Thursday, 26 May 2016

Duty Free Loot – Clinique Full Potential Lips Plump and Shine Gloss Set


I don’t know about you, but in my book, the best bit about being a frequent flyer is the duty free hall. I freakin’ love that place. It’s kind of like the travel world’s way of apologising for turbulence and terrible plane food. “Ok, so you’re about to be seriously uncomfortable for a relatively long period of time. But LOOK! LONGCHAMP!”

I am not a natural hyper-gloss lover – due to possessing a shock of thick curly hair on my head, gloss and I have not always been friends. Sticky 90’s gloss lips and mad curls are not friends. However, I bucked my usual satin trend for this one. I picked up this little gloss set on a whim just before departure to Madagascar, simply due to the dinky size and nice colour selection on the box. I hadn’t heard of this gloss formula before from Clinique – I get the impression it is a travel exclusive now, but previously was a main line formulation.

Clinique Full Potential Lips Plump and Shine

 The Clinique Full Potential Lips Plump and Shine set contains five little wands, each double ended, with an (on first inspection) impressive range of colours for such a small set! These are not by any means generous on the amount of gloss included front, so don’t get too excited; but for having kicking around in your bag, they are a good size. Shine – yes. Plumping – hard to tell, but the good Lord blessed me with mega-lips, so I’m afraid I’m probably not the best judge of that!

Mimosa Blosson on mah lips.

Clinique Full Potential Lips Plump and Shine Swatches
L-R - Ripest Apricot, Peach Plump, Play-Full Plump, Cherry Bomb, Double Plum, Luscious Lilac, Mimosa Blossom

The swatches above show that the pigmentation is fairly sheer, more so on the paler shades. I personally don’t mind this, as usually I’m slicking a little gloss over a lipstick anyway; but if you’re in to punchy, pigment packed glosses such as the likes of those by Anastasia Beverly Hills, these might be a little lacking for you. Each side has a very soft, mini doe foot (fawn foot? No?) applicator, which allows for easy application. The gloss itself is of the hyper-glossy variety (and as such, is a little sticky and old-school  – a bit disappointing) and a teeny bit over a very matte lipstick will give a lot of sheen.

I don’t tend to have any issues with this gloss settling in to lip lines – the pigmentation is relatively sheer, as I said, but there is enough there that any settling would be noticeable. I find the longevity of these to be around the 2 hour mark without eating or drinking, and they are neither particularly moisturising or drying. Not exactly an award winner, but not the worst in terms of gloss formulas.

Should you have forgotten to bring any glossy lip products and see Clinique Full Potential Lips Plump and Shine Set in the duty free hall, it’s worth considering  - just don’t wear your hair down when sporting it!

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