Last Tuesday I scheduled a makeup consultation with Clinique at the Peebles in Elizabethton, TN. I had two goals going into my appointment. The first was to learn more about their new products, and the second was to purchase a couple products that looked and felt nice on my face. Some of you may be wondering, You’re a grown woman! Why would you need to schedule a consultation to do this? Well the truth is, I haven’t had a makeup consultation since my mom took me over ten years ago, and my complexion is drastically different now than it was when I was going through puberty! For instance, during my first consultation I was too young to wear eyeliner and buying moisturizer was less of a concern than purchasing an acne treatment for my face. I didn’t have to worry about the differences between full coverage foundations or BB creams, and countering wasn’t even a thing. Those were the days!
Spill the Tea Girl!
In truth, as I aged, makeup became less important to me. In college, I didn’t have a huge beauty budget (textbooks cost a fortune), so I started buying most of my makeup products at Walmart or Target, and I only wore a full face of makeup when I had a special event. Oh how the tables have turned! I am going through a phase where I am fascinated with makeup, probably thanks to discovering Youtuber Laura Lee. I try out new techniques and products everyday, and since I have a bigger cash flow now than I did in college, I figured it was time to purchase some higher quality products!
Tip: Purchase Clinique during a “Bonus Time.” Clinique has “Bonus Time” at certain periods throughout the year (depending on its location) when they usually give customers a free 7-piece gift with a $28 purchase. Even though I only purchased a couple items from my consultation, I spent enough to get a free 7-piece gift plus a bonus gift!
Even since I was little, I remember my mom using Clinique products. I would go with her when she picked them up, and I would even try them on when she wasn’t looking. Clinique has always been a household name for me. I’ll be the first to admit there are certain areas where Clinique is lacking, but the brand is centered around skincare and to me, that is key! All of their products are allergy tested, they are 100% fragrance-free, and they don’t test on animals! What’s more, while I may not have been able to afford much Clinique in college, several of their products are more affordable than many of the other makeup lines you’ll find in Sephora or Ulta. Lastly, Clinique has always made me feel naturally beautiful! I don’t have to wear a lot of product to see results! I can emphasize my eyes with mascara and swipe some color across my lips and feel just as radiant as the days when I go all out with primers, foundation, eyeshadow, and blush.
While my consultation lasted around two hours, most consultations only take around 45 minutes to an hour. Note: Consultations with Clinique are free, and you don’t have to purchase anything or everything you try. I came in knowing I was going to purchase a couple items, but you can just go for the experience! There’s no harm in scheduling a consultation.
I spent the first few minutes of my consultation just browsing the products. I was overwhelmed by the variety of makeup remover products they offer, and I didn’t know Clinique even had a skincare line for men. Not that my husband would ever be caught dead exfoliating or using an anti-aging moisturizer! After looking around, my consultant introduced herself – I’ve never met a Clinique consultant I didn’t like – and matched me with a foundation based on my wants. I wanted a product that was liquid and full coverage, something that could last all day since I rarely have time to refresh my makeup. Together my consultant and I decided Clinique’s Even Better Makeup Broad Spectrum foundation with SPF 15 was the best option for me.
Prepping for Makeup Application
After selected a foundation, I had a seat, and my consultant went over some of the different makeup remove options. Even though my face was makeup-free, we went through the whole makeup process beginning with the removal of any excess makeup. My consultant cleaned my face using Clinique’s Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm, a remover that transforms from a solid balm into a silky oil upon application. She then proceeded to moisturize my skin using Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+, a top-seller for Clinique. This product absorbs quickly and leaves the skin glowing.
All about the Eyes
In the past, I’ve always started my makeup routine with concealer or primer; however, my consultant encouraged me to start with the eyes. Tip: Starting with the eyes allows you to remove any pigment or unwanted liner from the face before applying concealer or foundation. Before selecting an eyeshadow pallet, my consultant took the time to get to know my makeup-user personality. I explained that I don’t heavy makeup, and I rarely go bold. I told her I preferred a natural look with pinks and browns, and she didn’t try to convince me otherwise. She pulled a couple color options, and I selected Clinique’s Wear Everywhere Neutrals All About Shadow 8-Pan Pallet. Before applying any shadow, my consultant applied Clinique’s Touch Base for Eyes in Nude Rose, a product that acts as a holding base for powder shadow. For my eyeshadow look, my consultant used a variety of Clinique brushes including the Eye Shadow Brush and Eye Shader Brush.
Next, my consultant used a couple different shades of eyeshadow, beginning with a lighter all-over lid color. Next, she used a darker brown on my lower lid just below the crease of my eye. Then she used an even darker brown in the crease of my eye to add emphasis – that’s about as bold as I get. Lastly, she blended the three colors together, concentrating on the crease where all of the colors meet. While she could have used the darkest brown in the pallet to define my eyes, I opted to try an eyeliner. My consultant went with the Dark Chocolate Quickliner for Eyes, a long-wearing eyeliner that is both water and smudge-resistant. After applying the liner to both my upper and lower lids, we moved on to brows and mascara.
