High Impact Lip Colour
Last Updated:03.13.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

This is a very good, smooth-textured cream lipstick whose shade range offers rich colors in an enticing collection. Pink and nude tones are most prevalent, and they’re mostly attractive, versatile, and each goes on opaque with a lasting cream finish. Granted, the creamy finish doesn’t last as long as a matte finish would, but as the creaminess fades the color remains, so you don’t have to reapply as often (unless you want to maintain the creamy feel).

Note: This lipstick used to offer an in-part zinc oxide sunscreen. Clinique confirmed the sunscreen actives were removed, so we revised the review accordingly. We’re not sure why Clinique removed the sunscreen element, but this remains a formidable cream lipstick for those seeking full coverage color.

Brand Overview

Clinique At-A-Glance

Strengths: A few excellent moisturizers and serums; excellent sunscreens; very good cleansers and eye makeup removers; unique mattifying products; impressive selection of foundations, good concealers; some remarkable mascaras; much-improved eyeshadows, lip colors and blush formulas.

Weaknesses: Bar soaps (which can clog pores and dull skin); alcohol-based toners; unfortunate choice of jar packaging for antioxidant-loaded moisturizers.

Estee Lauder-owned Clinique launched the concept of cosmetics being "allergy-tested," "hypoallergenic," "100% fragrance-free," and "dermatologist tested." Of those marketing claims, the only one with significance is "100% fragrance-free," which, for the most part, Clinique maintains (although it does add some fragrant extracts to a few products). Unfortunately, terms like “hypoallergenic” and “dermatologist tested” aren’t regulated by the FDA and can mean anything—thus, you still need to rely on the ingredient list to tell you whether their product contains any ingredients with the potential to irritate skin.

That inconvenient fact aside, Clinique is leading the way with cutting-edge, state-of-the-art moisturizers and serums, plus some formidable makeup and more than a few excellent sunscreens. While Clinique has some products that we see as missteps for reasons discussed in their reviews, more than ever, what they offer is quite good (just have realistic expectations, as some of their claims go beyond what their products are capable of).

Turning to makeup, Clinique continues to offer a vast palette of colors and textures, especially with their enormous selection of foundations—many of which feature effective sunscreens. Without a doubt, the numerous formulas offer something for every skin type and almost every skin color—though the blushes, eye makeup and lip colors are frequently not pigmented enough for deeper skin tones.

The bottom line is that, despite a few shortcomings, Clinique is one of the most comprehensive (and comparably affordable) department-store makeup lines, and it is completely understandable why they enjoy such broad appeal.

Note: Clinique is categorized as one that tests on animals because their products are sold in China. Although Clinique does not conduct animal testing for their products sold elsewhere, the Chinese government requires imported cosmetics be tested on animals, so foreign companies retailing there must comply. This requirement is why some brand’s state that they don’t test on animals “unless required by law”. Animal rights organizations consider cosmetic companies retailed in China to be brands that test on animals, and so does the Beautypedia Team.

For more information about Clinique, call (800) 419-4041 or visit www.clinique.com

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14 Cider Berry - high impact lip colour

The color is lovely. The feel is soft and does not dry your lips. However, my disappointment is the color does not stay. Kissing a friend after applying the color a half hour earlier left a noticeable mark on the skin. Half way through a meal the color is completely gone although your lips feel smooth and soft. Two hours after application the lipstick still comes off. Great color, poor staying power.

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why remove the sunscreen?

Purchased the Red-y-To-Wear shade back when it was still formulated with sunscreen & was very pleased with all aspects of the product. Disappointed to see that Clinique reformulated the product to remove sunscreen-- as this is a full-coverage product, the inclusion of a mineral-based (non-irritant) broad-spectrum sunscreen seems like a no-brainer. Clinique's missed the boat on this one.

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