupByTiffanyD. I think it’s a great alternative for lightweight liquid foundations that are more expensive, such as the Chanel Perfection Lumière Velvet Smooth-Effect Makeup.

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The Clinique Acne Solutions Acne Solutions Liquid Makeup is a “liquid makeup that neutralizes redness and blends away blemishes.” It contains 0.5% Salicylic Acid, which is the component that is used to treat acne. This is a very natural-looking non-irritating, oil-free foundation, and the 0.5% Salicylic Acid helps to control oil for me since I have an oily t-zone. I don’t think that the small amount of 0.5% Salicylic Acid is all that effective in actually treating acne or preventing it, however what’s great about this foundation is that it delivers that second-skin feel without looking heavy or cakey.

I think that despite its lightweight, watery feel to the foundation it provides great coverage and immediately gets rid of pores and tones down redness. The coverage is pretty good and this foundation doesn’t need a setting powder. I looks quite matte at first, but it settles and looks very natural on the skin. It’s also very long-lasting — probably because it’s designed for acne-prone skin, which tends to be much oilier.

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I don’t think this is the best foundation in the world, and I don’t think it’s going to totally treat acne-prone skin. However, the 0.5% Salicylic Acid does help in controlling oil, it’s long-lasting, and it doesn’t require a setting powder. So, in that aspect, it’s a very low-maintenance product that is travel-friendly and doesn’t break the bank. I would consider using this in the summer months with the heat and humidity are high. If you’ve got major oily skin, then I think this would be a great option year-round since it curbs oil pretty well.

Retails for $27.00 USD.
Made in Belgium.

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Clinique Moisture Surge Intense For Very Dry To Dry Combination Skin

I’m the last person on Earth to have dry skin, but lately, it’s been a strange problem of mine. I live in Texas and the fall/winter season is pretty non-existent. If anything, the weather is cool and nice; but it’s never been to the point where I’ve needed to switch out my moisturizer. I’ve needed something extra to add to my skincare routine during the day time, and because I didn’t want to spend too much money on a new moisturizer, I decided on the Clinique Moisture Surge Intense For Very Dry To Dry Combination Skin.

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The Clinique Moisture Surge Intense For Very Dry To Dry Combination Skin is a “cream-gel that instantly rehydrates for 24 hours while helping fortify and repair skin’s moisture barrier.” It’s super lightweight and smooths onto the skin very easily. I like that even though it’s for drier skin types, it sinks into the skin quickly and doesn’t look or feel oily afterwards. I’ve noticed that even though I have combination skin with an oily t-zone, applying this allows my skin to not feel dehydrated, and the best thing is that I like the extra moisture even when my skin isn’t all that dry feeling.

I haven’t used Clinique in probably 15 years, but I think it’s a good fail-safe option for everyone. I’ve found that with the temperature changing, my skin has been adjusting slowly and it feels more comfortable with something extra. With this, I like how it locks in moisture and allows my skin to feel hydrated and healthy without looking like a grease ball. I don’t like heavy creams, or anything heavy in general on my face. However, this feels nice and absorbs quickly.

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“This rich, oil-free cream-gel instantly rehydrates. Skin stays comfortably plumped, even 24 hours after you put it on…[and with] daily use [it] helps fortify and repair skin’s moisture barrier to keep moisture in and environmental irritants out. A better barrier means happier skin.” This made a huge difference for me. Before, my skin would feel tight and uncomfortable even after moisturizing and applying primer. My skin would continue to get and feel oily, but the tightness around my mouth and eyes persisted. I finally decided to give this a go because I wasn’t a fan of heavier creams, and everything else I tried left my skin looking SO oily and slippery. I use this in the mornings after I’ve cleansed my face with Cetaphil. I allow just a few minutes for it to fully absorb and apply my sunscreen and foundation afterwards. It’s made a huge difference for me and how my skin feels, so if you’re having the same issues as me I would recommend this!

Retails for $39.00 USD.
Made in USA.

