19 May 2014

Tried N Tested: Clinique TTDO Cleansing Balm and Even Better Eyes Dark Circle Corrector

Ever since my university days I have loved using Clinique. I used the three-step system for years, but ever since I moved to Gauteng a couple of years ago, it was like the three-step system didn't work for me anymore. Although I don't use their three-step system anymore, I still love Clinique and think that they are a fantastic brand. Everything from their mascaras to their masks to their chubby sticks are amazing and good value for money. In today's post I will be featuring two Clinique products that I have tried recently (and am still using). Both of the products can be purchased at Clinique counters, on Clinique's website, or on Red Square's website.

Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm

Oh boy. I have had my eye on this for SO long, so when I had the opportunity to purchase this at a discounted price, I jumped at the chance. Apart from Lush Ultrabland and The Body Shop Camomile Cleansing Butter, this is my first proper, solid cleansing balm.  First up, the cleansing balm comes in a sturdy pot with a screw on lid. I love the purple colour of the pot, and the silver lid looks quite modern and classy. As with all of Clinique's products, this has no scent. Good for people with sensitive skins, but a teensy bit boring for someone who loves the slightly floral scent of certain other brands. The pot is filled to the brim with product (no skimping here!) and the balm is white and solid. You have to use your fingers to work a little dent into the balm to scoop out a bit. As soon as it comes into contact with your skin, it starts to melt into a beautiful oil. I would say this is equivalent to, but more luxurious than, The Body Shop's camomile cleansing butter. I apply it to dry skin and massage it in, even onto my eyelids. It takes off all my makeup and after removing it with a hot facecloth, my skin feels plumped and clean, not greasy, dry or tight. And, it doesn't break me out, bonus!

This retails for R295 for 125 ml.

Clinique Even Better Eyes Dark Circle Corrector

I find looking for eye creams a pain, because there isn't a "one size fits all" eye cream. You won't find an eye cream that will address all of your concerns. Before trying out this eye cream, I had really dark circles under my eyes. Well, I normally do anyway, but this was worse than usual. The eye cream comes in a small white tube with a metal applicator. The idea is to squeeze a small amount of product onto the undereye area and then use the cool metal applicator to lightly massage it in. I tried doing it like that in the beginning, but normally in the mornings I just dot it on with the applicator and then use my fingers to pat it in (hey, two ring fingers are twice as fast as a single applicator!). I can never really tell if eye creams work or not, but I read somewhere that because the skin under the eye is so thin, you should see results almost immediately (especially if it is targeted at wrinkles). So if you don't see results, it might be time to chuck that eye cream… That being said, after using it for a few weeks it does look like it's working, but there aren't any overnight results.

This retails for R380 for 10 ml.

Have you ever used any of these products? Do you have any Clinique favourites? Let me know in the comments section!

Until next time!


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