Instant Lift for Brows
Last Updated:03.12.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

Instant Lift for Brows is a dual-ended brow pencil and shimmering highlighter designed to define your brows and highlight the skin around them. Of course this has nothing to do with an eye lift, but it does let you create fuller, more shapely brows, with the option to further define them with a hint of shimmer along the brow bone.

The brow colors are natural-looking and there are options for blonde to deep brown brows. The highlighter is the same shimmering, light cream shade regardless of which brow color you select. This duo gets two thumbs up for convenience, ease of use, and performance!


  • Two-in-one product allows you to fill in brows and highlight the brow area.
  • Retractable pencil with creamy texture blends softly and stays put.
  • Natural-looking shades range from blonde to deep brown.
  • Universally flattering highlighting shade of light cream shimmer allows you to further accent the brow area.


  • No shades for red/auburn hair.
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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lousy application/too waxy

Can't figure how this rates a best rating from Paula, its waxy comes of quickly application is tough. Cliniques other thin eyebrow pencil is much better

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not as great as I'd hoped

Ambivalent. Found a good colour-match for my brows. Not wild about the thick, waxy texture of the product. Got better shaping & a more precise application of colour to my brows by using brown eyeshadow and a slanted fine-tipped brush. Highlight colour is light pink & slightly shimmery, also waxy in texture. On positive side, it fits easily into a makeup bag & requires no additional tools to apply.

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