12.24.2012
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Touch Base for Eyes
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$15
Last Updated:12.24.2012
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

Touch Base for Eyes is one of the better cream-to-powder eyeshadows. This comes in a compact that must be kept closed tightly or the product will dry out and be useless. However, it might dry out even if you follow that guideline, so recommending this is risky. Test this at the counter, but be forewarned that every shade (even the flesh-toned Canvas and Canvas Light) is shiny. This no longer fills the bill for a truly matte eyeshadow base.

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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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09.28.2013
Compact dries out too quickly to recommend

I used this cream shadow as a base for eyeshadow for years. But, it always frustrated me when it dried out in the compact so quickly. I now use the Clinique Chubby Sticks, a much better product and easier for travel due to the small size.

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Dianne W.
07.22.2013
Favorite eyeshadow base/primer

Compared to other eyeshadow primers I've tried, this one gives the best performance to prevent creasing and bleeding of any eyeshadow. The Canvas color does have a bit of shine but that can be a beautiful effect worn under a matte eyeshadow, mankind the matte shadow glimmer a bit without going too foil-like. It's true the product can dry out even if you seal it correctly but even if I can't use all of it, it's still the best I've found even against humidity and teary eyes.

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