The Best of Clinique
Date: 01 december 2016

Your shopping cart will be reeling from the weight and your credit card will take a hit, but your face will be forever grateful. The superstars of Clinique’s skincare and makeup ranges are too many to list, but here are some top scorers… - By Parizaad Khan Sethi

Moisture Surge Intense Skin Fortifying Hydrator

This nourishing oil-free gel-cream hybrid feeds dry-normal skins with humectants like glycerin and hyaluronic acid, as well as an occlusive agent like squalane. (Read more about how those ingredients work here.) Your hunt for a solid, fuss-free moisturizer ends here.

Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel

When peak humidity hits, adding moisturizer to an already sticky situation is torture. It’s precisely in situations like these that this oil-free gel proves its worth. The light texture is perfect for normal to mildly oily skins that need some lubrication without being overwhelmed by an oil slick.

Take the Day Off Make up Remover for Lids, Lashes & Lips and Take The Day Off Cleansing Milk

If we all paid as much attention to taking makeup off as we did to putting it on, our skin would be happier, clearer and healthier. Thankfully, these products will do all the work for those of us who would rather spend that time vegetating on the couch. Your waterproof eye and lip makeup will be no match for the Make Up Remover, while the Cleansing Milk melts away long-wearing sunscreen, skincare and foundation.

Even Better Skin Tone Correcting Lotion SPF 20

Combination and oily skin types often feel the universe is against them—they possess the magical ability to develop acne overnight, are blessed with a complexion that crosses over from glowy to greasy even before 9am and have an aversion to sunscreen because of its emollient properties. This little guy is a potent two-in-one—a lightweight moisturizer with antioxidants, and an effective SPF to delay ageing. The universe is wise and benevolent.

Super City Block SPF 40

Think of this as a UV umbrella for your face—the oil-free formula offers SPF 40, plus an array of antioxidants; research shows antioxidants, when worn with sunscreen, amplify its benefits. As pigmentation and discolouration are the signs of ageing in Indian complexions, a bulletproof sunscreen is our face’s biggest friend.

Pop Matte Lip Colour + Primer

Hands up if you’re so over matte lipsticks that make your lip feel as parched as the Sahara. With these gorgeously pigmented, creamy, long-wearing bullets, dry, flaky lips are a thing of the past. We’re singing along to Return of the Matte (the 90’s are back, guys).

Chubby Stick Sculpting Contour and Chubby Stick Sculpting Highlight

We’re not sure we can count the staggering amount of reasons we love Clinique’s Chubby Stick line, but Reason #1 is this oil-free contour stick and Reason #2: a complementary highlight. The duo works together seamlessly to sharpen features when we’re getting our game face on; the highlight alone serves to bring light and brightness to the face at all times of day and night.

High Impact Extreme Volume Mascara

A plush, fluffy brush is what mascara dreams are made of, but if you want serious length and separation, a skinny, cactus-like wand is the way to go. Even those of us most blessed in the lash department could use a few extra mm, and this mascara bestows that extension on all those who come in contact with it. We are not worthy.

The Best of Clinique
Parizaad Khan Sethi

is a beauty and wellness editor based in New York. She was the former beauty editor at Vogue India and now serves as a contributing editor for the magazine. At age 5, Parizaad fell in love with an old cream blush she found in the back of her mother’s drawer, and has been in awe of the transformative power of beauty ever since. When she’s not writing about beauty, she researches advances in skincare as a hobby, and is constantly guinea-pigging herself in the name of beauty.