Raise your hand if Clinique was one of the first makeup brands you tried. Or if you keep obsessively close tabs on when the next gift-with-purchase event is coming up. Anyone...anyone? *Cough*
Clinique is one of my go-to brands for simple, everyday colours. I love me some MAC for a lot of things, but it's hard to beat Clinique for soft, wearable colours that are a breeze to apply. Here's the thing: A lot of Clinique's colour is sheer (read: hard to mess up). That means it's phenomenal for the girl (or guy) in a hurry—or anyone who is new to or lacks confidence in the world of makeup.
Clinique's Soft-Pressed Powder Blusher in New Clover is a colour I reach for often when I want a hint of natural-looking colour in my cheeks for a neutral workday face—or if I'm wearing a more dramatic eye and I need something barely-there.
Clinique.ca describes New Clover as a soft blue violet, but I'd say it's warmer than that. It's more of a natural, sheer pink with a hint of peach. There's a touch of shimmer in the pan, but I don't notice it when applied. It just gives me a very healthy-looking flush.
I apply this blush to the apples of my cheeks and blend upwards with my Real Techniques Blush Brush, which is very soft, so I can load the brush quite a bit. You'll want to exercise slightly more caution with a stiff brush.
It lasts several hours on me without noticeable fading, but not all day, I'd say—then again, I probably touch my face more than I should. (I know, I know...)
For a good look at the packaging, visit Clinique's website. In a nutshell: the plastic compact is chic and simple. It comes with a mirror, which is nice, but I'd prefer that Clinique ditch the useless brush (which also comes with the blush) and lower the price of the product.
I'm also not a big fan of the current rectangular shape of Clinique's blushes. The product featured in my photos is a round sample—and that's the shape I prefer for blush. It makes it easier to load my brush.
Value-for-money-wise, I'm satisfied. $25 (online) or $26 (The Bay) for 7.6 grams of product isn't bad at all.
Here's what it looks like in the pan. You should note that I'm showing you this for colour reference only—this is a de-potted sample (I don't recommend doing this; note the slight damage on the top) that I got in a gift-with-purchase set.
Here's a swatch. I had to work hard to build the colour up to this intensity—it didn't stick to my finger well. Fortunately, I have far better luck with a brush.
Finally, here's what it looks like applied to the cheek—see how natural-looking it is? Just a slight flush. I quite like it.
Would I repurchase? Probably. It's one of my go-to colours—a great alternative to MAC's Tenderling when I want something a little less brown and a little more pink.
Rating: Three and a half stars out of five. I'd prefer if it lasted a tad longer, and I'd like to see better packaging.
Available: Clinique.ca and anywhere Clinique cosmetics are sold (for example, the Bay and Sears) for about $25 (Canadian).
Have you tried New Clover? Any other Clinique products? What did you think? Let me know in the comments!
Disclosure: I received this product as part of a Clinique gift with purchase.