Vitamin C has long been used for brightening the skin, evening tone, and tackling pesky fine lines. It isn’t new, in this case, but it is pretty fabulous, and is a great alternative to sometimes harsher (though effective) topicals such as hydroquinone and retinoids.
One of the biggest issues with Vitamin C preparations, though, is that it can lose efficacy and potency rather rapidly. Once we open a large-scale bottle, chances are we aren’t going to get through the product as quickly as it will begin to break down.
I love that Clinque has addressed this packaging concern with their new Fresh Pressed 7 Day System with Pure Vitamin C. I also, not so secretly, love powdered cleansers that activate with water!
Per Clinique, the two part system is designed to keep you radiant and retexturized:
This ultrafine powder cleanser releases the de-aging power of fresh vitamin C to refresh and renew. Instantly skin is awakened, purified, with a refined texture and brighter look. Use in AM to jump-start skin’s renewal.
This unique booster releases the de-aging power of 10% fresh vitamin C to refresh and renew. Use with your favourite Clinique moisturizer to instantly brighten skin’s look—and deliver remarkably even-toned, retexturized skin starting in just one week.
ReallyRee offers a review here, and Musingsofamuse shares a little info here.
Personally, I love the sound of it. Taking care of your skin early will make a difference, so if you are younger, you can benefit as much from it!
This would have been INCREDIBLY useful during my ballroom days!
While I can’t say I have a particular use for this now, since I’m not wearing anything on my eyes – really, like, ever – I think it’s a wonderful and ingenious idea. In fact, I’m kind of aghast that it hasn’t been done before!
Super easy to use and totally practical, the Clinique Take the Day Off Eye Makeup Remover Stick makes the end of the day (or look change) a piece of cake. It’s akin to a cleansing balm, a bit more solidified, and in a much easier format – a quick twist of the stick, a nice little massage, and voila! Well done, Clinique.
All sorts of new skincare – and some color – from Clinique. Here are a few links to the new stuff:
- Uplight Illuminating Powder – multi-tasking, candle-lit glow giver!
- City Block Purifying Charcoal Cleansing Gel – detoxifying cleanser.
- City Block Purifying Charcoal Clay Mask + Scrub – a 5 minute detox and exfoliation.
- Pep-Start Cleansing Wipes – for on the go, quick clean up!
- Pep-Start 2-in-1 Exfoliating Cleanser – for daily cleansing.
Interestingly, I haven’t heard much about Clinique’s Pep-Start Eye Cream – I saw a ton of ads flash by, and a whole slew of posts, but I feel like none of it was really noteworthy (as in, the product kind of fell flat.)
I just saw a post about this new moisturizer that’s being added to the “Pep-Start” lineup – Clinique Pep-Start HydroBlur. The claim for this guy is that it both hydrates and acts as an imperfection blurring primer of sorts, smoothing skin and keeping oil at bay. The finish is matte, softening pores, but apparently it is also designed to hydrate throughout the day. With “Pep-Start” in the name, I thought maybe it would be eye-opening…but then I guess the eye cream should be doing that.
I’m curious to see how this one does. Much that I love the idea of “blurring,” I generally steer clear – I feel like too many formulas have pore clogging ingredients that can even affect the skin around the eyes. Not a fan!
Who knows…maybe it will surprise. The company says it will work on all skin types – oily to sensitive to dry and beyond. We shall see!
So I’m not sure if I totally buy that you can look more wide awake in three seconds (I love that it says three, as opposed to five, or two, or fifteen, by the way.) But…Clinique is a long-standing and well-backed brand, with many cult products among the ranks, so perhaps this Pep Start Eye Cream will hold up to it’s claims…
This newbie aims to hydrate, refresh, brighten, and all around add some “pep” to your peepers. The tip is a pop-up, cool-touch, de-puffing ball designed to be swiped in circular motions around the eyes. Very wax-on / wax-off (if you get the Karate Kid reference. 😉 )
Interestingly, the five reviews on the site currently have averaged three of five stars – it sounds like consumers are not keen on the packaging (preferring a steel ball for real “cooling”), but others thought it worked well and quickly.
So I’m not crazy about the name – sorry – as it just sounds off. Clinique Chubby in the Nude Foundation Stick is not yet available in the USA, but you can snag it on Canada’s Sephora site if you desperately want it now. It should be coming to the States soon, however…
This format has been hugely popular lately, not only with concealers, but also with contouring products, lip and cheek products and highlighters. No surprise it is extending into full foundations too – easy to use and easy to carry matters.
Per Sephora and Clinique:
This flexible foundation offers portable perfection from full-face coverage to bare-minimum touch-ups. Creamy, moisturizing, and oil-free, this foundation stick blends easily and builds from sheer to moderate coverage with a long-wearing, natural finish.
The shades offered include:
- Cream Chamois
- Golden Neutral
I can’t say that this is going to make quite the splash Black Honey has (which is a HUGE one!) but…it is a lovely pairing all the same!
A Pink Honey Affair features eight crease and fade-resistant shadows, in a mixture of beige-brown and mid-brown tones – this would be nice for subtle shaping and contouring, or for a barely-there smokey effect (which would be just as sultry, only lighter in tone!)
As the colors don’t vary enormously – just enough to create some multi-layer looks – I’d say it would be best to test out in Sephora to see how the shades look on your skintone.
The Pink Honey lippie looks like it will be a gorgeous hue (Black Honey is divine!) – it is lightweight and just-the-right-shade…I actually do think this will look great on everyone!