Here are two recent Clinique travel retail exclusives.
De-Puff & De-Circle contains two Clinique All About Eyes Serum (15 ml) de-puffing massage wands (the brand cleverly recommends one for travel and one for home use), while Daily Defenders comprises Clinique Superdefense SPF 20 Age Defense Eye Cream (15 ml) and Clinique Superdefense SPF 25 Age Defense Moisturizer (50 ml).
I’m enjoying my trio of press pieces and love them for day time wear and makeup prep. They’re good for no-makeup days but their textures are great for layering with makeup products too: I like how my skin absorbs them well and how there’s no balling up or flaking of product when I apply my makeup. They not only moisturise nicely to create a ready canvas for makeup to go on, they also impart a binding effect that enhances the adherence of colours.
Though it doesn’t have the refreshing cold jolt of the Estée Lauder Idealist Cooling Eye Illuminator ceramic tip, the roller-ball applicator of the lightweight oil-free serum does have a slight cooling effect that feels soothing, especially during puffy-eyed mornings. I can’t see any dramatic depuffery or decircling but it does seem to lift my undereye area a little.
The serum works well with the eye cream which doesn’t have a glaring whitish cast, despite its sunscreen content. Rather, the cream adds subtle radiance to the eye area and evens out my skin tone there. It is faintly tinted a pale pink-beige and seems to have fine pearlised particles that could very well be attributed to sunscreen ingredients.
I like sunscreens but they can be drying, so I’ve been looking for a moisturiser with sunscreen properties for my ageing skin. I’d been enjoying my deluxe sample of La Prairie Cellular Radiance Emulsion SPF30 (love the texture!) but the price is sky-high, so I’m pleased to discover this moisturiser from Clinique. Mine is the dry/combination one; I believe it comes in different formulas for other skin types. Like the eye cream, it doesn’t leave a whitish sunscreen cast, something I’m truly grateful for. It’s beloved by many and I can see why – it plumps up my skin and leaves it looking dewy-glowy. I can use it alone or under foundation, though heavier foundies do feel thicker over it.
Do note that the moisturiser has a distinct sunscreen scent that might be off-putting for some. This doesn’t bother me but I am annoyed by the jar packaging which isn’t the most hygienic for a face product. I do wish that Clinique would eventually use the jar pump packaging that Kate Somerville is famous for.
These skincare treats are available at airports and duty-free stores which carry Clinique.
I don’t have their prices – they vary in different countries – but I’m pretty certain they’re value for money, as with most travel retail sets.