Long Last Glosswear
Last Updated:10.29.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

It’s hard to make an unappealing lip gloss, because most of the ingredients used to create them will make lips feel soft and smooth. Clinique, however, has managed to create one of the most undesirable glosses in recent memory. The texture is inordinately thick and uncomfortably sticky. This comes close to feeling like you’ve painted a mix of maple syrup and glue on your lips, and then allowed it to dry. Each sparkle-infused shade (all go on much softer than they look in the tube) provides a vinyl-like shine, but other glosses do that also, and without the unpleasant aesthetics of this. For better results, check out the glosses from Dior, M.A.C., or others from Clinique.


Active: Octinoxate (7.5%), Octisalate (4%), Other: Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Triisostearyl Citrate, Polybutene, Petrolatum, Microcrystalline Wax, Isostearyl Alcohol, Butyl Stearate, Butylene/Ethylene/Styrene Copolymer, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Diethylhexyl Syringylidenemalonate, Ethylene/Propylene/Styrene Copolymer, Lecithin, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Dibutyl Lauroyl Glutamide, Tocopheryl Acetate, Phenoxyethanol, +/- Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Yellow 5 Lake, Red 7 Lake, Carmine, Red 22 Lake, Red 30 Lake, Red 6, Bismuth Oxychloride, Red 33 Lake, Red 28 Lake, Blue 1 Lake, Yellow 6 Lake

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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I drop-dead love this stuff. I use a shade called mystic that almost matches my lip tone. Great staying power, no feathering. And best of all- no taste from perfume. I can't think of a time it ever got in my mouth either. I should add that I don't use it over lipstick. On days when I forget my lip balm I can use this gloss straight out of the tube on my lips and they never feel dry when it wears off. Just soft and supple.

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