By Amy Blaney
Clinique Moisture Surge 72-Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator
I originally bought this product in duty–free at the airport a few years ago and I have fallen in love with it and rebought it ever since.
This amazing oil–free and lightweight moisturiser is suitable for all skin types. I tried the Estée Lauder Day Wear matte moisturiser a few months back, and I must say, although they feel quite similar in consistency (a light cream-gel), this product was far better.
The product claims 72 hours of hydration, which I won’t lie, I’m slightly sceptical about and contains hyaluronic acid, caffeine and activated aloe water to plump the skin with moisture. I originally started using this product to hydrate my weakened sensitive skin from acne medications. I wanted something lightweight, that didn’t feel like it was sitting on my oily skin. I highly recommend this moisturiser to those with sensitive skin. It leaves the face soft, smooth and ready for make-up application.
The Clinique beyond perfecting foundation and concealer is a 2 in 1 foundation.
This foundation suits all skin types and leaves a glowing complexion on the skin. What I liked about this foundation was its oil–free formula, which suits those who suffer from acne/oily skin. However, it still retains the moisture and doesn’t leave the skin feeling dry, which a lot of oil–free foundations do. I would suggest this foundation to those who prefer a full–coverage look, as it is very full coverage. It covered all my spots and acne marks. However, it’s very buildable when applying light layers, if you’re not a full–coverage girl.
Pros: I loved the finish, coverage and longevity of this foundation.
Cons: My only drawback with this foundation is the applicator. It comes with a concealer wand applicator and I would love if it had a pump instead.
Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm
This is a great, easy–to–use cleansing balm that removes all make-up. Just rub it in all over the face with clean wet hands and make–up melts away. I recommend removing with a damp face cloth and follow up with a second cleanser to thoroughly remove all dirt from the face.
The consistency of this cleaning balm is similar to coconut oil, without the scent. A point to note here is that this product takes a bit of work to remove waterproof eye make-up. I recommend massaging it gently on the eye area to remove stubborn make-up.
Alternatively, if you’re in the market for a good cleansing balm and willing to pay extra, Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm is great at removing all kinds of make-up.