Newsflash: I have “good” brows and eyelashes, at least according to my consultant. I openly admitted that a brow product wasn’t at the top of my purchase list, and so instead of featuring one of Clinique’s brow products, my consultant showed me how to use a darker brown eyeshadow to give my brows a little extra definition. Unlike makeup consultants I’ve encountered from other brands, she did not try to push another product. As for as mascara, my consultant began with Clinique’s Lash Building Primer. This primer boosts the benefits of most Clinique mascaras and helps the lashes look longer and fuller. We followed the primer up with Clinique’s High Impact Mascara which adds instant drama for lashes. Lastly, we cleaned the area around the eyes in preparation for concealer and foundation. I didn’t realize how much excess eye products actually falls on your fa
Underneath that Full-Coverage Queen is a Mike Wazowski…
Even though Clinique has some great concealers, my consultant asked if I was open to trying an Estée Lauder concealer. Because I’m open to using a variety of brands on my face, I said sure! Beneath my eyes (I get nasty dark circles) she applied Estée Lauder’s Double Wear Custom Coverage Correcting Duo in peach which really helped hide those pesky dark ovals. Next she pulled out a green Double Wear Custom Coverage Correcting Duo, and I immediately feared I would look like Mike Wazowski from Monsters, Inc; however, my consultant quickly informed me that a green concealer around my nose and chin areas would really help correct the redness. I was surprised it actually worked! Unfortunately the product wasn’t available yet in store for me to purchase, but my consultant kindly gave me a sample. I plan to purchase that product soon.
As for foundation, my consultant applied Clinique’s Even Better Makeup Broad Spectrum Foundation with SPF 15 using Clinique’s Foundation Brush and Foundation Buff Brush. This foundation (I used the 03 Ivory shade) instantly perfects, and improves skin tone. The creamy formula gives my skin a natural finish, and it’s sweat, humidity, and water-resistant! To set my face, we used Clinique’s Powder Brush and opted for Clinique’s Superpowder Double Face Makeup compact. The extra-cling formula of the powder allows for double coverage. When I looked in the mirror, I couldn’t believe how flawless my face looked!
For this look we didn’t use a highlight or counter palette because in all honesty, Clinique doesn’t have very many options in either of those two makeup areas. I definitely think Clinique could improve their brand by focusing on adding to these two popular areas. Despite the lack of highlight or counter, I was happy with my face, especially after we applied the final touches: a blush and lip color.
Fun Fact: I love blush! I love how blush gives my cheeks a sculpted and glowing look, and Clinique has an array of options when it comes to blush. While their Cheek Pop and Chubby Stick Check Color Balm are popular contemporary blush selections, I opted for Clinique’s more traditional blush, the Soft-Pressed Powder Blusher in Pink Blush. My consultant applied it to my check bones using Clinique’s Blush Brush. Lastly, my consultant and I selected a lip product. This was hard since Clinique has so many lip options! Again, I went more traditional and selected one of their Long Last Lipsticks in the shade Blushing Nude. With a final smack of my lips, my consultation was complete.
Items I Purchased
When deciding what items to purchase, I focused on what I needed (i.e. what Walmart or Target couldn’t offer me). I knew from the start I wanted a makeup remover product and a foundation. Other than that, I bought a couple items that I felt would have a positive (and visible) impact on my everyday makeup look. In the end I purchased the following products from Clinique:
- Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm ($29.50): While stores like Target and Walmart do have a variety of makeup remove options, most of them don’t work well on my face. I knew I didn’t want wipes, so I opted for the balm which is supposed to be Clinique’s best product for removing clingy eye and face makeup.
- Lash Building Primer ($17.00): This product is magic! It enhances my eyelashes and mascara more than I ever thought possible. Bonus: it helps condition and mend dry lashes.
- Touch Base for Eyes ($17.00): I wanted a product that would make my eyeshadows stay on longer.
- Even Better Makeup Broad Spectrum foundation with SPF 15 ($29.00): This product leaves my face feeling flawless and light.
I would have purchased more, but due to the array of products included in the Clinique “Bonus Time” bag, I didn’t have to this time! In my bonus bag, I received the following items:
- A Clinique Makeup Bag
- Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+
- Clinique’s Top-Selling Take The Day Off Makeup Remover for Lids, Lashes, & Lips
- Clinique’s Pretty Easy Liquid Eyelining Pen in Black
- Clinique’s High Impact Mascara
- Clinique’s All About Eyes
- Clinique’s Moisture Surge 72-Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator
- Clinique’s All About Shadow 6-Pan Palette (a smaller version of Clinique’s Wear Everywhere Neutrals All About Shadow 8-Pan Pallet)
As you can see, the Bonus Bag, gave me a lot more products to work with. My consultation was a success, and I left Peebles feeling beautiful at a fraction of the normal cost.
One Week Review
I’ve been using my new Clinique products for exactly a week today, and they are working great! They are easy to apply, and I don’t have to worry about how long they’re going to last on my face. I especially love using my Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm back to back with my Moisture Surge 72-Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator. I fall asleep with my skin feeling wonderful. This week I’ve even received several compliments on my makeup, and I’m looking forward to returning to Clinique to test more of their products, specifically their new active collection Clinique Fit. If you’re looking for a place to start but you’re not ready to schedule a consultation, try Clinique’s Foundation Finder, an online program that decides which Clinique foundation is best for you! Let me know in the comments below or on my Instagram if you use Clinique or plan to try out some of their products!
Until next time my darlin’,