Since embarking on the Top 5/10 series of posts, I’ve wanted to talk about Clinique. Over the years, they’ve solidly worked their way into my routine and I often spot their wares in the bags of my interviewees or on the tables of top make-up artists, though I’ve noticed that this hasn’t always translated to the buzz reserved for brands with snazzier packaging that look more dazzling on a page/instagram feed.
I somehow don’t think Clinique are sweating it – the reason they’re celebrated by the celebrated is because their products are the result of sticking faithfully to the very same mission to truly impact skin that was at the core of the brand in its infancy. Launched in 1968, Clinique was the first skincare brand to marry a dermatologist’s knowledge with a beauty editor’s savvy, and between Dr. Norman Orentreich and Carol Phillips under the Estee Lauder umbrella, the first batch of fragrance-free products designed to treat specific skin concerns was born.
Fast forward almost 50 years, and Clinique have stuck to their guns in continuing to make products that solve problems and plug gaps in the market. When plucking my favourites out of the vast sea of Clinique under consideration for this post, I bore the brand’s ethos in mind and so all five are slightly pioneering (though this doesn’t undermine their usability), and in my opinion trump others in their category.
With no further ado… //
Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream SPF 30 / I need a fairly healthy amount of coverage, though I also like the look of glowing, natural skin. This number does both those things, and nourishes while on (don’t be fooled – oily and acneic skin is often in as much need of the surge of moisture Clinique promises as other skin types).
Clinique Clinique Smart Custom Eye Serum / Top of the tops when it comes to an all-round eye serum that’ll replenish, calm and fortify the skin around the eyes. It’s also really good if you find cream makes your make-up slip as it doesn’t hang around for too long or leave any residual greasiness as thick moisturisers will.
Clinique Airbrush Concealer / Ubiquitous among beauty editors and make-up artists, this pen bridges the gap between hardcore concealer and illuminator. I tend to dot and then pat in a little around the inner corners of my eye around 4pm when I start to look shattered.
Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara / Bottom lash mascara should be made by all make-up brands – nothing does a better job of putting an ultra-thin layer of mascara on those tiny lashes than a mini wand loaded up with waterproof mascara. Very handy on upper lashes, too, if you struggle to push mascara right into the roots.
Clinique Skinny Stick in Demi Grape / These are great whatever colour you go for, but I’m just a big fan of this deep midnight purple that kinda looks like black when on but is a shade less harsh. The sticks are thin enough to squeeze colour right into lashes and blendable enough to turn that into a smoky eye if in a pinch. Also very good if you’re trying your hand at a flick – just trace the line with this and once you’re happy, run over the shape with liquid liner.