So What Exactly is a Lip Shadow?
Clinique is a classic makeup brand that has a go-to skincare routine that everyone or their mom has tried out before. The 3-step routine does wonders to balance out oily skin, clean up full-face of makeup, and moisturize dry skin.
In terms of their makeup, I've been fairly unimpressed with Clinique's variety of products. Their chubby lashes mascara works, but is nothing special. Their priming moisturizer was a little too similar to Glossier's, and the mini eye and cheek palette I was gifted have gone to the back of my eyeshadow drawer.
Naturally, when I found out that Clinique launched lip shadows, I was intrigued. As someone who sets most of her lipstick with Laura Mercier's setting powder, I thought this would be a minimal-budge, efficient product that would finally be Clinique's rise to fame in my ranks of makeup brands.
Let's not get too excited though...
My first impressions of this product was pure lack of impression.
The product has a cushion tip, the packaging looks a little like a less-bold version of Louboutin's eyeliner, and the feel of the product seems to have a generic formula. Upon application, the product looked and felt just like regular lipstick (Which was fairly disappointing). After a little bit, it sort of powderizes. Yes, it's literally just liquid lipstick that turns into powder.
I would like this product, but it's very messy since the cushion applicator is sort of huge for a matte cream product. All eight shades this product are available in standard lip colors, but none of them are special enough for me to want to invest in. The product goes get pretty powdery the longer you wear it, and initial application is a bit patchy that only gets worse.
Overall, I'd give this a 5/10, and it joins the rest of Clinique products that really just didn't do it for me.
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