Clinique Cheek Pop Blush in “04 Plum Pop”

Clinique’s newest Cheek Pop blush line has been super hot in the blogging and YouTube world. I admit, it’s been awhile since I looked at any Clinique products; and, it’s certainly been a very long time since I’ve purchased anything from Clinque. The Cheek Pop blushes definitely caught my attention with its rave reviews, cute packaging, and superb lasting power on the cheeks.

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Described to a “effortless, natural cheek color,” the Cheek Pop range is a “pure, natural cheek color [line] that looks virtually powderless” on the skin. “This silky smooth, stay-true formula comes in a shade for every season for an effortless, natural blush of just-pinched pop.” All the colors are wearble and pretty, but I chose the “Plum Pop” because it was a pretty, bright pink. There is glowy sheen within the product that translates beautifully onto the skin without being too much. Even though it’s a powder blush, it looks and feels creamy — but, stays put on the skin once applied. Amazing.

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A little bit goes a long ways, but the product is buildable so there’s an option to really pile this on if you really wanted to. The flower design is so pretty and will probably wear down nicely; and; the plastic case is strong and sturdy that snaps shut nicely. Check out Essiebutton’s comprehensive post about the Cheek Pop blushes to see the rest of the colors in action.

Made in Italy.
Retails for $21.00 USD.

Drugstore Goodies: Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain

The newly released Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains has caused quite a frenzy since their availabilty in the U.S. As a more affordable option compared to the Clinique Chubby Sticks, this is another star product from Team Drugstore.

These lip colors come in a retractable, plastic tube that does not need to be sharpened. The color of the tubes reflect the color of the product, which is nice since it can easily be identified. Twist the silver-tipped end to reveal more product. I think the design concept is cute and delicate; and best of all, I like that you don’t have to sharpen it.

The name Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain describes the product perfectly. The balmy texture is a creamy formula that is kind of gel-like as well. Its application is smooth and doesn’t drag against the lips. The “just bitten” part of the title is essentially what the product stands for – the perfect amount of stained color that allows you lips to look bitten. Once applied, the color doesn’t transfer as much as a lipstick because it isn’t as slick. At the same time, it’s not drying on the lips either.

Revlon’s website describes the product as “a lightweight lipstain + moisturizing balm,” stating that “100% of women who tried it felt their lips were instantly moisturized with a soft stain of color.”

I woudln’t say that this product is so moisturizing that you can throw away your chapstick, but it does its job and that’s what counts. I especially like that this can be an alternative to the Chubby Sticks by Clinique – and, dare I say I prefer this over YSL’s Glossy Stains…

I photographed swatches in 2 different angles and lighting situations to show you the shine and glisten from the product. The color blends well into your lips; and, even though it’s sheer, it delivers the perfect amount of color without being too opqaue – because then, that just looks like paint.

Colors shown here are “Cherish,” “Charm,” and “Rendenzvous.” Out of the three, “Charm” is my favorite since it’s a soft muted peachy color that’s not quite nude. The satin finishes of these products are beautiful because it’s not too glossy and it’s not matte like most traditional stains. The lasting power is pretty decent – I would 3 + hours with drinking. If I apply this after lunch, the remaining color lingers nearly up until I go home after work.

All have minty scents, which I personally found to be kind of disappointing. I don’t mind the scent, but I was expecting a tropical, fruity scent – like jolly ranchers. Perhaps it’s the packaging and the summer colors that gave me that impression, lol.

And, finally, I’ll close this post by saying that there’s 12 colors to choose from and they’re quite difficult to find. Because they’re a hot commodity, all the good colors go quickly and I was lucky to have tracked down the colors I wanted. Currently, I don’t see them at Walgreens or CVS but that may change pretty soon. I find Just Bitten products at Target. Check it out.

Retails between $7-9 each.

*Quotes extracted from http://www.revlon.com.
*Pictures taken using CANON POWERSHOT SD1300 IS DIGITAL ELPH (12.1 Megapixels)